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Editor’s Note: The following article was written to have a satirical and jealous sounding tone. As game collectors ourselves, the Nintendo Wire team has nothing but respect and admiration for Mr. Monteiro’s amazing achievement. 

This one’s sure to make collectors and completionists alike tenuous for completely different reasons — Antonio Romero Monteiro, a citizen of Richmond, Texas, has accrued the largest video game collection on the planet at 20,193 individual titles — also nabbing the unofficial title of “largest backlog” in the process.

Monteiro has games of all types, from childhood favorites, to foreign titles, to collector’s items, all of which will probably never get attended to as he continues to play Tetris or Fortnite or whatever all day long. A “number” of games are unopened and probably never will be, as they exist to be footnotes in the grand declaration of the GWR for all to see. An estimation of hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent for the entire collection, which will do nothing but gather dust and grow faded with the grim passage of time.

Monteiro has a “very patient, loving wife” and enough entertainment to last the rest of his lifetime and well beyond, which is still probably not enough time to finish even just the RPGs he’s collected over the years. We can only hope that in his remaining years that he can at least finish the classics like Hotel Mario or Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing.

You can watch a video of Monteiro giving a tour of his massive collection over at WTVY’s article that covers the story.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.