Surprise! These 25 Retro Video Games Are Crazy Expensive
This rare Nintendo World Championship 1990 competition cartridge that sells for five figures
In December 1990, Nintendo held its first ever World Championships at Universal Studios Hollywood. Each competitor recieved one of 90 individually numbered cartridges featuring the same three minigames that they played during the contest: Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer and Tetris.
The few that survived are pretty much the holy grail of video game collectibles.
This collector's-quality R.O.B. robot peripheral for the NES 🤖
Robotic Operating Buddy (R.O.B.), the short-lived NES accessory, was a huge gimmick: It only worked with two games, neither of which were especially fun. Few sealed bundles have survived since its 1985 release, making them exceptionally valuable.
Shortly after its release in September 1987, Nintendo recalled all copies of Bandai's Stadium Events so the game could be rebranded as World Class Track Meet and bundled with the Power Pad fitness accessory. As a result, the few Stadium Events cartridges that survived are worth more than five figures today.
Spud's Adventure, an unbelievably expensive game about a potato 🥔
This incredibly weird Atlus adventure stars a hat-wearing potato on a quest to save a tomato princess from the devil. It was released in short supply, making it highly collectible -- especially in its original box.
Amazing Tater, another insanely expensive game... about a potato 🥔🥔🥔
This simplistic puzzler game (1992) from Atlus is also incredibly rare and collectible.
This 2002 Game Boy Color platformer/puzzler was released after the next-generation Game Boy Advance had already come out, so very few copies were sold. It's sequels earned plenty of critical acclaim and built up quite a passionate fan following, making this first game in the series highly collectible.
James 'Buster' Douglas Knockout Boxing, a game that's so 1990 it hurts 🥊
Nintendo had Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!. Sega had James 'Buster' Douglas Knockout Boxing, named after the fighter who scored a massive February 1990 upset over Tyson for the heavyweight title.
Atlantis II, an Atari game made solely to settle a tie 👾
Publisher Imagic held a contest in 1982 for purchasers of its game Atlantis where the highest score would win a $10,000 prize. But multiple people maxed out their score, so Imagic created special Atlantis II cartridges (with harder gameplay) and sent them to contestants to break the tie.
This Starfox Super Weekend competition cartridge that sells for more than a grand 🦊
This time-trial version of Starfox was made exclusively for use during a 1993 competition held at Nintendo retailers nationwide. Only a few thousand cartridges were made, making them very valuable.