Scotty’s Nintendo Buyers and Collectors Guide [All Systems Included]

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This guide is a bit under construction with updates, please bear with me until I finish them throughout the month of March 2018. Enjoy! – Scotty B.

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

The complete list of articles in this guide is towards the bottom of this page.

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 of 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 boatload of cartridges from being manufactured. And that is what makes games expensive and rare, even if the gameplay sucks!

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3. How to Rate the Condition of Retro Video Games

4. 4 Tips For Selling and Buying Retro Video Games Online [so you don’t get screwed!]

5. My Favorite Retro Video Game YouTube Channels

The Original Nintendo (NES) System [Classic Edition Too]

The Nintendo Entertainment System is 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 for short.

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.

Nintendo NES System Article From Wikipedia

Complete List of Nintendo NES Games From Wikipedia

The NES Games I find the most fun to collect are:

1942, Adventure Island 1, Bonk’s Adventure, Bubble Bobble 1, Contra, Donkey Kong Arcade, Donkey Kong Classics, Double Dragon 1, Duck Hunt, Duck Tales 1, Felix the Cat, Final Fantasy, Flintstones Surprise at Dino Peak, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Jetsons Cogswell’s Caper, Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure, Kung Fu, Legend of Zelda, Little Samson, Mega Man Game Series, Metroid, Mike Tyson’s Punchout, Ninja Gaiden, Paperboy, Power Blade 1 & 2, Pro Wrestling, Rad Racer, RC Pro-Am, Snow Brothers, Super Mario Bros 1 & 2 & 3, Tecmo Bowl , Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Games, Tetris, Top Gun, Zelda II The Adventure of Link, Zombie Nation

 

Nintendo NES Online Videos

Nintendo released this commercial for the NES Classic Edition. It was well received and really got people excited for the introduction to the first throwback console they would make.

A Nintendo NES 2 Top Loader video produced by The Gaming Historian.

Here’s an Original Nintendo NES commercial from the mid 1980’s.

Nintendo 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.

The Super Nintendo (SNES) System & Games [Classic Edition Too]

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 ingenious, especially for playing Street Fighter.

Super Nintendo SNES System Article From Wikipedia

 

Complete List of Nintendo SNES Games From Wikipedia

The SNES Games I find the most fun to collect are:

Adventures of Batman and Robin, Captain America and the Avengers, Castlevania Dracula, Chrono Trigger, Contra III The Alien Wars, Donkey Kong Country, Earthbound, Earthworm Jim, EVO the Search for Eden, F-Zero, Final Fantasy 2 & 3, Final Fight 1 & Guy, Illusion of Gaia, Kirby Games, Mega Man Games, Mortal Kombat Games, NBA Jam, Ninja Gaiden Trilogy,  Secret of Mana, Simpsons Barts Nightmare, Star Fox, Street Fighter 2 Games, Super Bomberman 1 & 2, Super Castlevania IV, Super Double Dragon, 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 Punch-Out, Tecmo Super Bowl, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Games, Wolverine Ad. Rage, Zelda: A Link to the Past, Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Super Nintendo SNES Online Videos

Nintendo released an awesome commercial for the SNES Classic Edition. Wow! It brings back memories for sure.

Gaming Historian produced an excellent video about the SNES 2.

Here’s an Original Super Nintendo commercial from the early 1990’s.

Super Nintendo Classic Edition

Nintendo released 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.

The Nintendo 64 & Games

Like all good toys, the Super Nintendo got old in 1996, so the Nintendo 64 (aka, 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!)

Complete Nintendo 64 System Article From Wikipedia

Complete List of Nintendo 64 Games From Wikipedia

The Nintendo 64 Games I find the most fun to collect are:

Banjo Kazooie, Bomberman 64, Castlevania 64, Clay Fighter Games, Cruis’n USA, Diddy Kong Racing, Donkey Kong 64, Doom 64, Dr. Mario 64, Earthworm Jim 3D, Excitebike 64, F-Zero X, Gauntlet Legends, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Mario Golf, Mario Kart 64, Mario Party Games, Mario Tennis, Mega Man 64, Mortal Kombat Games, Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon, NBA Hangtime, NFL Blitz 2000, Paper Mario, Pokemon Games, Resident Evil 2, Road Rash 64, Snowboard Kids, South Park Chef’s Luv Shack, Spider-Man, StarCraft, Star Fox 64, Star Wars Games, Shadows of the Empire, Starcraft 64, Super Mario 64, Super Smash Bros, Tony Hawk Games, Transformers Beast Wars Transmetals, Turok Games, Wave Race 64, Yoshi’s Story, Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Nintendo 64 Online Videos

Gaming Historian produced an excellent video of the Nintendo 64 and the DD add-on.

