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How Much Does a Super Nintendo Cost?

low costNew SNES-Compatible Systems: $30-$70average costSNES, Online Auction Sites: $30-$80 As Ishigh costSNES, Retro Game Stores: $60-$150
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The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, also called Super Nintendo or SNES, was released in the United States in 1991 as a successor to the Nintendo Entertainment System and it offered a 16-bit system with upgraded graphics and a standalone sound system -- essentially twice the capabilities of the original NES. The Super Nintendo was immediately successful, and remains a popular system today among retro gaming enthusiasts, collectors and fans. The Super Nintendo solidified the success of game characters such as Donkey Kong, Super Mario and Zelda's Link. The gray and purple console is so iconic, many of the new, non-Nintendo made, SNES-compatible consoles mimic the color scheme.

Typical costs:

  • Super Nintendo consoles are available used through online auctions sites, retro gaming stores and shops that sell used games, such as GameStop[1] . Super Nintendo game consoles generally sell for $25-$150, depending on condition and accessories bundled with the console. Consoles on the more-expensive end of the spectrum generally include games and additional accessories, while the less-expensive consoles typically include only the console itself.
  • SNES consoles sold through online auction sites typically sell for $30-$80, depending on condition and the accessories or games included. The online auction sites often are sold "as is" or without any guarantee that the device works.
  • SNES consoles available through retro game stores such as DK Oldies[2] sell for $60-$150, depending on what is included in the bundle. The less-expensive consoles typically include fewer accessories than the more-expensive consoles, which often include a selection of games.
What should be included:
  • The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, when it was sold new in the box, included the console itself, two game controllers, a power cord and a TV-hookup cord. Some consoles were also packaged with a game, such as Super Mario World. Used game consoles sell in varying conditions and with a variety of additional accessories.
Additional costs:
  • Games for Super Nintendo systems cost $2-$50, depending on their condition, popularity and scarcity. Super Mario World, one of the most popular games on the system typically sells for $10-$20, but can sell for as much as $1,000 when it's new in the box. Donkey Kong Country, which set sales records when it was released, sells for $25-$35.
  • Accessories for the SNES console are typically priced similarly to games. For example, a Super GameBoy adapter, which permits playing GameBoy games on a Super Nintendo system, sells for $10-$20. SNES controllers sell for about $8-$20 apiece. A multi-tap piece that allows up to four players generally cost $35-$50.
  • Some new game systems are compatible with retro games and are available new in stores for $30-$70. For example, Urban Outfitters sells a Retron 2 gaming system that is compatible with both NES and Super Nintendo games. It sells for $65.
  • Retro gaming outlets such as DK Oldies also sell new SNES-compatible game systems such as Yobo Group's FC Twin console, Retrobit Duo systems, or Hyperkin's Retron systems. The SNES-compatible systems work with any original Super Nintendo game, but are made from new components. They look and function similarly to the original SNES console, and occasionally are packaged with an assortment of games, depending on the retailer.
  • Used game stores such as GameStop allow customers to trade in unwanted games for store credit on future purchases or cash. Typically, the store credit choice nets a higher return on trade-ins.
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