How rare are the Xak games?

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By radicalfaith360

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21-09-2018, 05:16

So I have complete copies of Xak II: Rising of the Redmoon and Xak: The Tower of Gazzel for the MSX 2. I bought these from a seller off ebay, and can find no other listing for them. I even looked for these games on yahoo auctions Japan, and found only one copy of Xak II but it was the PC-98 version, not the MSX 2 version. Are these games hard to find or is it only because I don't live in Japan?

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By TheKid

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21-09-2018, 07:45

Well, I think eventually all games will be harder to find, but there are titles that where never easy to get. Imho XAK has always been an easy title to get. XAK 2 is harder and XAK 3 in have never seen much.
When you look on ebay now there are 3 copies of XAK on it. 1 in spain and 2 in japan for a very reasonable price (below 50 euros).

By gdx

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21-09-2018, 09:45

Nowadays all the software on disk or tape in good condition can be considered rare, especially outside Japan.
Some are less rare than others, that's all.

By Meits

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21-09-2018, 11:48

I've never seen Xak games go for crazy amounts of money, so I don't think there's much demand for them.
Weird actually. Those games are much better than a lot of Konamis.

By gdx

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21-09-2018, 13:35

Cartridges are more popular.

By wolf_

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23-09-2018, 11:11

...if only because they can stand the test of time, unlike disks which eventually wear out.

By Grauw

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23-09-2018, 11:35

Yet all my late 80s Japanese disk game releases are in perfect order, I was able to back them up last year without issues.

On the original topic, Xak 1 & 2 are fairly easy and cheap to get by, but Tower of Gazzel seems to be a bit harder to find and more expensive. Hence it’s still lacking from my collection, but I hope I’ll find a decently priced copy someday.

By Manuel

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23-09-2018, 21:00

How did you back them up?

By hamlet

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23-09-2018, 21:06

Also Fray in Magical Adventure must be count in the saga.
@Manuel I remember we did copied the disks on a Atari ST. I guess there better methods today? How about the BOOM BOOM DSK-PRO thing?

By Manuel

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23-09-2018, 22:56

DSK-PRO or READ-DMK would work indeed. But I wonder what Grauw used Smile

By Grauw

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23-09-2018, 23:42

Looking back at my backup files, I actually only backed up Kyokugen, Moon Light Saga, Pentaro Odyssey, Sorcerian English and Xak 1 English Smile. Just used GETDISK. But regardless, none of the disk based games have given me read errors when I used them so far (I admit it’s not full coverage Big smile). Only on some disks with personal files I had some issues, but then again I also had them plenty back in the 90s, and those disks have been well worn out due to frequent use.

Either way what I really wanted to say is that disk have a bad rep, but in my experience so far they’re holding out pretty well.

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