Neo-Geo CD Price Guide and English Version Rarity

The Neo-Geo CD has always been pitched as the more affordable route to collect true SNK games at the full quality of its big brothers the AES and MVS. Of course the original CD load times (which are much improved in projects like the Polymega) have been the main downside.

The Neo-Geo CD library has never been cheap compared to many other mainstream consoles, but some games are quite affordable (and those that get a little pricey are still much cheaper than their cartridge brethren).

Original photo by games_colen

While some Japanese releases can be quite tricky to find, they is another step to go for treasure hunters out there. Typically reserved for only the most adventurous or meticulous Neo Geo CD collectors, there are English variations of most of the Neo Geo CD titles. Not surprisingly, the English versions are significantly harder to find and, as a result, demand and hefty premium — especially certain titles. The Neo-Geo CD games weren’t really carried in mainstream stores in the states and primarily relied on mail-order for North American distribution with a few specialty stores that carried them.

It should be worth noting that some of the English versions only have English manuals, spines and back liner. For some of the earlier titles especially, the actual game disc, and sometimes even the back liner, is the same as the Japanese releases. Some have mentioned that it was once possible to purchase English manuals direct from SNK USA. In all cases, the spine cards can be especially tricky to track down. Even some dedicated Neo Geo CD collectors have never seen English spine cards for certain games in the library.

Many in the Neo Geo community strongly advise against collecting only English releases as they can be very hard to find and most hardly ever come up for sale. If you’re interested in Neo-Geo CD, focus on Japanese version and, if you happen to find an English one in your budget, pick some up at your leisure.
Check for English Neo-Geo CD Games on eBay

Pricing Notes:

Japanese releases, even the rarer ones, typically show up on eBay somewhat regularly.  One the past few months, we have seen completed eBay sales of most every title in different conditions, so the guide below shows a range for each Japanese release.

Since English releases are much harder to find, we don’t have values listed for each. All that are shown are based on completed sales in the last few months.  Combined with the rarity rankings and comparing to those that do have prices, you should be able to generate ballpark estimates for ones without English values listed. We will continued to update this periodically to capture more confirmed sales.  It is worth noting that you may likely see many of the English releases for sale on eBay, but they are often listed at more ambitious pricing which is why we don’t include those values here.

Rarity Notes:

I have combed through many resources in the Neo-Geo community such as Neo-Geo.com, NeoGeoKult, and some other forum discussions to see how different past guides ranked rarities (and I balanced the differences manually), and prioritized some of the games (especially English releases) the the most experienced collectors have commented on seeing the least in addition to those that do not seem to have been confirmed to have an English release.

Table Column Key:

  • JP Rare = Japanese Release Rarity Score 1 = lowest, 10 = highest
  • EN Rare = English Release Rarity Score 1 = lowest, 10 = highest
  • EN? = If there has been a confirmed English release of the game
  • JP Low$ = Lower end of the value range for Japanese Release — mostly with case and manual, but without spine card
  • JP Mint$ = High end of the value range for Japanese Release — would include spine card, but not sealed (sealed usually has a modest premium)
  • EN Low$ = Lower end of the value range for English Release — mostly with case and manual, but without spine card
  • EN Mint$ = High end of the value range for English Release — would include spine card, but not sealed (sealed usually has a modest premium)

