The Rarest and Most Valuable 3DO Games

Rare and Valuable 3DO Games

We do our best to keep our Rare & Valuable series updated and useful, but we have been missing some of the more obscure consoles from our guides.   Our first step to filling in the gaps is by tackling the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer.   While there aren’t a lot of high-demand cult-classics on the 3DO like there is on more popular platforms, the console isn’t without its collectors and rarities.  The 3DO game packaging also makes it a challenge for die-hard collectors.  It is becoming harder to find complete 3DO games in their cardboard, longbox packaging (which gets damaged easily over the decades)

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 with only its jewelcase. The second price is the highest price in the past three months which is usually the price for the complete-in-box or possibly a 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.   In stark contrast to the Cheapest Games series, this 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.

Special Thanks: I wanted to say thanks to the RB forum community for helping put this together, especially AgentBurnwood and pepharytheworm, who shared the most info 🙂

Treasured Standard Releases

Dino Park Tycoon: $300 – $645
Dino Park Tycoon is the single rarest US game release for the 3DO, but can readily be found for cheap on other platforms such as the PC and there is little non-collector demand for it on the 3DO.  Resale values can fluctuate quite a bit on DPT — a CIB (complete in box) copy of Dino Park Tycoon, was recently listed with a BIN of $479.99 and did not sell at that price, however, other listings have sold for significantly higher than that.
Shop for Dinopark Tycoon on eBay
  Lucienne’s Quest: $90 – $400
Lucienne’s Quest is the second rarest US release- more copies of it were made for the 3do than Dino Park Tycoon but unlike DPT the 3DO was the only platform Lucienne’s Quest was released on. Combined with the fact that it is a well regarded RPG, and one of the best games for the 3DO according to those who have been fortunate enough to acquire a copy, the demand for Lucienne’s Quest usually exceeds any demand for Dino Park Tycoon.
Shop for Luiceene’s Quest: on eBay
  Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties: $50 – $140
This adult-themed FMV adventure game not only had laughably low production values, but it also had a very limited print run.   However, PDWT may have recieved much of its attention in this Angry Video Game Nerd video where AVGN labels it “possibly the most hilariously bad game ever”
Shop for  Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties on eBay
  D: $50 – $120
This survival horror adventure was originally developed for the 3DO before being ported to the PC, Saturn, and PS1.   Even thought it used some good technology from 1995, it has not aged well.   D featured pushed the limits of violence and horror in games in 1995 and resulted to some trickery to get it past censors in the US.  And while it sold well in Japan, it ultimately did not do well commercially in the US.
Shop for D on eBay
  Snow Job: $50 – $120
FMV games were all the rage in the era of the 3DO and Sega CD (at least that what the publishers wanted you to think).  And even though they get a bad reputation now, not all of them were horrible games.   Snow Job was actually ones of those that weren’t bad.  In fact those that don’t mind FMV games actually think Snow Job is one of the best games of the genre.  It also happens to be an exclusive to the 3DO and rather hard to find.
Shop for Snow Job on eBay
  Robinson’s Requiem: $50 – $103
This suvival simulation puts you on an alien prison planet and tests your ability to make the best of your limited resources.   While the game did have its weaknesses, it was quite advanced in terms of its originality and flexibility.   The game was also released on the PC and the Atari Jaguar, but it remains one of the most sought-after titles for 3DO collectors.
Shop for Robinson’s Requiem on eBay
  Crash ‘N Burn: $40 – $93
This futuristing racer/shooter combo stayed an exclusive on the 3DO.  While it does look rather choppy in terms of animation by today’s standards, it actually was quite impressive during the time of it’s release and is still an enjoyable game for fans of old-school racers.
Shop for Crash and Burn on eBay
  Braindead-13: $40 – $90
This adventure title is an interactive movie much like Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace.  It started out as a PC title and was later ported to the 3DO, and most of the CD-based consoles of the day.  Due to its relative success, it was actually brought to the iPhone as well.   The 3DO version still remains as one of the superior and hardest to find ports of the game.
Shop for Braindead-13 on eBay
  Night Trap: $50 – $70
After getting caught up in the debate over sex and violience in video games in the US during the mid-1990’s, Night Trap became one of the most well-known FMV games.  While much of the sex and violence in the game was blown out of proportion, Night Trap has gathered an interesting type of nostolgia with game collectors.  And while the Sega CD version is the most well-known, the 3DO version remains the superior console version and also the hardest to find.
Shop for Night Trap on eBay
  Mathemagics: $50 – $60
Before the Nintendo DS and Brain Age made math puzzle games trendy, Mathmagics taught 3DO owners how to do cool math tricks.   If you’re a wannabe math geek, Mathemagics may be just what you’re looking for.  And if you’re just an average 3DO collector, this title isn’t worth skipping over either as it can easily illude you.
Shop for Mathemagics on eBay

