S.T.A.R.S Dreamcast goes for 4600 dollars at auction!!

That's right, in a recent Yahoo Auction (Japan's equivalent to Ebay) some lucky punter was able to nick a brand new, sealed S.T.A.R.S Limited Edition Dreamcast. The price  - a cool 491,000 yen  ($4600/£2800) and a significant profit from the original retail price of 34,800 yen set in 2000; disparaging the myth that Japan is some  kind of sanctuary of cheap retro games.

With 141 different bids, the unit was obviously in high demand among the Japanese Dreamcast gaming community who customarily crave brand new goods. In fact, there has been a steady rise in the price of a large number of Dreamcast titles in the past year as more collectors compete for an ever decreasing pool of available software, and it may not be too long before people look overseas to the cheaper US or European games.

Kerrrchinng!

At only 200 units produced (compared to 1800 Red "Claire" units) and coming in an awesome skeleton-blue colour. the S.T.A.R.S Dreamcast console is a particularly sought after edition. It was originally released to celebrate the next chapter in Capcom’s successful Biohazard series appearing exclusively (at the time) on Sega's Dreamcast. The boxes for both Red Claire and Blue S.T.A.R.S were identical and so when purchasing you had no idea which version you would get. Yet, 200 lucky sods ended up with the Blue S.T.A.R.S version!

Both models have a skeleton casing (Claire: red STARS: dark blue), grey underside and have a sticker on the back of the console with their internal serial number (Claire: xxxx/1800, STARS xxx/200) and came bundled with a matching controller and grey VMU, Resident Evil: Code Veronica game, Dream Passport 2, documentation and link cables, and BioHazard merchandise.

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There are also rumours of two second prints for both models: 50 Claire Version systems through Dreamcast DIRECT about one year after the initial release and 30 STARS through a FAMITSU contest. There are no differences but the lack of the sticker on the back of the console and Claire being bundled with BioHazard Code: Veronica Complete (T-1240M) game instead of the regular edition.

Personally, while the S.T.A.R.S Dreamcast is my favourite version aesthetically, I am not sure whether I could ever live with a $4600 console sitting in my cupboard without being tempted to cash-in. Fair play to those who already managed to pick on up though, you are sitting on a goldmine!

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