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I was wondering if anyone had a relatively complete lynx collection. I've been collecting game systems for a while, and I want to start collecting for the lynx alot more. Is it worth it? I don't care if its sealed or not though. I know what it takes. I got most of the 7800 library so far CIB. Except the super rarest. But anyway, is it a hard system to collect for? what about fun wise? I know it has only a little more then the 7800 library. I only have 12 games so far.

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A bit hard. Late release games like Double Dragon and Desert Strike can go for $100 or so. If you include games that were homemade like Zaku and Hot Dog, expect to pay a lot more to get some of them that are no longer produced.

 

Eye of the Beholder with original box is going for $10,000 right now on eBay (doesn't mean it's worth that but someone on this forum wanted to buy one for 400 euros so original box can be pricey if Eric does not make any new boxes with his latest cart run.

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No, idk about hombrews. I'm just walking about original releases. I'm not a real hombrew fanatic. Maybe one or two but that's it. The lynx seems like a cool system to collect for. I guess I was just wondering if it was hard or not to collect for overall. And even maybe some collecting tips like where to get\look for games.

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I have almost a complete Lynx collection. Thing is, I bought Double Dragon, with instructions, maybe 4 years ago on Ebay for only $30. Now with the collecting craze, even common games have risen in price. You can still find some great deals out there if you hunt around. As for homebrews, I am with you on those (even though I have most of them). Some are good, some are just no good for play. But, the Lynx is a great system to actually play.

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I consider the official North American releases easy to collect for, maybe a little expensive for a few.

 

If you want to expand to oddities like Japanese variants, the driving school kit .etc, then it's a bit harder.

 

Homebrews complicate things due to some being produced in limited quantities.

 

The prototypes that have been released and published are generally not hard to get a hold of.

 

Personally when I collect I consider the official commercial releases of a certain territory to be a complete collection as thats really what I remember from when the system was around.

 

But I'm still very interested in protos because of their historical relevance as essentially being part of the original library that you never got a chance to play. There are some great homebrew games too, and it's always nice to see new stuff on the system. But generally I'm a little more selective about these last few categories and a little more comprehensive about the commercial releases. Never really big on regional variants.

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I was wondering if anyone had a relatively complete lynx collection. I've been collecting game systems for a while, and I want to start collecting for the lynx alot more. Is it worth it? I don't care if its sealed or not though. I know what it takes. I got most of the 7800 library so far CIB. Except the super rarest. But anyway, is it a hard system to collect for? what about fun wise? I know it has only a little more then the 7800 library. I only have 12 games so far.

It's not bad at all, a lot easier than a lot of other systems. It cost me a little but in the first two years I was collecting for the Lynx I obtained every official release. I was able to get a variety of rare and cool items also that would be a lot more expensive to get something comparable on another system.

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It seems that stock of games for the Lynx were grossly overproduced. You can still get sealed brand new copies of many games easily. You can even find retail stores like Gamesmen in Sydney Australia who still have stock of games on their store shelves. So most titles are pretty common and cheap.

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I have a complete boxed US Lynx collection (minus one or two boxes/manuals) and some homebrews (mostly the earlier ones). I keep debating whether or not to sell it off and if I do if I'm better off piecing it out game by game or selling it all in one lot as 'the instant collection'. One of the big problems is that I use the manual posters as decoration in my game room so I'd have to either not sell those or find something else to put on the walls (and I really like those posters). I really need to look into current prices on things, if those Telegames releases are going for $100 or so then I may finally be motivated.

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I've started collecting all the commercially released games. Around 72 in total. In just under 10 months I have 58. I paid out big for Double Dragon and Desert Strike but I'm glad I have them. A few titles I only have a cart and others no box. It's a great system to collect for and something that is achievable. The only rare one left for me to get hold of is Krazy Ace Golf which I'll probably get from Telegames.

What will I do when I have them all, I can't answer that just yet.

Good luck with your decision.

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what about the late telegames releases? you can still get them from telegames. Hyperdrome, for example.

 

The question is would it count as commercial game or a reproduction? Some of unfinished games by Atari and Epyx ended up in Telegames who released them. With Lynx, the line between commercial release and reproduction is kinda fuzzy

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The question is would it count as commercial game or a reproduction? Some of unfinished games by Atari and Epyx ended up in Telegames who released them. With Lynx, the line between commercial release and reproduction is kinda fuzzy

 

I see. There was a debate about that a little while ago in the Jaguar forums that went slightly awry :lol: I think the consensus was that they were official though, but people can think what they want I suppose.

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I've started collecting all the commercially released games. Around 72 in total. In just under 10 months I have 58. I paid out big for Double Dragon and Desert Strike but I'm glad I have them. A few titles I only have a cart and others no box. It's a great system to collect for and something that is achievable. The only rare one left for me to get hold of is Krazy Ace Golf which I'll probably get from Telegames.

What will I do when I have them all, I can't answer that just yet.

Good luck with your decision.

BadPricey

Fair warning, Telegames Krazy Ace Miniature Golf should have been sold as a demo. I have had it since, well back in the day. It is some fun, but some holes are impossible and there are some repeat holes. Could have been great had it actually been refined and finished.

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Can you still buy most of the telegames from the company itself or no?

 

Indeed you can, but strangely, those are also the most expensive games to buy.

 

I started collecting for the Lynx last December. I'm two games shy of the complete commercial/Atari release collection. I've also a bunch of the rarer things (Zaku, Championship Rally etc). In theory, if you want the commercial releases, and have enough money, you can buy it all in one go brand new. The stock is out there, every title can be bought (though you might have to wait for Krazy Ace to be re-printed).

