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(Gizmag)   Collector selling every US Super Nintendo game for $20,000   (gizmag.com) divider line 78
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2012-12-09 09:22:33 AM  
That's nice, but there's only one that's worth playing.
 
2012-12-09 09:35:51 AM  

thamike: That's nice, but there's only one that's worth playing.


Lemmings?
 
2012-12-09 10:09:14 AM  

dugitman: thamike: That's nice, but there's only one that's worth playing.

Lemmings?


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-09 10:21:24 AM  
Thirty bucks a game? Assuming everything is in good condition, that sounds like a decent asking price. Can't tell from the article whether each game has the paper box inserts or not, though, and judging from the fact the boxes have been folded up, probably not. I suppose you could have 800 or so custom-made if you really wanted to.
 
2012-12-09 10:24:49 AM  

Mike_LowELL: Thirty bucks a game? Assuming everything is in good condition, that sounds like a decent asking price. Can't tell from the article whether each game has the paper box inserts or not, though, and judging from the fact the boxes have been folded up, probably not. I suppose you could have 800 or so custom-made if you really wanted to.


TFA said he has about 85% of them.
 
2012-12-09 10:47:31 AM  
20 grand for the opportunity to say "I have all the super nintendo games and their boxes most of which I'll never play, but I have them until I die of Cheetos induced cardiac arrest at the age of 45, at which point they will be sold at a garage sale by my stupid sister who will sell them for 50 cents a piece" Sounds like nerd cred that's tough to pass up.
 
2012-12-09 10:54:30 AM  

dugitman: TFA said he has about 85% of them.


I'm referring to the inserts that hold the game flush in the box. The idea obviously being that, even if you were interested in keeping the box and manual, you were inclined to get rid of the white cardboard inserts, because they take up a lot of space. I don't know how much those inserts are worth on their own, but I've heard stories about Neo Geo collectors offering premiums for games which include the labeled-but-otherwise-nondescript cardboard box that comes with a Neo Geo MVS cartridge. Then again, Neo Geo collectors are absolutely balls insane, matched only by the people who throw down hunrdeds of bucks on unlicensed Nintendo porn games.
 
2012-12-09 11:07:51 AM  
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"Look, man. This is a really impressive collection, but the market's not what it was and if I'm going to make any money on this I have to pay someone to go through it, price everything and piece it out and that takes time and money, and I'm not a collector, I gotta make money off of this so I'll give you $100 for the whole thing."
 
2012-12-09 11:32:29 AM  

Mike_LowELL: I'm referring to the inserts that hold the game flush in the box


Ah, gotcha. Guess i should have understood when you mentioned the boxes were flat.
 
2012-12-09 11:33:31 AM  

Shostie: dugitman: thamike: That's nice, but there's only one that's worth playing.

Lemmings?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x200]


gamesdbase.com
 
2012-12-09 11:49:07 AM  

Mike_LowELL: Thirty bucks a game? Assuming everything is in good condition, that sounds like a decent asking price


I don't know. There are a lot of crap games as well. While there might be a few I'd pay more than $30 for, there's a lot I wouldn't pay $5 for.
 
2012-12-09 11:57:50 AM  
So this guy made perfect ROM dumps of these games and coded an emulator to run them, with no link to the emulator and ROMs? Is this really what we call journalism these days?
 
2012-12-09 12:02:38 PM  
Some NES and SNES games are worth a lot of coin. Not that I am saying he has any of them, but ya never know
 
2012-12-09 12:05:04 PM  

DicksWii: So this guy made perfect ROM dumps of these games and coded an emulator to run them, with no link to the emulator and ROMs? Is this really what we call journalism these days?


Because SNES ROMs are so tough to find?
 
2012-12-09 12:07:14 PM  

dugitman: Ah, gotcha. Guess i should have understood when you mentioned the boxes were flat.


