Scotty’s Ultimate Nintendo Buyers and Collectors Guide [Complete]

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In this guide, we’ll discover what makes buying and collecting Nintendo consoles and games so exciting for people of all ages.

We’ll be covering all Retro and current Nintendo games and consoles. We’re even going to cover the Nintendo Switch and the mini NES / SNES Classic Editions too! Plus, we’ll also look at the latest console just released in early 2017 called the Switch.

If it’s a system made by Nintendo, it’s covered in this guide. Starting with the Original Nintendo NES for home consoles and the original GameBoy for Nintendo handhelds.

I’m also going to show you how to avoid being scammed and where to safely buy used games. After reading this guide, you’ll be in the know for avoiding common buying mistakes that all new collectors make. Mistakes can lead to frustration, loss of time, and losing money.

Before we start, I’d like to share with you how I (Scotty B) got into collecting Nintendo Games.

How did Scotty get into Nintendo?

I first discovered my love for the original Nintendo NES back in 1986; I was about eight years old. Since then I’ve had a fascination with The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, and Metroid. Oh, how I loved playing Metroid and doing the Screw Attack with Samus.

Over the years more home consoles would be released from Nintendo, such as the Super Nintendo (SNES), N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, and the Switch. I recently just bought a Switch, and all I can say is WOW!

Let’s not forget about the portable systems too. My favorite GameBoy game of all time was playing that Tetris puzzle game; the Tetris theme song is still stuck in my head.

I spent most of the 1990’s playing the SNES (Super Nintendo) and GameBoy. But in 1996, I got my driver’s license and started driving. I was a Junior in high school too.

Back then, I thought the coolest thing in the world was driving around in my car. It was a 1991 Hyundai Scoupe LS, with two powered JL Audio 10-inch Subs in the trunk. It was freaking loud, to say the least, almost like a concert hall.

So I put my video gaming career on hold. It would not ignite again until around 2003 when I bought my first Game Cube, and then in 2006 when I got the Wii.

I mainly got the Game Cube and Wii to play Mario Kart and the latest Zelda Games. I could not wait for Zelda Skyward Sword to come out in 2011.

In the summer of 2012, something magical happened, I started thinking about 8-bit games again. So I bought a brand new factory sealed Nintendo NES on an eBay auction.

I was competing with at least 5 other bidders, and it felt good to win it. My fascination with retro video game collecting was slowly creeping back after I received that NES.

Later that year I also bought a “Super Nintendo SNES Mini Target Exclusive Bundle with Zelda: A Link To The Past,” a Charcoal Grey N64, Sega Genesis, Game Gear, and a GameBoy SP.

My latest purchase in 2017 was a new Nintendo Switch with the latest Zelda: Breath of the Wild game. It’s going to take me forever to beat it, but it will be worth it.

In the next section, we’re going to discuss how Nintendo got so popular in the U.S.

What made Nintendo so popular in the U.S.?

In 1983 there was a crash in the video game home console market. Existing consoles such as the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, ColecoVision, Odyssey 2, and the Fairchild II had failed the marketplace.

They failed mostly due to poor quality games that lacked the gaming experience people wanted. This led to the famous “Atari Video Game Burial” in a dump located in New Mexico. You can read about here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_video_game_burial

Most North American game consoles were discontinued in 1984. The Commodore 64 was lucky to stay around, however.

In the near future, I plan on creating a buyer and collector’s guide for Atari and some of the other consoles for this era. Believe it or not, there’s a small collector’s market out there for these first and second-generation systems. The most popular console is the Atari 2600.

After the crash of 1983, it was 1984 and most U.S. electronics companies did not want to think or hear about video game products. During that period, things were much different in Japan.

That’s when Nintendo was having great success in the Japanese market with its 8-bit gaming system the Famicom. It would later find its success in 1985 when they renamed it the “Nintendo Entertainment System” and marketed it as a fun toy and not a video game system in the United States.

Retailers loved it because it was perceived as more of a toy and not a video game console. This was a brilliant sales and marketing move for Nintendo considering that retailers still felt burned from the video game crash just a couple of years before.

When Nintendo released the NES in 1985, it hit the ground running. Most of this was because of the hit game Super Mario Bros. and the Light Zapper game Duck Hunt. There was also a robot accessory called R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy) that never really had much success.

This huge success with Super Mario Bros and the NES revived the video game industry in the U.S. market. This encouraged the release for new consoles like the Sega Master System and Sega Genesis to compete for market share.

This trend continued growing the home console market throughout the 80’s and 90’s. It helped create highly profitable game series such as Super Mario Bros, Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Final Fantasy.

However, some video game titles in the late 80’s and 90’s flopped with low sales and popularity. Some of these games included Little Sampson, Stadium Events, Duck Tales 2, and Bubble Bobble 2.

Why should I care about these unpopular games with low sales volume?

These video game flops would later be considered rare because they were not bought by many people. Plus, cartridges were too expensive to mass produce in the 80’s and 90’s compared to current day video games distributed in CD and DVD media formats.

These high production costs prevented a boat load of cartridges from being manufactured. And that is what makes games expensive and rare, even if the game play sucks!

Fake Games Warning

You have to be very careful and avoid buying a fake or reproduction copy of a rare game. There are master craftsman out there making fake labels, ROM boards, etc. If you’re spending more than 100 dollars, I would use extreme caution.

If you ever have a question about a particular game for sale online, you should view as many photos as you can. For rare cartridge games, you should be able to see some pictures of it opened up, this way you can view the ROM board inside.

If you have doubts, you can always post a link or some photos of the rare game for sale in the collector’s forum over at Nintendo Age. In your posting, ask for a second opinion.

A fake game is made by getting a reproduction label, a new ROM board, loading up the game ROM on the board, then putting it in a fake cartridge casing. Sometimes a real cartridge casing from a cheaper game could be used to. It’s crazy how much of this is going on these days. It’s ruining the hobby for some, to be honest.

CD / DVD based games have just as much potential of being fake. Your best bet is to become very familiar with the natural look of that system’s game disc by looking at the disc carefully.

Over time you’ll become an expert by inspecting labels, game cases, cartridges, and the discs. Know the quirks and differences between all the various gaming systems especially on how they age with time. Nothing screams a fake copy more than a 30-year-old used game that looks like it’s brand spanking new.

If anything looks too good to be true, it probably is. There are times you might need to get a second opinion if needed, even if you’re buying from a retailer be careful.

Even Game-Stop has taken in fake games as a trade and resold them as being real. People would get them and demand a refund, which Game-Stop will gladly process.

Here’s a quick checklist to protect you

  1. Always see the inside of the cartridge to inspect it for an original ROM board. It should have a date and Nintendo logo stamped on it. The microchip should look old too.
  2. Make sure the label is not too perfect, if it is and it’s a super rare game, I’d be suspicious unless it’s a new sealed game. But then still be careful.
  3. If you’re getting a disc-based game, check the disc on the bottom to make sure it’s an original factory disc (check the tint of the disc). Also, check the label on the disc. Does it look different than the type of labels you’ve seen on common games in your collection?
  4. If you’re buying locally from Craigslist, a Flea Market, or a Private Collector see if you can bring the physical item to a local retro game store to have it inspected. Some might do this for you for a fee.
  5. If you are selling a rare game and the buyer wants to return it to you, make sure you’re not getting something back that is fake. Also, check the inside of the cartridge when you get it back. Some buyers might take out the original ROM board and put a fake game board with a loaded ROM in its place. Now you just got screwed and did not even know it.

It’s sad that video game collecting requires doing all of these checks for fakes and what not. I mean it’s not gold after-all, but in a way, I guess it is.

Because of the fake games and reproduction stuff getting more popular, it’s been a turn off for many collectors to want to buy rare games. Some think it’s not worth the hassle or risk anymore. Can you blame them?

Buying Nintendo Video Games and Consoles

If you intend on building a big collection of retro Nintendo games, it’s going to be expensive to do so. Games for the NES and SNES seem to be the most expensive right now.

The Wii and Wii U systems are still fairly new enough that the games are actually still pretty cheap. This makes it an excellent time to start building up a collection.

Regardless of what Nintendo system you want to buy games for, you’ll have great luck buying from a local seller or an online vendor. Websites like eBay, Craigslist, or Internet collector forums are a great place to start. I’ll list some great options below.

Heck, you can even try thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales, but get there early! The word is out on them for video game bargains, and the deals are normally gone within the first hour.

If you’re buying from an online vendor, expect to pay the full market price of the game. They’re in the business of making money and creating jobs after all. Occasionally you can get lucky and find a sale; I recommend you sign-up for the online store’s newsletter to be in the loop.

Below I’m going to list just about every place I trust to buy games from.

Scotty’s Favorite Nintendo Online Vendors List

DK Oldies

DK Oldies has been around a long time, they started on eBay back in the early days, since 2003 to be exact. Their online store is very friendly and easy to navigate. The selection is decent and they ship worldwide.

