Sunday, August 9, 2009

15 Rare Sega Dreamcast Games | The Most Expensive Dreamcast Games

Sega released the Dreamcast September 9th, 2009 (9/9/99) but it never sold very well and was Sega's last home game console. Because the system sold poorly, many of the Dreamcast games are now rare and quite valuable. Below is a list of the most expensive and rare Sega Dreamcast games.

You will quickly notice a trend on the list with lots of Capcom games, fighters, and shoot em ups.

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Most Valuable Sega Dreamcast Games (USA Only)

Project Justice

Expensive Dreamcast Games New Price: $160 | Used Price: $62 | See Current Prices
Project Justice is a 3D fighting game. It is the sequel to Rival Schools, a rare game for the Playstation 1. It is a team based fighter with three characters in your squad and the ability to use a three-person attack. The fighters all have an academic or sports fighting style (swimming or school paper are examples).

Project Justice was released by Capcom three months after Sega announced they would exit the console business. Sales were weak because most gamers had stopped buy Dreamcast games at this point. The game is very good though so the copies available sell for a premium today.

Street Fighter III 3rd Strike

Expensive Dreamcast Games New Price: $125 | Used Price: $35 | See Current Prices
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is a 2D fighting game in the long running Street Fighter series. Like the title says, this is the third game with Street Fighter III in the title. It includes 20 charactes including four brand new ones.

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike was released by Capcom in 2000. It sold poorly because the Dreamcast was on its last legs at this point. Capcom released the game on Xbox Live and PSN, but unlike Marvel vs Capcom 2 (see below), this virtual release did not hurt resale prices for SFIII.

Power Stone 2

Valuable Dreamcast Games New Price: $120 | Used Price: $55 | See Current Prices
Power Stone 2 is a fighting game with up to four players allowed in multi-player. The game lets multiple people play against each other and use tables, chairs, and other items in the battles.

Like many games on this list, Power Stone 2 was released by Capcom. The game was ported to the PSP in 2006 as part of the Power Stone Collection. This port did nothing to decrease the value of the original.

Fatal Fury Mark of the Wolves

Rare Dreamcast Games New Price: $115 | Used Price: $37 | See Current Prices
Fatal Fury Mark of the Wolves is a fighting game in the Fatal Fury series by SNK. The game was originally released on the Neo Geo, but was ported to the Dreamcast in 2001.

The release in September 2001 was half a year after Sega ended Dreamcast support and Fatal Fury sold very badly. The game is known for great balance between characters and is still enjoyed by fighting game fans today.

Cannon Spike

Rare Dreamcast Games New Price: $100 | Used Price: $43 | See Current Prices
Cannon Spike is a shoot 'em up game that allows shooting in multiple directions. The game play is very similar to Smash TV with the ability to shoot and move in any direction. It features characters from many different Capcom series, like Street Fighter, Mega Man, and Ghosts 'n Goblins.

Cannon Spike was released by Capcom in 2000 but sold very poorly. The shoot em up genre is very niche and selling a niche genre on a dying console is a recipe for bad sales.

Skies of Arcadia

Rare Sega Dreamcast New Price: $100 | Used Price: $38 | See Current Prices
Skies of Arcadia is a role-playing game. You play as a airship pirate and all travel in the game occurs on airships. Each segment is set in a different dungeon with a network of paths and you need to find the correct one to exit.

Skies of Arcadia was one of the last Sega published games for the Dreamcast. It is only reported to have sold 10,000 copies in the USA. The game was ported to GameCube in 2002.

Marvel vs Capcom 2

Expensive Sega Dreamcast New Price: $96 | Used Price: $22 | See Current Prices
Marvel vs Capcom 2 is a fighting game with Marvel and Capcom mascots as playable characters. The game includes Spider-man, Hulk, Mega Man, and Ryu. The game play is in 2D but the backgrounds and other effects are 3D.

Marvel vs Capcom 2 was the most expensive game for Sega Dreamcast for a very long time. It was unseated as king in 2009 when Capcom released the game on Xbox Live and PSN. Used prices dropped 50% within a few weeks as people who bought the game to play it quickly moved to the cheaper Live and PSN versions.

Tech Romancer

Dreamcast Rare Games New Price: $85 | Used Price: $30 | See Current Prices
Tech Romancer is a 3D fighting game developed by, I'll let you guess, Capcom. You fight as different mecha characters in a story mode or challenge mode.

Capcom continued to release so many fighting games on the Dreamcast even after initial games sold poorly because many of them were arcade ports. The hardware was so similar between Dreamcast and arcade that porting was a relatively inexpensive process.

Giga Wing 2

Expensive Games New Price: $80 | Used Price: $31 | See Current Prices
Giga Wing 2 is a vertical scrolling shooter published by Capcom. The game play looks similar to other games of this genre like 1942 but has a much richer background and many more enemies on the screen. The game is known for its ridiculously high scores, sometimes in the quadrillion.

Giga Wing 2 was a port from arcade and came out three months after the Dreamcast was killed off in spring 2001. The game sold very poorly but is still a classic for shoot em up fans.

