The 50 Rarest Video Games of All Time (And How Much They’re Worth)

In recent years retro video gaming has experienced a huge resurgence, and video game values have followed suit. Super Smash Bros. and other Nintendo 64 games can fetch upwards to $70 for a cartridge of average quality. This is a drastic contrast to a decade ago when such games were only a few dollars.

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Some games, on the other hand, are so rare that they have consistently commanded thousands of dollars over the course of a decade.

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These are the 50 most rare video games ever made. Grab your wallet and buckle up! Check out our other lists for the highest-grossing and best video games from the year that you were born.

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50

SD Gundam Dimension Wars (1995), – $950

Gundam was big in the 90s, but the Virtual Boy was not so. Bandai created the 1995 tactical RPG SD Gundam Dimension Wars for the Virtual Boy in 1995. Although the crossover is cool, not many copies were made. This rare title sold for up to $950

It’s simple enough to play. Players must navigate through an attack by ships and robots. You can defeat the bad guys without losing.

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Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire (1995) – $970

Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire is one of the most rare PC Engine games. The game is a shoot-em-up game that was created by CAProduction. Hudson Soft published it in 1995. This was at the same time as PC Engine games began to fade out of mainstream gaming.

This game was not produced in large numbers, making it one the most rare titles of its time. An eBay listing for this copy currently sells for $970.

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Poop Slinger (2019) – $1048

 

Poop Slinger is the rarest PlayStation 4 title. We won’t go any further than the gameplay. This game has been sold up to $1,048.

Limited Rare was the one-man business that developed the game. Limited-run titles are designed to be sold as many copies as possible within a single day. Collectors are often interested in these titles, but no one knew whether to take the offer seriously on April 1, 2019. Many people thought the game was a hoax or a joke and dismissed it completely. Limited Rare was bankrupted when only 84 copies were sold.

47

Conker’s Bad Fur Day (2001 – $1099)

 

Rare is living up its reputation as one of the most rare Nintendo 64 titles.  Rare Conker’s Bad Fur Day 2001 publication. Quality copies can be purchased for as high as $1099 today.

Conker, a talking squirrel with foul mouths, is the game’s protagonist. The game features a variety of elements, including puzzle completion and racing. This is a classic game, despite its rarity.

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Shinrei Jusatsushi Taromaru (1997) – $1250

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Rare Sega Saturn side-scrolling action game has been sold for $1250 Time Warner Interactive published it for a 1997 release. Shinrei Jusatsushi Taromaru is available for purchase on eBay right now, at $852

The game features two protagonists, Enkai and Taromaru, who are bounty hunting ninjas. The game takes place in feudal Japan and is accompanied by a threat from evil demons. These monsters must be defeated in order to save the princess.

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Lucienne’s Quest (1995), $1250

Do you remember all the hours you spent playing 3DO as a kid? It’s unlikely. It was a very short-lived console that featured limited titles. The most popular of these is the North American release Lucienne’s Quest by Microcabin.

It is an RPG that takes place in a fictional fantasy world. It features a turn-based battle system and artwork that is oriented along an isometric grid. Lucienne’s Quest was sold for up to $1250

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Yoshi’s Story International Version 1998 – $1300

 

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It is very difficult to find this cartridge as only a handful were ever made. This cartridge is only compatible with the American Nintendo 64 consoles, but all text is in English. To play this game, players must navigate a Japanese menu.

A copy of the book is currently available for purchase on eBay at $49,999 as of this writing. Although it’s unlikely that the copy will sell for this price, it’s still fun to see one in action!

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Paper Mario (PAL Version) (2000) – $1394

 

 Paper Mario is like regular Mario but a little bit flat.The game inspired a number of spin-offs and sequels, some even dating back to 2020. You’re lucky if you own a Paper Mario PAL copy.

Graded sealed-in-box copies of the PAL version have been sold for as high as $1394. Sealed-in box copies of Paper Mario PAL Edition for Nintendo 64 have sold as high as $1394.

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Goemon’s Great Adventure (1998), $1499

Goeman’s Great Adventure was a sequel released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998. It is difficult to find copies of this game as it was released at the end of the N64’s lifespan. A graded copy of the game sold for $1499 in 2019.

Konami released the game as a platform side-scrolling game. It is set in Edo Japan and centers around Goemon, the protagonist. He is a long-haired, kiser-wielding ninja.