They pay a lot of money for online video game trade-ins too. Check out the price sheet for selling your games here: Sell Your Games to DK Oldies!

They also have some online specials and promotions, check them out here: DK Oldie’s Special Deals & Coupons

Lukie Games

Lukie Games also started on eBay and is another very reputable online vendor. The selection is huge and they ship worldwide. Their website is extremely easy to use.

It’s a friendly small business providing lots of jobs for the Miami Gardens area in Florida. The job descriptions on the career section of their site made it sound like a fantastic place to work.

I find their Rare and Collectibles page an addiction.

Want to sell them your games? Click here: Sell your games to Lukie

JJGames

JJGames is another great option. They do a great job taking photos of the actual game item you’ll be buying. JJ (the owner) started selling back in the year 1999 out of his college dorm room.

My favorite page is their 100 best-selling games.

They offer some coupons here too: JJ Games Coupons

Overall, it’s a great store with the advantage of a unique photo for each game for sell. Like DK Oldies and Lukie Games, the selection is big and they ship worldwide.

Nintendo Age Sellers Forum

If you’re going to be buying lots and lots of games, I would check out the Nintendo Age forum. You’ll be able to negotiate a lot of deals on bulk or even a complete collection.

Participate in the forum discussions and register on the site and be a member for a while. Then you’ll have a feel for the culture of the site and how buyers and sellers interact with each other. Plus, the more you participate, the better reputation you’ll have as a seller or buyer.

I have sold items on Nintendo Age to other collectors all over the world. Heck, if you’re on there, feel free to send me a message, my ID Link4Nes.

Craigslist

Craigslist is awesome and you start by clicking your local city. Then go to the Video Games for Sale section. Depending on where you live most of the deals or hot items will move quickly.

You may have to browse the latest listings frequently throughout the day to find any decent Nintendo games for sale. I also recommend you bookmark your search so you can pull it up quickly.

Merchant Scotty

Occasionally I’ll sell some retro video games on my eBay account “MerchantScotty“. If you’re on eBay, feel free to follow me! I was selling quite a bit on eBay back when I was building up my collection.

I have sold over three hundred retro video game items. It’s a lot of work and worth it to see the extra items go to another collector.

Good Will Online

Good Will Online is so hit or miss these days. But they do seem to get a decent amount of Nintendo and other video game items from donations. It’s sad they have to jack up the prices like a small business online re-seller would. After all, isn’t this a non-profit?

Flea Markets

Flea Markets use to be the spot to pick up some good deals, but not so much anymore. Saturday mornings are the best time for buying items from the everyday person clearing out the garage.

By the time Sundays roll around, they’ll usually be sold out of anything that was good from their lot. So defiantly go on Saturday!

The bad thing about Flea Markets are the vendors that are there.

Vendors will typically cherry pick the other novice seller’s goods early in the morning while everyone is setting up. This is a time when buyers are not allowed in yet, usually one or two hours before the opening time.

Vendors buy up all the rare and valuable items and mark up the price on it. Small one-time sellers don’t know what they have. Oh well…

Portland Retro Gaming Expo

Portland Retro Gaming Expo is put on by a Portland-based non-profit organization called Retro Gaming Expo. It’s for both home video gaming and arcade. It happens at the beginning of every year.

GameStop

GameStop is the biggest chain game store that everyone knows about. They are also doing retro Nintendo games now. It’s worth checking out and to my surprise not terribly priced.

They are trying to bring in new business and I think Game Stop means well. But the small-time sellers online and local video game sellers are probably your best bet for personable service and knowledge.

Well, that is the list, hope you liked it! Now let’s check out some cool ways to find out the average price of Nintendo Consoles and Games.

Checking out Game Prices

Pricecharting

Pricecharting.com is an excellent video game collector’s price guide. It includes current pricing based on an average for the last 6 months for all modern and retro games. It gets the results directly from eBay and is accurate most of the time.

For each console, you can also view various charts that show the up and down pricing trends. For most Nintendo consoles and games, the trend has been a steady climb up over the last 7 years.

I should note that JJ Games runs this site. Some collectors have commented that it’s a conflict of interest to run a video game price guide and a re-seller video game site.

Honestly, I don’t really care and don’t have an issue with it. For some really expensive items use this price guide, but then do a direct search on eBay. I’ll cover that in the next section.

eBay Sold Results

An eBay filtered search for Sold results is the best method to get direct sales information in my opinion. Most local game shops I’ve spoken with say the prices from more than 30 days ago are old and sometimes not accurate.

Price Charting uses an algorithm that averages sold prices for the previous 6 months, that might not be a true today price for a rare or expensive game over 100 dollars.

The prices are very fluid depending on the time of year and how much supply of a particular game is on the market. For common Nintendo games, it really does not matter, the prices don’t change much.

If you click on my eBay search link at the beginning of this section, you’ll see an example of a filtered search for Nintendo. In the search field, it will start with just “Nintendo”. To narrow down the results, type in your game or system name after it. Here are some examples below:

I like searching with terms like “nintendo nes game metroid” or “nintendo snes game super mario world”. You can also include keywords like ‘complete’ or ‘CIB’ etc. for complete games with the game media, manual, and box or case.

For rare Nintendo Games, I would do a bit of research on eBay and compare prices for at least two other sales if possible. For really one of a kind items like a Stadium Events or Bonk’s Adventure, you can ask on the forums. Most people are willing to help, just show some effort that you did some research beforehand.

In the next section, we’re going to cover how you can grade a Nintendo Game for its condition. This is very important for determining its price and comparing it to others that have sold.

Rating the Condition of Nintendo Games

When rating video games, I like to use a grading system that is similar to rating baseball cards. It’s pretty easy to remember because this system has four levels to grade on.

Below, I’ll list the four levels I like to consider when rating the condition of a used Nintendo video game item.

    • Poor / Bad Condition – A complete disaster, discs are scratched up and unplayable. Cartridges have writing, peeled labels, and are also unplayable. Boxes, cases or manuals will have writing, fading, and tears. Honestly, if it’s a common game, I’d stay clear of anything in Poor or Bad condition.
    • Average / Acceptable Condition – If you’re not picky about your games and the price is right, go for gaming items in this condition, they’re the best value. Items might have some normal wear and tear, a small scuff on the label, or minor scratches on the disc. Boxes, cases, manuals should be free of abuse or major defects like lots of writing or tears. And the game itself should absolutely be playable.
    • Near Mint / Good Condition – Free of all major defects and has very lite normal wear and tear. Discs should be scratch free. A game cartridge should have no writing, major scuffing, and a label free of marks or tears, no peeling too. Boxes, cases, and Manuals should be near perfect. No writing or torn pages. Also, the game should play!
    • Almost New / Immaculate / Mint Condition – An almost perfect representation of all the things that makes something near mint, but better, almost new condition. And, the game should play.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For sealed items, the plastic shrink wrap should be sealed and not peeling. Also, look for scams where it was re-shrink wrapped. If you’re doing sealed game collecting, your’e at an expert level of inspecting. That is beyond what this grading system can do for you.

Buying and Selling Advice

There are some good and bad things that can happen when sellers and buyers do a transaction together. Below I’m going to list a common set of rules and ethics that should be followed by both parties.

This advice and ethics are all based on my experience buying and selling used games online. You might be thinking, but Scotty, what could go wrong? LOL – just read under all the disasters people talk about in the Collectors forum on Nintendo Age. It can be quite humorous reading about the stuff people complain about. Follow my advice below and you’ll be off to a great start.

Shipping Compete in Box Games

When selling or buying a CIB (Complete in Box) game that is made of cardboard, make sure it’s shipped in a shipping box with plenty of padding inside. This will prevent the game box from getting damaged from the abuse of the shipper and delivery person.

I once bought a CIB Nintendo game from an eBay seller who just used wrapping paper and a label. He used the actual game box as the shipping box? “Really?” I said. It was all smashed up when I received it, and the shipping tape was directly stuck to the artwork on the box.

It was an original Legend of Zelda NES game too. I spent 100 dollars on that and it was in beautiful shape, before it was shipped. I returned it and got a refund. I did not bother to leave any feedback; the seller did not know any better.

So whenever I buy something expensive, I always make sure I know how the seller ships it out by asking them ahead of time.

Actual Photo vs. Generic Photo

When you buy from a big re-seller on eBay or an online vendor such as DK Oldies and Lukie Games, you are going to be purchasing a game that is represented with a stock photo.

The photo will not be the exact copy you are buying. In the description, it should list the condition of the game, however. In most cases, a game for sale will be in Good to Excellent condition. And the re-seller will back this up with a return and satisfaction guarantee.

Just make sure you review the terms of service of the store or eBay seller carefully. If you are in need of seeing the actual photo, a seller should gladly provide you one if it’s a rare or expensive game costing several hundreds of dollars or more.

If you want to see the actual photo of the game, then just buy from a small seller on eBay or JJ Games. You can also buy locally in person if you really are picky and don’t want to return stuff.

