Monday, November 17, 2008

15 Rare Gamecube Games | The Most Expensive Gamecube Games

The Gamecube had it's share of rare and collectible games during it's six year life span. Below is a list of rarest and most expensive Gamecube games.

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NCAA College Basketball 2K3

NCAA College Basketball 2K3 Gamecube PricesNew Price: $400 Used Price: $37
The rarest game for the Gamecube. NCAA Basketball 2K3 is a college basketball game on the Gamecube so it wasn't destined to sell very well. Sega helped seal the deal when they cancelled all 2K series games on the Gamecube and stopped this game in the middle of production. This is one of the few sports games to become rare and valuable on any system.
See Current NCAA College Basketball 2K3 Prices

Phantasy Star Online Episodes I & II Plus

Phantasy Star Online Plus Gamecube PricesNew Price: $200 Used Price: $58
Phantasy Star Online Plus is a rerelease of the Phantasy Star Online game for Gamecube (also on this list). The Plus version fixed a few bugs in the intial release and added a few extra areas. The game sold poorly because it was an online game released after everyone realized the Gamecube's online was dead on arrival.
See Current Phantasy Star Online Plus Prices

Digimon Rumble Arena 2

Digimon Rumble Arena 2 Gamecube PricesNew Price: $200 Used Price: $30
Digimon Rumble Arena 2 is similar to Super Smash Bros in gameplay but uses the Digimon characters. Its a sequel to the original Digimon Rumble Arena but did not sell as well as the original. The game received a lukewarm reception from critics but is still valued by collectors.
See Current Digimon Rumble Arena 2 Prices

Beyond Good and Evil

Beyond Good and Evil Gamecube PricesNew Price: $198 Used Price: $22
Beyond Good and Evil was released by Ubisoft in 2003 on every console. It was reviewed well but sold poorly on all systems. In May 2008, Ubisoft leaked a teaser trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2 which sparked more interest in the original and increased prices.
See Current Beyond Good and Evil Prices

Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix Bundle

Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix w/ Pad Gamecube PricesNew Price: $160 Used Price: $44
DDR Mario Mix is a regular DDR game with Mario characters, music, and art. It is the only US released DDR game on the Gamecube. Nintendo released the game in limited quantities for the 2005 Christmas season and it quickly sold out. In early 2006 Nintendo restocked shelves but quietly discontinued the game soon after.
See Current DDR Mario Mix w/ Pad Prices

Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2

Phantasy Star Online Gamecube PricesNew Price: $150 Used Price: $42
A role playing game with a focus on online co-op play. Sega released this game as the marquee title for the Gamecube's online service. The service never caught on and Phantasy Star Online sales suffered. Sega shut down their servers in 2007 but you can still play the game solo or with 4 player split screen.
See Current Phantasy Star Online Prices

Resident Evil Code Veronica X

Resident Evil Code Veronica X Gamecube PricesNew Price: $150 Used Price: $31
This was one of the four Resident Evil games Capcom re-released on Gamecube. Code Veronica and Resident Evil 2 received limited production runs after the Gamecube's poor sales. After Resident Evil 4 released on the Gamecube prices spiked for all four RE games but only Code Veronica's prices remained high enough to make this list.
See Current Resident Evil Code Veronica X Prices

Metal Gear Solid Twin Snakes

Metal Gear Solid Twin Snakes Gamecube PricesNew Price: $140 Used Price: $40
Twin Snakes is a remake of the original Metal Gear Solid for PS1 and was co-developed by Silicon Knights and Konami. Development was overseen by Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and Shigeru Miyamoto. Critics loved the game and gave it an 85 average on Metacritic but the remake didn't sell as well as the original.
See Current Metal Gear Solid Twin Snakes Prices


Ikaruga Gamecube PricesNew Price: $140 Used Price: $34
Ikaruga is a shooter originally released for Arcade and Dreamcast. In general, the shooter genre doesn't sell very well and Ikaruga was no exception. The game is ranked as the 2nd best 2D shooter by ScrewAttack and the 3rd greatest shooter by IGN.
See Current Ikaruga Prices

Pokemon Box

Pokemon Box Gamecube PricesNew Price: $110 Used Price: $45
Pokemon Box isn't a game but allows players to store and sort Pokemon from the Gameboy Advance Pokemon games. In the US the game was only sold at the Nintendo World store and online, which limited the sales. The European version was never sold in stores but available through the Nintendo of Europe loyalty program.
See Current Pokemon Box Prices


