The Rarest and Most Valuable Sega Dreamcast Games

Rare and Valuable Dreamcast Games
The Dreamcast is a perfect example of a console that had relatively low commercial success, but a huge underground following after its death.  These two factors help brew up a strong library of games that have high collectibility among gamers that are just now finding out what was so great about the Dreamcast.

There are two major trends you will notice in the list below.  First of all is the dominance of fighting and shooting games, mostly of the 2D nature.  This is of little surprise to those that know the Dreamcast well as there games are some of the main draws for the system — especially when they don’t get ported to other systems.  The second trend you may notice is that Capcom hold eight of the ten places on the US release list — Treasure and SNK are the only others to break the list.  Capcom was one of the few third party publishers to really support the Dreamcast, but they new put out quite as many copies as Sega did with their first-party releases.  Anyway, lets get on with for rest of the formalities and this highly-anticipated list.

In stark contrast to the Cheapest Games series, this Rare & Valuable series will round up the rarest and most valuable games for a given console or handheld so you’ll know what to look for whether you are buying or selling.

Below you will see two prices beside each title. The first is the average daily selling price, which is typically the going rate for the game by itself. The second price is the highest price in the past three months which is usually the price for the new/sealed game. The list is ordered by the balance of the two prices. Note that some of these games are not rare in the sense that there are not many available, but rare relative to demand, which makes the games expensive.

Limited Edition Collectables

Bangai-O Cover Art Bangai-O: Prize Edition: $500 – $1,200
Rarity = 10

This version of the shooter was given out by Treasure to exactly five people as the top prizes in a Japanese high-score competition. While the game itself is identical to the original Bangai-O, the Prize Edition can be identified by a phone card with the Treasure logo on the case declaring itself as a winner’s trophy. In the past, two of these games have been sold, both very quietly. its unknown the price of the first sale, but the most recent was placed in the inventory of an online store for $500, and at that selling point was quickly snatched.  Now, with the most interested of collectors turned on to its existence, any future sales would likely break $1000.
Border Down Cover Art Border Down LE: $250 – $280
Rarity = 4
After the Dreamcast was already buried by US retailers and the last big name import releases like Shenmue II, Rez, and Ikaruga had been released, a small developer by the name of G.Rev (who worked with Treasure on Ikaruga) took a chance on the Dreamcast and helped start a trend of 2D shooters being released on the “dead” platform.  The production of this Limited Edition of Border Down was halted at 5,000 copies.  Initially, it has the same print run as the standard edition, but the original has since been reprinted at least once, at least doubling its availability and the premium placed on the Limited Edition.
Check for Border Down LE on eBay
Space Channel 5 Part 2 Box Set Space Channel 5 Part 2 LE: $200 – $250
Rarity = 4
Space Channel 5 was one of the best examples of quirky fun that made the Dreamcast special.  The game actually received a sequel, but it never came to the Dreamcast outside of Japan.  As if getting the game wasn’t good enough, Japan also received a special box set that included headphones and a carrying case.
See Pictures of Space Channel 5 Part 2 Box Set
Segagaga Box Set Art SegaGaGa Box Set: $150 – $200
Rarity = 3
Segagaga may well be one of Sega’s best love letters to its fans.  Released in 2001, this “Sega Simulator” lets you run the company and battle its nemesis, which is essentially a disguised Sony.  The game was initially only availible through Sega’s online store in Japan and came in a few different flavors with this box set being the most elaborate.    You can see a picture of all the included goodies in this pack on this recent eBay auction.
See the SegaGaga Box Set on eBay

