You’ve seen the Instagram and Twitter posts. Your buddies in Facebook groups and forums have shown it off. The media — whether gaming centric or not — has reported on it. Everyone and their derpy pets want an SNES Classic.
The highly sought after console finally released Friday, and with it came a mostly fantastic library of 21 games, including Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid and the unreleased Star Fox 2.
Many of these games are still considered among the best of the best, many of which are quite valuable in the collector’s market. This makes the SNES Classic’s $79.99 price tag almost a steal — even if you’ve bought these games multiple times.
Surprisingly, from my personal SNES Classic-shopping adventures and from what I’ve seen online, getting a hold of one won’t be nearly as much of an endeavor as getting the NES Classic.Using gamevaluenow.com, a reliable site I often use when I need to learn the value of a North American game while I’m out on a collecting hunt, I’ve compiled a list of how much each of the 21 titles would be worth if bought individually. Game Value Now doesn’t include factors like that one time a woman happened to stumble upon a complete copy of NES’ Stadium Events for $7.99 at a thrift store. The site gets the prices “daily from completed eBay listings,” it says on their FAQ page. “(They) gather all the data and send it through (its) algorithm to determine the current going rate one should expect to pay for a given game.”
From least to most valuable, here is how much each game — just the cartridge, no box or manuals — is worth as of Oct. 2, 2017:
- F-Zero — $10.81
- Star Fox — $15.30
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting — $15.91
- Super Mario World — $16.35
- Donkey Kong Country — $17.29
- Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts — $20.38
- Super Punch-Out!! — $25.06
- Kirby’s Dream Course — $26.20
- Super Mario Kart — $27.00
- Mega Man X — $27.62
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past — $27.81
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island — $29.37
- Kirby Super Star — $33.45
- Contra III: The Alien Wars — $35.57
- Super Castlevania IV — $39.33
- Super Metroid — $44.82
- Final Fantasy III — $45.22
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars — $46.28
- Secret of Mana — $47.92
- EarthBound — $169.09
TOTAL: $720.78Earthbound — a game which, by the way, GameStop only offers a laughable $27.50 trade-in value for, and that’s in-store credit if you’re a premium member of the store —alone is worth about double the value of the entire SNES Classic lineup.
On the other hand, if you simply want to play a title, many of these games have been downloadable for decent prices on Nintendo’s Virtual Console services for Wii, 3DS and Wii U for years. For the sake of further comparison, here’s how much the 20 games — not including Star Fox 2, of course — are worth on each Virtual Console service (P.S. Where’s the Switch’s Virtual Console, Nintendo?):
|Game||Wii U||New 3DS||Wii|
|Contra III: The Alien Wars||$7.99||$7.99||$7.99|
|Donkey Kong Country||$7.99||$7.99||N/A|
|Final Fantasy III||N/A||N/A||$7.99|
|Kirby’s Dream Course||$7.99||$7.99||$7.99|
|Kirby Super Star||$7.99||N/A||$7.99|
|The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past||$7.99||$7.99||$7.99|
|Mega Man X||$7.99||$7.99||$7.99|
|Secret of Mana||N/A||N/A||$7.99|
|Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting||$7.99||$7.99||$7.99|
|Super Castlevania IV||$7.99||$7.99||$7.99|
|Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts||$7.99||$7.99||$7.99|
|Super Mario Kart||$7.99||$7.99||$7.99|
|Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars||$7.99||N/A||$7.99|
|Super Mario World||$7.99||$7.99||$7.99|
|Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|GRAND TOTAL COST ACROSS ALL CONSOLES||$371.54|
This ultimately comes out to a little over half the cost of owning the original, loose cartridges, and over 4.5 times the cost of buying the SNES Classic. Even then among the three Virtual Console libraries, none of them contain every game in the SNES Classic. In fact, Yoshi’s Island and Star Fox are not in any of them because of issues with Super FX tech that was in the original Super Nintendo.
And don’t tell me, “Just buy a raspberry pi or emulate it on your PC bruh! PPPPBBBBTTTHHHH!” Sure, that might be free, but you know what else it is? Illegal and not nearly as comfortable to play on and you know it. Besides, the box for the SNES Classic is just so awesome.
What do you think? Does this make the SNES Classic seem more worthwhile? Do you think the cost is not worth the headache of trying to find one? Are you just waiting for a Nintendo 64 and/or Gameboy classics? Let’s discuss in the comments below.
Robbie Key is the chief warden of robbiekeyv.wordpress.com. He dreams of one day being a video game journalist — or have superpowers … or be a super-powered video game journalist. If you happen to stumble upon this page and are looking for new media members/writers, check out my LinkedIn profile or my professional works on this blog.