Found a new Gizmondo for sale in a local shop. DIETRICH!!!

#1 Edited by MB (11902 posts) -

For a split second, I was actually considering buying this thing...but that would have led me down the dark path of searching out games for this worthless platform. I know it's a piece of gaming history and everything, but $200 was a little steep and the owner of the shop wouldn't budge. Maybe that's a good thing.

At least I got some pictures of the box and console for the Gizmondo wiki page, though. The case just to the right of the box was Gizmondo Navigator 2006.

Gizmondo and accessories including a new in box carry case
Good shot of the bottom of the unit
This turned out a bit blurry...the shop owner was glaring at me when I was taking pics
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#2 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

I have no idea what that is, but it sure does have a dumb name.

#3 Posted by ajamafalous (11818 posts) -

I think it's kinda funny that he wouldn't go below $200.

#4 Edited by Claude (16254 posts) -

I've got some old rags with Gizmondo adverts and previews. I should look them up and scan them. Score!

#5 Posted by Harkat (1100 posts) -

Man, I remember the magazine ads for this thing. Gizmondo can do...

#6 Posted by Harkat (1100 posts) -

Oh, and:

#7 Edited by MB (11902 posts) -

@McGhee said:

I have no idea what that is, but it sure does have a dumb name.

It's the best handheld gaming system ever, just ask Stefan Eriksson.

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#8 Edited by James_Giant_Peach (751 posts) -

$200 is a little much, imported one from the UK myself for around $90 on eBay. Never even switched the thing on but it's a funny little piece of history.

#9 Posted by Red12b (9073 posts) -

@MB said:

@McGhee said:

I have no idea what that is, but it sure does have a dumb name.

It's the best handheld gaming system ever, just ask Stefan Eriksson.

DAMN YOU DIETRICH!!!

#10 Posted by Cameron (595 posts) -

The saga of Stefan Eriksson and Dietrich is one of my favorite Hotspot memories, right up there with the time Jeff started shouting out the names of everyone in the Wu-Tang Clan.

#11 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4906 posts) -

@Red12b said:

@MB said:

@McGhee said:

I have no idea what that is, but it sure does have a dumb name.

It's the best handheld gaming system ever, just ask Stefan Eriksson.

DAMN YOU DIETRICH!!!

Never, and I mean NEVER let Dietrich drive! That asshole and his irish friend with his boat.

#12 Posted by TooWalrus (13131 posts) -

Thank you, Gizmondo, for providing us with hours upon hours of entertainment. I'm not talking about your games, but all those running gags to come out of the Hot Spot... I miss Rich- and JJWeatherman- where did that guy go?

#13 Posted by LordAndrew (14419 posts) -

kingofpeanuts paid $226. You were offered a bargain price. HOW COULD YOU PASS THAT UP/

#14 Posted by 71Ranchero (2673 posts) -

I think if I had the cash in hand I could not have resisted the temptation.

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#15 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

Save your money for the Gizmondo 2! (hah)

#16 Posted by SignalsAndSystems (3 posts) -

Hey guys, I'm the owner of that Gizmondo. I just went to that shop to pick it back up. I was selling it on consignment with them. You missed out on a really good deal.

That box wasn't just the "Gizmondo Navigator 2006" that was the super rare USA edition. You can kind of see the country on the back of the box in the picture. You can read more about it here http://homepage.ntlworld.com/justincastle/copilot.htm . It was expensive and only sold in Europe, not in the shops web only, so it's quite rare. More on that here http://www.gizmondoforums.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4713.

It also came with WIRED magazine issue 14.10 that had a great article explaining the whole Gizmondo fiasco. Link here: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.10/gizmondo.html . That article is the source of all those dramatic Gizmondo illustrations( by Jae Lee ) you see in everyone else's articles. The real magazine article looks nothing like the online one. The text was super imposed on parts of the images where logical, and helped make the article look like a comic. It's a really important piece of the Gizmondo history because so many other article took from it.

Also in the wiki it says the store is in SF when it's actually in Newark which is East Bay. http://www.yelp.com/biz/hot-toyz-newark?sort_by=rating_desc.

