Friday, August 21, 2009

20 Rare Sega Saturn Games | The Most Expensive Saturn Games

Sega Saturn was released in 1995 and competed along side the Sony Playstation and Nintendo 64. The Saturn never caught on in the USA and was discontinued three years after its launch.

During this time more than 250 games were released for the console. Because it never sold so badly many Saturn games are now rare and some are quite expensive. Below is a list of the most valuable Sega Saturn games and what makes them so rare.

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Most Valuable Sega Saturn Games

Panzer Dragoon Saga

Expensive Saturn Games New Price: $790 | Used Price: $285 | See Current Prices
Panzer Dragoon Saga is a role-playing game published by Sega. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and you control and fight with a dragon. It is the third game in the Panzer Dragoon series.

Panzer Dragoon Saga released April 1998, a few months before Sega officially discontinued the console but well past the point where the console was selling well. Rumors are that Sega only produced 6,000 copies for launch. Two reprintings were done bringing the total number of copies to 30,000. The game has never been re-released on any other consoles.

Daytona USA Championship Net Link Edition

Sega Saturn Games New Price: $1,100 | Used Price: $275 | See Current Prices
Daytona USA Netlink Edition is a racing game. Daytona USA was a launch title and a port of the arcade classic with the same name. Sega released a Saturn specific version named Championship Circuit Edition in 1996.

At the same time Sega released a Netlink compatible version, which could be played online. This version was only sold on the Sega online store and is believed to be the rarest Saturn game of all time. The game looks similar to the CCE version, except for a small Netlink logo on the game disc.

Magic Knight Rayearth

Rare Saturn Games New Price: $350 | Used Price: $120 | See Current Prices
Magic Knight Rayearth is an action role-playing game developed by Working Designs. The game is based on a Manga and anime series with the same name. The gameplay is different from many RPGs with battles taking place in a tag-team fashion and character upgrades happening at fixed points in the game instead of based upon experience.

Magic Knight Rayearth was the last game released for the Sega Saturn. It came out in December 1998, four months after the Saturn was discontinued. Because of this late release, Sega produced the game in very limited numbers.

Shining Force III

Expensive Saturn Games New Price: $150 | Used Price: $96 | See Current Prices
Shining Force III is a tactical role playing game published by Sega. It is the third game in the Shining Force series and was meant to be released in three 'scenarios'. The real ending would only be seen if you beat all three games. Unfortunately only the first scenario was released in the USA due to poor sales.

Shining Force III was released the same month the Saturn was discontinued. The game sold very few copies because it was released so late and was for a niche genre.

Burning Rangers

Rare Saturn Games New Price: $650 | Used Price: $90 | See Current Prices
Burning Rangers is an action game published by Sega. You play as a firefighter in a futuristic society where fire is one of the only dangers. You play through various missions and save civilians from buring buildings and emminent doom.

Like most games on this list, Burning Rangers was released 1998. The release date doomed the game to failure as most gamers had moved onto PS1, N64, or were anticipating the next generation of consoles.

Albert Odyssey

Expensive Saturn Games New Price: $1,025 | Used Price: $86 | See Current Prices
Albert Odyssey is a role-playing game published by Working Designs. You play as young boy who tries to prevent the destruction of the world with the help of a talking sword. The game was original developed for the Super Nintendo but was cancelled and ported to the Saturn in 1997.

Albert Odyssey sold better than many games on this list. It was very well reviewed when it came out. The quality of the game and the devoted following for RPG's helps keep the resale price high.

Dragon Force

Valuable Saturn Games New Price: $1,000 | Used Price: $85 | See Current Prices
Dragon Force is a real time strategy and role-playing game published by Working Designs. You assume the role of one-of-eight rulers in the land. You strategically control your army on the world map and when you meet another ruler you control the characters on a tactical level.

Dragon Force is one of the few games on the list released early in the Saturn's life cycle. It sold fairly well and was very well received critically. EGM even rated the game one of the top 200 of all time. It was only released on Saturn so people who want to play this unique RPG most buy this version.

The House of the Dead

Most Expensive Saturn Games New Price: $500 | Used Price: $80 | See Current Prices
House of the Dead is a light gun shooter published by Sega. The game was original developed for arcades but was ported to Saturn in 1998. It was the last of the light gun games released for the Saturn.

House of the Dead was another victim of a late release date. The game has been ported and re-released on many different consoles, but the original continues to hold its value for collectors.

Saturn Bomberman

Sega Saturn Games New Price: $207 | Used Price: $80 | See Current Prices
Saturn Bomberman is a action/party game published by Hudson Soft. It follows the same premise as other Bomberman games. You drop and explode bombs to clear a series of levels.