Here’s an original Nintendo 64 commercial.

The Nintendo GameCube & Games

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.

Complete Nintendo Gamecube System Article From Wikipedia

Complete List of Nintendo Gamecube Games From Wikipedia

The Gamecube Games I find the most fun to collect are:

007 Agent Under Fire & Night Fire Games, Batman (Vengence or Sin Tzu), Bomberman Generation, Capcom vs SNK 2, Def Jam Fight for New York, Donkey Kong Jungle Beat w/ Bongos, Dragon Ball Z Budokai 1 & 2, F-Zero GX, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Fire Emblem Path of Radiance, Gauntlet Dark Legacy, Harvest Moon Games, Kirby Air Ride, LEGO Star Wars Games, Lord of the Rings Two Towers, Luigi’s Mansion, Mario Golf & Toadstool Tour, Mario Kart Double Dash, Mario Party Games, Mario Power Tennis, Mario Superstar Baseball, Mega Man Game Series, Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2 Echoes, Mortal Kombat Games, Paper Mario 64, Pokemon Game Series, Resident Evil Games, Sonic Adventure or Collection Game Series, Spider-Man, Star Fox Adventures or Assault, Star Wars Game Series, Super Mario Strikers, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Monkey Ball, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons Hit and Run, Wario Ware Mega Party Games, Wario World, 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 Wake

Nintendo Gamecube Online Videos

Gaming Historian produced an excellent video about the rare GameCube made by Panasonic, the Q.

Here’s an original Nintendo Gamecube commercial from 2002.

The Nintendo Wii, Wii U & Games

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.

Complete Nintendo Wii System Article From Wikipedia

Complete List of Nintendo Wii Games From Wikipedia

The Wii Games I find the most fun to collect are:

Data East Arcade Classics, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn, Fishing Resort, Guitar Hero Game Series, Just Dance 2, Kirby’s Game Series, LEGO Star Wars Complete Saga, Mario and Sonic Olympic Games, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Party Game Series, Mario Super Sluggers, Metroid Prime Trilogy Games, Metroid: Other M, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Oregon Trail, Pokemon Battle Revolution, Punch-Out, Rock Band Games, Sonic and the Secret Rings, Super Mario All-Stars, Super Mario Galaxy Games, Super Paper Mario, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Tatsunoku Vs. Capcom, Wii Sports, 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.

Complete Nintendo Wii U System Article From Wikipedia

Complete List Of Nintendo Wii U Games From Wikipedia

The Wii U Games I find the most fun to collect are:

007 Legends, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, DuckTales Remastered, Game & Wario, Guitar Hero Live 2 Pack Bundle, Hello Kitty Kruisers, Hyrule Warriors, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, Ultimate NBA 2K13, NES Remix Pack, Super Luigi U, Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario Bros. U + Super Luigi U, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Nintendo Land Games, Paper Mario Color Splash, Splatoon, Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario Maker, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Wii Party U, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Zelda: Wind Waker HD, ZombiU

Nintendo Wii and Wii U Online Videos

Here’s an original Nintendo Wii commercial with the Wii Sports Game.

Here is the very first Wii U commercial. I think it’s kind of horrible.

The Nintendo Switch & Games

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.

Nintendo Switch

Complete List of Nintendo Switch Games A-L

Complete List of Nintendo Switch Games M-Z

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.

Nintendo Switch Online Videos

Nintendo made a fantastic Super Bowl commercial for the Switch.

Here’s the Zelda Breath of the Wild Trailer for the Switch. It’s my favorite Switch game.

The Nintendo Gameboy & Games [Color and Advance Models Too]

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 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. The Gameboy Color was finally here, yippee everyone said.

It would sell an additional 18 million Gameboy Color units and make a whole library of Game Boy games in color. 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 GameBoy Advance came out in 2001. 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.The GameBoy Advance would also play GameBoy Original and Color games as well. Nintendo was smart to make it backward compatible.

The Advance SP came out in 2004 as a slimmer version of the Gameboy Advance. This was my favorite version of all the Gameboys.

The Gameboy Advance and SP would sell an impressive 80 million units, wow! After 9 years it was finally discontinued in 2010.

GameBoy handhelds would have been around just a bit over 20 years at that time. It’s hard to believe it sold almost 200 million units between all the different versions.

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 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!

