Show us your collection: #18 Heidi stopXwhispering

A visit to Scandinavia for our next collection, Sweden to be precise and the awesome collection of Heidi. Heidi (@Retro_Game_Blog) who many of you may already know from her retro gaming website or her Instagram pictures has a freshly refurbished game room and gaming collection to die for. We saw it and immediately knew we just had to show it here. Enjoy.

The Collection

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My retro room

This is an overview of my Retro Room as I like to call it. More or less retro vintage furniture from the 70’s and 80’s and brown/orange colours to match all the retro games ^_^

My retro room - desk

In this corner I have my desk and beloved iMac, this is where i clean, sort, organize and blog about all my games

TV setup 1 - NES

I have a total of 4 TV’s setup for gaming. This one unfortunately only have one working input so this one’s dedicated to my PAL NES. I put up the Zappers just using two nails in the wall and balancing them on there.

TV Setup 2

TV Setup number 2 has LOTS of systems hooked up to it. Thanks to an RGB switch in the back, and a bunch of splitters for the component cables I am managine to have it all connected. There’s an NTSC NES, Super Nintendo, Twin Famicom, PAL Sega Mega Drive 2, Dreamcast, Playstation 2, Sega Saturn, N64, Super Famicom, Japanese Sega Master System, Sega CD and the new NEO GEO X.

TV Setup 3

TV setup number 3 has a japanese Sega Mega Drive, a PC Engine Duo and an Atari 2600 Junior. It also holds all my Japanese Sega Mega Drive games, which is about only 30 so far.

Commodore64

TV setup number 4 is a small flat screen where I mainly have the Commodore 64 connected. This TV is however right next to my desk so I can use it when recording. I have a bunch of extra systems on my desk that are ready to connect, like a Famicom with a Disk System, a Master System and a SNES.

Shelf closeup1

On the shelves in this corner I have one of my three virtual boys and all the games I have for it. I think I’m missing two games for the VB now. There’s also some PAL SNES, N64 some board games and other oddities that doesn’t belong anywhere else, like Intellivision games and such which I don’t have a system for yet..

Shelf closeup - SFC, FC and Atari2600

Here’s my precious Pacman neon sign, I love it! It really lights up the entire room ^_^ On the shelves we have all my SFC boxed games, Famicom boxed games and Atari 2600 cartridges.

Shelf closeup2 Famicom Disk System

Here’s a bit of a Star Wars collage with toys and games to the left, and also all my Famicom Disk System games to the right. And also some boxed Atari’s and the Samda de Amigo maracas ^^

Couch

Here’s my couch, it’s from my grandparents and I think it’s really cool. You can puzzle it together and it will make a mattress! Almost like Tetris.

Shelves - GB, GBC, GBA, Famicom

In these shelves I have my Famicom cartridges (I have over 600 of them). Most games I display though are games that are playable, like puzzle, shooters, action and platformers. All the RPG’s and japanese text-heavy games I’ve hidden in boxes elsewhere.. In the two shelves to the right there’s all my boxed GB, GBC and GBA games.

Painting

This is painting that is very dear to me. A good friend made it for me a long time ago. He just called and asked what my favorite characters where, then he surprised me with this artwork. It’s Sepiroth from FF7, Samus from Metroid, Lulu from FFX and Halo’s Master chief ^_^

Favorite chair and famicom pillow

This is my favorite chair, it’s extremely comfortable! and it was cheap at a second hand store ^^The Famicom Pillow was made by Lucy from SewYourSoul in London and the Amiga 500 I just got.. haven’t found a place for it yet..

Konami shelf

Here’s a shelf I painted and decorated, it contains all my Famicom Konami games that I don’t have boxes for. I’m also really happy with my Nintendo neon sign ^_^

Shelf with castlevania etc

This shelf is filled with goodies!

