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(Scotsman)   Originals of Final Fantasy and Donkey Kong 64 worth "thousands". In other news: WHY GOD WHY DID I SELL MY OLD COPIES FOR NEXT TO NOTHING   ( scotsman.com) divider line
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2018-02-05 11:16:58 AM  
 i still have the boxes, but none of my nes games are anywhere near new
 
2018-02-05 11:39:47 AM  
Apparently my brother's complete collection of .hack//sign video games AND strategy guides is worth a pretty penny.

We have a broken NES with a ton of games at my Parent's house, I wonder what they are worth.
 
2018-02-05 12:09:22 PM  
In before the "My mom sold my games while I was at college" crowd.
 
2018-02-05 12:53:53 PM  
.......is that cart only or does it require the box, instructions, and warranty notice as well?
 
2018-02-05 12:55:45 PM  
I still have an original Gameboy that works, but the back battery cover is missing. I wonder what it's worth.

/probably not much
 
2018-02-05 12:58:46 PM  

AntonChigger: I still have an original Gameboy that works, but the back battery cover is missing. I wonder what it's worth.

/probably not much


A dollar or two at the swap-meet would be my wager. You'll spend more on gas to get there or in shipping for an online sale.

I have an Eternal Darkness in good shape. Gosh Dang that game is good.

shortymac: Apparently my brother's complete collection of .hack//sign video games AND strategy guides is worth a pretty penny.

We have a broken NES with a ton of games at my Parent's house, I wonder what they are worth.


You capitalized parent and put the apostrophe to the left of the 's'. Kindly quit murdering the American language.
 
2018-02-05 01:04:29 PM  
New, sealed, and collectible games are worth thousands.

The cartridge you spilled milk on, tore off the label, and stepped on once or twice is not.

Used NES Final Fantasy is about $15-20 on Ebay right now. If you've got the maps and the book and the sleeve that the game came in you might get twice that.

If you had $60 back in 1987 and stuck it in a DOW Jones index, which was about 2,100 back then, today you'd have about $720. Buying copies of Final Fantasy to sell to collectors would have been marginally more profitable, but God help you if you thought that Superman 64 was going to be all the rage in 20 years.
 
2018-02-05 01:14:40 PM  

facepalm.jpg: New, sealed, and collectible games are worth thousands.

The cartridge you spilled milk on, tore off the label, and stepped on once or twice is not.

Used NES Final Fantasy is about $15-20 on Ebay right now. If you've got the maps and the book and the sleeve that the game came in you might get twice that.

If you had $60 back in 1987 and stuck it in a DOW Jones index, which was about 2,100 back then, today you'd have about $720. Buying copies of Final Fantasy to sell to collectors would have been marginally more profitable, but God help you if you thought that Superman 64 was going to be all the rage in 20 years.


I remember some article showing off how much a mint in box USS Flagg would have been.... but anyonebody that got one would have been a fool not to play with it. Presumably the only people who have these things are people that got a warehouse after a distributor suddenly went into bankruptcy and no one ever bother to see what was in the warehouse.
 
2018-02-05 01:17:17 PM  

edmo: In before the "My mom sold my games while I was at college" crowd.


I'm hanging out with the 'we were poor so I sold my NES stuff to buy a SNES' crowd.
 
2018-02-05 01:18:34 PM  

facepalm.jpg: New, sealed, and collectible games are worth thousands.

The cartridge you spilled milk on, tore off the label, and stepped on once or twice is not.

Used NES Final Fantasy is about $15-20 on Ebay right now. If you've got the maps and the book and the sleeve that the game came in you might get twice that.

If you had $60 back in 1987 and stuck it in a DOW Jones index, which was about 2,100 back then, today you'd have about $720. Buying copies of Final Fantasy to sell to collectors would have been marginally more profitable, but God help you if you thought that Superman 64 was going to be all the rage in 20 years.


This, was exactly what I was expecting to find in the article. That goes for basically any video game or toy really; if it's new, sealed, and otherwise looks perfect, it can command a high price. Obviously almost all copies sold would have been opened, so finding such a thing is a indeed pretty rare.
 
2018-02-05 01:19:21 PM  
I still have my copy of Suikoden II. It was a fun game.
 
