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Ten Rare NES Games That Could Possibly Be in Your Collection

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A collection of rare Nes games are listed below that you may possibly have in your collection. We have not included any mythical, limited edition, one off type games as we feel they should probably have an article of their own.

We researched them by looking at sold, bidded upon online auction prices in ungraded, opened but good condition. This was then cross referenced with online retailers. The only question left is do you have any of these lurking in your collection?

Panic Restaurant

Panic Restaurant on NES. Image courtesy of Daniel Maxwell@mobygames.com
Panic Restaurant on NES. Image courtesy of Daniel [email protected]

A great game for the NES that went relatively unnoticed. Developed by Taito, you take the part of chef Cookie who must navigate through his cursed restaurant, offing mutated food monsters with pots, pans and kitchen utensils.

The is one of the rare NES games as it is one of the most interesting platform games with some of it’s greatest graphics. Arriving in 1992, the game was really at the end of the consoles life so sold very little.

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Another game where prices are all over the place. Cartridges alone can go for a pretty fair price but one recent sold, without box but including instructions, for $620. Boxed they are like rocking horse poop so if one comes up expect way over $1000.

Bonk’s Adventure NES

Nintendo had Mario, Sega had Sonic and NEC, makers of the Turbographx-16 had Bonk. Bonk is a baby come Caveman who runs around smashing things with his large, hard head. This platform is a cult classic and was released on multiple platforms.

This game is hard to get a fair price on due to scarcity. A recent cartridge sold recently on Ebay for $360 so a packaged one in decent condition could be anyone’s guess. Some retailers are pricing it at over $1000.

Bucky O’Hare

Bucky O Hare NES Cover. Image courtesy of Kabushi@mobygames.com
Bucky O Hare NES Cover. Image courtesy of [email protected]

I love nothing more than a good Saturday morning cartoon game. It ramps the price up on both sides, because you have Bucky O’Hare collectors and NES collectors vying for it.

In truth, when the game was released Bucky O’Hare had pretty much already been cancelled. The cartoon had one series and the toyline had flopped. Bucky was not a hot property and so not many copies of the game sold. Addthat to the fact that the console was by now obsolete and you have the makings of one of the rare NES games.

A good condition, boxed complete version of this recently sold for $230.

The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak

The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Image courtesy of DreinIX@mobygames.com
The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak. Image courtesy of [email protected]

The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak is a platform game produced by Taito for the NES. Based on the Hanna Barbera cartoon, you can choose between Fred or Barney in a child friendly platform adventure game caper. Released in 1994 the game was extremely late in the life of the console so sold little, adding to it’s scarcity.

Another interesting fact about the game is that many people believe it to have only been released as a Blockbuster store rental. However, there are many people who refute this and claim they bought it in a retail store.

A loose copy recently sold for $550 and it was not even in good condition. For a boxed copy you will easily be paying upward of $2000 if not $3000.

Caltron/Myriad 6 in 1

Caltron 6 in 1 Nintendo Entertainment System Multi Cartridge Cover. Image courtesy of thenesguide.com
Caltron 6 in 1. Image courtesy of thenesguide.com

Our next entry is actually the same cartridge released twice.

The Caltron 6 in 1 cartridge was an unlicensed NES cartridge featuring six poor quality games. Each of the six games was a rip off of a popular arcade title. This gives us the Caltron 6 in 1, which can be picked up for around $600 boxed.

When the Caltron company began to go out of business, all of it’s cartridge inventory was bought by a company named Myriad games. Myriad then packed the cartridges in an artless box, stuck plain labels over the original Caltron 6 in 1 cartridges and shipped them off. In fact, you can still even see the Caltron labels under the Myriad cartridges.

Myriad went bust shortly after and it is estimated that only around 100 of the rare NES games are still in existence today. Two of them are boxed and complete. They rarely come up for sale so pricing them is hard but at least $1500, probably a whole lot more.

Little Samson

Little Samson Cover for Nintendo Entertainment System. Image courtesy of Daniel Maxwell@mobygames.com
Little Samson for NES. Image courtesy of Daniel [email protected]

Little Samson is a Taito action platform game released for the NES in 1992.

The game had quite the pedigree, with developers on it who had worked on classics such as ‘Strider’ and ‘Ghouls N Ghosts’. The game is very unique in that you can change characters mid level, though all characters share the number of lives given.

Despite being a more than adequate platform experience, the game was hardly promoted at all upon release and thus, sold poorly. Today the PAL version is cheaper than the North American version of which you can expect to be reaching $3000 for a complete one.

Power Blade 2

Power Blade 2. Image courtesy of Katakis@mobygames
Power Blade 2. Image courtesy of [email protected]

Developed by Taito, Power Blade 2 was known as Captain Saver in Japan and is not a bad action platform game. You must traverse five stages and finish off a cyborg that threatens Earth’s security using the mighty power blade.

Power Blade is a game that you may actually have in your collection as until a few years ago it was reasonably priced. However, in the past two years value has shot up due to it being uncommon, a good game and more people collecting retro games. Cartridges are now going for around $350 with boxed games being advertised for anything between $700 to over $1000.

Kid Klown in Night Major World

Kid Clown in Night Major World Title Screen. Courtesy of @mobygames
Kid Clown in Night Major World. Courtesy of @mobygames

Kid Klown in Night Major World is an interesting game as it was originally a Disney release in Japan. Micky Mouse was the title hero and it was named ‘Micky Mouse III: Dream Balloon’. However, Capcom owned the rights for Disney games in the US and so the main character had to be changed. Enter Kid Klown.

The game has shot up in value recently despite it not being a great game. Firstly, it was released really late in the life of the system. Being a game aimed squarely at children with little playability made it quite niche and as such, it did not sell as well.

Expect to pay around $300 for a cartridge and $450 for a boxed.

Bubble Bobble Part 2

Bubble Bobble Part 2 Cover. Image courtesy of Music Freak PL @ Mobygames.
Bubble Bobble Part 2 Cover. Image courtesy of Music Freak PL @ Mobygames.

Oddly enough, this game never had an arcade release though the franchise is synonymous with Taito arcade classics. Bub and Bob (or their descendants Cubby and Rubby in some literature) attempt to rescue girlfriends as they did in the last outing. This game also had a Gameboy release though it was a totally different game with a different storyline.

Second game in the Bubble Bobble franchise, this game was released really late in the life of the console which is what gives it the rarity. You could be looking at $300 for a loosed one, around $700 complete.

Zombie Nation

Zombie Nation NES front cover. Image courtesy of @mobygames.
Zombie Nation NES front cover. Image courtesy of @mobygames.

This game is a real melting pot of ideas. Imagine someone trying to sell you a game that featured Zombies, Aliens and Samurai all in the same story line. Are you in? Of course you are! Add to that the fact that you play the part of a floating disembodied head firing eyeballs and vomiting.

Being so unique was probably it’s downfall though as not many people would probably take the risk on such an out there game. On release reviews were tepid at best meaning sales were low. However over time it has gained a reputation due to it’s oddness and actually being pretty good fun.

A cartridge without box recently sold on ebay for $320 with complete ones being advertised online for around $550.

Enjoy our selection of rare NES games? Let us know if you have any in the comments below.


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