Cast of Dragon Quest IV

New purchases: more Dragon Quest! (29 October)

Thanks to my previous day job and after-hours freelance obligations, I didn’t have time to write something new for MyBakclog. Now that I’m at a new company and have a lot more free time in the evenings, it’s time for a new post! This also means it’s going to be a bumper pickups article.

Upgrading my 2DS console

When I still worked at Burn Media, I was loaned a New Nintendo 3DS XL. While it was a fantastic console, I could never get used to its bulk and how uncomfortable it was to hold for long periods of time. When I left the company, I had to give the console back and was thankfully given a 2DS by a friend. Though, I still wanted something with more oomph to it.

Upon the announcement of the New Nintendo 2DS XL back in April, I immediately fell in love with it. Not only was the device dropping 3D — a feature I didn’t like — but it would also be both cheaper and lighter. It took me a while, but I finally saved up for the orange and white version and a copy of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. I can easily say it’s one of the best console purchases I’ve ever made.

A lot of games from ‘X DVDs and Games’

There’s a store not too far away from me called X DVDs and Games. It primarily deals in second-hand video games, movies, TV Shows, and anime but can carry a few bits of hardware and other goodies. Thanks to this store, I managed to find Picross 3D for the Nintendo DS. I’m a huge fan of Picross, especially Picross 3D: Round 2 on the 2DS/3DS systems.

On my second trip to the store, I brought along a few games to trade in. This haul consisted of Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight (PS3), Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 (PS3), Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 (PS3), Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage (PS3), and Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (NDS). I’ve been trying to track down all of the portable Dragon Quest games, but it’s a mission in South Africa. When I saw Joker behind the counter of the store, I had to snatch it up.

During my next visit, I traded in a few more games and picked up Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3), Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (PS3), F.3.A.R. (PS3), The Darkness (PS3), and Disgaea DS (NDS). Much like the previous haul, the NDS title was the one I was really after.

Other video game purchases

I only recently stumbled across the Etrian series of video games. Up until then, I know pretty much nothing about them. One night I downloaded the Nintendo 3DS demo for Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl and fell in love with it. It felt like the anime version of a table-top role-playing game, which meant that I needed to pick it up.

Lately, I’ve been pretty lucky when it came to online purchases. One Bid or Buy seller was practically giving Kingdon Hearts: Re:coded (NDS) away, while another had Dragon Quest IV: The Chapters of the Chosen (NDS) and Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (NDS) for decent prices. And, finally, I splurged on Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (NDS) from Raru.

I also picked up Front Mission: Evolved (PS3) and Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations (PS3) from the Cash Crusaders in Durbanville.

And that’s it for now. There have been a lot of other temptations of late, but I’ve been narrowing down the games I want to have in my collection — I want games I’ll play. Not only that, but I want to find all of the Yakuza and Dragon Quest/Warrior titles as well.

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