Retro Handheld Hardware Price Guide

In our retro game collecting guides, we often focus primarily on the games themselves, but I wanted to start monitoring the values of common variations of console and handheld hardware as well. The Console Hardware Price Guide was published in January and I’m excited to share the Handheld Guide now.

My goal with these price guides is to give everyone an easily-accessible price listing of mainstream retro hardware so that it is easy to survey the console landscape, see what you might expect to pay for hardware you have been considering or see what you might be able to get for a console you’re looking to offload.

The price guide is broken down into three major condition groupings:

  • Loose: handheld system hardware only with no packaging. The lower price range may only include the console itself and minimal accessories like a power adapter. Even at the low price, the machine should be in working condition. Units that are for “parts only” should be valued lower. The high range of loose handhelds should include charging cables and be in excellent cosmetic condition. For some older hardware, this higher price range may even include some restoration of the hardware.
  • Complete in Box (CIB): This is for a console in good working order that also comes with its original packaging. The lower price range may have a few items missing from the original shipment (like manuals or inner packaging) and/or the cardboard box may be in rougher shape (older boxes typically show a lot of wear). The higher price ranger should include most every item that came in the original retail box and should be in excellent cosmetic condition.
  • New (Unopened): This grouping is for units that have never been opened from its retail packaging or used. Since this is less common, we simply give a single price range estimate, but there are still some variance in the value due to the condition of the packaging and such.

I have included some interesting or rare handheld variants in this price guide, but it is not meant to be exhaustive at this point. I also included some handhelds with aftermarket screen mods, but again, this is by no mean exhaustive.  Many of Nintendo’s handhelds have different color variations, some of which have premiums for certain colors.  I try to present more of the average values for those systems.  You might score better prices for less-desirable colors, but pay a bit more for the most popular — even if they aren’t more rare.

I may eventually add more unit variations to the guide over time as I also update values. If you feel I have made some glaring omissions, please let me know in the comments section below, but I cannot add every recommendation immediately.

Console Name Loose
Low$
Loose
High$
CIB
Low$
CIB
High$
New$ Shop
Game Boy DMG-01 (Original) 23 35 70 280 730 eBay
Game Boy – Play It Loud 40 80 140 200 550 eBay
Game Boy DMG-01 Blacklit Mod 80 130 eBay
Game Boy Play It Loud Backlit Mod 120 190 eBay
Game Boy Pocket 25 65 60 225 360 eBay
Game Boy Light 85 125 165 260 eBay
Game Boy Color 25 50 50 170 300 eBay
Game Boy Color Pikachu 75 135 100 210 650 eBay
Atari Lynx I 60 100 150 250 260 eBay
Atari Lynx II 70 110 200 315 eBay
Atari Lynx w/ LCD Mod 350 400 eBay
TurboExpress (Portable TG16) 265 450 380 500 600 eBay
Sega Game Gear 41 70 105 270 400 eBay
Sega Game Gear Backlit Mod 60 150 eBay
Sega Nomad (Portable Genesis) 95 195 230 475 600 eBay
Sega Nomad w/ LCD Mod 170 430 eBay
Watara Supervision 35 75 110 140 eBay
Game.com 30 50 70 190 200 eBay
Neo Geo Pocket Color 65 90 110 219 eBay
Neo Geo Pocket Color Frontlit Mod 280 320 eBay
Bandai Wonderswan 28 35 35 80 eBay
Bandai Wonderswan Color 25 55 55 56 120 eBay
Bandai Wonderswan Crystal 89 110 120 180 210 eBay
Game Boy Advance 26 40 70 125 200 eBay
Game Boy Advance w/ Backlit Screen Mod 83 200 eBay
Game Boy Advance SP Classic Famicom 40 125 85 235 275 eBay
Game Boy Advance SP Classic NES 55 125 140 260 400 eBay
Game Boy Advance SP Pikachu 70 260 340 550 600 eBay
Game Boy Advance SP Samus Satin 90 300 400 600 eBay
Game Boy Advance SP Frontlight On/Off toggle (AGS-001) 27 70 45 110 300 eBay
Game Boy Advance SP Backlight Bright/Normal toggle (AGS-101) 48 155 120 155 400 eBay
Game Boy Micro 75 150 160 200 475 eBay
Game Boy Micro Famicom 80 190 170 360 620 eBay
Game Boy Micro Final Fantasy 130 235 245 300 450 eBay
Nokia N-Gage 60 75 110 135 200 eBay
GP2X F-100 55 70 90 120 250 eBay
GP2X F-200 80 140 100 125 310 eBay
GP2X GPH Caanoo 140 160 120 150 300 eBay
GP2X Wiz 58 120 110 130 200 eBay
Nintendo DS 25 60 60 185 250 eBay
Nintendo DS Lite 23 55 38 100 200 eBay
Nintendo DSi 22 55 35 65 150 eBay
Nintendo DSi XL 25 85 45 110 160 eBay
PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 40 110 88 320 450 eBay
PlayStation Portable PSP-2000 50 130 115 210 450 eBay
PlayStation Portable PSP-3000 60 130 100 145 500 eBay
PSP Go 85 130 105 158 280 eBay
PSP E-1000 40 85 100 105 110 eBay

A survey of the Game Boy family, going clockwise: Game Boy Micro Famicom, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light in Gold, Game Boy Color in Pink, Game Boy Advance (original model) in Platinum, Game Boy Advance SP in Samus Satin Two-Tone, and Game Boy Play-It-Loud in Clear

Game Boy DMG-01

Atari Lynx II photo courtesy of @stg.bloke on Instagram

Watara Supervision photo courtesy of @elultimocartucho on Instagram


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