Old Games, Big Savings

Games like Silent Hill and Final Fantasy VII are still SUPER expensive. If you're going to buy a game like that, you might as well go with something in the current generation of consoles.

Feeling extra cheap this holiday season?  It’s not too late to go el cheapo on some of your gamer friends and family members.  The truth is, most of the best games ever made weren’t made during this generation of consoles (Wii, PS3, and Xbox360) and you can find the biggest hits of yesteryear for extra cheap on Amazon.com used!  Of course, the best of the best are still really expensive (like Silent Hill, which is still well above $30 used, or Final Fantasy VII, which should still hit your pocket book pretty hard).  So, what follows is a guide to the best games from the past that have gone down significantly in price.


Let’s go look at the last generation of games and see what we can find.  These games are especially great because most can be played on today’s consoles since they’re backwards compatible, meaning that Xbox360 can play most regular Xbox games, and the Wii can play Gamecube games.


The PS3 is kind of tricky, and only some models can play PS2 games, but all models, from what I’ve gathered, can play PSone games (the original PlayPlayStationtem).


For the PS2 and Xbox catalocatalogmes, there are a few that stick out.  For owners of either system and for fans of Spider-Man, the Spider-Man 2 video game (about $2 used) is a pretty awesome buy.  No other Spider-Man game really captured what it might be like to swing through New York like this one did.  The game takes you though the story of the movie, but it also introduces other villains like The Rhino and Mysterio.  The game plays very well and is full of side missions and upgrades to keep people interested for a long time.


Another great title that you can’t go wrong with is Tony Hawk’s Underground (less than a dollar online). True, there were sequels, but none really matched this game’s greatness.  You get to rise through the ranks as a pro skater in this video game epic.  The greatness of this game, however, comes from the multiplayer experience and in building your own parks.

Making your own parks and goals makes Underground a game that you can literally play forever.


Sadly, the park editor has been cut from later games in the series, which is one of the biggest crimes in the history of electronic entertainment. Find someone who has this game, break out your memory cards and start building parks and goals within them, and watch the fun start.  Never has so much creative freedom been placed into a game (with possibly the exception of Little Big Planet).  It is a gift that will keep on giving, especially if you can hand copies of this game out to multiple members of your family.


For all your GameCube playing, Nintendo loving persons on your list, there’s only one way to go.  Nintendo puts so much energy and so much polish into games that bear the franchise’s most prized characters that you really can’t go wrong with any Mario, Zelda, or Metroid game.  Check out this price list:


One of the best games on the GameCube was this cartoony look into the Zelda universe.

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door: $12

Metroid Prime: $5

Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker: $20


Stay away from Super Mario Sunshine.  It’s was a mess.


Going even farther back, you can run into some issues.  You don’t want to buy games for older consoles unless you’re sure your friend or family member has the older console or that it still works.  A Sega Genesis might cost about $25 on Amazon used, but you never know if it’s going to work or not.  So be careful.


What is nice though, is the thought that you might inspire someone to break out their old NES or Super Nintendo and encourage them to revisit some of their most beloved games from 10 or 20 years ago.


Here’s a quick list of prices for old used consoles and some great deals for some of their best games.  I’ve also included some pretty awesome ads for each respective system.  Enjoy!



Sega Genesis: $25 used

Comic Zone: $4

Sonic the Hedgehog 2: a penny!

Streets of Rage 2: $6

Golden Axe: $6



PSone: $20

Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped: $10

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2: $1.50

Gran Tourismo: $2

(A lot of these games are still over $20…which is interesting to me…)



PS2: $50

Twisted Metal: Black: $3

God of War: $5

Sly Cooper: $2

Red Dead Revolver: $4



Xbox: $35

Brute Force: a penny!

Halo: $7

Burnout: Revenge: $5

Spinter Cell: 75 cents!



Nintendo Entertainment System: $30

Legend of Zelda: $8

Super Mario 3: $10

Metroid: $8

Dr. Mario: $5



Super Nintendo:  $40

Super Mario World: $10

Donkey Kong Country: $15

Street Fighter 2: $2.50

Mega Man X: $10

F Zero: $1



Nintendo64: $30

Golden Eye 007: $9

Mario 64: $20

Diddy Kong Racing: $8


Also, if you’re stupid, you can get a Virtual Boy for $50.


Thanks for reading!  Happy Holidays!


1 Comment »

  1. kristin Said:

    dave said he’s stupid and he’d get virtual boy for nostalgia and the ripping headache that comes with it

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