Vintage video games and consoles in Surrey sale

A Surrey auction house is preparing to stage its first-ever sale of vintage video games and consoles on November 18, with many rare lots already consigned for sale at Ewbank’s.

Among the rarest items on sale is a Panasonic Q, a Japanese-only release featuring a collaboration between Panasonic and Nintendo which fused a GameCube with a DVD player. This console is boxed, has the manual and other inserts and has been fully tested. It has an estimate of between £800 and £1,000 and is one of the most coveted gaming consoles of all time.

A rare Panasonic Q, a Japanese-only release featuring a collaboration between Panasonic and Nintendo which fused a GameCube with a DVD player, has an estimate of between £800 and £1,000

A complete Sega 32X console, in original box, is going under the hammer with a guide price of between £250 and £300. The sale also features many Sega 32X games, including Knuckles’ Chaotix, one of the rarest games on the system, and the only original Sonic game from the franchise on the system. The game has an estimate of between £300 and £400.

A complete Sega 32X console

For Pokémon fans, there are a couple of lots of note to watch out for, including a sealed Pokémon Yellow game, the third official mainline Pokémon title released on the Gameboy which saw Pikachu follow the player around in the open world, has been valued between £500 and £1,000.

A yellow Pokémon Gameboy is on sale with a guide price of between £400 and £700. This handheld could only be purchased from the Tokyo Pokémon Centre for a limited amount of time, has an exclusive Pokémon pattern on the system and is fully tested.

A rare yellow Pokémon Gameboy

Roy Raftery, Ewbank’s video games specialist said: “In this sale we have a nice mixture of highly collectable and ultra-rare items, but we also have items that are found around the average attic or basement that people may overlook. So, it’s well worth checking which games or consoles might be hidden in the attic or at the back of a cupboard.”

A great example of this is a Nintendo Entertainment System, the NES was Nintendo’s 8-Bit console that featured the first ever Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong games, games that are now household staples. Ewbank’s has a complete in box and fully tested machine which will go on sale with an estimate of between £100 and £200.

An Xbox 360 Gears of War edition is going on sale with a guide price of between £60 and £80.

An Xbox 360 Gears of War edition

Raftery, said: “The Microsoft Xbox 360 sold more than 80 million units worldwide and is one of the most fondly remembered consoles of the seventh generation. The 360 had multiple special edition consoles and while the Gears of War edition has a low estimate, it’s still an item that gamers and collectors seek out for their games room. The console sold amazingly well, and people will be surprised at how much value some of the rarer games hold.”