The 30 Rarest Collector’s Edition Gaming Consoles (And How ...
Collector's editions are either one of the wisest or poorest investments you can make in the world of gaming. I really don't think that my collector's edition of Perfect Dark Zero that I got when I bought an Xbox 360 is going to be worth anything these days, beyond a perfunctory few bucks. Some collector's editions are worth a huge amount of cash just a short time later, however. Whether because they came in a rare color scheme, featured a much-loved game, or were part of a super limited run, they're now worth the big bucks. And by big, we really do mean big. Some of these consoles are worth thousands upon thousands of dollars. Others are worth hundreds, while one in particular is worth several hundred thousand.
In this article, we're going to through 30 of the most valuable collector's edition consoles ever created. If you've got one of these lounging around in your attic, for the love of all that's holy, dig it out now, and get it on eBay! They may just turn out to be one of the soundest investments that you ever made, or ever will make. Our hobby can attract some massive cash at times, and not just in the realms 0f film adaptations. Have we missed out a favorite collector's edition that you sold for a handsome sum? Have you picked up one of these editions at far below market value? Then let us know in the comments!
30 Famitsu Game Boy Light ($250)
The Game Boy Light is a pretty rare console any way you slice it: it was only released in Japan, and its main feature was a backlight, allowing play in low light. these Famitsu limited editions, complete with natty clear casings, are even rarer, though. Only 5500 units were ever made, with the vast majority of these released in a blister pack rather than the more traditional box. Nowadays, they go for several hundred dollars, far more than their original price which was around just $70.
29 Pokémon Stadium Battle Set ($350)
Released back in 2000, I remember thinking that Pokémon Stadium looked so darn cool! You actually got to see your Pokémon in glorious (if slightly polygonal) 3D! While you can pick up the game for next to nothing these days, this limited edition can fetch some serious cash. The edition contained the game, an indigo and yellow console, controller with Pokémon decals, as well as a Nintendo 64 Transfer Pak. Some countries even got a VHS of the anime bundled in with others getting a travel journal.
28 "This Is Cool" Sega Saturn
If you don't remember the Sega Saturn, I don't blame you. These days, it's very much a historical footnote, Sega's attempt at the 32-bit generation that just failed dramatically. However, they promoted it with an awful lot of cockiness. Surely, if they have to promote it with the assurance that "this is cool," it really isn't? Regardless, this limited edition run could fetch you several hundred dollars, presumably from a die hard fan of the Saturn who refuses to concede defeat.
27 Pikachu Nintendo 64 ($500)
When Pokémon mania was sweeping the world, you couldn't move without seeing images of that most emblematic of Pokémon, Pikachu. Nintendo were quick to case in on the electric rodent's fate and released this limited edition Nintendo 64, featuring a 3D sculpted Pikachu whose cheeks lit up when the system was switched on. As you can imagine, it was instantly popular and, as such, sold like hot cakes. Nowadays, if you want to get one, you can expect to hand over a wad of bills.
26 Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Premium Package 3DS ($599)
Released back in 2012, this limited edition 3DS was released in Japan alongside the system's port of Metal Gear Solid 3. The set came with a 3DS, a copy of the game, and two files complete with a Metal Gear Solid design. When released, it cost $298, but nowadays, it can fetch way more. Despite only being able to play Japanese 3DS games, I'd still grab one if I could: just look at how cool the system looks! The snakeskin effect is a fantastic touch, and it's a crime this 3DS variant never got a western release.
25 Ceramic White PS2 ($700)
The PS2 is easily one of the best and most beloved consoles ever made, so its no surprise that its rarer models can fetch a pretty penny. Released worldwide, this color scheme evidently caught people's attention. Only 2000 were made, alongside a variety of other colors, but its the white that's really worth a ton. These consoles were made to celebrate the 20 millionth PS2, and all were given away. If you were lucky enough to get one, then darn, you can get lucky again by cashing in!
24 Taco Bell Platinum Xbox One X ($700)
If you love Taco Bell (and if you do, we won't judge you), then winning one of these could have been a dream come true. The console made the fast food chain's signature bell sound, familiar to those who have watched their commercials, upon startup, and also came with three months of Game Pass, three months of Xbox Live Gold, and a white Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. To win, all you had to do was buy a $5 Double Chalupa Box. Getting $700 worth of gear from a $5 meal? Not bad, if I do say so myself.
23 PS4 Pro 500 Million Edition ($720)
This limited run was released to celebrate the bafflingly high milestone of 500 million Playstation consoles made over the years. This limited edition run came with a sleek and translucent blue body, a 2TB hard drive, a vertical stand, and a PlayStation camera. Despite being only released last year, its already being sold for good amounts of cash. My advice though, would be to hold on to it, if you've got one. As we'll see later in this list, some limited run PlayStations can be sold for huge amounts of cash after a few years.
