Another Day, Another Game Console

Well, Japan does it again! Recently it seems that every trek is yielding gear that I rarely see, and to top it off the prices have been great. ๐Ÿ˜€

So what have I come back with this time? Well before getting into that, I should tell you that what you see bellow is only a small part. I did end up buying more games as well, but as I put them with the other 500 or so I bought recently, I can’t tell which were from the last lot, and which were from this lot.

Anyway, some gear:

A V-Saturn (can’t believe I got another Narf!), Virtual-On Twin Stick, and Saturn Virtua Cop set.

victor-saturn vsaturn-sega

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The Saturn would have to be the pick out of the above gear. It was a really lucky find.

Now onto the rest…. Managed to get a Gameboy Light, and for those of you that don’t know what this is, it’s basically a regular Gameboy, but it has a backlight built into it. I believe these are a Japan exclusive? Got a few Famicom Keyboards too – these allow the user to create software to run on their Famicoms. I am on the lookout for a Tapedeck for the Famicom if anyone reading this has one they’d like to sell/give away. ๐Ÿ˜‰



So like I said, there are actually more games included with this run which aren’t shown, but even without those pictured above I seem to have cleaned up. To Sean @ Retro Otaku, you have to hurry over my friend – at this rate I will have emptied these places out!! ๐Ÿ˜€


  1. Damn Hollo… just damn. And a boxed Famicom keyboard! How I love the fact that Famicom boxed gear looks so uniform. I can’t wait to own it all ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. That V-Saturn looks really good. The model 1 units are probably the best looking ones and the V-Saturn’s color scheme, while a bit odd at first, is quite nice.

  3. Thanks guys. They were really great finds for sure.

    @ Amiga4Eva – Yep, totally agree. Nintendo knew what they were doing – everything just goes so well together, and this definitely inspires a hoarder to go for that next bit of gear.

    @ Ji-L87 – I really like the V-Saturns too. The box is better on these versions, but I have to prefer the other version though – the colours are just too cool.

  4. Crazy stuff Hollo, how do you fit it all in the little Japanese houses I don’t know ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. It’s not easy at all Dave! Although my house is pretty big by Japanese standards, I only have one room to keep this gear in, and it’s literally overflowing – by that I mean I have to leave the door open and boxes are spilling into the hall – I am not kidding either. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  5. I’ve got a friend here in New Zealand who has so much stuff it’s in the roof and under his house as well. Despite most of it being retro, he doesn’t have any retro consoles plugged in and spends most of his time in WoW and probably Diablo III now too. Don’t become that guy ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Nope not a chance! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I have 5 retro consoles permanently plugged in (DC, PS2, PCE, Gamecube and Super Famicom), and the rest are just a few steps away. I always keep adapters and cables near the TV, and all of my controllers are hanging up ready to be grabbed.

      The only trouble now though is there is so much stuff to sort through that I don’t have space to sit down infront of the TV! Won’t be long though. I did actually finish sorting trough a fair bit, but I bought another 300 or so games, so I have to do it all again. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. The V-Saturn is cool but not really special, and it’s very common too. The Hi-Saturn is much more special.

    Can you post a picture of the back of the machine, of the serial number?

    1. Thanks for the comment Zyrobs. The HiSaturns definitely are harder to come by, but would you believe I found mine (complete but with no box) in the rubbish? Hopefully I will find a Navi the same way. ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. You have a Hi-Saturn too? Nice, which model? I want a model 2 Hi-Saturn, it likely uses a motherboard type that is very rare for japanese models (likely because it used older type ASICs, so they were uncommon for anything else but soaking up unused stock).

        Hey, if you have so many Saturns, can I ask you to go through them and take snaps of the serial number for each one? I’m building a database of them.

        1. It’s a model1 Hi-Saturn, but to find it in the rubbish fully working with controller and hookups was pretty cool to say the least. ๐Ÿ˜€ I have never even seen a model2 in the wild though (rubbish or shop).

          The only Saturns I still need are, a Derby Skeleton, a Hi-Saturn model2, and a Navi. Not sure how long that will take as I don’t actively hunt for Saturns these days. It’s interesting you are trying to build a database of Saturns, but could I ask why? There are soooo many Saturns out there that listing Saturns seems like a mammoth task.

          1. I’m collecting statistics. Obviously I won’t ever list all saturns, not even all the ones still in circulation, but more samples will mean more accurate statistics. With that list, we can take guesses on how many saturns were manufactured, how many of each type were manufactured, which are the common motherboards and uncommon ones, when were each type made and where, and so on.

            A lot of interesting things can turn up if you just put all serial numbers next to each other and compare them. For example, see if you can find a Saturn manufactured by Sega Logistics Service.

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