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Own Every SNES Game Ever Made For $24,999

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the all-I-want-for-christmas dept.

The Almighty Buck 199

An anonymous reader writes "BSNES author and game collector Byuu has decided to put his entire collection of SNES games up for sale — at the low price of 24,999USD. The collection covers *every* game ever made for SNES, all in the original covers. From the article: 'The seller, who goes by the name "Byuu" on Reddit, says that every single game in the collection comes with its original box and approximately 85 percent of the games come with their original manuals. The collection does not include unlicensed games, and every game has been professionally cleaned and tested. "They all work perfectly," Byuu says.'"

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These belong in a museum! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247157)

These belong in a public museum, not some private collection. I hope that somebody who is rich and who appreciates video games makes the purchase, and donates them to the Smithsonian or some other reputable museum so that they can be publicly displayed for all to see and to experience.

Re:These belong in a museum! (5, Insightful)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247195)

As a gamer, I actually strongly agree on this... they should be taken care of, preserved, ba a part of a museum. That's lots of history he's selling.

BSNES is awesome, by the way.

Re:These belong in a museum! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247917)

If you give them to the Smithsonian, they're going in storage. They've only got so much display space. But they would likely be well preserved.

Re:These belong in a museum! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247271)

Why? You can already play all of these on an emulator pretty much perfectly. I doubt the Smithsonian is going to let you play all of the games if they had them.

Re:These belong in a museum! (5, Insightful)

byuu (1455609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247589)

The thing I disliked most was the way emulated images do not come with any box art or instruction manuals. That was always part of the fun as a kid for me.

Ironically, you can consider my effort to be undermining the very value of owning the set: I've scanned all of this stuff in at high resolution so it'll be available long after the games are gone. That's why I bought them in the first place. I'm only selling them so I can buy more games from other regions to do the same.

Re:These belong in a museum! (5, Insightful)

spazdor (902907) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247699)

You're doing God's work, Byuu.

I mean, that's a cutely hyperbolic and very Internet thing to say, but seriously, kudos. It may otherwise become impossible to find the material which you are preserving for us.

Re:These belong in a museum! (1)

BenoitRen (998927) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247725)

What about the missing instruction manuals? Were they unfindable?

Re:These belong in a museum! (5, Informative)

byuu (1455609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247909)

About a dozen were unfindable, I had to trade three of mine to get unfindable boxes, too. The rest were unaffordable. I completely maxed out my 401K loan, and my savings are empty. I can't continue buying until this set sells. Otherwise I would have loved to have listed it as a 100% CIB set. Probably could have made 50K just from some rich person not wanting to spend a decade searching. Note: only one person in the world is known to have a 100% CIB US set, DreamTR.

Re:These belong in a museum! (1)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247895)

Before reading the linked pages, I was actually worried that you were giving up on emulation/BSNES. Good to see that you're not only not giving up on it, but actually doing this as a way of preserving a part of gaming history. That's definitely a good thing.

Re:These belong in a museum! (1)

twocows (1216842) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247941)

That's absolutely fantastic. I was about to say that I think there's no problem as long as all the stuff's archived.

Also, your emulator is really great; I love it. Far better than the alternatives for SNES, and with one or two exceptions, it's the best emulator for every system it supports (at least that I've tried).

Re:These belong in a museum! (1)

spazdor (902907) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247679)

For the same reason that the original Declaration of Independence is in a museum even though you can read its full text just as easily from any of thousands of other sources.

Re:These belong in a museum! (-1, Troll)

able1234au (995975) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247321)

I have some old computer stuff to sell. Can i link to my ebay entries from slashdot too?

Re:These belong in a museum! (1)

icebraining (1313345) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247507)

Only if you bought them to make a great emulator like BSNES.

Re:These belong in a museum! (1)

Hatta (162192) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247653)

Please do. Do you have a ZX spectrum?

Re:These belong in a museum! (1)

yurtinus (1590157) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247433)

Don't forget - many museums contain a great deal of items on loan from private collections.

