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Building Modern Portable+Multiplayer Arcade Setups (Sega NAOMI & More)

RB Retro Collecting Interview 007 Check out Interviews #1 , #2, #3 , #4 , #5 and #6 I first stumbled on Daniel Gewargis on Twitter when he was showing off a multiplayer arcade setup of Sega’s Alien Front on a single display. I quickly noticed his Twitter feed is a treasure trove of ambitious arcade-at-home setups that he seems, from a […]

Retrogaming Meets Street Wear / Fashion: A Quick Look

Presented by Tom Bordelon with Racketboy Clothing and fashion is natural way for humans to express their personality and interests to the world.  However, up until this last decade or so, options for showing off your retro gaming interests have been quite limited, especially for something outside of promotional t-shirts and indie designs.   As many […]

The Rarest and Most Valuable Virtual Boy Games

The Nintendo Virtual Boy  (check out our Beginner’s Guide) had one of the shortest retail lifespan in console history.  In Japan it was released in July 1995 and discontinued before the end of the year.  North America wasn’t much of a different story.  Ramping up in August of 1995 and wrapping up by March of […]

Nintendo Virtual Boy 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Presented by Ack, Racketboy, and Tom Bordelon 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. Nintendo obviously has had many successes in the company’s lengthy history, but of all the mis-steps […]

Building an Arcade-Powered Collection That Feels at Home in a Console World

RB Retro Collecting Interview 006 Check out Interviews #1 , #2, #3 , #4 and #5 As great as console of the 80s and 90s are, games rooted in the arcades of yesteryear are often some of the most exciting and impressive two-dimensional games in history. Sure, we have received some excellent console ports of arcade classics over the years, […]

The Rarest & Most Valuable Xbox Games (OG Xbox)

The original XBox doesn’t have quite as many cult classics as the PS2 and Gamecube, but there are still some gems and oddities in the library that collectors do their best to snatch up.  Much like Gamecube games on the Wii, many of the games listed below still benefit greatly from being backwards-compatible on newer […]

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 […]

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