 

I made a game out of it. I kinda got nerdy, and made a list of all the games and the current cheapest place to buy it. Then I trawled eBay and a few classified sites like leboncoin in France, or Gumtree in the UK. Then, whenever I found something that was decently cheaper than my list, I'd buy it.

 

Half way through my collection, I decided I wanted all of the games to be boxed (wallet wasn't happy about that one). So even once I get these last two games I need, there's still some life left in the "game" as I source boxed versions of the games I currently only have the cart for. And yes, I have a list of current cheapest for those, too.

 

A very achievable, fun system to collect for IMO. I couldn't imagine doing this for the GameBoy, with so many titles etc.

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Trew, I've had almost an identical experience. Awesome to read someone else's take on it. My lists are on Google docs... I look for deals (mostly on eBay) based on what I can get the games for at various retailers. I've got about 2/3 of the commercial releases now and a little under half of them boxed with manual.

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Some says it's good, some says no. Steering seems to be a big factor in the game challenge, It's too easy to oversteer so try to keep steering at minimum and avoid steering while jumping.

 

Road Riot was never officially released so no box or manual exists. Only reproduction of the proto ROM around and there's one on eBay, not mine, for $40 w/ free shipping in USA. A bit high IMO for the game but it may be worthwhile if you like racing games. Supports 2 players, maybe more?

 

Youtube video someone did:

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I'd say overall, not a hard system to complete a collection. And certainly cheaper than something like the Jaguar. There are a handful of HTF games, I think Krazy Ace Golf was the last one I had to track down. Some Telegames games are often debated on whether or not they count, but they were released in some commercial stores back in the day. I don't know what the current rare games are, but I remember Lemmings, Super Off Road, World Class Football and Ultimate Chess were some of the harder ones to find. (Edit: and Xenophobe). Then you've also got the few "big box" variants to hunt down.

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I'd say overall, not a hard system to complete a collection. And certainly cheaper than something like the Jaguar. There are a handful of HTF games, I think Krazy Ace Golf was the last one I had to track down. Some Telegames games are often debated on whether or not they count, but they were released in some commercial stores back in the day. I don't know what the current rare games are, but I remember Lemmings, Super Off Road, World Class Football and Ultimate Chess were some of the harder ones to find. (Edit: and Xenophobe). Then you've also got the few "big box" variants to hunt down.

 

As someone on the brink of completing the collection/actively collecting, these days I would say the hard to find titles are:

 

Krazy Ace Golf, Double Dragon, Super Off Road, Super Asteroids/Missile Command, Desert Strike and Lemmings. You can buy some of these brand new... but expect to pay, but boxed and second hand is rare.

 

Then there are a bunch, that you see a bit more often, but usually at a price. Battlezone 2000, Ninja Gaiden (both) Gordo 106, Casino maybe...

 

I heard that Xenophone and Ultimate Chess were hard to find, but they're not that tough these days. So, I wondered whether some how these things change over time... or maybe some things are rarer in the US than in Europe and vice versa? (In Europe, NFL and Baseball aren't that common for example).

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That's a puzzling fact: even for systems without any regional lockout or incompatibilities such as the A8, Vectrex, Colecovision, Lynx or Jaguar, prices vary a lot even on eBay. For systems that have some primitive regional lockout such as the PS1, this is even more obvious: a boxed PAL Castlevania SotN will cost about 70 to 100 Euros, while an NTSC JP Akumajo Dracula X (which is the same game) can be had for 20 to 30 dollars.

 

Similarly, sequestrated (such as Wolfenstein 3D or MK3) or "youth endangering" (such as Die Hard Trilogy, Area 51 or Aliens versus Predator (i.e. the PC title, also by Rebellion)) games that can easily be bought in the UK or the Netherlands still are considered of high value to German collectors.

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I heard that Xenophone and Ultimate Chess were hard to find, but they're not that tough these days. So, I wondered whether some how these things change over time... or maybe some things are rarer in the US than in Europe and vice versa? (In Europe, NFL and Baseball aren't that common for example).

Yeah I ended up getting a NIB (I think) Xenophobe from a European member on here. Much easier to come by over there it seems. NFL Football CIB is a bit rare here in the US, but not impossible to get or insanely expensive. The Telegames releases seem to be cheaper over there as well.

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I'd say overall, not a hard system to complete a collection. And certainly cheaper than something like the Jaguar. There are a handful of HTF games, I think Krazy Ace Golf was the last one I had to track down. Some Telegames games are often debated on whether or not they count, but they were released in some commercial stores back in the day. I don't know what the current rare games are, but I remember Lemmings, Super Off Road, World Class Football and Ultimate Chess were some of the harder ones to find. (Edit: and Xenophobe). Then you've also got the few "big box" variants to hunt down.

My appoligies for bumping. I've got a few games from my childhood Lynx still. Ninja Gaidan (arcade port), Pacland, Toki, and Qix. It's funny but on Qix if you leave it in demo mode, there are advertisements for Ultimate Chess Vhallenge and Krazy Ace Miniature Golf. I was seriously drooling over the Krazy Ace game when I was 13, but when my mom took me to Toys-R-Us to buy another game, they were all gone, discontinued... :_( However judging by the reviews, I probably dodged a bullet on that one! :lol:

 

More recently I got a working Lynx to replace my childhood one, with Ms Pacman. I also got a NIB Pinball Jam (because I collect pinball sims) and promptly busted the shrink wrap. :P

 

What are some good games to try out and games to avoid? I'm rather ignorant on separating the gems from the turds.

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