Re:These belong in a museum! (4, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247537)

There are plenty of extant copies of any of these vintage (not even antique) consumer goods. I agree that these are as culturally important as anything else in an art museum, but this sale doesn't in any way hinder industry.

Besides, even if you ignore these games entirely, byuu has done far more than $25,000 worth of work preserving these games. Bsnes is arguably not just the best snes emulator but the most accurate emulator ever, which is likely to survive much longer than the cardboard, plastic and silicon being sold.

Re:These belong in a museum! (2, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247573)

No.

They belong as roms on the internet for people to pay. It is utter Bullshit they are locked up and hidden because of incredibly stupid laws and insanely selfish and greedy people.

The man needs to let someone carefully read every single rom and put them up on the net so that future generations can enjoy each one. It would hurt nobody in any way possible, I dont care what some scumbag lawyer says.

Re:These belong in a museum! (5, Informative)

byuu (1455609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247953)

I agree with you completely. Read up on what Rufus Pollock, a Harvard professor found after doing research on copyright. The optimal length is 14 years, of which all SNES games have passed. Anything longer is corporate greed.

As far as letting someone read them, that is exactly why I bought them in the first place. I read every one by hand with my own custom hardware (here [byuu.org] is a picture of my setup.) This allowed me to image the entire function of the PCB, not just the ROMs like current dumps. I also scanned every box, cartridge and PCB. I then put up all the information in my online database here [byuu.org] . I can't distribute the ROM images for legal reasons, but by comparing my SHA256 hashes to yours, you can verify your ROMs are legitimate and unmodified, clean dumps.

Re:These belong in a museum! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247977)

Sites like underground gamer (and even probably The Pirate Bay) have had complete SNES collections for a long time now (of officially released games). Many come with box art scans and additional goodies. Some even attempt to collect unlicensed games and hacks which are considered part of the culture at this point.

Its highly unlikely that there's a SNES game you want to play thats not available online for easy downloading.

Re:These belong in a museum! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247695)

These don't "belong" anywhere. It would be cool to see the games in a museum, but as a collector myself I can understand why someone might want to buy them for a private collection. Nothing wrong with that.

Re:These belong in a museum! (3, Insightful)

LordLucless (582312) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247833)

So do you, Doctor Jones, so do you.

bsnes (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247167)

"Byuu" is also the author of bsnes, the BEST Super NES emulator.

HOLY FUCK! HOLY HOLY HOLY FUCK! NO SHIT! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247223)

No fuck. The summary makes that clear in the VERY FIRST TWO FUCKING WORDS :

BSNES author and game collector Byuu ...

DO YOU SEE THAT? HUH? DO YOU? Apparently you can't! My gosh, is it really too much to ask for somebody to read the first two words of the summary? Is it?

Re:HOLY FUCK! HOLY HOLY HOLY FUCK! NO SHIT! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247277)

Holy crap

someone didn't take their meds today...

Re:HOLY FUCK! HOLY HOLY HOLY FUCK! NO SHIT! (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247369)

The GP's reaction is very appropriate and relevant, given the show of utter and complete stupidity that we just witnessed in comment #42247167.

This isn't reddit, this is Slashdot. Stupidity is not tolerated here, and it should be pointed out immediately and harshly!

Re:HOLY FUCK! HOLY HOLY HOLY FUCK! NO SHIT! (5, Funny)

Zalbik (308903) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247451)

this is Slashdot. Stupidity is not tolerated here

+1 Funny

Re:HOLY FUCK! HOLY HOLY HOLY FUCK! NO SHIT! (2, Funny)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247477)

this is Slashdot. Stupidity is not tolerated here,

You must be new here.

Re:HOLY FUCK! HOLY HOLY HOLY FUCK! NO SHIT! (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247581)

This was posted by the GP in an attempt to make it look like he has friends.

Re:HOLY FUCK! HOLY HOLY HOLY FUCK! NO SHIT! (1)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247607)

this is Slashdot. Stupidity is not tolerated here

...and just like that a new slogan is born...