Full article from Wikipedia: Nintendo GameBoy Line

Nintendo Gameboy Game List

Complete List of Original Gameboy Games From Wikipedia

Complete List of Gameboy Color Games From Wikipedia

Complete List of Gameboy Advance Games From Wikipedia

The Gameboy Games I find the most fun to collect are:

Amazing Spiderman, Bart Simpson’s Escape from Camp Deadly, Battletoad Game Series, Bionic Commando, Bomberman, Bonk’s Adventure, Bonk’s Revenge, Captain America and the Avengers, Castlevania Game Series, Contra Operation C, Contra the Alien Wars, Donkey Kong & Land Games, Dr. Mario, Duck Tales, Felix the Cat, Final Fantasy Game Series, Gargoyles Quest, Kirby Pinball Land, Kirby’s Dream Land, Mega Man Game Series, Metroid 2 Return of Samus, Mortal Kombat I & II, Pokemon Blue & Red & Yellow Games, Snow Brothers, Star Wars, Super Mario Land, Super R.C. Pro-Am, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tetris, The Jetsons Robot Panic, Wario Land, Yoshi, Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The Color Gameboy Games I find the most fun to collect are:

1942, Donkey Kong Country, Dragon Warrior Game Series, Dragon Warrior Monster Game Series, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Grand Theft Auto, Harry Potter, Harvest Moon Game Series, Kirby Tilt and Tumble, Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, Mega Man Xtreme 1 & 2, Microsoft Pinball Arcade, Pokemon Game Series, Shadowgate Classic, Street Fighter Alpha Warriors’ Dreams, Super Mario Bros Deluxe, Tetris DX, Tony Hawk, Turok 3 Shadow of Oblivion, Wario Land Game Series, Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX, Zelda: Oracle of Ages, Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

The GameBoy Advance Games I find the most fun to collect are:

Banjo Kazooie Grunty’s Revenge, Castlevania Game Series, Donkey Kong Country Games, Doom II, Double Dragon Advance, Dr. Mario, Dragon Ball Games, F-Zero Games, Final Fantasy Games, Harvest Moon Games, Kirby Games, Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga, Mario Golf Advance Tour, Mario Kart Super Circuit, Mario Party Advance, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mega Man Games, Metroid Fusion, Metroid NES Series, Metroid Zero Mission, Pokemon Games, Sonic Advance Game, Super Mario Advance Games, Super Mario NES Series, Tetris Worlds, Wario Land 4, Zelda: Link to the Past, Zelda: Minish Cap, Zelda: NES Series

Nintendo Gameboy Online Videos

A Gameboy video produced by The Gaming Historian.

Here’s an Original Gameboy commercial from the late 1980’s.

The Nintendo DS, 2DS, 3DS & Games

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 touchscreen functionality. It was a huge leap forward from the GameBoy 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.

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.

Full article from Wikipedia: Nintendo DS

Full article from Wikipedia: Nintendo 2DS

Full article from Wikipedia: Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo DS, 2DS & 3DS Game List

Complete List of Nintendo DS Games from Wikipedia

Complete List of Nintendo 3DS Games from Wikipedia

The Nintendo DS games I find the most fun to collect are:

Chrono Trigger DS, Contra 4, Dragon Quest Games, Final Fantasy Games, Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon, 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, Super Mario Bros, Pokemon Games, Sonic Classic Collection, Super Mario 64 DS, Super Princess Peach, Yoshi’s Island DS, Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Zelda: Twilight Princess Demo

The Nintendo 2DS & 3DS games I find the most fun to collect are:

Angry Birds Star Wars, Castlevania: Mirror Of Fate, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Final Fantasy Explorers Collector’s Edition, Fire Emblem Games, Kid Icarus Uprising, Kirby Planet Robobot, Kirby Triple Deluxe, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, 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, Super Mario Bros. 2, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, PilotWings Resort, Pokemon Games, Star Fox 64 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario Maker, Super Smash Bros 3DS, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Tales of the Abyss, Tekken 3DS Prime Edition, Yoshi’s New Island, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS, Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Nintendo DS and 3DS Online Videos

Here’s a cool Nintendo DS Commerical from the United Kingdom.

Here’s a cool Nintendo 3DS Commercial.

The Nintendo Virtual Boy & Games

The Virtual Boy came out in 1995; it was a complete failure. It was supposed to be some type of tabletop 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 set up 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.

Full article from Wikipedia: Nintendo Virtual Boy

Nintendo Virtual Boy Game List

Complete List of Nintendo Virtual Boy Games From Wikipedia

The Virtual Boy Games I find the most fun to collect 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

Nintendo Virtual Boy Online Videos

Gaming Historian produced a great video of the Virtual Boy.

Here’s an original Virtual Boy commercial from 1995.

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!