10 Rare Nintendo Games That Got More Expensive Over Time

nintendo has enjoyed the greatest longevity of any game company, which means its games can fetch extremely high prices. Some Nintendo Games have steadily increased in value for years, with some reaching mind-boggling levels due to their rarity.

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A game can become rare if it was a competition exclusive or released at the end of a generation and therefore had a low circulation. Whatever the reason, the more time passes, the rarer these games become as they find their way into the hands of those with the money to buy them.

ten EVO: Search for Eden (SNES, 1993)

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A sort of precursor to Spore, EVO: In Search of Eden is a side-scrolling platformer for the SNES that involves designing and navigating a creature through different eras of Earth’s past. In 2006, pricecharting.com had the game listed at $47.38, with its price rising steadily over the years to reach $265 at the time of writing.

And that’s just for the cartridge. There is a listing on eBay selling just the box for $700. Complete in the box, the game costs between $350 and $1,500, depending on condition.

9 Goemon’s Great Adventure (N64, 1999)

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Anyone who picked up a copy of the side-scrolling platformer Goemon’s Great Adventure for the N64 in 2006, when a free copy was only $10, should be very glad they did. The cartridge alone is currently worth $127, while the boxed game is over $300. Sealed copies even fetch up to $1,000.

Set in Japan during the Edo period, Goemon’s Great Adventure is an early proponent of 2.5D in the platforming genre, with Goemon moving horizontally in a 3D landscape.

8 Hagane: The Final Conflict (SNES, 1995)

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Hagane: The Final Conflict makes comparisons with Gaiden ninja when it was released in the mid-90s. Although it was fairly well reviewed by publications of the time, it is not as good in terms of quality.

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Its low circulation means the game is hard to find these days. Complete copies in the box are $675, while a new copy can be had for almost $1,500.

7 Stadium Events (NES, 1987)

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decades before Ring shaped adventurethere was Stadium Events, a sports/fitness game in which players used a family fun mat to control the characters on the screen. Players would race in place, participating in various on-track events.

Stadium events is an incredibly rare game that retails for $436 in bulk. A sealed copy sold for $31,500 in 2015while full boxed copies average around $1,000.

6 Donkey Kong Country Competition (SNES, 1994)

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With only 2500 copies out there, Donkey Kong Country Competition for the SNES is so rare that it doesn’t appear at auction very often. There have only been 6 sales of complete boxed copies between 2013 and 2021, according to pricecharting.com, with the last being in 2020 when the game sold for $5,520.

Donkey Kong Country Competition was part of the Nintendo Powerfest ’94 contest. A few small adjustments have been made to the game from the original, such as the inclusion of a timer. The only difference from the box artwork is the words “Competition Cartridge” in the upper right corner.

5 Snowboard Kids 2 (N64, 1999)

While the American release of Kids Snowboarding 2 goes for around $100 full, the Australian PAL version has steadily increased in value over the years and can now fetch up to $2,650. This release is extremely rare as it is the only verifiable release window, with no evidence that European stores sold it.

Kids Snowboarding 2 was developed by Racjin and published by Atlus. The game involves snowboarding in various environments, performing tricks and using power-ups.

4 Spud’s Adventure (Game Boy, 1991)

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Spud’s Adventure is a weird and unassuming RPG adventure game about a potato that can shoot projectiles that look like it. The value of the game gradually increased from $32 in 2008, to $400 in 2021 for the cartridge alone.

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A boxed copy will set you back almost $2,200, while a sealed copy sold in 2015 for $3,500, making it one of the most expensive games from the original Game Boy.

3 Restaurant Panic (NES, 1992)

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Edited by Taito, Restaurant Panic came out when the SNES was already a year old in the US, which is why it’s so rare. As is typical of last-gen games, it’s known as one of the best-looking games on the NES.

With gamers focused on the shiny new SNES, few copies of Restaurant Panic have been done. The US and EU releases are expensive, with the sealed PAL version currently sitting at $935.

2 Bonk’s Adventure (NES, 1994)

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In 2007, a free copy of Bonk’s Adventure for the NES would cost you $100. In 2021, its price is just below $800. A port of a Turbo Grafx-16 game, it was released a bit too late in the generation, which meant it had low circulation and became incredibly rare.

Full Bonk’s Adventure set sold for $2500 in April 2021, while the last sale of a sealed copy was $2799 in 2016.

1 ClayFighter: Sculptor’s Cut (N64, 1998)

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An update to the special edition of Clay Fighter 63 was released exclusively for Blockbuster Video rental. While it was only supposed to be rented out, Blockbuster ran a contest where people could win a copy of the game.

The value of one ClayFighter: Sculptor’s Cup cartridge went from $37 in 2007 to $933 in 2021, while boxed copies sold for $14,500 and $10,000 in 2020 and 2021.

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