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We put Nintendo’s $60 box up against all the original games and hardware.

Nintendo’s NES Classic is one of the hottest video-game related items of the holiday season, and for good reason. The mini nostalgia-packed package is a tribute to one of gaming’s most iconic machines and includes some of the best 8-bit titles of all time. While the NES Classic is flying off store shelves, we compiled some info based on online shopping sources to see just how cost-efficient the $60 box is—with 30 games and a controller included.

The prices for the games are based off the average “Used” to “Like New” prices we could find online at either Amazon or eBay. A typical working NES console will run you about $70 off the bat, and a controller could cost you roughly $10. Below you’ll find the running price for the original cartridge of each game included in the North American version of the NES Classic.

  • Balloon Fight: $35 

  • Bubble Bobble: $26 

  • Castlevania: $40 

  • Castlevania 2—Simon’s Quest: $12 

  • Donkey Kong: $20 

  • Double Dragon 2: The Revenge: $20 
  • Dr. Mario: $10
  • Excitebike: $10 

  • Final Fantasy: $26
  • Galaga: $20 

  • Ghosts ‘n Goblins: $18 

  • Gradius: $10 

  • Ice Climber: $20 

  • Kid Icarus: $30
  • Kirby’s Adventure: $25 

  • The Legend of Zelda: $30
  • The Legend of Zelda 2: $20 

  • Mario Bros: $50 
  • Mega Man 2: $28 

  • Metroid: $20
  • Mike Tyson’s Punch Out: $30
  • Ninja Gaiden: $15
  • Pac-Man: $12
  • Star Tropics: $8
  • Super-C: $25 

  • Super Mario Bros: $10 

  • Super Mario Bros 2: $20 

  • Super Mario Bros 3: $24
  • Tecmo Bowl: $20

By our math, the $60 NES Classic will end up saving you $662 as opposed to buying an older system with all of the included games. If you can manage to get your hands on one of these consoles, it will provide plenty of bang for your buck.

AJ Moser

AJ Moser

AJ Moser is a Brooklyn-based reporter who focuses on video games, movies, and internet culture. His work has appeared in Paste Magazine, Game Informer, and Big Spaceship.