41

NBA Elite 11 (2010) – $1500

EA created a new title in 2010 for its NBA Live series. NBA Elite 11 was the result. It is the first and only NBA Live title to use “NBA Elite”.

Some aspects of the game’s core gameplay mechanics were changed, making some more difficult than others. EA ended up scrapping the project, but you can still find copies of this rare PS3 title online. This rare title sold for $1,500.

40

Eli’s Ladder (1982), – $1600

Eli’s Ladder, one of the many games that are designed to teach children math, is one such game. This game is designed to teach math skills to children. Eli the alien climbs his ladder as players solve math problems. This leads to his spaceship. You will need a calculator if you want Eli to reach the moon.

The original game included instructions, a certificate and a worksheet. There was even a wall chart with stickers. It is almost impossible to find all the accessories.

39

Amazing Tater (1991) – $1,688

 

Amazing Tater is a puzzle-based adventure game for the Game Boy original. This is the second part of the Kwirk series. The game’s basic gameplay involves pushing blocks across the screen to solve a series puzzles.

Atlus was disappointed with the poor reception from its audience and lower sales than its predecessor. Poor marketing combined with a dislike for the vegetable-based character design was probably responsible.

Amazing Tater’s rarity went unnoticed up until 2012, when cartridge prices rose from $15 to $130. In 2016, the most famous copy sold for $1688. It was a complete, well-preserved set, which included all reading materials. eBay has a similar listing for $1,799.99.

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Uncharted 2 Among Thieves Fortune Hunt Edition (2009) – $1973

 

Uncharted 2: Between Thieves by Naughty Dog is an action-adventure video game. The Fortune Hunter Edition was only available to a select few who were able to get their hands on it on the PlayStation 3. This pack contained:

  • Uncharted 2 – Among Thieves

  • DLC

  • Collectible art book

  • Replica of Phurba Dagger artefact

  • Autographed case by the Naughty dog team

Randomly selected from the pool of participants in the demo weekend contest, the winners were chosen randomly. Anyone who played the game online entered automatically into the drawing.

It is difficult to find the complete set and it can be very valuable. 2012 saw prices as high as $8,000 A complete set today can be purchased for around $1,900.

37

Panzer Dragoon Saga (1998) – $2000

 

Panzer Dragoon Saga, an RPG developed for the Sega Saturn console, was released in 1998. This is one of the most rare Sega Saturn titles, with only one copy selling at as high as $2000.

Panzer Dragoon Saga was a standout among other Panzer Dragoon games at the time, as they were not RPGs but rail shooters. This RPG is a must have for Sega Saturn fans.

36

Shantae (2002 – $2,100)

Shantae, a platformer for Game Boy Colour, was created by Erin Bozon and Matt Bozon. Shantae was a long-term struggle for the two. It wasn’t until 2002 when it finally found a home at the Game Boy Colour.

Its release was delayed due to its arrival after the Game Boy Advance launch. According to Kotaku, only about 25,000 copies were produced, making Shantae an extremely sought-after rarity.

As recently as 2017, copies in sealed mint condition sold for more than $2,000 Original mint copies of authenticated books can be purchased for as low as $2,100 today.

35

Earthbound (1994) – $2,127

 

EarthBound, also known as Mother 2 in Japan, is a classic JRPG for the SNES. It was released in 1995 at a very high price of $70. A small assortment of items was sent to customers with the game. This included a full-sized guidebook, scratch-and sniff stickers and other useful items.

Earthbound was unable to compete with the Nintendo 64, which arrived one year later. The game was not well received by American audiences, and only 150,000 copies were sold. The game gained a bit more popularity and is now included on the Super NES Classic Edition.

As recently as 2013, factory sealed copies were reported to have sold for more than $3,000 A sealed mint set is worth more than $2,100 today, while loose copies can be valued at less than $100.

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Harvest Moon (1996) – $2,199

Harvest Moon is a farming simulation for the Super Nintendo. It was released in the same year that the Nintendo 64. This made it difficult to succeed in a market that had already moved to the new system.

