110 posts tagged ebay
GameSniped has rounded up a ton of auctions featuring the special edition “Chotto” Mario, Peach, and mushroom 3DS systems that were given away in super-limited quantities as a Club Nintendo deal.
Prices range from about $1,000 to about way damn more than $1,000, with some auctions including all three variants. All of the auctions in the roundup seem to be for the Japanese versions, but I’m sure the Euro ones are on the service somewhere. The North American versions won’t be available on eBay, because they don’t exist.
With eBayer 765brianf’s auction for a collection of 30 rare DS systems over and done, I can’t send you over there to bid or anything. But here’s the auction anyway, so we can gawk at the amazing collection of systems included.
There are Ace Attorney and Maple Story DSis, several different Pokemon systems, the Gundam DS Lite, an IGN DS Lite, and even a GTA Chinatown Wars system! Oh, and a 3DS Panda dev system.
The seller must have been hunting rare systems on eBay forever. And given that kind of dedication to the platform, I don’t think I’m too out of line guessing that he’s a Tiny Cartridge reader… in which case, hello! You had a really nice DS collection.
Super Famicom “Game Doctor” devices. These devices are meant for nefarious, swashbuckling purposes, allowing you to copy SNES games to, and then play from, 3.5” floppies. They’re still piratey now, of course, but I think the vintage of the system and the devices makes them more “cool old things” than “items you should feel like a jerk for owning.” I really like these crummy logos and the super utilitarian, gray-box product design.
Buy: SNES system, games
Alleged Nintendo 3DS “Panda” development system on eBay. This looks an awful lot like the real 3DS dev system, with red accents on the back and a red 3D slider, and that sure does look like debug-type stuff on the screen, but of course there’s no way to be absolutely certain.
I suppose it’s possible the release of a system like this, which can play pre-release code, could lead to the discovery of a method of playing unsigned code (like homebrew) on retail systems? Maybe? Or it could just lead to having an awesome black and red 3DS.
Counterfeit Apple Green Nintendo DS Lite. Thinking he was getting a legitimate version of the DS Lite variation released here for Mothers Day 2009, 1UP’s Jeremy Parish bought what turned out to be a crummy bootleg DS Lite, and then photographed its quirks.
Telltale signs included pockmarks in the body, an unusual corrugated box, poorly fitted rubber pads above the hinges, and an extra snug GBA slot. Remarkably, however, it apparently functions perfectly. Of all the problems a DS knockoff would have, I would expect “not functionally being a real DS” to be right at the top of the list.
Reader Matty pointed out this video unboxing of a knockoff DS Lite, which should help you spot a fake too.
Update: Readers are telling us that this is likely not a counterfeit DS Lite, but rather a busted one that’s been refitted with an aftermarket shell like one of these.
See also: More bootleg systems and games
No More Heroes beam katana replica, being auctioned by Grasshopper Manufacture for Japan relief. It’s predictably expensive — $720 right now — but 100% of the proceeds go to the Red Cross as part of the game industry’s “Play for Japan” initiative.
This “Blood Berry” replica was brandished by Suda 51 during Tokyo Game Show 2009, when Suda was doing interviews to promote No More Heroes 2. I was personally threatened with with this beam katana! According to the auction, it was primarily used as a reference for animation. It’s really impressive in real life. I totally want to bring it home for myself, but yeahhhhhhh.
See also: More No More Heroes 2 stuff
[Thanks, Chris Kraft!]
Want a Pokemon Snap print station? Do you have… $27 or more? Do you live near Vallejo, California? You could be the proud owner of the least convenient Nintendo 64 ever, as an eBay user is auctioning off one of the sticker print kiosks featured in Blockbuster stores.
It includes a Nintendo 64, a 13” TV, 150 Smart Cards (which you bought to pay for prints), and a cassette with enough paper and ink for 50 prints. It would sure be fun to track down extra supplies for that. You also get Pokemon Snap, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron … and four games that might not work.
Milka Game Boy. This unassuming-looking Game Boy is actually a super rare collectible, given away as a prize by the German chocolate company Milka. It’s now on eBay with a starting bid of just $1. “The logo of the company is displayed on the system,” the auction description reads. “Of course, this logo is not a sticker or a skin, it’s painted directly on the case.”
If you pick it up and tastefully mod it with some pants, you have to send us pictures!
Buy: Game Boy games
See also: More Game Boy posts
Bible Adventures retail display. Even in its incomplete condition (it’s at least cut off at the bottom), this is still a pretty unique item. For a current bid of $15.50, you could display what appears to be a Biblical declaration of “FOR PLAY ON NINTENDO” - and an ad for the only game to date about keeping Baby Moses from being thrown into the Nile.
See also: More NES stuff
See also: More NES stuff
Mario Bros. Game & Watch, Pokka edition. This edition of the multi-screen game was produced in a series of 500 for a promotion with the Pokka beverage company — making it one of the rarest Game & Watches, despite the fact that it’s pretty much identical to a normal G&W.
The eBay auction for this is currently at just $53, which is low for even a non-promotional Game & Watch! That bid will likely go up a lot. And now, looking at it, I’m getting the feeling that I should order the Club Nintendo Game & Watch in anticipation of future collectibility. And then my memories of boxes of unopened mid-’90s Star Wars toys tell me not to worry about it.
See also: More Game & Watch posts
DSi XL demo video cartridge. A cartridge containing nothing but auto-playing videos of games like New Super Mario Bros., Flipnote Studio, Scribblenauts, and other high-profile DS releases sounds pretty boring, but it’s got that rarity factor that makes it so desirable!
Also rare: it’s a DSi-only cartridge. Remember how we all thought that would be a thing that happened more than a few times?
eBay seller qualitydisc believes it’s rare and desirable enough, certainly: the auction starts at $399.95.
See also: More eBay stuff
Final Fantasy NES controller stickers, from the same contest that offered THE ORB. These are great, but for a $110 bid I’d never ever ever ever be able to peel one off and put it on my controller. I love the cardinal directions on the d-pad and the “Battle Commands” labeling on the buttons.
Someone with way more money than me should buy it, scan it, and have reproductions printed. I’d be so, so into paying regular sticker prices for overlays like these.
Buy: Final Fantasy games
See also: More Final Fantasy