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The Rarest and Most Valuable Playstation 2 (PS2) Games

The Rarest and Most Valuable Playstation 2 (PS2) Games

The PS2 game library is starting to come to an end, and much the like the PS1 before it, there is a strong selection of collector-friendly titles to choose from.  And if history is any indication, many of these values might fluxate quite a bit over the next few years.   Since the initial publication of this guide in 2010, we have already seen a good deal of fluctuation — partially because of reprints and remakes, but also because of changes in [...]

The Best Sega CD Games Under $10

The Best Sega CD Games Under $10

For my next revision to the Cheapest Games series, I wanted to revisit the Sega CD (the last revision was in 2007, so it was very due for an update).  While they haven’t been as drastic of an increase in price as the Sega Saturn games, it is getting harder to find low prices on complete copies of Sega CD games.   This is probably due to more collectors holding onto their complete copies and more collectors joining the scene. [...]

The Best Sports Games on the Sega Genesis

The Best Sports Games on the Sega Genesis

Note from racketboy:  Even though sports games are the first to end up in eternal bargain bins once they are more than a year old, they do still hold some value to retro gamers that can appreciate the game mechanics these games hold.  Even though the rosters are well out of date and the simulations of newer games are much more realistic, it doesn’t mean these older games aren’t worth playing.   To start out or exploration of vintage sports game [...]

Games That Defined the Shmups Genre

Games That Defined the Shmups Genre

Presented by BulletMagnet See more of our Shmups Guides (including our Beginner’s Guide to Shmups) and other entries in our Defining Games Series Even in an era dominated by high-end 3-D graphics, sprawling environments, and hundred-hour quests, if you mention the phrase “video game” to a person one of the first images likely to enter his or her head is that of a tiny spaceship sprite blasting away two-dimensional aliens; such is the enduringly appealing nature of the classic shoot-em-up, or [...]

Pokemon Mini: A Beginner’s Guide

Pokemon Mini: A Beginner’s Guide

Presented by Alienjesus See the other entries in the Retro Gaming 101 Series When you think of Nintendo handhelds, chances are you think of the Game Boy, which defined portable gaming for the masses. Or maybe you think of one of its follow ups, the Game Boy Color, or the Game Boy Advance. Maybe it’s the ever popular DS line that comes to mind first, or its latest handheld system, the 3DS. Chances are however, that there is one portable [...]

The Rarest and Most Valuable Sports Games

The Rarest and Most Valuable Sports Games

Presented by RetroSportsGamer Check out the rest of our Rare & Valuable series to see what collectors are looking for When one conjures up images of older sports games, they most likely think of a stack of sun-bleached PlayStation 2 games; victims of being sorted through and left to bake under the hot sun at a flea market or swap meet.  For years, the steady giants like Madden or FIFA have been mass produced across numerous gaming platforms, becoming nearly irrelevant just [...]

Retro Selections for the Nintendo 3DS

Retro Selections for the Nintendo 3DS

Presented by Adam Sarson Note from Racketboy:  Normally, we don’t do guides for current systems as they can be tricky to keep up with, but we have a new contributor on board that wanted to do a writeup for the 3DS and what is available for the new handheld.  If you think we missed something good, please mention it in the comments.  We’ll try to update this over the years as well too 🙂 Are you considering making the Nintendo 3DS your [...]

The Best Sega Saturn Games Under $25

The Best Sega Saturn Games Under $25

For my next revision to the Cheapest Games series , I wanted to revisit the Sega Saturn. The values of the popular Saturn games have increased significantly over the last few years — especially for complete copies of the game.   After the last few revisions of these “Cheapest Games” posts, I’ve found that it’s getting harder and harder to find quality vintage games in complete condition for a reasonable price. In the case of the Sega Saturn, the perfect example is [...]

Fujitsu FM Towns Marty: A Beginner’s Guide

Fujitsu FM Towns Marty: A Beginner’s Guide

Presented by Ack See the other entries in the Retro Gaming 101 Series It’s unfortunate that Fujitsu’s game console is so obscure.  The FM Towns Marty has a solid lineage with the FM Towns, which had Fujitsu performing many firsts in the gaming and home computer industry.  Perhaps it could be said that the Marty was ahead of its time, heralding in the days of 32-bit CD-based consoles that would dominate the console wars of the mid-1990s, despite Nintendo’s choice [...]

Introductory Guide to MAME32/MameUI

Introductory Guide to MAME32/MameUI

Presented by Fastbilly1 Note from Racketboy: As common as MAME is, it can be quite intimidating to install for those that are new to the scene.  Fastbilly1 is an arcade enthusiast to say the least and he wanted to share his knowledge with the Racketboy community about how to properly setup MAME and how to avoid potential pitfalls.  This guide ended up rather large and just a bit rough around the edges, but we wanted to go ahead and publish [...]

The Best Sega Genesis Games Under $10

The Best Sega Genesis Games Under $10

The next update to the Cheapest Games series is a look at the Sega Genesis and it’s wonderful 16-bit library.  In previous versions of this list, I showed prices of games that included a case and manual.  Not only is it getting very hard to find complete Genesis games on the store shelves of indie game store (even though loose carts are usually common), the collectable market for complete games has really taken off in recent years. So, much like [...]

SNK Neo-Geo Pocket: A Beginner’s Guide

SNK Neo-Geo Pocket: A Beginner’s Guide

Presented by Fastbilly1, pullmyfinger, Flake, GSZX1337, and Racketboy 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 that they don’t know much about yet. Those of you that are especially knowledgeable about the featured console, I encourage you to add any information that you think would be beneficial into the comments section.   Background Info Two versions: Neo Geo Pocket and Neo Geo Pocket [...]

The Sony PSP Retro Compilation Library

The Sony PSP Retro Compilation Library

Presented by noiseredux The PSP is no doubt a bit of an emulator powerhouse. But for those of us who are more interested in collecting physical media, it should be noted that the PSP is also a great system to showcase various retro compilations. Considering what a wonderfully cheap handheld it is to collect for (at least domestically), you can actually build up a rather impressive retro library with just a pocket full of spending money and a small stack [...]

ColecoVision: A Beginner’s Guide

ColecoVision: A Beginner’s Guide

Presented by Ack See the other entries in the Retro Gaming 101 Series Coleco Industries had a lot going for it in the early 1980s.  Its new console, the ColecoVision, had started to tear up sales charts thanks to the quality of its arcade ports, especially its pack-in, Donkey Kong.  Expansion modules being released were adding to the console’s usefulness and its potential game library.  But the console’s time in the limelight was tragically short-lived, as the market’s bottom fell [...]

Collecting NES Black Box / Sprite Art Games

Collecting NES Black Box / Sprite Art Games

It is very easy to get overwhelmed when collecting vintage video games. It can be tempting to attempt to collect full console libraries of games, but sometimes focusing on a certain sub-category of a particular library can often be a more practical (and many times more enjoyable) experience. This is the first of a series of collecting guides that will focus on a subset of games that are popular with collectors. The launch titles for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) [...]