How much would you pay for an official Metroid Prime 2: Echoes cookie from 2004? What about a Chrono Cross clock? Does a a prototype modem for the Atari Jaguar strike your interest? These and many other such items are all part of the expensive subset of video game items and collectibles that you will never own. Platypus Comix has rounded up a neat assortment of these kinds of items as seen on eBay and other such places and lists the asking or selling price of each. That long-stale Metroid cookie has a $129.99 price tag, for instance. Other items up for bid include a test center version of The Legend of Zelda, a Nintendo M9 display case, the Battletoads internal media book, and an actual Sega GD-ROM burner. What's so special about that last item, you ask?
RARE SEGA DREAMCAST GD-ROM BURNER
The Sega Dreamcast used a disc media of their own invention called the GD-ROM, which held 1 GB of information... hence, it stood for "Giga Disc." A GD-ROM holds slightly more than a CD yet only 1/4 as much as a DVD
Whoever bought this evidently didn't know Dreamcasts take burned CDs too, and that most Dreamcast games didn't equal 1GB exactly, meaning they will fit onto a CD
Plus, good luck finding blank GD-Rs, buddy
eBay Price: $268
You'd have to be a pretty serious collector to buy a stale, possibly rotten cookie for $130 just because it has the Metroid logo on it. Still, items like the GD-ROM burner must have some niche application today that could justify the price. I have some similar collectibles acquired as press handouts from over the years that would probably fetch something on eBay, but there's no way I'd part with them. Well, except for the chocolate coins that were packed in with my review copy of Donkey Konga 2 back in the day. It's a shame I don't still have those. I could have retired to a private island with the profits from that sale, apparently.