Video games are becoming increasingly established as a niche among collectors.
The hobby is often inspired by nostalgia for the games that players grew up with, centring on rare games, equipment or memorabilia associated with games manufacturers or titles.
Factors in the appeal of video games as collectibles include:
- Memories of playing the games in youth
- The game play of older titles (harking back to ‘simpler times’)
- Artwork or vintage design (some titles have Manga designs, for instance)
- The continuing legacy of certain characters (like PacMan)
Certain games, consoles and equipment and game characters stand-out as particularly popular in the growing collectible video games markets.
Consoles and manufacturers
- Atari 2600
- Sega Master System
- Game Boy
- Super Nintendo
- Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
The following examples are titles produced by Nintendo:
- Super Mario Bros.
- Donkey Kong
- The Legend of Zelda
- Mega Man
- Dragon Warrior
- Double Dragon
- Super Dodgeball
- Tetris (1989), Japanese Sega Mega Drive, 3 to 8 copies produced. Tetris was originally created on June 6, 1984 by Aleksei LeonidovichPazhitnov on an Electronica 60 at the Moscow Academy of Science'sComputer Center. Tetris for Mega Drive is different from other raregames (such as Stadium Events or Nintendo World Championships) becauseTetris Mega Drive is part of a big franchise. Indeed, Tetris isrecognized as one of the most important video games of all time. Morethat 70 million copies have been sold worldwide in its variousincarnations and console platforms, and over 100 million cell phonecopies have been sold as well. So it is really astounding that thereexists such a rare version of the game for the Mega Drive. Tetris is avery important game in video game history, and the Mega Drive version is a "holy grail" video game collectible, just like comic books such as"Amazing Fantasy #15" .
Impact of the internet
For anyone interested in the video gaming classics, the technologies of the modern era make locating gems from the past easier than before.
Previously, collectors would have to hunt at garage sales and used electronics sales. Today, sites like eBay make classic video games easily accessible for cheaper prices.
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