No worries. I have a whole mess of NES and SNES box art and manuals (most of it beaten up), but I find it hard to say that "I own the boxes" when I'm missing all the inserts.

NeoCortex42: Mike_LowELL: Thirty bucks a game? Assuming everything is in good condition, that sounds like a decent asking price

I don't know. There are a lot of crap games as well. While there might be a few I'd pay more than $30 for, there's a lot I wouldn't pay $5 for.


Eh, more I think about it, you're probably right, lack of box inserts be damned. A number of the system's Japanese Role-Playing Games go for absurd prices but most of the other games remain fairly reasonable. I guess the idea here is that you're getting everything and you're rewarding this particular seller for making the most accurate SNES emulator out there. If you think of it like a post-product Kickstarter, it doesn't seem insane. Then again, it's twenty-thousand bucks, and everything seems insane for that price.
 
2012-12-09 12:09:31 PM  

thamike: That's nice, but there's only one that's worth playing.


Possible SNES games worth playing (In no particular order):

Earthbound
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
Secret of Evermore
Super Metroid
Contra 3
Super Mario World
Yoshi's Island
Super Mario RPG
Legend of Zelda
Final Fantasy II (IV)
Final Fantasy III (VI)
Lufia
Lufia II
Breath of Fire III
Smash TV

/Probably more
 
2012-12-09 12:39:32 PM  

Summoner101: thamike: That's nice, but there's only one that's worth playing.

Possible SNES games worth playing (In no particular order):

Earthbound
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
Secret of Evermore
Super Metroid
Contra 3
Super Mario World
Yoshi's Island
Super Mario RPG
Legend of Zelda
Final Fantasy II (IV)
Final Fantasy III (VI)
Lufia
Lufia II
Breath of Fire III
Smash TV

/Probably more


Also Donkey Kong Country 2.
 
2012-12-09 12:45:04 PM  

NeverDrunk23: Summoner101: thamike: That's nice, but there's only one that's worth playing.

Possible SNES games worth playing (In no particular order):

Earthbound
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
Secret of Evermore
Super Metroid
Contra 3
Super Mario World
Yoshi's Island
Super Mario RPG
Legend of Zelda
Final Fantasy II (IV)
Final Fantasy III (VI)
Lufia
Lufia II
Breath of Fire III
Smash TV

/Probably more

Also Donkey Kong Country 2.


The first one was great as well. I would also add Tecmo Super Bowl, but unfortunately the SNES version doesn't have Bo Jackson.
 
2012-12-09 01:08:53 PM  

NeoCortex42: NeverDrunk23: Summoner101: thamike: That's nice, but there's only one that's worth playing.

Possible SNES games worth playing (In no particular order):

Earthbound
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
Secret of Evermore
Super Metroid
Contra 3
Super Mario World
Yoshi's Island
Super Mario RPG
Legend of Zelda
Final Fantasy II (IV)
Final Fantasy III (VI)
Lufia
Lufia II
Breath of Fire III
Smash TV

/Probably more

Also Donkey Kong Country 2.

The first one was great as well. I would also add Tecmo Super Bowl, but unfortunately the SNES version doesn't have Bo Jackson.


Actraiser I & II
Bass Masters Classic Pro Edition
F-Zero
Harvest Moon
Illusion of Gaia
Mega Man 7 and X, 2 and 3
Star Fox
Super Punch Out!
Super Star Wars series
Tetris Attack

Just to add a few more =D
 
2012-12-09 01:23:58 PM  
What? No gold championship tournament cartridge? On a phone, else I'd provide the AVGN link about it.
 
2012-12-09 02:19:58 PM  

SineSwiper: What? No gold championship tournament cartridge? On a phone, else I'd provide the AVGN link about it.


That was a NES game.
 
2012-12-09 02:29:19 PM  

Defeated: NeoCortex42: NeverDrunk23: Summoner101: thamike: That's nice, but there's only one that's worth playing.

