The prices I find have increased in recent years. However, my best advice is to wait until you get more replies here before doing anything with them. I collected around 75% of them in 2011 and paid an average of 20-30 bucks Australian, Only a few were pricey and got bid wars such as Pitfall II, HERO and one of the Dolphin patches. But as the market changes, so will The collectibles.
I never got that kids way of thinking old = bad. I was a kid in the N64 days and at a friends house we played N64 then in the spare room they had a NES and I thought it was awesome. I played Castlevania. Hell I was 12 in 2003 When I started researching Atari, Sega Genesis etc and thought it was all AMAZING. What depresses me is when they get teens to play games and they all get game over in the first level of Super Mario Bros or Green Hill in Sonic. Yes, that happened...Also a lot Couldn't beat Glass Joe in Punch Out. They're hopeless at games.
Games are supposed to be fun and all that. Not an exercise in learning and drudgery. VCS games are timeless and that's why they're still being made today.
True. Games now are all image and nothing special. Sure DKC on SNES was a basic platform game but beyond those visuals is a great game. I don't care how many polygon's my PS4 can run, I had more fun playing the PS2 port of Bully than ANY of my exclusive PS4 games. VCS has that charm which can't be beaten. Asteroids is more fun than the annual Call of Duty release. I do love some newer games but the last two games to suck me in were The World Ends With You in 2008 and Persona 4 Golden in 2013 which was a port of a 2008 game.
I was checking out some games for sale at a local pawn shop that where all way over priced at $10 for loose carts (mostly commons). Came across miner 2049er, which isn't a bad price at $10, then realized it felt quite light, upon closer inspection noticed there was no board, just an empty shell!!
Arcades I've been in are either old fashioned skill games for tokens, smartphone games on the big screen, two light gun games and always a Daytona machine. Kids don't know old arcade games. I'm only 25 and I know people my age who have never heard of Dig Dug or Q*Bert. I also know people who have never heard of The Goonies...It's scary.