Sometime in the fall of 2016 I threw on my coat and told the wife that we’re going to Ikea! It was time. The Retro Video Game collection was spilling over and no longer fit neatly into the two existing bookshelves that I had dedicated to it.
In fact, at the time I was pretty sure the entire wall that I was using no longer offered enough space. So the man cave underwent a great awakening. An explosion of growth and expansion not entirely unlike the Big Bang.
My Game Room is a rectangular room in the basement. I was using the short wall for the collection but that has all changed now. I bought two more book shelves that are identical to the first two. These four bookshelves and the TV stand fit perfectly along the long wall of my basement. There were two windows in the basement and just half of one is left visible. I’m not above blotting out the sun for the greater good.
Considering that Retro Video Game Collecting specifically has not yet been officially recognized as an addiction or a compulsive disorder there has been nothing to stop me from doing this.
BEHOLD!!! Sega Dude’s Retro Video Game Collection (February 2017).
How many games are here in the collection? Any guesses?
There are 1,288 games on those shelves.
Take a moment to catch your breath and get ready for some close-ups of each of the shelves.
Complete good condition Sega Genesis games are getting harder to come by. I’m glad I already have so many of my favorites.
Pictured above are two of my first Genesis games. Altered Beast and Space Harrier. I have a lot of great memories working hard to beat both of those games.
I really do prefer the look of the older style black insert Sega Genesis cover art compared to the red cases. There’s nothing wrong with the red covers; it’s just my preference. And as best as I could I tried to make games with black cases more prominent but they’re just out numbered.
The shelf below with Sega Genesis games is one of three shelves left with some room for growth. The rest are jammed packed. As far as problems go, it’s a nice one to have.
Did you see that shelf above with 64 complete Game Boy Advanced games? I was really into the GBA when it was current and I bought most of those games used during it’s era. The typical price I was paying per game back then was anywhere between $10 and $20 each. And I was careful about getting them only if they were complete and in good shape. It’s a great collection for GBA that I just don’t know how to display well.
It wasn’t that long ago that I decided to purge a lot of my SNES and NES games. There are sooo many titles and I just can’t afford to chase them all. I’m sticking to the core classics a few that I think will be fun to play.
Next up are my giant Neo Geo MVS cartridges in their after market Shockboxes. They look great but they really do take up a lot of space! …totally worth it.
During the Super Nintendo era I was really enjoying Street Fighter 2 (we all were). I had a ton of fun with it and I could complete the game with all the characters. But fighting games were not my main interest. So it wasn’t until about 2014 when I really got to sample what the arcades had to offer and what the true diehard fighters were into.
SNK Neo Geo games are pure blood arcade games and they can be very punishing! An arcade experience is very different from the home console world.
Did you know you can buy an exceptionally high quality Flash Cart for the Neo Geo AES and MVS right now? At first glance it might look expensive but it’s actually a great way to dive into Neo Geo.
My two latest Neo Geo editions are Captain Tomaday and Sengoku 3 (loose carts pictured above). I’ll get cases for them some time down the road. Those two small boxes are two decks of playing cards that use to ship with a Neo Geo game called Knights Chance by Neobitz. I don’t have this game but by chance I bought an unrelated and used Neo Geo MVS game from the creator of Knights Chance (Jeff Kurtz) and he surprised me by giving me these decks for free. It was a very nice gesture. Thanks Jeff! I’d love to own Knights Chance someday but it’s very limited and very expensive.
Moving on to the other half of the collection I’ll start with my Japanese Sega Mega Drive games. You don’t have to go very far back in my blog posts to find that I’ve recently added a bunch of very expensive games to the collection. I can’t make a habit of these premium titles but I do have a lot of seriously good games from the Mega Drive library and I really enjoy them. Right now Gleylancer is stealing the spotlight as an outstanding shooter for the system.
Pictured above is Rockman Mega World another of my recent and very expensive additions. Thanks to a fellow collector I got Rockman for much less than typical ebay prices.
Below is Panorama Cotton another hard to get Japanese Mega Drive game that I picked up in 2012 for $120 CAD.
Battle Mania above was an amazing gift from a close friend in 2013. It cost $100 CAD. Tucked in behind ESWAT is another one of my recent and expensive addition; Alesia Dragoon that I bought with Rockman.