Old Used Electronics Can Break in Shipment

In my eBay Sellers Guide, I talk about how used electronics can be one of the worst things to buy online. A retro video game seller most likely will test everything out with your new Nintendo Console. But mistakes do happen, and shippers are rough on things.

An old electronic item could work just fine, then be packed, shipped, dropped, and not working when the buyer gets it. It’s no one’s fault, just make sure as a purchaser you can return it to the seller or work something out. If it’s an expensive item make sure it’s insured when shipped. That way a claim can be made on it.

Follow this advice, and you’ll do well, trust me. Next, let’s review some cool YouTube video game Channels.

Some Cool YouTube Channels to Follow

Here are three of my favorite YouTube channels for getting news and entertainment relating to Nintendo gaming. There are plenty more to choose from, each with its own style and unique opinions on various collecting issues.

YouTube is amazing in finding new cool content relating to a popular topic. Here they are:

Nintendo’s Official YouTube Channel – Here you’ll get all the latest news and videos straight from Nintendo. They also post new game announcements and trailers for upcoming games.

Pat the NES Punk! – Pat Contri and his buddy Ian do a great job with answering viewer questions, running a podcast, and various other topics relating to retro gaming. Pat also has a series called “Flea Market Madness” where he tours his local flea market and negotiates deals on retro video game collectibles. Though lately, he’s not creating new Flea Market episodes as the flea markets are not good places to shop anymore.

The Gaming Historian – This channel is run by Norman Caruso. I really like the way Norman does research and edits his documentary videos about retro video gaming. My favorite video is about the Nintendo Power Glove; it was recently on his newly released Blu Ray called “The Gaming Historian Vol. 1”. He covers not just Nintendo retro gaming, but Sega, Atari, Sony PlayStation, pretty much everything you can think of.

The big talk on YouTube lately has been Nintendo’s throwback systems for the NES Classic and the recently announced SNES Classic Mini; we’ll review those in the next section.

Nintendo’s Throwback Mini Consoles

In case you’ve been living under a rock, I’ll tell you how it is. Nintendo released an updated mini version of the original Nintendo NES System in late 2016.

If you were lucky enough to buy one, good for you! For everyone else, I feel like most people gave up. The number of these consoles made was not very high and too many people wanted them. Many people are pissed at Nintendo for keeping the supply limited. Then on top of that, they discontinued it in early 2017.

Another mini console for the original Super Nintendo System is coming out in the later part of September 2017. I can hardly wait! It’s going to be called the Nintendo SNES Classic, and the good news is that they promised to manufacture enough to satisfy the demand. Hopefully, more people can actually buy this one and enjoy it. That will help put the scalpers out of business on this one.

Whether you like these mini systems or hate them because of the limited supply, they’re still really cool!

Let’s quickly review each system below.

NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition is a mini version of that 8-bit video game system that every kid or adult wanted in the 1980’s. With a limited supply, it was an instant sell-out!

It comes preloaded with 30 NES classic games and it will feature an HDMI Output with various display modes. A Classic Controller NES PAD is also included. You will not be able to load NES game cartridges in it or download any updates or new games for this system. Boo!

Here are the 30 Games that are included in the U.S. version

Balloon Fight, Bubble Bobble, Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Dr. Mario
Excitebike, Final Fantasy, Galaga, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Gradius, Ice Climbers
Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure, Mega Man 2, Metroid, Mario Bros.,Ninja Gaiden, Pac-Man, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, Star Tropics
Super Contra, Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl, The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

The biggest complaint about this system was the control pad cord length; it comes at a whopping 3 feet long! Woo Hoo, that means you’ll have to run an extra-long HDMI cable if you actually want to sit on the couch and play with the console on your lap.

Super NES Classic Edition

Nintendo is going to release the Super NES Classic Edition at the end of September 2017 worldwide. There will be three regions for it, and it will have a slightly different selection of games depending on the region.

There’s already backlash about scalpers and a possible shortage. But the good news is that Nintendo is being up front this time about it being a limited run that will discontinue at the end of the year 2017. I hope they pump out at least 10 million units!

Here’s a quick overview of the games that are included. And NO just like the NES Classic you won’t be able to download updates, games or play cartridges on it.

Here are the 30 Games that are included in the U.S. version

Contra III: The Alien Wars, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy III, F-Zero, Kirby, Super Star, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Mega Man X
Secret of Mana, Star Fox, Star Fox 2 Previously unreleased, Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars,
Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Super Metroid, EarthBound, Kirby’s Dream Course, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Castlevania IV, Super Punch-Out!

It’s going to come with two control pads instead of just one. And the cords will have a length of 5 feet instead of 3 feet. So far this is looking really good, and the two player action games like Street Fighter II will play like a dream with an original SNES Control Pad.

Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the Complete Nintendo Console and Gaming Guide in the next section. Enjoy!

Nintendo Consoles and Top Games Guide

I recently found an article on Wikipedia that gives you all the information about each Nintendo System that was ever made. It’s the best-detailed guide I could find online. Check it out: Nintendo Video Game Consoles

While you’re reading that Wikipedia article, you’ll also see links to an entire main article for each system. Each one of those main console articles has another link for a complete game list for that system. Kind of cool!

Below I give you a summary of each system and then a list of the most popular and collectible games in alphabetical order for each system. I compiled this list from my own knowledge and some online research.

Some of the rare games listed are worth hundreds to thousands of dollars.

The Original Nintendo NES System

Also known as The Famicom (in Japan), it’s the original 8-bit home video game system that hit the U.S market just in time for Christmas of 1985. The full name of the U.S. version was called the NES or Nintendo Entertainment System.

This was the game system responsible for bringing the United States Video Game market out of the video game crash of 1983.

The most popular bundled NES set sold was called the NES Action Set. It came with two control pads, a light zapper gun, and a Super Mario / Duck Hunt cartridge game. It sold about 62 million units altogether and was considered a huge success for Nintendo.

My personal favorite games to play and collect are Super Mario Bros, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, Metroid, and of course The Legend of Zelda. I miss beating Mike Tyson in Punch-Out, oh the good old days.

The most popular and collectible games for the NES are:

