Originally released in October 1977, the 2600 was manufactured in Sunnyvale, California. The consoles manufactured here had thick internal RF shielding & thick plastic molding around the sides & bottom. These added weight to the console, and being that all 6 switches were on the front, these consoles were nicknamed "Heavy Sixers". After this first year, production moved to Hong Kong, and the consoles manufactured there had thinner RF shielding & plastic molding da da.. the the birth of the "Light Sixer".
Having hidden in a subterranean cave for several years a classic example of the light sixers has survived, and is presenting itself in this most excellent ebay lot.
Atari 2600 Light Sixer & 30 games on ebay.com
Atari Light Sixer,
original Atari transformer,
2 Atari joysticks, 2 paddles
Seller in Us, ships only to US
Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy, released to mixed reaction back in 1995 for the SNES, is a flawed compilation of the first three NES Ninja Gaiden games complete with updated in-game and cut-scene graphics, unlimited continues, updated soundtrack and slight gameplay tweaks. Ninja Gaiden Trilogy is also the only SNES Ninja Gaiden game and -despite its many shortcomings (for example...)- it commands some particularly impressive eBay prices. Usually over 300$, that is.
Now, as this eBay Ninja Gaiden Trilogy SNES (US version) auction for a factory sealed mint copy of the game is still under 40$ (19£), it might well be considered a bargain. Happily seller ships worldwide.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Before Simon 3D there was Simon the Sorcerer II and before that, back in the days of Amiga's dominance, there was the excellent adventure game we mortals usually refer to as Simon the Sorcerer (here's the game's official webpage and here's the excellent Quandary review). The game was and arguably still is a classic point-and-click adventure with some excellent humor and lovely 2D graphics.
To grab a complete boxed version of Simon's first adventure follow the link to the Simon the Sorcerer (Amiga) eBay auction. Seller ships worldwide and it'll definitely be worth the shipping.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Pong is a video game released originally as a coin-operated arcade game by Atari Inc. on November 29, 1972. Super Pong was a refinement on the original home console version, providing 4 different variations of Pong games to delight and entertain it's owners. As luck would have it A super pong Atari game system from 1976, in perfect working order, and with it's original box and warranty registration card! has arrived on ebay for you delectation.
Seller in US ships only to US.
Atari Super Pong on ebay.com
Pong-Story comprehensive guide to pong
Pong Owners Manual scanned on flickr
Friday, August 24, 2007
The Atari 800XL was the third version of the Atari 8-bit line of computers introduced in 1983, with an astounding 64k of memory....(astounding way back in 1983 that is), this purportedly "unused" system comes with Atari Music, Donkey Kong, Visual Calc, and TimeWise.
Atari 800XL Computer System on ebay.com
too few games?
well take a wee look at the Atari 800XL range on ebay
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
An evil pterodactyl has kidnapped Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. Luckily, Fred and Barney have found the kids; but, the pterodactyl will not return them until the two fathers bring the five legendary fire gemstones.
With a NES game rarity indicator of A- (incredibly hard to find). Seller in US, ships only to US
Flintstones Surprise at Dinosaur Peak on ebay.com
Too rich for my blood so....
emulated flash version on everyvidegame.com
As far as shmups (shut-'em-ups in Old English) go, Ikaruga by Treasure must be one of the best and most influential games ever released. As for its relatively rare Sega Dreamcast edition, well, besides offering the standard amazing visuals and polarity gameplay, it also commands some impressive ebay prices. Well, at least it usually does. Better have a look at this Ikaruga Dreamcast (jpn) auction. The current bid is only 5.5£ and the seller ships worldwide.
Monday, August 20, 2007
A certain gaming entity behind the excellent Lameazoid blog has decided to auction off some pretty interesting video games and, apparently, 3 Nintendo N64 games of obvious retro interest. The games are Shadowman, Mission Impossible and South Park, have a dead cheap starting price of 2$ and are only available to US residents.
Friday, August 17, 2007
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System raised the bar for game designers around the globe when it was released in 1991. Featuring true stereo sound, multiple scrolling backgrounds and almost twice the internal memory as its competition, the SNES was home to the best games of its day. Now Retro Treasures in association with ... oh hell here look at this
A Unique lot of Games include FFIII, Mario RPG and Mortal Kombat series
Super Nintendo 24 games lot on ebay
wot? not got a Super Nintendo? say no more
Super Nintendo systems on ebay
Retro Treasures Resurrection, bringing them back from the dead!
slogan writers required....
Gotta love ebay. Really. You see, another one of them fabled computer/video-gaming rarities has turned up and it's no other than the utterly amazing Commodore SX-64 (a.k.a. Executive 64), the portable sibling of the famous Commodore 64, complete with 5,25" disk-drive and built-in crisp color monitor.
Oh, and you might be interested in finding out that the SX-64 was the world's first color portable computer and also the only one you could ever use to play with Little Computer People too. Then again, it lacks a cassette port and can only run disk or cartridge games, but, really, who would notice.
To find out more about said 23-pound miniaturization wonder have a look at Wikipedia, OldComputers.net, Vintage Computers and/or of course the aptly named SX64.net.
For a rare chance to actually own a Commodore SX-64 try this Commodore SX-64 ebay auction. Seller ships worldwide.
Said goodies include an extra disk drive, 30 of those classic 3'' CPC disks, a joystick, manuals and some pretty interesting books. As for the Amstrad CPC 6128 itself, the gem of the Amstrad computing legacy, it's the most powerful 8-bit computer of the 80s, with tons of games, an excellent OS (and a brand new one) and a still vibrant homebrew community.
