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Ninterview: Aaron "NintendoTwizer" Norton and the Ultimate Retro Collection

Posted by Darren Calvert

"The history of video games is awesome"

Even when Nintendo is in a quiet phase between Nintendo Direct broadcasts, or there's a wait for the next hot retail or download game, fans of the company are never short of conversation points. The big N's legacy and history give it a powerful impact in gaming culture, and the keenest of gamers do amazing things to show their love for the company. Some make videos or music, and some collect thousands of games and memorabilia.

And not just Nintendo, either, as the era of all games being physical media is becoming increasingly important; we're now in an age of downloads and online servers being switched on and off at a company's whim. With cartridges and early discs, however, you simply plug in and play.

There are many passionate collectors, but one of the most impressive is Aaron "NintendoTwizer" Norton, whose enviable collection and its impeccable presentation have been gaining the attention of media outlets around the world.

We wanted to learn more about Aaron and his collection, so had a chat to dive into the motivation of his hobby, as well as getting some firm numbers on his staggering range of games and systems.


Can you introduce yourself to our readers and let us know a bit about yourself?

I’m from Wyoming USA, I’m 31, married with three kids. For a job I do administrative work for a construction company. I’m also in the Navy reserves.

You've amassed an amazing collection of classic Nintendo games. When did you start collecting, and what inspired you to do so?

I’ve always collected something. From an early age it was pennies, rocks, keys, baseball hats and so on. Displaying and acquiring “collectable” items has always been part of my personality. I’ve also been gaming from a young age. I was never a kid who traded in games when I was done with them, I’d just stick them on my shelf. About four years ago I discovered an online classic gaming forum. I was amazed at the amount of people who were still passionate about these dusty old systems and games. This really sparked my interest. From there I began searching out games online, at thrift stores and garage sales.

What are your main sources for tracking down new additions to your collection?

There’s mainly two ways to track down classic games, online and locally. They both have advantages and disadvantages.

Online as in eBay, gamegavel, and buy/sell/trade forums are great because you can find almost any game in existence at any given time. The disadvantage to that is you’ll likely pay the going rate for that item. That’s not to say that deals can’t be found if you are patient. Connecting with other collectors and making trades or bulk deals is also a great way to add games to a collection for cheap.

Locally as in garage sales, thrift stores and pawn shops are great because if you are lucky you’ll find common and rare games for $1-$4 each. The search and thrill of finding games is exciting, you’ll never know what you’ll come across. The disadvantage to this method is sometimes you’ll come up empty handed and it’s likely some titles you’ll never see in the wild.

I try to do a combination of both methods. Any duplicate games I come across I trade with other collectors or sell myself, making much of the hobby pay for itself.

You mostly collect loose carts, while some collectors are obsessed with pristine boxes and manuals. Are you more interested in owning and playing these games rather than, say, having a presentational lineup of boxes and manuals?

There are three reason why I mostly collect loose carts and those are price, space and accessibility.

I have quite a few games, but I don’t feel like I’ve spent a ton. Loose games are always much cheaper than boxed. Growing up the first thing I and any one I knew did when getting a new game was rip the box open, then throw the box in the garbage since it was cardboard trash. If only I knew then what I know now. Price goes up double or more when looking for complete boxed games.

Space is a factor for me. I have one spare bedroom in my house so my collection must fit in that space. My wife isn’t okay with it taking over the rest of the house and I don’t blame her! Boxes just take up more space.

As you asked in your question, games are meant to be played. Not having to carefully open a fragile 30 year old cardboard box to access a game makes things so much easier. For the Sega Genesis and Sega Master System I collect those in the box, but that’s just because they came in a hard plastic clamshell cases making complete games easy to come by and prices low. The design also makes the games very easy to access.

Are all of your games stored in alphabetical order? Have you tried any other ways of organizing your collection in the past?

I would say that the vast majority of my games are simply alphabetical. I often put odd games like demos, unlicensed, pirates, prototypes and Player Choice titles side by side. Grouping these together tends to makes everything look cleaner.

I wanted to try something different for storing Atari 2600 carts. For those I organize by color and also by company. The labels for those carts are just plain text, but with about every font color in the rainbow. I thought it would be interesting to put colors together. It doesn’t make it super easy to find a game I’m looking for, but oh well.