Re:HOLY FUCK! HOLY HOLY HOLY FUCK! NO SHIT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247547)

I though the response was hilarious. Made my day :)

Re:HOLY FUCK! HOLY HOLY HOLY FUCK! NO SHIT! (1)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247375)

I don't really see what's so "holy" about it. You're getting awful religious - their just video games.

Re:HOLY FUCK! HOLY HOLY HOLY FUCK! NO SHIT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247479)

Just video games? Who owns these just video games?

their just video games (1)

spazdor (902907) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247733)

Whose just video games are they?

Whoever they are, do they also have some unjust video games?

Declaration of Independence... (1)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248109)

"That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving THEIR JUST VIDEO GAMES from the consent of the governed"

Re:HOLY FUCK! HOLY HOLY HOLY FUCK! NO SHIT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42248013)

No, THEY'RE just video games.

Re:HOLY FUCK! HOLY HOLY HOLY FUCK! NO SHIT! (1)

thomasw_lrd (1203850) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247903)

The real question is

Is he going to delete all his roms now that he no longer owns the cartridges?

How long until the *IAA comes after him for illegal copies of roms.

First post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247175)

First post!

Re:First post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247893)

Your level of fail astounds.

Re:First post (0)

spazdor (902907) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247993)

INCORRECT.

Worth it... (2)

WGFCrafty (1062506) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247183)

It's worth it just to play Boogerman.

Re:Worth it... (1)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247297)

That game kicked ass.

$24,999? (2)

plover (150551) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247305)

I guess asking for $25,000 seemed ridiculous?

Re:$24,999? (1)

byuu (1455609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247623)

Re:$24,999? (1)

qbel (1792064) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248093)

I can't believe there were only 721 games for SNES. I would have guessed that it was... OVER 9000 [youtube.com]

Angry wife (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247193)

SELL that crap or no sex!

Meh (3, Insightful)

spire3661 (1038968) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247199)

I have every SNES game ever made uploaded to my Google Drive.

Every game ... but WHY? (1)

DavidClarkeHR (2769805) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247541)

I have every SNES game ever made uploaded to my Google Drive.

The SNES has a lot of good games, and some absolutely AWESOME ones.

Fortunately, I don't need to play Bubsy II to know it is a terrible game, and I certainly don't need to play it. Same goes for Super 3D Noah’s Ark, and I'm going to guess it applies to many of the other titles here.

Re:Every game ... but WHY? (2)

Hatta (162192) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247617)

It's easier to deal with full sets so you're sure you have something when you want to play it than it is to assemble a "best of" collection. They're only a meg or two a piece. And there's always that day when you want to experience just how bad some of the bad games really are. It helps you appreciate the good games more.

You have time for bad gaming? (1)

DavidClarkeHR (2769805) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248267)

And there's always that day when you want to experience just how bad some of the bad games really are. It helps you appreciate the good games more.

Unless you're writing a "Worst of..." article, or using an older game to show a good example of a fail, why are you playing bad games? Life is too short to waste on bad games. Besides, you don't need the SNES to experience them, just play any game on facebook.

Re:Meh (2)

TuxWithoutPants (2719479) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248143)

I have every SNES game ever made uploaded to my Google Drive.

For the good of all mankind, you need mirror sites right?

Re:Meh (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42248147)

Without sharing? That's a bad pirate.

Re:Meh (4, Insightful)

BPPG (1181851) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248269)

But you can't download an arcade where every game is 25 cents to play, not counting the many many gameovers that leave you needing more. You can't download that first gameboy your older cousin lent you for the week to play Dr. Mario over and over again just so you could beat his high score. You can't download the way it made you feel to finally get to the third stage of a boss that had kept illing you over and over before you knew how to time your attacks while avoiding theirs.

And twenty years from now, gamers from today won't be able to download the group dynamics of their MMO clan, won't be able to download the step by step evolution of Minecraft indev with it's back and forth between Notch and the smaller community. They won't be able to download all the achievements, trophies, ranks, and golden guns from their favorite FPSs. They won't be able to download the connection made between shiningly creative Little Big Planet level authors after wading through the seas of shoddily-made CoD clones and Mario levels.