Marvellous Entertainment developed Harvest Moon, but Natsume holds the North America rights. Natsume sold a very rare copy of Harvest Moon on the SNES in 2016 for $2,199.99. Loose copies can easily be worth $100

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Elemental Gearbolt: Assassin’s Case Edition (1997) – $2,204

 

Alfa System developed the shooter Elemental Gearbolt for the PlayStation in 1997. Although the game isn’t particularly rare, the Assassin’s Case Edition is. This special edition was limited to 50 cases, and only four of them have been sold. The Elemental Gearbolt: Assassin’s Case Edition contains:

  • Aluminium embossed aluminum case featuring the Elemental Gearbolt logo

  • Sealed copy Elemental Gearbolt

  • Golden Namco GunCon controller

  • Red or gold PlayStation memory card

  • Letter from Working Designs

Only one person could win this package at the Elemental Gearbolt tournament at E3 1998. It will be difficult for collectors to find one. If you do manage to find one, it will be in the $2,200 price range.

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Luigi’s Mansion (2001 – $2499

 

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Luigi’s Mansion, a 2001 Nintendo GameCube game, was a huge success. This time, players control Luigi and he is on a quest for his brother Mario. Luigi is forced to capture ghosts in a haunted, spooky mansion by a dark twist of events.

While this game isn’t very rare, early editions of the game are. It is possible to sell for more than $2400 if you own one of the original copies of Luigi’s Mansion.

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Mega Man V (1994) – $2,500

 

Mega Man V is an action platformer for Game Boy. It’s part 5 of a larger series called Rockman World in Japan. Mega Man V stands out among its predecessors due to the addition of bosses and new levels. It received mixed reviews, which likely contributed to lower sales. This was also due to the fact that it was the fifth Mega Man game, and the series was already getting a little tired.

Mega Man V is a sought-after rarity in today’s gaming market. You can buy sealed copies for as high as $2,500 and loose copies for about $100.

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Star Fox: Super Weekend Cartridge (1993) – $2500

Star Fox fans will be familiar with this game. This 3D rail shooter was developed for the Super Nintendo in 1993. It was jointly developed by Argonaut Software and Nintendo.

However, this cartridge is not your average Star Fox copy. Star Fox: Super Weekend can be as rare as 2500 dollars.

 

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Snowboard Kids 2 (PAL Version) (1992) – $2500

This game has three clues! This snowboard-themed Nintendo 64 game lets players choose between nine characters and 15 courses.

This is the sequel to “Snowboard Kids” and a precursor to SBK Snowboard Kids*. Racjin, a 1992-born team, developed this game. Some copies can be purchased for up to $2500

 

28

Karate (Ultravision Version) (1982) – $2500

The Atari 2600 game known as Karate saw many releases over the years. This title has two versions. You might have one of these and be a gold mine. It is easy to find one edition, known as the Froggo Release. The Ultravision release is something you should be looking out for.

The Karate Ultravision edition has sold for up to $2500. You don’t have to spend thousands to see the Karate Ultravision edition. The Froggo edition is exactly the same as Ultravision.

 

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Dead Space Ultra Limited Edition (2008) – $2,500

Dead Space is a survival horror video game for Xbox 360. EA released the Dead Space Ultra Limited Edition version in 2008 when the game was first released. The EA Store only produced 1,000 units. This rare package contains:

  • Dead Space for Xbox 360

  • Bonus content

  • Animated Downfall DVD

  • Lithograph artwork

  • Artbook

  • Graphic novel

  • Ishimura crew patch

Although it is not easy to obtain this collector’s set of items, it is possible. In 2018, bids reached $2,500. eBay currently has a listing with a Buy It Now Price of $2,400.

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Rule of Rose (2006) – $3000

Rule of Rose was a PlayStation 2 game released in 2006. It is a survival horror video game that Punchline developed.

It is extremely difficult to find this game, with one sealed copy selling for up to $3000 in 2020. Rule of Rose is a great option if you are into horror movies or want to maximize your PS2 collection.

 

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Pepsi Invaders (1983), – $3,500

Pepsi Invaders, a special edition of the Space Invaders classic, is unique. It was part a gift package that included an Atari 2600 and a Coca-Cola executive at a convention in the 1980s. The box comes with a small sticker saying, “Atari Goes Best With Coca-Cola”.

“Atari goes better with coke”

The game plays exactly like Space Invaders but the aliens are now replaced by letters spelling PEPSI. Christopher Omarzu, the programmer, insists that he doesn’t remember adding the word “Coke Wins” to the screen.

