There are certain videogames that we all know fetch a crap load of money in this day and age, but there are some games that you probably weren’t even aware existed, let alone that they were worth a fat stack of lovely cash.
Kotaku recently rounded up some of the strangest valuable games around today, and I have to say, even as someone who considers himself a pretty knowledgeable gamer, I had no idea about most of these.
The Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak
Worth: Around £800 on eBay
Apparently nobody is entirely sure why this bit of NES shovelware goes for so much, although it’s more than likely down to a combination of a limited run, and the fact that the NES back catalogue is one of the most popular among serious collectors to fully complete.
Word on the street is that the game itself is absolute shit, but what does that matter if you’ve a collection to finish?
Worth: Atari 400 versions have previously gone for £475, but there’s one on eBay right now asking for £2,000.
I can’t say I’ve ever had the pleasure of Softporn Adventure, but I love everything about this strange text-based erotic quest already, from the tacky cover right down to the fact that it’s a precursor to the pervy Leisure Suite Larry games.
This one was apparently pretty popular back in the day, but I really couldn’t tell you why it’s worth so much now.
NCAA College Basketball 2k3
Worth: Serious collector’s are apparently willing to fork out a few hundred quid for this one.
Who would have thought a GameCube game based on college basketball would fetch such a high price? The game also exists on PlayStation 2 and Xbox, but Sega made a pretty limited run on the old GC since Sega assumed Nintendo gamers probably wouldn’t be into it.
Clayfighter: Sculptor’s Cut
Worth: Special editions of the game can go for upwards of £400
Clayfighter was a 90’s fighting game in which the central gimmick was that the characters were made out of clay. Hardly game of the year, but a special rental exclusive edition of the sequel (yes, there was a sequel for some reason) became something of a hot collector’s item.
World of Warcraft: Collector’s Edition
Worth: The right kind goes for £4,300
Usually, the fancy World of Warcraft: Collector’s Edition boxes can fetch around £240, but apparently, there’s a rare exception that can drive the price right up.
The box contains a cratch-off code redeemable for an in-game pet Zergling, Diablo, or Panda Cub – if you’ve never redeemed that code, your version of the game could be worth over four grand.
Worth: Factory sealed copies can go for £430
You could be forgiven for forgetting that StarCraft 64 happened, because no fucker picked it up when it came out. Still, serious collectors are prepared to fork out for this rare union of Blizzard and Nintendo.
Rule of Rose
Worth: £300 on eBay
A PlayStation 2 game that goes for more than £2.50 in 2016? How is this possible? You can put it down to the fact that the Japanese survival horror was simply blocked from European release.
The game courted so much controversy that never reached these shores because of the ‘obscene cruelty and brutality’ on display – yet Manhunt came over here no probem… alright then.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.