They say you always remember your first. And there is no doubt in my mind that the Sega Master system holds that special place in my heart. The Sega Master System was my first home video game console and the first system I started collecting for when I got into the hobby. The terrible artwork and classic white grid backdrop reek of retro and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Phantasy Star for the win!
There are some seriously good games here. The Wonderboy series, Fantasy Zone II, R-Type, Quartet, Phantasy Star, Mirracle Warriors, Ys and Golvellious are some of my top favorites for the Master System.
Check it out, boxed 3-D Glasses, boxed FM Sound Unit… no big deal.
I also have a good number of complete Sega Mark III games; which (for the most part) are identical to their corresponding Master System game except the packing and cartridge shape.
If I had the money back in the day I’m sure I would have brought a TurboGrafx-16 home. What an excellent home console. It’s just a shame that the games are so hard to find these days. I have 24 Turbo Grafx-16 games including a bunch of the best games the system has to offer. So even though I don’t think my Turbo library will grow much I do feel I have a solid representation of this over-looked gem. My TG-16 and Turbo-Grafx CD was given to me from a close friend who traded for it at a garage sale.
Below is a close up my busiest shelf. In the mix you’ll see PC Engine, TG-16, Sega Game Gear, Sega CD, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast and PS2 games.
A huge thanks goes out to Nintendo Joe! About 98% of my Sega CD and Sega Game Gear games came from him as gifts. They are shinning examples of some of the amazing deals he’d been able to find out in the wild over the years. Thanks Bud! He’s also given me a bunch of TG-16 games too.
Fun Fact: Nintendo Joe‘s own video game collection at the time of this writing consists of a mere 968 video games. He’s what the us Big Timers call a ‘sub-1k’.
The bottom right two shelves are kind of miscellaneous space right now. Games on those shelves were not counted towards my 1,288 grand total. I think subconsciously I’ve started collecting for the Xbox 360 but I’m just not totally aware of it yet.
Stuffed in the cardboard box are misc. games that I’m trying to sell or trade. To the right are some cool Retro Video Game books. Someday these shelves will be setup games like the rest.
Since I took this most recent collection update picture I’ve cleaned up one of the misc. shelves. Already I’m almost done with my Xbox 360 collection. There aren’t many more titles I want. About half of those Xbox 360 games cost me between $2-$4 each at one garage sale. The rest cost between $10-$20 each.
The cartridges stacked on the right are for the Texas Instrument TI 99/4A; which was my first home computer. These games cost me between 50 cent and $2 each.
So I find myself wondering if the wife will jump in the car with me the next time I exclaim “we’re going to Ikea!” Or will it have to be a secret mission?!
AMAZING! WOW… Awesome collection, I love your setup , its clean and it looks like allot of fun. I used to have an amazing Genesis collection all mint like yours, but years ago financially was not so good, I had to sell everything , sold it for 1500$ but the real value was at 2500$ at least. anyhow Im still very sad over it. Thankfully I have a Fully modded XBOX with component cables that I can still enjoy my Sega Genesis games pixel perfect : )
Thank you for sharing, I wish I could come by and have some gaming sessions with you : P
I hope I don’t ever have to sell. I’ll hold on tight for as long as I can! At least you were able to get some money for your games; and $1,500 is not nothing.
It is great that there are many ways to be able to play these old games. Anyway you can do it is a good one.
You have a standing invitation to come over any time! The hard part will be deciding what to play!
That looks incredible! I’d like to take a photo of my own gaming room if I could find it through the storage boxes. My wife would appreciate me tidying it all up, so this gives me some ideas. 🙂
I’m really at the point where it feels like a big collection. We’ve all seen the real gigantic collections online and I’m not even in the ball park but I still have some mad loot! 😀
I remember when all my games were in storage. There was peace of mind that I still had it but it’s so much more fun when it ALL comes out.
If you manage to get your game room sorted out enough for a picture I would love to see what you got go’in on! What’s your favorite retro system in your collection?
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My collection as it is now is very Atari focused (2600, 8 and 16 bit computers and Lynx handheld) and then goes a lot of less retro with all shades of Xbox. But I’m looking forward to having my 8bit Atari computers hooked up to a big screen CRT and playing Star Raiders. 🙂
ah, Atari. Where it all began. My buddy has a bunch of loose Atari 2600 carts and they look great on display. I think (and my memory is poor here) Defender on the Atari 2600 was the first video game I ever played. A friend took me to his neighbors who had the console and I got to try it out.