It is difficult to find a copy of this promotional video game as only 125 were made. Pepsi Invaders complete set was sold for $3,500 in 2013. Loose cartridges are available for sale at prices up to $800

 

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The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1994), $3500

Batman and Robin are known for stopping some bad guys, but thanks to this game, many collectors have been able to complete their collections. Konami released the Super Nintendo version of The Adventures of Batman and Robin in 1995. Graded copies of the best quality games have sold for up to $3500.

Each level is based on an episode from the animated series and must be completed by players. This game is highly collectible and rare today.

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Spud’s Adventure (1991), $3,500

 

Spud’s Adventure, an action RPG, is based on the Puzzle Boys series (see Amazing Tater above). This game is not a puzzle-solving game, but an action RPG. Spud is a potato eager to save Princess Mato.

Altus, the developer of Spud’s Adventure, didn’t make many copies of this title, making it one of the most rare Game Boy games. A mint copy has been purchased by collectors for as high as $3,500. Loose copies can be purchased for as little as $200.

Spud’s Adventure is an action RPG based on the Puzzle Boy series (see Amazing Tater above). Instead of working through puzzles, this game is a full-fledged action RPG. The story follows Spud, an eager potato who’s determined to rescue Princess Mato.

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The Adventures Of Batman & Robin (1994) – $3500

 

Batman and Robin have stopped a few bad guys in their day, but, thanks to this game, they’ve also stopped a few collectors from completing their collections. The Super Nintendo version of The Adventures of Batman and Robin was developed by Konami and released in 1995. Graded copies with the highest quality have gone for as much as $3500 per game.

Players must complete multiple levels, each somewhat based on an episode of the animated series. Today, this game is noted for its rarity and collectible value.

 

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 Spud’s Adventure (1991) – $3,500

 

The developer of Spud’s Adventure, Altus, didn’t create many copies of this title—making it one of the rarest Game Boy games. Collectors have paid up to $3,500 for a mint copy. Loose copies sell for around $200.

Spud’s Adventure is an action RPG based on the Puzzle Boy series (see Amazing Tater above). Instead of working through puzzles, this game is a full-fledged action RPG. The story follows Spud, an eager potato who’s determined to rescue Princess Mato.

The developer of Spud’s Adventure, Altus, didn’t create many copies of this title—making it one of the rarest Game Boy games. Collectors have paid up to $3,500 for a mint copy. Loose copies sell for around $200.

 

22

ClayFighter: Sculptor’s Cut (1998) – $4,000

ClayFighter: Sculptor’s Cut is an update to ClayFighter 63/3 that adds more characters and gameplay elements. This was a Blockbuster Video exclusive, which meant you could only rent the game through Blockbuster.

It can be difficult to get your hands on a copy of the book today, especially if you want the original box. Many Blockbuster stores lost or discarded the boxes over the years. It is possible to sell a copy of the box for as high as $4,000.

 

21.Wrecking crew (1985) – $4.060

 In 1985, the NES released the wrecking crew.. Although the game was not designed with Mario in mind but he ended up playing the protagonist role. Mario is the protagonist. He must smash objects in a specific order to avoid trapping him or injuring. A level editor was also featured in the game, which would be a regular feature in future Mario games.

Unfortunately, American players couldn’t save their progress. To save their progress, the Japanese version used a tape drive accessory that was not available to American customers. Wrecking crew sealed copies have been sold for up to $4,060

 

20

Batman Forever Limited Edition (PAL) (1995) – $4.202

Batman Forever is a beat’em-up game that is based on the Batman movie. It was not well received by fans, and sales were lower that expected. This rare edition is the Batman Forever Limited Edition (PAL SNES).

This cartridge is difficult to find and is a rare SNES game. Only loose copies can fetch more than $500. Although there are no official sales records for this game, estimates suggest that new mint copies could fetch as high as $4,000.

 

19

Exertainment Mountain Bike Rally & Speed Racer (1995), $4,800

These games aren’t very valuable on their own, but when combined they are extremely valuable! This combo cartridge for the SNES includes both Entertainment Mountain Bike Rally (and Speed Racer). These games are compatible with the extremely rare SNES exercise bike, Life Fitness Exertainment Systems. Your character could be controlled by pedaling the bike in real-life.

