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 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 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.
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How Much It's Worth: Castlevania: Bloodlines can earn a private seller up to $525 for a new copy on eBay. The Japanese version has sold for even more, bringing in $680 for a new copy. Those without a pristine game are still in luck, as those in slightly-used condition can go for $149.50.
Why It's Worth So Much: It's the only Castlevania title to be released on the Sega Genesis, which no doubt contributes to its price. The storyline follows two men as they prevent Dracula's niece from using World War I to generate enough sacrifices to resurrect her vampiric uncle. The Japanese copy is particularly special because the main character Eric Lecarde had his facial features changed in the American release to appear more masculine.