This series of posts is where I look into my video game collection of about 1,000 games to find which ones are worth the most on each platform I collect for. I will only list games that are worth $40 or more on the secondary market.
This time the platform on hand is the Super Nintendo/Super Famicom. All of the games in this list are cart only unless specified otherwise.
Akumajou Dracula XX
This is the Japanese version of Castlevania: Dracula X. It’s usually derided for being a poor port of Dracula X: Rondo of Blood from the PC Engine, but in reality is more of a substantially altered game that is still pretty good and stands on its own. This can be picked up on the Wii U Virtual Console.
A pretty innovative Konami shmup that still is quite the looker with all of the graphical effects and perspectives it uses makes it worth a look. Both Wii and Wii U Virtual Consoles have this ready to go if you’re interested.
Contra III: The Alien Wars
One of the most iconic series of old-school gaming this classic entry has risen substantially in price despite being a very common game because demand in recent years for Super Nintendo collecting has shot through the roof. Luckily you can snag this game via either Wii or Wii U Virtual Console.
The third and final entry in the Ghouls and Ghosts spin-off series and is also a somewhat difficult find and very pricey to boot. Pick it up on Wii U Virtual Console so your wallet isn’t hurt.
DoReMi Fantasy: Milon no DokiDoki Daibouken
A sequel of the NES game, Milon’s Secret Castle, this is a much better and more enjoyable platformer than the original that didn’t see release outside Japan. With that said, it was finally released in North America on the original Wii Virtual Console so check it out there.
Final Fight Tough
This is the same game as what is known as Final Fight 3 in North America and it is a great game that a lot of people skipped out on when beat-’em-ups were going out of favor in the mid-90s. Both the Wii and Wii U Virtual Consoles have you covered for one of the best of the genre.
A brutally difficult, but really cool action platformer that saw virtually no print run in the U.S. thus making the pretty common Japanese version here jump in price because of how much more demand there is for the game as a whole.
Known as Skyblazer in the west, this is probably Sony’s best quality game they published for the Super Nintendo. Definitely an overlooked gem.
The Ninja Warriors Again
The sequel to the arcade original The Ninja Warriors, this is another overlooked beat-’em-up classic with great music.
Rockman & Forte
$75 (complete in box)
One of the last games released for the 16-bit Nintendo system that stayed in Japan until 2003 when it came west via a port to the Game Boy Advance as Mega Man & Bass.
Sonic Blast Man II
An even more ignored sequel to an already largely ignored original that isn’t too bad of a beat-’em-up, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend either one. The first game is pretty common and cheap, but this sequel is much less common and the demand is enough to push the price higher than it deserves.
Known as Space Megaforce in the U.S., this is one of the great shmups developed by Compile and is worth the hunt for.
Super Castlevania IV
Just like Contra III, Super Castlevania IV is a super common game that has shot up in value because of the massive uptake in interest for Super Nintendo collecting, but at least you can pick it up on Wii or Wii U Virtual Console.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
One of the best beat-’em-ups of all-time is common on the system, but is now hugely valuable.