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15 Rare Super Nintendo Games | Most Expensive SNES Games

Most Expensive Super Nintendo Games
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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Nintendo Powerfest 1994

Nintendo Powerfest 1994 SNES PricesNew Price: N/A | Used Price: $10,000 | See Current Prices
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.

MACS Multipurpose Arcade Combat Simulator

MACS SNES PricesNew Price: N/A | Used Price: $800 | See Current Prices
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The exact number of copies originally made is unknown.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.

Exertainment Mountain Bikerally & Speed Racer

Exertainment SNES PricesNew Price: $850 | Used Price: $695 | See Current Prices
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.

Donkey Kong Country Competition Cartridge

Donkey Kong Country Competition SNES PricesNew Price: N/A | Used Price: $635 | See Current Prices
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.

Starfox Super Weekend Competition Cartridge

Starfox Super Weekend SNES PricesNew Price: N/A | Used Price: $400 | See Current Prices
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.

Terranigma NTSC Reproduction

Terranigma NTSC Reproduction SNES PricesNew 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.

International Superstar Soccer Deluxe

International Superstar Soccer SNES PricesNew Price: N/A | Used Price: $132 | See Current Prices
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.

Earthbound

Earthbound Super Nintendo PricesNew Price: $455 | Used Price: $129 | See Current Prices
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.

Super Turrican 2

Super Turrican 2 SNES PricesNew Price: $500 | Used Price: $90 | See Current Prices
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.

Hagane: The Final Conflict

Hagane Super Nintendo PricesNew Price: $500 | Used Price: $100 | See Current Prices
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.

Ninja Gaiden Trilogy

Ninja Gaiden Trilogy SNES PricesNew Price: $310 | Used Price: $90 | See Current Prices
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.

Super 3D Noah's Ark


Super 3D Noah's Ark Super NES PricesNew 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.

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53 comments :

Anonymous said...

Glad I got Earthbound back in 2008 when it was going for $70-$80.

Alex said...

No Super Copa in this list?

JJ Hendricks said...

@Alex - Super Copa is definitely a rare game, I've only seen one sale though so I haven't added to the list yet. After I confirm the high price it got the first sale I will add it to this list. Great suggestion though.

Alex said...

The most recent sold on eBay ($129.95) was my copy. I priced it a little higher than I thought was average (around $100). I guess the one or two that were on there when I listed have already sold, as there were none listed as a few days ago. I see there is one listed now, but it's the Brazilian version, not the NA one.

JJ Hendricks said...

@Alex - Thank you for the info. We are tracking all the prices on Super Copa now so we should have an accurate price for it soon and can update the article.

Bruce said...

I wish I had gotten into Ogre Battle and Harvest Moon earlier. I have the Nintendo 64 versions but not the Super Nintendo. I could have made some money off those.

JJ Hendricks said...

@Bruce - Neither of those N64 games are too shabby collector's wise though. They are both on the most expensive Nintendo 64 games list too.

David Sanford Hesler said...

There are also several SNES games that sell for significantly more when CIB. One game that comes to mind is 3 Ninjas Kick Back. I know some collectors that have been looking for years to find this CIB. Some other names I remember being mentioned were Fun N' Games and a Ren & Stimpy Game.

Anonymous said...

Have you considered adding CIB prices for all cart based games at all?

JJ Hendricks said...

@anonymous - We have considered adding Complete in Box (CIB) prices to our tracking. We are actually discussing the technical details of doing this. Hopefully we can implement something like this in the near future.

aksparky said...

I got Harvest Moon, EVO, Chrono Trigger, Ogre Battle, Lufia & The Sinistrals, & about 40 or so other RPG titles...Bet I have a pretty good lot of titles worth several hundred dollars. Thanks for the list!

Alex said...

I got Earthbound for free several years back because the owner thought it no longer worked. All it needed was a good cleaning and it works perfectly!

broncosgrl79 said...

I've had earthbound since it came out and I have Donkey Kong country and final fantasy 3. Several others as well my mom was a game junkie :)

57c80380-fa98-11e0-8dc7-000bcdca4d7a said...

