The 20 Rarest Video Game Consoles of all Time

Old Nintendo Consoles
Old Nintendo Consoles (Source: Business Insider)

Being a kid in the 90s means spending most of the time playing video games.

Be it bouncing on a Goombo in Super Mario, finding the master sword in the legend of Zelda, or honing your skills in duck hunt. All things you probably did with your old Nintendo console.

Nintendo, a Japanese company, totally revolutionized the way games were played back in the day. Owing a Nintendo console was a thing of prestige.

But have you ever wondered about the rarest Nintendo consoles? The rarer the gaming console, the expensive it gets.

Here are some of the rarest Nintendo video game consoles of all time.

Quick Overview

Console Released Date
1. Nintendo PlayStation 1990
2. Nintendo Famitsu 500 Gameboy Light 1998
3.Charzard Gameboy Advance SP 2003
4. The Art of Wii 2006
5.Gameboy Advance SP 24k Gold    Edition 2004
6 Nintendo Wii Supreme 2006
7. 3DS XL Pikachu yellow 2017
8. La Noire Switch 2017
9. Pokemon 2009 World Championship DSI Special Edition 2009
10. Panasonic Q 2001
11. Pokemon Limited Edition Gameboy Color 1998
12. Mc Donald’s DSI 2010
13. Nintendo Virtual Boy 1995
14. Nintendo Game Cube MTV Edition 2000
15. Persona Q 3DS 2014
16. Nintendo 64 Pikachu edition 1996
17. Metal Gear Solid 3DS 2012
18. Animal Crossing Wild World DS 2006
19. Nintendo Gameboy Advanced Pokémon Center Exclusive Version 2001
20. Advance Wars DS 2005

20. Advance Wars DS

The Advance Wars DS is unique because it has a camouflaged exterior, and only 50 of them were produced.

Advance Wars DS
Advance Wars DS (Source: Reddit)

This gaming console was made to advertise the Advanced Wars DS in 2005. It came up in an army ammunition box; inside was a console, a cup, and a copy of the Advance Wars DS.

19. Charizard Gameboy Advance Special Edition

This is special since it was released in Japan to celebrate the release of Poke red.

Gameboy Advance Charizard Edition (Source: consolevariation)

This game boy has a Charizard logo in the front with a simplistic design and is currently valued at $1000 in the market.

18. Nintendo Gameboy Advance Pokémon Centre Exclusive Version

After the opening of Pokémon Centre in New York City, the store released a limited edition gold-colored gaming console with “Pokémon Centre New York City” written at the top of it.

Nintendo Advance (Source: Wikipedia)

Currently, it costs about $300 in the market.

 17. Animal Crossing Wild World DS 

Animal Crossing Wild World DS is one of a kind console produced by Nintendo. This DS is the only version of its DS in existence.

Animal Crossing Wild World (Source: animalcrossing.famdom)

Released in 2006, it was designed to give away in a contest.

16. Metal Gear Solid 3DS

Metal Gear has a long history in other platforms, but play station is the first console that comes to mind when we hear “metal gear.”

However, there is custom-built metal gear solid 3Ds by Nintendo. 

Metal Gear Solid 3DS (Source: Silliconera)

It is the fascinating black gaming console released in 2012.

15. Nintendo 64 Pikachu edition

Released in 1996, the Nintendo 64 Pikachu edition is one of many consoles which revolved around its popular game, Pokémon.

Nintendo Pikachu 64 edition oldest Nintendo consoles
Nintendo Pikachu 64 edition (Source: Wikimedia commons)

The Nintendo 64 has the raised relief Pikachu on top of its console, which made it unique during its time.

Some consoles even allowed the users to save their in-game into them.

14. Persona Q 3DS

Persona Q 3Ds is one of the rare and attractive-looking consoles by  Nintendo. The Persona 3Ds is one of the 3DS series, which means it gets all the latest technologies and a larger screen.

Persona Q 3DS Oldest Nintendo console
Persona Q 3DS ( Source: carousel. sg)

The Persona Q 3DS is blue and purple and is incredibly hard to find.

13. Nintendo GameCube ( MTV edition)

Nintendo was a gaming giant at its time though it could not beat its competitors, the PlayStation and Xbox, so it was doing everything to stay in the game.

This GameCube had to be made in a hurry for the Christmas broadcast by MTV in 2003.

The first MTV edition GameCube was a camouflaged console with MTV written on top of it.

Nintendo GameCube MTV edition
Nintendo GameCube MTV edition (Source: consolevariation)

MTV loved the console so much that they ordered 9 of them. Later, other game cubes were also made based on fashion designers Tom Ford and Paul smith.

12. McDonald’s DSI

McDonald partnered with Nintendo to create the console, which contained specialized software and was distributed to McDonald’s chain throughout Japan.

Mc Donalds DSI
Mc Donald’s DSI (Source: otaquest)

The console was developed as a training tool for the employees which contained training videos and instructions.

The console is of matte black color and has a McDonald’s sign in the front.