  • 1942
  • 10-Yard Fight
  • 1943: The Battle of Midway
  • A Boy and His Blob Trouble on Blobolonia
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Action 52
  • Addams Family Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt
  • Advanced Dungeons Game Series
  • Adventure Island 1 & 2 & 3
  • Adventures of Lolo
  • Adventures of Lolo 3
  • Alfred Chicken
  • Arkista’s Ring
  • Asterix the Gaul
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
  • Baby Boomer
  • Bad Dudes
  • Bandit Kings of Ancient China
  • Baseball Stars
  • Bases Loaded 4
  • Batman Return of the Joker
  • Battletoads
  • Battletoads and Double Dragon The Ultimate Team
  • Best of the Best Championship Karate
  • Bible Buffet
  • Big Nose Freaks Out
  • Blackjack
  • Blades of Steel
  • Blaster Master
  • Blues Brothers
  • Bomberman II
  • Bonk’s Adventure
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Bubble Bath Babes
  • Bubble Bobble 1 & 2
  • Bucky O’Hare
  • California Raisins The Great Escape [Reproduction]
  • Caltron 6-in-1
  • Captain America and the Avengers
  • Casino Kid II
  • Castle of Deceit
  • Castlevania 1 & 2 & 3
  • Challenge of the Dragon
  • Cheetahmen II
  • Chiller
  • Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers 1 & 2
  • Chip N Dale RR
  • Chubby Cherub
  • Cliffhanger
  • Color A Dinosaur
  • Conan the Mysteries of Time
  • Contra
  • Contra Force
  • Control Deck Test Cartridge
  • Cool World
  • Cowboy Kid
  • Crash ‘n’ the Boys: Street Challenge
  • Crystalis
  • Darkwing Duck
  • Death Race
  • Defenders of Dynatron City
  • Destiny of an Emperor
  • Die Hard
  • Dogbone Controller
  • Donkey Kong Arcade
  • Donkey Kong Classics
  • Donkey Kong Jr Math
  • Double Dragon 1 & 2 & 3
  • Double Dribble
  • Dr. Mario
  • Dragon Fighter
  • Dragon Warrior 1 & 2 & 3 & 4
  • Dropzone
  • Duck Hunt
  • Duck Tales 1 & 2
  • Duck Tales Gold Cartridge
  • Dusty Diamond’s All-Star Softball
  • Empire Strikes Back
  • Excitebike
  • Family Fun Fitness Stadium Events
  • Faria
  • Faxanadu
  • Felix the Cat
  • Fester’s Quest
  • Final Fantasy
  • Fire ‘N Ice
  • Flintstones Surprise at Dino Peak
  • Frankenstein the Monster Returns
  • Friday the 13th
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
  • Galactic Crusader
  • Game Genie Top Loader Adaptor
  • Gargoyle’s Quest II The Demon Darkness
  • Gauntlet
  • Gemfire
  • Ghost Lion
  • Ghosts ‘n Goblins
  • GI Joe The Atlantis Factor
  • Godzilla 2
  • Gun-Nac
  • Gyromite
  • Hogan’s Alley
  • Hot Slots
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Iron Sword Wizards and Warriors II
  • Jackie Chan’s Action Kung FU
  • Jetsons Cogswell’s Caper
  • Jimmy Connors Tennis
  • Journey to Silius
  • Kick Master
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kid Klown in Night Mayor World
  • King Neptune’s Adventure
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Krion Conquest
  • Kung Fu
  • L’Empereur
  • Laserscope
  • Last Action Hero
  • Legend of Zelda
  • Lemmings
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Linus Spacehead Cosmic Adventure
  • Little Mermaid
  • Little Nemo The Dream Master
  • Little Ninja Brothers
  • Little Samson
  • Lone Ranger
  • Marble Madness
  • Mario Bros
  • Mario Bros Arcade
  • Mario’s Time Machine
  • Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu
  • Maxi 15
  • Mega Man 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6
  • Megacom 76
  • Menace Beach
  • Mermaids of Atlantis
  • Metal Gear
  • Metal Storm
  • Metroid
  • Mickey Mousecapade
  • Mickey’s Adventure in Numberland
  • Might and Magic
  • Mighty Final Fight
  • Mike Tyson’s Punchout
  • Mission Cobra
  • Monster in My Pocket
  • Moon Ranger
  • Motor City Patrol
  • Ms Pac Man
  • Myriad 6-in-1
  • Nightmare on Elm St
  • Ninja Gaiden 1 & 2 & 3
  • Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991
  • Nintendo World Championship Gray & Gold Versions
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition 2
  • North and South
  • NTF2 Test Cartridge
  • Operation Secret Storm
  • P’radikus Conflict
  • Pac-Man
  • Pacmania
  • Panic Restaurant
  • Paperboy
  • Peek-a-Boo Poker
  • Pesterminator
  • Pirates
  • Power Blade 1 & 2
  • Power Punch II
  • Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
  • Pro Sports Hockey
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Punch-Out
  • Qix
  • Quickshot Sighting Scope
  • Race America
  • Racermate Challenge II
  • Rad Racer
  • Rad Racket: Deluxe Tennis II
  • Rampage
  • RBI Baseball
  • RC Pro Am 1 & 2
  • River City Ransom
  • ROB the Robot
  • Robodemons
  • Rockin’ Kats
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms II
  • SCAT Special Cybernetic Attack Team
  • Secret Scout
  • Shadow of the Ninja
  • Shatterhand
  • Simpson’s RadioActive Man
  • Snow Brothers
  • Spider-Man Sinister Six
  • Sqoon
  • Stack Up
  • Stanley The Search for Dr Livingston
  • Star Tropics
  • Stunt Kids
  • Sunday Funday
  • Super Contra
  • Super Dodge Ball
  • Super Mario Bros 1 & 2 & 2
  • Super Off Road
  • Super Spy Hunter
  • Swamp Thing
  • Sword Master
  • Tagin’ Dragon
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Tecmo Cup Soccer
  • Tecmo Super Bowl
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 & 2
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III The Manhattan Project
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters
  • Tengen Tetris
  • Terra Cresta
  • Tetris
  • The Goonies II
  • The Jungle Book
  • Tiger-Heli
  • Times of Lore
  • Toki
  • Top Gun
  • Toxic Crusaders
  • Treasure Master
  • Ultima Warriors of Destiny
  • Uncharted Waters
  • Uninvited
  • Vice Project Doom
  • Wacky Races
  • Wally Bear and the No Gang
  • Wayne’s World
  • Whomp ‘Em
  • Widget
  • World Champ
  • Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
  • Zelda II The Adventure of Link
  • Zelda Test Cartridge
  • Zen Intergalactic Ninja
  • Zombie Nation

The Super Nintendo SNES System

Also known as the Super Famicom (in Japan), the SNES is a 16-bit home video gaming system released in the U.S. in 1991. For Nintendo, this was a big deal at the time and it sold just under 52 million consoles. Another huge success!

I remember challenging my brother to a game of Super Mario World and Street Fighter II like it was yesterday. The SNES version of Street Fighter II blew away the Sega Genesis version by a long shot. It was so close to the arcade version it was unbelievable at the time.

My personal favorite games include Zelda: A Link to the Past, Chrono Trigger, Street Fighter II, Final Fight Guy and Super Mario World.

The six-button controller that came with the SNES was just plain genius, especially for playing Street Fighter.

The most popular and collectible games for the SNES are:

  • 3 Ninjas Kick Back
  • ActRaiser
  • Adventures of Batman and Robin
  • Aero Fighters
  • Aladdin
  • An American Tail Fievel Goes West
  • Animaniacs
  • Ardy Lightfoot
  • Axelay
  • Batman and Robin Adventures
  • Batman Forever or Returns
  • Battletoads and Double Dragon The Ultimate Team
  • Battletoads In Battlemaniacs
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Biker Mice From Mars
  • Blackthorne
  • Boogerman A Pick and Flick Adventure
  • Brandish
  • Breath of Fire 1 & 2
  • Bronkie The Bronchiasaurus
  • Burn-In/Test Cartridge
  • Captain America and the Avengers
  • Captain Commando
  • Captain Novolin
  • Casper
  • Castlevania Dracula
  • Castlevania Dracula X
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Contra III The Alien Wars
  • Demon’s Crest
  • Donkey Kong Country 1 & 2 & 3
  • Doom Troopers
  • Dragon View
  • E.V.O
  • Earthbound
  • Earthworm Jim
  • EVO the Search for Eden
  • Exertainment Mountain Bikerally Speed Racer
  • F-Zero
  • Final Fantasy 2 & 3
  • Final Fantasy MQ
  • Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
  • Final Fight 1 & 2 & 3
  • Final Fight Guy
  • Fire Striker
  • Fun ‘n Games
  • Gemfire
  • Ghoul Patrol
  • Hagane The Final Conflict
  • Harvest Moon
  • Home Improvement
  • Hurricanes
  • Illusion of Gaia
  • Imperium
  • Incantation
  • International Superstar Soccer
  • Joe and Mac 2 Lost in the Tropics
  • Kendo Rage
  • Killer Instinct
  • King Arthur and the Knights of Justice
  • King of Dragons
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Avalanche
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Kirby’s Superstar
  • Knights of the Round
  • Legend
  • Legend of the Mystical Ninja
  • Lion King
  • Lost Vikings 2
  • Lufia and The Fortress of Doom
  • Lufia II Rise of Sinistrals
  • M.A.C.S. Multipurpose Arcade Combat Simulator
  • Mario Paint
  • Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems
  • Marvel War of the Gems
  • Mega Man 7
  • Mega Man Soccer
  • Mega Man X & X2 & X3
  • Metal Marines
  • Metal Morph
  • Metal Warriors
  • Micro Machines
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie
  • Mini Super Nintendo System
  • Miracle Piano
  • Mortal Kombat 1 & 2 & 3 & Ultimate
  • Mr. Do!
  • Mr. Nutz
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Musya Classic Japanese Tale of Horror
  • NBA Jam
  • Nightmare Busters [Reproduction]
  • Ninja Gaiden Trilogy
  • Ninja Warriors
  • Nintendo Campus Challenge 1992
  • Nintendo Powerfest 1994
  • Nosferatu
  • Ogre Battle
  • Ogre Battle The March of the Black Queen
  • Operation Thunderbolt
  • Oscar
  • Pac in Time
  • Packy and Marlon
  • Paperboy 2
  • Peace Keepers
  • PilotWings
  • Pirates of Dark Water
  • Pocky & Rocky
  • Pocky and Rocky 2
  • Prince of Persia 2
  • R-Type III The Third Lightning
  • Realm
  • Rex Ronan Experimental Surgeon
  • Robotrek
  • Rock ‘n Roll Racing
  • Run Saber
  • S.O.S: Sink or Swim
  • S.O.S.
  • Secret of Evermore
  • Secret of Mana
  • Shadowrun
  • Shien’s Revenge
  • Simpsons Barts Nightmare
  • Skyblazer
  • Sonic Blast Man 2
  • Soul Blazer
  • Space MegaForce
  • Sparkster
  • Spider Man/X-men A.R. or Sep. Anxiety
  • Spider-Man Max Carn.
  • Spiderman Maximum Carnage
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox Super Weekend Competition
  • Stone Protectors
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Street Fighter II
  • Street Fighter II Turbo
  • Street Fighter II, Super
  • Strike Gunner STG
  • Sunset Riders
  • Super 3D Noah’s Ark
  • Super Adventure Island II
  • Super Bomberman 1 & 2
  • Super Bonk
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Copa
  • Super Double Dragon
  • Super Gameboy
  • Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts
  • Super Mario All Stars
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2 Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Off Road (Not Baja)
  • Super Punch Out
  • Super R-Type
  • Super Return of the Jedi
  • Super Star Wars
  • Super Star Wars Empire Strikes Back
  • Super Star Wars Return of the Jedi
  • Super Street Fighter II
  • Super Turrican 1& 2
  • Super Valis IV
  • SWAT Kats
  • Syndicate
  • Tecmo Secret of the Stars
  • Tecmo Super Bowl 1 & 2
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV Turtles in Time
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters
  • Terminator or T2 or Robocop vs
  • Terranigma [Japan]
  • Tetris and Dr. Mario
  • The Adventures of Kid Kleets
  • The Death and Return of Superman
  • The Flintstones Treasure of the Sierra Madrock
  • The Jetsons Invasion of the Planet Pirates
  • The Ren and Stimpy Show Buckeroos
  • The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang
  • Time Cop
  • Top Gear 3000
  • Toy Story
  • Ultima The Black Gate
  • Uncharted Waters
  • Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons
  • Wild Guns
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Wolverine Ad. Rage
  • X-Men Mutant Apocalypse
  • Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors

The Nintendo 64 System

Like all good toys, the Super Nintendo got old in 1996, so the N64 was released just before Christmas of 1996. This was the first 64-Bit Nintendo home video game system.

