We have all probably owned a gaming console at some point in our lives, whether it was a classic Atari or Nintendo console or more recently an Xbox or PlayStation. They can provide hours of joy through playing games alone or with friends:

But what you may not have known is that if you have one of these plastic boxes laying around gathering dust, it could be worth an extraordinary amount of money.

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Here are 10 of the most valuable retro video game consoles:

10. Nintendo Game and Watch EG-26, $1,000

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Nintendo is an incredibly innovative gaming company that isn’t afraid to take risks. The Game & Watch was their first foray into the handheld gaming market and while it didn’t quite hit the mainstream like their future handheld systems, it paved the way for one of the biggest gaming markets today. The Game & Watch EG-26 in particular could net you just under $1000 in good condition.

9. Sega Dreamcast Code Veronica, $2,000

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Most people have heard of the Resident Evil franchise, but some are not aware of the obscure spin-off title from 2000, Code: Veronica. This game was originally released for the Sega Dreamcast and a limited-edition console was released alongside it, cast in a distinctive translucent red casing. This system has become quite rare and if you have one in good condition with all the accessories, you could be looking at up to $2000 in exchange for it.

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8. Nintendo Entertainment System Deluxe ROB, $2,000

OK, so this next one is not technically a console but an accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), called the Robotic Operating Buddy (R.O.B.). When playing the only two compatible games Gyromite and Stackup, R.O.B. will react to your controller inputs and even has the capability of playing the game for himself, making this a very interesting console accessory. A R.O.B. in good condition can sell for over $2000.

7. Sega Genesis, $2,000

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The Sega Genesis (or the Mega Drive outside of North America) was a 16-bit console that housed classic video games like the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Castlevania, and ToeJam & Earl. This system can sell for over $2000 if everything is complete and in perfect condition (including the box, instructions, joypads, etc.).

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6. Nintendo 64DD, $3,000

Another console accessory here but it is almost a system in its own right, the Nintendo 64DD is an attachment for the Nintendo 64 that is actually a floppy disk drive. The accessory never took off and faded into obscurity, giving it some value if you have one at home. It will sell for up to $3000.

5. Pikachu Limited Edition Nintendo 64, $4,000

We’ve already seen from this list that Nintendo loves its limited-edition video game consoles and this is certainly one of the best designs. The Pikachu edition features the famed yellow Pokémon embedded on the top of the system, wonderfully contrasting with the classic Nintendo purple coloring. This video game console can sell for up to $4000.

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4. Nintendo 64, $4,000

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Arguably one of the most important video game consoles of all time, the Nintendo 64 delivered us some of the most iconic titles of all time such as Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, Super Smash Brothers, and many more. Nintendo’s first foray into three dimensions can sell for up to $4000 if the box, booklets, and console are in perfect (unopened) condition.

3. Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), $4,500

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Another incredibly iconic video game console from the Japanese giant Nintendo, the NES found its way into many living rooms across the globe. We’ve already mentioned some accessories for this system but the console itself can go for around $4500 if untouched and in perfect condition.

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2. Sony PlayStation, $5,000

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With Sony’s PlayStation release in 1994, we saw the shift from game cartridges to discs, which is still the standard today. This makes the PlayStation an absolute classic system even if it didn’t have an absolutely incredible line-up of exclusive games (but it did) such as Silent Hill, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and Metal Gear Solid. An untouched, unopened, complete, and in perfect condition PS1 could sell for up to $5000.

1. Pokémon Limited Edition Game Boy Color, $6,000

The Nintendo Game Boy is the console that popularised the handheld gaming experience, conveniently enabling amazing portable video game experiences across the world. While their original form is not particularly valuable, there are a number of limited edition Game Boys that can be extremely valuable in good condition. One such console is the Pokémon limited edition Game Boy, which can sell for over $6000 if the condition is right!