Archive for November 30, 2014

TMNT Turtles In Time – GBA GameCube Adapter – Pokemon Stadium – Commodore 64

I’m pretty beat from such a great weekend, so let’s just get right to the pictures.



TMNT Turtles in Time

Donkey Kong Country

Super Adventure Island


Pokemon Stadium


Game Boy Advance Player for the GameCube


Sega Genesis


World Heroes

Mortal Kombat 3

Altered Beast

Light Crusader

Judge Dredd


Xbox 360

Fable Anniversary




Batman Origins

Lego Batman 2


Ico & Shadow of Colossus


Commodore 64 console


Blue Nintendo DS

Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening

Super Mario Land 2


Pokemon Conquest

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days


Strategy Guides



2 Year Anniversary Raffle Winners!


$25 Game Changers Gift Card – Ticket # 538310 (Vincent)

$50 Game Changers Gift Card – Ticket # 538367 (Xander)

Halo Reach Edition Xbox 360 Console w/ Halo Reach (If the winner is under the age of 17, a Forza game will be awarded instead of the Halo Reach game.) – Ticket # 538328 (Elizabeth)

Nintendo 3DS System w/ Mario & Luigi’s Dream Team – Ticket # 538357 (Jake)


Congratulations to all the winners!


Stop in today for free decals. Also, Dan made a 14 track album of original music done in retro video game style. He did an amazing job and brought in 50 copies of the album to be given away free. Dan even numbered them, so if he ever gets famous you could probably sell it and walk away with a nice bag of cash. Preferably a bag with a dollar sign on it, because style.

This last year has been incredible for Derek and I. And with edition of Dan, things are only getting better. I’ve been trying to think of my favorite moment during our second year and my mind keeps wandering back to what Derek said to me yesterday. Immediately when he walked in he told me that the new Pat The NES Punk podcast about the Sega Master System, used a picture of games from our store’s blog during the entire podcast.

There was no credit given to the store and that’s okay- that’s not what’s important and I couldn’t care less if our website was posted with the picture. The small surprises are what makes creating the store so amazing. Pat The NES Punk’s Golgo 13 video was the first gaming video to get me hooked on the online retro gaming community.

If after watching that video Derek said to me, “John, I know you’re better than me at Mario Kart, but we should open a video game store.”, I probably would’ve just laughed it off. (After agreeing with him that I am the superior Mario Kart player.)

It’s the little surprises that make this journey the best decision we’ve ever made. Little surprises like the Pat podcast, or when professional WWE wrestler Xavier Woods stopped by one morning and talked about how great the Sega Saturn is, and then he tweeted a picture on the WWE Twitter account of himself in front of the store while holding up the games he’d bought.

But even better are all the surprises from the local gaming community. GR8Bit Live was a major success and it’s growth potential is staggering to think about. The Grand Rapids gaming community is more than capable of greatness and the success of GR8Bit Live is only one of many examples of what we can all achieve.

Every story told to us by you, every treasure filled box brought in by you, especially the boxes filled with things I’d never even known of, is what gives me my only regret- that we didn’t believe in ourselves sooner.

This store is a journey. The destination isn’t perfection or money or the money bags with dollar signs that Dan’s chip tune music album will one day command. There is no destination, just the journey.

To paraphrase Phillip J. Fry, we’d prefer to be the world’s blankiest blank.

We look forward to everyone helping us fill in the blanks for many more years to come.

Black Friday Sale Details – Anniversary Day Update

There will be a change to the raffle for our anniversary day give away. No purchase will be required for a raffle ticket. Just show up 11/24 – 11/26 or on 11/28, write your name down (1 ticket per person) and receive a ticket. Saturday November 29 we will pull the winning tickets. The winning tickets will be posted on our blog and we will also call all of the winners. Again, no purchase is necessary for a raffle ticket, because that legally qualifies as a lottery and that could cause us a whole mess of problems. And thanks to Mike, we’ll be giving away free decals all day. Well, maybe not all day. We have a good amount of decals to give away, but they might go quickly.

Anniversary Raffle Prizes

Nintendo 3DS System

Halo Reach Edition Xbox 360 Console

$50 Game Changers Gift Card

$25 Game Changers Gift Card

We will open at 12pm for Black Friday, not 11am like usual. (Everyone should go ahead and sleep in a little.) There will be a set of sales that last from Noon until 2pm. During those first two hours we will not be accepting trade ins. We’re doing this because it’ll be far too busy to adequately assess trades.

Black Friday Noon – 2pm Sales

Playstation 1 & Playstation 2 Games – Buy 1 Get 1 of equal or lesser price Free

Nintendo DS Games – Buy 1 Get 1 of equal or lesser price Free

Game Boy / Game Boy Color / Game Boy Advance Games – Buy 1 Get 1 of equal or lesser price Free

Strategy Guides – Buy 1 Get 1 of equal or lesser price Free

Sega Genesis Games – Buy 1 Get 1 of equal or lesser price Free

Black Friday All Day Sales

Nintendo 3DS Games – Buy 2 Get 1 of equal or lesser price Free

Playstation 3 Games – Buy 2 Get 1 of equal or lesser price Free

Xbox / Xbox 360 Games – Buy 2 Get 1 of equal or lesser price Free

Nintendo Wii Games – Buy 2 Get 1 of equal or lesser price Free

Skylanders Figures – Buy 1 Get 1 of equal or lesser price Free

NES / SNES Games – Buy 2 Get 1 of equal or lesser price Free

Pins – $1

Black Friday Update – Weekly Sale – Anniversary Update – Marvel vs Capcom – Mario Kart 64 – Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3

