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Limited Edition Consoles - Scott The Woz

Feb 27, 2020
Hello everyone, this is Scott. You may be wondering, "Wow, are you sick, sick, or just sick?" I went to the doctor and they said, "Wow, you look sick, you should go see a doctor." I've been officially diagnosed... Well, what else can I do besides consume more humidor and talk about

limited

edition

game

consoles

or whatever, while everyone else plays outside and talks about whatever the people around are talking about? aren't they sick? *exhales with a slight congestion* There is a certain beauty in "Yeah, just spank Zelda, we need to get rid of this stuff." To really spice up your relationship with a console,

limited

edition

s may do the trick.
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System variants and a specific color with special art, sometimes in commemoration of an event produced in limited numbers. You can pick them up in stores, or maybe just win them in a raffle. The whole concept of these things took a while to really grasp. Most Atari 2600 owners in the '70s didn't know what limited edition or console meant. These things really caught on when the '90s hit. It was obvious then that video games were becoming a huge fandom, with people looking to collect them. Limited Editions appealed to people who needed just one more Nintendo 64 and could stop whenever they wanted, or to people who needed a reason to finally pick up a system for the first time.
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And then the 2000s happened, and they wouldn't stop, they wouldn't stop. What a man needs so many 3DS? Personally, he only chooses limited edition systems when I no longer have said system. For example, when Smash for 3DS came out, these nifty 3DS XL systems popped in, and while I really liked the way they looked, I already had a 3DS XL. Now, with console updates, that's a different story. I didn't have a new 3DS XL, so when I saw the SNES edition on Amazon, let's just say I really stimulated the economy that day. In general, I'd say I like to keep things fairly simple with the way I prefer my game