The SNES bike came in a bundle that included the 2-in-1 cartridge. The cartridge is about the same as the Life Fitness Exertainment system. This cartridge is available in mint copies for as high as $4,800.

 

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DuckTales Remastered Media Kit (2013) – $5.100

 

Capcom sent a promo package in 2013 to well-known media people with a limited edition of DuckTales for NES. This is one of the most rare video games available today, with only 150 copies made.

This package includes:

  • Golden DuckTales NES cartridge

  • Metal DuckTales lunchbox

  • Quackity Quack! Music program guide

  • Certificate of authenticity

  • Shredded money

In 2014, an auction began at $5 for a special Artistic Proof edition. The auction concluded with a total sale of $5,100

 

King of Fighters 2000 [English Edition] (2000) – $5.750

King of Fighters 2000 English is one of the most rare games available for the Neo Geo. Only 100 copies have been confirmed to exist, so sales are rare. It was released in North America only in a very limited number of copies.

You’re extremely lucky if you can spot a loose copy. This mint-in-box copy sold for $5,750 in June 2017.

 

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The Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak! (1994) – $6,624

The Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak! It was released as an exclusive rental game. Many publishers were abandoning the traditional market to focus on the lending business model at that time, especially considering that the SNES had been released four years earlier.

It is not common to find a good copy of a rental exclusive with the box intact, as it is with many other rental exclusives. This game was largely unknown for many years. Loose copies sold for $250. A mint copy in a box today can be purchased for over $6,600

 

15

Super Copa (1993) – $6,900

 

SuperCopa, a Spanish/Portuguese translation of Tony Meola’s Sidekicks Soccer, is the Spanish/Portuguese equivalent to SuperCopa. It was released by Sculptured Software in 1993. It was based on the same engine that is used in NCAA Basketball and NHL Stanley Cup Hockey.

It was not available outside of Latin America, so it is difficult to find. A sealed mint copy of the game is available for $6,900 due to its limited release.

 

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Atlantis II (1983) – $6,982

In the early 1980s, Atlantis II was released to play in an Atari 2600 tournament. Winners of the tournament received Atlantis II copies. The gameplay is the same as Atlantis, but with a few modifications: faster speeds and a new scoring system.

There are very few copies of Atlantis II. This cartridge has only been sold a few times. However, there was a copy that sold in 2011 for $6982.

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Little Samson (1992), $8,738

Little Samson was an action platformer that was released on the NES in 1992. It was not as popular as other NES games after the launch of the SNES. Little Samson was left behind as many fans had already invested in the new Nintendo console.

This title can be purchased unboxed for as high as $1,000. Mint-inbox editions can fetch well above $8,000 in the price range. This NES classic, which was released in a poor time frame, is one of the most rare NES titles.

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Super Mario Bros. 2 (1986) [Asian Version] – $10,000

This version of Super Mario Bros. 2 was made for Hong Kong residents who speak English and Cantonese. Although they are not common, these cartridges do occasionally appear in auctions.

Super Mario Bros. 2 Asian Version is a cartridge worth more than $1,000 if you are lucky enough. According to reports, mint copies sold for over $10,000.

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Red Sea Crossing (1983), – $10,400

Red Sea Crossing, created by Steve Slack of Inspiration Video Concepts in 1983, was the first game to be released. Only 100 copies were ever produced. It was only promoted in a handful of magazines, and quickly faded into obscurity.

Only 2 copies of the book have been found so far. Although the original advertisement promised a colouring book as well as an audiotape, neither have been found. Red Sea Crossing was sold for $10,000 in 2012.

10

Blockbuster World Championships II (1995), – $10.500

This cartridge was made for the Blockbuster World Championships II. It was only available in America. The contestants had the option to choose from Judge Dredd or NBA Jam Tournament Edition on the SEGA Master System or Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo.

Acclaim ordered that the Mega Drive cartridges were destroyed after the 1995 tournament. They have been found, although only a few of them have made it to the public over the years. An easily obtainable rough copy could easily fetch $2,000. One was found in a SEGA bundle at Goodwill for $10,500 in 2013.

9

Nintendo Powerfest (1994) – $15,600

 

 In 1994, Nintendo held a competition in North America called Nintendo Powerfest. The three SNES games that teams played were Super Mario Kart and Super Mario All-Stars. Ken Griffey Jr. Home Run Derby was also included. The Nintendo Powerfest cartridge includes a competition version for all three games.

