The most successful 8-bit home micro ever and a brilliant games machine too, the Commodore 64 can still offer hours of digital entertainment. To start your C64 collection, you can try this boxed Commodore 64 eBay auction. Seller ships worldwide and an average (unboxed) C64 price would be 20$, 14 pounds or 14 euros.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
The FM Towns Marty, a Japan exclusive console released in 1991, was a truly revolutionary 32-bit games machine sporting both a disk and a CD drive, and -most importantly- offering backwards compatibility with the 1989 FM Towns computer and thus the best ever version of Maniac Mansion. You can find out more about it here and here, and get yourselves one via this Fujitsu FM Towns Marty eBay auction. Seller ships worldwide, the console comes complete with all leads and cables and also a mouse and a joypad. The FM Towns Marty usually sells for more than 300$, 212 euros or 205 pounds.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Gods wasn't the best game the Bitmap Brothers produced, but it still is a minor arcade adventure classic with fantastic graphics and interesting design. What's more, you can grab it boxed for your Amiga via this lovely Gods auction link. Seller ships to N. and S. America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
If you simply want to have a legendary 1k Sinclair ZX81 for your vintage computing and retro gaming needs, better avoid this rather impressive boxed, new, Sinclair ZX81 with the Buy It Now price of £225.00 (seller ships worldwide). The average ZX81, after all, goes for less than a sixth of that price. Then again, what we have here is a truly rare, mint condition, obviously unassembled ZX81 in kit form, that might have sold for a more than reasonable price two decades ago, but is as collectible a Sinclair as they get these days.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Level 9 was a legendary adventure game company with a soft spot for (usually illustrated) text adventures and thus a provider of top quality 1980s 8-bit interactive fiction. Have a look at this readily available and complete in its box Jewels of Darkness Level 9 collection for the C64 and C128 and see what I mean. Seller ships worldwide and the included games (on tape) are none other than Colossal Adventure, Adventure Quest and Dungeon Adventure. Alternatively have a look at the Level 9 Memorial.
Monday, December 22, 2008
The Famicom Disk System by Nintendo, a gaming contraption that never made itself available to NES owning westerners, provided Famicom gamers with a cheap alternative to cartridges and brought disk-based gaming to the console masses. Quite a few 8-bit classics were originaly released on this format, that was, well, originaly released in 1986 as an add-on to the Famicom. Interested? Well, you might care for this boxed Famicom Disk System auction then. Seller ships worldwide. Famicom Disc Systems tend to go for roughly 100-120$.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
With a Buy It Now price of 50$ and a chance of getting it cheaper, this classic Sega Genesis & Games eBay auction is a truly well priced bundle. You will be getting a boxed Genesis 2 with its power supply, 4 controllers and 25 games including Street Fighter 2, Out of this World, Chuck Rock, NBA Action '95 and Sonic Spinball. US only.
Friday, December 19, 2008
I don't know if I'm the only Speccy-lover that never knew about this, but Ultimate's Nightshade on a Microdrive is quite possibly as high tech as you can get with the Spectrum, provided of course said cartridge-tape hybrid doesn't explode on your face. Get it here (heh). Seller ships to Europe, United States, Australia and Canada.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Please, oh dearest retro heads, do excuse my lack of updating for the past few days... I was really busy, I was. Besides, I'm already back and full with new ideas for this very Retro Treasures-y blog. You just wait and see...
Anyway. For now, do have a look at this particularly quirky Atari Video Music C-240 that dear reader Boris (many thanks, mate) discovered. Seller ships only within the EU. It's a music visualizer from the seventies with a ton of buttons and knobs that you can hook up to your stereo and TV and see all those trippy moving colours man... Here's the video that will explain everything.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Ever since Atari was kind enough to release the protection codes for the Jaguar, the homebrew scene for that vastly underrated 64-bit console exploded. Well, relatively. Anyway. What's more important is the fact that the Jaguar CD is where the majority of the homebrew scene focused and if you are into that kind of thing (or into retro collecting, that is) you can grab one from eBay. How? By following this Atari Jaguar CD & CDs auction link. Seller ships worldwide and includes the truly awful JagCD version of Blue Lightning, a copy of Vid Grid and a demo of Myst. An average price would be something around 80 euros, 70£ or 105$.