Possible SNES games worth playing (In no particular order):

Earthbound
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
Secret of Evermore
Super Metroid
Contra 3
Super Mario World
Yoshi's Island
Super Mario RPG
Legend of Zelda
Final Fantasy II (IV)
Final Fantasy III (VI)
Lufia
Lufia II
Breath of Fire III
Smash TV

/Probably more

Also Donkey Kong Country 2.

The first one was great as well. I would also add Tecmo Super Bowl, but unfortunately the SNES version doesn't have Bo Jackson.

Actraiser I & II
Bass Masters Classic Pro Edition
F-Zero
Harvest Moon
Illusion of Gaia
Mega Man 7 and X, 2 and 3
Star Fox
Super Punch Out!
Super Star Wars series
Tetris Attack

Just to add a few more =D


Also:
Blackthorne (old school Blizzard!)
Super Castlevania
Wario's Woods
Uniracers
TMNT Turtle in Time
Kirby Super Star
Kirby's Avalanche
NBA Jam
Super Mario Kart (still my favorite racing game)
Zombies Ate My Neighbors

AAAAND
...Shaq Fu
 
2012-12-09 03:00:59 PM  
I would guess that 70% of the $20,000 price tag is just from Earthbound alone.

Thanks to legal hell, that game will never officially see the light of day again outside of the SNES.
 
2012-12-09 03:03:46 PM  
art.penny-arcade.com

/Really, nobody else first?
 
2012-12-09 04:04:40 PM  

DicksWii: So this guy made perfect ROM dumps of these games and coded an emulator to run them, with no link to the emulator and ROMs? Is this really what we call journalism these days?


Here's the emulator. The detail that this guy went into to make this thing work, as a programmer I am just astonished. Most emulators don't sync the different chips (video, sound, CPU) as often as the actual hardware does. Why would you, you spend a lot of time keeping most states the same. But this guy spotted lots of problems that it caused and coded an emulator for the SNES that requires a core2duo or better to run at reasonable speed. Unless he finds a game that uses some rare transistor level bug . . . and in that case I'd almost expect a new version of bsnes to be released.

/yes, I'm a fan
//writing my own snes for fpga soon
 
2012-12-09 04:41:14 PM  

SineSwiper: What? No gold championship tournament cartridge? On a phone, else I'd provide the AVGN link about it.


The game to find for the SNES is Powerfest 1994, which the article mentions. I actually read the article just to see if that game was in this collection, as it would be worth about half the asking price. It's not.
 
2012-12-09 04:57:10 PM  

Summoner101: thamike: That's nice, but there's only one that's worth playing.

Possible SNES games worth playing (In no particular order):

Earthbound
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
Secret of Evermore
Super Metroid
Contra 3
Super Mario World
Yoshi's Island
Super Mario RPG
Legend of Zelda
Final Fantasy II (IV)
Final Fantasy III (VI)
Lufia
Lufia II
Breath of Fire III
Smash TV

/Probably more


Lufia 1 before 2? The second was in an entirely different class.

One, otoh, I didn't even finish.
 
2012-12-09 05:00:02 PM  

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"Look, man. This is a really impressive collection, but the market's not what it was and if I'm going to make any money on this I have to pay someone to go through it, price everything and piece it out and that takes time and money, and I'm not a collector, I gotta make money off of this so I'll give you $100 for the whole thing."


www.kirkwilcox.com
"I think you should buy it Boss. I don't mind staying late to go through the collection to make sure everything works."
 
2012-12-09 05:06:39 PM  

Shostie: [cdn.celebritycarsblog.com image 300x300]

"Look, man. This is a really impressive collection, but the market's not what it was and if I'm going to make any money on this I have to pay someone to go through it, price everything and piece it out and that takes time and money, and I'm not a collector, I gotta make money off of this so I'll give you $100 for the whole thing."


Is that really witty at this point? That's sort of exactly how a pawnshop makes its money. And it's a 'reality' TV show, so 3/4 or more of that stuff is fake anyway. Or they agree on a different price and the guy screws them on camera.
 
