The 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.
- 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.
- 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.