Super Nintendo is a very popular game system with hundreds of great games. Many of the games for the SNES have gone weird since their initial release. And some have even become very valuable collectibles. Here is a list of the ten most expensive and rare games for the Super NES.
1. Donkey Kong Country Contest – $ 400
The game was part of a promotional tournament at Blockbuster Video locations and was never released for public sale. Some Blockbuster stores gave the games away after promotion or sold them in their bargain bins. Because it was a limited edition item, it gets a hefty premium compared to other Super Nintendo games.
2. Starfox Super Weekend – $ 220
Another limited edition game used in a Blockbuster promotion. Starfox Super Weekend was sold to some rental customers and Nintendo Power even sold a few additional copies to its subscribers. The game is as hard to find as the Donkey Kong cartridge listed at No. 1, but it doesn’t have the same premium price.
3. Earthbound – $ 70
Earthbound is the first game on the list to be sold to the general public. The game is not difficult to find online, but it is very popular. It is a non-traditional RPG with household items that are used every day for weapons and a fun story. The game has a similar cult following.
4. Black Queen’s Ogre Battle March – $ 62
Enix only printed 25,000 copies of this game, so it is quite difficult to find. It is also a highly regarded role-playing game by critics, which is why many RPG fans are willing to pay a premium to play this rare game.
5. Ninja Gaiden Trilogy – $ 60
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy has all three NES Ninja Gaiden games on one cartridge with some slight graphical enhancements. The game didn’t sell very well at first, but many gamers want the game now because it includes three great games for the price of one.
6. Castlevania Dracula X – $ 59
Dracula X is the latest Castlevania game released on the Super NES, and like many series, the latest game sells the worst. Castlevania collectors and fans help drive up the price of this rare game.
7. Harvest Moon – $ 57
Harvest Moon was released the same year the Nintendo 64 came out, so many gamers had already moved on to the next system. Because of this, the game did not sell many copies. This is the first game in the Harvest Moon series, so many fans want to play the game that started it all.
8. EVO Search for Eden – $ 56
EVO is not very rare at all, but it is very popular with fans of RPGs. It is a unique mix of platformers and RPGs and is well regarded by critics. Popularity helps drive up the price.
9. Chrono Trigger – $ 53
Chrono Trigger is not weird at all, but it is one of the best games of all time according to various sites. The stellar cast of developers, great story, and gameplay help this game stand the test of time. Sealed copies of the Chrono Trigger have sold for over $ 1,200 on eBay.
10. Mega Man X3 – $ 49
X3 was one of only two games to use a special 3D chip in SNES games. Because this chip made the game a bit strange and has some of the best graphics for the system, players are willing to pay a premium.
Now that you know the rarest and most expensive games for Super Nintendo, make sure to keep an eye out for them when you go shopping for games or clean up your old game collection. You don’t want to sell one of these for a couple of dollars at a yard sale when it’s a collectible.