Sortable Price / Rarity Guide

English / Japan
Title
JP
Rare
EN
Rare
EN? JP
Low$
JP
Mint$
EN
Low$
EN
Mint$
Shop
2020 Super Baseball 2 3 Yes $30 $40 eBay
3 Count Bout / Fire Suplex 3 8 ? $25 $63 eBay
Aero Fighters 2 / Sonic Wings 2 3 3 Yes $25 $50 $70 $80 eBay
Aero Fighters 3 * / Sonic Wings 3 3 5 Yes $48 $98 eBay
Aggressors of Dark Kombat / Gan Gan 2 4 Yes $20 $27 eBay
Alpha Mission 2 / Aso II 3 4 Yes $80 $100 eBay
Andro Dunos (*) 3 No $73 $80 eBay
Art of Fighting 4 5 Yes $18 $40 $190 $300 eBay
Art of Fighting 2 3 3 Yes $11 $29 $70 $80 eBay
Art of Fighting 3 3 4 Yes $30 $45 eBay
Bang Bang Busters (*) 3 No $73 $75 eBay
Baseball Stars 2 3 5 Yes $35 $55 $60 $80 eBay
Baseball Stars Professional 4 7 Yes $30 $40 eBay
Blue’s Journey / Raguy 2 8 ? $70 $100 eBay
Breakers 5 9 ? $100 $145 eBay
Burning Fight ? 3 Yes $100 $125 eBay
Crossed Swords 2 8 Yes $52 $85 eBay
Crossed Swords 2 4 10 ? $60 $160 eBay
Cyberlip 4 5 Yes $155 $235 eBay
Double Dragon 2 3 Yes $33 $50 $100 $170 eBay
Fatal Fury 3 4 Yes $67 $125 eBay
Fatal Fury 2 4 3 Yes $60 $80 eBay
Fatal Fury 3 2 3 Yes $8 $43 $30 $90 eBay
Fatal Fury Special 3 3 Yes $17 $30 $45 $80 eBay
Flying Power Disc / Windjammers 3 4 Yes $30 $145 eBay
Football Frenzy 3 3 Yes $38 $45 eBay
Futsal: 5 On 5 Mini Soccer 4 10 ? $150 $400 eBay
Galaxy Fight 3 3 Yes $17 $72 eBay
Ghost Pilots 3 4 Yes $80 $100 eBay
Idol Mahjong Final Romance 2 4 No $20 $65 eBay
Iron Clad / Chotetsu Brikinger 5 9 ? $250 $900 eBay
Jyanshin Densetsu : Quest of Jongmaster 3 No $20 $40 eBay
Kabuki Klash / Tengai Makyo Shinden 5 9 ? $26 $60 eBay
Karnov’s Revenge /
Fighters History Dynamite
2 3 Yes $15 $50 $60 $75 eBay
King of Fighters ’94 1 3 Yes $8 $50 eBay
King of Fighters ’95 2 3 Yes $25 $35 $55 $70 eBay
King of Fighters ’96 2 3 Yes $10 $46 $50 $65 eBay
King of Fighters ’97 2 3 Yes $20 $29 $65 $81 eBay
King of Fighters ’98 2 3 Yes $13 $48 eBay
King of Fighters ’99 3 3 Yes $33 $63 $65 $100 eBay
King of the Monsters 2 3 5 Yes $75 $95 $200 $250 eBay
Last Blade 3 7 Yes $57 $83 $200 $475 eBay
Last Blade 2 4 6 Yes $12 $42 $190 $238 eBay
Last Resort 3 4 Yes $53 $106 eBay
League Bowling 3 3 Yes $45 $100 eBay
Magical Drop 2 4 10 ? $35 $130 eBay
Magician Lord 4 7 Yes $79 $130 eBay
Mahjong Kyoretsuden (Mahjong Story) 4 4 No $15 $20 eBay
Metal Slug 4 6 Yes $175 $250 $270 $400 eBay
Metal Slug 2 4 5 Yes $120 $180 $450 $500 eBay
Mutation Nation 3 5 Yes $46 $120 $400 $760 eBay
NAM 1975 3 5 Yes $51 $195 $150 $250 eBay
Neo Drift Out 7 10 ? $110 $300 eBay
Neo Geo CD Special Etertainment CD-ROM 3 8 ? $9 $32 eBay
Neo Turf Masters / Big Tournament Golf 4 5 Yes $600 $800 eBay
Ninja Combat 3 8 ? $55 $110 eBay
Ninja Commando 3 8 ? $102 $145 eBay
Ninja Masters 6 10 ? $160 $185 eBay
Over Top 7 10 ? $100 $300 eBay
Power Spikes 2 3 8 ? $25 $35 eBay
Pulstar 4 5 Yes $90 $210 $190 $300 eBay
Puzzle Bobble 3 4 Yes $21 $45 eBay
Puzzled / Joy Joy Kid 4 3 Yes $35 $70 eBay
Quiz King of Fighters 3 8 ? $8 $41 eBay
Ragnagard / Shin Oh Ken 5 9 ? $50 $70 eBay
Rally Chase 3 8 ? $22 $63 eBay
Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 3 Yes $8 $45 $15 $80 eBay
Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 4 5 Yes $90 $160 eBay
Real Bout Fatal Fury Special 3 4 Yes $21 $45 eBay
Riding Hero 3 5 Yes $40 $70 eBay
Robo Army 4 5 Yes $150 $190 $200 $350 eBay
Samurai Shodown / Samurai Spirits 2 3 Yes $19 $42 $35 $150 eBay
Samurai Shodown II / Samurai Spirits II 2 3 Yes $12 $40 $30 $130 eBay
Samurai Shodown III / Samurai Spirits III 2 3 Yes $18 $27 $23 $100 eBay
Samurai Shodown IV / Samurai Spirits IV 3 4 Yes $18 $27 $60 $70 eBay
Samurai Spirits RPG 2 2 No $28 $40 eBay
Savage Reign / Fu’un Mokujiroku 3 4 Yes $20 $30 $65 $75 eBay
Sengoku 3 4 Yes $120 $150 eBay
Sengoku 2 4 5 Yes $95 $180 $140 $250 eBay
Shōgi no Tatsujin: Master of Syougi 3 No $20 $40 eBay
Soccer Brawl 3 8 ? $47 $100 eBay
Stakes Winner 3 10 ? $15 $50 eBay
Street Hoop / Dunk Dream 2 4 Yes $25 $105 $80 $135 eBay
Super Sidekicks 3 3 Yes $30 $48 $65 $110 eBay
Super Sidekicks 2 2 2 Yes $21 $48 $60 $100 eBay
Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory 3 4 Yes $30 $55 eBay
Super Spy 3 4 Yes $67 $76 $200 $255 eBay
Top Hunter 3 4 Yes $45 $100 $30 $40 eBay
Top Players Golf 3 5 Yes $30 $70 $70 $150 eBay
Twinkle Star Sprites 7 10 ? $120 $140 eBay
Viewpoint 3 4 Yes $35 $70 eBay
Voltage Fighter Cowcaizer 3 10 ? $60 $80 eBay
World Heroes 4 5 Yes $40 $65 eBay
World Heroes 2 4 5 Yes $30 $55 $200 $350 eBay
World Heroes 2 Jet 3 7 Yes $18 $60 $200 $242 eBay
World Heroes Perfect 3 5 Yes $15 $30 $60 $110 eBay
Zintrick (Oshidashi) Zentrix 6 9 ? $100 $340 eBay

