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(Mental Floss)   Nine very rare (and very expensive) video game cartridges. Behold the Holy Grail   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 51
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2013-08-27 08:01:15 AM  
Crud.....we had Atlantis for the 2600.
Thought it kinda sucked, really.
 
2013-08-27 08:09:32 AM  
The only "rare" things i have are FF3 for SNES, Tactics Ogre for 64, and the gold Ocarina of Time for 64.

I have no idea what they're worth.
 
2013-08-27 08:16:03 AM  
Fascinating.  My next door neighbor had both the NES mat 'and' that first game, the one running up to 40k for a functioning game?  They had that back in the day.

Course, Danny was a cheating prick, so I hope he reads that article and remembers how his mat got mysteriously destroyed at a mass slumber party and the game went missing.
 
2013-08-27 08:19:50 AM  

Girion47: The only "rare" things i have are FF3 for SNES, Tactics Ogre for 64, and the gold Ocarina of Time for 64.

I have no idea what they're worth.


A friend of mine got me "Spy vs. Spy II" for the NES. The game was never officially released. Someone had gotten hold of the ROM and made 250 cartridges. So it's actually a bootleg, but still fun none the less.
 
2013-08-27 08:26:02 AM  
I still have my Atari 5200 and a bunch of games ... somewhere.  The whole lot is probably only worth $16.83 at this point...
 
2013-08-27 08:49:51 AM  

Your_Huckleberry: we had Atlantis for the 2600.


TFA is about an obscure Atlantis II that was never mass-produced and only sent to select gamers, so don't let it keep you up at night.

Apparently Dragon Warrior IV for the NES is pretty hard to find these days, but only to the tune of $150 or so.  The cartridge retailed for half that so it's hardly an investment; it's just a game I enjoyed too much to ever let go of.  A superior version was released for the DS, so at this point I'm just hanging onto it as a curiosity.
 
2013-08-27 08:54:01 AM  
Someday Launch edition Xbox 360 will be on the list. Due to all the red rings and overheating issues there will only be a few thousand left.
 
2013-08-27 08:57:51 AM  

xanadian: I still have my Atari 5200 and a bunch of games ... somewhere.  The whole lot is probably only worth $16.83 at this point...


That's probably about what my collection of pirated C64 games are worth.  If they even work.
 
2013-08-27 09:18:07 AM  
Shoot, no Sega Master System games.  Those are all in plastic tubs in my attic.  It's also the last time I ever kept up with new games.

/Still rocking the PS2
//Have saved a fortune
 
2013-08-27 09:18:46 AM  
So I can probably sell my Sinclair Spectrum, and all those game cassettes, and retire to Switzerland.
 
2013-08-27 09:23:36 AM  

Infernalist: Fascinating.  My next door neighbor had both the NES mat 'and' that first game, the one running up to 40k for a functioning game?  They had that back in the day.

Course, Danny was a cheating prick, so I hope he reads that article and remembers how his mat got mysteriously destroyed at a mass slumber party and the game went missing.


I suppose you can rest easier if you knew that your friend likely did not have a copy of stadium events. The super valuable copies were never sold with the mat. The mat was bundled with world class track meet, a.k.a. stadium events. A few copies of stadium events (the $$$ game) were manufactured prior to the decision of what game would be included. In reality, the game was never released officially, because they changed the name when the decision was made to bundle. Somehow a discounter, Comb or Dynamark or some such outlet got a hold of the copies that were produced prior to the decision to bundle.

The power pad was an essential accessory to many a swarmy douche in my experience as well.
/csb
 
2013-08-27 09:29:16 AM  
The other thing all those games have in common is that they're all terrible games.
 
2013-08-27 09:30:38 AM  

Carth: Someday Launch edition Xbox 360 will be on the list. Due to all the red rings and overheating issues there will only be a few thousand left.


I don't think it or the PS3 will ever make it.  PS2 maybe, PS1 I'm more confident of... but not really.
Its the era of cartridge games that's most appealing to our current nostalgia. The games were made in smaller runs and the systems became hopelessly obsolete once we went to optical drives.

Not only that, but they were minimalist crap.
These were terrible works, but its from an era where sneaking in ten minutes of City Connection before school was something special.  Everything was left to the imagination when you popped in that Zelda II cartridge and tried to make sense of its incomprehensible graphics and merciless control scheme.

Its something that you can recapture if you've experienced it once, but probably wont translate well to anyone who picks up a rom today.  It would be like trying to explain what makes a viewmaster special to someone who's only known Imax and Oculus. To them its just really cheap projection technology.

