The original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was a monster. Its 8-bit graphics blew the previous generations out of the water. It also signaled the resurgence of video games after the crash of 1983 and the success of the NES cemented Nintendo as a video game titan. Being such a monumental system, there are many smart video game investment opportunities available. Since you can’t talk about Nintendo without talking about the Mario Bros, let’s start with the famous duo.
Playing this iconic platformer with family as a kid was one of the best things about the NES. The original Mario Bros. was a blast and the flagship game franchise for the NES shows it in value. A loose copy of the game will move, but the selling point fluctuates wildly with an average of $10. A complete version of the game can fetch in the $60 to $120 range. A sealed new copy of the game though, that can bring in a whopping $10,000 or more!
This is the high-dollar item on the list and has a strong enough sales history to back it up. A track and field sports game with four different events, this game is considered one of the rarest NES games. It was the introduction of the Family Fun and Fitness control mat which would later become the beloved Power Pad. Its rarity is associated with being rebranded after Nintendo purchased the technology and its price reflects such. A loose copy sells for around $12,000 with a complete copy reaching the ridiculous price of $55,000.
Released during the twilight of the NES years, there was little excitement for this innovative platformer. It has since become renowned for innovations such as the ability to switch characters mid-game and its deep storyline. Unfortunate timing meant that this quality game sold poorly and now has high all-around value. A loose copy will easily grab over $1000 with a complete copy varying from $2500 to $5,500.
The previous two games are a great illustration of rarity in relation to value. There isn’t even a recorded new sale of either game on Game Value Now’s price guide. What a find one of those would be! Let’s look at a couple of more well-known titles that hold high value and are a little easier to find.
You don’t get the full NES experience if you haven’t played Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. Its cast of well-known opponents started with wimpy Glass Joe and ended with a one on one with Mike Tyson himself. As one could expect, no one thought fighting Iron Mike would be easy, but he is regarded as one of the most difficult bosses in video game history. This game has good all-around value with averages sales of $36 loose, $452 complete, and $2000 plus for a new copy.
The original Bubble Bobble was one of the most popular games on the NES but its sequel was not nearly as high selling. This might be due in part to how late in the console’s run the game came out. With a unique game design that incorporated bubbles to attract girl gamers, the game came out after the world had begun to move into the 16-bit era. The value reflects its low print run with prices that are off the charts. A loose copy averages $399, a complete sits at around $800, and a new copy will get you a whopping $6000 or more!