The Expensive Dreamcast Imports

Border Down Cover Art Border Down: $100 – $130
Rarity = 3
Since releasing a new game on a “dead” platform was seen as a bit of a risk, only 5,000 of this standard edition were initially released (along with 5,000 of the limited edition), but since they sold quickly, another 5,000 were released.  At the beginning of 2008, there was also to be another very small print run, but numbers have not been disclosed.
Check for Border Down on eBay
Under Defeat Cover Art Under Defeat: $76 – $96
Rarity = 3
After an impressive string of shmups being released on the Dreamcast, well into the 21st century, G.Rev added one more to the mix with Under Defeat.  It was initially billed as the “last Dreamcast game ever”, but there was actually a few more shmups on the way from Milestone over the next couple of years.  There is also a Limited Edition that includes a soundtrack that is on the higher end of the price range above, but as you can probably tell, its isn’t that much more “limited” or valuable.
Check for Under Defeat on eBay
Ikaruga Cover Art Ikaruga: $60 – $95
Rarity = 3
If you have read the Rare and Valuable Saturn games list, you’re probably well aware of Radiant Silvergun and its strong following and inflated resale values.  When Ikaruga was announced and rumored to be Radiant Silvergun’s follow-up, collectors thought it was a sure-thing investment for their game collections.  And while it did have some rather high prices for a while, it never reached Radiant Silvergun’s levels for multiple reasons.  Because everyone was expecting it to be a collectors item, many people hoarded them and even left them sealed.  So unlike Radiant Silverun, its very easy to find a mint copy of Ikaruga on eBay.  The other reason for Ikaruga’s recent decline (20% decrease in 10 months) in value was retail release in the US for the Gamecube and then the very affordable XBox Live version that is in infinate supply.
Check for Ikaruga on eBay

Treasured Standard USA Releases

Project Justice Cover Art Project Justice: $60 – $400
Rarity = 4
Rival Schools 2, known as Project Justice in the US, obvisouly built on the original and remains as one of Capcom’s most popular (with a rather nice following) 3D fighters.  Like its predecessor, Project Justice has a lot of quirky characters that cater to the anime crowd and is just a real pleasure to play.  It isn’t especially rare, but Capcom released it in May 2001, several months after the Dreamcast was discontinued by Sega.  Finding a sealed copy of this Dreamcast exclusive is very tricky and has sold for a few hundred dollars.
Check for Project Justice on eBay
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Cover Art Marvel vs. Capcom 2: $50 – $100
Rarity = 2
If you want the biggest mashup of characters in your fighting games, Marvel vs Capcom 2 is the place to be.  It may not be the most balanced game for tournaments, but its one of the hottest mainstream 2D fighters out there.  Most gamers may flock to the PS2 version, but the Dreamcast release still commands strong collectability.
Check for Marvel vs Capcom 2 on eBay
Cannon Spike Cover Art Cannon Spike: $31 – $180
Rarity = 3
Cannon Spike is very similar to the overhead shooting Smash TV OR Commando and has a heavy focus on boss battles. The shooter also features playable characters and cameos from other Capcom franchises like Mega Man,Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Darkstalkers and Street Fighter. Cannon Spike was released during the Dreamcast’s final Christmas and did not receive much promotion or word-of-mouth until it was long gone from stores.
Check for Cannon Spike on eBay
Power Stone 2 Cover Art Power Stone 2: $31 – $175
Rarity = 3
Capcom may not have had much success with 3D fighting games, but it really got it right with the Powerstone series.  Both games are fun-filled arena fighters that allow full 3D movement and interactive environments.  Powerstone 2 added 4-player support and is significantly harder to find than its predecessor.  It’s also very surprising that the series hasn’t been brought to any other platforms besides the PSP.
Check for Power Stone 2 on eBay
Street Fighter III Third Strike Street Fighter III Third Strike: $35 – $105
Rarity = 3
While it did not get the attention of Street Fighter 2 and the Alpha series, Street Fighter 3: Third Strike is one of the best installments in the series, especially when it comes to finely-tuned tournament players.  Its combination of smooth animation, great characters, and a new parrying system keep fighting enthusiasts coming back for more.  Even though the game was included on the Street Fighter Anniversary Collection for the PS2 and XBox, the Dreamcast version is still in strong demand.
Check for Street Fighter 3: Third Strike on eBay
Bangai-O Cover Art Bangai-O: $45 – $90
Rarity = 4
Treasure is known for quirky action games, and Bangai-O is definitely on the higher part of that spectrum.  This multi-directional shooter is all about explosions, chaos, and fun.  Like most Treasure games, it’s a cult classic and is the Dreamcast version is the only English version of the game so far.  (It had a small release in Japan for the N64).
Check for Bangai-O on eBay
Fatal Fury Mark of the Wolves Cover Art Fatal Fury Mark of the Wolves: $48 – $69
Rarity = 3
Mark of the Wolves was ported from the Neo-Geo and served as the last game in the Fatal Fury series.  It is essentially SNK’s answer to SF3: Third Strike as it shares many of the same types of advancements, but it has its own unique fighting elements and showed off SNK’s strength in character design. The Dreamcast version ended up on store shelves more than six months after the Dreamcast’s demise and quickly ended up on clearance shelves
Check for Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves on eBay
Mars Martix Cover Art Mars Matrix – Hypersolid Shooting: $40 – $77
Rarity = 3
As one of the most popular vertical shooters released in the US, Mars Matrix still commands a respectable price from collectors.  And with the high likelihood of it remaining as a Dreamcast console exclusive, that value should hold up for a while longer as shmup fans build up their Dreamcast collections.
Check for Mars Matrix on eBay
Marvel Vs Capcom Cover Art Marvel Vs Capcom: $23 – $167
Rarity = 2
Even though Marvel vs Capcom 2 has more character and flashier visuals, there is still a strong following for the original Marvel vs Capcom.  Personally, I prefer it to the sequel as it is seems to be a bit more balanced and slightly less chaotic.  It is also the only console version of the game that accurately replicates the arcade game (the PS1 version is very crippled)
Check for Marvel vs Capcom on eBay
Tech Romancer Cover Art Tech Romancer: $25 – $100
Rarity = 3
Tech Romancer is a 3D fighting game fought on a 2D plane. In this hidden gem, you fight as Mechs (designed by established anime creators, Studio Nue) and release power-ups by destroying the environment around you. The Dreamcast version also includes an unlockable version of the Tech Romancer anime.
Check for Tech Romancer on eBay

