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Console hardware you never had, but always wanted it (console, handheld, peripheral)

Manji Uzuki

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For me it is Saturn. As a Sega kid I wanted one but some friends started getting the playstation and lot of games were amazing so I ended up with that. Still don't rule out to get one in the future and build a small collection of games... maybe...

The other one would be neo geo but I never actually intended to get one. Way too expensive to get into it
 
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stranno

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Maybe the Zeebo. I always wanted to try this BREW frankenhardware. It probably didn't do well in Brazil, since it is really overpriced for a supposedly cheap console.

Game Boy Player. Not a necessity anymore, since I have an open source GBA Consolizer, but it would have been great.
 

cireza

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I eventually got everything I wanted to at least try, some in recent years only though. So I am pretty satisfied and happy with this.

The consoles I only got pretty late are the Neo Geo (both AES and CDZ, the later was awesome) and Core 2 Duo. But in the end, I decided that these consoles were not worth keeping. I also got the SNES and Mega-CD a few years before as well, only kept the Mega-CD. Also the Game Gear, great handheld, I upgraded the screen.

In the end, all these old consoles are rendered useless by the Wii U if you play on HD TV, which can play all of these perfectly. As I game on CRT TV, I keep my MegaDrive/MegaCD, but it would be pretty useless if I played on HD TV.
 
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Guilty_AI

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I wanted a PS2 back in the day but wasn't in the condition to buy one, and by the time i could afford a console we were already in the ps360 gen and i didn't think it was worth it getting a ps2 anymore.

Nowadays, two pieces of hardware i want are a Switch and a VR device, but i don't think the amount of use they'd get from me at the moment would be worth the cost and the space they'd occupy.
 
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NahaNago

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For me it would be dreamcast. I like the name and it had a few games I wanted to play on it. The other would be neogeo? I think just because of fighting games but I'm not to familiar with the system. I probably won't buy those systems though since I've currently stopped collecting.
 

nkarafo

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I always wanted a Neo-Geo AES console, just for collector's item sake.

I ended up with an MVS board. Close enough i guess.
 

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Mojoraisin

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Fun thread OP.

* New Geo - I so wanted one but no way my parents could afford one. And when I read up on how much the games cost I never even brought it up. It was just a dream.

* 3DO - kind of the same story here. I didn’t make my own money and I could never ask my parents for the machine.

*But something I really obsessed about was the Mega-LD / Pioneer Laseractive. It was a mega drive/ genesis, Mega CD and Laser disc player all in one! I was saving money for the mega CD that I eventually got, but saw this in a magazine. There were rumours some Sega games would be on LD-format. But it would cost 1000 dollars and never really made it to Europe.

And when I write obsessed I mean obsessed. At around 11 years of age I carved “Mega LD” into a big ass tree. The same tree where you had lovers carving their names for eternity. So on the tree was something like:

Anna :messenger_heart: Anders
Martin:messenger_heart:Christina
Mega-LD!
Fortunately without heart. :messenger_grinning_sweat:

But just look at this sexy beast - can you blame me?

 
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TLZ

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Sega Saturn. I still want one. Something about the system looks really cool.

Sega Saturn.

I intended on buying it with paper route money and was blindsided by the early launch. By the time I got the cash the PlayStation launch weekend was upon me. We went to Novi, Michigan for the weekend and I intended to buy it there... but saw Ridge Racer, Destruction Derby and Toshinden demos....

My father stopped me and bought me the "Playstation launch guide" magazine which I still have. He said if I still wanted Saturn in a week I could go for it. For me Ridge Racer looked so incredible I couldn't resist. The rest is history.

I don't regret getting the Playstation... but always wondered what playing a lot of those Saturn games would have been like.

I did buy a Dreamcast on launch day!
I like these stories. Thanks for sharing 🙂
 

01011001

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I had a PSX, and I can confirm that you were very wise to stay far away from it. First of all, they eat HDDs, and since the operating firmware is also stored on the drive they become a paperweight when that happens. The optical drive is also a nightmare of complexity because it has two separate pickups - one of which is a DVD-R pickup used by the DVR side and the other being a standard PS2 pickup used by the PS2 subsystem. I had the HDD in mine fail twice - and because it was a Japan only product it was impossible to get it serviced in Hong Kong, so I had to take it back to Tokyo both times. After that, the DVD pickup failed - which also completely disables the system because when you put a disc in it checks the disc type using the DVD pickup and only hands it off to the PS2 part of the system if it's identified as being a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, which obviously doesn't happen if the machine can't identify it at all.

well for the laser part, at least I think you can softmod it nowadays which switches the laser for games to the DVD-R laser.

but damn, that thing sounds like a real hassle lol
 

Trimesh

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well for the laser part, at least I think you can softmod it nowadays which switches the laser for games to the DVD-R laser.

but damn, that thing sounds like a real hassle lol

Yeah, the last time I looked there was a way of getting around the optical pickup problem using FreeMCBoot, but HDD failure was still a problem. The original HDD has special firmware that implements non-standard (and undocumented) IDE commands that are apparently part of Sony's MagicGate DRM system - if they aren't implemented then the DVRP fails to initialize, which might not seem like too much of a problem (who really needs a standard-def DVR in 2021 anyway) - but due to the way the PS2 side of the system sees the HDD via an emulated DEV9 interface provided by the DVRP if the DVRP doesn't come up then the HDD is entirely inaccessible from the PS2 side too.

