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Video Games You Got Rid Of That Are Worth An Insane Amount Of Money Today

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Vote up the treasured video game titles you wish you hadn't thrown away.

The internet has a flourishing market for valuable, retro video games. After all, everything from Pokémon cards, to '90s collectibles, to Happy Meal toys can go for astounding sums of money. 

Old video games that are worth a lot of money are generally rare and hard to find. Special editions and uncommon imports are of course worth quite a bit, as well as unofficial titles with limited runs. But how many of us have a closet full of Magical Chase and Gama Attacks

For people without a ridiculously niche collection, the best bet to make your fortune on video games lies with some of the greatest games of all time. Video games worth an insane amount of money today usually come from the likes of Metroid Prime and Super Mario Bros. Many gamers are familiar with these titles, and probably owned most of them at one point, now they're beating themselves up for throwing them out.

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  • Super Mario Bros.
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    How Much It's Worth: One particular sealed copy of the game went for $30,000.

    Why It's Worth So Much: Super Mario Bros. is perhaps the least surprising coveted collectable in gaming, due to its massive popularity. It's not uncommon to see the entry sold for over $1000 if the buyer is hungry enough. Super Mario Bros. was the first Mario game created for the Nintendo Entertainment System, originally called the Famicom Disk System in Japan.

    It is the first game in the franchise to feature the storyline Mario is famous for, as he moves from castle to castle chasing Bowser and Princess Peach. Its predecessor, the arcade title Mario Bros., follows Mario and Luigi as they clear the sewers of New York City from monsters.

  • Luigi's Mansion
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    How Much It's Worth: For the right copy, and the right collector, Luigi's Mansion can go for as high as $799.95 on eBay.

    Why It's Worth So Much: In this case, the game sold was an unopened original run of the GameCube cult hit, with an almost unmarred plastic seal. Luigi's Mansion has a strong following among people who enjoyed the spooky take on the Super Mario Bros. universe.

    The game follows the titular Luigi as he wanders through an abandoned mansion dispatching ghosts and ghouls with a souped-up vacuum cleaner. Other new copies, in less pristine condition, can go for as much as $199.99.

  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
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    How Much It's Worth: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! was a hit for the Super Nintendo that sells for as much as $379.95 on eBay. Used copies do significantly worse, faring between $10 and $25. 

    Why It's Worth So Much: The game capped off the Donkey Kong Country trilogy and pushed the graphical limitations of the SNES with its pre-rendered 3D-character models.

    The gameplay was largely similar to previous entries in the series, with some added characters and abilities. It has been ported to newer consoles like the Game Boy Advance and Wii U, which has undoubtedly affected the price of used copies.

  • Pokémon Yellow
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    How Much It's Worth: For a game released back in 1999, it might not be too surprising to learn a new copy of the beloved Pokémon Yellow sold for $199.99 on eBay nearly 20 years later. 

    Why It's Worth So Much: Pokémon Yellow was the fourth entry released in the Pokémon franchise (including Pokémon Green in Japan) and remains an outlier today thanks to its departure from the norms of the series.

    The player begins with an electric-type starter, Pikachu, rather than choosing between fire, grass, or water types. Many sprites were altered from the game's predecessors, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue, to match up with the popular anime. This meant new clothes for gym leaders Misty and Brock, and new looks for the likes of Pikachu and Clefairy. 

  • The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
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    How Much It's Worth: A brand new copy of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, verified by the Video Game Authority, was sold on eBay for $4,750.48. 

    Why It's Worth So Much: Normally, copies go for up to $349.95. Link's Awakening DX is a Game Boy Color port of the original Link's Awakening with added color graphics and an exclusive dungeon. 

    The Game Boy Color game follows Link as he fights monsters and solves puzzles to awaken the sacred wind fish and escape Koholint Island. The port was also compatible with the Game Boy Printer, allowing players to print out screenshots taken during the game.

  • Super Mario Sunshine
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    How Much It's Worth: A brand new copy of Super Mario Sunshine is a top commodity. One particular copy of the game brought in $265 on eBay. 

    Why It's Worth So Much: Super Mario Sunshine is a beloved Mario title that follows the titular plumber as he cleans up graffiti (caused by his body double, Shadow Mario) around Isle Delfino. The gameplay has given Sunshine a loyal, and vocal, fan base.

    The love for the game is entirely justified, seeing as this is the only Mario title that includes a water jetpack and squirt-gun fights. Used copies of the entry, in good condition, still bring in a decent $55 on eBay