The NES concluded its life cycle as the 16-bit era began, and for Nintendo, that transition took the form of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES for short. The system blasted onto the scene, and while it had some serious competition with the SEGA Genesis and TurboGrafx 16, nothing slowed it down. The system dominated the market (mainly due to the simple fact that it had an amazing library of games). Some of those games are hard to find today, and an even smaller amount of rare SNES games are extremely collectible and valuable.
These days, there are certain SNES games that are so hard to find that they can sell for hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Random eBay auctions routinely pop up with versions of games that were either never opened or are incredibly hard to find, and collectors are often chomping at the bit to outbid one another in a mad dash to finish their collection. Though not all classic SNES games are worth a ton of cash, these ones stand as the rarest, most sought after, and most valuable SNES games ever produced
. Note that the games listed here don't include factory-graded editions (which typically bring in more money). Instead, we've listed games that tend to sell for ridiculous prices either complete, unopened, or sometimes both.
Check out how much these rare Super Nintendo games are worth today, and try not to kick yourself for trading all your old games for store credit at GameStop back in the day.
Average price: $1,822 complete | $4,500 new
Hagane: The Final Conflict was an incredibly well-designed side-scroller that released on the system in North America in 1995. The game managed to blend traditional side-scrolling elements with Japanese aesthetics in a way that pushed the medium forward, and the game was well-received upon release. As a result, it's a popular collectible these days, and a loose copy can net as much as $800 on eBay.
Of course, like any game people collect in the 21st century, finding a copy that's complete or new will be far more valuable. A complete copy with everything will net around $1,800, while a new copy that's still in the shrink wrap is typically valued at around $4,500, but these rarely show up on eBay, so their value is only trending higher and higher over time.
- Release: 1994
- Developer: CAProduction, Red Entertainment
Average price: $567 complete | $3,730 new
The Mega Man franchise was well represented on the SNES, so it would seem counterintuitive that any game from the franchise was worth much money these days. There were millions of them made, and selling them wasn't an issue, but there are a couple of titles that still bring in a lot of money in online sales with Mega Man X3 being the most sought after by collectors.
The game was one of only two that featured the Cx4 graphics chip, which gave it some of the best graphics available on the system. That, coupled with the fact that they are still hard to find, makes them particularly valuable. A loose copy can sell for as much as $200 or more on eBay, but an unopened copy is worth so much more. Finding one of these online is rare, and when you find one, it's going to wind up costing around $3,700.
- Release: 1995
- Developer: Capcom
Exertainment Mountain Bike Rally/Speed Racer
Average price: $2,430 complete | $3,950 new
Exertainment Mountain Bike Rally/Speed Racer is a bit of a mouthful, but other than that, it's a dual-game cart, which contains the two games in the title. These were rare carts designed for use with the Life Cycle 9XS. The stationary bike had a built-in screen, and it played the game carts, albeit, not very well.
The games were meant to create a 16-bit simulation, which would mirror the bike's movements, making the cart an exclusive title for the bike. As a result, it's one of the rarest SNES carts ever produced. Loose copies are worth as much as $1,300 on eBay, while a complete copy can reach as much as $2,400, but these are almost never sold and are some of the rarest NIB SNES games ever sold in auctions.
- Release: 1995
- Developer: Radical Entertainment
Average price: $660 complete | $1,830 new
As one of the few Western-themed games released on the SNES, Wild Guns has since become a hit among old-school gamers. Developed by Natsume and released in 1994, it meshes steampunk and sci-fi to create one of the most fluid 16-bit shooting games. It's since been ported to modern consoles, making the original release all the more coveted.
Though unopened games can hit prices upwards of $1,800, an opened (but complete) cartridge recently sold for $999 on eBay back in early June. It just goes to show how demand plays a key role in how much a particular listing can really bring in.
- Release: 1994
- Developer: Natsume Co., Ltd