20 of the Most Valuable Video Games That Could Be Hiding in Your Closet

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Even as video game technology progresses, you may find it hard to let go of the old-school cartridges that got you through childhood (even if you did have to occasionally blow into them to get them to work). Depending on which games you have in your collection, that sentimentality could pay off. Some video games that were popular in the 1990s and 2000s are worth hundreds of dollars today.

The esports betting site Unikrn put together this list of the 10 most valuable video games from the early days of home consoles. If you played Mega Man V on the GameBoy in the 1990s, it's worth looking for the game in your attic. A complete, boxed version of the 1994 title is estimated to be worth $1000 in 2021. That's the most valuable older game on the list by far. Behind it is the Nintendo 64 game Worms Armageddon from 2000 valued at roughly $350. Super Mario World, Pokémon Red/Blue, and Metal Gear Solid also make the top five.

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A game's age doesn't automatically make it valuable. Unikrn looked at a few classic games that are worth less today than when they came out. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 99 for PlayStation from 1998 is worth $5, as is 2003's Need for Speed 2: Underground for the PlayStation 2.

You can check out the full list of 10 valuable video games you may have at home below. Though these game are rare, the most expensive video game of all time is missing from the round-up. That would be the original Super Mario Bros. for the NES, which sold for $100,150 in 2019.

  1. Mega Man V // $1000

  2. Worms Armageddon // $500

  3. Super Mario World // $350

  4. Pokémon Red/Blue // $250

  5. Metal Gear Solid // $200

  6. Streets of Rage III // $200

  7. Legend of Zelda // $150

  8. Silent Hill // $125

  9. Donkey Kong 64 // $75

  10. Doom // $70