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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 might be within the World it might be the identical.

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

With every selection we give our verdict on the merchandise and value information which is able to fluctuate considerably relying on situation.


Iam16bit NEO GEO AES

One of the costly consoles at launch out there 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 seems smooth too – completed in matt black accompanied with arcade controllers inbuilt prime quality plastic to take a hefty beating in one of many many combating video games the console has to supply. If you’re an avid collector of consoles that is prone to be in your assortment or in your wishlist.

Rarity verdict – 80/100

Worth Information (boxed) – £500 – 700

Chosen by @iam16bit

2. Metal Battalion

Squatch XXL Steel Battalion

This literal BEAST is likely one of the largest add-ons to a console you’ll ever discover. It’s larger 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 simply too today. It was made in restricted numbers consequently and has develop 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’ve it below management, its a fairly spectacular expertise.

Rarity verdict – 90/100

Worth Information (boxed) – £200 – 350

Chosen by @squatch XXL


New Hemp316 Vectrex

Think about a self contained display and video games console the place every thing is in a single place and there’s no have to hook up seperate results in play a recreation. Practically 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’ve in your fingers a really wanted console.

I’ve owned considered one of these unhealthy boys for over 20 years and have by no means appeared again. They give the impression of being stunning on the shelf however it’s essential to play and show it with the overlays too to get the complete expertise. For me its finest to show all of your different gadgets off and expertise the simplicity of the VECTREX in a dim lit room. It’s a literal gaming time machine.

Rarity verdict – 70/100

Worth 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 once 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’s not an enormous quantity identified about this specific console model – it truly is that tough to return by. I anticipate you can be shopping for this for the aestheitic greater than something.

Rarity verdict – 95/100

Worth Information (boxed) – £300 – 500

Chosen by @Candi_CGS 

5. TurboGrafx 16

JAVGB2 Turbografx

A console means forward of its time. This wonderful unit was out within the late 80s when many people had been taking part in 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 pace of them as a lot because the graphics really impressed. Blazing Lazers anybody?

Rarity verdict – 60/100

Worth Information (boxed) – £100 – 250

Chosen by @JAVGB2

6. SEGA SG-1000

Sincespacies Sg 1000

If you’re 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 basic Grasp System. Due to its restricted geographical launch the SEGA SG 1000 is a really uncommon and kind after console.

As a lot as the nice catalogue of titles out there it seems improbable too. For one thing almost 40 years outdated on the time of writing – it seems actually slick with the well-known blue SEGA emblem and blue and crimson branding on a white console. You can find this very tough to acquire in working order too not to mention having it in a field. If you’re within the UK, US or remainder of the world, that is extra possible going to be an import from Japan moderately than discovering a home mannequin at an affordable worth.

Rarity verdict – 85/100

Worth Information (boxed) – £300 – 500

Chosen by @sincespacies

 7. Digital Derby Auto Raceway

Thelostmariobr1 Digital Derby

Electro mechanical video games had been extremely popular within the Seventies. Pong and its variations had been merely the primary selection of {hardware} for video video games again then. So for those who wished some selection, this fashion of recreation – which got here in all sizes and shapes, was your subsequent most suitable choice. I’m the proud proprietor of considered one of these, boxed too. I’ve owned it for a few years and it nonetheless works wonderful after over 40 years of taking part in. The gameplay is easy and enjoyable. You utilize the mini steering wheel to function a automobile ‘overlaid’ onto the play space – avoiding different automobiles on the straight racetrack and once you hit one a really loud screeching sound blurts out. 

Rarity verdict – 65/100

Worth Information (boxed) – £25 – 50

Chosen by @theLostMarioBr1 

8. Mom 3 Sport Boy Micro

128 Commodore Mother 3 Gameboy Micro

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

Rarity verdict – 80/100

Worth Information (boxed) – £350 – £600

Chosen by @128_commodore

9. Grasp System Woman

Erinplaysgames Master System Girl

Launched completely in Brazil by Tec Toy the Grasp System Woman is turning 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 seems extra like a colored Mega Jet than a typical Grasp System console. It does have a number of cool and weird options together with the very fact it’s moveable (and not using a display – in contrast to the SEGA Nomad). Together with this it has a inbuilt recreation. Solely about 30,000+ items had been offered so it’s a very tough merchandise to seek out particularly in sure areas.

Rarity verdict – 95/100

Worth Information (boxed) – £500 – £1000

Chosen by @erinplays_games 

10.  Aiwa MEGA CD GM 1 

 Aiwa Mega Cd Gm1 Retrofury1983

Save one of the best to final. An expression you usually hear however for good purpose. Each grail record or wanted merchandise you need is completely different for everybody. For me on this record from the group that is the ONE.

Positive 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 absolutely…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

Worth Information (boxed) – £2000 – £3000

Chosen by @Retrofury1983



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