You have custom end labels for your N64 games. How did you go about getting those made?

There was a guy that posted on different forums that made them at a print shop. I’m not 100% if he is still selling them though. I’m half way done with a neat end label design myself. They are high quality 3M vinyl pre-cut adhesive stickers. An overall improved design in my opinion. Hopefully I can make a few sets of those by the end of the year. Darn N64 and their lack of end labels. What was Nintendo thinking?

With your various N64 systems, have you got all the colour variants? Which one is the most expensive?

Yep, that’s all the color variants released in North America. As for the most expensive. I’d probably say the Pikachu System. Nintendo really went all out for that one. It’s the only variant with a completely unique shell, plus Pikachu cheeks light up when it's turned on, so there’s that.

Your wall of colourful N64 controllers is particularly pleasing to look at. How did you come up with that idea?

There’s a YouTube user by the name of Kamioftime. She collects N64 controllers and the way she displays them on her walls inspired me to try something similar. It was a fun project. First I acquired the controllers then laid it out in a way that that looked nice. I drilled the holes in the board, placing a piece of foam at the end of each screw. The foam would hold the N64 controller in place tightly (by being inserted into the rumble pack/memory card area of the controller). Then hung the finish product on the wall.

You have all 14 Virtual Boy games release in the US. What do you think of that system?

A very flawed system, that was in some ways ahead of its time. The idea to have a sort of portable system, but not really… that can only be used for 15 minutes before your eyes start to bleed was not a good one. That said, the 3D itself worked quite well. I’m not sure what could have saved the system. Perhaps a colored screen that didn’t hurt your eyes? A good launch Zelda or full Mario game? I’m not sure, but the Virtual Boy lives on in some ways with the 3DS and I mean that in a good way. Overall, it’s an interesting piece of gaming history and worth experiencing first hand (for a short period of time).

Do you find you get the time to play many of these games?

I’ll have time to play when I retire someday! Admittedly most of my time is not playing games, it’s spent with my wife and three kids; ages one, two and three. Once the kids are off to bed and my wife is doing school work I can sometimes sneak off for gaming.

So I do find some time to play now and again. I’m always in the middle of a game or two. One thing I’ve been enjoying is classic gaming competitions on online forums. Those are fantastic, a moderator will pick a classic NES game, set the rules (example: highest score on one life) and everyone has one week to compete and submit their score. It’s a fun way to relive some of old games in a social way.

Do you play modern console games much?

I just finished Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U and Zelda: Link Between Worlds on the 3DS. Those games were fantastic! I try to keep up with all the latest gaming news for new releases. I admit I’m not likely to pick up a PS4 or Xbox One until a big price drop happens.

How does your family react to your collecting habits?

They think I’m crazy, but are supportive. I do my best to keep it organized and not a horde. It’s important to keep things in perspective, gaming and game collecting are fun hobbies, but the wife, kids and bills always come first.

What games would you like to get hold of next?

There’s always a few I’m looking for, but I’m mainly looking to complete a few sets. I’m nearly done with Sega Master System. Around 3/4 of the way done with Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Sega Genesis. My main focus will be complete those. From there I’d like to pick up a few more Atari 2600/7800, Nintendo DS and Turbografx games.

Being a child of the 1980’s Nintendo and Mario were everywhere. T-Shirts, underwear, book bags, soft drinks, cereals, movies, Sunday morning cartoons, it was inescapable.

What's your favourite Nintendo console and why?

I have two, a retro and “modern”. The retro being the NES. I have a great amount of nostalgia for the system. It was my first gaming system and the one I grew up with. Being a child of the 1980’s Nintendo and Mario were everywhere. T-Shirts, underwear, book bags, soft drinks, cereals, movies, Sunday morning cartoons, it was inescapable. When I wasn’t outside riding a bike, building forts, swimming at the city pool I was inside playing NES with friends.

The “modern” system is GameCube. The N64 software library was drying up towards the late 90’s/2000 (with the exception of the awesome Conker’s Bad Fur Day). I was more than ready for the next generation of gaming. I followed GameCube news closely leading up to the launch. The day finally arrived and I was there at K-Mart early in the morning ready to pick up my system. Tons of fantastic games came out over the next few years. Sure it probably came in third place that generation, but that didn’t stop me from having lots of great memories with that small purple box. From a collecting standpoint it been really interesting. Not many people collect for the system yet, so it’s like sailing through uncharted waters. My goal is to document and collect every GameCube game, variant and demo.