consoles

to look.
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I like that they look exactly as they were always intended, as do all the promo images. I have a black PS4 Pro and I'm proud of it, dammit! However, I must admit that it is quite fun to go crazy sometimes with limited variants. It's always fun to gawk at them, even when the term "limited edition" gets thrown around all the time with systems that are anything but. Oh yeah, Limited Edition Platinum GameCube! Yeah, I bathe in these things, they really weren't limited. Now I got a lot of the initial info on these limited edition consoles from consolevariations.com, and I highly recommend checking them out if you're into this sort of thing.
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Now, when the limited editions started in the early '90s, they were definitely quite different compared to what they are today. They weren't bombastic, well-designed variants with iconic characters or anything, they used to just be bullshit Looking back on most of the limited Game Boy releases, many of them just had logos stuck on them, one of my favorites is the CAT edition. . Now there were specific game-themed editions. This version of Wario was given out as a prize during a game show in the UK. Oddly enough, all it says is limited edition on the box, but when you take it out, it's literally just a black Game Boy with Wario on it.
I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't this. A good part of the limited Game Boys were just that, prize draws, like the one with Ford, the one with V-Drink, this one with a pink heart. There's the Play It Loud series, but that was mostly just Game Boys of different colors, and some were weirder than others. Manchester, Milka, Planet Hollywood, EB Games, some silver. The Game Boy had a ton of crazy limited models, but almost none of them are legitimately interesting. Most just have the logo of some company and that's it. See, that's something the Game Boy and Atari Lynx have in common.
The only Lynx limited edition was exactly this one, but I prefer it to all Game Boy editions because this is the Marlboro edition. Have you ever asked someone how they got hooked on cigarettes? Yes, the lynx. The Game Boy Pocket was an improvement over the original in the limited release department. We've got some of the same simple logos on the front, but we've also got this Japan Only Gold Edition Marble Design, this Japanese Atomic Purple that looks exactly like the Game Boy Color. Game Boy Light... Well, this one is already more interesting than the original. A Pokemon Center Store exclusive, which always happened with future Nintendo handhelds.
Astro Boy - Jesus fuck. The Nintendo 64 definitely took some queues from handhelds and did a bunch of limited editions. There was the Funtastic series which was pretty much the '64s equivalent to the Play It Loud series on the Game Boy, but this time with translucent plastic. Yes, the N64 is shameless, it had nothing to hide! And while the Funtastic series wasn't necessarily always promoted as limited edition, some definitely became some of the rarest Nintendo 64 systems you can buy today. The gold version was exclusive to Toys R Us; I always thought this was cool. Most of Nintendo's gold systems feel the need to slap the Zelda logo on them, and while that's fine;
They are definitely some of my favorite limited variants, I think only pure gold can look amazing, and this N64 is no exception. Yes, Star Wars Episode I Racer Limited Edition! It's just a normal N64, isn't it? At least just sneeze a picture or something into the console to make the customer feel better, geez. The Pokemon craze was hitting the big time during the Nintendo 64 era, so Nintendo acted accordingly by not creating a full Pokemon game for the N64, but simply slapping some Pokemon stickers onto the system and calling it a day. . Alright, let's be fair, the Pikachu editions of the N64 are incredibly unique.
They went beyond most other limited editions that were just different colors with new designs. This one used a new modern looking mold that was longer to make up for a giant Pikachu on top, how nifty. His cheeks light up when the system is on, the power button is a Pokéball, the reset button is his foot, you wouldn't have it any other way! This blue was for everyone to have, but orange was exclusive to Japan. Of course, if you're not into fun, you could have gotten the European Pokémon Stadium version. I can't even be bothered to yawn.
Game Boy Color, this was really where Nintendo realized, "Ooh, I like this." I can't tell you how many mornings I woke up thinking about the Delka Game Boy Color. It was a shoe brand in Austria and it was won in a contest. That's funny. More Pokemon editions this time, that's for sure. There were the Jesco edits with Mario on them, the Lunchables edit is the last thing I think of when I hear "Lunchables", Gartner? The GameCube, did anyone order multiple skins from MTV? Prize draw from Europe, really the only way I can imagine playing Resident Evil 4.
Yes, these beat the Resident Evil 4 edition. Some GameCubes went with just a simple replacement of the jewel in the middle here. Tales of Symphonia, Metroid Prime, Metal Gear Solid Twin Snakes, Pokémon XD. I'd grab the Pikmin 2 pack any day though. It comes with a free Pikmin, f*ck any other item on store shelves. But come on, full GameCube custom variations are where they're at. This edition of Hanshin Tigers, Gundam Char, is for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, which is different from other white GameCubes, but looks almost identical. That's pretty annoying. You save up to get a Crystal Chronicles GameCube only to have people assume it's a much more common white GameCube.
But the one I think is the best to have would be the Thank You ATI edition. A version given to the people who work at ATI for their help in the development of the system. Game Boy Advance! Yeah, we're just going to be able to do some highlights here. The NES edition of the GBA SP. It was amazing because they put so much love and attention into this one. Even the texture of the layout was similar to the original NES controller. That's great! The Game Boy Micro had a similar throwback to the NES, this time for its Japanese equivalent, the Famicom.
Oddly enough, they released this in North America in addition to Japan. It's meant to look like the Famicom's Player 1 controller and... oh my gosh, this thing is beautiful. My only problem with this is that I'm worried I'll scratch everything if I'm not careful. Now in Japan, there was also a Famicom variant of the GBA SP, along with a territory-exclusive Mother 3 Game Boy Micro. Again, absolutely gorgeous. But hey, here we have the Disney Channel edition, so that's okay. The Dual Onyx edition of the GBA SP has always puzzled me. Like, yeah, it looks cool, but it looks more like a fan mod, something you'd get by unscrewing two different colored GBAs and snapping them together.
Nowadays, it's absolutely ridiculous to have a Nintendo handheld without an edition of Zelda released at some point, and GBA obviously had this beauty. The Rockstar Games theme was European exclusive, I love it! But not as much as the Tribal tattoo variant. This is the only way to tell people not to fuck with you. There was a real 24 karat gold version of the SP made for a contest, but this advert, to my knowledge, is the only time it's been seen. No one has officially claimed to have this thing for real. The contest may never have ended, or the people who won may never have cared to show it to the world, who knows?
Golden Sun issue of CoroCoro magazine, even more Pokemon issues, and a bunch with retailer names plastered on the consoles themselves. The Game Boy Advance was a tie-in in the limited edition industry-- Ok, I'll say this now, this is the start of a little bit of a lot. But it's okay! I will always take time out of my day to talk about 50 Cent DS, so I won't be overshadowed by the release of Hot Summer Donkey. So many systems released to coincide with games, anniversaries, events, the Seattle Mariners, a baseball team that Nintendo used to have. Even more Pokémon, who looked at the Love Plus Plus model and said "Yeah, looks like I'm finally going to buy a DS"?
