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Evolving a Curated Retro Game Collection & Fine-Tuning AV Setups

RB Retro Collecting Interview 008 Check out Interviews #1 , #2, #3 , #4 , #5, #6 and #7 Brandon, aka SuperSparkster on Instagram, is one of the retro collectors I most relate to personally.  Everyone has their own collecting style and priorities, but Brandon and I both seem to align on curating a collection that is tailored to what makes them most […]

The Rarest and Most Valuable Nintendo DS Games

The Nintendo DS is currently hitting the interesting point in its lifespan where there are quite a few great bargains to be found in its library, but some of the hidden gems and rarities are starting to be discovered and priced accordingly. While some of the prices in these games might be a bit surprising, […]

The Best Nintendo DS Games Under $15

To some of us, the Nintendo DS might feel like a rather recent addition to the handheld world, but its become more retro that we’d like to admit. With the great success of the Nintendo DS came many of copies of quality titles in circulation, which then leads to especially-affordable aftermarket prices.  So if you’re […]

Retro Console Hardware Price Guide

Prices Updated in November 2020 In our retro game collecting guides, we often focus primarily on the games themselves, but I wanted to start monitoring the values of common variations of console hardware as well. My goal with this price guide is to give everyone an easily-accessible price listing of mainstream retro consoles so that […]

The Rarest and Most Valuable NES Games

Considering how much of a nostalgic powerhouse the NES is, there should be little surprise that Nintendo’s 8-bit library is filled with many collectible pieces. In contrast with the Super Nintendo’s rare and valuable list, the most desirable NES games are not necessarily populated with the most popular games. Because of the unassuming nature of these […]

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 […]

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