Can you give us a rough count of how many games you have for each system?

All right you asked for it!… wall of numbers incoming. I keep an excel spreadsheet of the games I have. My totals for each system including variants are like this:

My Nintendo home system breakdown:

  • NES – 837 games
  • Super Nintendo – 744
  • Nintendo 64 – 319
  • GameCube – 782
  • Wii – 88
  • Wii U – 6

Nintendo Handheld systems:

  • Game Boy – 320
  • Game Boy Color – 294
  • Game Boy Advance – 256
  • Nintendo DS/3DS – 78
  • Virtual Boy - 15

Sega Systems: Sega Master System – 96, Sega Genesis – 550, Sega 32x/CD/Saturn and Dreamcast – 121 and Sega Game Gear 232.

Other Systems: Playstation – 192, total Xbox — 71, Atari 2600/7800 – 211 and Turbografx – 13. Plus a random 20 or so for systems not mentioned above.

To sum all that up, I own complete sets for the NES (minus one game), SNES, N64, Gamecube, Virtual Boy and Sega 32x. I’m working on completing my sets for Sega Master System, Genesis, Game Boy and Game Boy Color. I’m sitting at around 5200 games total.

In addition to your impressive games collection, you also own lots of gaming memorabilia. Please tell us about some of your favourite items.

I wouldn’t say that I have a ton of gaming memorabilia, but a couple of my favorites are my painting print above the TV and the NES Zapper Lamp.

The painting above the TV is called “No One Wants to Play Sega with Harrison Ford” and it’s by a talented painter by the name of Brandon Bird. All his stuff is pretty amazing, it often involves 1980’s celebrities in unusual situations. My favorite part of that painting is the disappointed look on Harrison Ford’s face while he’s standing in his socks…. he just looks so defeated, it’s priceless and makes me laugh every time.

The Zapper Lamp is something I built. I’ve seen similar things like that online, so I thought I’d try my take on it. It was fairly easy to build. I removed the wires from a NES Advantage and Zapper gun. I then found a lamp and threw out the outer shell. Drilled a hole through Advantage and gun, fed the wire through everything and used hot glue as an adhesive. Then glued perler bead art for the lamp shade and I was done. I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Oh, also ROB the Robot Operating Buddy. I can’t forget about him. A brief history on ROB. He’s an official Nintendo product that came out with the launch of the NES in 1985. He’s designed to hook up to the NES and play games with you. Sadly, it only works on a couple carts, Gyromite and Stack Up. That hasn’t stopped me from trying to teach him to play others. I’ve had very mixed results with this…. ROB is terrible at Legend of Zelda.

There really is nothing like playing physical media the way it was intended. Sure anyone can find roms of old games on the internet and play them on the computer, but it’s just not the same.

What advice do you have for people considering collecting retro games?

To me collecting games is a fun hobby. It hits my personality in a more than a few ways. The interesting history of the companies. The hunt and thrill of finding that rare gem. My ingrained desire to organize and display. The active retro gaming communities and friendships made through them. Oh, and of course the entertainment from actually enjoying the games themselves.

Just because a game is old, doesn’t mean that doesn’t hold a ton of replay value. It doesn’t have to break the bank either. Games can be found for cheap, just check around your local area. Also sign into a retro gaming community and join the conversation. Tons of great knowledge from a variety of different topics can be acquired this way.

What do you think of the Wii U? Do you see yourself collecting for that system in the future?

I’m having fun with the Wii U. I just completed Super Mario 3D World. I’m working on Pikmin 3 and Zelda: Wind Waker HD. I’m really looking forward to downloading NES Remix. I can’t wait for Mario Kart 8 to come out. So overall I’m happy with it, but I can understand the criticism that some people have about lack of 3rd Party support and how the GamePad isn’t always well utilized. I can see collecting for it someday in the future, when used game prices come down.

Likewise with the 3DS?

3DS is fantastic, with such a large user base and amount of quality games I can see the system having a great deal of collectability in the future. It’s amazing that you are already seeing a few rare titles for the system. Cave Story 3D being a good example of that. I’ll maybe collect for it someday, but I think there’s a sweet spot for when to pick up games to collect. The best time to buy is before something becomes “retro” but also while games are considered last generation and old hat. So for Nintendo systems that would be Gamecube/GBA now and someday soon the Wii/DS era.