11. Pokémon Limited Edition Game Boy Color

The console was first released in 1998 and created a buzz in the gaming market.

It is equipped with an 8 bit CPU which is precisely double its predecessor memory.

Nintendo Gameboy color oldest Nintendo console
Nintendo Gameboy color  (Source: publicdomainpictures.net)

The Game Boy came with a silver/gold colored finish with Pokémon decals making it look attractive than it already was.

10. Panasonic Q

Back in 2001, after Sony released Play Station II and Microsoft released Xbox, both had a new feature at that time, DVDs.

Nintendo released the GameCube, but it did not have DVD players instead had a game CD, so they had to come up with something with a DVD player in it.

Hence, the Panasonic Q was born.

Panasonic Q
Panasonic Q (Source: Wikimedia)

Nintendo later partnered with Panasonic to introduce its first console with DVDs called the Panasonic Q, which is worth around $700 today.

The Panasonic Q was discontinued in 2003 probably because the customers could buy a GameCube and a DVD player on a much cheaper budget than the Panasonic Q.

9. Pokémon 2009 World Championship DSI

The limited-edition 2009 World Championship DSI was given away as a prize by Nintendo during their event in San Diego.

Pokemon 2009 world championship DSI
Pokemon 2009 World Championship DSI (Source: consolevariation)

The console consists of blue-colored Pokémon decals, which were particularly available in this particular console only.

Only a handful of people were able to get this console.

8. La Noire Switch

La Noire, a game by Rockstar, was launched in Play Station and Xbox. 

There were PCs, Xboxes, Play Stations, and a La Noire Nintendo switch which was one of a kind. The switch does not have a price tag in the open market.

La Noire switch
La Noire switch (Source: Redbull)

It has a golden finish with a matte black key to make it look elegant.

7. Nintendo Virtual Boy

The Nintendo Virtual Boy was one of the most extraordinary things of the 90s. It was released in 1995 and was able to display 3d graphics.

Nintendo Virtual set
Nintendo Virtual set (Source: Wikimedia)

The console took around four years to build and was way ahead of its time.

As a result, less than 1 million units were sold and later discontinued because they failed commercially.

6. 3DS XL Pikachu Yellow

Released in 2017, the console is of bright yellow color with Pikachu written all over it.

In addition, it gets a larger screen than the previous 3DS versions and also has an estimated 6.5 hours of battery life.

Pikachu yellow 3DS XL Pikachu edition Nintendo WII supreme
Pikachu Yellow 3DS XL Pikachu Edition (Source: primagames)

The 3DS XL Pikachu edition costs about $300 used.

5. Nintendo Wii supreme

The Nintendo Wii supreme is made using 22-carat gold and weighs around 2.5 kg.

The console is so unique that it takes around six months to craft one.

Nintendo WII supreme oldest Nintendo consoles
Nintendo WII Supreme ( Source: consolevariations.com)

Only three units of the Nintendo Wii Supreme were produced in the world.

The console also contains a front button made up of diamonds, making it the rarest and the most expensive console ever produced by Nintendo.

4. Nintendo Gameboy SP 24 k Gold Edition

The Gameboy SP 24k gold edition is as classy as it can get. A Gameboy with a 24k gold plated body. How cool is that!

Moreover, it has a memory of 32 bits with a 2.9-inch TFT screen.

In 2004 the Legend of Zelda Minish Cap was released in Europe for Gameboy advance.

Nintendo Gameboy SP 24k Gold Edition (Source: Lostmedia.wikiforum)

With the games released, Nintendo also had a bundle pack for every purchase with the game and a gold-colored SP.

Overall, six out of 25,000 bundles contained a golden ticket which claimed one out of six 24 k special edition game boy. That’s how rare this game boy is.

3. The Art of Wii

Nintendo Canada made only 6 Art of Wii consoles in partnership with Magic Pony and Udon Entertainment.

Each of these consoles was unique since each of them was hand-painted by different Canadian artists.

The art of Wii oldest Nintendo consoles
The Art of Wii (Source: consolevariations.com)

Furthermore, this model was created by Gary Taxali and is one of the rarest consoles by Nintendo.

2. Nintendo Famitsu 500 Gameboy Light

The Famitsu 500 Gameboy Light is one of the rarest Gameboy made by Nintendo in 1998.

With a total of 6,000 units released, 5,000 of them were in the blister variant, and only 1000 were in the box variant.

Famitsu 500 (source:eBay)

It uses two AA batteries which give it approximately 20 hours of battery life. 

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1. Nintendo PlayStation

Sony went on to partner with Nintendo to develop a hybrid console with a CD-ROM and an attachment for the Nintendo games in 1990.

Nintendo produced only 200 of these PlayStation. However, the Nintendo Play Station could not continue because of the clash between Sony and Nintendo.

Nintendo playstation oldest Nintendo consoles
Nintendo PlayStation (Source: Wikimedia)

Sony wanted to control the licensing of the CD version of the games in the console, but Nintendo refused to do so.

An unknown buyer paid a whopping $300,000 for the Nintendo play station at an auction.

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