2012-12-09 05:39:37 PM  
Holf farking shiat.

First image in the gallery has these in the batch:

Wacky Sports (35-70)
Darius Twin: Gaiden (100 Minimum)
Lufia II: Rise of The Sinistrals (125-325 (CIB))

Yep. He's got the Holy Grails in there, too:

Mega Man X3 - complete (Saw one, ONE and it sold for $295)
Earthbound - complete (Fluctuates wildly - I've seen it for as low as $45 and as high as (sealed) $1,195)
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (Symphony of The Night is the continuation - a TERRIBLE port (Originally a Sega CD/TurboGrafx-CD release), but really sought after because of its rarity and the NIGH-IMPOSSIBLE task of finding a PAL version of Rondo of Blood on Sega CD - $75 for a loose one, up to a complete for $200)
 
2012-12-09 05:50:22 PM  
So is my NES still worth anything? I still have the box and a few games.
 
2012-12-09 05:58:17 PM  

mrjared: So is my NES still worth anything? I still have the box and a few games.


I do a little video game collecting. It would depend on the games you have and the quality of them. The console itself depends on how well it runs. You'll see people sell NES for more than they are worth.
 
2012-12-09 06:05:16 PM  

Aar1012: mrjared: So is my NES still worth anything? I still have the box and a few games.

I do a little video game collecting. It would depend on the games you have and the quality of them. The console itself depends on how well it runs. You'll see people sell NES for more than they are worth.


The NES will always be the Ur-example of game collecting: "Just because it's rare, doesn't mean it's valuable. Just because it's valuable that doesn't make it rare."

/Sealed Super Mario Bros. 3? $75.
Sealed Ninja Gaiden III? $30. Even though it *is* one of the rarest games ever made for the NES (and it's why Ninja Gaiden Trilogy commands such a high price for a re-release collection).
 
2012-12-09 06:06:51 PM  
I'm told that the problem with gray box NES systems was corrosion on the contacts, and it's relatively easy to replace the original contacts with gold-plated ones that don't corrode, leading to a 100% functioning NES all the time, no blowing in cartridges needed. True or false?
 
2012-12-09 06:16:01 PM  

saintstryfe: I'm told that the problem with gray box NES systems was corrosion on the contacts, and it's relatively easy to replace the original contacts with gold-plated ones that don't corrode, leading to a 100% functioning NES all the time, no blowing in cartridges needed. True or false?


What I found was that the connector in the console that grips the cartridge board can become less springy over time and doesn't form as good of a connection. I was able to get a new connector online for a few bucks and it took less than five minutes to install. It made a huge difference in how easy it was to get the games to work.
 
2012-12-09 07:04:37 PM  

Jedekai: Aar1012: mrjared: So is my NES still worth anything? I still have the box and a few games.

I do a little video game collecting. It would depend on the games you have and the quality of them. The console itself depends on how well it runs. You'll see people sell NES for more than they are worth.

The NES will always be the Ur-example of game collecting: "Just because it's rare, doesn't mean it's valuable. Just because it's valuable that doesn't make it rare."

/Sealed Super Mario Bros. 3? $75.
Sealed Ninja Gaiden III? $30. Even though it *is* one of the rarest games ever made for the NES (and it's why Ninja Gaiden Trilogy commands such a high price for a re-release collection).


I don't fully agree with it. I'm not insane about it either. Mostly I started collecting systems of my childhood and wanted to expand and read up on it.

/One CIB game, unsealed and it's not worth much
 
2012-12-09 07:49:32 PM  

saintstryfe: I'm told that the problem with gray box NES systems was corrosion on the contacts, and it's relatively easy to replace the original contacts with gold-plated ones that don't corrode, leading to a 100% functioning NES all the time, no blowing in cartridges needed. True or false?


