Everyone plays games differently. Some of us buy nothing but digital games, preferring to be able to play anything, anywhere; others meticulously collect every physical release they can get before eBay’s prices for a used copy skyrocket.
But most of us have one thing in common, especially those of us who played before digital games became something special, and that is the collection things which represent our playing career. Sometimes it’s a pristine, film-wrapped copy of Ocarina of Time that we bought in 199 at a garage sale we didn’t know they had; sometimes our gaming pride and joy is one of those transparent bouncing balls with a plastic pikachu inside because it has a sentimental meaning to us.
So we decided to poll the people at Nintendo Life – maybe they’re all avid nerds since we’ve all chosen to work in games – to see what would be the highlight of their game collection…
Kate sees double (or triple) vision
It’s probably not the most valuable game in my collection – I have a few DS and 3DS games that are relatively rare – but Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has a story to tell. And that’s why I technically have three copies (one in the care of my brother in the UK)…
The one on the left (pegi-rated) is my original copy. Until this year, I thought that my dad had sold all my GameCube games back in the mid-2000s, but when he came to visit, he surprised me with a bunch of them – Star Fox Adventures, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle and Paper Mario. : TTID! I’ve been mad at him for DECADES for getting rid of all my games, and it turns out he had them all along!
Over the years, I’ve been slowly trying to replace my Cube games (Though apparently it wasn’t necessary), including a £35 disc-only copy of TTYD that only came to me in bubble wrap because I couldn’t help but get emulation software to figure out how to display paper-thin characters. Eventually, when I met my partner, we bonded over the games we loved, and since Paper Mario: TTYD is my favorite game, I insisted that he play it. Over the next few months, he sent me pictures of himself playing on his old CRT. And now we live together!! Thanks Paper Mario!
Now that I have my original copy, as well as access to my partner’s ESRB-rated Canadian copy, I’m confused by the wealth of Paper Mario. The terrible thing is that I haven’t played it much since I got it back. But he never leaves me again. I’m going to be buried with this thing.
Alana’s game is the reason she’s here
I a wish I was a collector or had some very rare video game to show off, but today I can at least share the video game that means the most to me.
If you had a Dreamcast and loved RPGs, you may have heard of Skies of Arcadia. Released in 2000, you play as a group of Robin Hood-style air pirates on a quest to save the world, and it’s one of the system’s best games. It did huge impression on me; When I was a sheltered and shy child, I was fascinated by the idea that I could jump into the digital world and explore the sky for hours. So when I found out about the GameCube version – Skies of Arcadia Legends – I had to purchase a copy.
Every time I go back to Arcadia, I go through the game so thoroughly, hunting for the same discoveries over and over again, getting rewards and getting my rewards, and just enjoying floating in the sky with Weiss, Aika and Fina. I took my GameCube to my grandparents’ house when I stayed there on the weekends. simply so I could play it – and they even became interested in the game! With each replay of the game, its sense of adventure and optimism became something that I constantly strived for.
I probably wouldn’t love RPGs and wouldn’t even be writing about video games here if it wasn’t for the wonder and joy that Skies of Arcadia continues to bring me. Even listening to music or looking at screenshots of it still makes my eyes shine. Unfortunately, copies of the game on eBay are not cheap, but despite its rarity, for me this is the most valuable game.
The highlight of Zion is not even a game
I just turned 30 the other day and it’s pretty wild to think about the fact that I’ve been collecting goodies from video games for over twenty years. When I was walking around the garage, sailing or doing the economy with my friends and family, they knew to always keep an eye on everything even remotely video game related for me. I liked everything! I remember finding packs of old Life Savers with the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 logo in some warehouse discount store. They’re long past their expiration date, but you know who else bought them…and they still have them? Well, let’s just pretend for a moment that it’s not me, hehe.
To this day, I still collect an incredible amount of games and memorabilia. I am so fascinated by the history of some objects and I love showing something interesting for my favorite games! So when it comes to choosing one thing that I really love, it’s quite difficult. Of course, I could choose a rare game I have, or a limited edition figurine, or something like that, but instead I choose this odd little piece of pressed wood.
