Thursday, June 26, 2014

Geoffrey N64 Controller: Rare, Collectible, Evil Twin

Is that a giraffe?
As a follow-up to the Hello Mac N64 controller article, may I introduce to you the Geoffrey N64 controller. This is another Japanese-exclusive controller that was sold in very limited quantities only at Toys'R'Us stores late in the N64's lifespan. This controller is in fact identical to the Hello Mac controller in every way except for the sticker, sort of like some kind of evil giraffe twin.
Yeah, that's a giraffe.
What I find really interesting is that hardcore N64 collectors were completely taken by surprise when this controller started showing up in auctions towards the beginning of 2011. No one had ever heard of them before. Current count puts the total known number of these controllers at less than 20, making it just a little bit more rare than the Hello Mac controller.They do show up on eBay often, selling for around $300-$800 depending on condition and if they include the box. So if you want to own this rare controller, better start saving your Geoffrey dollars!
[EDITOR'S NOTE: To those of you that didn't have a childhood, Geoffrey dollars were gift card forerunners given out by the various 'R'Us stores. I would be lying if I said I didn't snort an entire pixie stick for five Geoffrey Dollars. Elementary school was tough, man.]

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Unreleased Mario Game for N64DD Surfaces; Collectors Panic, Die

This is a copy of Super Mario 64 Disk Edition for the Nintendo 64DD, the ill-fated disk drive for the N64. This is important because this game is the game collecting equivalent of an albino unicorn. This is something that isn't supposed to exist. Super Mario 64 was never commercially released in this form. It was never announced, hinted at, teased, or anything. Now not only are there photos of this discovery, but there's even gameplay footage. Here, watch this and try not to question your beliefs.

WHAT!? UNRELEASED FIRST PARTY MARIO GAMES SURFACING FOR MY FAILED NINTENDO EXPERIMENT?! It's more likely than you think. So far the gameplay seems very similar, if not identical, to the normal cartridge version, but who knows what surprises might lurk in the code. Sadly, the exact story of how this abomination/holy grail came into this collector's hands is a mystery, and it's being kept a mystery by the cart's owner, Jimmy130. The origin may have something to do with this photo that surfaced in late 2013.
what filter should i use i want to look tan
OR WE CAN GO DEEPER. All the way back to Nintendo's Space World 1996, where this game was actually being shown played. I had no idea this was a thing, and it seems to have been developed as just a tech demo for showing off what the N64DD was capable of.

I would put money on this copy of the game originating from that expo, but I have no idea where it has been for the last eight years. Currently, Jimmy is doing his best to document the game and its interesting features here, on his blog.

Collectors are obviously freaking out. I wouldn't put a price on piece so unique, but I would love to see it put out on an open auction, just to see how many thousands of dollars it would sell for. The emergence of this game has elicited many cries of fake and fraud; even I am unconvinced that this is 100% the real deal. I would very much like to hear the whole story before I give in to the hype. This discovery should also give some other fandoms hope that maybe there are some other unreleased N64DD games out there waiting to be uncovered.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hello Mac One of the Rarest and Most Collectible N64 Controllers

The world's most expensive sticker.
Hello! What exactly am I looking at? Why it is the Hello Mac N64 controller, of course! Ok, now what is it? A special, two-toned (black in front, grey in back) N64 controller with a little lion mascot sticker in the center. Below the lion is 'Hello Mac' in Japanese. Alright then, what makes it so special? Uhm, hype and rarity?
N64 controller design was... "innovative".
So the Hello Mac controller first came into the game collecting limelight when one of them popped up on eBay around the end of 2011 being sold by Jack "luick555". During this time, Jack was traveling between Japan and Malaysia and needed to finance his trip so he was started listing huge amounts of crazy rare items that he had picked up over the years. One of them just so happened to be the Hello Mac controller. The auction was pretty innocuous to start with but then community started realizing just what this was and it ended up selling for $739.51.
I don't know what I'm looking at, a temple? Oh no wait, it's a Hello Mac store.
This controller is so rare that less than 40 have ever been found in the hands of collectors. It was sold exclusively in Hello Mac stores, a Japanese toy/computer superstore very similar to Toy'R'Us. Hello Mac was a chain owned by the Chiyoda corporation that first opened its doors in 1985 but went under during the Great Recession of 2009 (which hit worldwide FYI). They were then turned into shoe stores (because shoes are recession-proof). Hello Mac is fondly remembered as interesting chain known for having a lot of charm and character. It was well-loved by its customers, even inspiring an entire fan album dedicated to it.

It was also was heavily featured in the Japanese anime, Idol Tenshi Yōkoso Yōko, a series about a young girl and her pet flying squirrel going to Tokyo in hopes of becoming an idol singer who meets another girl who wants to become an actress, and together they work to achieve their dreams. 

Hello Mac made 21 cameo appearances throughout the 43-episode series.
Enough of the minutia, the controller is VERY, VERY rare and was sold only at the tail end of the N64's lifetime. It was an exclusive and it sold poorly. What really boosts the value of the controller is the box. Only around three boxes have ever been located.

Hundreds of dollars of cardboard.
This rare piece of gaming and Japanese history sells for around $150-300 dollars now after the initial hype of the luick555 auction but the price with the box is easily double, if not triple that, at $600-800. This is a rare piece but the only thing that makes it any different from any other N64 controllers is the little sticker and the two-tone color scheme (which it shares with Japanese Mario Kart 64 controller). In my opinion, it just ain't worth it. Cool history, though!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

World's Largest Game Collection Bid Up to $750,000

worlds largest game collection
Panoramic View of Collection

The Guinness Book of World Records "largest video game collection" is up for sale on GameGavel.

Bidding is up to $750,000 for the roughly 11,000 games - $68 per game.

The collection is missing some of the most expensive titles like Nintendo World Championships, Stadium Events, Uncharted 2 Fortune Hunter Edition, and NBA Elite 11.

The price and lack of really rare games makes me think one of two things is happening.
1. The max bid is fake. That price is much too high for an average without rare games included.
2. Someone is willing to pay a very high price so they can claim to be in Guiness Book of World Records.

Hopefully the seller will let everyone know the final outcome so we know.

You can see a list of all the games with tons of photos, but they have complete collections for many consoles.

See some of the photos of the collection below but definitely checkout the panoramic shots. They give a great view of the entire collection.
Panorama 1
Panorama 2



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