The Rarest and Most Valuable GameBoy Games

Rare and Valuable Gameboy Games

The original Game Boy and brought portable gaming to the masses and now holds a nostalgic place in the hearts of collectors right there with the NES.  And while the rarest Gameboy games don’t quite touch the those in the NES library in terms of value, there are some surprising treasures to be found.

Since this guide was originally published in 2008, we have seen quite an increase in values for boxed and sealed games.    So I have updated and expanded this list, but also took out the Game Boy Color listings (which have their own 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.

Treasured Releases

Trip World – $170$1353
Rarity = 10This gem of a platformer from Sunsoft never saw a release in North America (it was released in Japan and in Europe).   This past month saw a loose Japanese copy sell for about $170 while a sealed PAL copy passed the $1300 mark.  The game has recently been re-released on the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan and Europe (still noting for North America), but it hasn’t seemed to slow down the enthusiasm for the original Game Boy version.Shop for Trip World on eBay
Amazing Tater Box Amazing Tater – $130 – $800
Rarity = 10
If there’s one developer that seems to consistantly show up on our Rare and Valuable lists, it is Atlus.  They always seem to make cult classics and release them in low numbers.  While Amazing Tater might not have what it takes to reach cult classic status, it is one of the hardest to find Game Boy games of all time.   This puzzle platformer is a part of the Japanese Puzzle Boy series (and the US releases, Kwirk and Spud’s Aventure), but most non-collectors have never even heard of it.

Shop for Amazing Tater on eBay
Shop for Amazing Tater on Amazon.com

Spud's Adventure Box Spud’s Adventure – $90 – $700
Rarity = 10
As you might have been able to tell from the titles, Spud’s Adventure is in the same series of puzzlers as Amazing Tater (and also Kwirk).   It was released just 8 months before Amazing Tater.   Of course, this title is also developed and published by Atlus and saw very low production numbers.Shop for Spud’s Adventure on eBay
Mega Man 5 Cover Mega Man V: $55 – $500
Rarity = 4
Even though one might think that the Gameboy games are just monochrome versions of the NES games, the portable versions are actually quite different than their console counterparts.  So all those Mega Man fans have to give this one a try if they want to play through the massive series.  As you can see from our recent Best Mega Man game poll, Mega Man V is the most popular of the portable installments and it’s also one of the hardest to find.   Over the last few years, this title has increased in value about 40%.  A loose copy has onlyincreased to just above $50, but complete copies have skyrocketed from $100 to $500 in just a few short years.Shop for Mega Man V on eBay
Shop for Mega Man V on Amazon.com

Castlevania Legends Cover Castlevania Legends: $37 – $262
Rarity = 3
Despite being one of the lowest ranking game on our Best Castlevania Games poll, Castlevania Legends is one of the most collectable installments on a portable platform.  It’s quite different than most of the games in the series, and it still has a group of devoted fans.Shop for Castlevania Legends on eBay

Shop for Castlevania Legends on Amazon.com

 

Kid Dracula Box Kid Dracula:  $34 – $134
Rarity = 3
Interestingly enough, the next game in our list is actually a spinoff of the Castlevania series.  This platformer from Konami is more a comical game, but it actually has characters that have later appeared in Castlevania titles.   Because it is both a quirky title, and interesting game, and an offshoot of a very popular series, Kid Dracula has become more and more of a collector’s piece.Shop for Kid Dracula on eBay
Shop for Kid Dracula on Amazon.com
Mega Man 4 Cover Mega Man IV: $26 – $200
Rarity = 4
While it isn’t quite as popular as Mega Man V, the fourth installment in the portable Mega Man series is still quite a hit and a challenge to find in the wild at a decent price.Shop for Mega Man IV on eBay
Shop for Mega Man IV on Amazon.com
Mr Do Cover Mr Do! – $24 – $100
Rarity = 4
This game may be ones of the less popular games on this list, but it is one of the hardest to track down.  Loose catridges will show up here and there, but complete and sealed copies are near impossible to find. If you do find one for a decent price, I would jump on it (especially as the market for boxed Game Boy games heats up)  Typically, the cartridge alone and generally runs in the $20-30 range, but even an unsealed, complete copy can break $100.
Shop for Mr Do! on eBay
Pokemon Red Box Pokemon Red: $23 – $450
Pokemon Blue: $22 – $305
Rarity = 1
This is where the Pokemon madness all started.  Pokemon Red & Blue are the very first games in the imensly popular RPG series focusing on collecting little creatures for battle.  There were millions of copies of these games sold, so we know these cartridges aren’t rare.  However, the kids that grew up with these games are now becoming nostolgic adults and these are becoming the gateway drug to Game Boy collecting (much like Mario and Zelda are to NES collectors for the generation before).   Cartridges can be found for a bit over $20, but boxed copies are becoming fast sellers and sealed copies go for a few hundred dollar bills.   Collecting all the Pokemon games might become an expensive habit.Shop for Pokemon Red on eBay
Shop for Pokemon Red on Amazon.com

