This past Thursday, I visited All Things Video Games in Pine Hill, NJ. It is a small family owned video game store that sells everything from Atari cartridges, to Limited Run publisher PS4 Games. The owner and staff are very nice, and they have a nice selection for reasonable prices. What I find to be the most unique aspect of this store however, is their selection of homebrew and unofficial titles.
The first title that caught my eye was an NES port of the mobile game Flappy Bird that was originally available at the Too Many Games convention in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. I immediately imagined the amount of 80’s kids unknowing of homebrew scene, that would be completely perplexed by this cartridge.
I also really enjoyed the artwork of the unofficial Genesis cartridges. Especially Darkwing Duck, being a familiar character. I asked the owner about the Mother 1 & 2 Gameboy Advance cartridge, and it turns out it’s an unofficial English translation of the classic Japanese RPG series for the Famicom (Japanese NES), which I feel was the coolest one of them all. If only I knew where I put my old Gameboy Advance!
The owner actually said that he’s “low on stock” for the Homebrew titles compared to what he usually has. Saying that he needs to “go online and order some more titles”. Admiring the unofficial genesis games, we ended up getting in a conversation about our desire to find the rare 90’s JVC X’Eye console.
Just goes to show that even in South Jersey, new games for old systems can be yours to enjoy.