Willpower is a curse, especially for the bank balance of retro gamers. Prices are on the up and items seem to be getting rarer, so what do you do when you find something you have wanted for ages but you really can’t justify buying it?
This was the very dilemma I was faced with last week. I had found a great little shop that sold retro games and I knew from their website that they had a copy of “King of Fighters Maximum Impact” for the PS2. I’ve got a strange love for fighters, even though I am consistently bad at them (apart from the original Tekken for some odd reason). Wandering inside I found the game I was looking for at a bargain price, so feeling very pleased I went to pay for it but what did I spy sitting behind the counter? Only a boxed Sega Mark III!
Now for those that may not be aware of this system, it was a Japan-only console released in 1985. Whilst not well-known in the West, its hardware was used as the base for the Sega Master System.
What makes it interesting is that it not only has a great games library but it also supports some very interesting add-ons, such as the FM Sound module. When plugged into the Mark III, it gives sound capabilities that are very close to what the Megadrive was capable of. As long the game supported it, you could have some awesome music from a relatively primitive system. Interesting fact for Master System collectors, Sega re-released the Master System in Japan in 1987 with the FM sound module from the Mark III built-in, making it another very desirable system for collectors.
I’ve been wanting the Mark III for some time, but I was pretty much resigned to the fact I would have to import one from Japan – not a cheap exercise. Having one staring me in the face was a surprise, to say the least! Talking to the shop owner, he said that he had bought it on a work trip six months previous hoping to sell it quickly. Sadly, this was not to be but as I was showing interest he offered me a very good deal on it.
So back to my willpower…well, it’s pretty obvious that I had none as I justified the purchase as an early birthday present. I left with the KoF game and the Mark III along with a crater-sized hole in my credit card. All I had to then do is think how I would explain this to my other half – that is far harder than any decisions regarding willpower.
If you have had a similar lack of willpower why not share what caused it in the comments below? It may be good therapy!