22 Metal Gear Solid V Special Edition PS4 ($740)
Well, Metal Gear Solid certainly is a popular franchise, isn't it? When The Phantom Pain was released, it won a huge amount of plaudits for its incredible gameplay even if it did have a slightly shaky story. If you're a true Snakehead (Bosshead?), you could grab this beautiful looking red console, complete with gold accents and Diamond Dog insignia. It's really, really cool, and I can easily see why it's selling for such prices on eBay, because man, I really want one now.
21 Destiny: The Taken King PS4 ($775)
20 Astro Boy Game Boy Light ($800)
Even rarer than the Famitsu Game Boy Light we talked about earlier, these consoles were released back in the 90s as well, long before Astro Boy was a well-known franchise in the west. Featuring a clear body and a nice decal of the titular Astro Boy himself, these consoles are a must have for Game Boy collectors and fans of the show alike. Selling for the big bucks, these are well worth grabbing if you ever see one floating around at a garage sale.
19 God Of War: Special Edition PS4 Pro ($850)
Another special edition that, despite coming out fairly recently, is still selling for high amounts. This console sold for standard price when it first released, but its value has since, understandably, skyrocketed. It came in a bundle that featured God of War, deluxe content, and a controller engraved with runes. The console's design is inspired by the axe Kratos wields in the new God of War. Its popularity is perhaps not surprising considering the franchise's fame, but it's still crazy that it almost doubled in value over just a single year.
18 White Sega Game Gear ($860)
Cast your mind back to the 90s when there were not one, not two, but three Sega consoles on the market the same time. The Genesis was the king, but there was the Master System and the Game Gear too. Promising portability, the Game Gear ate through batteries and was thus not as popular as Sega hoped. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, it's a huge collector's item, with the white version particularly valuable. Just 10,000 were made, so if you see one, get it! If you own one, put it on eBay!
17 Hatsune Miku PS Vita ($1000)
Ah, here we are, now we're getting into the thousands. This console was, perhaps not surprisingly, only released in Japan, but fans of Hatsune Miku have been importing them ever since. Not only does the console itself feature a cool design, but the software is also custom, with a brand new Hatsune Miku theme, exclusive to this edition. Back when they were new, you could expect to pay somewhere in the region of $850, but they've only been getting rarer, and it's likely we'll see the price increase again yet.
16 The Signed Russell Crowe Xbox 360 ($1005)
How would you like a console featuring the face of Russell Crowe looking up at you while you play? What's that, you wouldn't? Well, me either, but some people did! Released to celebrate the first anniversary of the 360's Australian launch, the console was auctioned off to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. While back then it sold for just over a grand, we can imagine that its value would have increased since then. That is, as long as it didn't tragically red ring.
15 PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition ($1200)
Back in 2015, Sony released this beauty: a PS4 disguised as a PS1. Supply was extremely limited, with some being given away in the UK as competition prizes, while others were pre-ordered immediately by diehard PlayStation fans. Want more than just retro looks? Then you're in luck: the PS4 also came with a custom theme that added a PS1-style dashboard and changed the startup sound to the legendary one that rang out from countless PlayStations across the globe.
14 The Sega Aiwa Mega CD ($1800)
Now this is a weird one. If you saw this in a thrift store, what would you think it was? A boombox, right? The kind of thing that is ten-a-penny in those kinds of stores. Look a little closer, however, and you'd discover that it's actually a console, and an exceedingly rare one at that. First and foremost, it is a CD player, but it can also play Genesis and Mega CD games. You'd connect a little dock to the system in order to play games, but then you were away.
13 Seaman Christmas Dreamcast ($2500)
At one time, Seaman was going to be the next big thing. Out of nowhere, however, the weird Tamagotchi alike flopped dramatically. Like an earlier version of Project Milo, it just had no long term appeal, and was very, very shallow. The Christmas Edition's console, however? That's stood the test of time and strained countless wallets. Featuring a translucent red body, it also came with the game's seasonal edition. Only 850 were made, and they were all Japan-only, making finding one a truly monumental task.
12 Cuphead Xbox One X ($3000)
Did you, like many others, bang your head against the brick wall that was Cuphead: Don't Deal With The Devil last year? If you did, and emerged a devoted fan, then consider getting one of these. That is, if you can. You see, only four of them were made. They were custom painted and given away at a launch event in Los Angeles back in 2017. The only people who got them were there on that day, and were lucky enough to win one of them.
11 Beatles Rock Band Xbox 360 ($3600)
One of these hand-painted console was put up for auction with all the proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders, as chosen by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison. However, others were given away in a competition, with anyone who bought All You Need Is Love on Xbox Live going into the draw. Very few were made however so their value is exceptionally high, particularly among fans of the band. For complete authenticity, grab one of the limited edition Rickenbacker 325 controllers!
