Vintage merchandise has always had a
special niche market, but did you know that video games come under this umbrella
too? As video games are all about incorporating the latest cutting edge
technology, it may seem strange that your old game cartridges could be real money makers. Yet,
it’s true. There is a market for retro video games and if they are in good
condition then you could be sitting on a electronic gold mine.
It’s not a new notion that older games can
be amongst the top rated in the industry. Just take a look at some of the new
casinos online for instance. They regularly draw in hordes of customers yet
games such as blackjack, poker and roulette are as old as the hills. Even now,
people still can’t get enough of them and are consistently looking for reviews on new
gaming sites. You know what they say? If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
In the same manner, the video games below are some more
examples of when game makers were on to a winning formula. If you’ve got any of
these squirrelled away amongst your old belongings, you could be sitting on a
pretty penny without even knowing it. Here is a list of some of the top retro
game sales in recent years.
Legend of Zelda Prototype
While most of us don't have prototypes in our possession, a beta cartridge for the popular The Legend of Zelda game in
your collection would make you very fortunate indeed. One seller sold his prototype cartridge for the NES in 2012 and took home an extremely impressive $55,000.
Who remembers the elusive Air Raid game for
2600? It was originally believed that only 12 copies of these existed.
However, two subsequent copies were discovered. The discovery of the 13th copy
even got some air time on CNN. The 14th copy was extremely significant in that an instruction manual was also found. It was
eventually sold for $33,433.
This Bandai video game was recalled not long
after its release back in 1987. Nevertheless, some Stadium Events copies are still in
circulation. They are extremely rare and as such, have fetched some very
respectable prices. In the last few years, there have been a few sales on the
game including a pristine copy being sold in 2015 for $35,100.
Back in 1985, Ice Climber was launched for
the NES. Although not a particularly noteworthy game, it was one of the first
titles made for the system. Last year, a factory sealed copy was sold for $2,
1990 Nintendo World Championships
Back in 1990, Nintendo held a gaming tournament across 30
different cities. The aim? To find the best player in the world. The winners in
each of the 3 age brackets were given a grey World Championships cartridge. Only 90 cartridges were ever made and are now, worth a fortune.
Gold World Championships cartridges (as seen in the headline image) were also produced at this time
as part of a Power magazine contest. Only 20 cartridges were ever created and recently a gold World Championships cartridge sold for $26,677.
As you can see from the list above, there
is money to be made in retro games. Our favorite titles from way-back-when
have always had sentimental value, but now may be time to cash them in for market value. Now,
race you to the attic!