I recently purchased a NES bundle, the bundle included various games as well as a console variation I did not have in my collection. My thinking was that I would sell off the games in the bundle (as I already have the majority of them) and that would bring the overall price of the bundle down. The games are shown below.

I was able to add a couple of things to my collection however, the case for The little Mermaid and also the game Gradius for the NES.

Disneys Ariel The Little Mermaid Case

Case Only

Gradius – Nintendo Entertainment System (1986)

In Gradius for the NES, you pilot the Vic Viper through side-scrolling alien landscapes, blasting away at enemies with your forward-facing laser. The key to racking up serious firepower is collecting capsules that grant “Options” – miniature versions of your ship that fly alongside you and mimic your attacks. You can have up to two Options circling you, creating a devastating hail of laser fire. The game throws waves of enemies and increasingly complex bullet patterns your way, with each stage culminating in a giant boss battle. Your goal: survive the onslaught, strategically use your weapons and Options to dismantle the bosses’ cores (earning you a triumphant “Destroy the Core!” message), and conquer the alien menace.

£0 (Came With Bundle)

Hartzell Video Game Centre

This is a video game organiser made by Hartzell. This is made from plastic and was specifically made to store the NES system and a few games.


Nintendo Entertainment System – Mattel Version

During the late 1980s, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) experienced a variant distribution strategy in certain European territories. While Nintendo directly handled distribution in North America and later regions, a partnership with Mattel saw the console released under the “Mattel NES” branding in the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand.
Functionally, there were negligible differences between the Mattel NES and the standard NES. Both were manufactured by Nintendo and played compatible game cartridges. The sole distinction resided in the branding and regional compatibility. The Mattel NES was a PAL A version, optimized for the European television standard and games designed for that region. By the early 1990s, Nintendo had assumed direct control of European distribution, and the “NES Version” became the standard branding throughout the continent.

When I received this NES it was faulty, when it was turned on, the power light would flash and nothing would be displayed on the screen. The cartridge also felt loose when it was inserted. These faults all point to a worn 72 pin connector, as when the console does not detect a game it will display a blinking LED. The console was not detecting the game as the connector wasn’t making a good enough contact with the cartridge. I fixed this issue, which you can read about it here. After contacting the store that sold it, I was given a partial refund of £25 which brought the price of this bundle down further.

Name/VariantNintendo Entertainment System – Mattel Version
Accessories2x Controllers
Price£30.59 (After Refund And Selling Duplicates)
NotesNo Power Cable