I just recently got a smartphone capable of playing these old SNES games. I might download an emulator and play some games. But gaming on a touchscreen smartphone will never be the same as sitting on the carpet with my siblings, racing through the ghost levels on Super Mario Kart and figuring out exactly where to use my jumping feather to get an edge towards victory.

One missing game... (3, Informative)

supersat (639745) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247215)

Super Star Fox Weekend (Official Competition) [wikipedia.org] . It was sold through Nintendo Power after the competition ended.

Re:One missing game... (5, Informative)

byuu (1455609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247665)

It's a licensed retail only set. Donkey Kong Country Competition was another game sold only after a Blockbuster competition. Mountain Bike Rally + Speed Racer was another game that was only sold by mail order for $200 after you bought a $4,000 exercise bike. Noah's Ark 3D was an unlicensed game sold in Christian book stores. MACS was a training game designed for use in the US military. Powerfest '94 and Campus Challenge '92 were produced for their respective competitions, and were supposed to be destroyed (two of each were not.) SNES tester decks existed only inside Nintendo repair centers. This can pretty much go on forever, so you have to draw the line somewhere. However, many can legitimately say it's not a complete set if their definition includes any of the above.

pedantic correction (5, Informative)

Trepidity (597) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247217)

Slightly more restricted than "every SNES game", it's actually every regular-release SNES game sold at retail in the US, Canada, and/or Mexico. He bought them to improve the emulation quality of his emulator, bsnes.

He says he'll use the proceeds of this sale to purchase other SNES games he doesn't have, such as assembling the complete collection of games released in Europe.

Re:pedantic correction (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247439)

Well, surprise, FUCKING surprise.
ANOTHER headline at Slashdot that isn't accurate.

Someone should make a website that lists just the Slashdot headlines, and next to them whether they are lies or not.
I'm willing to bet for $24,999 that more than half of them are lies.
(And after reading the lies you get to more lies, the summaries. If anyone ever manages to get the users to another website, Slashdot will be history.)

ROMs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247235)

Or just download all the roms for free?

Re:ROMs (0, Troll)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248099)

But they're not .SFC files and specially divided up into pieces for his emulator with his anime character front-end launcher and shell extension for his emulator!!!

BSNES 0.78 is the last good version.

But Wait! There's more! (3, Funny)

pkthunders (2777383) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247245)

We'll also throw in a free box of Twinkies! A $5000 value but yours free!

Re:But Wait! There's more! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247383)

Yeah!

It's a good thing he's asking just $24,999 because if it were $25,000, I couldn't afford it!

Re:But Wait! There's more! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247449)

This so reminds be of the Chinese. They throw in crap (ie "free gift") with purchase and humorously don't even tell you that there going to do it... so why bother? It's stuff NOBODY would possibly want. Obviously the people making this stuff and doing the selling don't understand that the products they are selling have some actual value. It's not just useless stuff or stuff for the sake of it. But I guess because it isn't a critical life essential (food, water, roof, heat) the people just don't understand its value since they don't have these things or the need is non-existent when your starving.

Re:But Wait! There's more! (1)

Amouth (879122) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248043)

So a funny thing about unwanted items, in the scrap steel industry, when buying/importing cars,containers, and things that have open cavities from Japan it is a common problem to find them stuffed with garbage.

Cloud cakes (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247639)

After Hostess went under, I decided to download my Twinkies from the cloud [littledebbie.com] .

Um, he admits he's breaking the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247301)

He says he's dumped them all (made copies), and now is looking to sell them. Doesn't anyone see the legal issue here?

Re:Um, he admits he's breaking the law (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247373)

yeah, just a bit, I was waiting for someone else to pick up on it...

Re:Um, he admits he's breaking the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247379)

You are correct; it is a problem and he should be charging $150,000 per each game plus a bit for lawyers fees so that he can pay the $150,000 per infringement that he might get hit with.

Re:Um, he admits he's breaking the law (1)

Nyder (754090) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247389)

He says he's dumped them all (made copies), and now is looking to sell them. Doesn't anyone see the legal issue here?

No.

