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The Holy Grail of Retro Video games and Consoles

The Holy Grail recreation or console – everybody’s selection is completely different. Wherever you’re within the World it could possibly be the identical.

We selected 10 from our group after we requested the query – What’s the one ‘Grail’ Retro recreation or console your are searching for?   

With every selection we give our verdict on the merchandise and price information which can differ considerably relying on situation.


Iam16bit NEO GEO AES

Probably the most costly consoles at launch accessible from gaming legends SNK. As a younger man when it got here out, I lusted after it, however by no means pressed the button to buy it. I want I had – particularly on the video games – a lot of which far outweigh the rarity of the console itself.

It appears to be like glossy too – completed in matt black accompanied with arcade controllers inbuilt top quality plastic to take a hefty beating in one of many many combating video games the console has to supply. In case you are an avid collector of consoles that is more likely to be in your assortment or in your wishlist.

Rarity verdict – 80/100

Value Information (boxed) – £500 – 700

Chosen by @iam16bit

2. Metal Battalion

Squatch XXL Steel Battalion

This literal BEAST is without doubt one of the largest add-ons to a console you’ll ever discover. It’s greater than each console you personal – even a PS5. The sport itself was developed by Capcom for the XBOX again in 2002. In addition to a hefty weight – its worth is just too as of late. It was made in restricted numbers consequently and has change into more and more laborious to seek out in good situation and boxed. With two management sticks and over 40 buttons it takes some time to grasp. However when you might have it beneath management, its a reasonably spectacular expertise.

Rarity verdict – 90/100

Value Information (boxed) – £200 – 350

Chosen by @squatch XXL


New Hemp316 Vectrex

Think about a self contained display and video games console the place every little thing is in a single place and there’s no must hook up seperate results in play a recreation. Almost 40 years in the past (on the time of penning this) GCE / Milton Bradley made this a actuality. Mix performance with epic vector graphics, excellent sound and the number of video games – you might have in your fingers a really wanted console.

I’ve owned one among these unhealthy boys for over 20 years and have by no means regarded again. They appear lovely on the shelf however you should play and show it with the overlays too to get the complete expertise. For me its finest to show all of your different units off and expertise the simplicity of the VECTREX in a dim lit room. It’s a literal gaming time machine.

Rarity verdict – 70/100

Value Information (boxed) – £120 – 300

Chosen by @New_Hemp316

4. SEGA Pico Pikachu version

Candi CGS SEGA Pico Pikachu Edition

Pokemon followers unite! I need to admit after I first noticed this tweeted by @Candi_CGS it was the primary time I had seen it. That is how uncommon it’s!

The Piko console itself I used to be conscious of. However by no means this particular version Pikachu model. There may be not an enormous quantity identified about this specific console model – it truly is that arduous to return by. I count on you’ll be shopping for this for the aestheitic greater than something.

Rarity verdict – 95/100

Value Information (boxed) – £300 – 500

Chosen by @Candi_CGS 

5. TurboGrafx 16

JAVGB2 Turbografx

A console approach forward of its time. This wonderful unit was out within the late 80s when many people have been enjoying on our micro computer systems and eight bit consoles. While it used a 8 bit CPU it provided a 16 bit coder and video show controller. Sure video games the place very spectacular on display and the velocity of them as a lot because the graphics really impressed. Blazing Lazers anybody?

Rarity verdict – 60/100

Value Information (boxed) – £100 – 250

Chosen by @JAVGB2

6. SEGA SG-1000

Sincespacies Sg 1000

In case you are SEGA fan and you do not have this already it’s most likely in your hitlist. I do know its on mine!

Avaliable in Japan and Australia in 1983 it was SEGA’s first console with cartridges. The follow-up in different areas was the traditional Grasp System. Due to its restricted geographical launch the SEGA SG 1000 is a really uncommon and type after console.

As a lot as the nice catalogue of titles accessible it appears to be like unbelievable too. For one thing almost 40 years previous on the time of writing – it appears to be like actually slick with the well-known blue SEGA emblem and blue and purple branding on a white console. You will discover this very troublesome to acquire in working order too not to mention having it in a field. In case you are within the UK, US or remainder of the world, that is extra possible going to be an import from Japan reasonably than discovering a home mannequin at an inexpensive worth.

Rarity verdict – 85/100

Value Information (boxed) – £300 – 500

Chosen by @sincespacies

 7. Digital Derby Auto Raceway

Thelostmariobr1 Digital Derby

Electro mechanical video games have been very talked-about within the Nineteen Seventies. Pong and its variations have been merely the principle selection of {hardware} for video video games again then. So for those who wished some selection, this model of recreation – which got here in all sizes and shapes, was your subsequent best choice. I’m the proud proprietor of one among these, boxed too. I’ve owned it for a few years and it nonetheless works fantastic after over 40 years of enjoying. The gameplay is easy and enjoyable. You employ the mini steering wheel to function a automotive ‘overlaid’ onto the play space – avoiding different automobiles on the straight racetrack and whenever you hit one a really loud screeching sound blurts out. 

Rarity verdict – 65/100

Value Information (boxed) – £25 – 50

Chosen by @theLostMarioBr1 

8. Mom 3 Recreation Boy Micro

128 Commodore Mother 3 Gameboy Micro

At the perfect of occasions Recreation Boy micros in good or nice situation have gotten tougher to seek out. With their glossy and slick appear and feel they’re extremely wanted. Particular editions of those much more so. The Mom 3 model comes full with the sport launch istelf and a purple branded Mom 3 field. The Recreation itself while extremely regarded isn’t uncommon in any respect – primarily due to its success and recognition.

Rarity verdict – 80/100

Value Information (boxed) – £350 – £600

Chosen by @128_commodore

9. Grasp System Woman

Erinplaysgames Master System Girl

Launched solely in Brazil by Tec Toy the Grasp System Woman is changing into one of many rarest consoles of all time. This factor outstrips the Panasonic Q and NEO GEO by far!

In its very distinct pink colouring it appears to be like extra like a colored Mega Jet than a typical Grasp System console. It does have just a few cool and weird options together with the actual fact it’s transportable (with no display – in contrast to the SEGA Nomad). Together with this it has a inbuilt recreation. Solely about 30,000+ items have been offered so it’s a very troublesome merchandise to seek out particularly in sure areas.

Rarity verdict – 95/100

Value Information (boxed) – £500 – £1000

Chosen by @erinplays_games 

10.  Aiwa MEGA CD GM 1 

 Aiwa Mega Cd Gm1 Retrofury1983

Save the perfect to final. An expression you usually hear however for good cause. Each grail listing or wanted merchandise you need is completely different for everybody. For me on this listing from the group that is the ONE.

Certain I’ve different favourites and even a few of my very own I’m seeking to both re-buy or personal for the primary time. However this particular gem is admittedly…Particular.

Made in very restricted numbers the Aiwa MEGA CD GM 1 is a loopy styled multi media centre. Launched for the Japanese market in 1994 in very small portions, it allowed you to play Mega CD video games and even plug in 32X video games – together with having a stereo radio and CD participant all inbuilt. Its blue styling has that basically cool 90s really feel to it too.

I might personally like to have this in my assortment.

Rarity verdict – 99/100

Value Information (boxed) – £2000 – £3000

Chosen by @Retrofury1983



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