The 90s; famous for the great cartoons, toys, and, of course, revolutionary gaming consoles. In the 90s and even early 2000s, we saw great consoles from companies like Sega and Nintendo, including the Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, GameCube and more. With every console came new games to play on them, as well as remakes of older games. Even though technology has come very far since the 90s and early 2000s, we still see remakes and ‘remastered’ versions of older games for new consoles. The oldies are the goodies, though, and they could be worth quite a chunk of money. Here’s our list of old, but valuable 90s games.
10 Final Fantasy – $400
Final Fantasy was—and still is—a very famous game, known for its many different parts and installations. The Final Fantasy world first debuted in 1987 for the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and they are still releasing games in the franchise as recently as 2018. The spin-off series Kingdom Hearts has also been around for quite some time. For its time, the game was known for its graphics and storyline. Unfortunately, if your copy is not sealed, it’s worth almost nothing. If you find one of these in your attic, hopefully it’s sealed and in great condition.
9 Starcraft 64 (Australian PAL Version) – $500
As stated earlier, the Nintendo 64 is known for the great games that were released for the legendary console. Starcraft was one of them. This was one of the first real-time strategy games that was ever released for console, and some people say is it incredibly inferior to the original version which was released for PC. The most valuable version is the imported PAL version, which can go for about $500 if you find a sealed copy! The US version is not so expensive since it was much more common.
8 Super Smash Bros. 64 – $750
The N64 was a very popular console back in the 90s, and still is today. Any “OG” gamer either has a Nintendo 64, or at the very least wishes they still had theirs. If found in its box, the console itself will go for about $500. There were a few games that were made for the console that people would pay a big dollar for including the beloved Super Smash Bros. This game saw iterations released on many consoles, including the GameCube and Nintendo Wii, and even newer consoles like the Nintendo Switch.
7 Luigi’s Mansion – $900
Luigi’s Mansion was a spin-off from the Mario franchise, and it was originally released for GameCube, but was also released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2018. Despite the game’s success, it was only released on these two consoles, making the oldest version without a doubt great collector’s items. Even though the median price sits below $1,000, there have been cases where people were lucky enough to sell their unsealed copy for $1,500! When it comes to older video games, it all depends on the buyer! It’s also predicted to go up in value as time goes on.
6 Super Smash Bros. Brawl – $1,000
Yup! Another Smash Bros. game. As stated before, this game was extremely beloved by many. This one, however, is much harder to find than the N64 version. While the N64 game is older, this particular version is difficult to find unopened and was pinned as one of the most popular Mario games in the 90s. This is, unfortunately, one of those games that are absolutely ‘worthless’ to a collector if it is opened. Unopened, it can go for about $1,000; opened, it is worth only $10, maybe even cheaper than that.
5 The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – $1,400
There are 18 games in the Legend of Zelda franchise. The series is very well known, and, like Pokémon, everybody can recognize the name, at the very least. In the 90s, there were two versions of this game that was released; both for different consoles. In 93, a version for the original GameBoy was released, but it did not do as well as Nintendo would have hoped. They tried again in the late 90s (1998) for the GameBoy Color, and it did much better. Now, the Gameboy version can earn you $1,400!
4 Earthbound (Mother 2) – $2,200
Earthbound was only released on two different consoles in the 90s, which included the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and the Game Boy Advanced. In fact, it was so beloved that, even though the franchise was not huge, the characters were featured in many of the Super Smash Bros. games. There were more sequels released in later years, including Mother 3 for GameBoy Advanced in the early 2000s and then again on the Nintendo Wii U. Like many of the games on this list, it is very important that your copy is sealed and in the best condition!
3 Pokémon Red, Japanese PAL Version – $2,200
Everyone knows the Pokémon franchise. They’ve made numerous games for many different consoles over the years. This particular series included a few different games including Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, and more. What makes this particular one special is the fact that it is the Japanese PAL version, which is very difficult to come by. Even an unwrapped, poor condition, or used cartridge for the GameBoy Color will go for $1,000. This means that you’ve hit the jackpot if you are lucky enough to find one of the sealed ones in your attic.
2 Tetris – $4,000 - $10,000
Tetris is one of the most known vertical puzzle games (aside from Dr, Mario, of course). Even though this game can pretty much be played for free nowadays, in the 90s, it was released for a Sega console that didn’t exactly do so well. The Sega Genesis was one of the company's least successful consoles, and was actually the end of their console production. After that, the company stuck to making games. However, there were only 10 copies of this version of Tetris made, and most of them were kept for the developers.
1 Nintendo World Championships (1990) – $100,000
In the year 1990, a tournament was held by Nintendo in 29 different cities in the world. All of the games for the tournament were kept on one cartridge; one for every location that the tournament was held. At the end of the tournament, the “Gold Cards” were given away. Now, those games can be sold for upwards to one hundred thousand dollars. The combination of the rarity and the special switches on the back to control settings is what makes this game incredibly valuable. No doubt an expensive collector’s item.