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  • Today on game life, I'm presiding over a retro game showdown between chris Kohler and legendary game collector Mike.

  • Mike.

  • I read he is not ready.

  • Bring it on.

  • So I asked the both of you before we came today for each of you, bring three games that weren't available in retail stores and we're gonna put them up, head to head.

  • Best of three wins.

  • I'm gonna judge and I don't have a gavel, but I do have an actual literal hammer.

  • So peter these games are very valuable and I want you to be careful.

  • I promise to bludgeon them gently if you lose.

  • So let's begin the honourable peter?

  • S Rubin is presiding.

  • I would like to begin with.

  • Uh, let's begin with the visitor, Michael, Michael, What's your first?

  • What's your first specimen?

  • So I, I brought something that's kind of close to me because when I was younger, uh, there's a game that I always dreamed of having, but it never really got released and it's sort quest Water Road for the 20 2600.

  • That is not the most pristine version of the game.

  • This is a game that come out and it was announced the Atari Age fan club magazine and I had played the first two games and then ultimately there will be 1/4 game come out, but Atari put the kibosh on on the whole program.

  • We got the first two games out, Earth World and Fire World.

  • And those are very, very common to find those anywhere, yep.

  • But this one not so much.

  • And I remember seeing this at a close out store when I was younger and begging my parents for me to get in there.

  • It was like $5 and they're like, no, no.

  • And I'm like in my mind, I knew like I'll never see this again.

  • And so a good friend of mine actually, he met when I moved out here, had a few copies of this and he was kind enough to give this to me when I first came out to California.

  • And so it's been in my collection quite a bit now, if you get a shrink wrapped version you can see that for like $400.

  • Oh yeah, loose cartridge, 100 100 and 5200.

  • It's actually been coming down a tari loose car not to, you know, disparage the Sword Quest Waterworld here.

  • Atari loose cartridges have been coming down in price recently but the boxes and the manuals have been kind of staying up there so it's good that you've got the complete version.

  • Exactly yeah.

  • Yeah.

  • Okay.

  • Well let me answer, let me answer that.

  • What do you got a fine entry with this?

  • So you might say chris Mario tennis for the, for the Nintendo.

  • Virtual Boy, the rudimentary three D uh aborted game system that Nintendo put out for less than a year before killing.

  • You might say Mario Tennis came packaged in with the Virtual boy.

  • Everyone has this and you're absolutely right the differences, this has the box because the game that was packaged in with the Virtual boy was just the game in the manual, no cardboard box.

  • This box was only made for Blockbuster video.

  • And if you rented this game from Blockbuster they had this box sitting on the shelf.

  • And then when Blockbuster and Nintendo got rid of all of their inventory of the Virtual Boy, blockbuster would actually Get rid of these boxes as well and and sell them to people.

  • How do you come across that, this particular copy?

  • I think I actually got in a video game store probably paid like $25 for this, but the box itself is worth about $150 right now.

  • Nintendo boxes alone for even nes and virtual boy in the box itself is going for so much money now for all these games.

  • Oh totally.

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah.

  • Okay, that's the first round and I like sword quest a lot but I like the rental exclusive even more.

  • So I'm gonna give this round to koller however ground to, I'm going to give whoever lost the round gets to begin the next round and get first and try to draw first blood for that.

  • So let's let's see what you got on this next one.

  • Obviously I'm an older gamer and batteries a fetish of mine.

  • Obviously with like all the games I've produced for Atari and whatnot.

  • Uh what is this?

  • So this is a lab loner cartridge from Atari.

  • Uh the division at Atari of a game called Donald Duck, which is actually dumb duck speedboat right now, if you, if you can't see the data on this, uh that is april 12 1983 from the prototype lab.

  • And so these were what they used internally when they were creating and testing games.

  • That's right.

  • And they would they would hand these out externally to game magazines, which is only like one or two at the time.

  • Uh Sorry, Club magazine, that sort of thing.

  • And they would ask for them back, it would say please return to prototype Lab.

  • Sure, of course.

  • Um the interesting about this game, so this is technically well over.

  • Yeah, this game particularly did not come out which follows the theme we're talking about.