Re:Um, he admits he's breaking the law (5, Informative)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247489)

He says he's dumped them all (made copies), and now is looking to sell them. Doesn't anyone see the legal issue here?

Legal issue, yes. Ethical issue, no.

Re:Um, he admits he's breaking the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247493)

More importantly, does anyone with a brain actually care?

Re:Um, he admits he's breaking the law (1)

I Mean, What (2778851) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247559)

So, what you're saying is, nobody at Nintendo will care...

Re:Um, he admits he's breaking the law (3, Informative)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247569)

He says he's dumped them all (made copies), and now is looking to sell them. Doesn't anyone see the legal issue here?

Depends on where he lives; this is perfectly legal in some places, but not the US. In many countries it's kosher to make a copy and sell the original. The trick is that you can't sell or distribute the copy -- personal use only.

Re:Um, he admits he's breaking the law (4, Informative)

byuu (1455609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247681)

I haven't distributed any of the images, only SHA256 checksums (here [byuu.org] ), and I promise that I'll delete all the ROMs as soon as the set sells ;)

Re:Um, he admits he's breaking the law (1)

mysidia (191772) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248115)

Think possibly you could archive them up, instead, and seal them in a manner, that the package won't be opened by anyone, except in a hundred years or so, when the copyright expires? :)

Re:Um, he admits he's breaking the law (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42248327)

100 years from now copyrights will never expire because of THE JEW

Re:Um, he admits he's breaking the law (1)

mysidia (191772) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248095)

He says he's dumped them all (made copies), and now is looking to sell them. Doesn't anyone see the legal issue here?

It's likely fair use, because it's a personal copy, for use in testing/refining his coding that emulates a SNES and interoperates with the software, and doesn't impact the commercial value of the product, as it's not for sale anymore -- and he's not consuming the content.

Alright guys... (0)

ooooli (1496283) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247309)

... are we maybe taking this "news for nerds" thing just a little too far?

Shipping kills the deal (1)

ninjackn (1424235) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247353)

Shipping via free local pick up only. Looks like I'll have to pass. There's also the issue of me not having $25k to spend on 721 SNES titles but the shipping clearly is the bigger problem since I don't live in Ohio.

Re:Shipping kills the deal (3, Informative)

byuu (1455609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247693)

Summary states that I will freight ship the collection. It will cost about $400 to do this in the US, and a small fortune internationally.

Yup. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247361)

No one wants to comment on this story.

Uh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247363)

Don't people sell everything they own before they kill themselves? Wouldn't something this valuable only be worth giving up if you had given up on life?

Re:Uh? (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247659)

Don't people sell everything they own before they kill themselves?

No, that would indicate they still think there is something worth living for.

Easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42247399)

Plenty of people spend /way/ more than 25 grand just for some extra grins and boasting rights on cars. Byuu is a well known collector so the provenance is excellent.

Actually, a while ago a relative sold a modest minor oil painting on a plank of wood. Pretty obscure local artist but excellent provenance, and our old home area had gotten popular & populated by summer-home millionaires. It went for 25 grand. Crazy auction. Just so one of those millionaires could show it off to the others.

Cleaned? (0, Troll)

superdave80 (1226592) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247419)

...and every game has been professionally cleaned...

**Random dude blows dust off of cartridge contacts.

"Cleaned. That will be twenty bucks."

Re:Cleaned? (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247587)

...and every game has been professionally cleaned...

**Random dude blows dust off of cartridge contacts.

"Cleaned. That will be twenty bucks."

That's a LOT of hot air.

Re:Cleaned? (4, Informative)

byuu (1455609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247707)

The PCB contacts were scrubbed with sodium hydroxide (to remove oxidation) and isopropyl alcohol (to remove residue.) Took about five minutes per cart. Which is about 60 hours of labor. Not a whole lot, it just ensures that every game will turn on with your very first try, and you won't dirty up your SNES connector on these carts.

Lyeing to us all (5, Funny)

tepples (727027) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248179)

The PCB contacts were scrubbed with sodium hydroxide (to remove oxidation)

That's a lye, and you know it.

