Your Old Video Games Could Make You Six Figures

Remember all the childhood years you spent playing video games for hours without a care in the world.  I apologize.  I forgot to mention that I am mostly speaking to Baby Boomers and Generation X’ers here. 

That is of course unless there are millennials out there who have somehow gotten their paws on video games from the 80s and 90s. Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Street Fighter, and The Legend of Zelda are just a few of the big-name title that really catapulted video games into the stratosphere. 

Today the video game industry has become a multi-billion dollar cash cow.  You’d think unless you’re involved in the making of these games, none of that kind of money will find itself your way.  Well, think again.

When most people with video game knowledge think about the birth of the video game industry there are usually two names that come up; Atari and Mario Bros.  The later just recently sold for  $100,150.

That’s right that old ass game with the pixel graphics and the red overall-wearing plumber with the big mustache just got someone PAID.  Wait a minute. 

Before you go digging through your closet or someone else’s, let’s look at why this cartridge sold for such a high price.  This article from Mental Floss breaks down the determining factors of that big sales price.

Extra Clean Equals Extra Green

As you might assume the condition of this video game made all the difference.  ” The cartridge is still preserved in its sealed case, earning it a “near mint” grade of 9.4 and A++ “seal rating” from the rare game certifiers Wata Games.”  But that’s not all. 

In addition to the great condition, this was also a “rare “sticker-sealed” copy that Nintendo created for an exclusive test market launch of the NES in New York and Los Angeles.”  Add those two up and you get 100k baby!

So do you have or know someone who had the foresight to collect video games as investments back in the 80s and 90s?  It would probably be a good idea to get them appraised just in case. 

Just as a quick reference here’s a nice little list of games ranging from $100’s – $1000s.  NO wonder Mario was always after those COINS.

Valuable Video Games

  • Final Fantasy VII (Black Label)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • The Legend of Zelda prototype
  • Ice Climber
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition
  • Air Raid
  • Stadium Events
  • E.T.
  • Ducktales 2 (NES)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters (NES)
  • Mega Man 5 (NES)
  • Stadium Events (NES)
[Feature Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash]

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