[GAMATE] Fist of Thunder C1-033 (Taiwanese Variant 2)

I had never seen this variant of “Fist of Thunder” before I found this copy on ebay. The box has the title of the game in Chinese only, while the game description on the back is in English. Both the box and the card has the UMC design and the instruction booklet is in Chinese with English text on the back.

The other known Taiwanese variant does not have the UMC design on the box. I have never seen the game card for it, but I suspect that it is not having the UMC design either.

[GAMATE] Famous C1-052 (Taiwanese Variant)

This is a complete copy of the super rare game “Famous”. The box (which has the UMC design) has a mixture of English and Chinese text and there is a sticker with the Chinese title on the lid. Except for the Chinese instruction booklet, a set of stickers with characters from the game is also included.

I suspect that there might be another Taiwanese variant of this game, that not has the UMC box design and UMC design on the card, but I have never seen it.

[GAMATE] Myth of Asamia C1-021 (French/German Variant)

This is the uncommon variant of the Gamate game “Myth of Asamia” from Yeno, the company that imported and sold Gamate in France and Germany. Yeno has used the box from the international variant and covered the English text on the back with stickers that contains French and German text instead. Yeno-variants usually have the game description in both French and German on the box, but “Myth of Asamia” has it in French only.

Two separate fold-out paper manuals are included, one in French and one in German. Yeno never included the English instruction booklets in their editions.

[PS1] Wargame Pack Edition Limitee 2

Here whe have a French exclusive limited edition I have been after for a very long time. The pack contains the French variants of the games “Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes”, “Spec Ops: Covert Assault”, “Hidden & Dangerous” and three war models from Heller.

There also exists a “Wargame Pack Edition Limitee 1”, which has a cover artwork more similar to the “Spec Ops Trilogie” pack and includes the game “GTA 2” instead of “Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes”.

[GAMATE] Boom! C1-043 (Italian Variant)

Here we have the Italian variant of “Boom!”. GIG, the company that distributed Gamate in Italy, in some cases created totally new artwork for their game boxes and instruction booklets. At a first glance it might seems like that Italian “Boom!” has the same artwork as the international variant, but with a more closely look you can see that it has quite many differences.

The box and the instructions are both completely in Italian.

[GAMATE] Bomb Blaster C1-031 (Italian Variant)

The Italian GIG-variant of “Bomb Blaster” has to be one of the most common games for the Gamate. Instead of “Bomb Blaster” it is called “Bomb Blast” and has this alternate title printed on the box, instruction booklet and the cartridge. “Bomb Blast” might actually be a more correct name for this game since that is what it is called according to the title screen. The instructions and the box are both completely in Italian.

[PS1] Final Fantasy VIII Press Kit

The “Final Fantasy VIII” press kit is actually the exact same as the “Final Fantasy VIII Limited Edition Box-Set”, except that a press disc is included and instead of the normal variant of the game, the press kit has promo discs in a double jewel case without inlays or instruction booklet.

The really good looking cardboard box contains promo discs of the game, a CD-ROM with press information, an official white Playstation “Memory Card” in a blister pack, a green memory card protective case, a fold-out booklet containing stickers of various Playstation games (for the memory card protective case), a sheet of “Final Fantasy VIII” memory card stickers, a big double-sided “Final Fantasy VIII” poster and a “Final Fantasy VIII” t-shirt.

It could be a little more tricky to find the press kit than the limited edition, but it is not very rare. Since there are a lot of collectors for this game series, a press kit like this could be quite expensive.

[PS1] The Glove

This is the Sony licensed controller “The Glove” from Reality Quest.

Except for the controller and the instruction booklet, a VHS tape is also included. The white label on the cassette says: “PLAY THIS DEMO TAPE FIRST. PAL VERSION. Learn about “The GLOVE” for Playstation Games”.

[GAMATE] Witty Apee C1-002 (Taiwanese Variant)

Loose carts of “Witty Apee” turns up quite frequently since it was included in some console bundles, but finding a complete copy like this, is indeed not easy.

The box has English text and a sticker on the lid containing Chinese letters. Some Taiwanese variants came with double manuals and “Witty Apee” is one of them, so except for the standard Chinese instruction booklet, there is also an English manual included.

[PS1] Yetisports World Tour (U.K Variant)

The U.K variant of “Yetisports World Tour” is one of those budget games that has become really hard to find lately. There are usually a couple of French variants to find at ebay, but you will seldom see the English one. I am predicting that this game is going to be very sought after in the near future, which will increase the value alot. So if you find a copy, buy it immediately while it is still quite cheap.

[PS1] Playstation PSone SCPH-102C + Sector Playstation Watch Bundle

This is a very rare limited edition console pack. I suspect that it is an Italian exclusive, as the watch manufacturer Sector is located there.

The thin outer cardboard box, which has a small plastic window where the watch is displayed, contains the standard silver box variant of the Playstation “PSone SCPH-102C” console bundle and a Playstation watch from Sector. The watch comes in a nice looking display case, which also contains a “World Service Centers” booklet and some kind of certification card from Sector. The console box contains the usual stuff (a console, a white “Dual Shock” controller, power and AV cords, a scart adapter and printed materials).

