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.
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.
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.
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.
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.