Nostalgia is about remembering what was.
I don't think anyone who's played Call of Duty 20 is going to see a big difference if they go back to COD 1. Not the same as if you take a generation X player and give them a copy of contra.
 
2013-08-27 09:31:25 AM  
The most valuable games I own are Suikoden 1 and 2 for the PS1, but I'm not looking to sell.  Over 10 years ago, a tiny comic book store near Texas A&M decided to get rid of their rental video games.  I scored a second copy of Suikoden 2 for 7 bucks and sold it for over $100 on eBay.
 
2013-08-27 09:36:09 AM  

way south: Carth: Someday Launch edition Xbox 360 will be on the list. Due to all the red rings and overheating issues there will only be a few thousand left.

I don't think it or the PS3 will ever make it.  PS2 maybe, PS1 I'm more confident of... but not really.
Its the era of cartridge games that's most appealing to our current nostalgia. The games were made in smaller runs and the systems became hopelessly obsolete once we went to optical drives.

Not only that, but they were minimalist crap.
These were terrible works, but its from an era where sneaking in ten minutes of City Connection before school was something special.  Everything was left to the imagination when you popped in that Zelda II cartridge and tried to make sense of its incomprehensible graphics and merciless control scheme.

Its something that you can recapture if you've experienced it once, but probably wont translate well to anyone who picks up a rom today.  It would be like trying to explain what makes a viewmaster special to someone who's only known Imax and Oculus. To them its just really cheap projection technology.

Nostalgia is about remembering what was.
I don't think anyone who's played Call of Duty 20 is going to see a big difference if they go back to COD 1. Not the same as if you take a generation X player and give them a copy of contra.


I agree. but I'm still excited to see if the next round of consoles have the same problems as PS3 and XB360. So far I think Nintendo is the only manufacture that hasn't had a ton of problems with their home consoles. Virtual Boy gave everyone headaches and powerglove didn't work right (when it worked) but overall they've been pretty solid.
 
2013-08-27 09:49:05 AM  
River City Ransom
 
2013-08-27 09:51:15 AM  

Mentat: River City Ransom


Barf!
 
2013-08-27 09:51:34 AM  

Carth: I agree. but I'm still excited to see if the next round of consoles have the same problems as PS3 and XB360. So far I think Nintendo is the only manufacture that hasn't had a ton of problems with their home consoles. Virtual Boy gave everyone headaches and powerglove didn't work right (when it worked) but overall they've been pretty solid.


Bug were features. Anyone whos played E.T. experienced this.
I agree that it appears nintendo held an extremely high standard for quality, but they had less tech to deal with and post launch glitches became accepted parts of the system. Maybe that taught them something about the business that modern developers just don't understand.
...Or maybe they were damn good at covering it up.

/I figure the more complex the technology, the more bugs will arise when you release it into the wild.
/There will be bugs, but hopefully not as game breaking as the 360 crashes.
 
2013-08-27 10:05:29 AM  
Ummm, I bought a neo geo with "nearly every game made" in the mid-late 90s on the cheap.  Most games still unopened.  Time to go dig those boxes out of my garage.
 
2013-08-27 10:14:50 AM  
I happen to still have my N64, every decent game ever made on it, and all of their boxes safely stored away.  Including gold cartridges.
I'm a patient man.
 
2013-08-27 10:19:32 AM  

Richard_The_Clown: Girion47: The only "rare" things i have are FF3 for SNES, Tactics Ogre for 64, and the gold Ocarina of Time for 64.

I have no idea what they're worth.

A friend of mine got me "Spy vs. Spy II" for the NES. The game was never officially released. Someone had gotten hold of the ROM and made 250 cartridges. So it's actually a bootleg, but still fun none the less.


I remember getting the original Spy v. Spy.  Easily in my top 10 for most fun NES games I played.
 
2013-08-27 10:21:43 AM  

Infernalist: Fascinating.  My next door neighbor had both the NES mat 'and' that first game, the one running up to 40k for a functioning game?  They had that back in the day.

Course, Danny was a cheating prick, so I hope he reads that article and remembers how his mat got mysteriously destroyed at a mass slumber party and the game went missing.


Heh, I had a friend who had that mat, and I believe it was standard practice to jump besides the mat during the long jump events and to mash it with your fists to run faster than with your feet during races (though the efficiency of this technique is debatable). Is this what you mean by "cheating prick", or do you mean it in a more general sense?


way south:
Not only that, but they were minimalist crap.
These were terrible works, but its from an era where sneaking in ten minutes of City Connection before school was something special.  Everything was left to the imagination when you popped in that Zelda II cartridge and tried to make sense of its incomprehensible graphics and merciless control scheme.