The main problem was the silly toaster style spring loaded ZIF socket they used. Constantly bending the contacts eventually wears them out. The later top loader models they released don't have that problem.

Also blowing in the cartridges causes the contacts to tarnish faster (it works because of the moisture from your breath, which is also what eventually ruins them). It's better to clean them with isopropyl alcohol than to blow in them, but again the console itself is usually the main problem.
 
2012-12-09 08:11:16 PM  

Skyfrog: saintstryfe: I'm told that the problem with gray box NES systems was corrosion on the contacts, and it's relatively easy to replace the original contacts with gold-plated ones that don't corrode, leading to a 100% functioning NES all the time, no blowing in cartridges needed. True or false?

The main problem was the silly toaster style spring loaded ZIF socket they used. Constantly bending the contacts eventually wears them out. The later top loader models they released don't have that problem.

Also blowing in the cartridges causes the contacts to tarnish faster (it works because of the moisture from your breath, which is also what eventually ruins them). It's better to clean them with isopropyl alcohol than to blow in them, but again the console itself is usually the main problem.


My top loader requires an increasing number of my games to be played with some weight holding the cartridge in a forward lean.

I don't know exactly what the issue is. The cartridges don't seem to be being damaged, but it isn't all cartridges either.

It is annoying though.
 
2012-12-09 08:11:40 PM  

Defeated: Actraiser I & II


As tedious as it could get, I missed the Sim portion of Actraiser 1 and therefore couldn't get into Actraiser 2. Actraiser 1 is one of the most played SNES games on my emulator setup. Currently playing Wonder Boy 3 (Sega MS) again.
 
2012-12-09 08:15:54 PM  

Smackledorfer: Skyfrog: saintstryfe: I'm told that the problem with gray box NES systems was corrosion on the contacts, and it's relatively easy to replace the original contacts with gold-plated ones that don't corrode, leading to a 100% functioning NES all the time, no blowing in cartridges needed. True or false?

The main problem was the silly toaster style spring loaded ZIF socket they used. Constantly bending the contacts eventually wears them out. The later top loader models they released don't have that problem.

Also blowing in the cartridges causes the contacts to tarnish faster (it works because of the moisture from your breath, which is also what eventually ruins them). It's better to clean them with isopropyl alcohol than to blow in them, but again the console itself is usually the main problem.

My top loader requires an increasing number of my games to be played with some weight holding the cartridge in a forward lean.

I don't know exactly what the issue is. The cartridges don't seem to be being damaged, but it isn't all cartridges either.

It is annoying though.


During the first part of the SNES's life, some games came with a plastic cover that protected the contacts and the bottom inch or so of the cart, but after a while I remember not seeing those on new games. Anyhow, I found that was the perfect size for jamming into my front loader NES to keep the game pushed all the way down and therefore it would consistently read.
 
2012-12-09 09:00:56 PM  

Aar1012: mrjared: So is my NES still worth anything? I still have the box and a few games.

I do a little video game collecting. It would depend on the games you have and the quality of them. The console itself depends on how well it runs. You'll see people sell NES for more than they are worth.


The console still runs really well. As for the games, I doubt I have anything collectible. I have the Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt game it came with. Legend of Zelda, Legend of Zelda II, RC Pro/Am, Paperboy, Metroid, POW, and MLB Baseball.
 
2012-12-09 09:15:12 PM  

mrjared: The console still runs really well. As for the games, I doubt I have anything collectible. I have the Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt game it came with. Legend of Zelda, Legend of Zelda II, RC Pro/Am, Paperboy, Metroid, POW, and MLB Baseball.


http://www.rarityguide.com/nes_view.php
http://videogames.pricecharting.com/console/nes?sort-by=highest-pric e

Try out those sites. Obviously, most game pricing guides are imperfect, but it's better than a shot in the ass. I presume most of them use Amazon and eBay auctions as their gauge. Looking through your stuff, Paperboy, Metroid, and the two Zelda games appear to court around 10 to 20. The good thing about Nintendo collecting is that most of the good titles tend to be cheap. Rarity plays a pretty huge factor. For instance, Mega Man 5 and 6 are the most expensive games in the Classic series, despite any reasonable metric casting those as the two worst. (Although the mythos of the Mega Man 1 box art apparently gives a hefty premium to an NIB copy.)
 
