The Mega Drive console is a 16-bit machine that holds a special place in the hearts of many, particularly those who experienced the video game market boom of the early 90s and its legendary rivalry with Super Nintendo. Today, it remains a highly coveted item among collectors, as are many of the game cartridges released for it.
Retro is in fashion
As the retro trend gains popularity, more and more adults who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s are looking to relive the nostalgia of their childhoods by collecting old gaming systems and cartridges. While Nintendo has traditionally held the crown for the most expensive games, SEGA’s Mega Drive has been climbing up the ranks.
Today, we present to you the top 5 most expensive PAL Mega Drive cartridges that are new and unopened, should you be lucky enough to find one. We only looked at European games, leaving NTSC games from the US and Japan for another article. Here are the five most expensive PAL cartridges for the Mega Drive:
5. Daze Before Christmas
Despite not being a successful game and not considered a Mega Drive gem, this peculiar game from Sunsoft has earned a special place among collectors and is highly valued at $1,892 for a brand new, boxed copy. Quite pricey, isn’t it?
4.FX Unit Yuki The Henshin Engine
This game is a rarity as it was not originally released during the lifetime of the Mega Drive console. Instead, it was released in 2018 in limited edition cartridges, which are now highly coveted by collectors. The game is a unique blend of platforming and other genres, and if you want to buy it new and unopened, it will set you back around $2,032 dollars.
3.Fatal Fury 2
One of SNK’s fighting game classics for Neo Geo and arcade consoles also had an edition for the Mega Drive during the frenzy of fighting games that followed the release of Street Fighter II in 1992. If you want to get your hands on a new copy of this game today, you will need to spend a whopping $2,137 dollars.
2. Mega Man: The Willy Wars
Mega Man, one of Capcom’s beloved franchises, had a presence on the Mega Drive console with titles like The Wily Wars. Although it was not as popular on this platform as it was on Nintendo consoles, this game is highly valued among collectors. If you want to purchase a brand new, unopened copy of The Wily Wars, be prepared to pay around $2,226 dollars.
1. The Death and Return of Superman
This title is a legend in the history of Mega Drive and is the most expensive game to acquire, not only because it is rare to find a unit on the market, but also because of its high price. It costs a staggering $4,351 dollars to purchase a new, unopened version of this game.