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Super Nintendo (SNES) 101: A Beginners Guide

By Racketboy with Rawblink, Raycommend and samsonlonghair, Kyuss015 + Special thanks to SNESDrunk Most of the photos provided by SuperSparkster (read his collecting interview) The RetroGaming 101 series is aimed at gamers who are just starting out in the classic gaming scene or are curious about an older console or handheld that they don’t know […]

RetroArch: The Emulation Ecosystem Powering Consistency & Customizability

Written by Racketboy in collaboration with Samurai Megas and Ray Commend I’ll never forget the experience of discovering classic game emulators in the late 90s and getting some of my old favorites loaded onto my trusty Windows machine. It came in especially handy in my college days when I didn’t have my old systems handy. For […]

The Rarest & Most Valuable Game Boy Advance (GBA) Games

Presented by Rawblink w/ Racketboy and Vlad (experienced Game Boy collector I interviewed here) Nintendo’s final hardware line to bear the Gameboy name has slowly but surely been growing in desirability among collectors. Much like its older Gameboy and cartridge based siblings, Game Boy Advance prices will vary dramatically between loose cartridges and complete as […]

The Best Undiscovered Sega Master System Games

For those of us in North America, the Sega Master System could be viewed as a Hidden Gem itself, but we are excited to share a collection of games that are highly recommended checking out if you’ve already explored some of the Defining Games of the console (although some of these might actually be even […]

The Rarest and Most Valuable Neo-Geo Games

SNK’s Neo-Geo platform started as both a solid arcade system and an upscale home console that only the most hardcore (or wealthy) owned. Over its lengthy lifespan it remained as a treasured system for old-school gamers. Unlike most video games, the Neo Geo hardware and software has held its value quite well over more than […]

Neo-Geo CD Price Guide and English Version Rarity

The Neo-Geo CD has always been pitched as the more affordable route to collect true SNK games at the full quality of its big brothers the AES and MVS. Of course the original CD load times (which are much improved in projects like the Polymega) have been the main downside. The Neo-Geo CD library has […]

The Best NES Games Under $15

Even though emulation has made playing NES games ubiquitous, there are many of us that want to build a collection of original cartridges. My goal with this guide is to provide a cost-effective place to start — both for picking up essentials, but digging into some rather hidden gems. This is my fourth revision of […]

The Best Super Nintendo (SNES) Emulators for PC/Mac/Android/iOS and More

Super Nintendo emulation has been around for decades and there are many choices out there for playing the classics on a variety of PCs and other devices.  Over time, we have seen a great deal of quality improvements and feature innovation. To help you narrow down your search of the best SNES emulator for you, here […]

Building a Completist Sega Collection Without Going Overboard

RB Retro Collecting Interview 005 Check out Interviews #1 , #2, #3 and #4 Those that have known me for a while know I grew up as a die-hard Sega fan and that company’s legacy still holds a special place in my heart.  With that in mind, it should be no surprise that one of my favorite online buddies […]

PS1 Strengths and Weaknesses vs N64 and Sega Saturn

Console war loyalties are always likely to spark a heated debate and the 32-bit and 64-bit generation were no exception. This generation’s loyalties often are determined by a gamer’s personal preferences of game styles and franchises, but this time we will be attempting to share an unbiased analysis of the technical abilities of the Sony […]

The Rarest and Most Valuable N64 Games

Do you have a bunch of old game sitting in your closet that you’d like to trade in for a stack of cash? Or are you on the hunt for the most desirable games for your collection? In stark contrast to the Cheapest Games series, This new series of Rare and Valuable games will round […]

The Best Sega Saturn Games Under $35

Of course, the Sega Saturn has always been one of the consoles that has never been especially cheap — especially if you want complete copies of your games. And while we saw a solid amount of appreciation in Saturn game values over the past decade, unsurprisingly, most of the bigger increases have been in those […]

Madden Football History and EA’s Other Notable Genesis Football Games

Presented by Gunstar Green In honor of sports making their way to our Together Retro Game Club, the start of the NFL preseason, and the launch of Madden 20, I’d like to talk about one of the most important, and in modern times often derided, sports franchises of all time. Madden. The very name is […]

The Rarest and Most Valuable Gameboy Color Games

The original Game Boy is becoming a big target for collectors (especially of boxed and sealed games) and logically, the Game Boy Color goes hand-in-hand with it.   The Game Boy Color has a number of interesting rarities due to how long Nintendo kept the platform going — even after the release of the Game […]

The Best Sega Genesis/Megadrive Games Under $15

The next update to the Cheapest Games series is a look at the Sega Genesis and it’s wonderful 16-bit library.  A decade or so ago, there wasn’t a huge difference between the values of loose Sega cartridges and their more complete brethren.  However as complete copies have more of a premium, I’m taking a bit […]

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