Can you say, in a few sentences, what’s special about these classic videogames, and do you think it’s important that future generations keep the tradition alive by collecting and retaining this physical media?

There really is nothing like playing physical media the way it was intended. Sure anyone can find roms of old games on the internet and play them on the computer, but it’s just not the same. There’s something special about playing on an old CRT TV, blowing on a cart to get it to work and beating a game with authentic controller in hand. It’s the way these games were meant to be experienced. The pinnacle of 2D gaming can be found on these old platforms. Many of these games haven’t been re-released on modern machines and are just waiting to be discovered by new generations of gamers. The history of video games is awesome, because it’s a history that can still be experienced first-hand.


We'd like to thank Aaron Norton for his time.

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User Comments (79)

Galactus

#1

Galactus said:

That is so amazing. I wish my collection was that thorough. I would tear up just being in that room.

smikey

#3

smikey said:

This is how my pac ma room will eventually look one day (I hope!) I know pac man has nothing to do with nintendo but he was my first gaming love so I designed my games room as a pac man room soon to be complete with 4ft pac man maze wall.
This guys collections is far grander than mine but i'm getting there two game by game try to buy at least 5 games a week new and old.
Congrats to Aaron though that room is fantastic.

Dark-Link73

#5

Dark-Link73 said:

Wow, and my wife thinks my 400+ game and Nintendo systems collection is big, lol!

When I saw the Dreamcast I felt like banging my head on the wall (again). Why did I sell my Dreamcast games, console, and accessories... WHY!?!?!? :-(

smikey

#6

smikey said:

@shigulicious
No my collection is a nintendo one (currently almost 2000 games including some game and watch) but I also collect pac man memorabilia too lots of pac man stuff in there as well as the Nintendo stuff.
My collection is not nicely placed like the pics above at present though, one day!

Frapp

#7

Frapp said:

6 Wii U games? Fail.

Seriously, though, it's great that he actually plays them. Love the zapper and NES Advantage lamp. Surprised he has so few DS and Wii games, and envious that he has so much space – I've sold so many older system games through lack of space, it hurts a lot.

zdog

#8

zdog said:

Great piece! I've enjoyed following the collecting community for about a year now. You get all types. My favorite is gamingitoldschool.

unrandomsam

#9

unrandomsam said:

I am not bothered about old console stuff. Arcade Boards and Machines I am though. (Really good CRT's as well like broadcast monitors or the best Arcade ones).

SomeBitTripFan

#10

SomeBitTripFan said:

It's always good to see when people can balance their lives and hobbies. Those kids have to have one of the best playrooms in existence.

Pit-Stain

#11

Pit-Stain said:

I wish I was born before the 90's to experience those retro systems that I've never touched. The GameCube is also my favorite Nintendo system. It's really sad how undersold it was.

Sonic_Phantom

#13

Sonic_Phantom said:

@Dark-Link73
I know that feeling! The only way I could make it go away was to re-buy everything and use the experience to make sure I don't sell-off things again. Expensive but had to be done :)

bizcuthammer

#14

bizcuthammer said:

I'd love to collect games, but i'm not interested in having every game for every system. I would just want the good ones lol, or ones made by specific companies like Ninty, Sega, Capcom and Square.

Agent721

#15

Agent721 said:

Beautiful collection! Mine is tiny in comparison, but steadily growing. The wall of N64 controllers is really cool...that's something I'd love to do! He's also very lucky to have an understanding family. Kudos to them all!

The only suggestion I would make would be to collect famicom games, as it almost provides a new "system" experience. Being into the NES, he would see new versions of familiar games, play games never released outside of Japan (Miyamoto's Devil World, NAMCO's Starwars) & If you are into the boxes & manuals, the famicom art typically is superior to the NES versions. Some, like NAMCO's Starwars, have hard shell boxes similar to the Genesis. And with the famicom having a very long life, such early games like Popeye & Mario Bros. have multiple different colored carts, boxes, etc...depending on what year they were released. The art for the Mario Trilogy on the Famicom is awesome...I love what Nintendo did with Super Mario USA (SMB2). The downside of Famicom collecting is its expensive...but you truly get a unique experience. By far my favorites in my collection!