Mars Matrix

Valuable Sega Dreamcast Games New Price: $65 | Used Price: $40 | See Current Prices
Mars Matrix is another vertical scrolling shooter published by Capcom and ported from arcade. As the name implies, game play occurs in outer space with a very futuristic theme.

Like other games on the list, Mars Matrix was released by Capcom, was in a niche genre, and released in 2001. The shoot em up genre is very loyal and many fans believe the best era for the genre was on the Dreamcast.

Sega Dreamcast Broadband Adapter

Rare Dreamcast Broadband Adaptor New Price: $200 | Used Price: $103 | See Current Prices
The Sega Dreamcast Broadband Adapter is not a game, but is worth noting because of the high prices paid for the accessory. The piece allows the Dreamcast to access the internet at broadband speeds instead of through dial-up.

Some people buy the hardware to surf the internet on their Dreamcast (someone please tell us how our site looks on the Dreamcast browser) but most people buy it as a collector's piece. The Broadband adapter was released two months before Sega exited the hardware business and stopped production.

Rare Dreamcast Games from Japan

Bangai-O Prize Edition

Rare Import Dreamcast Games New Price: $NA | Used Price: $811 | See Current Prices
There are only five copies of this game in existence. It was given away as part of a high score competition in Japan using the original Bangai-O.

The Bangai-O Prize Edition is identical to the original game, but has a sticker on the front that marks it as the prize version. Because the only difference is a sticker, prices are not as high for this game as one might expect for a title with only five copies.

Space Channel 5 Part 2 Limited Edition

Rare Japan Dreamcast Game New Price: $340 | Used Price: $200 | See Current Prices
Space Channel 5 Part 2 is a rhythm action game and features Michael Jackson's voice and dance moves. The Limited Edition includes headphones and a carrying case.

The Standard and Limited Edition was released in 2002 and neither received a North American release for the Dreamcast.

Border Down Limited Edition

Japanese Dreamcast Games New Price: $250 | Used Price: $180 | See Current Prices
Border Down is a horizontal scrolling shooter. The game was released in 2003 long after the console was 'dead'.

5,000 copies of the limited edition and standard editions were printed. More copies of the standard edition have since been published but the limited edition is still just as rare.

Under Defeat Limited Edition

Rare Japanese Dreamcast Games New Price: $200 | Used Price: $120 | See Current Prices
Under Defeat saw the success of Border Down in 2003 and released in 2006. It too is a shoot em up game. It is set in an alternate reality where you play as Nazi pilots against English speaking enemies.

An HD version of Under Defeat was released for PS3 and Xbox 360 but only the PS3 version was released in the USA. This later release has not changed Limited Edition resale prices at all.

Sega Gaga Box Set

Expensive Japan Dreamcast Games New Price: $260 | Used Price: $140 | See Current Prices
Segagaga is a role playing game. The game parodies the story line of the Dreamcast console. You are recruited to take over Sega and reclaim their console glory by defeating the evil DOGMA company (Sony). The game has many cameo appearances by Sega characters.

Segagaga was released in 2001 in Japan, but remains a cult classic because of its parody of the console it was released on. The box set was available exclusively trough Sega's online store.

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Christopher said...

JJ do you collect / sell PAL games? I was just contacted by a UK guy with a huge collection of Dreamcast stuff for sale, seems he's been trying to sell it all since 2005 so I'm guessing his asking price is high but you never know... though you might be interested :)

JJ Hendricks said...

I don't collect or sell PAL games myself. But there are tons of PAL collectors out there. The best way to sell all this stuff would be listing it on ebay with a really low starting bid. People will find these types of auctions and give you a good price for them.

Christopher said...

My UK DC price chart :) Added everything in above mentioned collection last week, data's not great as a lot of stuff hasn't been in auction yet, and it's not a complete list (and that's aside from all my front-end bugs), but, median prices as of 14th...

Rez: £40.00
Carrier: £34.99
SF III Double Impact: £27.48
Stunt GP: £27.48
Marvel vs Capcom 2: £24.94
SF III 3rd Strike: £23.75
Cannon Spike: £22.97
Shenmue II: £22.00
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: £21.00
Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2: £19.99

Popularity (by succesful eBay auction sales):

Shenmue (1)
Sonic Adventure
Resident Evil Code Veronica
Metropolis Street Racer
Virtua Fighter 3tb
Crazy Taxi
HotD 2
Power Stone
Power Stone 2

Anonymous said...

What about Evolution 2, Rez, Segagaga boxset, Samba de Amigo set. This list doesn't even note to which region it's referring.

JJ Hendricks said...

Thank you asking about these games. We were not tracking their prices as of August 26th 2009. I am adding all of them to our database and will add them to the list if they turn out to be some of the most expensive games.

I plan on updating these lists every couple of months.

Anonymous said...

Hey there, you are missing the Limited Edition Black Sega Sports Sega Dreamcast Console. I can't find it anywhere on your price guide.


Anonymous said...

How much is Marvel Vs Capcom : Clash of Super Heroes worth for the SegaDreamcast

JJ Hendricks said...

@anonymous - Marvel vs Capcom for Dreamcast is about $15. You can see the current prices for every Dreamcast game on our Sega Dreamcast price list page. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Half Life was never released. What a fantastic expert.

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