We’re trying something new for Black Friday this year. Instead of opening early, we’re going to sleep in and open at noon. There will be a few sales that last from noon to 2pm and other sales that’ll last all day. We’ll announce the sales on 11/23. And we’ll be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Saturday, November 29 will be our second year anniversary. To celebrate another incredible year, we are going to have a raffle. Any purchase made from 11/24 through 11/28 will get you a raffle ticket (only 1 per person). On 11/29 we will pull the winning tickets and post the results on the blog. Next Sunday we will announce what the prizes will be, along with some other cool jazz that we’ll be doing for the day. One of those jazzes will be some free decals.


Here is a preview of a couple of the decals we’ll be giving away for our two year anniversary. (Derek and I had to put them on our own 3DS systems immediately.) Thanks to Mike, the store is probably the video game decal capital of the world. Okay, maybe not the world, but at the very least, West Michigan.

Weekly Store Sale 11/17 – 11/23

Skylanders Figures – Buy 1 Get 1 of equal or lesser price Free

All Strategy Guides – Half Off


Nintendo NES

Final Fantasy

Bubble Bobble

Dragon Warrior

Bump N Jump

Double Dragon


Alien Syndrome

A Boy and His Blob



Peter Pan

Battle Chess


Nintendo 64

Mario Kart 64


Street Fighter II – SNES


Nintendo SNES Super Advantage CIB

N64 Game Organizer CIB

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Sega Dreamcast

Marvel vs Capcom

Sonic Adventure

The House of the Dead 2


Sega Smashpack



Resident Evil 4

Mario Party 7

Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 – Wii


Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo 3DS




GameCube Wavebird

Gold PS3

Snow Brothers NES



Monroe Street Is Open!

The North Park bridge is open, Monroe street is back open… it’s no longer an American Gladiators obstacle course to get to the store. Although, I’ll miss the small talk with Laser and Ice.

Super Smash Bros Melee – Pokemon Stadium 1 & 2 – Destiny – Mario Party 4 – Borderlands Pre-Sequel – Mutant League Football

Last week I read an article about a study that showed video games do not make kids or teenagers more violent. I was happy to see that the long term experiment addressed everything wrong with all the previous experiments done on the same subject. (Predisposing factors & long term observation) However, as confident as I am in the study, it’s important to remember that no single experiment is done with the intention of providing a definitive answer. The experiment hasn’t been peer reviewed or duplicated, yet. Answers to these types of questions come from analyzing the results of multiple experiments. Multiple experiments are needed because a single experiment will fall somewhere on the spectrum between complete control in a lab and no control through natural observation. Any single experiment will have flaws, it’s unavoidable. That’s why many experiments are needed before a conclusion can be drawn.

My sister and I used to play Mortal Kombat and Virtua Cop when we were kids. Now she has a great family, helps so many people in her career as a DA, and is probably the nicest person I know. This is just anecdotal evidence, but it’s one of the reasons I’m confident that the results from the study will hold true.

(Steps down from soap box.)



Super Smash Bros Melee

Mario Kart Double Dash w/ Bonus Disc

Mario Party 4

Super Strikers

Pokemon Battle Revolution – Wii


Nintendo 64

Super Smash Bros

Pokemon Stadium 1 & 2

Pokemon Snap

Kirby Crystal Shards

Donkey Kong 64


Donkey Kong Country 3

Mystical Ninja


Black Nintendo 3DS

Black DS lite

Clear Game Boy Pocket


Pokemon Yellow

Castlevania Order of Ecclesta

Kingdom Hearts Recoded

The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass

The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds

Project X Zone

Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance

Professor Layton Miracle Mask




NCAA Football 14

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2

Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition

Heavenly Sword



Crash Bandicoot Collection


Samurai Champloo

Dynasty Warrior 3

Spyro Enter The Dragonfly

Star Wars Battlefront

Army Men

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N64 Game Case


Nintendo 64 Game Storage Cabinet 

Turbo Grafx16 System & Games – Chip N’ Dale 2 – 3DS XL – Boxed NES & SNES Games

The only other time we’ve had a Turbo Grafx16 console was the first month we opened. It’s nice to see it’s glory once again.


Turbo Grafx16 Console & Multi-Tap


Turbo Grafx16 

Bloody Wolf

Bonk’s Adventure

Keith Courage




Alien Crush


Battle Royal

Devil’s Crush

Dragon’s Curse



Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers 2 (It was mentioned in the previous post, but I was so happy about the bridge being opened that I forgot to take a picture of the game.)

Legend of Zelda The Adventure of Link

Super Mario Bros 3

Super Mario Bros 2

Blades of Steel

Double Dribble


Mortal Kombat


NHL ’97

Brett Hull Hockey


Sega Dreamcast

Dreamcast Keyboard

Maken X

Star Wars Jedi Power Battles

Dynamite Cop


Nintendo 3DS XL

DS lite

Pokemon Ruby

Fire Emblem Awakening

The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds

The Sims 3 Pets


Silver Playstation 2 Slim Console

Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers 2 NES – North Park ST Bridge Open (FINALLY!!!111)

The bridge is back open. Enjoy the round about thing or whatever.