10 Pokémon 2009 World Championships DSi ($4000)
Given away to fans at special events, these DSis are extremely limited. Featuring special Pokémon decals that changed year-on-year, it's the 2009 editions that are worth the most. It may just be your standard DSi on the inside, but its decals let everybody know that you are a dedicated Pokémon trainer, and that you earned (or at least got yourself to a show) your way to it. If you ever see one on eBay, you can expect to fork over a few thousand dollars for it.
9 The 24K Gold-Dipped PlayStation 3 ($5000)
For the person who has everything, why not get a PlayStation 3 that's been literally dipped in gold? I mean, I can think of a million reasons why not, but if you have the taste of one of Michael Jackson's spending sprees, then get yourself one of these. Only five units were ever produced, and honestly, thank the lord for that. I guess you could at least melt it down for mineral wealth. Whatever you decide to do with a gilded PS3, they still go for a lot of money.
8 Maziora Dreamcast ($6000)
Now this is a true rarity. Only 500 of these were made, produced for the Japanese car and bike company Maziora. While officially, its color was green, it would actually change color. It's the closest thing we're ever going to get to a chameleon console. The console also came with a motorbike helmet key chain, a sticker, and a "dream passport." The coolest Dreamcast ever produced, I'd buy one the minute I won the lottery, there's absolutely no doubt in my mind.
7 The 10 Million Model PS1 ($7500)
Man, I bet you thought that 20th Anniversary PS4 was worth a lot of money, huh? It's nothing compared to this thing. Released, you guessed it, to celebrate the 10 millionth model of the PS1 being made, very few of these were produced and the only noticeable difference about them is the super dark shade of the blue that they were given. They're even darker than the development units, which are rare in their own right. If any console deserved such a celebration, it was the PS1, and I fully understand why these are so expensive.
6 Shadow Of The Tomb Raider Xbox One X ($8300)
Unlike the other consoles we've discussed so far, there weren't several hundred of these made. There weren't even several made. There was just one. It was sold on eBay by Microsoft to raise money for the charity Best Friends. What did the winning bidder get for their money? Well, a beautiful console and controller for one. Not only do they feature a very cool design, but a copy of the somewhat underwhelming game. Hmm, maybe, if you're ever lucky enough to buy this, you should just take the console.
5 Lara Croft Gem-Studded Xbox 360 ($11,000)
From one Tomb Raider-themed console to another, this one may be from a generation earlier, but man is it more expensive. Did you like Tomb Raider: Legend? The owner of this console sure did. This Xbox 360, featuring Lara's portrait from the game's cover art, has had over 11,000 gemstones embedded into its body. Only a handful were ever made, and when you look at that price tag, you immediately understand why. On another note, I do wonder how being sealed in gems would affect the console's heat output.
4 Rose Gold Xbox One And PS4 ($13,669)
Did you think we were done with gold consoles? Not by a long shot. There's a trend in the UAE to plate everything that can be plated in gold. These consoles, created by Italian jewelers Gatti Luxury Lab, went on sale for five figures five years ago. Each console contains more than 220g of nine karat gold, though the PS4 contains 6 grams more than the Xbox One. They were sold at Jumbo Electronics, aimed towards "gamers who love luxury."
3 Atari Cosmos ($18,853)
The Cosmos was never released, which is why you've probably never heard of it. The systems' boxes were produced and everything, but then Atari pulled the plug before launch. The console was an odd one: it projected a holographic image across a twin layer of LEDs, and they hyped it up to the extreme, falsely claiming the images were lifelike and 3D. Despite having the plug pulled, 250 were made, and one of them ended up on eBay, selling for the truly eye-watering amount above.
2 Gold Legend Of Zelda Game Boy Advance SP ($20,000)
Seven of these consoles were produced to mark the release of The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap by Nintendo of Europe. To get one, you had to find a golden ticket in a limited edition bundle of the game and a Game Boy Advance SP. What makes this console so valuable? Well, it was completely gold plated. Combine this with its rarity, and you have your answer. Apparently, one was sold for just $100, and I'm sure whoever got that had their day, or possibly their year, made.
1 Nintendo Wii Supreme ($433,000)
Well now. That's quite a jump in value, isn't it? That's why it's the top of this list. Officially the most expensive console ever made, it seems to have been created with expense in mind and nothing else. The console boasts 2.5 kilograms of 22 karat gold and 78 flawless diamonds. What does it do that's special? Nothing. Absolutely nothing at all. If you want to play Wii Sports on it, then you can, but that's it. Other than its gaudy exterior, it's nothing more than a regular Wii.
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