So, I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a collection of the older systems. And by toying with, I mean have already started.(You don’t buy a Gamecube to use as your main console in today’s day and age.) I was wondering if the peoples had any tip or tricks to help out.
Even today video-game gems will turn up in Thrift Stores and Garage Sales.
Do you means systems that are gems or games for certain systems like the Game Cube you just picked up?
Game Cube, try to find Odama, it must be complete with microphone!
Looking around the old Classic Gaming Kitchen, there are a lot of gems but, most of them I’m sure you already have like a Dreamcast and Saturn or most you might not have in mind like the RCA Studio II or the Fairchild Channel F.
Unfortunately, the consoles I consider real gems and I still play are also ones that the toy-boy-crotch-wad-geeks charge way too much for. As you might know, the PC Engine is my favorite system, you might be able to get a core cheap but then you’re stuck with only HuCard titles, scoring a Duo is the ticket with that system.
You can also find 3DOs out there but, the quality titles are limited and it’s difficult to find one with a working drive so, look for the crappier made flip tops.
Saturn is another of my favorite consoles but for me, you really need a Japanese and an American one to get the full library or quality titles (or a chipped and switched one).
If you’re looking for places to pick them up, Craigslist is often a good place to get an entire console and library in one shot if the price is right. Thrift stores also work but, for some reason they’ll often mark older systems far higher than they are worth. eBay tends to be the one constant if you play it right. Bid low, if you get outbid, don’t get in a bidding war, the title or console will comeback again, it’s just a matter of time.
Even the crappiest system I’ve scored (like the Playdia) was worth the play. I’ve resold that long ago along worth systems I actually cared about but, it’s nice to experience any original console vs only having them on emulation.
My aim is to have systems with a few key titles that show off the console good and maybe a few titles that I liked. I don’t plan on going too deep or obscure with consoles, pretty much the ones that everyone had.
Thinking back on it, I was always missing a system or two during each generation. And they all would be traded in towards the next system. Ah, the short-sightedness of youth.