The Sega Genesis competed head-to-head with the Super Nintendo in the 1990's and during this time hundreds of great games were released. A few of these games have become rare collectibles and very expensive in some cases. Below is a list of the rarest and most expensive Sega Genesis games.
Rare & Expensive Sega Genesis GamesNew Price: $NA | Used Price: $3,601 | See Current Prices
Blockbuster Video held a national video game competition at their stores in 1994. Players could compete on Donkey Kong Country Competition (see rare SNES list) or a Genesis game called Blockbuster World Championships II. The cartridge contained NBA Jam and Judge Dredd and gave a combined high score for your performance in both games.
The cartridge was never sold or given away. All Blockbuster stores were supposed to return them after the competition. A few found there way into collector's hands and are now very expensive.New Price: $600 | Used Price: $135 | See Current Prices
MUSHA is a shooter in the same vein of games like 1942 and Gradius. The game never found a following in USA when it was released in 1990.
The shmup genre has a very rabid fanbase who are willing to pay top dollar for the best games of the genre. MUSHA is considered the best one on Genesis so it fetches top dollar from collectors.New Price: $200 | Used Price: $140 | See Current Prices
Beggar Prince is a role playing game that was originally released in 1996, but never in USA. In 2006, a company named Super Fighter Team translated the game and commercially released it in the USA. This is the first Sega Genesis game commercially released since 1998.
The developer sold 1,500 copies by the end of 2007. More copies have yet to be released, but if strong demand keeps up there is a good chance it will be re-released again.New Price: $109 | Used Price: $70 | See Current Prices
Crusader of Centy is an action heavy RPG released by Atlus in 1994. The gameplay is often compared to Zelda Link to the Past for Super Nintendo.
Every console's rare game list has at least one Atlus game in it. They published in small print runs and made games with enduring quality. Crusader of Centy fits this description exactly.New Price: $NA | Used Price: $70 | See Current Prices
The Blockbuster Game Factory is an attempt at downloadable gaming before it was available on all modern consoles. The cartridge contained flash memory chips which could be reprogrammed. Blockbuster stores would download games using dial-up modems and load them onto the cartridge and rent them out. In theory, Blockbuster could have any game at any time.
Customers didn't like waiting a few minutes for their games to be ready to rent and Blockbuster phased out the concept. The remaining cartridges are collectors items.New Price: $130 | Used Price: $66 | See Current Prices
Bible Adventures is a Christian video game from Wisdom Tree. You play through levels roughly mimicing the stories of Noah's ark, baby Moses, and David and Goliath. The game was originally released on the Nintendo NES and ported to the Genesis four years later.
Bible Adventures was not sold in video game stores, but could only be found at Christian bookstores. Many gamers never knew this game existed when it was originally released. This rarity adds to the demand for the game amoung collectors.New Price: $220 | Used Price: $46 | See Current Prices
Action 52 is an unlicensed, multiple games on one cartridge game. The cartridge contains 52 games, but all of them are renowned for their low quality and numerous bugs and even fatal crashes. The publisher advertised a prize for a random person who beat level 5 of Ooze. Unfortunately the game crashes at level 2.
Action 52 was released for the NES two years before the Genesis version came out in 1993 at a retail price of $199.New Price: $76 | Used Price: $46 | See Current Prices
Spiritual Warfare is another Christian video game released by Wisdom Tree. The game is similar to Legend of Zelda in gameplay but you are in the Lord's army and must save heathens using fruits of the spirit.
Like BIble Adventure, Spirtual Warfare was not sold in traditional retail stores but only through Christian bookstores.New Price: $NA | Used Price: $45 | See Current Prices
Aerobiz Supersonic is a sequel to the original airline business simulator. You start an international airline and compete on different routes to complete an objective depending on the scenario. The game has real world historical events like the fall of Soviet Union and 70's oil crisis.
Business simulations are a niche market so Aerobiz Supersonic didn't sell many copies. The game is fairly deep business simulation and still popular today.New Price: $81 | Used Price: $41 | See Current Prices
The Punisher is a port of an arcade side-scrolling beat-em up game. It is similar to Double Dragon and Final Fight, but you play as the Punisher and defeat Punisher comic characters.
The Genesis was the only home console to receive this game but it still sold poorly and is quite rare.New Price: $105 | Used Price: $38 | See Current Prices
Sparkster is a sequel to Rocket Knight Adventures. The game is a 2D platformer and continues the plot of the original game. The SNES game with the same name does not use the same plot line.
Sparkster is rare and a well made game as well. Both factors increase the value of the game.New Price: $NA | Used Price: $35 | See Current Prices
The 1993 version of John Madden Football was simply an update of the '92 version with a few minor updates like more teams, coin tosses, and no-huddle offense. The Championship Edition was released after the standard 93 version with teams from 1966 to 1991, instead of using all 1992 teams.
The Championship Edition was also a rental exclusive. Because it was only sold at rental stores after it was rented, the box and instructions are very hard to find and sell for a big premium.New Price: $NA | Used Price: $31 | See Current Prices
The Green Blockbuster Game Factory cartridge was the exact same as the Blue version, the only difference was the color and the amount of Flash memory available on the cartridges.
Some Game Factory cartridges will still have games loaded on them from when they were originally used at Blockbuster. The game loaded doesn't seem to change the value at all.New Price: $122 | Used Price: $30 | See Current Prices
Master of Monsters is a turn-based strategy game. You move monsters around a board made of hexagonal tiles and try to defeat the opposing player. The game has some RPG elements too like upgrading units and magic.
Master of Monster for Genesis sold well enough to warrant a sequel on the Sega Saturn, but is still relatively hard to find.New Price: $80 | Used Price: $30 | See Current Prices
Splatterhouse is one of the first games in the horror genre of video games. The game is a side scrolling beat-em up but features more gore and violence than typical games. Each level ends with a battle with a grotesque boss battle.
In the 90's when the Splatterhouse series was released, the images and violence in the game were considered shocking. The game is considered fairly tame by today's standards.New Price: $100 | Used Price: $28 | See Current Prices
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker is an action game featuring Michael Jackson. You defeat enemies with dance moves. The game was a Sega home console exclusive but was released in arcades as well.
Moonwalker prices shot up to as high as $130 for a few days after Michael Jackson's death in 2009. Prices quickly came back down to the $30-40 range but are still higher than they were prior to Jackson's death.
Expensive Sega 32X Games
- Spiderman Web of Fire - New Price: $NA | Used Price: $355
- Knuckles Chaotix - New Price: $91 | Used Price: $38
- Blackthorne - New Price: $64 | Used Price: $34
- Kolibri - New Price: $61 | Used Price: $30
- T-Mek - New Price: $78 | Used Price: $22
- Space Harrier - New Price: $30 | Used Price: $23
- Zaxxon Motherbase 2000 - New Price: $40 | Used Price: $19
- After Burner - New Price: $34 | Used Price: $15
The list is ranked by the highest average used price.