2018-02-05 01:19:51 PM  
Nice. I have a copy of Final Fantasy for NES in excellent condition (opened and played, but otherwise not used much) I got from KB Toys in a clearance rack for like $5 at the end of the NES' life cycle.

I regret not picking up a few extra copies of Smash Bros. Melee when they were on the clearance rack at Best Buy at the end of the GameCube's life cycle. Sealed copies are big bucks on eBay.
 
2018-02-05 01:21:36 PM  
Just about everything on the list in the article is new/sealed. Used games typically don't fetch prices above the original MSRP even if it has the box, manual and all the inserts.
 
2018-02-05 01:23:28 PM  
But donkey kong 64 was aweful!
 
2018-02-05 01:28:00 PM  

McGrits: I still have my copy of Suikoden II. It was a fun game.


My dude. Suikoden 2 is not a game. It is a way of life.

solve4x: But donkey kong 64 was aweful!


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/suikoden 3 is the best of the series
//konami can eat a bag of rancid testicles
 
2018-02-05 01:44:34 PM  

casual disregard: AntonChigger: I still have an original Gameboy that works, but the back battery cover is missing. I wonder what it's worth.

/probably not much

A dollar or two at the swap-meet would be my wager. You'll spend more on gas to get there or in shipping for an online sale.

I have an Eternal Darkness in good shape. Gosh Dang that game is good.

shortymac: Apparently my brother's complete collection of .hack//sign video games AND strategy guides is worth a pretty penny.

We have a broken NES with a ton of games at my Parent's house, I wonder what they are worth.

You capitalized parent and put the apostrophe to the left of the 's'. Kindly quit murdering the American language.


The family surname is Parent.  Joe Parent's house.  Kindly quit assuming all people have traditional names.  They also informed you it was their Parents house and not the other Parent family from across the town.  F*ck the other Parent family.  They have 8 kids and sell crack.
 
2018-02-05 01:48:45 PM  
My Colecovision, Intellivision, and Atari 2600 are all still worth nothing
 
2018-02-05 01:54:12 PM  
Listed doesn't mean sold.
 
2018-02-05 01:54:26 PM  
fark the reseller market. Emulate all the Things. Call the cops I don't give a fark
 
2018-02-05 02:01:09 PM  
"Totally saw listed on eBay for $x.xx" does not mean "Is worth $x.xx"...
 
2018-02-05 02:06:53 PM  

edmo: In before the "My mom sold my games while I was at college" crowd.


My mother gave away an Intellivision with two fully working controllers and somewhere around 60 games.
 
2018-02-05 02:10:58 PM  
It turns out I also have a very complete copy of FF3 for SNES, and FF2 missing the instruction booklet.

KingBiefWhistle: fark the reseller market. Emulate all the Things. Call the cops I don't give a fark


VG collectors offer stupid money for the strangest things. I sold an empty Atari Jaguar box for $50 once because the person needed the box for their collection.
 
2018-02-05 02:35:28 PM  

AntonChigger: I still have an original Gameboy that works, but the back battery cover is missing. I wonder what it's worth.

/probably not much


I see dot matrix Gameboys at retro stores for about $20-25.  So yeah, not much.

If you have games and want to sell them, check Price Charting to get an idea of going rates and what thinga have sold for.  It won't stop a used shop from bending you over, but at least gives you and idea of what they're worth and you can determine if their lower buying price is worth the convenience.
 
2018-02-05 02:40:09 PM  
A few years back I hooked up my N64 and sat down to play DK64, remembering how much I liked it and how I took the time to get all 201 golden bananas.

Boy, I wish I had just left that game as a good memory. A lot of the harder golden bananas to get are just straight-up nearly impossible.and very frustrating to get. I guess I either put up with it better when I was a kid or back then I thought the N64 controller was good.

/still haven't sold any of my games
//should've before most of the good games got rereleased
///you can pry my Chrono Trigger cartridge from my cold dead hands
 
2018-02-05 03:05:29 PM  
Listed? anyone knows all that matters is how much they sold for. I listed some pubic hair on ebay for 1000 bucks and I'm still waiting for a bid.
 
2018-02-05 03:06:06 PM  

KingBiefWhistle: fark the reseller market. Emulate all the Things. Call the cops I don't give a fark


I did and told them you were trying to emulate donuts.
Good luck, and may God have mercy on your soul.
 
