10 Most Valuable Nintendo Games

Nintendo is the oldest intact video game company in existence. For as many years as it’s been producing video games, some of those games have gotten to the point where they’ve become rare commodities. These games can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even millions. Of all the other types of consoles, Nintendo also has many of the top contenders for the most expensive games in general.

The games featured will be Nintendo games that sold for the highest value at auction. Each game will only be mentioned once. Many of the same games were sold at similar market values.


10/10 Final Fantasy III ($96,000)

On Heritage Auctions Website, a copy of Final Fantasy III sold for $96,000. This copy was rated by WATA games at a score of 9.4 out of 10. This means that the game box was in fairly good condition. WATA gave the seal an A+ score which is the second highest score after A++.

The lowest score for a seal is C, which means the seal is damaged or torn. This game in this condition is extremely rare. This game is also extremely popular and some people’s favorite Final Fantasy adds to its great price value.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past sold for $96,000 on the Heritage Auctions Website. It has an extremely rare seal score which makes it so valuable. The game is in a sealed WATA 9.2 A+ classification. It also has additional factors that add to its rarity, such as the fact that it is one of the only copies known to be above the 9.0 WATA rating.

This is the third game in the series, so its release some time ago in 1992 adds to the value of the game. This is a coin that should only increase in value over time if kept in this state.

Cons 8/10 ($150,000)

Contra had a total selling price of $150,000 on Heritage Auctions Website. Contra had a WATA score of 9.8 A+. There was only one other example known to be nearly as rare as this variant. It comes from what is called the Carolina Convention.

This version of Contra has a sealed WATA 9.6 A++ rating, so only 0.2 points less than this one. This 1988 game is one of the most classic side-scrolling shooters. Many people are also unsure if this is the only copy of a 9.8 rated Contra release.

7/10 Super Mario Bros. 3 ($156,000)

Super Mario Bros. 3 sold at auction for a total of $156,000 on the Heritage Auctions Website. The game has a sealed WATA 9.2 A+ score in its rarity. What sets it apart is the type of variant it is. If people look at his left hand, they will see that it is under the “BROS”. text on the box. Most copies contain this word between Mario’s hat and the “RIO” in Mario’s text.

It could also be one of the copies of Super Mario Bros. 3 top rated by WATA that come in this variant form, as none have passed through other auction houses.

6/10 Final Fantasy ($204,000)

The Heritage auctions website sold a copy of Final Fantasy for $204,000. It has a sealed WATA 9.8 A++ rating. It’s probably the most pristine copy of Final Fantasy out there. Even the company that sold it is struggling to decipher why it was a 9.8 and not a 10 on the WATA scale, as the game seems frozen in time.

As the first Final Fantasy to come out with a 1990 release date which brings this game back in time. This increases its rarity and makes more people want to be able to get this piece.

5/10 Mike Tyson Punch ($312,000)

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out sold on the Heritage auctions for $312,000. During this same year in April 2021, there was a 9.6 A++ WATA marked Punch-Out by Mike Tyson sold, and no one expected there to be another copy as rare as this one . Then shortly after, in October 2021, this WATA 9.8 A++ sealed copy came to light and was sold.

This copy doesn’t look like a game that was made in 1987. It looks like it was made yesterday. Whoever had this game did a great job of preserving it and because of that made quite a bit of money.

4/10 Super Mario World ($360,000)

Heritage auctions sold out the popular Super Mario World on July 9, 2021. The game is marked at a sealed WATA 9.4 A+. The reason this specific version called a non-Player’s Choice copy is so rare is because every Super Nintendo comes with a free cart of this game.

According to many collectors, finding any type of sealed version of this game is extremely rare. The importance of this game also increased its value as it provided something that felt original to the Mario series.

3/10 The Legend of Zelda ($870,000)

The Legend of Zelda has been sold to Heritage Auction for $870,000. The WATA score was at WATA 9.0 A sealed. That might not seem like too high a score, but for such an old variant that’s only been released for two months, it’s extremely rare.

This is a No Rev-A cartridge. This means that this cartridge contains 5 screws instead of 3. There is a variant of the game known to be rarer than this copy. It’s a variant that has a “NES R” instead of the “NES TM” rating that this box has. The fact is that most collectors believe that there is still only one “NES R” extant. It hasn’t been proven, so it’s up in the air, making it probably the best-preserved early available version of the game.

2/10 Super Mario 64 ($1.56 million)

The Heritage Auctions Website sold Super Mario 64 for $1.56 million at auction. The game is at an immaculate WATA 9.8 A++ sealed score. It’s only two points away from being a perfect score and to the untrained eye it looks like an untouched version of the game.

Part of the reason the game sold out so much is because of what Super Mario 64 did for the 3D platformer genre. It is a part of video game history that has been kept to maintain its original appearance since its inception.

1/10 Super Mario Bros. ($2,000,000)

It is one of the few games that was sold on the Rally website which allows several people to invest in a game and then resell it. There was an anonymous buyer who ended up buying it for $2 million. It was something investors who initially had the game had to vote on. Some of the investors, 25% of them, voted against selling the game, but with majority rule the game was eventually sold.

This Super Mario Bros. is a rare variant of the game with a WATA rating of 9.8 A+ sealed. The game has so much history in how it revolutionized the side-scrolling platformer genre. It is also one of the first variants of the game available.

Timothy C. Mayo