Consoles You Owned in the 80’s and 90’s That Are Worth $$$ Today

by | Nov 9, 2018 | Retro | 0 comments

The video game market in the late 80’s and mid 90’s may have been overblown, but that doesn’t mean that hanging onto those classic game systems was a bad idea. Depending on how well they’ve been kept, you could be sitting on a minor (or major) goldmine! Here are 9 consoles you might have owned that have appreciated greatly in value over the last two decades or so.

9. SEGA SATURN

The fifth generation of consoles from Sega is still popular among the retro community. An unopened system can fetch around $260 to the right buyer. Because the system was short lived (just 3 years) the games for the Saturn are even rarer to find making it a good starting point to build a retro collection around.

8. NINTENDO 64

Named for its 64-bit processing unit, the N64 was the last cartridge-based system Nintendo would manufacture. The N64 enjoyed positive reviews around the gaming world not just for its unique controller design but for stand out games such as Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64 and the Zelda series.

Because the system sold over 40 million units worldwide, finding one shouldn’t be too much of a chore. If you have one that’s complete, it can fetch you an amount somewhere in the neighborhood of $300. Not bad considering the price dropped to a measly $69.99 by 2009.

7. PHILIPS CD-I

Despite being branded as an interactive multimedia player, the CD-i is often sought after by collectors because of its hybrid features as an audio/CD player and game console. While the system lacked big-name titles, its unique concept (at that time) made it a good talking point for anyone lucky enough to have purchased one. A complete system can net you around $320 or more to the right buyer.

6. SEGA GENESIS

With its main competitor, the SNES, players were bombarded with a large library of games that helped usher in the start of the infamous console wars of the late 80’s and 90’s. While there have been a plethora of Sega Genesis systems readily available, the ones complete in boxes are not so easy to find.

If you happen to stumble across one fully complete, then consider yourself lucky. One was recently auctioned off for $375 on eBay.

5. THE SUPER NINTENDO (SNES)

The system that reinvigorated the gaming industry and made video gaming mainstream. A recent survey indicated that one out of every four households owned a SNES during the video game boom and that many never held on to it (or simply tossed it out) after the 16-bit era died. While a SNES isn’t hard to find, acquiring a working one in immaculate condition is. If you happen to have one (or come across one) that works and is complete in its box, you may want to hold on to it. A recent one was sold for $350.

4. ATARI JAGUAR

Atari dared you to ‘do the math’ claiming superiority over the existing systems by marketing the Jaguar as the “first true” 64-bit system available. And who could argue with logic? I mean a 32-bit architecture + a 32-bit RISC processor had to equal 64-bit, right? Well, not exactly.

You see, Atari’s numbers just didn’t add up and gamers from all over validated it with less than impressive reviews of the system and its library of sub par games. Despite its downfall, the Jaguar is a good system to hold on to considering it is the only American system made here in the US. A sealed and complete set was sold for $750. Not bad for a system many deemed to be just slightly more powerful than a Sega 32X.

3. TURBO GRAFX 16

Known in Japan as the PC Engine, the Turbo Grafx enjoyed relative success with our friends to the East. Out here, however, the system didn’t really do well. While it was slightly superior to the Genesis and SNES, poor marketing by NEC, coupled with some lackluster titles ultimately led to its early demise in 1994.

NEC launched another system but it was only released in Japan making this a good system to hang on to if you have one around. A sealed one was recently auctioned on eBay just shy of $500.

2. PANASONIC 3DO

The only system on our list manufactured by three different companies. The 3DO was a 32-bit system capable of displaying impressive 3D graphics, sound and colors which helped push the 32-bit generation forward and put an end to the 16-bit era. Despite the early hype, the initial price point of $699 was too much for many players. 3DO ultimately dropped the price, but by that time the Playstation and the Saturn were already looming on the horizon, making the 3DO the last option for most gamers.

While the system comes in three versions, the original front loading FZ-1 by Panasonic and Goldstar are probably the most sought after. A sealed and complete 3DO can fetch you somewhere in the neighborhood of $750 to the right buyer at auction.

1. NEO GEO

Let’s face it if you were a hardcore gamer back in the day, then you probably owned (or wanted to own) a Neo Geo which is the only console on our list that was marketed to port arcade games perfectly to your home TV. On top of it being the most powerful system of the bunch, it was also the most expensive with MVS and AES cartridges averaging between $250 – $350 each.

If you have one of these bad boys tucked neatly away somewhere (mine is in a display case) I don’t need to remind you to hang onto it. A completely sealed Neo Geo system was reported to have been auctioned off for $5,500 dollars!

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Which system(s) do you own and how much are you willing to take to part with it?

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