2018-02-05 03:08:07 PM  

The_Y2P_Problem: If you have games and want to sell them, check Price Charting to get an idea of going rates and what thinga have sold for.


I went through the section on Turbografx-16 stuff and I have a few of the pricier items on the list, including a TurboDuo with the box. No magical chase though.
 
2018-02-05 03:19:05 PM  

Witty_Retort: KingBiefWhistle: fark the reseller market. Emulate all the Things. Call the cops I don't give a fark

I did and told them you were trying to emulate donuts.
Good luck, and may God have mercy on your soul.


The sprinkles are all hover and jitter half an inch off to the left and the glaze is colored a sickly piss yellow but it doesn't detract from the donut experience in any way I swear
 
2018-02-05 03:28:08 PM  

LoneVVolf: "Totally saw listed on eBay for $x.xx" does not mean "Is worth $x.xx"...


I work part-time at a record store and help out with their purchasing and grading of records -- I've been a serious collector for 15 years. Every month I run into a customer trying to sell a record they saw on ebay selling for hundreds of dollars. Then I see the record they have is fairly worn, or I doesn't have the identifiers that make it a rare and/or valuable version. Usually I see this with more "high profile" artists -- stuff like Beatles or Elvis. I never like to see people upset, but it's pretty often somebody brings in a Beatles record they saw selling on E-Bay for $1,000 and I have to burst their bubble, telling them the condition isn't there, or it's a later repressing. That $1,000 rare Beatles record? Well it's really only worth $20 retail... I'll give you $8 for it. That usually doesn't settle well, but I'm not in the business of lying or deceiving people. 

Records are no different than any other collectible -- Toys & Games, Comics, Stamps, Currency... It's ALL about the condition, rarity, and desirability. These were all things people used and abused, with no thought into their long-term value, hence why finding that rare uncirculated Silver Dollar or Sealed NES game is so uncommon and raises their value substantially.
 
2018-02-05 04:51:03 PM  
What kind of monster would buy the games and not play them?
 
2018-02-05 05:11:16 PM  
"new" and sealed , which is what i figured although it should be described as Mint in sealed box as its far from new.
/would also accept Unopened Vintage.
 
2018-02-05 05:38:40 PM  
Speaking as someone who owns too many games, you're a fool if you're buying sealed in box games as an investment.  I'm guessing the roi on 200 ish copies of madden 94 and a visit to an unscrupulous printer with a shrink wrap machine is pretty darn good.  You might as well just buy original art from local artists.  The pricing will be about the same and you will own something with a rarity of one of a kind and not one of thousands.  You get the added bonus of supporting a local artist and not contributing to what is in my opinion a bubble market that probably contains a lot of counterfeits.
 
2018-02-05 06:07:20 PM  

insertsnarkyusername: What kind of monster would buy the games and not play them?


I'm with you.  I'm a retro game collector, but I'm ok if I just have a loose copy of the game.  I try to play everything I have.  Even games on my Philips CD-i.  I... Don't recommend doing that.
 
2018-02-05 07:46:20 PM  
I have an original Zelda.

But it died and we fried it or something trying to replace the battery.

Games are meant to be PLAYED
 
2018-02-05 10:19:02 PM  

The_Y2P_Problem: insertsnarkyusername: What kind of monster would buy the games and not play them?

I'm with you.  I'm a retro game collector, but I'm ok if I just have a loose copy of the game.  I try to play everything I have.  Even games on my Philips CD-i.  I... Don't recommend doing that.


The CD-i has an enhanced remake of the Alice in Wonderland game that I adored on the C64. So I'd play it for that.
 
2018-02-05 11:04:02 PM  
Whoever's paying 3000 quid for DK64 is high.  GameValueNow has it for $230 US new in shrink wrap, $35 US opened but complete.

The real gem on N64 is Clay Fighter Sculptor's Cut.  Non-new with complete box and manual it goes for $2,000 US.  Was only available at Blockbuster as a rental, but apparently they were sold to customers once they started obsoleting the N64.

/one of my favorite livestreamers has the entire North American N64 catalog
//you will give him an egg
 
2018-02-06 05:27:29 PM  
This article is clearly false because Gamestop said my unopened Donkey Kong 64 was worth 22 cents.
 
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