Somewhere in Canada, there is a wealthy, lucky person who has just purchased one incredible collection.
For a mere $1.2 million, a Canadian mystery buyer has won an eBay auction for arguably the largest game collection ever. A man in France decided to sell his full sets of games that he has collected for 22 different gaming systems. That's right, full sets, as in every game ever released for each console.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the collection contains about 7,000 video games in all, collected by a 32-year-old man named Andre. He says that he made it his mission to collect every Sega, Nintendo and NEC system set, which he managed to successfully do.
"I perfected some full sets by getting every title of them factory sealed, just for the challenge of it," Andre said in an email to The LA Times. "Some titles are extremely hard to come by brand new when they're 25 years old. Now that the mission is complete, maybe it's time to move on."
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The eBay auction lists the complete sets for Famicom Cartridge, Famicom Disk, Virtual Boy, Super Famicom, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DD64, Gamecube, Sega Master System European, Sega Mark 3 & Sega Master System Japanese, Sega Game Gear, Sega Megadrive, Sega 32X, Sega Mega CD, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, PC Engine Hucard, PC Engine Supergrafx, PC Engine CD, PC Engine Super CD, PC Engine Arcade CD, PC-FX and Pioneer Laseractive.
As if completing a collection of this magnitude wasn't impressive enough, each game also includes the original box and booklet. The collection, which took 15 years to make, is only a portion of Andre's collection. He also sells other games in his eBay store; this is just a sampling of the thousands of other games he says aren't part of this particular collection.
Andre confirms in answer to a query on the auction that yes, every full set also includes the necessary console to play the games, either brand new or mint condition in the box. Whether the mystery buyer will crack open some of these 7,000-odd games and start up the ol' Virtual Boy or Super Famicom remains to be seen.