I really liked this video by Metal Jesus because game collecting is so different today. This is longer video, but I’ll summarize the bigger points for discussion fodder
- NES and SNES loose carts prices are stabilizing after years of growth. I think is this a generational thing. Older Millenials and Gen Xers who have fond memories of these systems have probably got their fill or are sticking with emulation (hacked NES/SNES classics, Rasperry Pi, etc)
- However, it seems there’s an uptick with N64/PS1. The younger Millenials are starting to get paid so this makes sense!
- Generation 5 and 6 (PS2/Xbox/Gamecube and 360/Wii/PS3) are ripe for collecting right now, especially at places like GameStop
- Xbox 1 collecting may worth collecting right now especially with excellent BC support on the 1X.
- 3DS and Vita are going to be very collectible.
- The 3DS being very unique in its form factor (2 screens, 3D screens on several SKUs, touchscreen support). It just doesn’t emulate as well as conventional systems, making it very collectible.
- The Vita never caught on the mainstream yet it has a rather strong collecting community due to companies like Limited Run Games
- Pre-NES collecting. Atari, Coleco, and so on are ripe for collecting and prices are cheap.
Right now, my focus is on 3DS. Same reasons MJR mentioned. Its library is crazy, especially if you love JRPGs. Nintendo’s first party output is also very strong. Yeah, I know about the emulators, but it’s the unique form factor makes you think how Nintendo will re-release these games as the Switch is single screen.
Any collectors out there? What’s your focus these days?