The limited editions of a console are usually made to celebrate the launch of a foreign or related product and that both are fed back with marketing. Outside of a different aesthetic, they do not contribute more as a product and they do not stop being curiosities for collectors with the passage of time. However, we have decided to bring you the rarest console editions everand we can tell you that some will even surprise you.
Collecting consoles already withdrawn from the market has become a hobby for many and an investment for others. Searching for that system of yesteryear in the best possible state becomes an odyssey in which they invest time and money. The objective? Having a movable property with an important value as heritage, as the art dealers of yesteryear did.
These are the rarest consoles in history
They are not all what they are, but we have made a small selection of a series of models that many of you possibly did not know or, failing that, they were so ephemeral that you did not remember. In any case, we must emphasize that they are not much more powerful versions or with special characteristics, only that they have a curious aesthetic.
Atari Lynx Marlboro Edition
The Atari laptop was an engineering marvel, considered in terms of architecture to be the closest thing to a pocket Amiga, it even had a Blitter in its hardware and was designed by two of Jay Miner’s collaborators in the creation of the mythical computer from Commodore, only this time working for its rival. The Lynx was the brainchild of RJ Mical and Dave Needle and proved, unfortunately, that the best hardware isn’t always the winner.
The console had sales that were discreet, not to say very low, and it is more well known by those of us who lived through those years of the early 90s with the first consoles of this type. However, what many of you know is that it had a Marlboro edition.
Coca-Cola’s Game Gear
The only laptop that SEGA has launched on the market had a special red edition related to the most famous fizzy drink in the world. Unfortunately it only came out in Japan, in any case, we have always wondered how the blue hedgehog company did not bet on a revised version of the console seeing how well Nintendo did with the Game Boy at the time. No, seriously, we would have liked to see a Game Gear Pocket to compete against the Game Boy Color, not being more powerful, but solving the battery problem.
Nintendo was reluctant to use optical discs in the second half of the 90s, which led it to completely lose the support of the industry and reconsider its mistake, but halfway. Since with the excuse that the children had small hands they made their console only able to read 8 cm discs, in the end they reconsidered with Wii by adopting conventional DVDs, but in none of the consoles was there the ability to watch movies.
This is not the case with the Panasonic Q, one of the rarest consoles in history and which, unfortunately, was only sold in Japan. Its particularity? It is a GameCube licensed by Nintendo to Matsushita, Panasonic’s parent company, which has the ability to read DVD movies. This is the console that should have come to us and not the hideous purple cube worthy of the Fisher Price catalog.
Xbox One Audi R8 Edition
Microsoft’s previous generation console is not a failure at all if we take into account its excellent catalog and it obtained sales that they would have liked to have had many historical fiascoes and the occasional commercial success such as certain 16-bit consoles. But anyway, let’s get to what matters to us. This edition of the console with a casing reminiscent of the nose of the famous car is “quirky” to say the least and was released to commemorate the launch of Forza Horizon 3.
And with this we will have completely finished with the review of the rarest consoles in history. Do you know any that we have not mentioned in this short list?