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Harvest Moon (SNES, US) - £60

The SNES version of Harvest Moon is still considered the best among fans of the whimsy-heavy farming/courting sim. It doesn't come up very often on eBay, and when it does you can expect to pay at least £60 for a good boxed copy. The N64 version was released soon after, accounting for the SNES game's initial lack of popularity.

Banjo-Tooie (N64, PAL) - £60

Rare's first Banjo-Kazooie game was extremely popular, but Banjo 2 got stuck in development and ended up coming out towards the end of the N64's lifespan. Although you may be able to pick up a copy cheaper, a good boxed version will set you back at least £50, and sealed copies have been known to go for as much as £100. You'll probably see these prices rise when more news of Banjo-Kazooie 3 on Xbox 360 emerges.

Dracula X (SNES, US) - £70

The final Castlevania game released on SNES wasn't as popular as previous iterations, but the series has gained great cachet with gamers more recently, especially since prices for Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night skyrocketed on PS1. Dracula X is unlikely to go down in value.

Sin & Punishment (N64, jpn) - £70

While the version released on Virtual Console has adversely affected the original's price, this N64 classic is still a jewel in the crown for any Nintendophile. This Treasure shooter was designed for the N64 analogue stick and is always best played on its host hardware. A good investment and a collectable game you'll actually bring out from time to time.

Naruto: Clash of Ninja
(GameCube, PAL) - £75

Although it's worth very little in America and Japan, the PAL release of Naruto Clash Of Ninja didn't see wide distribution and it's been known to fetch up to £75 on eBay. Expect other GameCube titles such as Chibi-Robo and Baten Kaitos to increase in price because of their limited numbers.

Earthbound (SNES, US) - £80

This Japanese hit was released in the US but failed to make much of an impression. Now it's lauded for its RPG in-jokes and humorous take on American culture. Again, rumours abound that EarthBound is to be re-released on Virtual Console, which may bring the price down on this US import.

Paper Mario (N64, PAL) - £80

Another rare PAL gem. Though Paper Mario continues to be one of the most popular titles on Wii's Virtual Console, collectors will still fork out good money for this great mix of platforming and puzzling in its original guise. Until recently, copies of this SNES classic could still be found in many second-hand game stores.

Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh - (N64, jpn) - £80

If you thought the Dreamcast version of Bangai-O was good, you should check out the original N64 version with its sublime analogue controls. Only 10,000 copies were released in Japan and it's been going up in price ever since. Find a mint, boxed copy and you'll have collectors knocking your door down.

Chrono Trigger (SNES, US) - £90

Chrono Trigger isn't rare by any standards - indeed, thousands of copies are on the market. However, the game is so good, and has built up such a reputation, that people are willing to pay upwards of £100 for a sealed, boxed SNES copy. You can even get it as part of Final Fantasy Chronicles for PS1, but still the collectors pay big money for it. Rarity isn't really the main consideration, we guess.

Ninja Gaiden Trilogy (SNES, US) - £150

Even though this comprises all three of the Ninja Gaiden games released on NES with a graphical update, it didn't sell very well when it first came out in 1995. But since the next-generation Ninja Gaiden games were released, Tecmo's star has risen, enhancing the price of this cart considerably.

Final Fight 3 (SNES, PAL) - £180

The PAL version of Final Fight 3 is a hidden treasure waiting to happen. Let's face it, unless you're a collector you're unlikely to know its true value and this is your best chance of picking up a gem at the local car boot sale. A naked cart is probably only worth £40, but if you can find a good boxed copy then you're likely to achieve £180 to £200. And it's a decent game, too, containing two extra characters in Dean and Lucia Morgan.

Space Invaders (Virtual Boy, jpn) - £200

A good boxed copy of Space Invaders on Virtual Boy can now fetch £200. It's notable because it's one of the better games on the system, and so long as you don't play it too much (giving yourself a much-warned-about migraine) you'll get some fun out of it. Virtual Boy games have shot up in price in the last five years and this trend doesn't look like abating. It may be a good investment for the future...

The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak (NES, US) - £200

As the NES drew to the end of its lifespan, publishers began releasing their games exclusively to game rental companies, bypassing traditional game shops. The Flintstones II is typical of this, and although it's a little easier to track down in Europe than elsewhere, it can still demand high prices. United States copies can go for £200, though finding ex-rental games in good condition is like finding a joke in an episode of My Family.

Starfox Super Weekend/Donkey Kong Country Competition Carts (SNES, US) - £200

These two separate carts were manufactured specifically for use in Blockbuster in-store competition promotions. Only about 2,500 were made of each but they were initially sold off in stores for a knock-down price. Because of their rarity you can expect to see them sell on eBay for around £200, depending on what kind of condition they're in.

Rendering Ranger R2 (Super Famicom, JPN) - £200

This run-and-gun classic came from the makers of Turrican, so Lord knows why a game of such pedigree was only released in Japan. It's unusual for a rare game in that it's actually very playable today. A cart-only copy might still sell for £80, but find it boxed and complete you're looking at a sum of £200.

