The Amiibo Collector's Guide (Updated 3/29/15)

Chances are you've seen some of Nintendo's newest foray into the world of NFC figures floating around your favorite electronics section. Despite their somewhat lacking practical use in actual games they've become quite the collector's item overnight. » 1/16/15 6:01am 1/16/15 6:01am

A Beginner's Guide to Collecting Video Games

So, you finally realized that you can't stand to part ways with your games, guides, and various gaming memorabilia. Don't worry, you're not a hoarder, you're a collector! Unless you can't sleep because your bed is covered in stacks of Electronic Gaming Monthly... then you might be a hoarder. » 11/11/14 2:00pm 11/11/14 2:00pm

Antiques Roadshow Appraised My 2008 Toshiba TV

In June, Antiques Roadshow visited Birmingham, Alabama, my home for the last three years. I don't own a Tiffany lamp or a 19th century Chesterfield sofa. I do, though, have a flatscreen television that's ancient by consumer electronics standards. So that's what I brought to be appraised. » 8/08/14 1:47pm 8/08/14 1:47pm

The World's Largest Video Game Collection Is Up For Sale

Michael Thommason, who is certified as having the world's largest collection of video games, is putting them up for sale. Meaning the buyer isn't just getting a ton of games, they're getting a title as well. » 6/05/14 8:00pm 6/05/14 8:00pm

An Entire Nintendo Console Generation In One Image

Highest Bidder Backs Out as Ultra-Rare Console Fails to Find a Buyer

About a month ago, renewed interest in the "Sega Pluto"—a prototype console that was more or less an online-enabled Sega Saturn—led one guy to rummage through his closet and find he was in possession of one of two surviving units. He put it up for bid, but a second auction has ended without his reserve price being met. » 5/11/13 4:00pm 5/11/13 4:00pm

Only two Sega Plutos ever were made—it was a prototype console made in the late 1990s—and the owner of this one just put it up for auction on GameGavel. High bid is currently $7,600. » 4/21/13 11:00am 4/21/13 11:00am

Goodwill Hunter Who Found Rare Game is Selling It to Pay Student Loans

The woman who purchased from a Goodwill store one of the rarest collectible video games in the world—valued by some at $15,000—says her heart "raced the whole time" as she found it, bought it, and walked out of the store. » 4/20/13 11:00am 4/20/13 11:00am

Woman Buys Old Nintendo Game For $7.99. Turns Out It's Worth $15,000.

It's the archetypal jackpot story of flea markets, pawn shops and antiques roadshows. Someone pays a few dollars for a long-forgotten box at a swap meet and then discovers they have a five-figure rarity on their hands. That describes a North Carolina woman today, who purchased one of the rarest video games ever sold… » 4/16/13 4:07pm 4/16/13 4:07pm

The Sad Story Of A Man Who's Selling His Game Collection For Love

Aussie games collector Onur Gonullu has, in just five years, amassed a haul of 550 mostly retro video games, which can be played on over 20 mostly retro video game consoles, from the Famicom to the Master System to the Xbox. He's spent over $6000, and it's a collection to be proud of. » 2/19/13 11:30pm 2/19/13 11:30pm

Darksiders II is Incredibly Frustrating for the OCD Gamer

In today's manic-action-packed installment of the TAY-powered Speak Up on Kotaku, our favorite OCD gamer, Daemon_Gildas, is on the verge of losing his shit over Darksiders II's collectible chaos. » 8/28/12 5:30pm 8/28/12 5:30pm

After 74 Emails, 27 Months and Six Phone Calls, a Sack of Cash Buys One…

Three years ago, J.J. Hendricks (above, left) of Denver paid $17,500 for a rare Nintendo cartridgeNintendo World Championships, one of about 26 copies of a game for a promotional tournament more than 20 years old. About a year later, he opened negotiations to buy a cartridge even more rare. » 7/18/12 9:30pm 7/18/12 9:30pm

A Love Letter to the Collect-o-Thon Platformer

In this "anything for an opportunity to feature Sly Cooper" edition of Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter GiantBoyDetective pronounces his love for platforming games that have you find countless things. » 7/06/12 5:30pm 7/06/12 5:30pm

Have Patches and Updates Made Collecting Modern Games Pointless?

In today's highly-collectible episode of Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter Gemini-Phoenix wonders what value this generation's patch-heavy console games will hold years from now when the update servers have gone dark. » 4/13/12 5:30pm 4/13/12 5:30pm

The Man Who Has Every PS2 Game In America

Ahans76, a PlayStation collector, is apparently more of a PlayStation collector than most, because he claims to now be in possession of every single North American PS2 game ever released. » 7/07/11 3:30am 7/07/11 3:30am

These Video Game Achievements Should Not Exist

In today's episode of the daily Speak-Up on Kotaku, commenter BiggunSid talks about the trophies and achievements that he'd like to see game developers do away with. » 1/17/11 1:30pm 1/17/11 1:30pm

Extremely Rare Atari Cartridge Goes Up For Auction

The title of "Holy Grail of Video Games" changes almost monthly, or whenever an extremely rare specimen hits eBay. The latest claimant: a weird-shaped Atari 2600 cart by the name of Air Raid. » 4/02/10 10:30pm 4/02/10 10:30pm

Collector's Item Obliterates Record for Rare Game Sale

There is a new Holy Grail of Rare Video Games, and it is Stadium Events. The auction on a factory-sealed NTSC version closed just minutes ago, and it was sold for $41,300, almost double the old record. » 2/26/10 11:10pm 2/26/10 11:10pm

Bidding On Rare — and Factory Sealed — NES Cart Already Tops $15K

Remember the mom who sold an NES for $13,000 because it happened to include the ultra-rare Stadium Events? Well, a factory-sealed copy is now on eBay, and with eight days to go bidding is above $16,000. » 2/18/10 7:20pm 2/18/10 7:20pm