For a chance to own said Amstrad CPC 6128 with colour monitor, extra disk drive & stuff, do try your luck over at this ebay.co.uk CPC 6128 auction. Seller ships to UK only. Mind you, a 6128s with a colour monitor are not that easy to find these days and they usually sell for £25+.
Monday, August 13, 2007
A Famicom YM-901-S PRIZE! This yellow version Super Mario Bros, game, watch and padded diskun (Mr.Disc) case was a prize given out to the winners of the 3rd Tournament (F-1 Grand Prix) of a series of 4 Famicom disk system tournaments held in the 1980s in Japan only. Seller in Japan ships worldwide.
Famicom Super Mario Game & Watch on ebay.com
Retro Treasures, finding the stuff other people walk past....
sigh! Slogan needed.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
The Sinclair C5, a true oddity released back in 1985, was supposed to be the electric vehicle that would change the way people commuted, help save the environment and bring Sir Clive untold riches. Unfortunately, all it did was spectacularly flop (mainly due to the rather rainy British weather) and drag down its whole ZX Spectrum producing company with it.
The C5 has a top speed of roughly 25km/h, a place inside the Manchester Science Museum, a worldwide fan club and the obligatory Wikipedia entry. Even more info can be found at the hallowed Planet Sinclair site.
To grab your very own fully working and in seemingly top condition Sinclair C5 (a truly rare chance apparently) better bid on this Sinclair C5 ebay auction. Seller ships worldwide but guess the UK would be more convenient.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Quite beautiful on it's own, but a lone. . . .
Sega Saturn Console with one game (virtua Cop) on ebay
is unlikely to stir your retro juices. ergo at quite literally no expence, we've found:
The great Sega Saturn Games Auction list on ebay
The quite incredibly fresh and anarchic Blog:
The Sega Saturn Junkyard
The Devilishly simple
Sega Saturn Swap Trick
And if, like me, you've just emptied your piggy bank
The Emulator Zones Emulator list
The Sega Saturn Screenshot Database
Sega Saturn Game Rarity index (with popup... sorry)
now if some kind soul would direct me to a pdf console manual, it would make this post and me complete.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Published by Infocom, designed by the late and great Douglas Adams himself, sporting some of the funniest prose on the planet and featuring the still unsurpassed ultra-complicated Babel Fish puzzle, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is both a text-adventure classic and one of the best games ever. What's more, being all (sophisticated) text THGTTG has aged remarkably well too.
To play a freeware illustrated version of the game simply follow this link to the BBC (more Douglas Adams links/games here), but to fully and truly enjoy THGTTG the way it was meant to, I'm afraid you'll have to grab the complete and pretty rare original Infocom box. Happily it just showed up on ebay:
Grab The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Boxed for Amiga 500). Seller based in US, ships worldwide.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
1983 and a struggling Video Game market saw Atari interview thousands of gamers on what they wanted and didnt' want in a gaming system. Uniquely Atari listened and produced a system with arcade-quality graphics, simple to use with sleek, responsive controllers, out of the box reverse-compatability with the Atari 2600 and its existing components, and all to be packaged in a sleek compact design. . . . . .Dadaaaaa the Atari 7800 Prosystem. The console was announced on May 21st, 1984, and carried a price tag of $140.
23 years later and Dadaaaaaa again, theres one on ebay, Seller in US ships Worldwide.
Atari 7800 complete with 38 games on ebay
The last of the MSX line, the MSX Turbo R, was only supported by Panasonic, turned out to be a wildly unpopular machine and one exclusive to Japan, thus becoming a very hard to find computer, that usually sells for more than 80$ (60 euros, 40£). Shame really, as it sported quite a few decent games as well as backwards MSX compatibility.
The MSX Turbo-R is a powerful 16-bit computer with excellent graphics & audio, that can easily stand up to the Amiga 500 or the Nintendo SNES and features some impressive expansion options. Find out more on the hardware side of things by clicking here and here.
For a (slightly overpriced) chance to grab one of these rarities -in excellent boxed condition, no less- better try this MSX Turbo R auction. Seller ships worldwide.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Nintendo's Zelda Game & Watch is a surprisingly enjoyable and pretty difficult to track down little handheld game released in 1989. One of the most complex Game & Watch releases ever, beating Zelda might require a walkthrough, while the game also features a pretty interesting ending sequence. For a chance to play said handheld try a lovely Zelda Game & Watch ebay auction. Seller in UK but sells worldwide.
Friday, August 3, 2007
A collection spanning 30 years of love and careful attention has appeared on ebay. Everything, System, accessories & games have been cleaned, inside and out and the seller has securely tucked every game into it's very own dustproof bag. How fanatic is that!
Seller in US ships only to US. . . damn there had to be a catch!
Atari 2600 and 130 really cosy games on ebay.com
Atari 2600 Games Rarity checker on Atariage.com
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
(using a rarity index where A is one to brag about and B is Rare)
A Handpicked collection of Rare NES games which includes:
Deathbots 1990 Rarity B+ (game preview)
Impossible Mission II 19988 Rarity A- (game preview)
Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular 1990 Rarity B+ (game preview)
Bible Adventures 1991 Rarity B+ (game preview)
Goal! Two 1992 Rarity B-
Joe and Mac 1992 Rarity B+ (game preview)
6 Rare NES games Only on ebay.com
*so how would you know what NES games are rare or not? I hear you say, checkout the following essential webpage on NES game rarity
Stop Press!! thanks to Jaded Cynic* for an even more in-depth NES games rarity doc... from Video Game Auctions
*Jaded Cynic's website is a tour de force in it's own right, checkout Gamedrop Blog
Essential Retro stylists for the busy Retro addict.. erm fan!
Retro Treasure slogan needed... as if it wasn't obvious