2012-12-09 09:20:32 PM  
Sold a PS2 with 15 games and three controllers for $100.00

/CSB
 
2012-12-09 09:52:58 PM  

Smackledorfer: Summoner101: thamike: That's nice, but there's only one that's worth playing.

Possible SNES games worth playing (In no particular order):

Earthbound
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
Secret of Evermore
Super Metroid
Contra 3
Super Mario World
Yoshi's Island
Super Mario RPG
Legend of Zelda
Final Fantasy II (IV)
Final Fantasy III (VI)
Lufia
Lufia II
Breath of Fire III
Smash TV

/Probably more

Lufia 1 before 2? The second was in an entirely different class.

One, otoh, I didn't even finish.


If the list was sequential, Super Metroid and Legend of Zelda would be higher. And Lufia 2 was better than 1, but both were good though I'm a sucker for puzzles in RPGs.
 
2012-12-09 10:31:09 PM  
 
2012-12-09 11:30:36 PM  

NeverDrunk23: I would guess that 70% of the $20,000 price tag is just from Earthbound alone.

Thanks to legal hell, that game will never officially see the light of day again outside of the SNES.


I also looked, and expected that game to be featured more prominently in the photos.

I happen to own a CIB copy from my teenage years. I was anal about keeping that sort of thing, and I was shocked a few days ago when I was looking on ebay to find that the cartridge alone went for over $200. Great farking game.

Still wish I had Chrono Trigger :(
 
2012-12-10 12:33:28 AM  
Link

Too bad he isn't selling the extremely value NES-001. $13000
 
2012-12-10 02:02:02 AM  

Summoner101: Smackledorfer: Summoner101: thamike: That's nice, but there's only one that's worth playing.

Possible SNES games worth playing (In no particular order):

Earthbound
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
Secret of Evermore
Super Metroid
Contra 3
Super Mario World
Yoshi's Island
Super Mario RPG
Legend of Zelda
Final Fantasy II (IV)
Final Fantasy III (VI)
Lufia
Lufia II
Breath of Fire III
Smash TV

/Probably more

Lufia 1 before 2? The second was in an entirely different class.

One, otoh, I didn't even finish.

If the list was sequential, Super Metroid and Legend of Zelda would be higher. And Lufia 2 was better than 1, but both were good though I'm a sucker for puzzles in RPGs.


Yup, brainfart on my end there. I swear you said it was in order. woops.
Seemed like an odd order, but aside from the two Lufia's I didn't want to attack anyone's taste :P
 
2012-12-10 02:10:38 AM  

Summoner101: Smackledorfer: Summoner101: thamike: That's nice, but there's only one that's worth playing.

Possible SNES games worth playing (In no particular order):

Earthbound
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
Secret of Evermore
Super Metroid
Contra 3
Super Mario World
Yoshi's Island
Super Mario RPG
Legend of Zelda
Final Fantasy II (IV)
Final Fantasy III (VI)
Lufia
Lufia II
Breath of Fire III
Smash TV

/Probably more

Lufia 1 before 2? The second was in an entirely different class.

One, otoh, I didn't even finish.

If the list was sequential, Super Metroid and Legend of Zelda would be higher. And Lufia 2 was better than 1, but both were good though I'm a sucker for puzzles in RPGs.


Add Shadowrun and TMNT: Turtles in Time to the list.
 
2012-12-10 02:12:47 AM  
Even though Lufia 2 was better IMO (more puzzles, better graphics, etc), Lufia 1 was a solid, very fun game with an awesome twist near the end.
 
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