Monday, December 1, 2008
What you see above, the complete Quest for the Rings for the Magnavox Odyssey 2 (a.k.a. the Philips Videopac G7000 in Europe), is one of the most impressively boxed video games ever released and a rare and luxuriant board game/video game hybrid. The Quest for the Rings was released in 1981 as part of the sadly short-lived Master Strategy series and you can enjoy a truly wonderful and quite related video here. Oh, and to try to grab a rather rare(-ish) and in apparently very good condition copy do follow the obvious The Quest for the Rings eBay link. Seller only ships within the US I'm afraid.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Ah, a fine 8-bit specimen and a rather quirky printer. Grab that shiny, almost new and definitely complete in its box Spectrum + complete with Sinclair ZX Printer via eBay and marvel at the completeness of the whole thing. Err, yes. Do that. Also expect to pay something close to 45-55£. UK only. Oh, and do find out more about said printer here.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Very simple really. Follow the link to a boxed Atari 2600 (VCS) with 117 games, bid and get yourselves a truly classic console, all necessary cables/leads, 3 joysticks, a pair of paddle controllers and the lovely and aptly named Video Game Storage Container. 27 of them definitive video games are boxed, everything has been tested and is working, and the seller only ships within the US. Bundled games include: Asteroids, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pitfall, Defender, Pole Position, Space Invaders, Super Breakout, Centipede and Gravitar.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
With less than 50 in existence, the Apple Lisa 1 is a *very* rare vintage computer and one that has achieved truly impressive prices on its previous eBay outings. The Lisa (Local Integrated Software Architecture) was released in 1983 and was the first commercial computer to come with a GUI and a mouse. It also happened to be the machine that paved the way for the Macintosh. Find out more here and here.
As for the Apple Lisa-1 auction, well, it's going to get really expensive and be really worth the effort. It is after all a pristine, working, Apple Lisa-1, that comes with System 1.0, an external ProFile 5MB hard drive, the built-in Twiggy Drives, a mouse, a keyboard and some applications. Seller ships to rich people worldwide.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Putty for the Amiga (released by System 3 in 1992) was a fantastic platformer sporting impressive graphics, great ideas and one of the most versatile 16-bit lead characters ever. Don't believe me? See what the magazines of the day were saying. Oh, and for a complete, boxed version of the game give this Putty (Amiga) auction a try. Seller ships worldwide.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Here's a pretty impressive discovery of Retro Treasures reader Brian R. (The Wise), that will only set you back 999$ and is available for all European, US, Canada, Japan and Australia residents that take their retro gaming needs really serious. Guess indy and homebrew coders might find it interesting too, as it's all about a N64DD development setup consisting of a N64 Development Dynamic Drive Unit, a special N64 with some wacky extra circuit boards, a manual binder, a Developmental Dynamic Disc Cart and a rather unofficial -but pretty useful for homebrew coders- dev CD. Interestingly a N64 Developmental Cart with a part build of a game is also included. Buy it via this Nintendo N64DD & N64 Development Dynamic Drive Dev eBay link.
Friday, November 14, 2008
And now for a completely straightforward post. If you want one of those TV thingies for your Sega Game Gear you can apparently buy one now over via this GG TV Tuner Pack offer. Seller sells worldwide and asks for a Buy It Now price of 14.99£, 22$ or 17 euros. Have fun not bidding!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The Philips CD-i series should have been a huge success, but apparently it wasn't, as the CD-i was too much of an innovative product. Find out more about it here and here, and then try this CD-i 210 & games eBay auction. Seller ships worldwide and the console comes with its infrared controller, built-in MPEG capabilities, video module, manuals and all leads. Included software covers everything from games to movies and even a strip poker game.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Ahh, the younger and more affordable brother of the BBC Micro. A computer that almost had a chance against the Spectrum. The lovable and rather sleek 8-bit Acorn Electron. You can now grab it in a pretty complete package via this Acorn Electron eBay auction. The computer comes complete with its PSU, a tape recorder, all necessary cables, some excellent games in their lovely original boxes, the Electron User Guide and an introductory cassette. Seller ships only within the UK, and the average Electron (without datasette or games) sells for 10-15£.
