DS games that will cost a kidney in 10 years

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ElectroplanktonThe story about the $102.51 copy of Suikoden 2 is a common one among gamers. And of course everyone’s heard of the $1,217 mint condition Chrono Trigger. Video games aren’t just a means of entertainment, they can also become valuable collector’s items.

There will always be rare titles and dealers are going to exploit them. Childhood favorites will be hoarded and sealed away until you see them on eBay 10 years later and something inside you compels you to own it again – even if you sold it back at GameStop for credit towards something like Grand Theft Auto 4.

The influx of DS titles ensures that some will be rarer than others, and some games are already fetching high prices online. After examining both eBay and Amazon, I have put together a short list of 10 DS games which prices will likely skyrocket as years go by.

Clubhouse Games

  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike: The first DS Advance Wars may not support the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t in high demand. Plus Nintendo’s stopped making it.
  • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow: Even now, Konami’s first DS Castlevania title’s price is slowly rising, due to fans keeping copies they own and no new ones being produced. Castlevania‘s nostalgia factor alone will incite high prices among fans.
  • Chibi Robo: Park Patrol: Both Chibi Robo games were sleeper hits, and the fact that Chibi Robo: Park Patrol was a Wal-Mart exclusive will make this game a hot commodity.
  • Clubhouse Games: You’d think Clubhouse Games would be a system essential, as it has Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection support, 42 classic multiplayer card and standard games and simple controls. But, Advance Wars, it is out of print.
  • Electroplankton: A used copy of Nintendo’s online only, soothing music program is already going for $80 and up on Amazon. A new, factory sealed copy is selling for $99. If you own a copy of this game, treasure it.
  • Tetris DS

  • Etrian Odyssey: Atlus games are famous for their notoriously short production runs and rarity, and Etrian Odyssey is no exception. The fact that the game developed a cult following among old school RPG fans only made things worse.
  • Jump! Ultimate Stars: Sure, there’s no shortage of the superb Japanese fighting game now, but anyone who’s bought a copy of the game seems to adore it. That means used copies won’t be circulating through internet auction sites or used game stores once Nintendo stops producing copies.
  • Luminous Arc: When you combine the fact that Luminous Arc is an Atlus game, with it being the first DS strategic RPG to use the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection for battling, you create a title which collectors will fight for.
  • Tetris DS: You wouldn’t think Tetris, a Nintendo staple, would be on this here. Sadly, like Clubhouse Games, Advance Wars: Dual Strike and many other games on this list, Tetris DS is out of print.
  • The World Ends with You: Amazon’s sold out, and many GameStops received only two or three copies of Square Enix’s critically acclaimed RPG set in Shibuya. While store reps may claim that more copies are on the way, it still seems likely that TWEWY will remain scarce.

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  • Nikolas Payne

    Yeah but Luminous Arc is terrible. Have you played that?

  • Jenni Lada

    Actually… Luminous Arc's one of my favorite DS games. XD I love facing off against my friends in the multiplayer Wi-Fi battles.

    I always keep 7 DS games (w/DS lite) in my purse when I go out. Luminous Arc, Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side: 2nd Season, The World Ends with You, Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, Bleach: The Blade of Fate, Pokemon Diamond and Pinky St Kira Kira Music Night are them.

    I guess I'm just a bit of a sucker for JRPGs. I liked Hoshigami Remix as well.

  • Mike

    I hope you're right about these games. I have already bought 3 off your list based on your recommendation alone; bought them new and do not plan to open them. I plan on getting all 10, save maybe Elecktroplankton for the sheer price. I normally would have not bought any of these games so please be right.

  • Jenni Lada

    All of this is based on speculation, eBay prices, Amazon and what I've seen in stock at my local Gamestops and other game retailers.

    I'd definitely recommend Tetris DS, Clubhouse Games, possibly Etrian Odyssey, Advance Wars and Electroplankton. Those 5 are pretty much givens when it comes to rare games.

  • Zach

    I'm a Sales Manager at a Blockbuster in Oklahoma City and have recently become interested in acquiring these rare ds games. I have found a few of them at my store that I just transferred to. Stashed away in our new ds games I found Clubhouse Games, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, and Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time. which was not on the list. I'm pretty sure Advance Wars DS is sitting up there too. There is also one extra Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow which I plan on purchasing and leaving in its package. I also picked up WarioWare Touched! which I understand is another out of print game. I've been very lucky the past couple of weeks to find all these games near where I live.

  • Mike

    Do you have any way of finding out if any Blockbuster stores in Jacksonville, FL have any of the games on this list or the ones you mentioned for sale?

  • Zach

    Unfortunately, no. Your best bet is checking out some of the Game Rush stores in your area. Sometimes they stocked up on a bunch of DS games when they first came out and they could still have some sitting there untouched like my store had. Also I just checked out Circuit City. I found quite a few rare games there as well. That would be a good place to check as well since a lot of people don't shop there anymore (they go to Best Buy). Their DS game stock was huge. It was like they hadn't sold any games in a year or two.

  • Jenni Lada

    I've noticed that Shopko and Pamida stores can have quite a nice selection of older games.