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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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