There are some rumors that it was supposed to be a CD system, but good old Nintendo said “screw the CD’s were going to do cartridges”. They’d later regret this as the Sony PlayStation appealed more to developers because they could get a lot more data on a CD, 700MB worth vs. 64MB.

Oh well, Nintendo would later fire back with the Wii, we’ll cover that in just a bit. Overall, the N64 did OK with just under 33 million units sold.

My personal favorite games were Super Mario Kart 64 and Super Mario 64, oh.. and let’s not forget Zelda: Ocarina of Time (probably the best game on the system!)

The most popular and collectible games for the N64 are:

  • 007 GoldenEye
  • 007 World Is Not Enough
  • 1080 Snowboarding
  • Aidyn Chronicles
  • Army Men Sages Heroes 2
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • Banjo Tooie
  • Batman Beyond
  • Blast Corps
  • Body Harvest
  • Bomberman 64
  • Bomberman 64 2nd
  • Bomberman 64 Second Attack
  • Bomberman Hero
  • Carmageddon
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania 64
  • Castlevania Legacy of Darkness
  • Castlevania LOD
  • Chameleon Twist 2
  • Clay Fighter 63 1/3
  • Clay Fighter Sculptors Cut
  • Conker’s Bad Fur Day
  • Cruis’n Exotica
  • Cruis’n USA
  • Cruis’n World
  • Diddy kong Racing
  • Donkey Kong 64
  • Doom
  • Doom 64
  • Dr. Mario 64
  • Duck Dodgers
  • Duke Nukem 64
  • Duke Zero Hour
  • Earthworm Jim 3D
  • Excitebike
  • Excitebike 64
  • F-Zero X
  • Forsaken 64
  • Gameshark Pro 3.3
  • Gauntlet Legends
  • Glover
  • Goemon’s Great Adventure
  • Harvest moon
  • Harvest Moon 64
  • Hey You Pikachu
  • Indiana Jones Infernal Machine
  • International Superstar Soccer 2000
  • Jet Force Gemini
  • Killer Instinct Gold
  • Kirby 64
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
  • Lego Racers
  • Magical Tetris Challenge
  • Mario Golf
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Mario Party 1 & 2 & 3
  • Mario Tennis
  • Mega Man 64
  • Mickey’s Speedway
  • Midway Greatest Hits
  • Mischief Makers
  • Mortal Kombat 4
  • Mortal Kombat Mythology
  • Mortal Kombat Trilogy
  • Mystical Ninja
  • Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
  • N64 Memory Card
  • NBA Hangtime
  • NFL Blitz 2000
  • NFL Blitz Special Edition
  • Nightmare Creatures
  • Nintendo 64 Test Cartridge
  • Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
  • Paper Mario
  • Perfect Dark
  • PGA European Tour
  • Pilotwings 64
  • Pokemon Puzzle League
  • Pokemon Snap
  • Pokemon Stadium 1 & 2
  • Quest 64
  • Rampage (Any)
  • Rayman 2
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Road Rash 64
  • Rocket Robot on Wheel
  • Snowboard Kids 1 & 2
  • South Park Rally and Luv Shack
  • Space Station Silicon Valley
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Craft
  • Star Fox 64
  • Star Wars Episode I Racer
  • Star Wars Naboo
  • Star Wars Rogue Squad or Pod Racer
  • Star Wars Rogue Squadron
  • Star Wars Shadows of the Empire
  • Starcraft 64
  • Stunt Racer
  • Super Bowling
  • Super Mario 64
  • Super Smash Bros
  • Tom & Jerry
  • Tony Hawk
  • Tony Hawk 2
  • Tony Hawk 3
  • Transformers
  • Transformers Beast Wars Transmetals
  • Turok 1 & 2 & 3 (Rage Wars, Seeds of Evil, Rage Wars)
  • Vigilante 8 2nd Offense
  • Wave Race 64
  • WCW vs NWO Revenge
  • Wide-Boy 64
  • Worms Armageddon
  • WWF No Mercy
  • WWF No Mercy or Wrestlemania 2000
  • Yoshi’s Story
  • Yoshi’s Story International Version
  • Zelda: Majora’s Mask (gray, gold, no resale)
  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Collectors Edition too)

The Nintendo GameCube

The GameCube was released in the U.S. in 2002. It was a little video game system with a handle and a top loader for a mini DVD disc. The console was in the shape of a cube and the dimensions were 5.9 × 6.3 × 4.3 inches, talk about small.

Each game mini DVD disc had a 1.4GB capacity and was formatted with Nintendo’s own proprietary filesystem. This was a smart idea because it made piracy really hard to do.

The funny thing about the GameCube is that Component Video Cables were not very popular at that time of its release. Those were an optional purchase to upgrade the picture quality to 480P. Nowadays if you want to buy an authentic pair of those cables, you’ll spend upward to a few hundred dollars or more. Ridiculous!

They sold just under 22 million units of the GameCube. I picked mine up in 2003 specifically so I could play Zelda: Wind Waker and Mario Kart Double Dash.

My other favorite games include Sonic Gems, Sonic Classic Edition, and Zelda Twilight Princess. The GameCube was not a huge success for Nintendo, but had some great games. The Wii would be released a few years later; little did Nintendo know how huge that would be.

The most popular and collectible games for the GameCube are:

  • 007 Agent Under Fire
  • 007 Nightfire
  • 1080 Avalanche
  • Alien Hominid
  • Animal Crossing
  • Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance
  • Barbie Treasures in Time
  • Baten Kaitos
  • Baten Kaitos Origins
  • Batman (Vengence or Sin Tzu)
  • Battalion Wars
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • Billy Hatcher and The Giant Egg
  • Bloody Roar Primal Fury
  • Bomberman Generation
  • Capcom vs SNK 2
  • Cars
  • Chaos Field
  • Chibi Robo
  • Crash Bandicoot The Wrath of Cortex
  • Crash Nitro Kart
  • Cubivore
  • Custom Robo
  • Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix
  • Def Jam Fight for New York
  • Digimon Rumble Arena 2
  • Digimon World 4
  • Disney Sports Basketball
  • Disney Sports Football
  • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
  • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat w/ Bongos
  • Dragon Ball Z Budokai 1 & 2
  • Eternal Darkness
  • F-Zero GX
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
  • Fire Emblem Path of Radiance
  • Gauntlet Dark Legacy
  • Geist
  • Go Go Hypergrind
  • Godzilla Destroy All Monsters Melee
  • Gotcha Force
  • Harry Potter Sorcerers Stone
  • Harvest Moon Another Wonderful Life
  • Harvest Moon Magical Melody
  • Havest Moon A Wonder Life
  • Ikaruga
  • Killer 7
  • Kirby Air Ride
  • LEGO Star Wars
  • LEGO Star Wars II Original Trilogy
  • Lord of the Rings Two Towers
  • Lost Kingdoms 1 & 2
  • Luigi’s Mansion
  • Mario Golf
  • Mario Golf Toadstool Tour
  • Mario Kart Double Dash & the special edition version
  • Mario Party 4 & 5 & 6 & 7
  • Mario Power Tennis
  • Mario SS Baseball
  • Mario Superstar Baseball
  • Mega Man Anniversary Collection
  • Mega Man Network Transmission
  • Mega Man X Collection
  • Mega Man X Command Mission
  • Metal Gear Solid Twin Snakes
  • Metal Gear TwinSnakes
  • Metroid Prime
  • Metroid Prime & Zelda Wind Waker Combo
  • Metroid Prime 1 & 2
  • Metroid Prime 2 Echoes
  • Mortal Kombat – all versions
  • Namco Museum
  • Naruto Clash of Ninja 1 & 2
  • NCAA College Basketball 2K3
  • Need for Speed 2 Hot Pursuit
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted
  • Need for Speed Underground 1 & 2
  • NFL Street 2
  • Odama w/ Microphone
  • P.N. 03
  • Paper Mario
  • Paper Mario Thousand Year Door
  • Phantasy Star Online
  • Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Plus
  • Pikmin 1 & 2
  • Pokemon Box
  • Pokemon Channel
  • Pokemon Colosseum
  • Pokemon XD
  • Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
  • Purple and Clear Controller
  • Rampage Total Destruction
  • Resident Evil 1 & 2
  • Resident Evil 3 Nemesis
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Resident Evil Code Veronica X
  • Resident Evil Zero
  • Ribbit King
  • Shadow the Hedgehog
  • Simpson Hit & Run or Road Rage
  • Skies of Arcadia
  • Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
  • Sonic Adventure DX
  • Sonic Gems Collection
  • Sonic Heroes
  • Sonic Mega Collection
  • Sonic Mega, Shadows or Riders
  • Sonic Riders
  • Soul Calibur II
  • Spider-Man
  • Spiderman 2
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Battle for Bikini Bottom
  • Spyro A Heros Tail
  • Spyro Enter the Dragonfly
  • Star Fox Adventures
  • Star Fox Assault
  • Star Wars Bounty Hunter
  • Star Wars Jedi Outcast
  • Star Wars Rebel Strike
  • Star Wars Rogue Leader
  • Super Mario Strikers
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Super Monkey Ball 1 & 2
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Tales of Symphonia
  • Teen Titans
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 and 3
  • The Simpsons Hit and Run
  • Time Splitters 2
  • Time Splitters Future Perfect
  • TMNT and TMNT Melee
  • Top Angler Real Bass Fishing
  • Ultimate Muscle
  • Viewtiful Joe 1 & 2
  • Wario Ware Mega Party Games
  • Wario World
  • Waverace Blue Storm
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Falsebound Kingdom
  • Zatch Bell Mamodo Fury
  • Zelda 4 Swords
  • Zelda Collector’s Edition
  • Zelda Four Swords Adventure
  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest
  • Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Zelda: Wind Waker
  • Zelda: Wind Waker & Ocarina Master Quest Combo
  • Zoids Battle Legends

