We call ourselves retro game collectors, but what is it that we’re really collecting? With the exception of just a couple of adventurous people I know, nobody collects everything. Aside from the fact that it’s next to impossible financially, it’s too overwhelming to expand our sights to…everything. What’s most common, however, is to collect for a particular system. For example, I collect games for all Nintendo systems and a few other consoles — but my main goal is a complete North American licensed NES collection.

Still, such as goal can be too lofty for many. To achieve a full NES collection entails purchasing literally hundreds of terrible games that are hard to find and getting more expensive every day. It’s really hard to justify starting one in 2016.

So, most collectors have smaller goals that are both more achievable and desirable and we call these sub-collections. If you love Nintendo, a Legend of Zelda sub-collection is actually really common. Not only are you targeting your nostalgic peak, but almost all of the games are great! (I’m looking at you, CD-i.)

Recently, I asked the members of the Denver Retro Gamers what their favorite sub-collections are. They not only named them but also sent pics of what they had so far!

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What sub-collections are you shooting for? Let us know in the comments below!

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About John Blanco

John Blanco is an avid game collector and loves to write about his hobby as much as he participates in it. He runs the Denver Retro Gamers and Denver Switch Mob Facebook groups in Denver, Colorado, and coordinates swap-style meetups with dozens of other collectors every couple of months.

2 thoughts on “Sub-Collections

  1. I managed to get all the licensed NES games back in 2003. I remember someone calling NES collecting the “madman’s quest”. lol

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