 

Additional 3DO Games of Value

  • Cannon Fodder: $40 – $54
  • Endlessly: $30 – $50
  • Star Control II: $25 – $60
  • Flashback: $26 – $45
  • Virtuoso: $20 – $66
  • Phoenix 3: $16 – $80
  • Putt Putt Goes to the Moon: $25 – $45
  • Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed: $20 – $58
  • Wing Commander III: $22 – $44
  • Star Fighter: $18 – $50
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Vol. 1: $21 – $46
  • Lemmings: $20 – $50
  • Alone in the Dark 2: $15 – $44
  • Love Bites: $25 – $60
  • Immortal Desire: $25 – $60
  • Strahl: $20 – $86
  • Super Street Fighter 2: $ 19 – $$50
  • Captain Quazar: $18 – $35
  • Return Fire: Maps of Death: $20 – $45
  • Mind Teazzer: $30 – $40
  • Cyberdillo: $30 – $35
  • Samurai Shodown: $8 – $40

35 Comments

Jeremy says:

I just sold Crash m Burn (korean) for 700. I got Lucienne Quest for sale now!

Ryan says:

I have an FZ-10 and is the original owner from back when there were still being sold in stores. I also had a Goldstar, but sold it when I was about 14 because I needed money. Anyhow, I have a lot of these games in my library, however sadly some of them are only burned copies. I once owned many on the list, but also sold those log ago. I’ve since re-downloaded many of them as ISO and burned them, so they play absolutely fine now. I still regard this system as one of the best systems of all time and I still play it regularly. I feel it was highly underrated.

Allen says:

I have a 3DO FZ1 and always loved it since it came out. So was here just to see if by chance I hold any titles of value.

According to this list, my most valuable game is my Star Control 2 copy. Unfortunately, I can only find the jewel case at the moment, I know the box is around but in bad condition and it has been years since I’ve seen the manual. My favourite game of all time so it gets played a lot. Even helped out in finding a bug on the Ur-Quan Masters remake.

Other games I see I have are: The Need For Speed (in box)
Wing Commander 3 (in box)
Star Fighter (jewel case)
Super Street Fighter 2 (jewel case)
Samurai Showdown (jewel case)

I have about 25 games in total, most original copies and a couple of them are burned copies(from rentals).

I have run into a copy of Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties at the rental store we got 3DO games from when I was a child. However due to my age, and the restrictions on the box we never got that game. Seeing the video from AVGN it would have been a huge let down anyways.

One of my favourite games for the system is Battlesport(which I don’t see around much). My friends and I would play that game a lot against the computer and each other).

Drac3000 says:

I just bought 6 Unopened 3 DO’s…(Not going to believe what I paid)..I didn’t even know what they were,they were in the bag of games that some dude was selling….I was buying the huge bag for the 17 New and used PS-1 games….and the 19 Sega Genesis(including Spider-Man)Games,and Sega CD=DRACULA UNLEASED + Joe Montana’s football…..sega “James Pond 2″…..Dr Mario…Etc…….and 13 Super Nintendo Games….with Donkey Kong Country…. F-Zero….P’RADIKUS Conflict…….super mario world and S-M All-stars…to name a few….ALL the the 3 DO games are Brand New in Package…..1)Plumber’s D..W..ties….2)Wolfenstein 3D…..3)The Horde….4)”Shock Wave” operation jumpgate…..5)Battle chess….6)Alone in the Dark 2…..and a used PS-1 system in the bag..how much was All this…..are you sitting down……$20….I love it…..oh yea….and 9 Nintendo games….all for $20 Bucks.

3do says:

I find one Lucienne’s Quest  finllay in ebay now end in 3 dayz for 299$

Old 3DO says:

Hey,
My x husband left this old 3DO machine behind. He has also left me and my children destitude with bills as well. Is this system worth anything and if so do you know who I may contact to sell it. It is in good condition. I know some of the games are around the house, but I am not sure of the condition of the games, but I know the system is in good condition. Has been sitting in a box for years and hasn’t been played at all. Just trying to make some extra money even for groceries for me and my kids. Please someone let me know if they can help or would like to buy it.

You left off road rash, mad dog mcree, space ace, dragons lair and that one where your a cop and you shoot bad dudes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get a nice roundup of new retro gaming content once or twice a month.