Ever since Nintendo released its first console, the Color TV-Game, in 1977, the video game company has been on top of its game with countless titles for its many consoles. With over 40 years in the industry, Nintendo has created many recognizable characters, like Mario and Zelda. While Nintendo is well known for its popular titles in the Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda franchises, the famous company has also released some relatively unknown games.
Since the video game company was founded, several special edition games have been released. While older games tend to be the rarest, they don’t have to be popular to sport a premium price tag. Some of the rarest and most expensive games are actually competition cartridges. Although there are some exceptions.
ten Hagane: Final Conflict Combines Past With Future – $1,200
Hagane: The Final Conflict is a side-scrolling game released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994. Players must control a ninja cyborg named Hagane in his quest for revenge against a rival ninja organization.
The title, which received positive reviews for controls and graphics, combined both traditional Japanese story with its samurai features and futuristic concepts. As very few copies were released, Hagane: The Final Conflict will cost players around $1,200. If the copy is brand new and sealed, it could cost upwards of $7,000.
9 People found Cheetahmen 2 sitting in a warehouse – $1,500
First introduced in 1991, cheetahs released its first episode as part of the Gesture 52 multi-game cartridge for the Nintendo Entertainment System. This shoddy game only has its main theme, which was later repurposed for the first level of Cat Mario. When it came time for a sequel, only 2,000 copies were produced.
In reality, Cheetahs II only released copies after a box of the title was found in a warehouse. A genuine version of this NES game can cost around $1,500. Like many games, players should be careful that the cartridge they purchase is not a reproduction. Same Cheetahs III almost arrived, but it was left in the dust.
8 Amazing Tater is the sequel to Kwirk’s Puzzle – $1,500
amazing tater is among the most recent releases considered a rare title for Nintendo. The puzzle video game, known as Puzzle Boy II in Japan, is the sequel to the 1989 Game Boy game Kwirk. The gist of the game is that players control a potato alongside other plant characters to escape each level by pushing crates.
This simple puzzle game entered collector’s status around 2017 and its price reached over $1,700. Even bulk copies are still worth at least $400.
seven The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak is rare for some unknown reason – $1550
The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak came to the NES in 1994. Unlike the previous title The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy, this game was never released in Japan. Players can switch from Fred to Barney to use their club or slingshot attacks to defeat enemies. As to why Surprise at Dinosaur Peak may cost players around $1600, the actual reason is unknown.
Legend has it that the rare NES title was released exclusively at Blockbuster Video for rental in North America. Although no evidence has been found to support this rumour, this Flintstones is one of the rarest NES titles for number of copies released and length of console production run.
6 No New Prints Exist of Little Samson – $2500
Another game that came out late in the NES’s run was the 1992 title Little Samson. Similar to Capcom’s mega manplayers can control four characters in this side-scrolling game to save their kingdom from destruction. Little Samson was the only game by unknown developer Takeru released outside of Japan.
The lack of promotion made this NES title terribly successful. Despite its mediocre initial performance, Little Samson can cost players around $2,500. A complete used copy can even cost around $4,500, with no known new or sealed copies on the market.
5 It’s even hard to find the Starfox Weekend Contest – $2,500
During the spring and summer of 1993, Nintendo held a worldwide competition to star fox for the SNES. The difference between this cartridge and the original game is the minor changes made to the early Corneria and Asteroid levels. Additional rings have also been added and an exclusive bonus level.
In Starfox Weekend Contest, players must achieve a high score after only five minutes of play. Apparently, only 2,000 cartridges were made, making this title one of the rarest SNES games. The game costs around $2,500, but it’s not easy to find on eBay or Amazon.
4 Donkey Kong Country Competition Edition added timer – $3,250
Donkey Kong Country Competition Edition was released as part of the Nintendo PowerFest 1994 event. After the contest, the game was available in a version Nintendo power subscriber catalog with a “Competition Edition” label in the upper right corner.
This SNES title became a prized collector’s item as only 2,500 copies were produced. Compared to the original game, the Competition Edition added a timer in the middle of the screen and changed some levels. This title can cost players around $3,250 if they are lucky enough to find a copy.
3 Stadium Events prop purchased by Nintendo – $14,000
Stadium events is a sports fitness game and follow-up title to the Family Fun and Fitness accessory for the NES. Players use a control mat to compete in sporting events, such as the 100m, 110m hurdles, long jump, and triple jump.
Nintendo bought Bandai’s idea for the Power Pad, and all Family fun and fitness games and accessories were off the market. The 1987 title was renamed and reissued as World-class athletics meet with the Power Pad in North America. Copies of this rare title can cost between $11,000 and $28,000.
2 Only 26 Nintendo 1990 World Championship Gold Cartridges Made – $20,000
Of them 1990 Nintendo World Championship cartridges came out: gray and gold. The gold version was given out as a prize for a contest presented in the Nintendo power magazine. A miniscule amount of only 26 rounds were produced. This makes the NES title one of the rarest in history.
About half of the gold cartridges are currently accounted for, but some have been sold on eBay. In 2014, someone bought Nintendo World Championship with missing tag for $100,000. However, the real value of the gold cartridges is around $20,000. Curiously, the 1990 Nintendo World Championship is considered the first major esports event.
1 The Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991 is the rarest Nintendo title – $20,100
The Nintendo Campus Challenge was run similarly to the Nintendo World Championship, but the event took place on college campuses across the United States. Moreover, they even took place in places like Disney World. The cartridge contains three games: Super Mario Bros. 3, Pin Bot, and Dr Mario.
1991 Nintendo Campus Challenge is considered the rarest Nintendo title to date, given that only one copy exists. In 2009, someone bought the alleged single copy for $20,100. Nintendo continued its Campus Challenges, and there would only be three 1992 Nintendo Campus Challenge cartridges there.
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