  • It's Donald Duck speedboat, It's a side scrolling action game.

  • It looked really nice.

  • It was part of the whole Disney licensing program they had, which had, of course like Fantasia, uh, sources apprentice game and that sort of thing.

  • Very difficult to find these right now.

  • And luckily I was able to find this at a flea market here in California, but obviously now it's the home of Atari and like this stuff floats around the person who is selling it to me.

  • He had no idea what this was.

  • And I felt kind of guilty because they were actually saying they would give me a discount because they didn't have the label.

  • Oh man.

  • I mean what was full price that they were asking?

  • So this was $2 And they offered to give you to you for a dollar because it didn't have the label.

  • That's right.

  • And I gave them the $2 anyways because I said, I've been looking for it.

  • They were like, which was true.

  • Yeah, yeah.

  • And I purchased a total of 10 of these from the same lot and there was very interesting games, is one of the most interesting ones there.

  • And normally something like this goes for upwards of 200 sometimes even more.

  • Especially, well this game was never released, one was not released and it does have, you're right, that has crossed collectibility because snow white and other games like this are very valuable for Disney collectors who collect anything.

  • Disney like it could be a napkin or whatever and spend a lot of money.

  • So this one is uh I like it as far as it's like, fairness.

  • I like it better than Water World.

  • I think it's a pretty good contender for our little battle.

  • That's pretty, that's pretty strong chris Kohler.

  • Okay, I'm gonna have to see what you're tough, but here's how I'm going to answer this.

  • If you like the rent, you know what I'm playing to the judge here.

  • If you like the rent, like, let me show you this is the only john Madden video game that is worth any money whatsoever.

  • You know, typically you're, you're john Madden games, the Madden football for the Sega genesis.

  • They're worth basically nothing because they made so many of them.

  • Nobody really wants to buy them and play them.

  • But except for this one.

  • So if you see john Madden Championship edition, you're gonna notice down here.

  • It says rental store exclusive.

  • So what we're dealing with here is a version of john Madden that you could only get at either like Blockbuster video or your local video rental store.

  • Um Really important about this, I want to point out the cartridge itself, you can kind of find, it's like 30 bucks or so you know, the box might be a little bit more expensive but this one has a beautiful instruction manual inside.

  • The source also says rental store exclusive and the thing is when people rented video games, a lot of video game stores just took the instruction manuals and threw them away because they knew they were gonna get destroyed.

  • They make copies of them are they make like those sort of instruction sheets that they paste onto the box.

  • Remember the little cardboard little sheets I would tell you the brief instructions or they would put a sticker on the instruction manual, they don't steal this or it would just get destroyed by the kids are thrown away or whatever.

  • So to find a rental store game that still has the instruction manual in that good of a condition is really big.

  • And so this is something that in this condition would be worth about $100 or so.

  • And I also found that at a flea market here in the bay area.

  • Okay, so this is tight.

  • Both local finds both steals.

  • I'm gonna say given a combination of rarity age and the fact that it's technically theft because it's still property of Atari.

  • I'm going to give this one to mike for the Donald Duck speedboats.

  • Also, you know, play to the judge once is fine.

  • But you know, don't take advantage of my predilections here.

  • No more rental store exclusives.

  • Alright, we're all tied up, we're all tied up.

  • You lost this round so you begin to go for third final, decisive round.

  • This is not a rental store exclusive.

  • And quite frankly, I think I'm doing pretty well with this last one.

  • So this was something that was never available in stores was never even available in this country.

  • That's right.

  • So you might know, Mike Tyson's punch out is one of the most popular one.

  • And quite frankly for my money, one of the absolute best games of the Nintendo entertainment system.

  • Before they release it in America, they released it in Japan.

  • This happens a lot, but this game was never sold to anyone.

  • This was only given out as a prize.

  • Um, if you did really well on a golf game for the family calm the japanese version of the eight bit Nintendo system, you could take your scores and send them into Nintendo and the people who did the absolute best on this game, uh, you had a chance of winning a golden punch out cartridge and now, you know, you can find these in like collectible stores in Japan, 100 150 or so dollars.