Shop for Pokemon Blue on eBay
Shop for Pokemon Blue on Amazon.com

NIV Bible Box NIV Bible and the 20 Lost Levels of Joshua:  $21 – $100
Rarity = 4
The NES infamously had some Bible-related unlicenced games that made for interesting collectors pieces.  The Gameboy also had a cartridge published by The Wisdom Tree.   This one let Game Boy owners carry around an NIV translation of the Bible (complete with searching capabilities) in addition to twenty extra levels of the game “Joshua and the Battle of Jericho” that were not included in the original Game Boy release.Shop for NIV Bible and the Lost Levels of Joshua on eBay
Shop for NIV Bible and theLost Levels of Joshua on Amazon.com

Snow Bros Jr Cover Snow Bros Jr: $21 – $55
Rarity = 4
This Bubble Bobble clone was also listed on the Rarest and Most Valuable NES Games list, but in top condition, it can actually command a few more dollars than the console version and doens’t show up quite as much on eBay.   However, this game seems to have actually gone down in value a bit over the last few years.  Back in 2008, cartridges were seen going for $38 and complete copies for $90.   Four years later, the values have been cut almost in half.   The game is still just as hard to find, so now might be a good time to add this one to your collection while it is still relatively cheap.Shop for Snow Bros Jr on eBay

Gameboy Games With Sealed Premiums

Much like the NES games, there is quite a market for popular Gameboy games that are still in the factory plastic wrap.  Here’s a sampling of the biggest prices of the last couple of months.  I’ve linked to the actual auctions for the
prices listed.   In most cases, an bare cart of the same games go for a small amount of cash.

  • Mega Man III (PAL Red Tearstrip) – 3,000 Euros – Private Sale
  • Castlevania Adventure: $500
  • Pokemon Red: $188 – $450
  • Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening: $200$418
  • Mega Man: $325
  • Pokemon Blue: $158 – $305
  • Metroid II: $274
  • Pokemon Yellow: $172. $185, $193, $260 , $300
  • Double Dragon II: $218
  • Final Fantasy Legend III:  $200
  • Micro Machines: $200
  • Tetris: $200
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day: $149 – $200
  • Kirby’s Dream Land: $175
  • Super Mario Land: $140 – $150
  • Super Mario Land (Greatest Hits): $170
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: $150
  • Pokemon Silver: $143
  • Super Mario Land 2: $103
  • Soccer Mania: $110

Additional Gameboy Games of Value

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

  • Felix the Cat: $20 – $50
  • Adventure of Lolo: $20 – $40
  • Gargoyle’s Quest: $20 – $20
  • Captain America: $19 – $30
  • Metroid II: $18 – $274
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 2: $17 – $46
  • Bomb Jack (PAL): $17 – $30
  • Stop That Roach: $16 – $190
  • Jeep Jamboree: $16 – $30
  • Spirtitual Warfare: $15 – $30
  • Buster Bros: $14 – $18
  • Mega Man: Dr Wily’s Revenge : $13 – $325
  • Sumo Fighter: $13 – $150
  • Final Fantasy Legend III: $11 – $200
  • Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge : $10 – $159
  • Mega Man II: $9 – $80
  • Mega Man III: $9 – $60
  • Cool World: $10 – $20
  • The Punisher: $9 – $61
  • Dragonheart: $9 – $15

Credits: Rarity scores are courtesy of my friends at DigitalPress.


23 Comments

jonathan says:

“Mr Do! is typically regarded as the holy grail of licenced US releases in the Gameboy library and doesn’t show up on eBay too often. ”

this must be a typo, because while mr. do is quite uncommon, the rarest and most treasured licenced us release on the gameboy is actually Amaz’n tater. last year alone, only 3 (loose) copies showed up on ebay. digital press agrees too. look again.

3rdman says:

i was implying that mr. do! is not the holy grail you claim it is. it might be #2 but, i’m confidant that amazing tater is considered the rarest. digitalpress’s rarity guide agrees with this. forgive my sarcasm, i appreciate and respect your guides. nothing personal against mr do, but he should be behind amaz’n tater.

Illirik Smirnov says:

I once bought a copy of Resi Gaiden for $4.99 at GameStop. Great game. Traded it in for $2 (not $30) at PlaynTrade to finance what would become my introduction into 32bit gaming, the era where my mind still sits, the PS1 (only a $13 purchase).

Illirik Smirnov says:

I once bought a copy of Resi Gaiden for $4.99 at GameStop. Great game. Traded it in for $2 (not $30) at PlaynTrade to finance what would become my introduction into 32bit gaming, the era where my mind still sits, the PS1 (only a $13 purchase). I also once saw MGS gameboy on sale for $8 and amazing tater for $3.99… what a great world

molotovwars says:

Hey Racket, I think it would be worthwhile to host snapshots of the ebay pages, or like host the one particular page, so that when you link to an ebay completed listing (for the sealed games) that it won’t expire after x number of days. I hope that makes sense.

racketboy says:

Yeah, that’s a good idea — might need to start creating an archive…

breakwind says:

Gremlins 2 on the Gameboy constitutes being a rare and valuable game.In fact,on Amazon.com there are’nt many video game sellers offering this great game.

