Whenever we want to annoy the Retro Gamer team, we like to remind them of the things they’ll probably never own. Sure, they have practically every console under the sun and even arcade hardware, but they could always upgrade their Mega Drives and PlayStations to something a little rarer, a little cooler, and a damn sight more expensive. But they’ll have to pay hundreds of pounds to do it, and it eats them up inside. Take a look at some of our favourite taunting mechanisms…
This all-in-one Mega Drive and Mega-CD hybrid, known as the CD-X in North America, is a tiny feature-packed device that doesn’t just play games, but accepts batteries to function as a portable CD player. It was intended as a high-end limited edition model, so very few were ever produced. If you’re feeling really picky, try to pick up the Japanese model, branded as the Linguaphone Education Gear!
Why did Gamecube owners feel so left out during their generation? Simple: they had to buy DVD players, whereas other console owners could just run them through their consoles (though Xbox owners did have to grab a rubbish dongle). Not so with Panasonic’s highly desirable Japan-only Q though – this Gamecube could accept DVD films as well as the tiny platters that carried great games like Metroid Prime.
Sharp Super Famicom Naizou TV SF1
If you used to watch Bad Influence as a kid, you might remember them showing off a SNES in a TV one year. Well, we do anyway. This is that device! It comes in two versions, 21 inch and 14 inch models, and the built-in video connection is way better than the composite leads most people used at the time. Of course, this excellent contraption was never released outside of Japan.
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