I checked out Star Raiders and I can see the appeal. Making those enemy ships look like Tie Fighters from Star Wars was genius. Are you familiar with the Texas Instruments TI 99/4A? That was the first computer I had at home and I loved some of the video games for it.
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I don’t think I’ve seen a TI99/4A but I may have. My grandfather owned a machine around that time for his business which was my first exposure to computers (even now he’s very smart on tech) and I remember playing a space invaders clone on it. Back then it was all glorious monochrome green screen! 🙂
Lovely setup. Those shelves look fantastic. Much better then my unmatched shelves I’m currently using. 🙂 Perhaps one of these days another Ikea roadtrip is in my future as well.
I love that small Toshiba TV you have right on the shelf along with your games. Is your TG-16 connected to that?
Thanks for sharing!
My relationship with Ikea is totally a love/hate relationship! I wont touch press-board furniture anymore. But even Ikea’s hardwood stuff can be pretty poor quality too.
That little Toshiba CRT TV is a real gem. Perfect flat screen and it’s new enough that is supports component inputs (not that I’ll use them). Despite the poor photograph above the picture quality on the Toshiba is amazing. I picked it up at a garage sale for $10; complete with remote.
Yup, my TG-16 is hooked up to the Toshiba. It’s hard to see but I had Fantasy Zone running when I took the picture.
This looks amazing! It’s great to see someone else collecting Neo Geo MVS games. My boyfriend is just getting into it and we only have about 6 games so far, but we are looking forward to finding more over the next while.
I adore RPGs, so I was pretty happy to see such great games on your shelves like the Phantasy Star games among many others. You’ve definitely got a great spread of stuff to play! I’m so excited I found your blog!
I love my Neo Geo MVS collection. It’s not often that you’ll come across MVS carts but many are still very affordable and really worth playing. Which games do you have so far?
Any Samurai Showdown, King of the Fighters and Metal Slug are awesome to have.
Phantasy Star is a big one for me. Love that series!
If you’re still into the 16-bit RPG’s you should check out Pier Solar for the Genesis. You can pre-order it direct from the creators here: http://magicalgamefactory.com/en/factory/shop/
For both playing and collecting it’s really worth having.
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So far we’ve got Neo Turf Masters, Blue’s Journey, Metal Slug 3, Super Sidekicks 2 and Puzzle Bobble. It’s quite a mishmash of stuff, but so far so good! We are certainly keeping our eyes open for cartridges at a decent price, that’s for sure. Thanks for the recommendations!
I will check out Pier Solar as well. From what little I’ve been able to gather since reading your comment earlier, it looks like it might be worth picking up! Thanks again!
Ah, Puzzle Bobble! You’re Neo Geo Essentials Collection is complete! 😀
Everyone with a Neo Geo needs Puzzle Bobble. I have a Neo-Geo 4-slot (can hold four games at once) and Puzzle Bobble is never taken out. What a fun game!
It’s great that you have a Metal Slug game (also a must have). And Blue’s Journey is a fun platformer. If you like Blue’s Journey you should check out SpinMaster and Top Hunter. And if you’re into Golf I’ve been told many times that Neo Turf Masters is the ultimate golf video game.
I’m surprised you haven’t found a fighting game yet for your Neo. There are sooo many.
Yeah, take a close look at Pier Solar (For Genesis or Dreamcast). It’s easy to buy right now but that might all change in a year or so.
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I checked out the site you mentioned, and they’re back in pre-order mode for all the editions of Pier Solar until September. I will certainly look into it some more and maybe get on the pre-order list.
I will also check out SpinMaster and Top Hunter. Blue’s Journey is so cute, so I’d love to find more games like it!
My boyfriend’ll likely find a fighting game sooner than later. He’s mildly obsessed with Mortal Kombat, so hopefully he can find something along those lines. Once we get everything set up and running, he’ll likely do some streaming from the system. That’ll be a lot of fun to see. He’s built an arcade cabinet around the guts of the Neo Geo MVS, so I’m hoping to post something about that once he’s finally finished and will let me reveal it!
what model is that Sony CRT?
It’s a SONY Trinitron XBR KV-32XBR200. I got it used from my local classified for $50 in 2014. It’s a real gem.
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