Additional Sega Dreamcast Games of Value

These games aren’t especially rare, but are quite collectible; resulting in a high resale value, especially for sealed copies.

Limited Editions

  • Love Hina LE $100 – $150
  • Nakoruru LE – $90 – $100
  • Castle of Shikigami 2 LE (Japan) – $83 – $89
  • Sonic Adventure Limited Edition (USA) – $43 – $50

USA Releases

  • Resident Evil 2: $22 – $85
  • Giga Wing 2: $32 – $48
  • D2: $21 – $98
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: $25 – $75
  • Stupid Invaders: $21 – $60
  • Skies of Arcadia: $21 – $70
  • Last Blade 2 Heart of the Samurai: $20 – $80

Imports

  • Eldorado Gate Box Set (includes multiple games): $180 – $200
  • Shenmue II (PAL):  $59 – $93
  • Trigger Heart Excellica: $80 – $85
  • Cosmic Smash: $74 – $85
  • Zero Gunner 2: $69 – $75
  • Twinkle Star Sprites: $65 – $75
  • Trizeal: $53 – $70

Also, if you’re a Sega Dreamcast owner, be sure to check out the Sega Dreamcast VGA cable in the Racketboy Store


69 Comments

Doctor Fugue says:

Thanks for putting together the article!

Some other limited editions that are rare and expensive:

Space Channel 5 Part 2 LE (comes with a bag and headphones)
Sakura Taisen 4 LE
Nakoruru LE
Love Hina LE

Those last three come with lots of different goodies and are incredibly difficult to find unopened.

racketboy says:

Cool — those rare imports are hard to keep track of 🙂
Any idea on values, Doc?

Chuck Franklin says:

Yeah there’s a bunch of import games that hardly ever go up on ebay(regular releases not some of the weird Moe adventure games that dreamcast was flooded with later on). that are more valuable then what you have up there.

gord says:

slight typo:
Cannon Spike was released during the Dreamcast’s final Christmas and did receive much promotion or word-of-mouth until it was long gone from stores.

should ‘did’ be ‘did not’?

racketboy says:

Chuck, if you have any names and/or values, that would be mighty helpful 🙂

And gord, thanks for catching the typo 😉

Doctor Fugue says:

I’ve only seen these once or twice:
Nakoruru LE ~100
Love Hina LE ~100-150
Sakura Taisen 4 LE ~130-200
Space Channel 5 Part 2 LE ~200+

Here’s a video of a guy opening the Love Hina box:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zLNYAn0PrQ

He is called the “Dreamcast Doctor”….but it isn’t me!!

noname says:

I was looking forward to this article. I was particularly hoping to find info on one rare and obscure game: “Taxi2 le jeu” which was released only in france (and hence a limited number of copies). Shouldn’t there be mention of it?

racketboy says:

Thanks, Doctor.

And noname, I have heard of it, but don’t know much about it — I’ll do a little research 🙂

noname says:

“Taxi2 le jeu” was based on a very popular french movie called “taxi 2” which was a sequel (i believe there are 4 Taxi movies and an american remake). The movies were produced by Luc Besson (the fifth element). UBI Soft made the game which is not that good but from what i’ve heard not that bad either. The game is entirely in french but since it’s a driving game i don’t think that it matters too much.

