Gamers all over the world have had their fair share of gaming consoles over the years. From the original Atari to the Sega to the Gamecube to the Playstation and beyond, there are hundreds of consoles in existence with more being made all the time. With the video game industry such a popular and lucrative one, it’s not surprising that some of the old games are considered rare collectible items.
If you happen to have any of your old games in the attic you should definitely break them out and look through them. You never know what could be worth quite a bit of money now. Here are 10 games that could earn you hundreds, even thousands, of dollars.
10 Pokemon Red & Blue
There is a pretty good chance that if you’re a big Pokemon fan, you might own one of the original Gameboy games. If you have a sealed, new copy of Pokemon Red or Blue laying around in your attic, it could vet you $500 or more. While it’s not going to earn you the most money on this list, it’s still a pretty penny if you’re strapped for cash.
Unfortunately, the used versions aren’t worth as much. Generally, you might make $100, max. Still, depending on how badly you need the money, that’s nothing to turn your nose at either.
9 The Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak
The Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak came out in 1994. It was a popular game due to its tie-in with the Flintstones. The Flintstones was a platforming game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It was also the sequel to another game The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy.
Players were able to alternate between playing as Fred and Barney. It is a rare find nowadays and if you’re lucky enough you can earn anywhere from $500 to $1000 due to its novelty. One of the main reasons it’s so rare is because it was an exclusive rental game through Blockbuster.
8 Super Mario Bros.
Given Mario is one of the most iconic video game characters of all time, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that one of the original games would make this list. The legacy of Mario is long-reaching, with new games still coming out on a yearly basis. In 1985, Super Mario Bros. was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
It was a side-scrolling platform game where you could play as either Mario or Luigi in your attempt to rescue Princess Peach. The game’s value varies. Depending on the version you own, its condition, and the title artwork, it could be worth thousands. But even if you don’t have one of the rarer designs, they can still fetch you several hundred dollars.
7 Wrecking Crew
Even the most hard-core Mario fans might not be aware of this game. It’s one of the original Mario games called Wrecking Crew. It was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985. It goes on for one hundred levels and you play as Mario, or Luigi. Your goal is pretty straight-forward.
You have to destroy all the obstacles in front of you. If you have a used copy of this bad boy lying around somewhere in the house, you might get yourself a crisp $100. But if you have a factory-sealed copy then you can earn more than $5k.
6 Atlantis II
Atlantis was a fixed shooter game created for the Atari 2600. It was pretty popular during its release in the early 1980s. A competition was started for avid fans of the game called Destination Atlantis. Gamers were encouraged to send in their high scores. The top of the heap was sent a special edition game called Atlantis II.
Because the game was not publically sold, it is extremely rare to come in contact with one. Although it isn’t all that different from the original game packaging. The most notable changes are increased difficulty and speed in the game’s ships. If you happen to find one, you could sell it for up to $7k.
5 Red Sea Crossing
Red Sea Crossing is a game with biblical inspirations created by Steve Stack from Inspirational Video Concepts. The game was sold in an extremely limited quantity in 1983. To this day, it is suspected there are less than 100 cartridges out there. The player plays as Moses and must embark across the Red Sea with all the obstacles that may entail.
One man found a copy of Red Sea Crossing at a garage sale for less than a dollar. He eventually sold it for more than $10k on the GameGavel site. He wrote, “It turns out this game was not even known to exist until I found it.”
4 Birthday Mania
Most video games sell themselves on the promise of excitement and adventure. Then there’s Birthday Mania, a game where players celebrate their birthday by… blowing out candles on a cake. That was pretty much the extent of the game. Because of this, it didn’t sell well at all.
There have only been two copies found since it was yanked off the shelves but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more out there. One of the main appeals of the game was that it could be personalized for the person you were purchasing it for. If you’re lucky enough to find one of these stashed away it is estimated you can earn up to $30k.
3 Air Raid
Air Raid is the only video game ever released by a company called Men-A-Vision. It was released in 1982 for the Atari 2600. Air Raid featured a futuristic city being attacked by UFOs. It was up to the player to fend off the invading aliens by shooting at them.
One reason the game became so highly sought after is that it had a unique blue design and was released in limited quantity. It is unclear how many copies of the game still exist as they seem to surface every few years. The last copy to sell was in 2012 and it was purchased for a staggering $33k.
2 Stadium Events
Stadium Events was initially released in 1987. The game was meant to facilitate the exercise by having players compete in different fitness regimens. But then, Nintendo saw an opportunity to expand their brand with Family Fun Fitness technology. They rebranded Stadium Events as World Class Track Meet and sold it alongside the Power Pad. It was sort of like the original Nintendo Wii.
Well because of the re-branding, Nintendo didn’t want to confuse consumers and they pulled Stadium Events off the shelves, but not before more than 200 copies were sold. If you happen to have one of the original cartridges lying around it could be worth thousands of dollars. One man sold his sealed copy of the game for $41k.
1 Nintendo World Championships
In 1990, Nintendo hosted a worldwide championship aptly called the Nintendo World Championships (NWC). Players competed over a three-day time-frame and then the top winners were flown to Universal Studios in Hollywood, California. There, they had to get the highest score on three games, Tetris, Rad Racer, and Super Mario Bros. in a 6-minute increment. Winners were given special Nintendo game cartridges in grey.
There were additional gold cartridges given out in a separate contest held by the Nintendo Power magazine. Because only a limited amount of these cartridges exist worldwide, they are some of the most valuable Nintendo cartridges ever. One sale even reached $100k on eBay with others going up to $21k, $18k, and $15k.
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