The Saturn version of Bomberman is well known for its 10 player multiplayer battles. If you hook-up two multitaps you can play with 10 other human players on one TV. The game was released in 1997 and sold relatively well but is still fairly hard to find today.

Guardian Heroes

Most Valuable Saturn Games New Price: $200 | Used Price: $70 | See Current Prices
Guardian Heroes is a 2D side scroller and action RPG. Very similar to Golden Axe but with RPG elements included. The game also has mulitple paths to victory so you can choose which way to go and fight different bosses and get different endings.

Guardian Heroes is definitely a niche genre, which limited sales. It is considered one of the best Saturn games of all time and one of the best beat-em up type games too.

Other Rare Sega Saturn Games

Expensive Saturn Import Games

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The list is ranked by the highest average used price and then highest average new price in the event of a tie.

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Anonymous said...

Space Channel 5 Part 2 and Border Down Limited Edition are both Dreamcast games - not Saturn.

JJ Hendricks said...

Thank you for correcting this mistake. I have fixed the list and moved those Dreamcast games to the correct list.

Anonymous said...

Eyeful Home, Waltz

JJ Hendricks said...

Thank you for letting us know about Eyeful Home and Waltz. I will add both of them to our database and updating this list in the next several months with the prices.

Anonymous said...

Panzar Dragoon is in no way worth $174! If thats the case then I must be a rich man cause I buy and sell retro games for the past ten yrs and if your telling me your prices on here are really what my games are worth then I should have tons of cash lol no but really your price guide is complete shit ;) Stick to what your know cause you have NO idea about what people really should pay for games. Its people like you that keep me in business.

JJ Hendricks said...

The prices on this guide do need to be updated. Panzer Dragoon does sell for about $100 though as of May 5th 2010.

We will be updating this list and the prices very soon.

James said...

The problem with eBay is retro gaming prices have gone up so much, not like the good old days, now there are people setting their prices sky high and Panzer Dragoon Saga is probably the biggest offender on the Saturn, it isn't a RARE game, it is an expensive game!

Good game though, see

Anonymous said...

anonymous is just plain rude and should watch his filthy mouth.. the other guy was just trying to be nice tohim.. kick his sorry butt of this website

Anonymous said...

Is the christmas nights sampler rare? I got it with the sleeve and just curious if the American version is sought after or not.


JJ Hendricks said...

@anonymous - I assume you are talking about the Christmas Nights into Dreams game? It is fairly rare and modestly priced, about $20-25.

Zur said...

Even though not expensive as the others, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter should be in the import section, as neither it nor X-Men vs. Street Fighter were officially released in America.

Anonymous said...

House of the Dead 1 has not been released on any other consoles except Saturn. You are probably thinking of House of the Dead 2 which has been released on Dreamcast, Wii, and PS3.

Anonymous said...

Panzer Dragoon Saga (pal version) is well worth 250+ euro's at this moment (complete in good condition). Juni 2013. Some people are just crazy about rarity... it isn't all about rarity. A game like earthbound (snes) isn't rare even, that doesn't mean it can't be expensive. Panzer Dragoon Saga (especially the pal version) is one of the most wanted items on the saturn. It's a pure collector's item.

Anonymous said...

I also like to note that there is a list on the web for rarity an pricing.
In terms of rarity it is a good list to see which games are harder to find. (from 1 to 5) But the pricing is just stupid on this list. Games with rarity 4 are listed to pay between 10-25 UK Pounds. Sorry but paying those prices for the games in that rarity factor (4) is the same thing as robbing someone. WHAT YOU SHOULD PAY IS WHAT IT IS WORTH AT THE MOMENT. Most of those games a worth much more. I know that the list is last updated at 21 march 2011. But even at that time those games were worth more. So I want to advise people to use that list for rarity only! At that part it is still accurate enough.

Anonymous said...

you can find mega man 8 on saturn for around 5-10 bucks at used game stores.. not a rare game at all. its very very common for ps1

Kevin Conley said...

You would be lucky to find Megaman 8 for $30 on saturn. All the 32 bit megaman games are way cheap on psx and almost 4x the price for saturn.

Kevin Conley said...

You would be lucky to find Megaman 8 for $30 on saturn. All the 32 bit megaman games are way cheap on psx and almost 4x the price for saturn.

Sean Luckow said...

I recently picked up a mint complete copy of Albert Odyssey and a New, Sealed Shining Force III at Goodwill. They were the most expensive items I have ever seen at a Goodwill but still priced way under their value. I left a mint copy of Dragon Force behind as I'd spent enough money already.

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