Games are supposed to be FUN. Lighten up!
Words to live by.
Anyhow, let us start with my Dragon Quest collection as it is at this moment:
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All of my main numbered DQ games! I actually had the NES releases of 1 and 2 but traded the first in with other games to a game store towards some Genesis games (Kind of a mistake) and the second with a classmate for... Double Dragon 3. WTF? I think I got some money as well because the game wasn't as good and I had completed DW(now Q) 2 already and the classmate really wanted to play more of 2. As we can see from the Game Boy Color remakes it all turned out ok! The little Slime is from one of the Stacking Slime sets they put out in Japan 10 or so years back. The other slimes and the Golem that came with it you could do silly stacking things with it and said Slimes is in a zip baggie someplace. (Yes kids there are even better things to put in your zip baggies besides marijuana.)
The spinoff games mostly bought cheap as chips and some fun promotional goodies. Sadly the Slime sticker from the 9 sheet is now on a 2007 iMac that I eventually ebayed to someone who is probably using it for dubious activities. (Which is why I have all the data of the freshly OSX reinstalled and formatted hard disk and the machine info itself saved to a flash drive. Never hurts to be safe with computer hardware ya know!)
A close up of the other Warrior World newsletter. This one is sad because it mentions the superb 5th game of the series coming to the US SNES which never happened. Again we eventually got them in a superior format in the US. Sometime in 2017 we are reported to even get the 8th game above on the 3DS platform giving us all of the current single player Dragon Quest games on portable Nintendo platforms.
Back in the days, Nintendo Power and other gaming magazines were the only real way to get help to complete so many games, especially those that never got clue books released. So I have had this stapled together DW(Q)3 walkthrough waiting on the game itself until I got the Game Boy Color remake... On September 10th 2001. Unbeknownst to me at the time I was starting on DQ 3 at the same time the tragedy of the next day was happening. I still need to get the Nintendo Power articles and pullouts for the 1st and 2nd game sooner or later. But I am cheap.
The Playstation 1 cluebook of the 7th game I got last year or so cheap enough to buy, and the cluebooks for 8 and 9.
And that is Dragon Quest as it currently is!
NOW SOME NES!
Well, for some silly reason the Nintendo faithful consider me a hater of Nintendo because I question many of their actions both past and present. It does not mean I haven't bought and enjoyed a ton of their games. Or generally the games other companies made for it. Even some of the infamously bad titles on the system (most of the time licensed titles from such Childhood giftday/allowance savings ruiners as LJN, Acclaim, Bandai, and Ocean) are at least INTERESTING, especially now when you can get some of these terrible no good games for like 5 bucks or less loose. An emulator and access to the Internet can sometimes help make these games somewhat playable!
Most of my totally loose cartridges. Some light gun fun, some of my collection themes (helicopters, Godzilla, computer games gone console, JAWS) and some actually good games in the mix. I like to keep price stickers on as a reminder how much I paid for these silly things. And in cases like Friday the 13th seeing the rental store sticker and what looks like all the effort some kid probably put into making the entire cartridge case black with permanent marker gives it charm!
The rest of the loose cartridges, ones in a case with their maps and manuals, the Famicom version of Ultima 4 for my Ultima collection just like 3 (aka Exodus) there, the manual to the third TMNT game in spite of me having no idea what I did with the actual game, and titles for various collection themes like Batman and 2d Castlevanias.
My four boxed games from back then and my controller of choice, the godly NES ADVANTAGE that helped and still helps me complete many a game. And sometimes without abusing Turbo and Slow Motion features! My one remaining NES pad I never really liked is there for the odd 2 player time, the Arkanoid Vaus controller so I can play Arkanoid right, and the original launch era Zapper for CRT shooty bang bang.
Cluebooks and tip guides! Always helpful in the pre Gamefaqs day! The Official Nintendo Player's Guide was practically a must own for any NES player in the early days. The Ultima 3 clue book is lovely and well suited for most versions of the game (and like a tenth of the price of the original Origin one that is both rare and has all it's maps done in black and white ASCII text. Seriously.), and the Gamepro book is mostly NES titles and sometimes good in house art. There is an excellent Phantasy Star 1 cast painting in there. It isn't actually covered in the book but.. I appreciate it!
The New Games section is more or less previews of recent titles but the rest of it is full of cheats, passwords, and various bits of help to get you through the games covered. For those who are counting the vast majority of the book is NES so that is why it is here.
But there was a reason a one dollar (REALLY) 40 page black and white comic book was shown. The last few pages are a guide and some maps to Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode! Which is quite helpful, and even moreso back then. You get a 33 page comic of Manga's most famous assassin killing some dude with an M16 from like a mile away, and a walkthrough of the game I presume this comic was released as kind of a tie in for.