This is an amazing addition to the collection!

[PS1] Velocity x3 Game Pack

Here we have a sealed copy of the rare “Velocity x3” game pack. It was released by Acclaim, in Australia and New Zealand exclusively.

In the cardboard sleeve you will find the Australian/New Zealand variants of the games “Vanishing Point”, “RC Revenge” and “Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000”. The cases have the same size as the ones for regular music-CDs.

[PS1] All Star Action (French Variant)

This is a very rare French variant of the “All Star Action” big box version.

Unlike the other “All Star Action” big box variants (Dutch/U.K, German and European), this one has a sleeve instead of a box with a cap. In the design it looks similar to the also blue coloured Dutch/U.K variant, but has a few differences. For example, the French variant says “12 STAR GAMES” in yellow letters on the front cover, while the Dutch/U.K one says “12 PS ONE GAMES” in red letters.

[PS1] Unlicensed PAL Games

You are looking at a complete set of unlicensed PAL games for Playstation 1. Well, actually only two of the titles could be defined as real games, since three of them are screensavers and one is a visually enhanced CD player with a mini game.

The text “FOR PLAYSTATION 2 & PSONE” is printed on the front covers, but since the games works on a Playstation 1 console, they are technically Playstation 1 titles. Playstation 2 is backward compatible, so it will play all Playstation 1 games, but Playstation 1 can never play a Playstation 2 game.

“Fun+Learn1ing – Volume 1” (educational game)

“Fun+Learn1ing – Volume 2” (educational game)

“Feeding Frenzy” (screensaver with predator theme)

“Virtual Aquarium” (screensaver with aquarium, space and lava lamp theme)

“Virtual Fireplace” (screensaver with fireplace, space and disco theme)

“DSP – Music Revelation” (except for the disc with the visually enhanced CD player, a music CD is included with soundtracks from various video games)

These titles are very hard to find.

[PS1] Destruction Derby Raw Press Kit

This is the only complete copy of the “Destruction Derby Raw” press kit I am aware of.

Inside the neutral cardboard box, you will find the game disc, a CD-ROM containing press information and three destroyed toy stock cars. The cars and the discs are vacuum packed in “Destruction Derby Raw” labelled plastic bags. An information paper from the developer is also included.

For a long time I thought that the “Destruction Derby Raw” press kit only consisted of the game and the press discs. Therefore, it was really nice to discover that the kit was actually supposed to contain some more stuff.

[GAMATE] Tennis C1-023 (International Variant 2)

This copy of the Gamate game “Tennis” has English text on the box and in the instruction manual. It is a re-release of the game, which originates from the time when UMC had taken over the Gamate brand from Bit Corp. You can see this on the back of the box, where UMC has covered the Bit Corp text with a UMC sticker.

What is really odd with this copy is the cartridge, which is a variant I have never seen before. On a black border, below the graphics (which has green as background colour, instead of the usual yellow), is the text “UNISYN CORP.” printed. I can not find any information about this company on the internet and have never seen it mentioned in any Gamate context before.

I have recently discovered a copy of a “Bomb Blaster” cartridge that also has the exact same “UNISYN CORP.” print. Another thing I have noticed is that there are several Gamate games on Ruten, that has a small sticker on the back of their boxes containing the following information: “UNISYN ELECTRONICS CORP 1F, NO.21, LANE 13, KUANG FU S RD., TAIPEI, TAIWAN, R. O. C. TEL: (02)7620692”

[PS1] Experience the Magic of Disney on Playstation Game Pack 3 (Swedish Variant)

The third triple pack from Disney is the most uncommon one. Except for this rare Swedish variant, where the games are stacked on each other vertically, there is also an Australian variant, where the games comes in music-CD sized cases bundled in a cardboard box similar to the other two Disney packs.

The pack contains the Swedish variants of the games “Disney’s Tarzan”, “Disney’s Aladdin in Nasira’s Revenge”, “Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove” and has a barcode sticker that covers the original barcode on the back of the cardboard box.

[PS1] 10 Million Model Memory Card

This is the European version of the 10 Million Model “Memory Card”. It was produced by Sony in limited numbers to celebrate that ten million Playstation consoles had been sold. The “Memory Card” is the most common item in the 10 Million Model line.

It consists of a silver Playstation “Memory Card” in a black cardboard folder which has the text “NOT FOR RESALE” printed on the back, a sticker for the card and the instruction paper.

In comparision with the other pieces in the 10 Million Model line (the console and controller), the “Memory Card” is not so hard to find.

[GAMATE] The Golden Pyramid C1-068 (Taiwanese Variant)

Here we have a complete copy of “The Golden Pyramid”. It is one of the very last games developed for the Gamate system, which at this time was completely taken over by UMC (United Microelectronics Corp). The Gamate games from this period are often written entirely in Chinese and have very good graphics in comparision with the games from the Bit Corp era.

