Video games can get kind of pricy. Anyone who is into gaming will know that buying the latest games for your favorite console is definitely not cheap, though it's still usually worth it to get that game you've been wanting to pick up for so long. But, the most expensive games aren't always the newest ones.
These games are rare and just about impossible to get your hands on, but serious video game fans that love to collect these games and display them don't mind paying up. The NES is one of the most popular systems to collect old games for and some of them are nearly impossible to find, especially new in the packaging. Some of the rarest games can cost more than some people's cars.
Keep reading to check out ten of the rarest games on the NES and how much they're worth!
10 Duck Tales Gold Cartridge ($1,415)
This game is actually not a retro NES game. This is a re-release of the DuckTales game for the NES and it came out in 2013 in this really flashy gold cartridge. It was made to celebrate the release of DuckTales Remastered and only about 150 copies of it were actually released and sent out to the press.
In order to get your hands on a copy of this game new in its super cool packaging, you're going to have to shell out around $1,400.
9 Cheetahmen II ($2,251)
The Cheetahmen is a video game that was released in the early 1990s as part of a multi-game cartridge. These games were a really great way to get a wide selection of games for the price of a single cartridge, making them pretty popular with many gamers.
After a sequel was planned, partially created, and then cancelled by the developers, about 1,500 cartridges of Cheetahmen II were released and sold to the public. This game was known as "the lost levels" and contained about 6 of the 10 levels that were created for the sequel before it was cancelled. To get this rare game, prepare to pay up! To get one new in the packaging, it costs over $2,200.
8 Bonk's Adventure ($2,799)
Bonk's Adventure is a platformer game that was released in 1990 on the PC and then re-released later on the NES. This game is from the Bonk franchise and follows a young caveman who is tasked with battling dinosaurs in order to make his way through the world to save Princess Za.
Simply buying the pieces of this game - like the cartridge, the manual, or just the box - can set you back hundreds of dollars. But if you're a dedicated gamer and you want a new copy of this game for your collection, it'll be $2,799.
7 Hot Slots ($3,000)
Hot Slots was released in Japan and North America in 1991 on the Famicom and the NES, respectively. This game is a casino simulation game that allows players to choose from a variety of different themed slot machines. Like many other Japanese eroge, this game is definitely only for adults as it features scantily clad casino hostesses who remove their clothing as your winnings rise.
Even though this game wasn't particularly popular when it was released, it's still become a major collector's item and is not easy to find. The cartridge alone goes for over $900, but getting a new copy is going to cost you $3,000.
6 Myriad 6 In 1 ($3,000)
The Myriad 6 in 1, also known as the Caltron 6 in 1 prior to the company being sold, is a game cartridge that featured six different games in a single cartridge. This was a good way to sample multiple games for a lower price. This compilation didn't exactly get the best reviews for the games on it as many people saw them as low quality, which is likely part of why it's so rare to find now.
The Caltron 6 in 1 version of this game cartridge was produced for longer and is slightly easier to find than the Myriad 6 in 1 version which is among the rarest NES games around. The cartridge alone can cost over $1,000 while a new copy in its packaging goes for $3,000.
5 Panic Restaurant ($3,999)
Panic Restaurant is a game that was released in 1992 in Japan and North America and then in 1994 in Europe. In this game, the player controls a chef whose kitchen has been cursed by a rival chef.
This game was fairly popular when it was released, which is probably why finding a new copy in its packaging is so difficult now. When a game is good, people tend to take it out and play it! Finding a copy of this game in its original packaging will cost a collector $3,999.
4 Mike Tyson's Punch-Out [5 Screw] ($5,809)
This NES game is one with a really special story behind it. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out was originally released in 1987, back when NES games were first being produced. Like other original NES games, this cartridge has five screws in it that hold the pieces together. After some time, the game stopped being produced and was re-released with a new name in order to avoid the copyright issues that came with using the boxer's name.
Because of the fact that it was re-released under a new name with a new style of cartridge, the original five screw cartridge is incredibly rare. Finding one in the packaging? That's a collector's dream! A dream that will cost them over $5,800.
3 The Flintstones: Surprise At Dinosaur Peak ($6,081)
The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak was released in 1994 and was one of multiple different games based on The Flintstones that saw a release on the NES. This is a platformer game in which the player can either play as Fred or Barney, unlike in the previous Flintstones game in which the player could only play as Fred.
This game was exclusively released at Blockbuster stores as a game that could be rented by patrons that visited the stores, rather than being sold in stores like other games. Because of this, finding a copy that wasn't in circulation and played by tons of people is nearly impossible. Finding one new in the box will set a lucky collector back over $6,000.
2 Little Samson ($8,398)
Little Samson is an action platformer game that was released in 1992 on the NES. This game is really unique for its time because of the fact that there were multiple playable characters that would travel through each level and, at any time, players could switch between them.
This game was far from the most popular games on the NES. Because of the fact that it didn't sell particularly well in the US, it has become a massive collector's item. Finding one new in the box will cost a collector trying to complete their NES collection over $8,000.
1 Family Fun Fitness Stadium Events ($28,553)
No, that price isn't a typo. There are some NES games that are so rare, just the cartridge alone can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. For instance, just the cartridge for Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991 is so difficult to find that it can go for up to $20,000.
Family Fun Fitness Stadium Events is by far the most expensive NES game that has been sold new in its packaging. This incredibly rare game sells very rarely, but it's gone for between $25,000 and $35,000, depending on the condition and is considered the rarest NES game in existence by many collectors.