58 rare and limited edition Nintendo handheld consoles
Have you got any of these?
The Disney Magic Castle 3DS XL that's coming to Japan in July 2013 is just the latest in a long line of limited edition Nintendo handhelds. Indeed, Nintendo has been released limited edition handhelds since the Game Boy days, many of which have become rare collectors items.
Series ranging from Mario to Zelda, Pokemon to Hello Kitty and Kingdom Hearts to Ace Attorney have been celebrated with special edition consoles. It's not just big games series that get some recognition on Nintendo handheld. Limited edition Manchester United, Toyota and The Seattle Mariners consoles have all been produced.
Join us as we look through some of these amazing rare handhelds from Game Boy to DS and the 3DS.
Manchester United Game Boy
Are you a Man U fan? Got a spare £100? You could buy this Manchester United Game Boy from eBay. This Game Boy was one of a handful of limited edition Game Boy consoles and would have been available in the 1990s when Manchester United were taking over from Liverpool as the top side in England. Indeed, this Game Boy was only available in the UK but we imagine, such is the reach of Man U these days, that if Nintendo released a Manchester United 3DS, it would be available all over the world. Well, perhaps not in Liverpool.
Toyota Game Boy
This is really rare as not only was the Toyota Game Boy only available in Japan but you couldn't buy it in the shops. The white Game Boy with the Toyota logo was apparently given away in 1992 to people who bought a certain Toyota car in the country. Unlike Toyota cars at the time, it wasn't exactly flash. After all, it just looks like someone has stuck a Toyota logo underneath the screen. You could do that yourself!
Nintendo Power Game Boy Pocket
Why didn't we get one of these? Probably because we didn't exist in 1997 when Nintendo Power celebrated their 100th issue as a competition prize. Still, an Official Nintendo Magazine 3DS XL would be nice wouldn't it? Maybe we should drop the hint next time we visit Nintendo towers. It might be a bit expensive for a covermount though.
Famitsu Game Boy Pocket
Nintendo Power wasn't the only gaming magazine to be celebrated on a Game Boy Pocket. Legendary Japanese publication Famitsu also got their own handheld in 1996. Naturally, it was only released in Japan. Our reviewers give it 10, 10, 9 and 9.
Seibu Lions Game Boy
It wouldn't be fair if Manchester United were the only sports team to get their own Game Boy. Japanese baseball team Seibu Lions dominated the Japan series in the 1980s and 90s, earning them the nickname Invincible Seibu. Surely more important than all those titles was the fact that the team was celebrated with their very own blue Game Boy in 1997, the same year as they lost the Japan series. Maybe it was a bad omen as they didn't win again until 2004, the same year in which Kazuo Matsui became the first Japanese player to be transferred to the MLS.