The box, game, instruction booklet and the registration card for “The Golden Pyrmaid” are all in Chinese.

UMC releases are unbelievable hard to find these days, especially complete copies.

[PS1] In Cold Blood Press Kit

The press kit for “In Cold Blood” is not easy to find nowadays.

It consists of a folder covered in graphics, which is holding the two game discs, a CD-ROM with press information, a small spray can and a pamphlet. The kit comes in a silver bag for static shielding. To reveal the text inside the information pamphlet, you are supposed to use the spray can on it. The liquid in it has dried since long.

[PS1] Playstation SCPH-5502 A (Box Variant)

Here we have a quite odd box variant of the Playstation “SCPH-5502 A” console bundle. This unit normally comes in a box with yellow as background colour even in New Zealand/Australia, but somehow, they also had this strange red variant for the same model. It looks very similar to the NTSC box for “SCPH-5501”, except for a couple of minor difference.

The bundle contains a Playstation “SCPH-5502” console, an original controller, AV and power cords and a region specific instruction booklet. A “Demo 1” disc is supossed to be included as well, but since I have no idea about which version it should be, I have chosen not to include one in the photos.

It could be quite hard to get one of these packs, especially if you are not living in Australia or New Zealand.

[PS1] Playstation SCPH-5502 C

This is a Playstation “SCPH-5502 C” console bundle.

It contains a Playstation “SCPH-5502” console, an original controller, AV and power cables, instruction manuals, registration booklet, guarantee paper and advertising. I have no clue about which version of “Demo 1” that is supossed to be in this pack, so I have not included one in the photos.

This bundle is common and you should be able to find a copy of it at any time on ebay.

[PS1] Rapid Racer Commemorative Disc

Here we have a limited edition of the game “Rapid Racer”. It was given away as a gift to the staff at Sony to celebrate the production of the 50 millionth European Playstation disc.

The disc has the following text printed on it: “Limited Edition to Celebrate Production of the 50 Millionth European Playstation CD” and comes in a totally black music-CD style case with a Playstation hologram sticker. No instruction manual is supossed to be included.

Commemorative discs are always hard to find and could be quite expensive as well.

[PS1] Syphon Filter 2 Press Kit

The “Syphon Filter 2” press kit is very uncommon and hard to find as a complete copy like this one.

The kit contains a small electric torch with the “Syphon Filter 2” logo, a metal clip, two batteries and a digipak that holds the two game discs and a CD-ROM with press information.

You will not see this awesome item for sale all too often and when it finally turns up, it usually costs quite alot.

[PS1] Spec Ops Trilogie

This is an incredibly rare French exclusive limited edition. It contains the French variants of “Spec Ops – Airborne Commando”, “Spec Ops: Covert Assault”, “Spec Ops – Ranger Elite” and a model of a military jeep from Heller.

“Spec Ops Trilogie” was totally unknown for me before I found this copy on ebay. The seller said that he had only seen one other in over ten years and that one was in much worse condition than this still sealed copy. When searching the internet, I could only find this object in a few other peoples collections.

[PS1] Herkules (U.K Variant)

This game is easy in the top 20 of the most rare Playstation 1 standard releases. “Herkules” is one of those cheap “Cartoon Film, Jigsaw Puzzle and Colouring Book” Phoenix titles and will probably only interest the obscure game collector or the ones who are going for a full PAL set.

Fortunately, when the game finally turns up for sale, it will cost you almost nothing.

[PS1] The Hoobs Playtime Gift Pack (Australian/New Zealand Variant)

“The Hoobs Playtime Gift Pack” is a really rare object nowadays. My copy includes the Australian/New Zealand variant of the game and for a long time this limited edition was considered to be an exclusive release for these countries. I just recently found out that this pack also exists bundled with a Spanish variant of the game and the flags on the cardboard box back indicates that it probably was released in some other countries as well.

The game disc comes in a music-CD style case, which has “Not to be sold separately” printed on its backside inlay.

The box contains, except for the game itself, a character from the TV-show as a plush toy. I have never seen this limited edition packed with any other figure than this green one.

[PS1] World Cup 98 Limited Edition – EA Sports Fan Edition

A brand new and sealed copy of “World Cup 98 Limited Edition”. This box set contains the game itself, tournament wall chart & rules, red & yellow cards, a penalty blindfold, a disposable FUJI camera and a rubber remote control.

A great limited edition, loaded with stuff! I have seen a couple of these on ebay and they seem to catch quite high prices and even more expensive when sealed.

[PS1] Spider-Man Limitierte Sonderedition

This limited edition of “Spider-Man” is a German exclusive release. The big cardboard box contains the game itself, a blue Spider-Man T-shirt and a Spider-Man comic.

There are a couple of known copies in the hand of other collectors, but it rarely turns up for sale, so when I saw this one I grabbed it immediately. It was quite expensive, but the condition is really good. The game and the T-shirt are still sealed and the comic looks untouched.