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How rare is "Panic Restaurant" (NES)?

#1 GBAstar   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9694 Posts   Joined 6.6 Years Ago  

Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:13 PM

While in college my room mate let his girlfriend borrow my dreamcast and of course I never got it back. The dreamcast was past its prime at that point but I still loved playing a few games (Shenmue, Ready to Rumble, etc.).

The only solace I got out of the ordeal was that she had left a bunch of NES games at our apartment and I took them with me when I moved out.

Most were commons but fun none the less (Blades of Steel, Techmo Bowl, etc.) but I noticed Panic Restaurant was included.

The game itself is in really good condition (mint label) with no markings on the cartridge. I know it works because I tried playing the game for a few hours before I looked for more information on eBay.

It appears to be rare but I'm not sure how rare. In the last year or so I would say the number of active listings have gone from 10-15 to less then five.

I have no need for money but I was wondering are NES games worth holding on to or is their a bubble that is bound to burst?

#2 soonersfan60   Longing for retro CAG... CAGiversary!   4142 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  


Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

82% Rarity... loose game is values at $50+. Good find.

Here's a guy trying to get $600 for a boxed one in only "good" condition:

Edited by soonersfan60, 10 January 2013 - 09:55 PM.

#3 starmask2k3   CAG MASTER'S Trading Ban   13643 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  


Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:28 PM

pricing your prices of Ebay is a joke

#4 KneeKnee   Trophy Whore CAGiversary!   671 Posts   Joined 8.1 Years Ago  


Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:50 AM

82% Rarity... loose game is values at $50+. Good find.

Here's a guy trying to get $600 for a boxed one in only "good" condition:

Tried and succeeded apparently. I would say people are crazy, but I once paid $900 for an action figure...


#5 spmahn  

Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:36 AM

THe 1992 - 1994 Taito NES releases are all very rare and expensive, it's speculated that they might have been available exclusively for the rental market due to the fact that they so rarely show up with boxes or manuals, but that's never been confirmed. Little Samson, Panic Restaurant, Flintstones 2, and Bubble Bobble 2. They're all rare, and all very expensive, and not bad games either.

#6 Dokstarr   Tap, Snap or Nap CAGiversary!   2210 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:42 AM

Hmmm.. if the bubble with burst is a tough question. I personally think probably not. The game has pretty much a zero chance of ever being re-released and is a niche late era NES game. I wouldn't bet on it skyrocketing in value to much though. It is so rare that I imagine it will stay most likely in approximately the same price range.

If I needed money I would sell it though. I have a boxed Panic Restaurant and Little Samson I've been holding onto for a long while.

#7 Monoxide1986   Recovering Flipper CAGiversary!   1137 Posts   Joined 5.5 Years Ago  


Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:29 PM

I actually found a copy at a garage-sale a while back and sold it on ebay for I think $350 or so.

Mine was a loose cartridge in fairly decent shape. Bought it in a set for $10.

I think I mentioned it in the 2012 Yard Sale thread

Sold within 12 hours of posting it with a BIN price....

Sold for $325 in May 2012. Found my sell confirmation in my email.

Edited by Monoxide1986, 25 January 2013 - 11:04 PM.