When you consider the sheer number of limited edition consoles the company has released over the years, it's hardly surprising that plenty of Nintendo machines both old and new are deemed to be incredibly rare. That doesn't stop them from being super-interesting, though, as this new video proves.

The video comes from video game researcher and archiver Liam Robertson, as part of his Game History Secrets show found on DidYouKnowGaming?. Several rare Nintendo consoles are shown off, including a special Nintendo DS with Super Mario 64 DS artwork, a rare Advance Wars DS only given out to press, and more – including a fascinating story surrounding a Miyamoto signature that was believed to be just "a smudge".

It's well worth a watch if you're into this sort of thing and, if you're interested, the video was created in partnership with Console Variations – a great website for tracking down all the weird and wonderful variants of Nintendo consoles.

Here's a look at that special Super Mario 64 DS console...

How many of these Nintendo systems have you heard about before? Any that are completely new to you? Let us know in the comments below.

[source youtube.com]