Only 712 games?! (-1)

unixguy98 (2786657) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247461)

After all, it's only 721 games. When you can download "6666 games|Nintendo NES-SNES-Sega-GBA-Atari-Arcade ROMs+emulator" just by knowing this alphanumeric string: "4bfd5de335c0840e19662784e086553541e0ce28" who cares about stupid collectors?
But, hey, wait! If there is only 721 SNES games ever made, why there is "758 Snes Roms + An Snes Emuator" in the hand of pirates with the plate number of "0817BB205C8DD8AF6AB5BB23D81DA90DCEED9CF5"? Liars! Shame on you!

Professional NES cartridge cleaner? (0)

Guppy (12314) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247465)

every game has been professionally cleaned and tested.

Man, it must have taken forever to personally blow on all those cartridges.

eBay link (5, Interesting)

byuu (1455609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247551)

[ eBay Link to auction ] [ebay.com]

I am probably underselling myself here, but I would likely accept the first serious offer for $20K or above.

That may seem like a lot, but if you do completed auction searches on eBay, you will see that the top dozen or so games (EarthBound, Hagane, Harvest Moon, Incantation, Aero Fighters, 3 Ninjas Kick Back, Metal Warriors, Mega Man X3, ...) routinely sell for $400-1000 a piece when complete in box. The next four dozen easily command $100-350. That leaves you with about $5 per complete in box game for the rest, in a market where the prices have continued to rise steadily for the past several years.

Re:eBay link (4, Insightful)

adisakp (705706) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247869)

Have you thought about an Indiegogo campaign or Kickstarter to fund your effort for European and Japanese cartridges?

Crowd-funding of projects is hot right now and it might be easier to find thousands of people who think your efforts are worth $10 to them than to find a single person willing to part with $25,000 for old game cartridges.

Re:eBay link (3, Interesting)

byuu (1455609) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248047)

Willing to try it I suppose. A lot of the trouble is finding the games in the first place. For that, I am going to need people in Europe and Japan who can scour game shops, build up small bundles and ship them internationally all at once. Many of them will be very, very hard to find at all.

Re:eBay link (2)

adisakp (705706) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248265)

Well, for what it's worth, both Kickstarter and Indiegogo let you build up a list of people interested in your projects and send them updates on your project's status. You could send e-mails specifying cartridges you need to your entire list of funders and as long as you don't do it to often (i.e. less than once a month) people probably won't find it intrusive.

Re:eBay link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42248299)

I would absolutely be interested in funding that or in simply donating to support your excellent work on BSNES and your efforts to preserve the SNES. Is there a way for myself or others to donate right now?

Re:eBay link (1)

Cammi (1956130) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247959)

It looks like you linked to the wrong eBay auction? That one does not contain complete set of every North American Super Nintendo (SNES) game ever released.

Re:eBay link (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248187)

Which retail game carrying the Official Nintendo Seal is missing?

Re:eBay link (1)

minijedimaster (1434893) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247987)

Well, good luck sir. I hope your collection finds a good home.

Only $24,999? (1)

Slyfox696 (2432554) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247793)

I think it's funny how this is listed at $24,999, as if someone is going to say "Well, $25,000 is simply too much, take a dollar off and I'll consider it". :-)

Otherwise, this is pretty cool stuff. If I had the money, I'd be on this immediately, even though I never played SNES. And yes, I'm aware that most people here are probably saying the same thing. I just wanted to be clear I wasn't being an ass about the price tag.

Re:Only $24,999? (1)

DreamMaster (175517) | about a year and a half ago | (#42247995)

I think it's funny how this is listed at $24,999, as if someone is going to say "Well, $25,000 is simply too much, take a dollar off and I'll consider it". :-)

Why not? It works. There's a reason why prices everywhere are always ending in '.95', or '.99' in countries that still have cents. Even if only subconsciously, it makes a difference to people's perception of the cost. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_pricing [wikipedia.org]

Re:Only $24,999? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42248061)

What, and cut out the whole $25,001 market?

Obsolescence (1)

H3xx (662833) | about a year and a half ago | (#42248253)

Or a single Pirate Bay download...

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