Rare Versions of Great Games & Handhelds

Let’s take a look at some lesser known versions of well known handhelds and games. Handhelds in particular are very popular in Japan and the result is some crazy and weird limited versions often released to promote two things at once (the system as well as the version theme). We will also check out a rare recalled version of a game with a crazy story behind it…

Nintendo DS Hot Summer Donkey Version – This DS was only available to Club Nintendo members who were involved in a competition in Japan. The cool thing is that the Donkey Kong version wasn’t one of the official versions to be given out. Originally, there was a Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, and Wario version. Then after the competition had already started, the Wario version was switched out for this Donkey Kong version. Getting your hands on all 6 would be quite a challenge… There are very few of each version and the seller of this one reports the DK version as being limited to 200!

Game Boy Color Yedigun Version (12 Sealed) – Yedigun is a Turkish brand of soda who had a few deals with Nintendo to promote each other’s products. This transparent orange Gameboy Color sporting the Yedigun logo is fairly rare and it’s a must have for Gameboy collectors. This seller not only has it factory sealed, but they have a bunch of them! This auction is for 12, but they are also selling them in fewer quantities. There exists another Yedigun / Nintendo item that would be great to add next to one of these in a collection. It’s a Lemon flavored Yedigun drink with a picture of Pikachu on the side! I tried to find one on eBay, but there isn’t one up at this time…

Game & Watch Judge (Green Version) – This Game & Watch is rare because Nintendo stopped making them quickly after a bug in the game was noticed. 250,000 were made and then a purple version that worked properly was released. The green version was only sold in Japan and it’s very hard to find. Even more difficult is to find one with it’s original box! (as the one in this auction has). It’s a nice piece of Nintendo history and an important item for Game & Watch collectors.

Metal Gear Solid 2 Ultimate Sorter White Version – This limited special edition of Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance comes with Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance, The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2, and a soundtrack disc unique to this box set. There’s also a black version of the Ultimate Sorter which has the game set of discs, but the tracks on the soundtrack are completely different. So if you’re a big Metal Gear fan, you’re going to have to keep an eye out for the black version to have it all 😉

Little Big Planet Recalled Version (Sealed) – I remember reading an article about this when the game was being recalled. What happened was the first release of Little Big Planet had a certain area of the game where the soundtrack had a couple lines from the Qur’an in Arabic being sung with the music. The words translated as, “Every soul shall have the taste of death” and “All that is on earth will perish”. These quotes aren’t as scary as some might think however; it’s just a comment on mortality. Anyway, complaints were made and Sony decided to make a global recall of the game! Outside of actually playing it, the original version can only be identified by the UPC (universal product code) which is the bar code found in the bottom left of the back of the box. The first release UPC is 0711719814825and the censored release after that was 0711719819929. Not only is this auction for this original version, but it’s sealed!

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