With global shortages and high demands, obtaining the regular version of a new console can be a pain. However, the feeling of limited quantities should be all too familiar to rare console collectors especially as time goes by and they become more expensive. Let’s take a look at some rare console editions that are well beyond one’s reach, either in price or availability.
Nintendo 64 Pikachu Version
Given how massively popular Pokemon was (and still is), it only made sense for Nintendo to release a limited edition console that promoted the franchise. Pikachu was a particular favorite thanks to the animated show but the Nintendo 64 Pikachu Version was actually a Toys R Us exclusive. Along with a blue and yellow scheme, it replaced the main system buttons with a Poke Ball and Pikachu itself, the latter lighting up when the console was on. Be prepared to pay a bomb for it though – it can cost anywhere from $500 to $2000 for the complete set.
Sega Dreamcast Biohazard: Code Veronica
To celebrate the release of Resident Evil Code: Veronica in Japan, two special limited edition Dreamcast consoles were released. Though both have a translucent case, the Claire model is red with an accompanying red controller and different internal serial number. Of course, good luck finding one – it’s listed for a whopping $3100 on RetroPixl and out of stock.
Cuphead Xbox One S
The all-yellow aesthetic on a console may not be for everyone but the Cuphead Xbox One S edition looks particularly nice. It features art of Cuphead and Mugman on the console along with the controller and the black shades accentuate the yellow color all the better. Of course, it was beyond the reach of the general public due to being given away at an invite-only launch event in 2017 (and only four were provided for lucky attendees). Even if you can find one today, it’s estimated to cost $3000 or more.
Sony PS One 10 Million Edition
What better way to celebrate the Sony PlayStation hitting 10 million units sold than by giving away a limited edition console? The Sony PS One 10 Million Edition offered a unique marine blue colored console, controller and memory card – an elegant departure from the console’s usual gray tones. Only 100 were made and released in the US, Japan and Europe. You’d be hard-pressed to find one online without much digging and its price can range from $5000 to $7500.
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Game Boy Advance SP Gold
Continuing its tradition of gold merchandise for the series, Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap had a special Game Boy Advance SP coated in gold with the series’ trademark Triforce symbol on the cover. It came with the game in a sleek looking gold box. Exclusive to the UK and estimated at about $8000 for an almost brand new set, you can find it used on Ebay UK from £299.00 to £1,128.99.
God of War: Special Edition PS4 Pro
It’s only fitting that God of War should have its own special edition console, especially given the hype surrounding it. But the Special Edition PS4 Pro is still quite incredible with the design based on the in-game skill tree for the Leviathan Axe and the runes representing the different realms. Even the controller stands out with its Huldra Brothers logo and color scheme. Used versions of the console go for $600 to $1000 while a brand new one will set you back by $1200.
24 Carat Gold PlayStation 3 Slim
Of course, if we’re talking gold consoles, very few could compete with the 24 carat gold PlayStation 3 Slim from Computer Choppers. Costing $5,000, it came with two 24 carat gold controllers and options for having the logo in white gold, platinum, rose gold and so on. While not quite as premium as some of the other high-end gold consoles, this console was still very much a luxury item.
Metal Gear Solid 5 Special Edition PS4
Yet another Japan-only release, this special edition PS4 for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is fairly rare. The design is pretty cool with the red and black colors meshing well with the gold strip (which is based off of Venom Snake’s bionic arm). Again, due to its fairly limited availability, it can cost a hefty $1200. For a fan of the series though, it may be a small price to pay.
Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D Premium Package 3DS
Some special editions either go too garish or keep things too simple. This premium 3DS based on Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D straddles the line amazingly well, providing an outer shell that’s seemingly made of snakeskin. Again, nothing too crazy but still unique and premium enough to demand a second look (even if it’s near impossible to find on sale these days).
Hatsune Miku Project DIVA PS Vita
Say what you will about Hatsune Miku but there’s no denying the character’s popularity. Even then, this limited edition PlayStation Vita offers more than just some excellent artwork on the back panel, a crystal white shell and a copy of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F. It also has its own theme and custom software, making it that much more unique. Exclusive to Japan, you can find it from $480 to $700 used if you’re lucky.
Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox
Released alongside Panzer Dragoon Orta in Japan, this special edition Xbox offers an unconventional but cool design along with including the game and a dragon head necklace. Due to how difficult the design was to create though, only about 1000 or so were manufactured. As such, you had to pre-order through Sega Direct back in 2002 just to get one, making it that much rarer today.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch
Though the Animal Crossing: New Horizons edition of the Nintendo Switch isn’t quite as rare as other items on this list, it can still be somewhat tough to find just due to its sheer popularity. It’s not hard to see why either – with pastel color Joy-Cons, cut designs on the back and a simple yet elegant illustration of Tom Nook and his family on the dock, this console is an understated kind of premium. Only $300 if you can get your hands on one.
PS5 ‘Truly Exquisite’ Limited Edition
What do you get when you cross a console with limited supplies and cross it with exorbitantly priced metals? You get the Truly Exquisite’s Luxury Customized Limited Edition PS5 which comes in three different colors – 24K Gold for £8299, 18K Rose Gold for £8399 and Platinum for £8499. Only 250 pieces are being manufactured per finish with 100 available to purchase online. Yes, the cost is pretty insane but if you’re looking at the absolute most premium kind of PS5 available – or really, just any PS5 available – then this may suit your needs.
Nintendo Wii Supreme
As if a console encased in gold or platinum weren’t enough, there’s Stuart Hughes’ Nintendo Wii Supreme. It has over 2.5 kg of 22 carat gold while the front buttons consist of 78 diamonds totaling 19.5 carts. The price is also way behind anything from Truly Exquisite, costing a hefty £299,995.00. Again though, even if you could afford it, only three of these have ever been made.
Xbox: Atari Edition
Next to snakeskin handhelds, pure gold consoles and Pikachu, the Xbox: Atari Edition feels somewhat tame. It’s an OG Xbox with the Atari logo and orange color on it. But don’t be fooled – it’s actually incredibly rare. Limited units were given away at the Leipzig Games Convention in 2004 and it’s not really known how much the console would cost. In terms of its old-school appeal though, it’s hard to deny the appeal.