Apologies for the lack of posts recently, my PC blew up, literally smoke billowing out of thee back, and as such I’ve been without the means I’d usually use to post.
So the mini
As most people who know me I am a bit of a gamer and an amateur collector of video games and hardware, with a focus on the PS1 which was the big computer of my youth. The collection I currently have, which while it’s no t massive, is quite substantial (320 original PAL games) and as such I feel that I am well placed to discuss the device.
Honestly I don’t have problem with the PS mini or infact any mini console, I’ve played and owned a number of them. As a collector of games this could go one of a few ways in my opinion.
Firstly and most likely is that it will have little to no impact on me/us, the minis will appeal to a different demographic, the people buying these are not the people buying retro games.
Next it could be a good thing, people who buy this will sell their retro games or they will remember they have them and decided that they should sell them, especially as the chances are that the unit will have a HDMI port which the old console don’t, at best you have a RGB/scary but you’ll likely have an RF cable.
Lastly it could be a bad thing, people who buy this will sell their retro games or they will remember they have them and decided that they should sell them, yes this is the same a the last point but when people sell their collections they could drive the prices down (yay) or more likely up (boo).
Finally let’s look at the value, a second hand PS1 will cost you no more than £10 of your English pounds, anything more and you’re being had over, I have 6 I can’t sell at £10 each.
Next the games:
- Battle Arena Toshinden (£2)
- Cool Boarders 2 (£2)
- Destruction Derby (£5)
- Final Fantasy VII (£8)
- Grand Theft Auto (£4)
- Intelligent Qube (£20 – need to research this more as it seems overpriced)
- Jumping Flash! (£10)
- Metal Gear Solid (£10)
- Mr. Driller (£20)
- Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (£8)
- Rayman (£3)
- Resident Evil Director’s Cut (£16)
- Revelations: Persona (£90 – first time PAL release)
- Ridge Racer Type 4 (£4)
- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (£15)
- Syphon Filter (£4)
- Tekken 3 (£5)
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six (£2)
- Twisted Metal (£30)
- Wild Arms (£15)
So is this good value for money, absolutely. The games above easily out value the price (my prices are based on what people have actually paid on eBay in the past week-month) of £90 as well as the opportunity to play Persona which never made it to the UK.