The original Xbox stopped production in 2005 and since then some of the hundreds of Xbox games have become rare and sell for quite a bit to collectors. Even some of the not so rare games can still fetch high prices if they are popular enough and backward compatible (every game on the list but 1 can play on the 360). Below is the list of rarest and most expensive Xbox games and what makes them so valuable.
Rare Xbox Games
New Price: $170 | Used Price: $70
Marvel vs Capcom 2 is a fighting game for Xbox that has Marvel superheroes like Wolverine and Captain America fighting Capcom characters like Mega Man and M. Bison. The game is relatively hard to find and extremely popular. The game plays like Street Fighter and is considered one of the better 2D fighters ever made. The popularity of Marvel movies, the recent release of Street Fighter IV, and the time tested game play all help make this the most expensive game released for Xbox.
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New Price: $160 | Used Price: $81
Steel Battalion is a Mech game that was sold with a large specialty controller. The controller tried to replicate being inside a Mech and had nearly 40 buttons. Because the controller was so large the game retailed for $200 and only limited quantities were produced. The initial production was close to 2,000 units but the game was re-released, adding a few more copies to the market.
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New Price: $65 | Used Price: $31
Grand Theft Auto Trilogy includes GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas in one package. The game wasn't released until November 2005, the same month the Xbox 360 launched. Most retailers quickly dropped support for Xbox titles after the 360 launched so the game was never fully supported. The game is backward compatible with the 360 and even with its high price is a relatively cheap way to play three GTA games.
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New Price: $55 | Used Price: $50
Like the GTA Trilogy, Halo Triple Pack is a bundle of games sold as one package. It also came out too late in the Xbox's life to get full retail support. The Halo bundle includes Halo 1, Halo 2, and the Halo 2 Map expansion. Xbox 360 owners keep the price high because all three discs included in the package are backward compatible.
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New Price: $55 | Used Price: $34
Sniper Elite was released on the PS2 at the same time and neither version sold very well, but the Xbox version is the rarer of the two. The game is entirely based upon stealth and using long range weapons. The sniping is more realistic than most FPS games because it takes into account wind, your breathing, and even gravity's effect on the bullet.
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New Price: $54 | Used Price: $20
Jedi Knight Academy sold quite well and there are quite a few copies available, but the game is very popular with Star Wars fans and received very good review scores. You play as a student at the Jedi Academy and complete missions assigned to you by Luke Skywalker and other Jedi. The game also has a network multi-player mode so you can compete with other Jedi in training.
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New Price: $50 | Used Price: $37
A Platinum hits title that includes classic Sonic games and 300 levels of Monkey Ball puzzles. The game sold for $19.99 when released (like all Platinum Hits titles) but now the game sells for nearly $40. The game released in December 2005 and like other late generation titles it wasn't carried by many retailers.
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New Price: $50 | Used Price: $34
Jurassic Park Operation Genesis is one of the more uncommon Xbox games. You have to recreate the Jurassic Park theme park by creating dinosaurs, building rides, and attracting guests. Just like the movie, the dinosaurs can attack the guests if you don't keep them safe. The game received mediocre reviews but it's rarity makes it expensive.
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New Price: $49 | Used Price: $24
Fatal Frame is a survival horror game where your only weapon is a camera. When you snap pictures of the ghosts you can away their soul and protect yourself. The game was ported to the Xbox from the Playstation 2 but did not sell as well on the Xbox.
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New Price: $49 | Used Price: $14
Airforce Delta Storm is the sequel to Airforce Delta for Sega Dreamcast. The game is one of the hardest to find Xbox titles because of a small print run. Used copies of the game are relatively cheap, but sealed copies still sell for $50 even seven years after release.
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New Price: $43 | Used Price: $22
The Street Fighter Anniversary Collection includes Hyper Street Fighter II and Street Fighter III on one disc. These were the only Street Fighter games released on the Xbox. Street Fighter IV increased the price for this game during the last several months as fans bought the game to hone their skills before the release of fourth game in the series.
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New Price: $40 | Used Price: $26
Barbie Horse Adventures sells for more than $25 in spite of its horrible reviews and being called one of the worst games of all time on X-Play. Penny Arcade also immortalized the game in a comic because it is backward compatible while other, more popular, games are not. This is the only collectible Barbie game ever made because it is hard to find and people want to see how bad it really is.
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Other Expensive Xbox Games
- Outrun 2006 Coast 2 Coast - Used Price: $41
- Star Wars Knights of Old Republic 2 - Used Price: $24
- Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance 2 - Used Price: $22
- Star Wars Battlefront 2 - Used Price: $22
- Worms 4 Mayhem - Used Price: $22
- UFC Tapout 2 - Used Price: $19
- Capcom Classics Collection Vol 2 - Used Price: $19
- The Guy Game - Used Price: $17
- Land of the Dead Road to Fiddler's Green - Used Price: $16
- F1 2001 - Used Price: $16
- Frogger Beyond - Used Price: $15
Rare Xbox Games for $10 or Less
- Outlaw Golf 9 Holes of X-Mas - Used Price: $1
- Outlaw Volleyball Red Hot - Used Price: $1
- Outlaw Golf Holiday Golf - Used Price: $2
- Outlaw Golf 9 More Holes of X-Mas - Used Price: $1
- Dragons Lair 3D - Used Price: $6
- Loons Fight For Fame - Used Price: $4
- Totaled - Used Price: $5
- Spikeout Battle Street - Used Price: $10
- Kakuto Chojin - Used Price: $4
Used prices are the average sales prices on eBay, Amazon, and Half.com between December 1st, 2008 and February 26th, 2009. New prices are the average sales price for a sealed copy on the same websites during the same time period.
The list is ranked by average sales price during the last three months. All the games are not rare (hard to find with small quantities available), but relative to demand all of these are in short supply.