It goes without saying that video gaming is a luxury and an expensive hobby. While most of the modern games are priced at $60 USD, collectors who still have access to their retro games can make some serious bucks from them.
Top-10 Insanely Priced Retro Games
Some of the retro-games – provided that they are in good working condition – from Nintendo and Atari can be sold for as much as $10,000 USD. This article details some of the most expensive retro-games out there in no particular order.
Red Sea Crossing
Another rare game for Atari 2600 which is extremely hard to find today. The game basically gets players to get Moses to separate the Red Sea and earn as much as $13,000 USD for a copy. The game was discovered by the seller at a garage sell back in 2007 and was not even known before he found it. Originally released in 1983, the game was developed by an independent developer.
Uncharted II: Among Thieves Special Edition was not released publicly and was awarded to 200 players via an official contest. Packing an official replica of Drake’s knife, since there are only 200 of these in the world, you can expect the prices to be as high as $10,000 USD. But aside from this rare edition, Uncharted II is a masterpiece which is highly recommended to be played at least one. And you do not even need to spend $10,000 to get it. If you have a Playstation 4, you can get the Nathan Drake Collection and enjoy first 3 games as low as $60.
The only Atari 2600 cartridge with a T-handle attached to it. It is arguably one of the rarest games on Atari 2600. You can get a boxed copy of the game online for $30,000 USD if you are lucky. The game is basically a 1982 shoot ’em up by Men-A-Vision and is the only game released by the company. On top of it, the game had really limited distribution which is why it is so hard to find. Back in 2010, it was believed that there was only one complete copy of the game available in the world.
Nintendo World Championship Carts
Similar to Uncharted II: Among Thieves Special Edition, Nintendo World Championship Carts gold editions were awarded to finalists of Nintendo Power contest. There are only 26 of these beauties in the world and while we were unable to find them online, expect to pay a sum of $15,000 for one of these. It is worth noting here that the game cartridge is considered to the most valuable and rare NES cartridge to release ever! Pat Contri is a video game collector who is known for having both grey and golden cartridges.
Nintendo Campus Challenge
This is arguably one of the rarest Nintendo game you can find today. It was awarded to the winner of a Campus Challenge Event back in 1991 and is only one available in the world. Odds are the you will not find it, but even if you do, expect to pay around $15,000 USD. But if you are not looking for an original copy, you should be able to find a replica lying around for as low as $50, but who would do that, right?
While the game is pretty common in Japan, it is extremely hard to find the localized version in Europe. The reason for this is that there were a handful of localized copies. If you happen to have a copy of the localized Kizuna Encounter in your library, you can get as much as $10,000 USD for it. It is interesting to note here that only the Neo-Geo homecart PAL release was rare because of only five copies. The Japanese AES version, on the other hand is not rare and is identical except packaging and items.
This is one of the rarest games on NES because it was cancelled immediately after getting released. Due to this fact, there are only a few hundred copies of it out in the world. If you happen to have a copy of Stadium Events lying around, you are in for a treat. The thing that attributed to its rarity is the fact that the company discontinued the fitness pad accessory which was used with the game and thus the game was pulled from the store shelves.
Taking a break from major consoles, Magical Chase is from one of the not-so-popular consoles, but can still earn you some big bucks if you did not toss away the copy. You can find the classic for somewhere between $5,000 to $14,000 USD.
Atlantis II for Atari 2600 is another game which was not released for masses and was only given to players who managed to top scores in Atlantis. A harder version of the original game, it is hard to distinguish between Atlantis and Atlantis II cartridges. But anyone with a copy of Atlantis II today can get as much as $6,000 USD. So yeah! If your parents or grandparents managed to send developers their high scores entries for Destination Atlantis tournament and managed to win Atlantis II, you are in for a treat.
Superman for Atari 2600 came in two variants. A cartridge with Superman in red color which can be acquired for as low as $10 and a cartridge with Superman in yellow color which can go as high as $30,000. If you happen to have a copy of the game, you are one of the lucky ones. I never knew colors of cartridges mattered this much.
These are all the insanely priced retro-games that we know of! If you would like to add anything to the list, let us know in the comments section below!