Now that we are on the topic, there were quite a few european exclusives which is very interesting i think (usually games are released in europe last and only if they were successful in japan/usa). (REZ, Headhunter and Shenmue II are the most well known examples). Obviously some of theses games are quite rare and sought after by american players since some of the games cannot be played in english otherwise

Caleb says:

Wow! I am so glad I have a couple of these games. It’s getting a bit harder to collect Dreamcast stuff without a nearby store that stocks older video games.

What a great list. Thanks for posting this!

d says:

Taxi 2 is pretty bad and surprisingly not that expensive, probably because few even know about it’s existence.
Bangai-O does not have vga mode, so that realy breaks the game for me.

What is even more rare are the Toyota catalogues, which were never sold but it was an assignment for Toyota. They feature beautifuly detailed cars though.

Gmintyfresh says:

Has to be said a great guide, other notable valuable titles include:

Trizeal LTD Edition (the one with the splendid bandana!!)

Cosmic Smash (came in a really strange DVD-style transluscent case)

Rez PAL (Lowish production but demand for the game is high)

Last Hope Limited Edition (very low production run of 500, can get silly prices)

heavymetalme says:

It’s those damn shmups! So expensive!

kevinski says:

There’s a copy of MVC for sale at a nearby store for $40. I didn’t even bother checking the condition, as I own MVC2 (which I hate, by the way) and didn’t think that it was worth the purchase. I’m getting to a point in my Dreamcast collection where I want to complete it, but I’m unwilling to pay the prices that some of these games go for.

For the record, I only own MVC2 because one of my roommates in college bought it for me for my birthday.

kevinski says:

Oh, by the way, I do have a sealed copy of Street Fighter III: Double Impact. Any idea as to what that’d be worth?

nick944 says:

Trigger Heart Exelica definately is more expensive than that, from what I’ve seen (just bought a copy) it goes from $90 at the lowest to $150 (I paid $111 used)

ashdjones says:

How much is my Rez worth? I don’t think i’ll ever sell it mind you.

Diane says:

I recently acquired a Dreamcast HKT game and I am wondering if it has any value, any and all information will be greatly appreciated

Eric says:

I have Project Justice, my rarest game. The most I’ve seen a DC game go for was over $200 and that was Shenmue 2 sealed. O and BTW great site I come here quite often to re-live the DC experience.

Gmintyfresh says:

“How much is my Rez worth? I don’t think I’ll ever sell it mind you.”

Ok these are averages:

Jap – Around about £28 – £30 at the moment it’s generally cheaper than the PAL release, the market was flooded with copies with the release of the game on XBOX Live and you could pick it up for as low as £20!!

PAL – Again recently prices fell but its come back strong at around £35 I’d say but I’ve seen copies listed for £50 and I wouldn’t be surprised if the average is about £40 at the moment.

Just going off on a tangent the Sega Direct versions of some of these games do have an increased value also, it can add at least £20 ($40) to the value of some games – e.g. Ikaruga, Radirgy. There’s also a Border Down Limited Edition Sega Direct Version that a) has the longest title of any video game in existence and b) Is rare and the most desirable version! Around £200 give or take £20

Paperghost says:

I have some pics of the Space Channel 5 boxset here, along with a lot of other Space Channel 5 stuff.

racketboy says:

Very nice! Thanks for sharing!
And thanks everyone for sharing additional titles and prices. I’ll be updating this later on!

Davs says:

I’m surprised Triggerheart Exelica would be so expensive since, like Ikaruga, it’s also available on XBLA.

alienboy960 says:

Radirgy / Radilgy – however you want to say it…
standard sel prices around $100.
I picked my practically brand new copy up for $110AU.

Last Hope L.E should definately get a mention with only 500 copies released, even the standard copy sells for approx $50-60.
bought mine new from play-asia.com for around $50, and prices are standing still.

How many copies of Border down L.E were released?

I have also seen cosmic smash sell for upto $110.

Great article MR Racket 😉

alienboy960 says:

In Response…
At 8/26/2008 3:37 PM, Davs said…
I’m surprised Triggerheart Exelica would be so expensive since, like Ikaruga, it’s also available on XBLA.

When buying an origional copy of these games you are not just buying the game itself… your buying a collectible, something that is limited in quantity, something that only a limited amount of people can own at one time!

Playing Games is one hobby…
Collecting These sort of Video Games is a different hobby altogether…

cheers.

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