But things get even crazier with the 3DS. With Nintendo selling so many concurrent models, they made multiple limited variations of each. which was probably a nightmare for collectors of the 3DS system. The original release, no problem. Not much happens here. You've got this fancy Zelda that came with Ocarina of Time 3D, these versions were only released through Club Nintendo, a handful of others... whatever. The 3DS XL gave birth to an even fancier model of Zelda. This thing was one of those limited edition consoles that I always looked at with envy. It is very well set in A Link Between Worlds.
Lorule is represented by the inverted Dark Triforce at the bottom, I love this design! And like I said, the Smash Bros. one was great too. In Japan they actually got a New 3DS XL version, which I actually think looks a little better. The Animal Crossing: New Leaf model looked like a Pop-Tart. (HA!) Pikachu has nipples. (HA!) Year of Luigi, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, Pokemon, Mario, Tomadachi, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Yoshi, Persona, (voice overlays) The NES edition is stupid. The GBA SP has the exterior mimicking the console and the interior mimicking the controller, just as it should be.
The 3DS XL version just showed a picture of the NES controller on the outside and inside cover, well you know? Do you have red buttons? Bored. Now the New 3DS featured interchangeable front blades, meaning they were sort of a replacement for the limited editions. Of course, the Game Boy Micro also had interchangeable front blades, but that didn't stop them! The Ambassador Edition was sold to Club Nintendo members in Europe, well before the official release date. This thing looked so cool! But the New 3DS XL definitely had more limited releases. Some editions of Zelda, one Majora's Mask and the other just with the Triforce.
I'm not a big fan of either of these. When I think of Majora, I think of purple. What the hell is this? Metroid, Monster Hunter, oh man, what else, what about Pokemon? There aren't as many editions as the original 3DS XL, but there are still some great designs, that's for sure. I like the SNES edition mainly because it didn't have that shiny coating on the outside like most other New 3DS XLs. How about the 2DS? There were these cool Pokémon, surprise! They were translucent and made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, and even came in boxes reminiscent of old-school Pokémon Game Boy games.
This one from Zelda seems sour to me, and well, wouldn't you know? I have the Super Mario Maker edition! This is horrible. The New 2DS XL Limited Editions did a lot of extra stuff to the outer shell. Minecraft, a Hylian shield, Dragon Quest, a Pokeball, Pikachu, these all had special 3D designs that weren't just splash art, and it was really cool. Now, with Nintendo's home consoles, there really aren't as many editions as their handheld devices. The Wii had a versionunique gold plated gift to Buckingham Palace. I was looking on ohio craigslist for this thing, i will find it one day.
There was a red Wii release for Mario's 25th anniversary, and who could forget the Glee Wii? The Wii U didn't have much. Literally the only Wii U release outside of the standard black and white consoles was the Wind Waker edition. It matches the original Zelda 3DS very well, but the GamePad was the only special part of this package. The Wii U console itself was no different. One cool thing about the various Wii U bundles though was that they all had unique artwork on the boxes which put a cool twist on the U logo. They are all super neat, I would love to see a full collection of these boxes someday.
Since the Nintendo Switch is both a handheld and a console, I'd wager that Nintendo has been more willing to release new limited editions. Diablo, Monster Hunter XX, Pokémon, Smash Bros., but easily the coolest, is the Nintendo Labo edition. Everyone else generally follows the same idea, just a white trace of an image on the back of the Switch or the dock. Labo's release gives everything the essence of cardboard, it's great. Unfortunately, it is quite limited. These were for the winners of a Labo-themed contest. Well, that's all the limited edition consoles, dammit. Sega had a few, mainly with the Game Gear and the Dreamcast.
Game Gear limited editions weren't crazy, a few different colors, Coca-Cola, you know, typical stuff. But Dreamcast had the black version of Sega Sports. How did this thing fail? Check out this one from Hello Kitty, we have x-ray vision! This platinum model was fancy, there was this shocking anniversary of Sonic the Maziora edition which I like just because of the box, look at this guy! And you couldn't have a special edition Dreamcast without a Seaman release. There was even a special Christmas variant out. If only I had a version of Coca-Cola, Oh f*ck. Time to play.
We got a console commemorating 10 million PS1 sold, console commemorating 20 million PS2, console commemorating Monsters, Inc: Scare Island. Sony really liked doing the whole "commemoration of a certain number of units sold" thing. They did this a lot more, including recently with the PS4. Man, this gold edition is great. There are a few standouts, but overall, the PlayStation brand didn't go super wild with limited editions. Most were just different colors or just released together with a game. However, the PS4 has been having a lot. Who better to gift a gold PS4 than Taco Bell? Batman, Dragon Quest, Call of Duty, Spider-Man, Kingdom Hearts, God of War, this incredible return to the PS1, so many editions.
But just like Nintendo, Sony went crazy with its handheld devices, especially the PSP. Tons of matching games, but only one was a Hannah Montana edition. I love the one from God of War: Ghost of Sparta. Black and red is one of my favorite color combinations. There was another God of War release, but I like the other one a bit better. However, this one is also great. The PS Vita honestly couldn't compete. Most of the designs are a bit boring here. It's all about color with this handheld and not much else. I like the Persona 4: Dancing All Night edit, but other than that, nothing stands out.
Xbox! Have you ever considered just taking it easy? The original Xbox had some of the most iconic limited releases. The Mountain Dew version is one I always think of. However, getting it seemed a bit tricky. You had to drink a lot of Mountain Dew just to have a chance to win it. It wasn't guaranteed. And hey, if you don't like Mountain Dew, there's always the Hulk. An Xbox for the Microsoft launch team, a Panzer Dragoon Orta, my God. Halo Special Edition is very popular, and the Atari Xbox makes me want to crack a thesaurus to see all the synonyms for the word "wrong." The Xbox 360 had the Simpsons Movie edition which was incredibly limited, Taco Bell came back with another release.
The Star Wars edition looked fantastic, and I'm not even a big Star Wars guy. So many 360s were released. Many came out along with the big games, the Xbox One continued the trend, but not as much. While there are plenty of great ones out there, Microsoft has been primarily focused on driver variants for this generation. Which, hey, I'm not complaining too much. Microsoft can make an evil looking driver. Great talk guys! Limited Edition systems are fun to gawk at, but you know what else is fun to gawk at? This official statement from my doctor! Let's see what this disease is officially doing to me.
Oh no. If I don't do anything about this slight congestion, I'll be dead in 60 or 70 years!

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