The seller: “reel.big.fish”
The “Buy It Now” price: $164,000.
The item: “5700+ Games, 50+ Systems.Comple
My question to the seller when I just spoke to him on the phone: Won’t you feel sad when you sell all of this?
“I think I will feel a bit sad,” said Aaron, who asked that his last name not be published. “This is my childhood. There’s a lot of nostalgia there.”
Aaron is 31. He lives in rural Wyoming. He works in his family’s construction business and is in the Navy Reserve. He is married with three children and another on the way. He is building a new house for his bulging family. He is a man who could very much use some extra cash. With his entire collection already in boxes, he thought he’d list it and see what happens.
“It’s been pretty crazy the last few days,” he told me.
Aaron amassed the collection during the last five years, picking up games and systems at flea markets, garage sales, pawn shops, eBay (of course), and from other gamers, who know him on chat boards as “NintendoTwizer.” It’s a pretty astonishing stockpile of digital racing, shooting, driving and Donkey Konging. Here’s how he describes it in the listing:
5700+ games. Over 4000 from Nintendo. The majority from the golden age of gaming (1980’s – 1990’s) Multiple complete sets from Nintendo and Sega. Arguably every single retail (on store shelves) game released from Nintendo between 1985-2000 is represented here. That’s just scratching the surface with many more from Sega, Atari, Playstation, Xbox and Turbografx. Including multiple systems (some modded), (every single N64 color variant) and custom hand built and painted shelves. Complete in Box Mario and Zelda sets. I’m not looking to break this up, I’m selling as one amazing lot.
A few offers have come in, the highest at $45,000, which was too low for Aaron to accept.
“I think it’s worth a lot more than that,” he said.
More than 4,000 people are now “watching” the listing. He’s hoping a buyer comes forward with a great offer — one that values not just the games but the effort it took in amassing them all.
“I’ll be happy for it all to go to a good home,” Aaron said. “It’s been a game in itself to find all these games.”