The Nintendo Wii

When the Wii came out in 1996, it was the first modern day video game system to use wireless motion controls. It was using a higher capacity game disc with a 4.7GB capacity.

Nintendo had a shortage problem with the Wii and I absolutely refused to camp out in front of a retail store for it on its launch day. So I waited a few days, then checked Craigslist to find one for sale. It was bundled with Zelda: Twilight Princess.

I got really lucky because I paid 50 dollars over retail for it.

There was such a shortage of Wii’s in 2007-2008 eventually some people paid upwards of 500 plus dollars as it got close to Christmas.

The Wii sold over 100 million units by the end of its life. It was one of the biggest successes Nintendo ever had for video gaming. And it’s my second favorite video game system, behind the original NES.

The motion control technology with the Wii remote was spot on, different, and really made you feel like you were swinging a real golf club, swinging a tennis racket, or swinging a sword while playing Zelda.

The virtual console was new at the time and helped fuel the popularity of retro video game playing. You could buy many retro classic games for around 5 bucks each.

My all-time favorite games for the Wii were Wii Sports, Skyward Sword, Mario Kart, and Sonic.

The most popular and collectible games for the Nintendo Wii are:

  • American Mensa Academy
  • Animal Crossing City Folk
  • Arc Rise Fantasia
  • Band Hero Superbundle
  • Castle of Shikigami III
  • Chuck E Cheese’s Super Collection
  • Cyberbike Cycling Sports
  • Data East Arcade Classics
  • Deer Drive Legends
  • Dokapon Kingdom
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3
  • Dragon’s Lair Trilogy
  • Epic Mickey
  • Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn
  • Fishing Resort
  • Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of The Moon
  • Fritz Chess
  • GTI Club Supermini Festa
  • Guitar Hero World Tour Band Kit
  • Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Super Bundle
  • Ivy the Kiwi
  • JU-ON: The Grudge
  • Just Dance 2
  • Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition
  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn
  • Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
  • LEGO Star Wars Complete Saga
  • Let’s Sing 2016 Microphone Bundle
  • Mario and Sonic Olympic Games
  • Mario Kart Wii
  • Mario Party 8
  • Mario Party 9
  • Mario Super Sluggers
  • Maximum Racing: Crash Car Racer
  • Maximum Racing: Super Karts
  • Maximum Racing: Super Truck Racer
  • Metal Slug Anthology
  • Metroid Prime 3 Corruption
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy Collector’s Edition
  • Metroid: Other M
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade
  • My Horse & Me: Riding for Gold
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Oregon Trail
  • Pikmin 2: Nintendo Selects
  • Pokemon Battle Revolution
  • Punch-Out
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Rock Band 2 Bundle
  • Rock Band Special Edition
  • Shiren the Wanderer
  • Sonic and the Secret Rings
  • Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Super Paper Mario
  • Super Smash Bros Brawl
  • The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return
  • The Last Story
  • The Last Story Limited Edition
  • Wii Sports
  • Wii Sports Resort
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Zelda Skyward Sword
  • Zelda: Twilight Princess

The Nintendo Wii U

The Wii U was released in 2011 and was never really a big hit like the original Wii was. It was supposed to be an HD graphic Wii with an interactive tablet controller. Wii U games were on a disc with a capacity of 25GB.

The marketing done by Nintendo was horrible, and a lot of people honestly did not know what its full potential was or why it was better than the regular Wii.

Not to mention it was way more expensive at around 300 – 350 dollars. And they were still selling the Wii and the Wii mini for 100 – 150 dollars.

Nintendo would sell over 13 million units though. A lot of the movement was due to bundles they did for a remake of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and Super Mario Kart 8. Thank you, Mario and Link!

The Wii U system is 100% backwards compatible with most Wii Games and its motion controllers. I always saw the Wii U as nothing more than a Wii with an HDMI connector. And an awkward, clumsy Tablet Controller.

My favorite game on it was, you guessed it! Nothing.

When I bought one, I got it for the Zelda: Wind Waker HD bundle. I played it for a few hours and then put it back in the box. I could not stand playing with that tablet controller. Nintendo was in the gutter on this one; it was discontinued in the later part of 2016.

The Nintendo Switch that came out in 2017 saved Nintendo; we’ll cover that next.

The most popular and collectible games for the Nintendo Wii U are:

  • 007 Legends
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Call of Duty Black Ops II
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  • Cars 3 Driven to Win
  • Devil’s Third
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • DuckTales Remastered
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Funky Barn
  • Game & Wario
  • Guitar Hero Live 2 Pack Bundle
  • Hello Kitty Kruisers
  • Hyrule Warriors
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
  • LEGO City Undercover
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Mario Party 10
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • NBA 2K13
  • NES Remix Pack
  • NES Remix Pack: Nintendo Selects
  • New Super Luigi U
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Nintendo Land
  • Nintendo Land with Luigi Wii Remote
  • Paper Mario Color Splash
  • Pikmin 3
  • Rodea the Sky Soldier
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Shovel Knight
  • Splatoon
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
  • Tank! Tank! Tank!
  • The Croods: Prehistoric Party
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
  • Turbo: Super Stunt Squad
  • Wii Party U
  • Wii Sports Club
  • Wonderful 101
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
  • Zelda: Wind Waker HD
  • ZombiU

The Nintendo Switch

It was in November of 2016 when I first heard about the new Nintendo Switch. I knew right away I wanted to have one, so I did a pre-order and got mine on the launch day, March 3rd, 2017.

It’s a portable console that you can dock and play as a home console. It’s got a ton of different control options and is a true hybrid game system between portable and home.

The TV commercials also did a great job showing off its features and capabilities. People watching could clearly imagine all the fun they’d have owning and playing this new system.

By far, it’s the best Nintendo system I’ve ever played! Except for the Wii or the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

BTW… Here are the links where you can buy your own Switch:                   Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, ‘Toys R Us’ and Walmart.

My all-time favorite game so far on the Nintendo Switch is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The 1 – 2 Switch game is also pretty cool.

The upcoming Super Mario Odyssey game looks amazing too, that’s coming out later in 2017, just before Christmas.

If that was not enough for you, below I’ve listed some of the games confirmed so far! And you can check here for the latest updates straight from Nintendo.

My favorite Switch games for the line-up are:

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®
  • Splatoon 2
  • Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • 1-2-Switch
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Project Sonic 2017
  • NBA 2K18
  • Sonic Mania

The Switch is a new system with lots of potential, who knows how far Nintendo will push its limits. I definitely see this being very collectible in due time. In other words, I’ll be keeping mine forever.

The Handheld Systems are next!