Whos interested in Super Mario Bros.?

DannY2893 said...

i have tons and tons of old games an also consoles in brand new condition im having financial problems so im tryin to sell all contact me by email if anyone mite be interested i have to look thru alot of it but most likely have games you guys mite be looking for email me danny81993@aim.com

Anonymous said...

where can u buy the reproduction of terranigma for the us consoles

JJ Hendricks said...

@anonymous - the reproduction is available here: GameReproductions.com

Trey Yancey said...

GameReproductions.com is the best I have spent at least a grand there. I would recommend to all.

Jack said...

Glad I held onto my Earthbound. Wish I had it brand new though. Got lucky and held onto my brand new copy of Terranigma 10+ years ago still in the box! Woohoo. Can't believe it's worth that much now.

thekkeffect said...

i bought earthbound at a second hand store for $1.81 the other day...haha glad i found it!

Anonymous said...

What happen to whirlo and vampire kisses very rare games

JJ Hendricks said...

@anonymous - Both of those titles are rare, but they are European titles instead of USA titles. This list focused on NTSC titles.

ele1707 said...

why they deleted my comment? :(

JJ Hendricks said...

@ele1707 - we will delete spam comments and comments that are just ads. The comments section is meant for actual discussion only.

ele1707 said...

I didn't really mean to spam it...

Lol

but, I have ISS delux,

Had EVO, Dracula X, Metal Warriors, EVO, but sold them during college because i needed money for summer school..

I just got hagane for like 35 bucks

Anonymous said...

I don't think the price charting list depicts the true collectors value of SNES games and has a negative effect on buyers/sellers who use this list to gauge their selling/buying prices. First of all, SNES games can be rare by country and area due to low distribution so me, an Australian looking at these prices expects prices here to be the same?? ZELDA loose goes for $70 - 80 with no manual over here. The chart pricing doesn't account for offline sales and the online prices aren't correct anyway! A game will say $2.99 - one the clicks on it to see where it is selling and it turns out that that price is for the lowest quality auction that still has many days left to bid. You need to capture the data for good quality games at the end of their auction - their ACTUAL sale price giving their ACTUAL value.
I am a large seller on EBAY and I start my games at around $10 (NO SNES GAME IS WORTH LESS THAN $10) people keep messaging me saying that my games are too expensive because they looked at your list and reckon that my games are worth $3, $4 etc.
I THINK YOUR LIST IS IRRESPONSIBLE and has created a false (negative) economy for game sales. You of all people should have more respect for SNES games and work on depicting their accurate value.

Please work on this!!!!!

JJ Hendricks said...

@anonymous - Thank you for your comments.

All of our prices are for NTSC versions of games. We do not track PAL or Japanese prices, except in rare instances where the games are very rare and have been asked for by our USA customers. The prices for you in Australia will not match exactly the prices listed on our website.

Price wise we only take into account auctions that have ENDED with a BUYER. We do not take into account auctions that are still pending or auctions that ended with no bids.

If you click on the "See It" links though you will be taken to live auctions on ebay so you can buy the games if you wanted. If you want to see completed auctions only click on the "Completed Auctions" tab on every game page. This will show you all the auctions that have ended and links to see the final price, bids, etc.

There are lots of SNES games that won't even sell for $1. I have tried selling tons of sports games for $0.50 and had no takers. Maybe Australia is different, but in NTSC regions there are lots of games for less than $10.

If you want to read more about the methodology for how we get the prices on our site you can read several articles we have written about it in depth.

Anonymous said...

Breath of fire 1 and 2 anybody?

ele1707 said...

Hello,

I clicked the terranigma cartridge link and there is no link on the price page.

here is one on ebay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/200772665150?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649#ht_730wt_1397

ele1707 said...

May be also want to add Secret of Mana 2 to the list.

JJ Hendricks said...

@ele1707 - My understanding is Secret of Mana 2 is a reproduction as well. It was never released in the USA but was translated. These carts are probably reproductions using this translation.

