I love the Super Nintendo; I really do. It’s one of my favorite consoles of all time to both play and collect for. The SNES is one of the most popular consoles for collectors and nostalgia whores, of which I am one. It’s obvious what this means to anyone who collects retro video games – most of the carts, boxes, manuals, and peripherals I want are obscenely expensive.
The past five years haven’t been kind to SNES collectors in “buy” mode. When I last posted about this console in the fall of 2017, I had recently bought a couple of essential RPGs, Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana, as well as Yoshi’s Island. Neither of those RPGs were cheap purchases at the time. Flash forward five years, and they’ve both doubled in value. Not a bad investment if I was actually planning on selling them. However, that’s never been my intention.
In that post, I was already complaining about the prices for SNES games, especially complete in-box versions. Imagine what I would have written about then if prices were where they are now. Therefore, I’ve yet to make progress toward any SNES goals I had set out to achieve in my last post. I can’t justify spending over $1000 on a complete in-box Earthbound. That is not going to happen. Even Mega Man games such as Mega Man 7, Mega Man X2, and X3 are beyond a comfortable price range for me.
So what have I bought? Not much, and what I did buy was purchased several years ago now—a complete in-box Pilotwings and manual for my Contra 3 cartridge. I also picked up a SNES mini console when they came out in 2018, so I can finally play Earthbound without breaking the bank.
Such few purchases make for a pretty short and sweet updates post. The update is SNES prices are crazy, and I’m not feeling it at the moment. One addition I intend to focus on is getting a SNES console box. I have console boxes for every other Nintendo console ever made, so I should complete the collection and make that a focus.