BLOG: The 32 rarest Limited Edition consoles ever
26th Jul 2012 | 14:50
Today we got a better look at the limited edition Halo 4 Xbox 360 console and we'd be lying if we said it didn't tickle our fancy.
Recently it seems every other game gets a 'limited' or 'special' console launch alongside it, and more often than not you can find them piled up and discounted at retailers a few months later.
However, over the years we've also seen some amazing, actually limited consoles. Ones you definitely couldn't stroll in to HMV six months after release and buy.
Below is a collection of the 37 rarest games consoles ever. These are a mixture of the money-can't-buy, super-rare and ultra-obscure. Let us know your favourites in the comments below.
Sega of Germany commissioned Top-Airbrush's artist T. Rachu to create nine custom Dreamcasts to give away as prizes. This Chu Chu Rocket one is our favourite - and money couldn't buy one.
This mint green Tales of Symphonia Gamecube was exclusive to Japan and included a Game Boy player.
The see-through pink Hello Kitty Dreamcast was one of two models produced, the other was light blue. We prefer this one.
According to the official product description this Gundam Gamcube is 'Copper Rust Crimson'. It has a Zeon decal on the disc try and the matching controller.
The Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker PSP had a fairly unremarkable camo decal, but we like the snakeskin pouch bundled with it. For some reason this was quite hard to track down.
This pearl white PS3 Slim was given away as a competition prize and features artwork from Marvel comics legend and Vigil Games designer Joe Mad. Only ten of these were created.
The Dreamcast here was made for Sonic's 10th anniversary and only given to internal employees.
This red Coca-Cola Game Gear was released alongside Coca-Cola Kid, a Japan-exclusive platformer.
This Crystal Hello Kitty Xbox was only available in Singapore and commemorated the release of Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue.
The classy Gundam Cross Drive Nintendo DS featured the red unicorn's head and lightning bolt logo from Amuro's RX-93 V Gundam.
The One Piece Pirate Musou Gold Edition PS3 system was displayed at Sony's booth during the Jump Festa event at Makuhar. These weren't around for long, unsurprising given the popularity of One Piece in Japan.
The Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep PSP was released as part of a limited Entertainment Pack sold at GameStop.
This one-of-a-kind PS3 was given to Kazuo Hirai as a leaving gift when he left Sony's PlayStation division.
Bet you can't guess what product this garish yellow Xbox 360 ties in with! Fun fact: It eventually turned up on eBay with a $4000.00 asking price.
This Tales of Xillia console had Jude and Milla from the game adorning the top and a red PS3 logo. Sony rarely modifies its logo so this is quite rare.
Another of the Sega of Germany commissioned custom Dreamcasts. This time themed on the brilliant Jet Set Radio.
Technically the Xperia Play is a gaming device, so quit your bellyaching. It got a Minecraft makeover to celebrate the mobile debut of Notch's blocky building game.
Sega released a special Seaman Edition (don't laugh) of the Dreamcast. However, this is the even rarer Chritmas version of that console. It's a Special Limited Edition Dreamcast.
There were two Resident Evil: Code Veronica Dreamcast models released. Both had the same STARS package and skeleton casing. The red one was inspired by Claire Redfield, one of the game's protagonists.
Sega only produced 10,000 of these white, dragon-baring PS3 consoles and they were all exclusive to Japan.
The Special Edition Panzer Dragon Orta Xbox was released only in Japan and featured the Orta logo on the top. The unit was only available to those who preordered on Nov 1, 2002.
This industrial looking Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 was created by MorpheneMods. Kojima gave it his seal of approval by scribbling his name on it.
This golden Xbox 360 was given away in a Microsoft competition, each console was numbered and had a phrase in spanish written on the top. Winners also got 50000 Microsoft Points and lifetime Xbox Live Gold membership.
Another Japan-exclusive, this Resident Evil 5 console had a matte-finish and the Tricell logo prominantly displayed on the front. Resi fans snapped this up.
The Panasonic Q was also a Nintendo Gamecube. It did what Nintendidn't and fitted the console with a DVD player, along with an LCD screen for good measure. Due to low sales Panasonic quickly stopped making these.
These consoles were given to winners of Square Enix's "Word To Your Moogle" competition at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011.
This is the other Seaman Dreamcast produced in response to the game's popularity. It was only sold at HMV stores in Japan.
EA celebrated the launch of Madden 11 with an event called Madden Gras, at the event it gave away this overbearing PS3.
The Regulation #7 on this Dreamcast refers to the the Japanese penal code, in particular a code pertaining to businesses affecting public morals. The console was a special refurbished Dreamcast unit that was used as a network console in Japanese pachinko parlors.
The white Sega Game Gear is ultra rare because it came packaged with a TV tuner.
The GTA: Episodes from Liberty City PS3 has a two-tone Pearl White/Piano Black Custom Paint Job and a custom 3D New York City/Liberty City Skyline. It is one of a kind and sold on eBay for $1,953.60.
The Hanshin Tigers 2003 model Gamecube also came with a Hanshin Tigers Jersey and a Hanshin Tigers carry bag. It was released in celebration of the Tigers' victory over the Hiroshima Carp to become national champions.