Shelf closeup - Castlevania

The thing I’ve been collecting the most gets the best spot here, Castlevania!  I think I have most castlevania games that have been released. Just gotta love this series ^_^

Shelf closeup - likeable

In the middle part here we have a bunch of boxed goodies, like Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger, Doom for Atari Jaguar, Zelda for SNES, Mario Bros for Atari 2600, Altered Beast for Famicom, Bucky O’Hare Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, Life Force Salamander, Ninja Baseball Batman! and a bunch of other games. Mainly games that are either pretty, valuable or dear to me.

Shelf closeup - Sega Saturn

In the bottom I keep my Sega Saturn games, Atari Jaguar games and all magazines I’ve collected about retro gaming.

PC Engine part 1

Lately I’ve been focusing a lot of my collecting to PC Engine. I just got this system about a year ago and I’ve accumulated quite the library already. It’s a great system with some great games!

PC Engine part 2

And here’s even more PC Engine games. I haven’t found a good place to store them yet, so they’re just waiting on the floor meanwhile…

VB and NES

Here’s another Virtual Boy and my official Nintendo box where I keep some of my favorite NES games, in the top there’s also customized space to store 2 controllers and a Zapper.

Shelf closeup - Famicom and PS1

Here’s some of my favorite Famicom games displayed.

SMS, NES and Famicom

On the top here I keep a bunch of boxed stuff, then there’s some PS1 games, famicom and then PAL Sega Master System games. I ran out of shelves for this thing, I’m working on making new ones so the SMS games don’t have to be stacked ontop of each other. On the right are my NES games, both NTSC and PAL, and some PS2 games in the bottom.

Sega Mega Drive

Here’s my PAL Sega Mega Drive collection. I can’t really buy many more games for it since the whole shelf is full! haha ^_^ But I don’t think I’ll be able to keep myself from that anyway.

Room without flash

All previous images have been taken with a flash. My Retro Room is usually much more cosy with mainly red lights and neon signs.

Q and A with Heidi

When did you become interested in video games and what was the first video game you played?

Heidi: I’ve always been interested in video games! When I was really young, 5 or so, I found my 13 year older brother’s forgotten Donkey Kong Game & Watch. It was orange and pretty, with a multi screen, and the game was really simplistic yet difficult! I played this thing constantly! Until one day it got lost, and I don’t know where it went. Perhaps I had forgotten it someplace, or maybe my parents just hid it. They have never been fans of video games, they assumed games would make you stupid… So I basically never got any games, even when we were going on road trips around Europe and both my cousins had a Game Boy, I never got one. I played games whenever I got the chance! At friend’s places, or my cousins’ places, everything from NES to Sega Mega Drive and I was always quite good at it. My friends used to sometimes call me to come over and help them with a boss, even though I didn’t even have the games myself I could usually figure it out ^_^ I remember fondly playing Super Mario Bros 1, 2 & 3, Metroid, Castlevania, Ice Climbers, Alex the Kidd in Miracle World, Sonic 1 & 2 and many of these common games that people usually had.

What was the first games console or computer you owned and how old were you?

Heidi: When growing up into our early teens my friends starting getting bored of their games, but I hadn’t gotten enough of it. I still always wanted to play games whenever I went to friend’s places. After years and years of begging my parents eventually got me a used Sega Mega Drive briefly, I think I was around 12 or 13, they later borrowed it out to a 5 year old when I wasn’t home, and the kid broke it after I’ve had it just for about a year.

What got you into collecting videogames, computers and consoles?

Heidi: One Christmas when I was 18 or 19 I convinced my Dad to buy me a PS2, making him think it was a special kind of DVD player! He bought it and after that my collecting started escalating. I bought sooo many games for the PS2, and then I bought an Xbox and just kept collecting. By this time I had my own income and I spent most of it on games! (Just imagine how much my Dad regretted ever having bought me that PS2). It didn’t take long until I realized that I could buy all the old systems I never got as a kid online, so I started getting it all! NES, SMS, SMD, SNES, N64 and so on.

