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Prepare To Be Jealous At This Amazing Nintendo Collection

Posted by Damien McFerran

Japanese collector Isao Yamazaki shows off his stunning haul

As we move towards a totally digital age, the attraction of collecting physical gaming media is going to become even more unusual - pretty soon, there will be kids who don't understand the concept of actually buying a physical cartridge.

Thankfully, so long as people like Isao Yamazaki exist, the art of collecting is never going to entirely die out.

Yamazaki's obsession began 30 years ago with the Game & Watch range, and he now owns a sizable selection of Nintendo memorabilia. He develops websites for a living, but has also authored books on Nintendo's history, co-written with French enthusiast Florent Gorges. In 2007 he even curated an exhibition in Osaka entitled Nintendo Museum.

Recently interviewed by beforemario for its "Meet the Collectors" series, Yamazaki revealed that his life won't be complete until he has the signature of former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi.

Be sure to check out the full interview and gaze longingly at Yamazaki's astonishing mountain of goodies.

[via blog.beforemario.com, kotaku.com]

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User Comments (44)

Ichiban

#2

Ichiban said:

Awesome, awesome collection!
And everytime I see a picture of a SNES, I always wish that Nintendo would make a console as kick ass as it was...

mudjo

#3

mudjo said:

I wonder how much it's worth... Not that anyone would part with this!

ThreeD33

#4

ThreeD33 said:

Im jelly..... awesome collection though I didn't even know the nintendo playing cards existed anymore !

bboy2970

#5

bboy2970 said:

Its a great collection for sure! He's definitely got me licked in japanese stuff(obviously) and vintage stuff. Overall though, I'm pretty sure that my collection could go toe to toe with his in raw value. As my swapnote friends already know, my collection is also quite the spectacle ;)

Omega

#10

Omega said:

If I had such a collection, my apartment would be filled to the brim with games.

TonIttou

#11

TonIttou said:

Certainly better than my collection of an old N64 with assorted very worn controllers, and a very yellow SNES.

Savino

#14

Savino said:

As much as love nintendo systens, I have better things to do with my life and money!

3DSLUIGI

#15

3DSLUIGI said:

All I have to say is just WOW!! By just seeing his Game & Watch collection in one of the pics. , I'm guessing he probably has practically ALL the Game & Watch games ever made in existence. Another thing that I think is awesome that he owns is the N64 DD. You don't see much of those around anymore. Very awesome collection INDEED! ;)

MetroidMasher17

#20

MetroidMasher17 said:

This guy is awesome. And because he's from Japan, he has easier access to all of the older stuff, like the cards, than Western gamers do.

Absolutely amazing.

WiiLovePeace

#21

WiiLovePeace said:

So many unplayed games :( To me, I won't ever understand why people collect games yet never play them. Sure, it might be deemed as "less valuable" money wise than a new copy but I see the real value of a game as how much fun I can have playing it, not how much I spent on it. Oh well.

uximal

#23

uximal said:

wooow, Thats an amazing huge!!!! collection, He has the game & watch collection, I would love to have those.

Kirk

#24

Kirk said:

Wow, his consoles are in perfect condition. The color on that SNES is like brand new.

NImH

#28

NImH said:

I'd love to see a video or short documentary on this dude and his collection.

AlbertoC

#30

AlbertoC said:

That guy actually owns Nintendo playing card decks, and even several ones?

Four questions.

1. How much everything would cost nowadays?
2. How much everything costed him?
3. Just how much free time he has on his hands?
4. Has he played everything (Excluding, of course, some non-playable items)?

GreenDream

#34

GreenDream said:

A Famicom Disk System, Super Famicom Satellaview, N64 DD... Nice, very nice.... but does he have.... THIS!?

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2007/10/donkey-kong-country-auction.jpg

http://tengokugame.free.fr/dossier_collector/donkeykongcountrychampionshipII.jpg

http://www.destructoid.com/ul/240152-offbeat-hall-of-fame-the-super-power-supplies-catalog/SPS-FulgoreMask-noscale.jpg

Ah, the days of the Power Supplies Catalog... This cartridge is the gem of my own collection.

Also, he's going to be hard-pressed to get a signature from "The One Within the Mountain", himself... because Yamauchi lives up to his name! That's like a real life journey of entering Death Mountain... Ever wonder where the name might have come from?

Austroid

#38

Austroid said:

@WiiLovePeace

I wholeheartedly agree. A game or console should be valuble to the owner because of the fond memories they had playing it. Not the amount of money it took to buy it, and set it on a shelf or put it under glass only to never play it. To me that's what being a fan of something really is.

StarDust4Ever

#39

StarDust4Ever said:

New generations of people will gradually enter the hobby as old veterans exit and sell their collections. Cartridge collecting will not die anytime soon. I started colecting Nintendo NES in 2002, and as recently as September 2012, I bought a rturntable and started collecting vinyl records (new as well as vintage). Also bear in mind that new homebrew games fot NES and Atari also exist, so the hobby is far from dead. But the million dollar question is, does he play the games he collects?

Kage_88

#40

Kage_88 said:

Freakin' amazing!

I myself have been recently collecting rare/underappreciated/sleeper-hit Wii games (and there are a lot of 'em), because I know they'll be worth something one day.

Like Yamazaki, I also cannot rest until I have Yamuchi's autograph...

...but replace 'autograph' with 'urine sample'.

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