We all love games, I have been playing games for over 20 years. As games move from generation to next generation favorites get put into our own personal libraries and often forgotten. What about rare games? Every now and then folks buy a game to only put it in a box out of sight after the next round of games comes around. Some as they grow older gain a certain nostalgic value for new gamers looking for a retro play, or the veteran gamer that misses or missed it originally. Even new games in fancy packaging gain intrinsic value just cause of their popularity. The following list is group of games that are somewhat uncommon, but there is a slight chance you may own…and they are worth more than you would think.
Suikoden II (PS1)
We start off with a personal favorite of mine, Suikoden II. The first Suikoden game would have made this list; however through the wonders of the Playstation store, it is readily available for digital ownership and interest for original copies dropped. This RPG sequel released in 1999 was an even larger sleeper hit than the first game. The series is based off an old Japanese story about the 108 stars of destiny and the player’s quest to bring balance the world. The game featured turn based combat, larger battles and world exploration. This game was limited in printing due to lackluster original release and is also available on the Playstation Store; however the market for the original printed game has put this in high demand. Currently eBay typically has a rotating group of folks trying to sell their copy, ranging from 100 up to 250 dollars for a mint condition copy. I’ll keep my copy tucked away for future play – just because it is that good.
World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition (PC)
World of Warcraft, or WoW – was the 2004 MMORPG from Blizzard based off their beloved Warcraft series. The game started out strong, but has grown into a giant monster of an MMO as it still tops records and amount of subscriptions. It is one of the last fee based games still generating new subscriptions every year. The collector’s edition of the game was available on release and even though it sold many copies – the search for this original for new fans alike has gain momentum in the last couple of years. Frequently listed on eBay in various conditions ranging from $200-$500, this is something that you may have lying around collection dust that might be worth a decent amount.
Stadium Events (NES)
Another game on the list is one that personally played when I was a child, but unfortunately my parents decided to sell at a garage sale in the early 90s. The game was release by Bandai in the late 80s, but Nintendo’s purchased and release in 1987 in North America. The game was release along with the fitness control mat, which was the main controller for the game. It allowed two people to actually interact and compete in 4 different track and field events. The original release was pulled almost immediately after release, and reissued as Family Fun Fitness. Given my memory of my childhood – this is most likely the edition that I owned/played, as it would have been tough for my parents to acquire the ultra-rare copy. Stadium Events is listed as the most valuable NES game to date – with eBay selling copies in upwards to $41,000 – that was a few years ago.
Uncharted 2: Fortune Hunter Collector’s Edition (PS3)
The Uncharted games are one of the most loved PlayStation Series spawning 4 games over the PS3 and PS4. Uncharted 2 is arguably the best in the series, The Empire Strikes back of Nathan Drake. Back in 2009 when it was released, the game had a collector’s edition that had about 200 copies made. It included the game, as well as a replica dagger, strategy guide, art book and autographed case. At the time it was sought out, but after the love for the game grew, collectors have wanted their hands on this ultra-rare version. Prices range from a couple thousand up to $5,000 for the full set. And while most of us have a copy of Uncharted 2, one might seriously start looking at investing in the Special Editions of games that are released – you never know how much it might be worth later.
Tales of Vesperia Special Edition (Xbox 360)
Another Japanese RPG, this one for Xbox 360, was the 10th game in the Tales series, released by Namco Bandai. The game was released in 2008 and ported to PS3 in Japanese markets shortly after. The game garnered some popularity for die hard Tales players, as it maintained the same game play and trademarked battle system. The Special Edition of Versperia saw limited print and therefore has become a collector’s item. eBay has it frequently listed for $150-250 depending on quality. The SE edition comes with a Steel Book and original artwork from the games designer, as well as the soundtrack.
So there you have it, any of these game sound familiar? As the gaming industry gets more and more popular, some games tend to gain more popularity and thus increase the value. This list just touches upon a growing list of games that have increased need and want from old time gamers and new age ones. Have any games you think are uncommon and rare? Post your comments below. And as always follow ThisGenGaming on Twitter @TGGamingReviews for all the news, reviews and commentaries in the gaming industry.