Game Collection Sold for 1 Million Euros on eBay

eBay is definitely a place where you can snag a good deal on anything and everything. In fact, people also list their countries on sale there (See: Greece for Sale on eBay, Iceland as well). However, looks like someone put their game collection on sale at eBay this time and it fetched a bomb of a price.

Biggest Game Collection Sale eBay

The sale listing, which went with the title “BIGGEST COLLECTION EVER? 22 SEGA / NINTENDO / PC ENGINE FULLSETS,FACTORY SEALED!”, managed to sell for 1 million Euros or approximately $1.23 million. All this for a set of 7000 games.

The buyer of the product is a proud owner of all the games ever released on the Nintendo home systems, Sega systems and NEC systems. The entire package consists of 22 sets consisting of game cartridges, GameCube sets and more. You’ll find descriptions of the products included here.

Million Euros/1.2 Million Dollar Games eBay

The game collection sale is not the most expensive item ever sold on eBay though, but would beat the $1.2 million Honus Wagner baseball card sold in 2000 yet not as expensive $140 million yacht sold in 2005  according to Yahoo. The buyer might also have to pony up some additional fees and a 1000 Euro shipping charge and can expect to see his booty in 6-9 business days.

While the games are definitely something worth keeping, but would you pay 1 million Euros for it? Is the person who bought it crazy or just a passionate collector of games? You let me know.

(h/t Reddit)

Indie Darling VVVVVV Comes to the 3DS

This is a lovely early New Years’ Gift for all US fans of the 3DS as well as Indie gaming! Terry Cavanaugh’s acclaimed super-hard and incredibly addictive 2D platformer VVVVVV has come to the US 3DS eShop for $7.99 and is apparently quite a blast to play with the 3DS’ much loved 3D-without-glasses screen as well as the second screen that makes the game quite a lot of fun to play.


With its simple controls and simpler graphics, yet extremely convoluted puzzles using the gravity-inversion trick of the game, VVVVVV looked like the best kind of game to be ported to handheld consoles such as the Sony PlayStation Portable and the Nintendo 3DS. So when Cavanaugh decided to go through for developing it for the 3DS, using the secondary screen as a map for the game (one of the more useful ways of using the second screen with this game, although I cannot say I did not see this coming).

The 3DS version, being $3 dearer than the PC version, includes the ability to download fan-made levels on the PC and playing it on this game. In effect, for $7.99, you are getting an unlimited array of levels to keep playing with on your 3DS. Considering how easy this game is to pick up and play, this perfectly supplements the handheld nature of the platform.

iOS and Android Claim 58% of US Portable Game Revenue

You would have thought by now gaming companies like Nintendo and Sony would have started to offer games for mobile devices. Despite so many wake up calls, they are choosing not to act on it. By not doing so, they are harming their own interests. Really foolish. For example, Nintendo reported a $923 million loss just a few weeks ago.

iOS and Android games

Today, a new report from mobile analytics firm  Flurry revealed  that it has been a disastrous year for portable gaming machines like the Sony PlayStation Portable and the Nintendo DS. New data reveals that iOS and Android are capturing a significant share of U.S.’s portable game revenue in 2011. Flurry revealed that free and inexpensive games from iOS and Android devices have taken control of the portable gaming market. Shockingly, both mobile platforms controlled 58 percent of revenue in 2011. This is a significant change from 2009 when the Nintendo DS commanded 70 percent of the portable industry’s revenue. Wouldn’t it be cool if games like Zelda and Pokemon were available on mobile devices? Yeah, I think so too.

You thought that was brutal? Just wait until you read the next part. Nintendo (the leader in video games) saw its  market dominance shrink to just an estimated 36 percent of the U.S. portable gaming market in 2011, while Sony’s PlayStation Portable platform is expected to represent 6 percent domestically. Holy moly! How times have changed. When I was a kid, portable gaming used to be a hot market, but now it is quickly vanishing. I don’t even see people around here using portable gaming devices anymore. Unreal.  In fact, the success of smartphones has prompted invested Nintendo to brings its popular video games to platforms like the iPhone and iPad.

“The days of paying $25, or more, for a cartridge at a retail store may soon end,” Farago said. “Further, the installed base of iOS and Android devices has not only reached critical mass, but also continues to grow at unprecedented rates.”

Why these gaming companies are not listening to the press, analysts, and consumers is beyond me. This is the one time they should. If this is how much mobile devices are affecting gaming companies, just imagine what effect AirPlay Mirroring in iOS 5 will have. With an Apple TV hooked up to a high-definition TV, an iPhone 4S or iPad 2, what’s the need for video game consoles? Firemint, the developers of Real Racing has already proved more disruption is on the way.

Nintendo Announces Wii U Gaming Console

One has to hand it to Nintendo for being willing to take risks. It kick-started the motion gaming revolution with its Nintendo Wii in 2006. Last year, it made a bold move by announcing the Nintendo 3DS, a handheld gaming device with glasses-free 3D display. Now, it is trying to shake things up again with the Nintendo Wii U.