Friday, November 7, 2008
A fantastic machine and the only home system with proper vector graphics, the Vectrex usually goes for a well deserved 140-150$. This particular Vectrex with games @ eBay also comes with Star Trek, Blitz, Space Wars and Spike, and seems to be shaping into quite a bargain. US only.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
It seems the US version of the Famicom was quite popular. How very shocking. Anyway. You could find out what the fuss was all about by bidding on this lovely NES & 10 Games & Game Genie eBay auction. Seller ships within the US only and I would expect the bundle to sell for something closer to 50-55$. Oh, and all three NES Super Mario games are included, as is the original Legend of Zelda, and classics like Contra, Tetris, Marble Madness and personal favourite R.C. Pro Am
Monday, November 3, 2008
When I actually bought my very own copy of Fallout in its lovely big game box (just like the one pictured above mind) I never thought I was getting something that would end up being truly rare. How wrong and utterly naive of me. For Fallout, you see, besides being a fantastic CRPG and when boxed in its original.. err.. box is one truly expensive PC game. Very rare too. For an impressive 1997 (PC) copy, do try your luck at this Fallout Big Box auction. Seller ships worldwide and if you're lucky you might grab it for less than 600$ (already got a 510$ highest bid at the time of posting!). Alternatively, and provided you care to actually play one of the best games to ever hit the PC, do treat yourselves to a vastly cheaper downloadable version of the game as provided by GOG.com.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Now, if you include loading times that's at least a couple hundred gaming hours on your trusted Speccy, and, frankly, that really is as good as it gets. So, go grab them 220 Spectrum games via eBay now and thank me later! I'll wait. Seller ships worldwide. Included, you will find such gems as Hungry Horace, Renegade, Target: Renegade, Ant Attack, Trashman, Star Wars, Football Manager, Dizzy, Atic Atac, 3D Deathchase, Moon Cresta, APB, Wheelie, Batman, Match Day, Dun Darach and Konami's Tennis.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Always thought the Atari 7800 was a great budget system, as it was both more powerful than the NES (though overshadowed by it) and fully compatible with the classic 2600 console. That must be why the thing is so popular with collectors and retro gamers. You can find out a ton more about the Atari 7800 via Wikipedia, the Atari 7800 page, atari7800.com and of course Atari Age. For some emulation fun try this link.
To actually own a 7800 you could try this Atari 7800 ProSystem & 54 games & 4 controllers eBay auction. You'll also be getting 2 AC adapters and all necessary cables. Games include California Games, Xevious, Double Dragon, Pitfall II, Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Food Fight. Seller ships worldwide and the average 7800 (without games/extras) goes for an average of 35$, 20 pounds or 28 euros.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Yes, that lovable 1kb rarity that paved Sir Clive's way to glory has once again appeared on eBay, and here's that rare Sinclair ZX80 auction. Seller ships worldwide and the computer comes with manual, RF lead and some information sheets.
Friday, October 24, 2008
The complete SEGA 16-bit family with a splash of some early 32-bit. Just follow the link to this Sega Genesis & expansions & games eBay auction and bid your way to a Sega Genesis, a Sega CD, a 32X unit, 3 controllers, 1 joystick, 1 four player adapter, all necessary cables, PSUs and 38 games. The games (covering all three systems and among other top stuff) include: NBA Jam, Star Wars 32X, DOOM, Jaguar XJ220 CD, Sonic 2, Aladdin, Mortal Kombat and ToeJam & Earl. An average price for this huge lot would be something between 200-250$, though it seems this auction might end at a much lower point. Seller only ships within the US.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Ultimate Play the Game, Ultimate, was founded back in 1982 and was what the Stamper brothers were doing before focusing on turning Rare into the behemoth it now is. Ultimate also happened to be the most successful developer to ever grace the ZX Spectrum (and quite a few other 8-bit formats), producing what are widely considered the most technically accomplished games to hit the platform and what objectively are some of the most impressively boxed and expensive tapes 80s kids could get their hands on. Find out more here and/or here.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Truth be said, you could easily grab a cheaper Amiga 1200 than the one pictured above, though you'd still be missing out on quite a bargain. This setup, you see, is almost as powerful as retro machines go, as it includes an extra disk drive, a CD-ROM drive, a fully working hard disk and -impressively- the rare Microbotics M1230XA accelerator with its shiny 68030 processor. What's more, all necessary leads, the PSU, a decent selection of books and manuals, a joystick, a mouse and a ton of software (on CDs, FDDs and the HDD) have been happily thrown in. Grab it via this expanded Amiga 1200 eBay auction. UK only bidders I'm afraid.