Where do you source most of your retro purchases from (ebay, flea markets etc) ?

Heidi: Ebay, and some specialized retro game retailers online here in Sweden. Also a Swedish auction site that is like Ebay, called Tradera. Flea markets aren’t very big here, and especially where I live it’s far from any big city that might have a range of retro games, so I have to do most of my hunting and purchases online.

What is your most prized retrogaming possession and how much did it cost you?

Heidi: I think most people would really appreciate my Nintendo sealed Zelda a Link to the Past, but I don’t really like Zelda (!), so I don’t really care about that possession that much, I still like having it in my collection, and I got it as a gift from a dear friend so I want to keep it ^_^ But something I really care about a lot would be my CiB Bucky O’Hare, since I love that game, and I’m also quite proud of my Virtual Boy collection, I’m only missing 1 or 2 games for that system.

What is your favourite hardware manufacturer (Sega, Nintendo, Atari Commodore etc.) ?

Heidi: Sega… and Nintendo! I can’t choose >-< and I would also like to throw in NEC!! For the fantastic PC Engine ^_^

What is your favourite console or computer?

Heidi: Aaah! That is such a hard question.. well recently I’ve been collecting mostly PC Engine and Famicom games. The PC Engine is really special, and it has some amazing games!! But Nintendo is of course also great, lots of fantastic franchises from Konami & Capcom etc. But I also have a dear place in my heart for the Sega Mega Drive, since I played it a lot as a kid and I love the SMD music ^_^ So I can’t choose just one, I will have to say (in no particular order), NES/Famicom, PC Engine and Sega Mega Drive!

Where do you want to go now with the collection?

Heidi: Well I’ve never been aiming at completing any collection, neither do I collect games that are sealed. I buy games that I can play, and I love trying “new” games that I haven’t heard about before. I usually just browse around Ebay and buy stuff that either looks interesting on the cover art or that has an interesting name, and it doesn’t matter the platform. I have over 60 different systems now, and that is just so that I can play any game I come across. I’m up to over 3000 games, and I’ve mainly been searching for platformers, action, adventure, shmups or puzzle games which are the type of games that I enjoy playing, and that is probably what I will continue to search for.

I also love photographing, I have a Canon d mark 5 so I take a lot of pictures of my gems and spread the love for retro gaming on my blog and through instagram and pinterest. I will definitely continue doing so ^_^

Have you any tips for budding retro games collectors?

Heidi: I import a lot of japanese games, and even though I know some basic japanese it is hard to read what the game is called if it’s only in kanji, for this I found out a great function on Google! If you go to images instead of web you can just drag and drop a picture you take of the game cartridge in there and it will search for similar pictures. This almost always works for finding out the name of the game.
Another advice for NES fans is to get a Famicom, there were more games released for the Famicom than the NES (at least the European one) and also the famicom games are usually much cheaper! You can find amazing games that never left Japan, and you can also find a lot of the desirable games like Mega Man series etc to a much better price for the Famicom than the NES, and it’s still the exact same game!

Author: Ant Harper

Father, Husband, website developer, avid gamer since the mid-70s and collector of just about anything video game related. 8-Bit microcomputer and Sinclair specialist with a huge Sinclair related collection of his own. Blogs about retro gaming here but occasionally elsewhere when people ask. Bored of Mario and never much liked Zelda. Performs quirkafleegs for cold hard cash. Often found destroying ice crowns in the Lands of Midnight. Remembers: Lunar Lander. Plays: Steel Battalion, Gears of War

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3 Comments

  1. Awesome article! Awesome games room. I am at the stage now where collecting is almost as rewarding as playing the games. I only have a modest collection though. This article has inspired me to go and rifle through my gameboy collection and see if there’s anything I can play for 10 minutes, off I go.

    Thanks.

  2. I am a big big fan of Castlevania and when i saw your collection i got delighted! I wish i had half of your castlevania games!!! Thats my favouerite series of all time and i only got 15 games :(

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