I know I said that I was signing off on the game collecting blog posts, but there is no other option I have to post this.

Yesterday I had been planning to stop by my favorite game store twice. Once to post a sign for work, and again a few hours later to do some shopping. I also wanted to pitch to them that they should pick up several copies of NES Remix for the Wii U, because they could buy them from a whole seller, increase their stock, playing the game would be free advertisement for their other merchandise, and they could hold tournaments with the NWC Remix (which given my obsession with that part of the game, I’d be sure to win) my review on this game will be soon coming. I liked to hit the store at least once a month, but because of the nature of this year (and summer specifically) I hadn’t been there since June. When I stopped by yesterday for the first time, I saw… they were closed for good. Such a shame.

They had been there for almost two years, and I admire the two young men for attempting to open a store in today’s world. It’s not an easy thing to do, as Jimmie McMillan says “The Rent is Too Damn High!” (Granted I don’t know specifically why they closed but I would imagine that the rent was part of the reason). The store catered to a niche market, and because of the internet, running a brick and mortar store for anything like this an unnecessarily difficult job. You have to pay rent (which is probably outrageously high thanks to the free market), you have to run the store, pay people to run the store (if you as the owner want any kind of time off), and also find the merchandise to sell. This last part would be easier to do for a lot of other stores, but old video games, sure they exist, but there’s no whole seller to buy from, it’s finding piece by piece her and there, or waiting for people to come in with trades.

Last, and in my opinion most difficult, they have to deal with customers. Sure not all customers are bad, but so many of them are. As I get older I find that people as a whole are becoming more and more intolerable, I don’t know if it’s because of society or just my own jaded view resulting from the personal nature of getting older, but I could barely tolerate some of the people I run into at stores like these, and that was just as a customer.

For all these reasons I am proud that they made it this far and can say with certainty that the owners will go much further in life, and I can’t wait to see what they do.

I discovered the store shortly after it opened in 2014, and couldn’t believe that a store catering to a hobby I was just then getting into had opened up so conveniently close to where I worked. And since then I’ve picked up many games, a lot (but not all) good. The store was originally called “Classic Game Junkies” borrowing the name from another established store in I believe Glen Mills. More recently they changed the name to S&S Games, taking the first letter of the two owners’ last names.

The first game I got there was Prince of Persia for the Sega Geneses, one of my favorites. The last game I got, from them a few months ago was Dragon Warrior for the NES, which I havn’t played much of yet, though I will, don’t worry. Both times I picked up other games of course, but I’m marking those specific ones as first and last. Here’s the full list of what I got from S&S Games if you’re interested.

For the NES

  • Baseball
  • Captain Skyhawk
  • Dragon Warrior
  • Faxanadu
  • Fester’s Quest
  • Golf
  • Gyromite
  • Hogan’s Ally
  • Lee Travino’s Fighting Golf
  • The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  • Lunar Pool
  • Milon’s Secret Castle
  • Super Mario Bors./Duck Hunt/World Class Track Meet
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Tennis
  • Tetris
  • Trojan
  • Wizards & Warriors

For the Super Nintendo

  • Championship Pool
  • Denis the Menes
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday
  • Road Runner’s Death Valley Rally
  • Tetris 2

For the Wii

  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn
  • Link’s Crossbow Training
  • Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam

For the Gameboy

  • 4-in-1 Fun Pak
  • Donkey Kong
  • Madden 97
  • Mickey’s Dangerous Chase
  • Pac-Man
  • Tetris 2
  • Tetris Attack
  • Yoshie’s Cookie

For the Sega Geneses

  • Arcade Classics
  • Asterix and the Great Rescue
  • Barney’s Hide and Seek Game
  • Ceaser’s Pallace
  • Eternal Champions
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Adventures of Mighty Max
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Prince of Persia
  • Street Fighter II Special Championship Edition
  • Taz in Escape from Mars
  • WWF Royal Rumble
  • Zoop

Other Games & Hardware

  • GTA: Vice City Stories (PS2)
  • Orange Zapper (NES)
  • Original NES Controller
  • Reproduction SNES Controller
  • PS2 Controller Extension Cord

I am sad to see the store go, that goes without saying. I have fairly good notes on when I picked everything up, so perhaps, next summer I can do an S&S Games Review, i.e. a half hour on each game, and brief review for the Blog, that would take over 20 hours of playtime and maybe 10 hours of writing time. If I can do next summer what I planned to this summer (which is more or less nothing) then it shouldn’t be a problem. We’ll see, maybe I’ll start on the project early, or maybe it will just be too sad to do.

NES (22+3) SNES (9+2) N64 (0+3) GC (20) WII (24) WIIU (5+1)

GB (14+6) GBA (4+2) DS (18+1) 3DS (10+2)

GEN (28+3) DC (10) PS1 (1) PS2 (13)