  • But uh this was never, ever, ever sold uh to a single person ever.

  • How did you, how did you come upon this beauty?

  • I went to Japan and bought it for.

  • Exactly.

  • Well the thing is it was actually um it was a lot, it was cheap because it has this cosmetic damage here.

  • You see the rip in the label And that in Japan is like the kiss of death.

  • So I actually paid about $50 for this.

  • Um but you know to have a copy that I don't mind pulling out and like playing if I really felt like it, there is no Mike Tyson in here.

  • By the way, I was gonna say you get to the point where you would fight Mike Tyson and the game is over.

  • Uh so it is slightly different to.

  • But yes, this is totally one of the, the centerpieces of my collection because a it's a game that I really love and it's a it's a version of that game that is very hard to get your hands on.

  • That's great.

  • All of that is tugging at this judge's heart strings and I will be taken under consideration.

  • Well, this is a this is an uphill road for you, my friend.

  • This is what you let's see what you got.

  • You know, I didn't know this one was coming out, but I did bring something that I kind of kept off that I think is going to going to help here.

  • Um So, I have right here, Half Life for Dreamcast.

  • What is this?

  • So, uh it was planned to be released on Dreamcast.

  • Never came out again following this theme.

  • Um In fact, like the actual disk of the game was never truly manufactured, but there are versions of the game that are out there people can play and that this is not like a photocopy.

  • This is the real half life, You know about this before.

  • In fact, I will go even crazy and maybe you're going to take this, Oh my God, don't do it.

  • I will do it.

  • I will hurt you with this hammer.

  • If you heard that, you can take a look through it.

  • You sure can.

  • This is this was planned to be part of the release and the disk would come into this and they would release it out there.

  • The story goes that there were probably about 500 of these made, many destroyed.

  • Someone managed to save a few of these, maybe even two.

  • And, uh, that person who will go unnamed because he's always said, do not ever say my name.

  • Um, he managed to give me one of them and uh, it's probably one of the most prized possessions I have.

  • That's amazing.

  • And you can see this was ready to go to store.

  • It was ready for me.

  • Like it was a retail and it includes the game included, the expansion pack, It was blue shift if I remember correctly.

  • And uh, it was actually a pretty good game for dreamcast.

  • It's just a shame it never came out and the fans really wanted this game to come out and say the only thing, the only not because there was some reviews for it that would come up because they were so close to shipping it.

  • The only knock it really had was a load times I think.

  • And that was about it.

  • But they were normal.

  • Have you played it?

  • Yes, I have.

  • Okay.

  • Okay.

  • Just judge wants to know in terms of value that is like, that is the absolute like highest value things sitting on this table.

  • And the thing is, we would never know how much it's actually worth.

  • You can measure it really.

  • You're right.

  • You would have to sell it, you would have to put it up for all.

  • Have there been any that have hit auction or?

  • Oh, no, no, no, no, no.

  • It's certainly not recently.

  • Yeah, that's right.

  • I have not seen any activity on it.

  • I've been looking for a long time.

  • Who else would have this?

  • You want to know?

  • Yeah.

  • I just want to kind of get a gauge for like what is the perceived when you walked in today with an assistant who had a briefcase chained to their wrist.

  • I didn't know what that was about.

  • Now I understand.

  • Okay, so golden punch out.

  • No, Mike Tyson went to Japan to get it like a lazy rube half life for Dreamcast, Which I'm sorry.

  • This is not even a contest.

  • I'm calling this one for Mike awesome.

  • That was, it was touch and go for a second.

  • I I was I was not aware of this.

  • I was not aware of this game.

  • And when you pulled that out, uh, there was almost an accident.

  • You failed me.

  • Gold punch out.

  • You failed me for the last last time.

  • Mhm.

  • Thanks so much for being here.

  • I'm gonna put this hammer down now.

  • This has been a pretty fantastic opportunity for me to see some of these games.

  • I know you have a bunch, so you can subscribe to Mike's channel on Youtube as well as ours, which we urge you to do.

  • Now.

  • This has been another game, life video on the wire channel.

  • You know, I don't even know what my channel is.

mhm mm.

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