Here is a piece of a lattice wall from the local Software etc/GameStop of my old hometown. I worked there for a little over 3 years and was a customer from the first days until the closing day. I was there on the last day and found this piece of wall lying on the ground. These scribbles that you see everywhere are the signatures of some of the wonderful people I have worked with there over the years. I met amazing people at this mall and I guarantee I wouldn’t be where I am today without them all. You are the reason I collect and the reason I love this hobby so much.
NRFB? Not for Jim
I know what you’re thinking. I’m guessing it’s something along the lines of “Wait a minute Jim, this is just a standard – if not outright bootleg – edition of The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, arguably the most underrated game in the entire franchise.” First, I was very young when I bought it and the store was less than reputable, so the unofficiality of the cartridge didn’t come as a surprise to me now that I’ve grown up; secondly, I completely agree with you, it’s fantastic. However, it’s not just some tricky old copy of the game, it’s my cool copy.
I almost literally grew up on Zelda. My parents bought the N64 when I was a kid and I grew up obsessed with being able to play Ocarina of Time whenever I had a moment. Although I spent an impressive amount of man-hours on such a small child, the game was never truly mine.
Enter the Minish Cap. I bought the same cartridge pictured above from one of those shops where you can only buy the game in a bag – no official packaging, no feeling of uniformity of the font, no problems (I confess, I should have noticed bootleg signs for age 5). It might not have been particularly groundbreaking for the Zelda franchise, but for me it was downright groundbreaking. My first Zelda game! Back in the days when there was no guide in every corner of the internet, I put the hard work into this game, and in return it gave me one of my most joyful gaming experiences – the less said about my excitement that I was finally able to jump. the higher thanks to Cape Roca, the better.
Hey (Navi pun fully intended) it might not be the rarest game in the world and it’s certainly not officially licensed by any means, but it’s undeniably at the top of my collection.
Gavin feels hot
Opening Billy’s bookcases and browsing through my collection, it’s hard to pick just one – not because I have a huge amount of game items, but it’s easy to start thinking about how much things cost instead of how much they cost. you.
Ultimately, what I can get for them on eBay doesn’t really matter. So, after putting that out of my mind, the games and hardware that really stand out are the things that I thought were incredibly cool but unattainable 20-30 years ago – things that I was lucky enough to acquire as an adult.
My Japanese N64 copy of Sin & Punishment is in there, but I’ll have to go with my Spice Orange GameCube. I remember longing for it almost two decades ago, and I still can’t wait to open the closet and see it lying there, in my possession. To me! With Spice Orange GameCube! Pr-itty neat.
The only thing that would be spicier would be if I got either a Panasonic Q or a Japanese GameCube with DVD playback that looks like an absolute business, or a 64DD. (Yes, I’m obsessed with Japan-only Nintendo hardware.) Any of them would quickly jump to the top of the highlights stack. You know, if I had a few extra grand to spend.
Ollie’s Choice has been in the making for over 15 years
So here’s the deal (because I know a lot of you will be giggling at my very recent pick): I don’t collect physical games. Like in general. Many of you support physical games, and I think that’s absolutely wonderful, but for me, I just don’t have room for them; I download the vast majority of my games just for convenience.
However, when Metroid Dread was announced, it was a completely different game (transformation). Metroid is without a doubt my favorite Nintendo franchise and I think I can speak for a lot of people when I say that I was shocked that a sequel to Metroid Fusion, which has been rumored for a long time, most likely will never see the light of day. When I saw the in-game teaser for Dread back in 2007 on Metroid Prime 3, I was thrilled to no end, so you can imagine my growing frustration every year knowing that Nintendo has probably buried the game in the depths of its archives. .
So yes, if I take the collector’s edition on physical media, then this always will be Metroid Dread. Moreover, the artbook that comes with the kit is beautiful a celebration of the main games (i.e. Metroid 1-5) featuring dozens of concept art and key art in an A4 hardcover book of almost 200 pages; If that’s not a sign of care and attention to this release, then I don’t know what is! Please, more on this, Nintendo.
Tell us dear readers and avid collectors thingswhat is the highlight of your gaming collection?