Vintage Video Game Collectors, Let's Talk......
Anyone else here collect old consoles? I recently got back into it after
convinced me to buy a Wii U (goddamn those fucking Amiibo figures, too) and so I figured I would see who else is into his expensive hobby, perhaps we might be able to work out some trades while we're at it.
To start things off, I just got back from Tokyo and I came across a vintage console collector's paradise! I snapped a whole bunch of photos and I wanted to share them with those of you who also collect vintage systems.
This one was roughly $38 USD, and its boxed!
LOADS of old systems, some boxed some not. The boxed PS1 that you see on the shelf was $12
Ok, Middle shelf to the far left were top loader NES consoles for around $65, then I forget what the big black and red consoles were, followed by unboxe Super famicoms for $35, and then the japan only orange gamecube for $26. On the bottom you will find boxed super famicoms (green tops) for $45-50.
Stairway leading up to one of the shops in Akihabara (the electronic district near Tokyo)
So. Many. Gamecubes. (O_O)
vintage TRON game, I had a real hard time walking away from this one.
This guy stood like 6' tall!
I dont know much about this Sony computer, but it looks like it played video game carts of some sort.
$840+ sealed copy of Gradius, anyone?
old school VituraBoy standee
So many systems, so little time to check them in.
Super Famicom games
Japanese R.O.Bs!!!!! (sadly, these were not for sale)
More Super Famicoms
I've been to that store when I visited Japan way back in 2010, it's called "Super Potato" it's awesome!
As for retro games, I certainty do collect them. My favorite gaming system of all time will always be the SNES. That was the golden age of gaming for me.
I'm not one of those people that try and go for a complete collection or anything like that, I just collect my favorite games that I liked as a kid. My collection isn't very large, but it's practical.
These days, I'm mainly focused on completing my loose carts with their original box and instruction manuals. Some games are prooving to be quite a challenge to complete as some of the boxes I need go for up to $200 alone for JUST the box! I've managed to actually box a lot of my games. I'm only down to 5 more lose NES carts til I have all my NES games boxed. Here is a photo of my game shelf:
Your collection is amazing! Mine is like a 4th that size, but its slowly growing. I just recently bought my first SNES (never owned one before) and I have to agree that some of the best games came out on that system. I just got my hands on Turtles In Time, Mario Kart, and Super Mario Allstars and I cannot wait to play them (I just need to find time!)
I'd gladly take all of that man's PSOne and N64 games.
I don't consider myself a "collector" but I have a shit ton of Nintendo Power magazines from the 90's and I still own just about every PSOne game I've ever owned since I got the original PSX console. I also have demo discs form various sources like Pizza Hut promotional stuff, Playstation Underground (miss it so much!), etc.
Wish I could gush and show but I have nothing too substantial to turn heads.
P.S. I had a ton of SNES games and Gamecube stuff but sold them a few years ago for money. I don't regret it....yet. As long as there's emulators I'm fine.
Well, better late than never! The only issue with retro collecting these days is the prices are going skyhigh. Everyone and their dog are out retro hunting now and that's driven the cost of some games to unfair price ranges.
Originally Posted by NotoriousTIMP
Still, it's a fun (but expensive) hobby. Luckily, most of what you see in my photo above was purchased in the early 2000's before shit really hit the fan. I had all that stuff was a kid in the 90s, but would always trade my old stuff in for the new systems. Probably around 2002-2004 I wanted to re-collect the old games I used to have. So some of the harder to find games in my library were purchased back then for what I thought was an inflated price, but nothing compared to what it is now.
I think the general rule of thumb to have is "Am I paying more for this game than I would when it was released as a brand new game in the store?" If the answer is yes, put it back. If you find a game for under $80 complete with box and packaging, it's a good deal if you think about what it cost in the store and that you can't really just walk into a store and buy it brand new anymore.
Turtles in Time is a fantastic game though. You'll have fun with that one.
Other worthy titles for the SNES to check out would be:
The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare
Conta 3: The Alien Wars
Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2
Pocky and Rocky
Super Mario RPG
And if you like RPG games and have the time:
Final Fantasy 3
Breath of Fire
That should keep you busy for a while.
Last edited by ManBurning; 11-03-2015 at 01:07 AM.
that place looks like heaven.
I want an orange gamecube in my life....
*Shudders in revulsion at the Nintendo horde and grips his Megadrive controller tightly*
Dear god man!! That is amazing. I sold all of my old stuff a long time ago, and I regret it to this day . I started again a couple of months ago with the purchase of an SNES, ( I still have my original NES) A Top Loader NES, an Atari 2600, and a Sega Saturn. Damn this is an expensive hobby .
Anyone else collect Amiibo? I almost have a complete collection and this too is an expensive hobby (-_-)
Oh yeah, I totally forgot I bought a bunch of these little egg thingies and I finally cracked open my first one tonight (the chocolate is terrible)
These pictures are giving me all kinds of nostalgia. I had an Atari 2600 with a box full of games. Another box had about a dozen of the old Tiger handheld electronic games and an original game boy with games, all things I had from childhood. Not long ago I had a break-in and all this was among the stuff taken.
Although its not much of a collection, I still have my working Sega Genesis, PSX, and PS2 with several games for each. Otherwise, thank god for emulators.
Edit: To this day that Nintendo 64 controller design boggles my mind!
Last edited by Dr Channard; 11-04-2015 at 03:29 AM.
Reason: An earthshaking addendum.
That's next on my to get list. I've always wanted one of those, but they're so damn expensive. That and the SNES mini. I finally took the plunge and bought the SNES mini (as seen in my photo on the bottom shelf) this year. Can't say I'm too fond of the price I paid, but... least I have one. I have the Original SNES, the Super Famicom and the SNES mini models now. Next up is the top loaded if I can find it at a decent price.
Originally Posted by Self.Destructive.Pattern
Huh, I didn't realize the NES-101 was that hard to come by. I've actually been playing mine a bit recently, getting my 3 year old into video games He likes the monster game (Monster Party), the sword game (Zelda), and the island game (StarTropics).