Fire Emblem Thracia 776 Collectors' pack (Super Famicom, JPN) - £200

Thracia may sound like a disease you'd pick up in a Bulgarian brothel but this is actually a super-rare Fire Emblem collectors' pack. As it was only released in Japan in limited numbers, you're unlikely to find it at the local car boot, but it shows that you should always keep your eye out for limited edition releases - and keep all the gubbins that comes with them.

Bubble Bath Babes (NES, US) - £250

Panesian was a company that produced several adult titles for the NES, including Peek-A-Boo Poker, Hot Slots and Bubble Bath Babes. For obvious reasons the games didn't get Nintendo's seal of approval and ended up being distributed via mail order catalogues or rental shelves, hence their scarcity. Interestingly, they didn't come in NES boxes but VHS-style cartons, so many are still undetected. The limited graphics make the sauciness factor rubbish, though.

Mountain Bike/Speed Racer Combo (SNES, US) - £300

This SNES combo underlines the fact that combining two or more games onto one cart for a limited print run is always going to have rarity potential. Good boxed copies have generally only come out of Nintendo's own warehouses and if you can find one with the strange LifeFitness Bike peripheral then you're looking at a price in excess of £1,000. It's a cart that will always go up in value, but it's worth around £300 today.

Myriad six in one (NES, US) - £350

This is the rarest unlicensed NES game and consists of six titles: Bookyman, Adam And Eve, Cosmos Cop, Magic Carpet 1001, Balloon Monster and Porter. Its rarity is due to the fact that Myriad Games put out fewer than 1,000 carts and they were individually numbered. Games collectors speculate that there are only 100 left in existence, but only 15 have ever surfaced.

Virtual Bowling (Virtual Boy, JPN) - £400

Only 22 games were ever released on Virtual Boy, although some collectors believe there could be rare prototypes hidden away that didn't make it to retail. Virtual Bowling is actually a pretty good bowling sim, offering practice and tournament modes, but the lack of a save battery means your scores are wiped when you switch off. Fortunately, passwords save the day. Not to be mistaken for Nester's Funky Bowling, which is much more common.

Flagman (Game & Watch) - £450

There are plenty of rare Game & Watch titles we could have listed, including the obvious competition-only Super Mario Bros YM-901 (just trips off the tongue), or the eminently collectable The Legend Of Zelda Game & Watch, but it's likely to be the less well known titles that will surface down at your local flea market. A boxed Flagman could bag you a small fortune.

Stadium Events (NES, US) - £500

Though common in PAL territories, Stadium Events is one of the NES's most collectable games in America. Although it's a terribly average fitness game, its value is due to Bandai printing a test run of the game that was sold in Woolworths stores for a very short period before Nintendo bought the rights. Rumours suggest there are only 10 complete copies on the market, and even unboxed Stadium Events carts can sell for £400.

Virtual Lab (Virtual Boy, jpn) - £500

It's all too easy to look back on the Virtual Boy debacle and laugh, especially at the poor souls who thought it looked cool to wear a pair of heavy, red goggles and bellow, 'come on Mario, you can do it!'. But who's laughing now? Some Virtual Boy games are fetching massive prices, including this J-Wing developed Japanese puzzle game. The fact 'Nintendo' is charmingly spelt 'Nintenndo' on the back of the box only adds to its value.

Balloon Fight Crystal (Game & Watch) - £600

This has to be one of the rarest Game & Watch titles, and boxed, good condition units have been known to fetch up to £600. Released towards the end of the series' run for the Crystal Screen range, Balloon Fight's simple gameplay is reminiscent of Williams' Joust and has since gone on to make an appearance in Animal Crossing.
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I called my little brother crazy when he bought Earthbound (complete in the big box) off ebay years ago. Maybe I should apologize...lol.
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Wow, so i can get some money off my Banjo Tooie... hmmmmm
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same here! though the box is a bit scratched up and w/e..but i have banjo tooie for N64. how do i know if its PAL
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where in the hell is Zelda? gold version.
    
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same here! though the box is a bit scratched up and w/e..but i have banjo tooie for N64. how do i know if its PAL
PAL is if you live in.... Europe and other foreign countries. NTSC is used in the US.

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where in the hell is Zelda? gold version.
Hell, I still have the gold Zelda console for christ's sakes. lol
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Definitely inaccurate.

Stadium Events' manual sells for $1500 USD alone.

http://cgi.ebay.com/STADIUM-EVENTS-N...QQcmdZViewItem

Obviously an old list or from an educated collector.

Also depends what you collect. Some collect cart alone while others collect manual and box.

I myself have owned complete games (cart, box, manual) that are much rarer than some listed. (Less than 20 known in collectors possession)
    
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I called my little brother crazy when he bought Earthbound (complete in the big box) off ebay years ago. Maybe I should apologize...lol.
I remember seeing that big box in the local video rental store back when it first came out. It was the sole reason I decided to rent the game. I'm glad I did!
    
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Bubble Bath Babes ... The limited graphics make the sauciness factor rubbish, though.
    
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Moar CVG articles, please.
    
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I have earthbound and chrono trigger lol.
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