Rare Video Game VHS Tapes From Japan
Almost all the rarest video game collectibles come from Japan. I’ve seen a climb of really cool North American exclusive collectibles but we honestly don’t have nothing on Japan.
I guess it makes sense that Japan has a lead in this industry for game collectibles since 80% of gaming companies originate in Japan :). But with more and more gaming companies being formed in the US and Canada, we can finally start seeing some awesome stuff!
But, in the meantime, those are are big in Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, Sega and so forth, you should keep your eye out for cool collectibles only sold in Japan.
Resident Evil Video Tape
An example are rare video game VHS tapes from Japan. The thing is that in the 90’s and early 2000’s, all the major gaming companies would release promo tapes to certain game magazines. With a subscription of these gaming magazines would get you a VHS tape for a particular game. Same thing happened with Nintendo Power back in the day. However, they didn’t do it all the time like they did in Japan.
So for example, if you’re a Resident Evil fan, there’s some amazing VHS promo tapes in Japan. One particular was “The Birth of Biohazard”.
If anyone is familiar with the 1995 release of Resident Evil on the PlayStation, then you’ll remember the intro very well.
Now when you look at it, it looks like some low budget B movie intro with American actors. Well the “Birth of Biohazard” VHS tape from Japan is basically a video of the “making-of” for the intro which is pretty cool.
There’s a bunch of footage never before seen, and if you’re a hardcore Resident Evil fan, then you NEED this tape.
*Image Credit to Residentevil.wikia
Unfortunately for those interested in this video tape, it will be incredibly difficult to get this VHS tape. They do appear on ebay and other auction sites, but you’ll need to be searching every day for one to pop up. When they do pop up, they can go for around $100. For those who don’t really care for tangible items and only want to see the content inside, luckily for you there’s a full video on YouTube of it.
Here’s the video below:
The clip is around 36 minutes long, so if you got nothing else to do on a Friday night this would be your best bet to kill some time hehe. Best part about the VHS tape is that it’s in English with Japanese subtitles. I don’t know why this video was never released in North America. Doesn’t make sense…
So after watching this clip you’re probably thinking, “holy hell this stuff is interesting!”. Yup… my thoughts exactly ;).
Now what other gems are out there? Well I was able to track down one seller that has a whole bunch of old school/interest video game tapes. Here’s a list of some of them:
- Shenmue Video VHS Sega Dreamcast
- Sega Official Video Library Virtua Fighter 3
- Guilty Gear X Beat In End Combo Collection
- CFC Capcom Friendly Club Video Vol.11
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Cho Onsoku Action Campaign
- Java Tea Battle King of Virtua Fighter 3
- StarBlade Namco Game Video Tape
- RayStorm Gamest Video Vol.30
- Vampire Hunter The Animated Series Vol.1
- Sega High-Energy Bike Special Super Hang-On
- Space Harrier A Superspectacular Fantasy Space-Combat Game Video VHS
- and more!
If you’re interesting in nabbing some of these rare gems, the prices vary from $17 to $60 depending on the title. The Official Sega Library are interesting as they will probably showcase games that never reach North America. You can really find some amazing titles which hopefully someone made an English ROM for.
Yes, the seller is from Japan, but surprisingly the shipping is always cheap when you buy anything from Japan.
If you were interested in the rare Resident Evil video tape, then you might find this article interesting on the Top 10 Resident Evil Collectibles.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend everyone!