The Original GameBoy

The Original GameBoy came out in 1989 and did not have a back lite display or colors. It was straight up LCD style. It was quite impressive for its time selling over 100 million units during its life. I remember the first one I ever played when I was 11 years old. I have to admit I was very jealous of my neighborhood friend who had it.

I first played the game Tetris on it, then a Mario game. It was hard to put down. The GameBoy was not technically the first portable game system that Nintendo put out. They had released some portable gaming systems before called Game and Watch. They are pretty collectible too.

However you cannot swap out cartridges, each one has its own game in it. Being able to switch out games with cartridges on a portable system is really what made the GameBoy such a big hit!

The most popular and collectible games for the GameBoy are:

  • Aerostar
  • Alleyway
  • Amazing Spiderman
  • Amazing Tater
  • Avenging Spirit
  • Bart Simpson’s Escape from Camp Deadly
  • Batman the Series
  • Batman the Video Game
  • Battletoads
  • Battletoads and Double Dragon The Ultimate Team
  • Bionic Commando
  • Black Game Boy Pocket
  • Blaster Master Boy
  • Blue Game Boy Pocket
  • Bomberman
  • Bonk’s Adventure
  • Bonk’s Revenge
  • Captain America and the Avengers
  • Castlevania Adventure
  • Castlevania II Belmont’s Revenge
  • Castlevania Legends
  • Contra Operation C
  • Contra the Alien Wars
  • Cool Ball
  • Cool World
  • Darkman
  • Dick Tracy
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Land 1 & 2 & 3
  • Dr. Mario
  • Duck Tales 1 & 2
  • Extreme Green Game Boy Pocket LEF-1 Race
  • Felix the Cat
  • Final Fantasy Adventure
  • Final Fantasy Legend 1 & 2 & 3
  • Flintstones King Rock Treasure Island
  • Game and Watch Gallery
  • Gameboy Camera
  • Gargoyles Quest
  • Great Greed
  • Green Game Boy Pocket
  • Harvest Moon (Original Gameboy)
  • Joe and Mac
  • Kid Dracula
  • Kid Icarus Of Myths and Monsters
  • Killer Instinct
  • Kirby Pinball Land
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 1 & 2
  • Knight’s Quest
  • Mega Man 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Mega Man Dr Wily Revenge
  • Metal Masters
  • Metroid 2 Return of Samus
  • Monster Max
  • Mortal Kombat I & II
  • Mr. Do!
  • Mystic Quest
  • Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
  • Ninja Boy
  • Ninja Gaiden Shadow
  • Ninja Taro
  • NIV Bible and Lost Levels of Joshua
  • Pac-Man
  • Pokemon Blue & Red & Yellow
  • Rampart
  • Rolan’s Curse 2
  • Shaq Fu
  • Singer Sewing Machine Operation Software
  • Snow Brothers
  • Solar Striker
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Spud’s Adventure
  • Star Wars
  • Starhawk
  • Stop that Roach
  • Sumo Fighter
  • Super Mario Land 1 & 2
  • Super R.C. Pro-Am
  • Sword of Hope II
  • Tail Gator
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • **** Fall of the Foot Clan
  • **** II Back from the Sewers
  • **** III Radical Rescue
  • Tetris
  • The Jetsons Robot Panic
  • Toxic Crusaders
  • Tumble Pop
  • Ultima Runes of Virtue II
  • Universal Soldier
  • Wario Land I & II
  • Super Mario Land 3
  • Xenon 2
  • Yellow Game Boy Pocket
  • Yoshi
  • Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  • Zen Intergalactic Ninja

Color GameBoy System

The original GameBoy needed an upgrade in the late nineties. It was still very popular, but after almost 10 years people wanted to see color. So Nintendo was generous enough to make one in 1998. Yippee everyone said.

It would sell an additional 18 million Game Boy units and make Game Boy games in color from that point on. The old games would still play on it too.

Tetris DX, Wario Land II, and Pocket Bomber-Man were the first games I ever played on it. I picked up a used GameBoy Color at a garage sale a few years ago. I never owned one of these when I was younger. I can’t say this was my most favorite handheld ever, but it sure was an upgrade for its time.

The most popular and collectible games for the Color GameBoy are:

  • 1942
  • 102 Dalmatians Puppies to the Rescue
  • Azure Dreams
  • Blaster Master Enemy Below
  • Cannon Fodder
  • Conker’s Pocket Tales
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Dragon Ball Z Legendary Super Warriors
  • Dragon Dance
  • Dragon Warrior I & II & III
  • Dragon Warrior Monsters
  • Dragon Warrior Monsters 2 Cobi’s Journey
  • Dragon Warrior Monsters 2 Tara’s Adventure
  • Frogger
  • Game and Watch Gallery 2 & 3
  • Ghosts ‘n Goblins
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Green Game Boy Color
  • Harry Potter
  • Harvest Moon 1 & 2 & 3
  • International Superstar Soccer 2000
  • Kirby Tilt and Tumble
  • Legend of the River King 2
  • Lufia The Legend Returns
  • Mario Golf
  • Mario Tennis
  • Mega Man Xtreme 1 & 2
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Microsoft Pinball Arcade
  • Microsoft Puzzle Collection Entertainment Pack
  • No Fear Downhill Mountain Bike Racing
  • Perfect Dark
  • Pokemon Crystal & Gold & Silver
  • Pokemon Pikachu 2 GS
  • Pokemon Pinball
  • Pokemon Puzzle Challenge
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game
  • Resident Evil Gaiden
  • Return of Ninja
  • Revelations the Demon Slayer
  • Rhino Rumble
  • Shadowgate Classic
  • Shantae
  • Space Marauder
  • Street Fighter Alpha Warriors’ Dreams
  • Super Mario Bros Deluxe
  • Survival Kids
  • Tetris DX
  • Tony Hawk
  • Trick Boarder
  • Turok 3 Shadow of Oblivion
  • Wario Land 2 & 3
  • Wendy Every Witch Way
  • Xena Warrior Princess
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Dark Duel Stories
  • Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
  • Zelda: Oracle of Ages
  • Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

GameBoy Advance SP

The GameBoy Advance SP came out in 2004. It was another redesign of the GameBoy and based on a 32-bit platform. This was also the first GameBoy to provide more of a landscape gaming experience. It was a bit wider and the controls were left and right instead of being located at the bottom of the handheld.

During its life, it would sell an impressive 80 million units, wow! After 9 years it was finally discontinued in 2010. GameBoy would have been around just a bit over 20 years at that time, hard to believe.

Overall, it had a nice and long run during its time. During its run Sony and Microsoft could not touch Nintendo in the handheld market. They tried but failed miserably and it was not even a contest.

The GameBoy Advance SP would also play GameBoy Original and Color games as well. Nintendo was smart to make it backwards compatible.

The most popular and collectible games for the GameBoy Advance SP are:

  • Action Replay Advance
  • Advance Wars 1 & 2
  • Astro Boy Omega Factor
  • Banjo Kazooie Grunty’s Revenge
  • Boktai 2 Solar Boy Django
  • Boktai Sun in Your Hands
  • Breath of Fire 1 & 2
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Wrath of the Darkhul King
  • Car Battler Joe
  • Castlevania Aria of Sorrow
  • Castlevania Circle of the Moon
  • Castlevania Double Pack
  • Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance
  • Castlevania NES Series
  • Crash and Spyro Superpack: Purple & Orange
  • Crash Bandicoot 2 N-tranced
  • Crash Bandicoot the Huge Adventure
  • Donkey Kong Country 1 & 2 & 3
  • Doom II
  • Double Dragon Advance
  • Dr. Mario
  • Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure
  • Dragon Ball Z Buu’s Fury
  • Dragon Ball Z Legacy of Goku
  • Dragon Ball Z Legacy of Goku II
  • Dragon Ball Z Taiketsu
  • Dragon Ball Z The Legacy of Goku I & II
  • Drill Dozer
  • F-Zero GP Legend
  • F-Zero Maximum Velocity
  • Famicom Gameboy Advance SP
  • Final Fantasy I & II Dawn of Souls
  • Final Fantasy IV Advance
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Final Fantasy V Advance
  • Final Fantasy VI Advance
  • Fire Emblem
  • Fire Emblem Sacred Stones
  • Froggers Adventures Temple of Frog
  • Fushia Gameboy Advance System
  • GBA Video Nicktoons Collection Volume 3
  • GBA Video Super Robot Monkey Team Volume 1
  • Golden Sun
  • Golden Sun The Lost Age
  • Gunstar Super Heroes
  • Harvest Moon Friends Mineral Town
  • Harvest Moon More Friends of Mineral Town
  • Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
  • Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland
  • Kirby The Amazing Mirror
  • Klonoa Empire of Dreams
  • Lunar Legend
  • Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga
  • Mario Golf Advance Tour
  • Mario Kart Super Circuit
  • Mario Party Advance
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong
  • Mega Man and Bass
  • Mega Man Battle Network 1 & 2
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 White
  • Mega Man Zero 1 & 2
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Metroid NES Series
  • Metroid Zero Mission
  • Moto Racer Advance
  • Namco Museum
  • Ninja Five O
  • Pac-Man Collection
  • Pocky and Rocky With Becky
  • Pokemon Emerald & Fire Red & Ruby & Sapphire
  • Pokemon LeafGreen Version
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red
  • Pokemon Pinball Advance
  • River City Ransom
  • Shining Force
  • Sonic Advance 1 & 2 & 3
  • Spirits and Spells
  • Spyro Orange The Cortex Conspiracy
  • Spyro Season of Flame
  • Spyro Season of Ice
  • Super Mario Advance 1 & 2 & 3 Yohsi’s Island & 4
  • Super Mario NES Series
  • Sword of Mana
  • Tactics Ogre
  • Tales of Phantasia
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 BattleNexus
  • Tetris Worlds
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Scary Dreams
  • Wario Land 4
  • Wario Ware Mega Microgames
  • Warioware Twisted
  • Yoshi Topsy Turvy
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Eternal Duelist Soul
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  • Zelda: Link to the Past
  • Zelda: Minish Cap
  • Zelda: NES Series

Nintendo DS System

After 15 years of success with the GameBoy line, it was time to move on to something new. The Nintendo DS system was released at the end of 2004 and showed all Nintendo fans a new level of portable gaming.