All you need is the bumblebee adapter combined with the top loading NES-2, which are all region free.

AntiGuy

#17

AntiGuy said:

The picture with the 3 kids playing Mario World is adorable. I'm definitely doing the same with my kids, I won't let a single one of them lay a hand on today's first person shooter shenanigans!

skjia

#19

skjia said:

I love the Super Mario Series collection on the top shelf. That's what I'm currently working on so I feel inspired seeing what it could eventually look like.

Darkness3131

#20

Darkness3131 said:

This is what the dream for my future is like... I've always wanted to collect like this and hope my meager collection turns out like this. I'm also a bit of an organization freak so this room is absolutely beautiful. I think it will defiantly be inspiration when I get to this point.

Ootfan98

#21

Ootfan98 said:

WOW!

Most of my Consoles are boxed in the loft. Wish my Mrs would let me have a room like that

VolcanoFlamesNL

#22

VolcanoFlamesNL said:

@NintendoTwizer Oh, I'M LOVIN' IT REAL GOOD! Your N64s are wonderful! I've told myself and my family 'n' friends that when I grow up I'll own... oh, own a collection like yours. 10/10!

I have a collection, too! Pictures of gaming, games, game stuff, game everything. Only if my laptop didn't break, I'll have a collection I'll be proud of! Well, my collection's still a bit big, but anyway...

Luna-Harmony

#23

Luna-Harmony said:

Panasonic Q needed for your collection sir. Great collection nintendo loyalist no ps4 for you then.
I wonder how the kids like nintendo games as gaming is changing so fast nower days with hd consoles and tablets.
I wonder how many junk games are in the collection as well many hardcore collectors have any game going football, pinball , hockey, cricket, the 5% reviewed games just to make up the collection complete.

ricklongo

#24

ricklongo said:

I wonder if he's only collecting the Master System games that were released in the USA. The system was a big hit in Brazil, and I'm positive way over 96 games were released here (including quite a few exclusives based on Brazilian intellectual properties).

ToniK

#25

ToniK said:

Oh. My. God. I'm the type of gamer who collects memories instead of physical copies but I sure understand this guy. That is just amazing. Big thumb.

NintendoTwizer

#26

NintendoTwizer said:

@ricklongo pretty much just going for Master System games that came out here. Although I do have a copy of Sonic 2 for it. I believe there are around 114 games that came out here. I'm close to 100 right now. You are right though the Sega Master System was huge in Brazil and also in Europe. A ton more games came out there. Some of which are Game Gear ports, but also some good original titles. If I had more room in my game room, then I might go for a true complete set. Maybe someday. :)

sinalefa

#27

sinalefa said:

I am amazed at the amount of games and the incredible tidiness of it all. I also deeply respect that he puts his family first and foremost.

If the Nintendoomers are right (I know they aren't, lol) and the Wii U ends up being discontinued untimely, I will collect each first and second party game for it. Heck, the whole library as there are only a couple of third party games anyway ;)

GooRoo

#28

GooRoo said:

Amazing collection.

One of the biggest mistakes in my life was bulk-selling all my old games and gaming systems. I had nothing like this guy, but I sold everything up to the Gamecube and had maybe 60-70 NES games, 20 SNES, 10 64, and 10 GC. Sigh. I wish Nintendo would make retro consoles and cartridge games. I would love to have it all again. Most used stuff I find looks to be in pretty spotty condition.

Kirk

#29

Kirk said:

What an amazing collection.

I can only wish I had something like that.

dok5555555

#31

dok5555555 said:

I like the fullscreen TV too. Way better for playing retro games on than an HD TV. Cool to see his kids enjoying the classics too, not much kids would have that option nowadays.

Peppy_Hare

#33

Peppy_Hare said:

"There really is nothing like playing physical media the way it was intended. Sure anyone can find roms of old games on the internet and play them on the computer, but it’s just not the same. There’s something special about playing on an old CRT TV, blowing on a cart to get it to work and beating a game with authentic controller in hand."
Totally agree, especially about the CRT thing.

