The Super Nintendo is a very popular game system with hundreds of great games. Many of the games for the SNES have become rare since their initial release. And a few 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 Competition – $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 the promotion or sold them in their bargain bins. Because it was a limited edition item, it fetchs 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 extra copies to their subscribers. The game is as hard to find as the Donkey Kong cartridge listed at #1, but doesn’t fetch the same premium price.
3. Earthbound – $70
Earthbound is the first game on the list that was actually sold to the general public. The game is not hard to find online, but is very popular. It is a non-traditional RPG with every day household items used for weapons and a funny story line. The game has a cult like following.
4. Ogre Battle March of the Black Queen – $62
Enix only printed 25,000 copies of this game so it is fairly hard to find. It is also a very well regarded RPG critically so 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 improvements. The game didn’t sell very well initially 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 last Castlevania game released on the Super NES and like many series, the last game sells the worst. Collectors and Castlevania fans help increase 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 onto the next system. Because of this the game didn’t 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 isn’t very rare at all, but is very popular with RPG fans. It is a unique blend of platforming and role playing and is well regarded critically. The popularity helps increase the price.
9. Chrono Trigger – $53
Chrono Trigger isn’t rare at all, but is one of the greatest games of all time according to multiple sites. The all-star cast of developers, great story line, and game play help this game stand the test of time. Sealed copies of Chrono Trigger have fetched more than $1,200 on ebay.
10. Mega Man X3 – $49
X3 was one of only two games that used a special 3D chip in SNES games. Because this chip caused the game to be a bit of an oddity and has some of the best graphics for the system, gamers are willing to pay a premium.
Now that you know the most rare and expensive games for the Super Nintendo, be sure to keep an eye out for them when you go game shopping or cleaning out your old game collection. You don’t want to sell one of these for a couple of bucks at a garage sale when it’s a collectible.