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Top 10 most valuable classic video games

With a rare Zelda game recently fetching over $800,000 at auction, gaming enthusiasts were inspired to investigate the classic video games that are worth the highest price today. By scouring the rarest and most popular classic video games around and using an established ecommerce site to identify the highest prices your old video games could be sold for.

Top 10 most valuable classic video games

RankGameHighest online selling price (USD$)PublisherYearLocation
1Nintendo World Championships$275,000Nintendo1990Milford, MI, USA
2ClayFighter: Sculptor’s Cut$150,000Interplay Entertainment1998Kuwait City, Kuwait
3Super Mario Bros 3$149,000Nintendo1992Mooers, NY, USA
4Paperboy$140,000Atari Games/ Midway Games1985Stony Brook, NY, USA
5Super Mario Kart$59,999Nintendo1992Arlington, VA, USA
6Duck Hunt$43,464Nintendo1984Napanee, ON, USA
7Pac-Man$39,999Nintendo1982Sierra Madre, CA, USA
8Luigi’s Mansion$29,999Nintendo2001Dayton, OH, USA
9Conker’s Bad Fur Day$26,978Rare2001Banora Point, NSW, Australia
10The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past$26,015Nintendo1992Rome, Italy

At $275,000, Nintendo World Championships (1990) is the most valuable vintage video game currently available. Created as part of a promotional US-wide Nintendo competition, this prized collectable is highly desirable. Worth over double the price of ClayFighter: Sculptor’s Cut in second place, this uber-rare gaming cartridge is one of the most coveted in the world. If you were able to get your hands on a copy, you would find a selection of three adapted minigames based on Tetris, Super Mario Bros. and Rad Racer, made especially for the 1990 Nintendo Championships. 

In second place is ClayFighter: Sculptor’s Cut (1998), which is valued at $150,000. With only 20,000 copies ever made for former rental giant Blockbuster, this update of ClayFighter 63⅓ was difficult to source even in the nineties. Even so, this still makes Clayfighter: Sculptor’s Cut 172 times more common than the elusive Nintendo World Championship, of which only 116 cartridges are known to exist worldwide. 

Super Mario Bros. 3 comes in third place at $149,000. Having planted the seed for over 200 spinoff games, the industrious plumber brothers Mario and Luigi have graced our screens for almost 40 years and show no signs of stopping. Super Mario Bros. 3 (1993) is a fan favourite, with rare, unsealed copies for the NES console fetching high prices online. And, it appears that age is second only to quality, with Super Mario Bros. 3 worth over $140k more than the only other 1993 game in the ranking, the Disney-themed DuckTales 2, which comes in 54th place at just $616.

Now technically a third party of Nintendo, infamous game publisher Atari makes a feature in fourth place with Paperboy (1985), valued at an impressive$140,000. An arcade classic in which players take on the role of a paperboy dropping off his papers in stylised suburbia, this NES version allowed fans to play from the comfort of their own homes. 

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Nintendo published over two-thirds of the most expensive video games

With honourable mentions from Atari, Interplay Entertainment and Rare, Japan’s infamous multinational gaming company, Nintendo, dominated the top 10. With ultra-rare and wildly popular games such as Nintendo World Championships and Super Mario Bros. among its roster, it’s no surprise that Nintendo is also responsible for some of the priciest resells. 

The most expensive games are owned by US collectors

With Nintendo World Championships ($275,000) taking place across the US, this rare copy was located in Milford, MI, while Super Mario Bros 3 ($149,000) and Paperboy ($140,000) belong to collectors in New York. ClayFighter: Sculptor’s Cut ($150,000) can be found in Kuwait, while the most expensive Zelda game, The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past ($26,015) belongs to a collector in Rome, Italy.

The last Tomb Raider game, Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) fetches a maximum price of $172 online, in contrast to those who own the 1996 original edition of Tomb Raider, who could make up to $6,042  according to the data. Zelda fans could also benefit from searching through their collection, with Zelda games A Link To The Past (1992), Ocarina of Time (1998) and Majora’s Mask (2000) fetching thousands of dollars each.

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Rahul Roy
Rahul Roy
I am a computer guy by profession and a sports fanatic by choice.

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