The Ten Rarest and Most Valuable Video Games That Could Fetch Up to £1.6 Million


Do you have any old video games tucked away in your attic? It may be worth having a look, as these childhood relics could be worth more than you think. Just like any collectibles, video game values can vary significantly, ranging from £100 to millions of pounds. So, if you're decluttering or stumble upon a game at a charity shop, you could be sitting on a goldmine.

Experts Say Games Hold More Value Than Consoles

While gaming consoles are in demand among collectors, it's the games themselves that hold the highest value. According to Tim Weeks, an auctioneer and toy specialist, there has been a growing focus on the retro video game market. The prices for childhood video game consoles and their associated games continue to rise, making them increasingly popular among collectors.

Don't Dispose, Auction It

It can be difficult to determine the value of video games, so many people turn to experts for advice. Tim recommends not disposing of these games and instead putting them up for auction. You might be pleasantly surprised by the sum they fetch.

Nintendo Games Are Highly Valuable

According to Tim, the most valuable games tend to be from Nintendo, particularly from the late 1980s and 1990s. However, even if you don't have one of the rarest titles, there is still value in a variety of retro games. Dusty old games could easily fetch £100 or more.

The Full List of Rare and Valuable Games

Here is a list of the ten most rare and valuable video games, along with what they have sold for:

  1. Super Mario Bros (1985) – £1.6 million
  2. Super Mario 64 (1997) – £1.29 million
  3. Legend of Zelda (1987) – £725,000
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) – £350,000
  5. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (1987) – £260,000
  6. Resident Evil (1996) – £220,000
  7. Final Fantasy (1987) – £170,000
  8. Super Mario Bros 3 (1991) – £130,000
  9. Twisted Metal (1995) – £130,000
  10. Contra (1988) – £125,000

How to Make Money from Your Old Video Games

If you're looking to sell your old video games, there are several options available to you. Websites such as eBay and Amazon offer platforms for selling games, and there are also specialist websites dedicated to retro gaming. Before selling, research the value of your game by checking similar listings on eBay. Consider factors like condition, authenticity, and packaging. Mint condition games may fetch higher prices through auction houses or collectibles websites. If the game is not in mint condition, eBay is a good platform to sell it for a moderate sum. Just be aware of any fees involved and the percentage taken by auctioneers. Lastly, remember that the value of your game is based on what someone is willing to pay for it.

If you believe you have a valuable game, Tim suggests maximizing your profit by selling it through a specialist auction. Wessex Auction Rooms, for example, hold several specialist auctions each year and accept collections from all over the UK. For inquiries or to find out the value of your retro video game, you can email [email protected].

In addition to valuable video games, there are also rare and valuable toys and posters. Some of these items can fetch up to £20,000 and £3,500, respectively. Popular toys include Thundercats and Scalextric, while prized posters feature icons like Elvis Presley and The Jam.

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