The Super Nintendo has a ton of rare video games and quite a few super expensive games too. Below is a list of the rarest and most expensive Super Nintendo games and what makes them so valuable.
The list is ranked by highest recorded sales price per game.
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Powerfest 1994 was a national wide video game competition Nintendo hosted to market their Super Nintendo console. For this competition Nintendo made a unique cartridge with three games on it. The game had Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, and Ken Griffey Jr Baseball on it. Players would compete to get a high score by beating the first level of Mario World, finishing the first track of Mario Kart, and hitting as many home runs as possible in Ken Griffey.
Only one of these cartridges still exists today. All the rest were destroyed by Nintendo after the competition was finished. The game was originally found at a garage sale and then sold for $10,000 to a collector. This was the only time the item sold but it has probably increased in value since then.
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M.A.C.S. (Multipurpose Arcade Combat Simulator) was developed for the US Army to help train soldiers on M16 accuracy. The game included a gun that was identical in weight and size to a real M16, but uses the same technology as the Super Scope so it can be used on a TV.
The exact number of copies originally made is unknown. The game comes up for sale very infrequently but when it does, it fetches top dollar. The last sale was for $800.
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Nintendo and LifeFitness teamed up to develop a stationary bike that was compatible with Super Nintendo games. You would pedal the bike and move your character faster on the game and could steer using specially designed controllers that attached to the handle bars. Only two games were developed for the bike though: Exertainment Mountain Bike Rally and Exertainment Bike Rally & Speed Racer combo.
The combination cartridge was officially licensed by Nintendo but never made it to stores. Most of the copies available today were found at a Nintendo warehouse. The exact number of copies available isn't known, but there are probably fewer than 1,000 to 2,000.
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In 1995 Blockbuster held the "Blockbuster Video Game Championship II" at all their stores across the world. As part of this competition Nintendo made a special Donkey Kong Country cartridge (a Sega Genesis game was made for this competition too). DKC Competition has eight levels and only allows five minutes of play before giving a score. High Scorers at each store were given prizes and eventually a winner was crowned in San Francisco.
After the competition was completed the cartridge was sold through the Nintendo Power catalog. The description in the catalog said 2,500 copies were made.
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Another cartridge made for a Nintendo competition. The Starfox Competition cartridge was hosted at toy stores across the country when StarFox was released on the Super Nintendo in 1993. The game allows only four minutes of play time and includes three levels. Two of the levels are shortened versions of Corneria and Asteroids, but the third is a level designed just for the cartridge.
After the competition was complete Nintendo sold the cartridges to Nintendo Power subscribers through a catalog. The game sold for $45 when original released and now sells for $400. There are roughly 2,000 copies assuming Nintendo only made enough for the stores that held the competition. That makes it the rarest officially released game on this list.
New Price: $60 | Used Price: $170 | See Current Prices
Terranigma is a action role-playing game released for the Super Famicom in Japan and Super Nintendo in Europe and Australia. The game was never released in the USA by it's publisher Enix.
A company that makes video game reproductions has made an NTSC version of the game that plays on US consoles. The cartridge looks just like an original Super Nintendo game. The reproductions are still being sold brand new for $60 by the original reproducer, but used copies continue to sell for $160-170 on eBay because sellers market them as rare video games.
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In 1995 Konami released two International Superstar Soccer games - ISS and ISS Deluxe. The Deluxe version includes co-op play vs the computer, improved graphics, better AI, and quite a few smaller changes.
The game never sold very well, but is considered a very good soccer simulation especially for the Super Nintendo days. The game sells for more than $130 when it is used.
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Earthbound is a cult classic RPG for the Super Nintendo. It has a very devoted following of fans who go to great lengths to buy the game and its sequels (both of which were unreleased in the USA but fully translated by fans). The game is full of funny characters, interesting dialog, and uses unconventional weapons like yo-yos and frying pans.
The game has never been re-released on virtual console or available anywhere but the Super Nintendo. The unique nature of the game makes it very popular with collectors while the devoted following keeps supply low. Both of which keep this game selling for more than $120.
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Super Turrican 2 is an action game, very similar to Contra. You get gun upgrades to improve your weapons and defeat bosses at the end of each level. The game was released during Christmas 1995, near the end of the Super Nintendo's life.
Because it was released so late in the console's life it didn't sell that well, but is still well regarded by collectors. The game has been re-released on the Wii Virtual Console in 2008 but resale prices have only increased since then.
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Hagane is a side-scrolling action game for the Super Nintendo and very similar to the Ninja Gaiden series. The game is extremely difficult and does not have a save feature, which only adds to the difficulty. You need to beat the game in one sitting.
Hagane was only available at Blockbuster stores so not as many copies were produced as wide-release games.
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Ninja Gaiden Trilogy includes Ninja Gaiden 1, 2, and 3 on one cartridge. All three of these games were released on the original NES so the Super Nintendo versions also have improved graphics and a password save feature.
Originally buyers didn't think the re-release was worth the purchase so it didn't sell very well. Buying the Trilogy is more expensive than buying all three Ninja Gaiden's separately.
New Price: $225 | Used Price: $80 | See Current Prices
Super Noah's Ark 3D is an unlicensed game for the SNES, which means Nintendo didn't approve of its release. The game was developed by Wisdom Tree and sold in Christian bookstores. The gameplay is very similar to Wolfenstein 3D but non-violent. You play as Noah and throw food to animals so they don't attack you.
Because the game was unlicensed and never sold in typical video game stores, it is very rare today. The rarity helps the game sell for more than $80 on a regular basis.
Other Expensive Super Nintendo Games
- Castlevania Dracula X - Used Price: $80
- AeroFighters - Used Price: $78
- Harvest Moon - Used Price: $71
- EVO the Search for Eden - Used Price: $70
- Wild Guns - Used Price: $70
- Metal Warriors - Used Price: $65
- Mega Man X3 - Used Price: $65
- Terranigma - Used Price: $61
- Final Fight Guy - Used Price: $60
- Ogre Battle March of the Black Queen - Used Price: $58
- Syndicate - Used Price: $55
- Lufia Rise of the Sinistrals - Used Price: $49
- Chrono Trigger - Used Price: $49
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