Top Ten: Limited Edition Consoles

Robin looks at the ten best collectable consoles.

By Robin Wilde. Posted 12/05/2012 14:00 6 Comments     ShareThis

You know what it’s like. You blow a large chunk of cash on the latest shiny gaming rectangle and six months later, a slightly shinier version gets released complete with a picture of one of your favourite characters. Being the relentless consumer you are, you probably wish you’d waited and got that one instead, because sometimes those consoles are just that awesome. We’ve all been there at some point or another, whether it’s that first moment of temptation or a full-blown surrender at our own weak cravings– we know how it feels. But there are some limited edition consoles that are clearly a cut above the rest– granted, they’re mostly Japan exclusives, but that doesn’t stop them from making us weak at the knees. So here are my top ten limited edition consoles that are guaranteed to make you clamour for both your wallet and the nearest auction site!

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Just bear in mind that many of these are almost impossible to find nowadays, and, with one notable exception, will not perform any differently to the standard systems, so don’t go re-mortgaging your house just yet! Let’s get started.

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6 Responses to “Top Ten: Limited Edition Consoles”

  • 57 points
    Po-Yi Ho says...

    Triforce Game Boy Advance SP?! That thing looks amazing, and it’s even the same color as the Wii remote that came with Skyward Sword! But I am quite fond of Minish Cap.

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  • 7 points
    Katharine Byrne says...

    Whaaaat? No Ocarina of Time 3DS!? That thing was beautiful! XD

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    • 192 points
      Robin Wilde says...

      Well I did consider that one, but I didn’t want to use both the 3DS and the GBA SP because they’re quite similar. I’m also a child of the GBA era and I’m quite nostalgic for it; the simplicity and colour of the Triforce SP really appeals :)

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  • 687 points
    Matthew Tidman says...

    Pretty good list. You could have taken things one step further with the GBA SP Triforce edition and listed the one that Miyamoto signed.

    Also, I like the Pikachu 3DS XL, but I think the Charizard 3DS XL that was announced recently for Pokémon Centers in Japan beats it for the awesome factor.

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  • 60 points
    Dustin Grissom says...

    Sadly, I’ve never had the opportunity to own a special edition console.. I always get mine day one :(

    I would have put the Zelda 3DS! I was considering selling mine just to get that one!

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    • 192 points
      Robin Wilde says...

      I know what you mean – I’ve rarely seen any of the items on this list, aside from the N64 which I couldn’t quite afford. They’re best to pick up just after release because they often disappear quickly.

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