Retro gaming controllers: prices, trade in values & places to sell

Wonder how much money you can get for an old Atari, Nintendo, Neo Geo or Sega Genesis controller? Here are some trade-in offers and recent sale prices to provide a general idea of how much retro gaming controllers are worth.

ControllerBuyback StoresBrick-and-Mortar Stores (GameStop)Online Marketplaces (eBay, after fees)
Atari 2600 Joystick$3N/A$44
Atari 2600 Paddle Controller$5N/A$32
Atari 5200 Controller$8N/A$108
Atari 7800 Controller$6N/A$41
Neo Geo AES Joystick$35N/A$102
Neo Geo CD Pad Controller$25N/A$85
NES Advantage Joystick$14N/A$51
NES Original Controller$6N/A$32
Nintendo 64 Controller (Original)$14N/A$81
Nintendo 64 Controller (Smoke Gray)$9$25$131
Nintendo GameCube Controller$6$17$99
Nintendo GameCube WaveBird Wireless Controller$25$35$104
Original Xbox Controller$4N/A$31
PS1 DualShock Controller$1N/A$21
PS2 DualShock 2 Controller$11N/A$29
Sega Dreamcast Controller$13N/A$95
Sega Dreamcast Arcade Stick$14N/A$122
Sega Genesis 3-Button Controller$14N/A$26
Sega Genesis 6-Button Arcade Stick$18N/A$43
Sega Saturn Arcade Racer Control$21N/A$89
Sega Saturn Original Controller$7N/A$76
Super Nintendo Classic Edition Controller$7$15$96
Super Nintendo Dual Turbo Wireless Remote System$18N/A$31
Retrieved 02/20/2024

Retro gaming controller price factors

Vintage video game controller prices depend on rarity, demand and condition. Standard controllers for mainstream gaming systems and obsolete consoles aren’t particularly valuable unless they’re new in the box; however, unique and and special edition controllers can be worth a lot of money.

Atari 2600, 5200 and 7800 controllers are typically worth between $3 and $36. Rare Atari 5200 controllers like the WICO Command Controller Joystick/Keypad Combo and the Trak Ball Game Controller can sell for more than $100.

Neo Geo controllers tend to fetch good prices: AES Joysticks and CD Pad Controllers can be worth $25 to $78. If you have a Neo Geo AES/CD Hori controller, you might get $90 or more.

Original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) controllers are only worth around $2 to $10. The NES Advantage Joystick can sell for $10 to $15, though, and special NES controllers can be worth significantly more. A used Nintendo Power Glove can go for $75 with sensors (and $45 without) – or up to $100 if you still have the box. Happen to have a Nintendo R.O.B. still in the box? The robot can command up to $550.

Used Super Nintendo controllers will only net around $4 to $10, but a brand-new Super Nintendo controller still in the box can sell for as much as $225. Used SNES Super Advantage Joysticks can go for over $90. Super Nintendo Dual Turbo Wireless Remote Systems sell for between $15 and $40, while a used Super Nintendo Mouse can be worth up to $15.

Though most Nintendo 64 controllers sell for around $10 to $15, some are quite valuable – particularly uniquely-colored and special edition N64 controllers. For example, a smoke gray N64 controller can be worth $35 or more. New, still-in-the-box atomic purple N64 controllers have sold for more than $200. Used, limited edition DK64 banana yellow Donkey Kong and N64 Power 100 gold controllers can fetch $150 to $200 (or more). Have a pair of N64 Pikachu Pokémon controllers? You could get more than $50 for the set. Limited edition N64 Millennium controllers have sold for as much as $625.

Nintendo GameCube controllers can be worth anywhere between $9 and $25. GameCube WaveBird controllers sell for around $15 to $35, orange Club Nintendo Char Customized special edition WaveBird controllers can sell for more than $500.

Expect to get between $2 and $25 for most Sega Genesis, Dreamcast, Saturn and Master System controllers, with a few exceptions. A Sega Saturn Racing Wheel Arcade controller imported from Japan can be worth up to $55, while a Sega Saturn Virtua Stick can sell for up to $100. A special edition Sega Dreamcast ASCII Fight Stick FT can command $50 to $200.

Original Xbox controllers are worth around $5 to $15, but if you have a rare color you can get more. For example, an ultra-rare translucent green Duke original Xbox controller can sell for as much as $65 – and much more if you have one in mint condition.

PlayStation 1 and 2 DualShock controllers are worth between $8 and $34, but if you have a brand-new boxed PS1 original DualShock controller you could get up to $60. Expect to get around $3 for a PS1 mouse and $10 for a PS2 Shadowblade arcade stick. Original PlayStation Specialized Joysticks can fetch more than $70. Some PS2 Guitar Hero guitars are worth hundreds; for example, the silver limited edition wired SG Guitar Hero controller has sold for more than $400.

Hori controllers manufactured for retro gaming systems are popular collector’s items that can fetch $50 to $150 or more. These controllers were imported from Japan and feature the same buttons used on arcade games.

Where to sell retro gaming controllers

You can sell retro gaming controllers to online buyback stores like eStarland and Cash For Gamers, which offer instant quotes. Local selling options include video game retailers and classifieds like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. That said, eBay might be your best bet: the online marketplace is frequented by collectors who might be interested in your vintage video game controllers.

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