Friday, October 17, 2008
The Neo-Geo was an amazing and amazingly expensive machine and so SNK decided to keep the amazing bit, remove the expensive part and add some pretty annoying loading times by coming up with the Neo-Geo CD. An impressive 2D CD-based powerhouse with a ton of AES/MVS ports that was actually affordable and didn't need them overpriced cartridges. Apparently, it's even more so now. Try this Neo Geo CD & 9 games eBay auction and see what I mean. Seller ships worldwide. Grab this for less than 200$, 150 euros or 115 pounds and consider yourself lucky. Grab it for its current price and throw a party.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The lovingly boxed, excellently preserved, obviously boxed and quite frankly beautiful Game & Watch version of Super Mario Bros. (YM-901-S) that you can see in the pictures above, is one of the most expensive Nintendo handhelds you can get your retro gaming hands on. Notice the yellow and very cartoony Disk-Kun case? Well, there's probably only 10,000 of them around the world (mostly in Japan) and they were given away for the Nintendo Famicom Grand Prix F1 Race competition. Find out more about the thing here.
Nintendo LIMITED Game & Watch-Super Mario Bros (YM-901-S) eBay auction. Seller ships worldwide. Oh, and its serial number is 21800421.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Atari's final attempt at a handheld console, the Atari Lynx 2, is a vastly underrated yet glorious console. It's better (though not as rare) than the original Lynx, sports stereo sound, better battery life, a fantastic colour LCD screen, a few extra touches and the same variety of impressive custom chips that put 16-bit computers to shame. Happily, you can now grab it boxed, complete in a carry case, with 9 equally boxed games, the AC adapter, car cigarette lighter power adapter, sunvisor screen protector and all them bits of documentation you might want. How? Well, by following this Atari Lynx 2 lot auction link of course. Seller ships worldwide and I would consider a price between 70-80£ (120-140$ or 90-105 euros) more than reasonable.
The games you'll be getting include some of the best Lynx carts ever released, such as the fantastic WWI warplane-sim Warbirds, the excellent brawler Ninja Gaiden, Checkered Flag and the truly impressive Toki. Find out more about the included games over at AtariAge and do try the best freeware Lynx emulator available: Handy.
Monday, October 13, 2008
One for the people who just have to own every one of those lovely collectible bits of gaming history: the Super StarFox Weekend Prize (1993) Collection eBay auction. It consists of a lovely StarFox jacket, a t-shirt, four pins and, yes, an advertising banner, all carrying the 16-bit era StarFox logo. Only for ageing SNES fanboys that live in the US.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Yes, I know, quite delicious really. It is after all a Japanese Taito F3 Package System motherboard with five pretty brilliant classic and very original arcade games: Space Invaders DX, Bubble Bobble 2, Bubble Bobble 3, Pop 'n Pop and Puchi Carat. Carefully read the auction text, make sure you know what you are bidding on and that your Jamma cabinet hasn't been stolen and follow the link to this Taito F3 & Games JAMMA eBay auction. Oh, and here's a nice JAMMA FAQ.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The Epyx Fast Load Cartridge (a.k.a. FastLoad) must have been the most successful Commodore 64 add-on ever. Well, at least in the US where disk drives were pretty common, that is. The Fast Load, you see, was -arguably still is- a cartridge that dramatically sped up drive accessing speeds thus reducing loading times and making playing those impressive big games truly fun. It also came with some pretty handy built-in software too (DOS Wedge, a disk editor and a basic MLM). You can grab one via this C64 Epyx Fast Load Cartridge auction too. Seller ships worldwide.
Monday, October 6, 2008
In contrasts to Brazil and Europe, the Sega Master System went largely unnoticed in the US, despite being a technically impressive 8-bit console with tons of great games. So, in an attempt to set things right, here's a fantastic US only Sega Master System eBay auction. The offer includes an original Sega Master System 1 system (the rarer and better version of the console), a joystick, a lightgun, two joypads and 25 boxed games including: Fantasy Zone, Spy vs. Spy, Alien Syndrome, After Burner and Rampage. The average SMS sells for 20-25$, so getting this lot for anything less than 55-65$ is a definite bargain. Oh, and this SMS buyer's guide might come in handy too.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
If you are anything like me, which I sincerely wish you not, you're probably aware of the twisted pleasure of discovering an unplayed retro game and experiencing the hidden gaming joys and gems of, well, the ZX Spectrum. Now, truth be said, you could just search eBay for Spectrum games and hope to be lucky or -and that's the way of the wise- go for the amazing collective work that is the Spectrum Games Bible. I did.
It's a series of books, you see, chronologically presenting hundreds of games with some truly well-written reviews directly from the huge community of Speccy lovers. The third book, covering the golden Spectrum years of 1987 and 1988, has just been released and sports over 350 reviews. Happily you can easily grab it (the first two too -hoho) here for a very reasonable price.