It's a really classic piece of "why is this thing so complicated?" Sony design.
 

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Sega Gamegear, always blew my mind mates had a colour handheld compared to my game boy.
 

Calverz

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Actually got to play one of those for several hours. After using the quest, the tech was NEVER there for that to be VR.



I never got to play the Saturn, always wondered how it would be.
Same. Always loved the way it looked. Like a mega drive on steroids. But the software was lacking for my particular tastes. Every so often i revist the idea of buying one off ebay but talk myself out of it. Especially now with modern tv solutions etc.
 
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the Panasonic Q was love at first sight... but always unreachable.

I love the Panasonic Q. Always wanted one.
Right now a PS5.
PSP and a Vita. I could have brought an Vita but the prices of the memory card hell no...
Oh forgot about the PS4 20th anniversary.
 
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Simpkin92

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I always wanted a Gameboy SP (that sweet folding and backlight). Next was the Gamecube. They had those bad boys for 99 dollars and i wanted one so bad. All my friends had PSPs and played GTA on it and the whole system just felt so cutting edge and next gen to me because of its functionality. Would have loved to have had one.
 

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If you were around playing stuff in the 90's it has to be the NeoGeo. The thing was insane, but the games alone would cost something like 600$ a piece in today's money.
 

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Nailed it, OP. For me, it was Neo Geo. I was a huge fan of Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury, King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown. For me, the Neo Geo was highly elusive. To this day, I have never laid eyes on a physical box. I didn't even know a kid who knew a kid who knew a kid who had one.
 
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Aesius

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Sega Saturn. I still want one. Something about the system looks really cool.

Agreed. I think the Saturn's design, name, and early marketing were all better than the PlayStation's. Plus, Sony was a newcomer and Sega was well-established at that point. Even after wasting a Christmas gift on a Sega CD a few years prior, I still wanted a Saturn.
 
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DeepEnigma

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This,

And this,


Always thought it was the coolest thing seeing the ads and articles in magazines as a kid.

Neo Geo as well. Just way too pricey as a child.
 
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RoboFu

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Fun thread OP.

* New Geo - I so wanted one but no way my parents could afford one. And when I read up on how much the games cost I never even brought it up. It was just a dream.

* 3DO - kind of the same story here. I didn’t make my own money and I could never ask my parents for the machine.

*But something I really obsessed about was the Mega-LD / Pioneer Laseractive. It was a mega drive/ genesis, Mega CD and Laser disc player all in one! I was saving money for the mega CD that I eventually got, but saw this in a magazine. There were rumours some Sega games would be on LD-format. But it would cost 1000 dollars and never really made it to Europe.

And when I write obsessed I mean obsessed. At around 11 years of age I carved “Mega LD” into a big ass tree. The same tree where you had lovers carving their names for eternity. So on the tree was something like:

Anna :messenger_heart: Anders
Martin:messenger_heart:Christina
Mega-LD!
Fortunately without heart. :messenger_grinning_sweat:

But just look at this sexy beast - can you blame me?


yup this and maybe a PCFX.

this thing also had a PCengine addon .

 

RCU005

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Sega Dreamcast!

Those days I was a huge Nintendo fan and didn't pay much attention to other consoles. I used to have a Sega Genesis, and remember that I read about the Sega Saturn, but then out of nowhere I found out the Dreamcast was already out because of a friend that had it. I loved it so much, but it was already too late.
 
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ethomaz

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I believe I had all consoles I wanted to have.
 

RaZoR No1

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Full BC PS3 (with full PS2 hardware)
Then I look at the price of it, the issues they have etc. and settled with a modded PS2 and PS3 or PC remulation
 

TheMan

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Neo Geo of course. But even if I did pay out for the hardware I'd need to buy a CRT TV too. And there's no way on earth I'd pay 200+ for the best games.
 
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Ok so its cheating a little as the Konix ended up getting binned off. The whole set up was a little overkill seeing considering how shite the hardware was actually going to be. Stil fancied one though. Playing the Last Ninja on a hydraulic chair was an intruiging - albeit pointless - proposition...

 

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This thread just reminded me how blessed I am, that I got pretty much all that I wanted. So, thank you for reminding me to be thankful.
 

phil_t98

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I have been pretty lucky to own most consoles over the years, still waiting for that ps5 lol

but in terms of stuff I wanted at the time but never got it has to be the 3DO and the Atari Jaguar

some great game for the time back then just never got to play them at the time