(*) = Releases by Neo Conception International 

Neo-Geo CD Exclusives

For a bit more perspective on games that may have more value, here are the games that are more exclusive to the Neo Geo CD.

  • Crossed Swords 2
  • Iron Clad / Chotetsu Brikinger
  • Samurai Spirits RPG (was ported to Sega Saturn and PS1)
  • Kabuki Klash / Tengai Makyo Shinden (on AES, but no MVS version)
  • Neo Geo CD Special Entertainment CD-ROM

Additional Sortable Retro Gaming Price Guides

Additional Neo-Geo Guides


6 Comments

Hello Racket Boy,
One more time, you rule.
Grace of you I have already discovered
a lot of true gems on different consoles !
So thank you
Best from Paris
Romain

racketboy says:

Why, thank you! You’re very kind 🙂 It’s been a pleasure to put them together. If only I had more time to craft more!

Parodius79 says:

Great list Racketboy – very handy for the completion quest. Btw, did you manage to find the price guide for Overtop and Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer? Did not find them in the list

racketboy says:

Wow — thanks for noticing! I actually had them listed on the full Neo-Geo ranking, but didn’t have them in this table. I just added 🙂 Thanks for the support!

Parodius79 says:

Hi Racketboy, you are welcome – and thanks for updating! I think there are three more missing from the list, albeit that they are pretty Japanese:

– JYANSHIN DENSETSU : QUEST OF JONGMASTER
– Idol Mahjong Romance 2
– Stakeswinner -GI Kanzen Seiha he no Michi-

Btw, would you consider the releases by Neo Conception International in 2012 (eg Andro Dunos and Bang Bang Busters) as official? If so, should they be included?

racketboy says:

Thanks a bunch! I’ve added all those.

I just made note of the NCI releases with a “(*)”
I don’t mind including them as long as there is some market activity to report.

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