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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 […]

The Wii Light Gun Games/On-Rail Shooters Library

Presented by Racketboy and Daniel Primed of DanielPrimed.com The rail shooter is a genre synonymous with the arcades, synonymous because it’s where the on-rails format began with force-feedback guns, and large displays.  Sadly, by the time the rail shooter started to establish itself arcades were slowly dropping off the map, leaving the genre stagnant and […]

The Rarest and Most Valuable Playstation (PS1) Games

Even though the original Playstation is one of the most common consoles of all time, there are many valuable PS1 treasures to be found. Its diverse library is filled with RPGs, shooters,  and unique gems that collectors long for.  It took a while for the the original Playstation to really appreciate in value, but these […]

Enjoying the Portable Collecting Niche & Adjusting to Life Changes

RB Retro Collecting Interview 004 Check out Interviews #1 , #2, and #3 A dedicated collector that came over to the US from Russia with his family as a six-year old with an NES to accompany him right before the fall of the Soviet Union. Much like myself, he always found himself a generation or two behind […]

The Best Dreamcast Games Under $15

Values Updated in March 2019 Even though the Sega Dreamcast library continues to creep up in value overall, there are still a healthy amount of games that can be picked up at quite reasonable prices. There’s been a few past recommendations that have jumped up significantly from their sub-$10 price point since our 2012 guide such […]

The Rarest & Most Valuable Nintendo Gamecube Games

Nintendo game libraries are always filled with all sorts of collectibles. Between the cult following of the corporate brand and the fact the platforms have played underdogs at times (especially the Gamecube), it’s not a surprise that there are some treasures to be found in the Nintendo library. Update: Prices Current as of March 2019 […]

MiSTer FPGA: The Future of Retro Game Emulation and Preservation?

As retro gamers, we all know the yearning to be able to play through a grand history of games from a variety of systems, but having to deal with the struggle of not only owning and maintaining an array of vintage hardware, but also having them constantly hooked up to our displays and audio systems. […]

Improving Old-School Experiences with Custom Console Joysticks

Builder Interview 001 Some of the most interesting and useful products in the retro gaming community are homegrown efforts of enthusiasts that are scratching their own itch and then sharing their technical experience and work ethic with the community. Benj Edwards is an established writer and tech historian, but has started designing and building a […]

The Rarest and Most Valuable GameBoy Games

The original Game Boy brought portable gaming to the masses and now holds a nostalgic place in the hearts of collectors right there with the NES.  And while the rarest Gameboy games don’t quite touch the those in the NES library in terms of value, there are some surprising treasures to be found.   It […]

The Best Retro Games of 2018

As much as we love to dwell on the classic games for our older systems, there are also some fresh games making their way onto the modern gaming scene that appeal to our retro sensibilities. The Racketboy community submitted their nominations for the best games that have a classic style that were released in 2018. […]

The Best Nintendo Wii Games Under $12

The Wii library is starting to get to the sweet spot of high supply in resale shops and eBay before the console gets fully “retro”.  This guide was starting to get out of date, so here’s the complete revision.  Since Wii games are becoming more affordable, but not dirt cheap yet, I figured the $12 […]

The Rarest and Most Valuable Nintendo Wii Games

The Nintendo Wii has a vast library with lots of variety. There are some huge-selling games, but many other oddities and gems got easily lost in the shuffle. At the end of the Wii’s lifespan, video game collecting started hitting into high gear. Even back in 2012, our Racketboy community was trying to determine which […]

The Best Game Boy Advance (GBA) Games Under $15

While a lot of gamers have been drawn to the DS line of handhelds or the Switch, the Game Boy Advance library was filled with great 2D games that any retro gamer can appreciate. And like I mentioned in my recent guide for the Gamecube’s Game Boy Player, the library is also a welcome addition […]

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