The DS was released in four different versions during its life. The models were: The Original DS, The DS Lite, The DSi, and DS XL.

The entire DS line featured dual screens and WiFi access capabilities. One screen was on the top and the other was on the bottom. The bottom screen also had touch screen functionality. It was a huge leap forward from the Game Boy line.

One big advantage of the later DS models was that they were significantly lighter than the original DS. The later models also had better brightness controls for the screens. Plus, the DSi got upgraded with two cameras, instead of just one. The DS XL got a major upgrade by having larger screens in it.

The all-time best-selling game was Super Mario Bros for the DS! Not a surprise, Mario is awesome. By the end of 2014, the regular DS product line came to an end with about 18 million units sold.

The most popular and collectible games for the Nintendo DS are:

  • Advance Wars Dual Strike
  • Animal Crossing Wild World
  • Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island
  • Avalon Code
  • Black Sigil Blade of the Exiled
  • Brain Age 1 & 2
  • Chrono Trigger DS
  • Commando: Steel Disaster
  • Contra 4
  • Dokapon Journey
  • Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
  • Dragon Quest V Hand of the Heavenly Bride
  • Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
  • Final Fantasy 3 & 4
  • Final Fantasy Tactics A2
  • Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
  • Inuyasha Secret of the Divine Jewel
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
  • Kirby Super Star Ultra
  • Konami Classics Arcade Hits
  • LEGO Star Wars Complete Saga
  • Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
  • Mario and Luigi Partners in Time
  • Mario Kart DS
  • Mario Party DS
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem
  • Mega Man Star Force: Dragon
  • Metallic Silver Nintendo DS Lite
  • Metroid Prime Hunters
  • Monster Rancher DS
  • Namco Museum/Pac-man World 3 Bundle
  • New Super Mario Bros
  • Pokemon Black & Version 2
  • Pokemon Conquest & Diamond & Pearl & Platinum
  • Pokemon HeartGold Version
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Blue
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky
  • Pokemon Not For Resale Celebi
  • Pokemon Ranger
  • Pokemon SoulSilver Version
  • Pokemon White & Version 2
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Red Mario Nintendo DS Lite Limited Edition
  • Red Nintendo DS Mario Kart Limited Edition
  • Retro Game Challenge
  • River City Soccer Hooligans
  • Sands of Destruction
  • Shepherd’s Crossing 2
  • Solatorobo: Red The Hunter
  • Sonic Classic Collection
  • Super Mario 64 DS
  • Super Princess Peach
  • The Dark Spire
  • Yoshi’s Island DS
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2011: Over The Nexus
  • Zelda Phantom Hourglass
  • Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  • Zelda: Twilight Princess Demo

Nintendo 3DS

The 3DS came out in 2011 and was a huge upgrade over the DS. It had faster hardware and the capability of displaying stereoscopic 3D graphics without the use of 3D glasses.

There’s also an XL version of the 3DS that has a bigger screen. Overall, Nintendo sold over 66 million units of both the 3DS and 3DS XL.

If you’re a Zelda fan, you’ll love the Zelda collector editions for the 3DS and 3DS XL. The 3DS was themed for “Zelda: Ocarina of Time”, while the 3DS XL was themed for “Zelda: A Link Between Worlds“. The latest 3DS XL bundle was “Zelda: Majora’s Mask Limited Edition“. All of these are highly sought after collectibles and available to buy on eBay or Craigslist.

The 3DS really utilized Nintendo’s eShop for buying digital video games. You could purchase both new and retro games. You could also download augmented reality games using the digital cameras that came with the unit.

It had full WiFi access and an internet browser built in too. But the Internet browsing was not very practical in my opinion.

Let’s not forget about the 2DS

There’s a stripped-down version of the 3DS called the 2DS that is also available. It has no 3D capability which is fine for lots of people. Many people don’t like the 3D graphics and turn them off when playing the 3DS; I was one of those people.

Overall, I really enjoyed playing all the Zelda and Mario games available on the 3DS. I did not play any 3rd party games except for Sonic the Hedgehog. I recently sold my 3DS XL; my Nintendo Switch is its replacement.

The most popular and collectible games for the Nintendo 3DS are:

  • 7th Dragon III Code VFD
  • Adventure Time: Hey Ice King Collector’s Edition
  • Angry Birds Star Wars
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt Striker Pack
  • Bravely Default & Collector’s Edition
  • Bravely Second: End Layer Collector’s Edition
  • Castlevania: Mirror Of Fate
  • Cave Story 3D
  • Code of Princess
  • Cooking Mama Sweet Shop
  • Corpse Party: Back to School Edition
  • Cubic Ninja
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  • Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight
  • Ever Oasis
  • Fantasy Life
  • Final Fantasy Explorers Collector’s Edition
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition
  • Fire Emblem Fates Birthright
  • Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Limited Edition
  • Horses 3D
  • Kid Icarus Uprising
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance Limited Edition
  • Kirby Planet Robobot
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe
  • Legend of Legacy
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
  • Madden NFL Football
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Mario and Luigi: Dream Team
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Mario Party: Island Tour
  • Mario Sports Superstars
  • Mario Tennis Open
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection Collector’s Edition
  • Monster Hunter 3 & 4 Ultimate
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Collector’s Edition
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Wild Cards Premium Edition
  • PilotWings Resort
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
  • Pokemon Art Academy
  • Pokemon Moon
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Dual Pack
  • Pokemon Rumble Blast
  • Pokemon X & Y
  • Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World amiibo Bundle
  • Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
  • Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Project X Zone
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Rhythm Thief & The Emperors Treasure
  • Rune Factory 4
  • Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson Double D Edition
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV Limited Edition
  • Star Fox 64 3D
  • Stella Glow
  • Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns
  • Style Savvy: Fashion Forward
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
  • Tales of the Abyss
  • Tekken 3DS Prime Edition
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Collector’s Edition
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
  • Yoshi’s New Island
  • Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS
  • Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
  • Zero Time Dilemma

The Virtual Boy

The Virtual Boy came out in 1995; it was a complete failure. It was supposed to be some type of table top portable gaming system. To play it, you had to look through a pair of 3D scope goggles and hold a separate controller.

The Gaming Historian did an excellent video documentary on the Virtual Boy, check it out here: Virtual Boy Video

The Virtual Boy used a 3D stereoscopic display setup by utilizing wire red line graphics. It was a horrible game playing experience and Nintendo would later realize this huge mistake by the sales numbers.

The Virtual Boy was such a big flop they discontinued it in 1996 and only had 22 games for it. Plus, it sold a very sad 770,000 units. If you’re curious and want to check one out, you can view the for sale listings on eBay.

I once tried one out and played Super Mario Tennis. Afterwards, I felt sick from the 3D action, I never played it again.

The most popular and collectible games for the Nintendo Virtual Boy are:

  • 3D Tetris
  • Bound High
  • Galactic Pinball
  • Golf
  • Hyper Fighting
  • Jack Bros.
  • Mario Clash
  • Mario’s Tennis
  • Nester’s Funky Bowling
  • Panic Bomber
  • Red Alarm
  • SD Gundam Dimension Wars
  • Space Squash [Japan]
  • Teleroboxer
  • Vertical Force
  • Virtual Bowling
  • Virtual League Baseball
  • Wario Land
  • Waterworld

Final Thoughts

Thanks for taking the time to read this guide. I had a lot of fun writing it and doing all of the necessary research on the various Nintendo systems.

I also enjoyed sharing my experience as a video game collector with you.

In the near future, I hope to produce some other collector guides for Sega, Atari, and PC gaming.

Until then, enjoy reading my blog and have fun playing Nintendo!