#17 Posted by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

A what? I feel like I know a good deal of my gaming history but I have no idea what the hell this thing is.

#18 Posted by Hailinel (23693 posts) -

@SignalsAndSystems said:

Hey guys, I'm the owner of that Gizmondo. I just went to that shop to pick it back up. I was selling it on consignment with them. You missed out on a really good deal.

That box wasn't just the "Gizmondo Navigator 2006" that was the super rare USA edition. You can kind of see the country on the back of the box in the picture. You can read more about it here http://homepage.ntlworld.com/justincastle/copilot.htm . It was expensive and only sold in Europe, not in the shops web only, so it's quite rare. More on that here http://www.gizmondoforums.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4713.

It also came with WIRED magazine issue 14.10 that had a great article explaining the whole Gizmondo fiasco. Link here: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.10/gizmondo.html . That article is the source of all those dramatic Gizmondo illustrations( by Jae Lee ) you see in everyone else's articles. The real magazine article looks nothing like the online one. The text was super imposed on parts of the images where logical, and helped make the article look like a comic. It's a really important piece of the Gizmondo history because so many other article took from it.

Also in the wiki it says the store is in SF when it's actually in Newark which is East Bay. http://www.yelp.com/biz/hot-toyz-newark?sort_by=rating_desc.

Holy shit.
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#19 Posted by Mento (2419 posts) -

God damn you Gizmondo.

$200? I should've asked for a free one to sell later while I still had the chance.

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#20 Posted by SignalsAndSystems (3 posts) -

Oh forgot to mention that the other reason why those USA maps are so rare is because every piece of software was cracked for the Gizmondo except for the USA Navigator. So the only way to use it was to get that super hard to find card.

It's too bad the store owner didn't display it more clearly. You can kind of see Hawaii in the last and first picture. In the fan site that I posted, Gizmondo Central, it doesn't use the production picture for the software. The production picture for the software had USA highlighted red just like the Western Europe version. In fact on closer inspection Canada and Mexico aren't there( just like in my mind ), and Hawaii is where Mexico should be. I only find it strange because in the Western Europe version, Eastern Europe can be seen, and the UK is an island so it makes sense why it's by itself.

I feel like a nerd now. I am a nerd now.

#21 Posted by JCTango (1358 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

@SignalsAndSystems said:

Hey guys, I'm the owner of that Gizmondo. I just went to that shop to pick it back up. I was selling it on consignment with them. You missed out on a really good deal.

That box wasn't just the "Gizmondo Navigator 2006" that was the super rare USA edition. You can kind of see the country on the back of the box in the picture. You can read more about it here http://homepage.ntlworld.com/justincastle/copilot.htm . It was expensive and only sold in Europe, not in the shops web only, so it's quite rare. More on that here http://www.gizmondoforums.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4713.

It also came with WIRED magazine issue 14.10 that had a great article explaining the whole Gizmondo fiasco. Link here: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.10/gizmondo.html . That article is the source of all those dramatic Gizmondo illustrations( by Jae Lee ) you see in everyone else's articles. The real magazine article looks nothing like the online one. The text was super imposed on parts of the images where logical, and helped make the article look like a comic. It's a really important piece of the Gizmondo history because so many other article took from it.

Also in the wiki it says the store is in SF when it's actually in Newark which is East Bay. http://www.yelp.com/biz/hot-toyz-newark?sort_by=rating_desc.

Holy shit.

Haha.. if this is true, that's some weird coincidence... or maybe not... this site IS one of the big gaming sites out there I guess... small world...

#22 Posted by ShaggE (6297 posts) -

Nice!

That reminds me, I need to replace my Virtual Boy, Game.com, and R-Zone. ... Yes, I owned all three of those fucking things. Imagine my disappointment on that summer day in 1996 when I excitedly put on my R-Zone headset, and launched myself into the wondrous world of LCD "gaming".

#23 Posted by SignalsAndSystems (3 posts) -

@JCTango: I just did a google image search for "gizmondo box" and it was on page 2 of the results.

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