2Sang

#34

2Sang said:

This guy may be called a weirdo by the general public, but I think we can all on here say that he is a very dedicated and probably very knowledgeable gamer. I bet he'd make a really good Smash partner and he probably knows all the history behind a lot of the moves and trophies.

ogo79

#35

ogo79 said:

@NintendoTwizer
on the same line as battle kid 1 and 2, the last game thats facing label out, whats that game?
i seem to be missing that one...

NintendoTwizer

#36

NintendoTwizer said:

@ogo79 no worries on not knowing that one, its really an odd ball cart. That game is called "Joy Mech Fight" its a reproduction of the japanese Famicom game. It's pretty neat, I won it in a guess the game contest that was held over at nintendoage.com

MAB

#37

MAB said:

Don't worry Mr Ford, MAB would prefer to play SEGA with you mate ;)

technotreegrass

#41

technotreegrass said:

He's right about ROMs. I hate playing them on my PC, but playing them on my HDTV makes the experience so much better, even though I'm still using a PC gamepad and I had to get rid of my CRT TV for space reasons.

3dcaleb

#44

3dcaleb said:

wow thats a great collection. i also started collecting retro games and systems a while ago but stopped due to loss of income a few years ago but i'm glad i didnt sell my collection. i have 2 or more of almost every system ever made (minus the turbografix that someone stole) plus between 10 and 30 games average for each system. except the atari 2600, which is the system that i was going to try and get a complete set, or as close to it as i could. i have around 400 games for that one, with around 40 duplicates.

3dcaleb

#45

3dcaleb said:

oh btw. ive played every single one. whats the point of having them if u dont play them?

NintendoROCKET

#46

NintendoROCKET said:

Now this is how a true gamer's life should be like: owning nearly every Nintendo game ever made, yet still having a family & job life!!

Metal_Slugger

#47

Metal_Slugger said:

Very nice collection. I miss my old CRT tele. Old games just don't look right on LED. Color is horrid.

Superryanworld

#48

Superryanworld said:

Who needs virtual console when you have a collection that put's a gameco store to shame.All jokes aside, this is one awesome retro room!

Lunapplebloom

#49

Lunapplebloom said:

Kudos to @NintendoTwizer for having such an ability to collect all these titles and put in a room this awesome. My hat off to him about ROMs as well. He hit that notion on the head perfectly. As a retro game player myself, nothing beats the actual system experience. The feeling of the actual controller in your hand and playing it on an old tube TV is the stuff of legends...

8bitforever

#51

8bitforever said:

@AntiGuy Well said! My two kids know of my PS3 and Vita, but I only let them play the WiiU, 3DS, and select games (Lego, etc) on the PS3. When I see a kid buying GTAV at a store it just breaks my heart.

Beetlejuice

#52

Beetlejuice said:

Untitled

Here's a photo of my retro collection. I am thinking about building a nice oak shelf to display it on.

Kaine_Morrison

#54

Kaine_Morrison said:

Amazing Collection...
Missing 2 Zelda Games on that Shelf though...
Twilight Princess and Lin's CrossBow Training...
Also missing the CDi Zelda Games...

Also, I didn't see the TouchPad/3D Controller for the NES...

Dyltheman

#56

Dyltheman said:

@Kaine_Morrison I've got most of the zelda's but couldent bring myself to buy the awful cdi games tbh, even for completionist purposes. Incredible collection in fairness though. Have quite a decent one myself but couldent justify spending on all the rubbish games that I have no interest in playing, maybe when i have all the good ones which will likely never happen lol

Pj1

#58

Pj1 said:

I thought the angry nerd had a big collection! NintendoTwizer has a lovely collection it's a stunning room. Would like to see more of it though, NintendoTwizer thanks for sharing it with Nintendo Life and users of this site! WOW....

dok5555555

#59

dok5555555 said:

@Metal_Slugger I agree that old games look better on a fullscreen sdtv. I still use mine for gaming even with my 360 and Wii U. Unfortunatly, the PS4 and the Xbox One don't support the input/output cables needed for a sdtv, it only uses HDMI output.

drumsandperc92

#61

drumsandperc92 said:

my god....
i can't believe all of this! I hope he still PLAYS this collection..by the looks of that one shot with his kids, he does! This is the best looking collection I've ever seen.

WaveBoy

#62

WaveBoy said:

I wonder if he has a copy of Jack BROS USA CIB for the virtual Boy. That's one rare title that i regret selling...