Nintendo Wii U is the successor to the massively popular Nintendo Wii. Once again Nintendo is targeting casual users more than hardcore gamers. In fact, Nintendo is officially calling the Wii U a “home console” instead of a “gaming console”.

As you might expect, the Wii U boasts of significantly improved hardware. It has an IBM Power based multi-core CPU, and a custom designed AMD Radeon HD GPU. This means that Wii U games will look at least as good as current PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games. The Wii U also supports full HD video output, and has a front-facing camera. The console will have internal flash memory, but you can use an ordinary SD card or an external USB hard disk drive to expand its storage. However, the real draw of the console is not its powerful hardware, but its innovative new controller.



The Wii U comes with a tablet-like 6.2-inch touchscreen controller, which also has all the traditional controls, including two analog Circle Pads. The touchscreen can replicate the image being sent to the television, and can be used to continue gaming when the television is unavailable. It can also provide entirely different perspectives and can add an extra dimension to gaming. It’s difficult to describe in words exactly how this controller works. Check out the trailer video embedded below to understand the full potential of the Wii U controller.

Nintendo Wii U Trailer Video

The Wii U supports all Nintendo Wii controllers and up to four Wii Remotes can be connected at once. However, Nintendo hasn’t yet revealed how many Wii U controllers can be paired.




What the Wii U is trying to pull off is ambitious and bold. It will be up to the game developers to leverage the Wii U in an intuitive and ingenious manner. If they succeed, then Nintendo might have another huge hit in their hands. The Wii U is slated to be released in 2012.

Tech Demo Demonstrating the Graphics Prowess of the Wii U

Nintendo Wii’s Successor Coming In 2012; Demo To Be Shown At E3

Nintendo released its motion based video game console the Wii way back in late 2006. Since then, the console has shipped in huge volumes, and has met with huge success.

However, 4 years is a long time in the general consumer electronics field, and the Wii has definitely become old now. The graphics of the console look dated and frankly, the lack of gaming at HD resolution in this age is downright embarrassing.


Nintendo realized this, and has announced that they will be releasing the successor to the Wii sometime next year. The company has also stated that they will have a playable model’ available for demo at the upcoming E3 in Los Angeles.

Sadly, the company did not mention anything about the changes the Wii’s successor will sport. Hopefully, the company will reveal more juicy details about the Wii 2 before E3 (7th June).

The Wii 2 will surely have a tough task matching the popularity of the original Wii. Nintendo managed to sell a whopping 86.01 million units of Wii, between its launch and March 2011.

Nintendo 3DS ‘Officially’ Announced; To Cost $249

Nintendo has announced in a press event today that the Nintendo 3DS will hit the shelves on March 27. Along with this, the company also provided more details about the 3DS. The 3D console will come with two-screens where the top screen is a 3D one. The 3DS will come with a 2GB SD pre-installed and a charging cradle. The new 3D console from Nintendo will also sport a game slot at its back which will accept both 3DS and DS games.

The Nintendo 3DS will also feature a Gyro sensor and a built-in motion sensor for a more real life gaming experience where the games will react to a gamers action.


Nintendo 3DS is a category of one the experience simply doesn’t exist anywhere else,said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. You have to see Nintendo 3DS to believe it. And it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

The top left corner of the console will sport a notification LED light which will blink according to the status of the device. The back of the console will sport a couple of cameras which are capable of taking 3D pictures while the front cam is a 2D one only.

The 3DS will also feature a 3D depth slider which will allow users to adjust the intensity’ of the 3D effect on the console. Along with this, the console will also sport a Control Pad’ which will provide gamers with full analog control in 3D games. At the time of its launch, the 3DS will have popular 3D gaming titles like the Pilotwings Resort, Super Street Fighter IV, Steel Driver and the Asphalt 3D.

The 3DS will also sport two new interesting features StreetPass and SpotPass. Readers can find more about these features and read more about the 3D console from Nintendo on the official Nintendo 3DS website.

The Nintendo 3DS will hit the stores on March 27 with a maximum retail price of $249.99.

Nintendo 3DS May Harm Children’s Eyes

The Nintendo 3DS is the next iteration of the popular Nintendo DS series of handheld gaming devices. What sets the 3DS apart from its competitors (basically the Sony PSP and the Apple iPod Touch) is that one of its two screens (hence the name DSmeaning Dual Screen) is a stereoscopic 3D display whose depth can be changed at will from flat 2D to full 3D, without the need for any clunky glasses. Previewers were struck at just how amazing the screen was in real life, and that you’d need to use it to feel the 3D effect as it is lost in cameras.