33 cartridges were made for the competition. 31 were reused for parts. Only 2 cartridges have been confirmed to exist. A few cartridges have been sold over the years. The average price is around $15,600.

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Kizuna Encounter (1996) – $12,500

Neo Geo created this fighting game in 1996. Although the Japanese edition is not uncommon, only five copies of a European PAL version are known. One of these copies sold for $12,500.

This game is a sequel of Savage Reign. The Battle of the Beast God tournament is back and players must again fight their way through it. This time, the mechanic allows for team support with two players.

7

Tetris (1984), – $16,000

In the early 1980s, Tetris was created by the USSR. At the time, the game was considered to be the property of the state. The international licensing of the title was quickly confusing. After a dispute with Tengen, based in Kyoto, and their NES Tetris version, SEGA decided to stop production.

This edition is extremely rare due to its low production numbers. One lucky buyer was able to purchase a signed copy with the signature of Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris’ creator, for $16,000 He tried to sell it but failed, as it is believed that it’s the only one of its kind in existence.

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Nintendo Campus Challenge (1992) – $20,100

In 1992, Nintendo’s Campus Challenge was held. The contestants had to compete against the best Nintendo games, including Super Mario World, F-Zero and Pilotwings. The competition versions of the games were assembled on a single cartridge made just for this event.

The cartridges were destroyed after the competition. Since 1992, only 3 of these cartridges have been found. One of these cartridges was sold for $20,000.

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Super Mario Bros. (1983) [Boxed] – $30,100

Super Mario Bros. is a popular game for the NES, and it’s not uncommon. Collectors were not able to stop themselves from losing their minds over the factory sealed copy that appeared in 2017.

You’re better off playing Super Mario Bros. if you have it lying around. If it’s in its original box and factory sealed, you could be looking at a $30,000 return.

4

Air Raid (1982), – $33,433

Air Raid is a well-known Atari game. This is the first game Men-A-Vision ever released. It was released in 1982. It’s simple to play and requires you to defend Manhattan against flying saucers.

In 2012, a copy was discovered by a man who claimed to have received the document in the early 1980s. A sales representative gave him a copy of the game to test. After determining that the game wasn’t suitable for his customers, he contacted the sales rep. He was told by the sales rep to keep the game as no one else wanted it. Air Raid was sold at auction for $33,433.

3

Gamma Attack (1983) – $?? ?

It is extremely rare and no one knows its value. One copy of this game is known to exist. It’s currently owned by Anthony Denardo, who sold it on eBay for $500,000 in 2008. The game was sold without any bidders despite it being unique.

Although the actual cartridge is not available to the public, the ROM has been leaked online. You can find gameplay footage for this unreleased Atari 2600 title online.

2

Stadium Events (1986), $41,300

 

Stadium Events was only ever printed in 2,000 copies. Only 200 of the 2,000 copies made it to stores shelves. Even then, it was sold only at Woolworths in Northeastern United States. The game was recalled, and a new title was given to it: World Class Track Meet.

Only 11 copies have been ever confirmed for Stadium Events. One copy sold for more than $41,000 in 2017, making it the most talked about copy.

 

1

1990 Nintendo World Championships gold (1990) – $100,000

In 1990, Nintendo organized a competition to find the best NES player. They sent a team from the United States to compete with a special championship cartridge. Each level was from one of the many games in the competition. The cartridge also contained a set physical DIP switches that could toggle between them.

The Nintendo World Championships event was named after the [grey] cartridges that were used in the event and the [gold] cartridges that were given to the winners.

Originally, over 1000 cartridges were used in the competition. The winners were presented with commemorative cartridges. Most of the rest were reused for the Campus Challenge event.

Fun fact: The inspiration for the Nintendo World Championships was actually the 1989 movie The Wizard. It was basically a huge Nintendo commercial. You can see the event in the film’s final scenes by watching it.

 

You can watch the video here:

 

Only 90 and 26 grey golf carts have been confirmed to exist. One of the gold cartridges was sold at auction in 2014 for $100,000. Although the buyer claims the bid was a mistake and the seller insists it was an error, who wouldn’t want to own this piece of Nintendo history.

 

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