Damn you... the City Connection music is one of the worst and most persistent earworms I can think of.

And regarding Zelda II, I get what you're saying, but I think you could have picked a better(worse?) example. The graphics are actually pretty clear (for a NES game), and the controls are fairly solid. (Although I might be biased, it is one of my favorite NES games, and I replay it every three or five years.)
 
2013-08-27 10:32:50 AM  
I always remember beating the mat with my hands vs running on it.  MUCH better scores that way :D

... pretty sure I still have it somewhere, but unfortunately not the one mentioned in the article.
 
2013-08-27 10:39:46 AM  
I have a Tengen cartridge of Gauntlet for NES.  Not Gauntlet 2.  Gauntlet.  Haven't tried to play it, but I've never seen a second one - I can't imagine it being super rare, but it isn't common either.
 
2013-08-27 11:02:16 AM  

JonZoidberg: The most valuable games I own are Suikoden 1 and 2 for the PS1, but I'm not looking to sell.  Over 10 years ago, a tiny comic book store near Texas A&M decided to get rid of their rental video games.  I scored a second copy of Suikoden 2 for 7 bucks and sold it for over $100 on eBay.


Same here. I have both in their original packaging along with the Prima guide for Suikoden II (used, of course). Other than those, the rarest game I have is Intelligent Qube.
 
2013-08-27 11:12:23 AM  
www.atariguide.com

This game really sucked. Wonder how rare it is?
 
2013-08-27 11:22:25 AM  

way south: I agree that it appears nintendo held an extremely high standard for quality, but they had less tech to deal with and post launch glitches became accepted parts of the system. Maybe that taught them something about the business that modern developers just don't understand.


In terms of software, my feeling is that the 360 is as good or better than Nintendo. I play way more 360 than Wii, but I've had more instances of the Wii just freezing or having poor software support.

On the other hand, the 360 has demonstrable manufacturing quality issues (the whole RROD thing). I don't remember the exact story, but Microsoft went with a lesser-known outfit in China to manufacture the 360, and they were using a new process that neither they nor Microsoft were super familiar with. The result is that a lot of the solder joints were weaker than they should have been, and the box ran incredibly hot to start with, so over time the thermal expansion and contraction would loosen or break some of the solder connections. Most of those RROD's aren't a reflection of Microsoft's quality, and lo and behold the modern 360's don't have the same issues as the early ones, mainly due to fixing the manufacturing process.
 
2013-08-27 11:39:01 AM  

Mentat: River City Ransom


I have one.
 
2013-08-27 12:04:33 PM  
RockofAges:
The odds are very high (not to be a buzzkill) that you are remembering your friend being in possession of World Class Track Meet (Stadium Events was rebranded / renamed in this fashion, it was sold as part of a the set). Very common game. The mat is found at flea markets for $20.

I can't speak for Infernalist, but my friend definitely had the common World Class Track Meet version. I just wanted to say that we felt like fricking geniuses when we decided to jump away from the mat.
 
2013-08-27 12:09:21 PM  
SUPER RARE:

www.dan-dare.org
 
2013-08-27 12:11:54 PM  
I actually "competed" in that 1990 Nintendo World Championship thing.  Obviously I did not win, or surely I would be rich and famous beyond my wildest dreams.  I did get my first Gameboy though... not a bad consolation prize at the time.
 
2013-08-27 12:22:43 PM  

Orgasmatron138: Shoot, no Sega Master System games.  Those are all in plastic tubs in my attic.  It's also the last time I ever kept up with new games.

/Still rocking the PS2
//Have saved a fortune


Most of the valuable Master System games are imported from Brazil, where that system outsold the Genesis/Megadrive. A few have a bit of value but nothing like the ones on this list.
 
2013-08-27 12:44:53 PM  
Still the best Atari 2600 game:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-08-27 12:59:35 PM  

Mentat: River City Ransom



I love that game.
 
2013-08-27 01:30:40 PM  

xanadian: I still have my Atari 5200 and a bunch of games ... somewhere.  The whole lot is probably only worth $16.83 at this point...


The console itself might sell for about $60. The 5200 wasn't known for rare titles and most are common, selling for $1-$3. Bounty Bob Strikes Back is probably the biggest chase title. Depending on the condition and box it can go for a couple hundred to over a grand.
 