NintendoTwizer

#63

NintendoTwizer said:

@dok5555555 the game on the tv is the Retrozone X-Mas 2011 cart. Its pretty neat. The guy over at retrousb.com does one every Christmas. The cart itself has lights in it. Its very festive!

Subie98

#64

Subie98 said:

Id be so overwhelmed on what to play. How the hell he decides is beyond me.

fortius54

#67

fortius54 said:

I am inspired to crate my own zapper lamp. We are in the process of building a house, and I am back and forth on the theme of my office. Gamin and football are the two right now. I think what I will do is do football for the office and Gaming for the playroom.

JamieOStaff

#68

JamieO said:

One of the things that I take away from reading a feature like this, apart from the massive number of games, is the way in which a collection can feel more valued and appreciated when it's neatly organised and presented. Space is always an issue for me, and while @NintendoTwizer says the same thing, the photographs show that the presentation of Aaron’s collection is immaculate.

It looks like a perfect room to chill out in, especially with the bright hardware hues of systems like N64 and Game Boy Color displayed together. In comparison my retro games and classic magazines are scattered in separate rooms, or gathered away in boxes. Some are stored like clutter, so they're not given a chance to shine.

I mainly aim for boxed games, with instructions, and for this reason I also like the Neo Geo Pocket Color. Alongside the Mega Drive and SEGA Master System, the Neo Geo Pocket Color is a practical system, because its games are protected by plastic clamshell cases. I can definitely appreciate the idea of buying loose cartridges, though. They save space, and provide the core gameplay experience, which is the fundamental purpose of a retro game.

The numbers that Aaron is talking about here are stunning in any case, 5,200 total games is a jaw-dropping figure, and he also has a large number of boxed games. I'm satisfied if I reach a total of 100 games for a console, sometimes I only aim for 50 titles as a target for certain systems.

If I ever find time, I'd love to keep a spreadsheet with all of the specific details of my collection. One day I'll have more space to re-organise my hoard, and take inspiration from retro gamers like Aaron, by giving more care and thought to how I display everything together.

I really enjoy these articles on different collections, January's Stepping Into The Nintendo Arcade Ninterview was fascinating, too. Top job, @Dazza.

mikeyman64

#72

mikeyman64 said:

I can vouch for his opinion on shopping options.

Though my collection is WAY behind his (I mostly collect games I know I will enjoy playing), online has the benefit of availability and the disadvantage of cost, while local has the benefit of thrill and cost, with the disadvantage of coming up empty-handed 90% of the time. It works best to find a circuit to follow as often as you can. There are a couple of streets with thrift stores all along them that I try and hit depending on whether I'm at work or at school for the day. Great thing to quickly do over lunch break.

Kirk

#75

Kirk said:

NES – 837 games
Super Nintendo – 744
Nintendo 64 – 319
GameCube – 782

It's interesting that those are complete sets.

Turns out the N64 really didn't have that many games when compared to other Nintendo home consoles and yet...I found the GC had the smallest number of games I personally found truly enjoyable and satisfying of those systems. It also ranks as my personal all-round most disappointing Nintendo home console.

I guess what that says to be me is that it's not just about the quantity but more the actual quality.

I expect the Wii has more games than any of those systems but like I just said, I don't think that's quite as anywhere near as it sounds and in this case that system was mostly filled with crap and had very few genuinely brilliant games that will stand the true test of time imo.

I expect the Wii U will end up similar to the Wii but with less games overall.

Boy do I wish I had that guys collection.

readyletsgo

#77

readyletsgo said:

Amazng collection and those photos drools, one with the kids, is so cute!!!

I have been following a few shows on Youtube, Metal Jesus Rock, Retro Liberty an stuff, no way I would have space for stuff like this but would LOVE to have it all. I Just collect for Gameboy, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U, DS, 3DS, PS1/2/3/Vita.

What channels on Youtube do you guys watch?

SuperKMx

#78

SuperKMx said:

As someone that has a serious problem with collecting things and also with starting collections and never finishing them, this is crazy. Absolutely amazing job. LOVE the work that's gone into displaying them. All work that was worthwhile too - it all just looks great. Good stuff!

kc_surfer

#79

kc_surfer said:

Great collection, but my favorite item in the photo is the empty Jose Cuervo bottle. Now, that's classic!

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