A Catalogue Of Some Of The Rarest Consoles Ever Made

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I’ve always had a weird thing for collections of video game hardware. Rare colourways, odd promotional designs, Japanese-only releases with crazy hardware features, I live for it. So I’ve just spent the last 24 hours clicking through this website, whose goal is to catalogue every console variant there is and ever has been, from fancy PS2s to obscure Gamecubes.

The site is run by Donny, who got kinda internet famous last week as the owner of the Queen’s golden Wii. The consoles aren’t all his—we got to see where he lived last week, and it wasn’t a warehouse—but he is overseeing the cataloguing of the images (many being sent in by fellow collectors), and boy are there some rare ones here.

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I clicked on the Gamecube section first, expecting to see all the greatest hits, then ran into consoles I’d never laid eyes on in my life. Like this baseball tie-in:

And moving on, this absolutely gorgeous PS2:

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There’s also this one-of-a-kind PS1, minted in honour of 10,000,000 PlayStations sold:

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And this incredible Game Boy Advance SP, made as a tie-in for the film Battle Royale:

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And it just goes on and on and on, even down to bonkers little promotional consoles made for local competitions.

The list isn’t complete, of course, as there’s always something out there—like the lost golden Wii!—but it’s always being added to, and a pending site upgrade will hopefully make that task a lot easier/prettier.

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You can check out the complete catalogue at Console Variations.

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Luke Plunkett

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.