How Much Is An NES Worth In 2022?


NES Console

Buying or selling – it does not matter. Either way, you will need to know how much a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) sells for.

So, how much is an NES worth today? NES consoles sell for $74 on average, but used systems can range in price anywhere from $29 to $203 depending on the condition the unit is in. Working systems with noticeable cosmetic damage will sell closer to $29, while complete-in-box models go for upwards of $203. The redesigned top-loading NES-101 sells for $155 on average but ranges in price from $78 to $258.

ModeleBay (average sold price)Amazon (lowest price)GameStop (used price)
NES$74$44N/A
NES-101 (Top-Loading)$155$145N/A

As with most retro consoles, new, in-the-box models are extremely rare, so there isn’t a consistent market rate. With original Nintendo consoles specifically, sellers are asking for thousands of dollars for a sealed NES.

(Please note: Prices and information below are accurate as of February 21, 2022. This article has been and will continue to be updated to reflect current rates, but prices can fluctuate. Additionally, the information provided is based on the models released in the United States. Models released in other regions may differ from the prices shown below.)

What is an NES worth?

NES controllers

Pricing Overview:

  • Used: $29-$203
  • Refurbished: N/A
  • New: N/A

Pricing At Popular Retailers:

The eBay prices above are calculated using the retailer’s data of units sold within two months previous to when this article was last updated (February 21, 2022).

What is a top-loading NES-101 worth?

NES 101

Pricing Overview:

  • Used: $78-$257
  • Refurbished: N/A
  • New: N/A

Pricing At Popular Retailers:

The eBay prices above are calculated using the retailer’s data of units sold within four months previous to when this article was last updated (February 21, 2022).

What is the difference between the original NES and the top-loading NES-101?

NES and Super Mario Bros 3

The first, and probably most obvious difference between the two consoles is the fact that top-loading NES has a slot for game cartridges on the top of the console, while the original NES loads game cartridges in the front of the unit. This change isn’t just an aesthetic one, either.

The design of the original NES made it easier for any dust to settle in the unit. And because of how the original unit is configured, it requires disassembly to effectively clean. If that weren’t enough, the top-loading model is simply more durable and reliable thanks to the redesign.

The controllers also saw a design change with the introduction of the NES-101. The new controllers – nicknamed the “dogbone” – were constructed to have a more ergonomic design (similar to the SNES controller). These redesigned controllers were also sold separately from the console itself and work with the original hardware.

Additionally, the RCA composite video output and audio jacks were removed from the back of the console. This means the only way to connect the top-loading NES to a TV is through an RF connection or through an RF-to-RCA converter.

The 10NES authentication chip was removed from the system as well. Not only does this fix a bug in the original NES, but it also allows the redesigned unit to play games from other regions and even unlicensed games. However, one unfortunate side-effect is that Nintendo World Championship doesn’t play properly thanks to the removed 10NES chip.

What about limited editions and color variants?

Famicom

When it comes to color variants and limited edition units, the NES doesn’t have much to offer. If you are looking to import from Japan, however, the Nintendo Family Computers (more commonly referred to as “Famicom”) is widely available for purchase online and sells for roughly around the same amount as its Western counterpart, the NES.

The Famicom is actually more similar to the top-loading NES in terms of design, but it comes with its fair share of differences as well. Most notably, the console has storage slots for controllers on the side of the unit and certain Famicom controllers have microphone attachments, which are compatible with a few select titles.

Related Questions

Does GameStop buy NES consoles and games?

No, according to GameStop’s website, the retailer isn’t currently offering store credit or cash for NES consoles.

Does GameStop carry original NES consoles in-store?

No, unfortunately, GameStop no longer carries NES consoles in-store.

Where else can I buy and sell NES consoles and games?

Used game stores are generally great for buying and selling used games, accessories, and consoles. They can be hard to come by in rural areas, however. Flea markets and pawnshops are also good places to buy or sell, and garage sales and Goodwill stores can also be hidden gems for finding amazing deals for those looking to purchase.

Bobby Anhalt

Bobby is the founder of Retro Game Buyer. He adores video games and is passionate about sharing his knowledge, thoughts, and opinions on nostalgic retro titles.

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