Remember when every video games came with a manual? Remember when they sometimes came with extra goodies, like those trading cards you found in your GBA copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 that you didn't know what to do with? Those were the good old' days, weren't they? While most companies nowadays tend to pass on putting extra effort into their physical Switch releases, there are a few who are still continuing the somewhat neglected tradition. One of these companies goes by the name of Super Rare Games.
Super Rare Games has been putting out games physically and exclusively on Switch for well over a year, all with full-colour cover art, glorious manuals or art books, and collector trading cards too! They usually release about one game a month in extremely limited quantities and when they're gone, they're gone. If you've seen any of my videos up on the site, you'll know I'm a huge mark for physical games. So feel free to take a look at the video above to watch me geek out while I unbox some of their recent physical offerings!
If you'd like to check out any of Super Rare Games' past or current physical offerings, you can do so by clicking here!
How do you feel about digital vs. physical games? Are there any games you'd like to see Super Rare Games release physically on Switch? Leave your thoughts down below!
Arguably the second-best in the boutique publishing business, right behind Limited Run Games. I have a complete collection of their offerings, and I look forward to several more years of releases.
I collect and sell n64 and SNES games but I go digital for switch as all you get is the cart and box. I used to love all the Nintendo flyers that came with the older games but this generation is bare bones so there's no point. Digital is far more convenient but if they brought back the geeky stuff I would think again.
Sadly Super Rare Games & Strictly Limited Games which i own the whole collection of both are starting to get plagued by scalpers.
Digital games can kiss my physical rear! I grew up with tangible masterpieces, like that treasure-like The Legend of Zelda copy that my grandparents paid over $100 for, at a now-closed Colorado Springs toy store in January 1988. The gorgeous gold GamePak & box were stunning enough alone to make it memorable, but that wasn’t all. The manual; with the elaborate artwork; and the invaluable map made it a truly legendary experience. I still have all of it to this day.
If things progress in the present trend, there won’t be such physical wonders that future generations can proudly hold onto in 30 years. I don’t think a download code would hold the same value to my possible future children... and it damn sure can’t
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@BacklogBlues - It's my hope that both SRG and SLG adopt LRG's open order model. Preorders remain open for a couple weeks, no need to worry about missing a game due to inventory depletion.
As i'm sure you know @Magician SLG did this with Ultracore with a pre order window of 2 months. So maybe if we're lucky they will adopt the LRG formula.
@EvilRegal Tell that to my Amiga I have to baby because if that power brick blows...well that's it. Something I currently have to replace the video cable for since it'snot common now. My Atari ST has a dead floppy drive. Old handhelds I own are dead and not worth repairing. My Turbo Exress needed to be recapped because hardware back then used cheap parts. Physical is 'nice', but I don't buy the level of love people give it. Going back to hardware when I was younger is just such a damn slog.
I’ve got a few Super Rare but the game listings aren’t that great (even though I have all the ones in the picture except Lone Wolf, Qube 2 is brilliant, haven't got around to the other three but they are in the backlog). Same as the Limited Run games to be fair.
But I only get the ones I’m interested in as I have to have physicals.
Super Rare Games is my favorite because they actually have the game ready to go when they list it, unlike Limited Run Games.
@Indominus_B Ditto FFs VII-IX
So far, i have considered Earthlock & 99 Vidas in physical.
@Arehexes Agreed. I like physical for a lot of reasons, but people really overestimate how durable video games and consoles really are. It's fashionable to talk smack about the Joy-Cons that start drifting, but even back in the day a lot of consoles didn't even survive one video game generation intact.
Which is okay while the things are still being manufactured, you can get most things repaired or replaced easily enough, but ten or twenty years down the road you're suddenly looking at repairs that cost significantly more than the original console.
Sometimes you're lucky, but there are no guarantees. Nobody ever intentionally built video game hardware to last forever.
@EvilRegal download codes will give you the game until they decide to close the server. Even then if they decide to remaster it ( omg way to many remasters going on today as it is) then you wouldbe forced to buy the game again.
With physical you have it and have a resale value with it at least and can play it for however long ( in years) you want. Even today youy have to watch what you buy physically with those damn day one patches that can ruin the game if you don't have them. I am a huge collector of anything before dlc and patches came about. Anything after that I refuse to pay full price for as I do not get what I am paying for. Give me a half made game and patch it on day one then I will wait and buy it for 10-20 bucks because that is all it is worth to me.
@JasmineDragon NO but older systems have proven the test of time. There were far fewer systems made back then and many of them are still fuctional. I see way to many broken ps2,ps3, Xboxs and 360s its not even funny. Also as time goes on repairing any unit becomes cheaper and easier to do.
@USWITCH64 While I will always prefer physical games to digital, modern games aren't that fun collecting. That's one reason I appreciate guys like Super Rare since they actually give you a manual.
@BacklogBlues These games go for ridiculous prices now, they sell a game for around £30, and before it's even shipped out it's immediately up for "pre-order" on ebay for £80-100.
I have a few of those titles up there. Human Fall Flat, Earthlock, Snake Pass, Fairune Collection, The Adventure Pals and N++: Ultimate Edition. I need to try and get QUBE 2, Mutant Mudds Collection, Wulverblade, The Flame in the Flood and Shelter Generations. Toki Tori 1 + 2 and The Gardens Between should be coming soon
@Dirty0814 I honestly have my doubts about that on several counts. First of all, it's not true that there were far fewer systems made back in the day. NES worldwide sales were over 61 million units, Atari 2600 sold 30 million. These numbers are definitely comparable to modern hardware sales.
And I don't believe that these systems have survived as well as a lot of gamers think. Yes, you can still find plenty of NESes around in retro game stores, flea markets, etc. But look back at that first paragraph. 61 million NESes sold. How many of those do you think are still working today? I don't believe it's anywhere near 61 million. I would bet it's less than half that, and I honestly suspect it isn't even one tenth of that.
Not that all of the other systems failed, of course. Some are probably hiding in people's attics and storage units. And some were undoubtedly still in working condition when they were discarded. People throw away lots of good things for lots of reasons. Kids moved out? Time to dump that old Nintendo they used to play. Joystick not working on the old Atari? Chuck the whole thing, it's not like a silly old video game machine will ever be worth good money. It's kind of horrifying as a gamer, but it happens. A lot.
But yes, I still believe that huge numbers of those machines developed a problem that was not worth repairing. Electronics fail sooner or later. Time is not kind to these modern wonders, and there are a million ways for a video game to die. And not all the machines in storage are still working, either.
There was actually an article on NL about this recently, an interview with a guy who repairs retro machines. He reported a lot of failures, and some of them can't be fixed at all, or only at huge expense and the cannibalization of other "sick" units.
(Great article, by the way. I wish I remembered any part of the headline so I could link it. Anybody else recall?)
What annoys me the most is when they cant even be bothered to put artwork on the inside of the case
CTR being a more recent example
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