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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by speedlolita View Post
    12 grand on a Gradius PCB? Am I missing something?
    The Gradius board uses Konami's "Bubble System" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_System)

    Unfortunately it's pretty volatile and therefore there aren't too many boards still working, so it's pretty rare!

    Whilst there were some Gradius boards that use ROMs, they were very limited (possibly sent out to replace broken bubble system boards under warranty), so they're pretty rare!

    Not sure which one this is, but that goes some way to explaining the cost.

    Nemesis was released on a normal ROM board and is therefore more reliable, so less pricey.

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Gradius View Post
    I have an original nemesis pcb that I paid £100 for about 8 years ago. Pcb prices have shot up massively in a he last few years, especially shooters. It’s nuts!
    Nemesis is still "reasonable" at the moment, but you can't go wrong with a £100 PCB

    I feel that 2014 to 2017 had the most ridiculous jump price wise. A complete set of mint CAVE kits would cost over 50K if you were to start today - I'm not even counting the Atlus stuff!

    I miss the days when a Batsugun PCB was cheaper to buy that a Sega Saturn disc today

  3. #13
    You might as well get an x68000 instead, it's got a million versions of that damn game. If I see that Z pattern group of baddies at the start of a level one time.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by ZipZap View Post
    The Gradius board uses Konami's "Bubble System" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_System)

    Unfortunately it's pretty volatile and therefore there aren't too many boards still working, so it's pretty rare!

    Whilst there were some Gradius boards that use ROMs, they were very limited (possibly sent out to replace broken bubble system boards under warranty), so they're pretty rare!

    Not sure which one this is, but that goes some way to explaining the cost.

    Nemesis was released on a normal ROM board and is therefore more reliable, so less pricey.
    The above auction is the ROM version, so that might explain the bidding war!

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by garrz32 View Post
    Absolute madness, keep waiting for this bubble to burst but it seems to be going the other way. The hobby is too far gone for any enjoyment for me now.

    Used to love looking for bargain PCB's and rareish games online, would rather spend my money on clothes or a nice watch
    I think the abundance of superguns and candy cab imports over the years has contributed to the mad prices today.

    Sometimes I want to sell a game, but ask myself "how much would I have to pay if I want it back in 3 years"?

  6. #16
    All this talk of bubbles, do you still smoke a bubble pipe zaki?

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by vanpeebles View Post
    All this talk of bubbles, do you still smoke a bubble pipe zaki?
    Every evening Pebble, while wearing my Hugh Hefner jacket and drinking a glass of Don Simon grape juice (not from concentrate).

    *Prrrrp. bop bop bop bop bop*


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gradius View Post
    I have an original nemesis pcb that I paid £100 for about 8 years ago. Pcb prices have shot up massively in a he last few years, especially shooters. Itís nuts!
    Quick!! Sell your forum name!

  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by gunrock View Post
    Quick!! Sell your forum name!
    And then change it to Nemesis!

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