When people talk about valuable games, the conversation often centers around rare titles that no one has heard of or special editions with a bunch of extras. And many of the most expensive games are limited release editions to games. However, while looking over the prices on PriceCharting.com for fun, I realized that some of the most valuable games I own are not the ones I would expect. I was so shocked that I checked another website, GameValueNow.com to verify that these prices were legitimate. I went through all of the systems to look at the most valuable games and found a lot of surprising selections. Here are 5 common games that are worth more than you think.
Gunblade NY & LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack (Wii) – $40
I bought this game on a whim many years ago because I wanted a lightgun game (i.e. Wii remote in a lightgun shell), and a title that included two arcade hits sounded like a good deal. In these classic arcade games from the mid to late 90s, you fight terrorists in the far off year of 2005. The games are fun and work well enough on the Wii, given that it’s not using a true light gun. However, like most arcade experiences, it feels a little shallow when played at home. It wasn’t very expensive when I got it, but the price has risen dramatically since then. I think I paid around $10 for it, and the game is now worth between $30 and $40 for the game complete in box.
Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS) – $40
I became a fan of Kirby in the mid-2000s. I played Superstar on the Wii’s virtual console, and I was hooked ever since. When the 3DS games were released, I bought all of the mainline Kirby titles right when they came out, except for Battle Royale (because I didn’t like the demo) and Extra Epic Yarn (because I already have Epic Yarn for Wii). Kirby Planet Robobot was $39.99 when it came out in 2016. Three years later, a used copy complete in the box is worth… $39.99, if you buy it at GameStop. On other sites, you might get a copy for around $35. If you bought the game used a couple of years ago, it has almost doubled in value. While the game hasn’t risen past its initial price, it has held its value very well. And it should, Kirby Planet Robobot is an awesome Kirby title.
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS) – $105
The Castlevania series is another franchise I adore now, but that I didn’t get into until I was older. I wasn’t allowed to play games with magic and demons when I was a kid, so my first exposure to the Castlevania series was when I played the DS games in college. I remember being pissed off in my apartment when I couldn’t form the sigils quickly enough while playing Order of Ecclesia. If you managed to hold on to your copy of the game (sadly, I haven’t), it’s worth a lot more than you think. The average price for a complete in box DS game is less than $10. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia goes for a staggering $105 for a complete in box copy. You can get a loose copy for around $50. You can blame GameStop’s maddening policy of throwing the cases of non-disc game cases for the price difference. This price jump is something I noticed. I was planning to get the game last year to play through it again, but I thought the price was too high at around $50. I am an idiot. I will probably just buy a loose copy or hope that Konami is planning a second Castlevania collection.
Mary Skelter: Nightmares (PS Vita) – $95
I loved the PS Vita, but it never got the attention it deserved, either from players or developers. However, the system is notable for being the only place where you can get a physical copy of certain games. Mary Skelter: Nightmares is a game that was released on PCs via Steam, and with a physical copy on the Vita. It’s a dungeon crawler with anime girls, so it’s not for everyone. I bought it on a whim after seeing an ad for the title, thinking it might be for me and quickly decided otherwise. However, it has a 9 out of 10 on Steam and 74% on Metacritic, so there are some fans. The game sat on my shelf of Vita titles, mostly forgotten until I saw the current value. A used copy, complete in box, is now worth $95. That’s more than three times the average complete price from just a year ago!
Gravity Rush Remastered (PS4) – $75
Gravity Rush is an amazing game for the PS Vita that used a unique gravity shifting mechanic to create an amazing action platformer game. Unfortunately, it was on the Vita, which means the game didn’t get the exposure it deserved. I played it on the Vita, but I’m one of the few. So the game was re-released on the PS4 as Gravity Rush Remastered. It’s one of those games you definitely saw at your local GameStop at some point. The game is becoming a cult classic, and that’s reflected in the skyrocketing price. Gravity Rush Remastered is the only game in the most valuable list of PS4 games that isn’t a special edition. If you didn’t get it during the past three years, it’s going to be tough to get a physical copy now. A complete copy of the NTSC version goes for around $75. Ironically, the sequel, Gravity Rush 2, only goes for $15. I own the sequel but haven’t gotten around to playing it. Given the low resale value, now I’m a little worried.
Take a look at the lists on GameValueNow.com and PriceCharting.com. You’ll be surprised at which games are valuable and how many of your steelbooks are completely worthless (I’m looking at you Perfect Dark Zero).