2013-08-27 01:34:36 PM  
I see that giant popup ads are still not very rare when you link to MentalFloss.
 
2013-08-27 01:47:13 PM  

Mongo No.5: Ummm, I bought a neo geo with "nearly every game made" in the mid-late 90s on the cheap.  Most games still unopened.  Time to go dig those boxes out of my garage.


if it's the original cartridge based AES Neo-Geo from 1991, then uhm

wow.

do NOT open those games until you can verify that they are authentic
 
2013-08-27 01:53:50 PM  

Minktastic Mink!: xanadian: I still have my Atari 5200 and a bunch of games ... somewhere.  The whole lot is probably only worth $16.83 at this point...

The console itself might sell for about $60. The 5200 wasn't known for rare titles and most are common, selling for $1-$3. Bounty Bob Strikes Back is probably the biggest chase title. Depending on the condition and box it can go for a couple hundred to over a grand.


The only "unusual" game I had was Qix.  Everything else was pretty standard:  Pac Man, Super Breakout, etc.
 
2013-08-27 02:42:02 PM  
DD44Dostivei:

if it's the original cartridge based AES Neo-Geo from 1991, then uhm

wow.

do NOT open those games until you can verify that they are authentic


Yeah, that's the one.  I also have an original TurboGrafx, Jaguar 64, Virtual Boy, and Atari 2600 (still in the original box!), all bought very cheap when the systems failed to sell, many unopened games, accessories etc.  I was a kid, and figured instead of spending my hard earned money on top dollar super nintendo and 1 game and 1 controller, i could get one of these failure systems with 200 games, and all accessories for the same price.  did the same with dreamcast (as an adult).

i DID NOT buy my car with the same logic.  maybe i should buy an Aztec
 
2013-08-27 03:01:09 PM  

impaler: Still the best Atari 2600 game:

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Wow. They sold those controllers years ago at the surplus place. I never did find what to do with them. But I have one scumming around in the Hoard of Shame somewhere back there.
 
2013-08-27 03:09:27 PM  
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 sells for around 100USD new. I remember seeing that game everywhere when it first came out.
 
2013-08-27 03:56:41 PM  
No one-of-a-kind NES Earthbound cartridge on the list?  Lame... =)  Did Stadium Events ever get its ROM dumped?

The only rare stuff I have are PlayStation 1 consoles.  I have an SCPH-7000W (Japanese Midnight Blue promotional model), DTL-H1101 (U.S. tester model), and an SCPH-5903 (Hong Kong video CD model).  I also have a DTL-H3000 (Japanese Yaroze), but Yarozes are somewhat common.  I want a green PS1 (DTL-H120x, tester models with revised graphics chip) to complete the set of one of each color.

I have the Japanese NES game Salamander, which is the Japanese version of Life Force.  This game is common, but it's fairly rare to see one in the U.S.
 
2013-08-27 04:31:18 PM  

impaler: Still the best Atari 2600 game:

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I had the Atari 400/800 version - that was a lot of fun. Loved that game. When it was redone it for the Xbox 360, I was excited.

Unfortunately, the new version just didn't have the same simple and fun magic that the original had. I couldn't even finish demo because it was so bad.
 
2013-08-27 04:36:32 PM  

DD44Dostivei: Mongo No.5: Ummm, I bought a neo geo with "nearly every game made" in the mid-late 90s on the cheap.  Most games still unopened.  Time to go dig those boxes out of my garage.

if it's the original cartridge based AES Neo-Geo from 1991, then uhm

wow.

do NOT open those games until you can verify that they are authentic



Those games cost $200 each brand new.  Um, yeah.
 
2013-08-27 04:38:17 PM  
 
2013-08-27 04:39:17 PM  
I just found my Atari 2600 up in the closet the other day with two original controllers and about 10 carts.


Might have to see what I can get for it.
 
2013-08-27 05:49:28 PM  

Rev.K: Mentat: River City Ransom

I have one.


If I can go off on a tangent for a minute, do you lock your windows at night?  I'm asking for a friend.
 
2013-08-27 08:07:32 PM  
A fool and his money...
 
2013-08-27 09:00:39 PM  

Your_Huckleberry: Crud.....we had Atlantis for the 2600.
Thought it kinda sucked, really.


Wait, what? That's rare? Well sir, I have some wares for the fine people of Fark.
 
2013-08-27 11:43:24 PM  
I am torn between which is more sad, the list looks like a video game fail list or my wife saying she had #1 and #2 gold when she was a kid.
 
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