EctoGlow says:

Ive been told by people from digitpress and other online rarity guides that the “holy grails” of the original gameboy line are amazin tater, spuds adventure and f1 pole position.

Madgeniusboy says:

Hi,

i just thought i’d mention i just found a cart-only copy of zool – ninja of the Nth dimension for $26.96 on Ebay… which is good for me, ‘cos i just bought it for the equivalent of $5!

Feefle says:

What about Bomb Jack for the original gameboy? It was only released in Europe, and rarely shows up on ebay.

CRTGAMER says:

At 2/8/2010 10:02 AM, CRTGAMER said…
At 2/8/2010 9:56 AM, CRTGAMER said…
Anapan has posted scans of the Original Game Genie Code Book.

They are here:
http://www.racketboy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=19023

CRTGAMER says:

Recently purchased STOP THAT ROACH right here on Racketboy from a fellow member.
Interesting game, did a mini review here:
http://www.racketboy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=21581&p=259303&hilit=roach#p259303

OtakuFerret says:

I agree with one of the earliest posters who mentioned Kid Dracula. Finding a complete copy of that was a $#@! and the prices were ridiculous. Also, while only released in Japan and Germany, Trip World consistently sells for $50-80 loose and $150-200 boxed, and I only see a handful of copies pop up on eBay each year. Another Japan-only release that’s noteworthy is the 1993 port of Makaimura Gaiden: The Demon Darkness (Gargoyle’s Quest II in the U.S.). It also included new content–a couple of new stages and new weapons–and was generally considered more difficult than its NES counterpart. I hardly ever pops up on eBay, but when it does I see loose copies go for $30-50 and the only boxed copy I ever saw sold for $80.

Simon says:

Maybe someone else has made a comment about the absense of this particular game.. but I am too lazy to read through everything xD Isn’t Bamse a rare game? In almost all countries it’s called “We’re back!”, but I believe it’s only here in Sweden (and maybe our neighbors Denmark, Norway and Finland) we got a game about our beloved bear Bamse 🙂

Eduardo says:

The Castlevania game has just been released on the 3DS virtual console. I’m pretty sure it’s about lose a lot more value.

Dy. says:

The Top 5 games listed may be rare but not even close to the rarest game on the console – not even in the Top 50. I mean… you can find a Trip-World about every Week on eBay.
There are Pal-Versions of common US-Releases you are happy seing on ebay once in 5 years boxed. Some games never surfaced in the time I collect, not even as a cartridge.

Pretty useless List for the serious collector.

racketboy says:

While I admit, PAL releases are usually my weakpoint in knowledge. I don’t track them very often.
I also try to avoid speculating on values, so I typically depend on recent eBay activity of completed auctions so I have a documented and relatively accurate source of pricing.
If you can help list some of the titles you are talking about, that would be appreciated.

Dy. says:

Thank you for your kind answer racketboy.
I did not want my comment to sound as harsh as it did. While this list is not for the freak, it is surely a good startingpoint for Collectors who are just beginning with the Hobby.

Generally I dont want to talk about those games in the public since this will boost up the prices – it is enouth challenge to find these games allready.

But a few honorable mentions would be “Hammerin Harry” or “Hit the Ice”, both Austria / Switzerland – exclusives for the PAL-Region or the very rare “Un Indien dans la Ville” only released in France.
You mentioned Cool World in your list: Try to find a Pal-Box for that game.
There are many Games out there like this but they don’t hit prices as high as, lets say, the Laguna Megaman-releases because they fall into obscurity and are therefore not in very high demand.

racketboy says:

Dy, no worries
And yeah, even though some people treat this list like it is the authoritative list for collectors, it wasn’t really the pure intention. I mean, if I can pull that off, over time, that’s awesome. But my goal is to work with the information I can find (and I do put a lot of time, effort, and thought into it — unlike most of the other sites that try similar lists).

But to reach the goal of completeness, I really do depend on the community to help me fine-tune these. Kinda like a wikipedia type thing, but with a central editor.

Anyway, thanks again for the feedback and I’ll try to work these in in the future.

Dy. says:

Yeah Wayne, these are very rare.
The last one sold for over 1400$, the one before cracked the 1000$-Mark:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/130581941028

I wonder what this set is worth today.

Wayne says:

It does not surprise me, I know only 500 was made, it would be interesting to see what it would fetch if one came up now.

There is one for the n64 as well and 1000 where made, you don’t really see any of them.

The gameboy one should be mentioned here though.

Loris says:

You talked only about US market i think.
Because Europe and Japanese markets have different rare pieces.
Hammering Harry, Starhawk, Zas…

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