That being said I will start tracking prices on this item as well.

Anonymous said...

I have super double dragon, final fight 1,2,3 all unopened and a snes system unopened. How much would all that go for just wondering.

Anonymous said...

Wow.
I've been using this to add up how much it'd cost to buy all the games I'm looking for.
It's just a bit under $20,000, thanks for the list pricing it really helps. c:

edgar said...

where is super copa ?

Jose Asiain said...

what if you have donkey kong country with out the box just the game? whats the value for just the game itself?

Anonymous said...

All of these games are only worth what we are willing to pay. Only in cases where the game is actually rare should they be more expensive. Earthbound selling for sometimes $200 makes no sense as lots of people own this game. Only because of its resale value do people covet this game. This goes for any game. Price should be based on actual rarity, and nothing else. Quality isn't a reason why the gamers should pay so much because gamers are the only ones who care about quality. The people who benefit are just trying to make some money to buy more games to sell at high prices and so on...

JJ Hendricks said...

@anonymous - Prices are based on supply AND DEMAND. Supply for Earthbound is much higher than other games for SNES like Super 3D Noah's Ark.

But demand is much higher for Earthbound because it is a great game and very well known.

You always have to consider Supply and Demand when talking about prices. Rarity (number of copies in existence) is only the supply side of the equation.

Anonymous said...

Understood, and because of this demand people take advantage. Thats everyday capatalism, but this market is snes games. Snes was a very popular system that sold tons of games. All this supposed demand is doing is making little shops pop up every where trying to sell me a loose copy of starfox for $35. Granted it is cool seeing shops dedicated to retro gaming all they are doing is selling common games to nostalgic folk telling them they are getting a great deal on a rare game.

Anonymous said...

I remember that Donkey Kong Championship in Long Beach. My friend Dorian entered, we practiced day and night with the help of the Nintendo Power Guide I ordered. He won 1st place. Good Times.

Anonymous said...

Would you buy chrono trigger


Anonymous said...

I have a super nes donkey kong set. And is also up for sell for what it is worth. My email is caseydonaldson78@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I got donkey Kong 1 2 & 3 how much are they together

Deandre Taylor-Blackwell said...

Earthbound is not that rare of a game! I don't know why people jack up the price like Steve Urkel's pants, its not that rare. People just sell it at those high ass profits to take advantage on how much people would pay <_<

Anonymous said...

Just bought a bag of games at a yard sell starfox weekend special was in it. i paid 5$

Anonymous said...

I got a super mario game consel with 2 conrollers 1 mouse and about 10 diff. Games like terminator. Mortal combat. xmen. N lots of cool games I even have the original wores to coneccet to the t.v. and they all work

Cam Mowat said...

Hey jj great list what about final fight guy is it rare?

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that in less than three years a lot of the games on this list have doubled (or more) their asking price. Aero Fighters for $78? The very cheapest you'll ever find it now is $250. Don't get me started about the scalpers on eBay and Amazon asking $350-$525.

Charles Dodson said...

I have a 32 in 1 nes cartridge. Can anyone tell me anything about it?

Anonymous said...

Wow I could of got Hagane for under $30 back when I started collecting at the start of 2009 LOL

Anonymous said...

Cool webpage. Should be updated however, Castlevania Dracula X is like $125+ right now. Been looking for a copy for a while.

Jason Vachon said...

I sold for Aerofighters for$ 425CAN last month. This is the most expensive game we ever sold since we sell games!!

Anonymous said...

just picked up hagane for a dollar at a swapmeet my jaw hit the ground when I found it ..

DJ Omnimaga said...

Beware of SNES reproduction carts like Terranigma NTSC and Secret of Mana 2, because there have been numerous reports and reviews about dead save batteries in those carts and the Terranigma copy I got had the same problem. Not sure if it's because they use old batteries or due to a defect, but that is something to watch out if your game is a RPG or something. Also I am shocked at how high Demon Crest prices got since the past two years. I bought it for $60 in 2012 and just two years later it already doubled.

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