Yeah, then you have those weird French PC Engines that ran Japanese games and all had semi-official RGB mods or whatever. Honestly Japanese PC Engines are the best ones to get, I think. You barely need Japanese at all for HuCARD games and CD games are region free. They are getting expensive here, though. Cheapest one I found was the CoreGrafx that I bought for 14,800 yen 2 months ago, although you can find them much cheaper online if you can read Japanese and don't mind buying one that may or may not be broken and the owner doesn't have any games to test it with. Saw a PC Engine LT for 30,000 yen a few weeks ago, for example. If I hadn't spent about the same amount of cash seeing BUMP OF CHICKEN on the 4th I would have bought it.
Also, if it makes you guys feel any better, I found an SSDS3 here in Tokyo in BEEP about a month ago, so I know that they do apparently exist in the real world. The guy told me they didn't have a price for it yet so I couldn't buy it and I don't know what revision it is. I imagine they got it some time ago, though, and it's probably been sold. They also had a PC Engine LT and a Linguaphone Education Gear, too. The Education Gear is not for sale and the PC Engine LT was quite expensive, but I forgot how much it was.
Edit: Anyway, yeah, it looks like they will be back in stock soon (and with a blue PCB this time) from what I've seen looking around on the internet. That will be nice, especially since I've had a PC Engine sitting on my desk for the past few months with no way to use it. Hopefully it doesn't sell out instantly.