The Value of Old Video Games

Author // Vaporman87

If you're a collector of anything vintage, you know how hard it can be to complete your collection. There always seems to be that ONE item that escapes your grasp, or is just TOO expensive to grasp. The hobby of video game collecting is no stranger to this. A collector of vintage gaming carts and consoles is likely to have more than one story about "the one that got away".

And then there are those items that are so rare, that the idea of their very existence is a bit questionable. Here are but a few examples of those "Holy Grail" items.

1. Stadium Events by Bandai - NES

Originally released in 1987 for use with the Nintendo Power Pad (you know, that mat that you stepped on to control the action on screen), Nintendo decided to re-release the game under the the title World Class Track Meet. But not before a couple hundred carts had already made it into the hands of gamers. With such a small amount of the game being sold as Stadium Events, the rarity factor for this game is about as high as can be imagined. Some people estimate that fewer than 10 copies of the game still exist.

 Stadium Events Sealed Copy

Prices on the aftermarket have reached as high as $13,000 for the game and box. The box alone is highly valuable, as most kids tended to throw away the boxes after opening their games. One gentleman sold his sealed copy of the game for over $40,000.

2. Air Raid by Men-A-Vision - Atari 2600

Apparently released sometime around 1984, this mysterious game has many collectors puzzled. The cartridge itself had no title applied to it, and only goes by the moniker Air Raid based on the art of the image on the box itself. The Atari 2600 has its share of myth and legend when it comes to games released for it, but this little game is the most befuddling of all. No person has yet claimed to have been an original owner of the game. One complete copy, including the game and box, sold online for over $30,000.

Air Raid Complete

The cart is unusually shaped for it's time. It sports a design much like some sold overseas, with a "T-handle" design that allowed the user to pull the cart out easier. Normally, Atari carts were sold as a square black box. It is believed that fewer than 15 copies of the game are known to exist, and Atari fans consider it a rare gem for any collection.

3. Kizuna Encounter by SNK - Neo Geo

This game was produced as a sequel to a game titlled Savage Reign, and fell in the Fighting Game genre. There it competed with titles like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter II. The European PAL version is actually the rare one, whereas the Japanese AES version is not. The Neo Geo was already a system released in limited numbers, so the limited number of of Kizuna Encounter games is not surprising.

Kizuna Encounter Box

It is estimated that fewer than 15 copies exist of this Neo Geo title, and that aftermarket values have exceeded $13,000.

These are just a few of the rare titles on the aftermarket that can fetch large sums of money for those lucky enough to stumble upon them in their collections. Have you sold any games that padded your wallet nicely? Let us know in the comments.


Our Latest Projects: Smashing Avatar and Loot Palace

Author // Dan

Smashing Avatar
Loot Palace
It's been a few months since my last post, and over a year since we've been updating the site regularly, but it's not because we've forgotten this great old website. The OSA Staff have been working hard these last two years on larger projects that are still ongoing.  

We launched Old School Apps in 2008, after being fed up with all the ad-filled abandonware game directories that had you jumping through hoops to reach your download link. I'd like to say that we met our goal and then some. 

Now we would like to share with you the results of our latest projects: Smashing Avatar and Loot Palace.


RetroArch - An Android Emulator Review

Author // Dan

Very few times does an App truly delivery what is expected of it, especially when it comes to emulators. Since Old School Apps is all about emulating classic games on modern devices, and since mobile gaming has become the new hot thing, I felt it was proper to pay homage to an App I came across on Google Play called RetroArch. This App truly stands alone. I have found no App to be of equal value to what RetroArchcan offer. Keep reading to hear some of it's best features, and why I hold it so high in my list of Apps.


App Review: Fortune Temple Free Slots

Author // Dan

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Call of Duty : Black Ops 2 Wallpaper

Author // Sean

Black Ops 2 Pre OrderCall of Duty : Black Ops 2 is set to be released on November 13th, 2012, it will be the sequel to the first Black Ops, which was released in 2010, and will be the ninth installment in the highly successful Call of Duty franchise.

Unlike the first Black Ops, the second game will feature something that none of the other Call of Duty games have done: Future Weaponry. Modern and advanced technology will now be part of the deciding factor in the warzone, with appearance by high tech robotics, unmanned vehicles and cyber warfare.

Black Ops 2 has already surpassed the pre-order numbers of the first game in the series, and looks like it has no means of slowing down. Gamers can't wait to get their hands on this and want to be sure they have it to play upon its release date. 

Black Ops 2 Wallpaper after the jump.