However, Nintendo’s Japanese website has issued a warning about their (normally) child-friendly device saying that the 3D mode should not be used by children below six years of age as the view has potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes. Stereoscopic 3D on the 3DS works by (mostly) sending the images at angle to each other to each eye. This means that when your brain reads these two images there’s a parallax barrier created between the eyes, creating a 3 dimensional effect. This effect may confuse developing eyes and thus the overarching warning was issued by Nintendo.

However, I cannot help but agree with Business Insider in that Nintendo is basically sticking up a DO NOT BUY THIS FOR YOUR KIDsign for parents on their newest model. Nevertheless, more light will come to this matter once the product is actually released to the English speaking countries.

Free Game – Secret Maryo Chronicles

Are you an old time gamer like me? I still remember playing the old platform games on Nintendo and Super Nintendo systems. I still like playing them now and then. However, I don’t need to get my old system out of the garage to play them. There are plenty of free games that look and feel just like the old ones.

One of my recent downloads is Secret Maryo Chronicles. As the name suggests, it’s very similar to the Super Mario games. I found the game at Penguspy, which is a good place to find great games for Linux, as well as Windows systems.

One good point in the game is that it’s available for Windows and Linux both. Now I’ve got something fun to do in Ubuntu 10.10.

Here’s a screenshot of the game.


I won’t go into details about how to play the game. You can figure out most of it by watching the video.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

This game is perfect for old timers who miss Mario. It’s also a great game for younger people. Since it’s free, and available for Windows and Linux, I have no problem recommending it.


Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Thriller and Mario Paint Composer

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Today I ran into a video showing off the Thriller tune in Mario Paint Composer. I was amazed. Here’s the video …

Click here if you can’t see the video.

I’d never heard of Mario Paint Composer, but it’s been around since 1999 on Nintendo game systems. According to Wikipedia, Mario Paint was rated the 162nd best game made on a Nintendo System in Nintendo Power‘s Top 200 Games list.

The design team at unFun Games has a version you can run in Windows and Mac. Anyone, even someone as musically stupid as me, can create their own tunes in it. Here’s what the authors of the game say about it.

Mario Paint Composer is a remake of the music system from the original Mario Paint for the Super NES. It is made by unFun Games. The game is, of course, completely free, but we ask that you check out our website if you like it. You’ll find other fun online games to play there for PC and Mac!

Mario Paint Composer is 100% virus/spyware free. It will not harm your computer in any way.


I downloaded and unzipped it to my computer and within only a few minutes, I’d figured out how it works. You can load tunes, save tunes and even download tunes that others have created.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Mario Paint Composer is fun for all ages. It’s easy to create and share music with others and the software is easy to use. It’s portable freeware and you can run it from a Flash card or USB stick if you need to. This one gets a big thumbs up from me.


Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Microsoft Employee Says Kinect Buggy and Not A Wii Killer

Ok, go slow and take this with a big pinch of salt, this may not be true at all, but no one has used the extensively, so this cannot be untrue too right now.

Microsoft Kinect Xbox 360

One of our posts made it to the N4G home page recently, and while browsing through the comments on the post (comment #4 by mricecreamman), I saw something interesting which says that there might be some problems with the sensors right now.

Kinect Problem Comment

Here is the comment text from the image above (emphasis added):

i work for microsoft here in out west and gotta say it’s pretty fun, but it’s not a wii killer. if too many people is around the sensor it becomes non responsive and sometimes it has latency. this is just a replica of when sony came out with the eyetoy..which it didn’t do so well.

Now there are a few things here, the person in question says that the Kinect is pretty fun but not a Wii killer. I have to agree with that fact, because Wii is in a different league altogether. Wii is for fun gaming, exercising, dancing, playing Mario and more and not for playing Call of Duty, for which you will of course use the Xbox 360. Wii in itself has a cult status amongst its users for motion gaming.

Another important point this person brought up was the fact that if too many people crowd around the device sensor it become non responsive and has latency, so this means that the device is definitely not ready for house parties yet and is a bit buggy. Once again, this might be a non-issue when Kinect actually comes out on November 4. Another aspect of this claim is that neither has Microsoft demoed Kinect with a crowd and neither will be there games which will require lot of people to be near the sensor at once.

This issue might not be a big issue at all, however, it could be a problem when you have a crowd around or maybe use the Kinect to play Wii like games :).

Last but not the least, the person compared the device to EyeToy, a digital camera device which Sony came out with for the PS2 which used computer vision and gesture recognition to process images taken by the camera. Now, no Microsoft employee would like to compare their own device with, but like I said it could just be an anonymous person out there. With 100K plus employees you will always get one who does not like the product or place they work for.

Based on the comment by the person, it is fairly OK to say that even if this is true, I never had a doubt in my mind that Kinect would kill the Wii, it would take a real long time for them to do it. However, more importantly the sensor issue (if it exists) still has almost 4+ months to be fixed, so by November 4 you might not even see those issues. However, what if Microsoft can’t fix it or not live up to the expectations they have build up?