Cubivore Gamecube PricesNew Price: $100 Used Price: $30
Cubivore is a action/adventure game with some RPG elements. You raise your creature through different mutations and offspring until you can defeat the Killer Cubivore. The game was called "Animal Leader" in Japan and was brought to the US by Atlus. Like most of their games, Cubivore received a very limited production.
See Current Cubivore Prices

Star Wars Jedi Outcast

Star Wars Jedi Outcast Gamecube PricesNew Price: $100 Used Price: $25
Jedi Outcast is an Action game original released on the PC and later ported to the Gamecube and Xbox in 2002. The game has you playing as a former Jedi Knight and lets you use lightsabers, blasters, and turrets. Jedi Outcast did not sell as well as other Star Wars games published by on the Gamecube and is more rare than the other titles.
See Current Star Wars Jedi Outcast Prices

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The list is ranked by highest sales price over 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.

Used prices are the average price between August 4th, 2008 and November 14th, 2008. New prices are the highest price a sealed version of the game sold for during this same time period.

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mndrix said...

I never would have guessed NCAA College Basketball 2K3 would be at the top. The online games on this list make me wonder how well current games will age. If the company removes the servers for an online game, some of the game play is permanently lost. Maybe really popular games will be reverse engineered and enthusiasts will host the online experience on their own servers.

Cool article.

Anonymous said...

I've flipped several copies of NCAA 2k3 over the years, and almost every time, I found the game at Blockbuster. It made wonder if rental chains were the only place that ordered/got shipments of the game.

Anonymous said...

Really cool and interesting list, but I feel like some of the used prices are a bit exaggerated. I walk by a 19.99 copy of Twin Snakes every time I'm at my media resale shop.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Maybe I should keep a lookout for these games and try to flip them on ebay.

Anonymous said...

LOL@ abitrary values.

Metal Gear Solid Twin Snakes NEW

Anonymous said...

Yeah....this list isn't skewed at all. The very last sentence shows you how it doesn't really work....

"New prices are the highest price a sealed version of the game sold for during this same time period."

So, what they are saying is the "New Price" is actually the "New Price Only A Moron Would Buy This At"

Anonymous said...

I can see why these games are expensive.
They are the best games ever.
DDR Mario Mix is my favorite.

thanks from tony

Anonymous said...

Funny how a game in the "Other Expensive Games" list is $25 and many in the "Cheap Games List" are $20.

Chuckpebble said...

I swiped a copy of MGSTS from blockbuster for $4 after seeing the ebay prices. Typical Blockbuster fare, no box, no manual, but jeez was it worth it at that price. I was not dissappointed with the game either.

Anonymous said...

I bought MGS: Twin Snakes for $7 at K Mart....good investment!

Roto13 said...

I have quite a few of the games on this list. :P Nice.

Kind of sad to see that Baten Kaitos Origins is so rare, though. That's one game I've been meaning to pick up if I see it around.

Anonymous said...

I never thought that some of the games I owned like 5 or 6 years ago would be worth anything

Anonymous said...

WOW! 400$ for a game. I guess many people see it as a collectors item.

Anonymous said...

What about the Formula 1 game on game cube. I don't even see it listed on EBay?

JJ Hendricks said...

The F1 2002 game for Gamecube sells for an average of $11.80 used and $55 new. That is more than MSRP for the new game, but not enough to make this list.

Unknown said...

Skies Of Arcadia: Legends would have made this list 13 times better.

JJ Hendricks said...

keithor_44 - I agree with that adding Skies of Arcadia would have made the list better game wise. I loved that game. But it only sells for $21 on average so it just missed the cut.

Evil Bastard said...

Baten Kaitos Origins isn't worth it. The game re uses lots of graphics from the first game. I would call it Baiten Kaitos 1.5. They ruined the gameplay by limiting the number of decks you can use. I was a big fan of the first, but was let down by the sequel.

Anonymous said...

Check it out... You can still play Phantasy Star Online... online! PRIVATE SERVERS ROCK. Go to ( and see what I mean. There are hundreds of people still playing online and it's universal cross-console.

Anonymous said...

This list is terrible.

NCAA Basketball is rare (and it was sold outside of rental chains, to who ever asked, I got my copy at EB Games in Seattle, WA). Pokemon Box is rare by virtue of only being sold via Nintendo's 1-800 number or at the Nintendo/Pokemon Store in new york.

None of the other games are rare or even close. Dance Dance Revolution Mario? A game that had to print runs, selling out both, in every major big box chain in America? You're a total moron for even listing it.

JJ Hendricks said...

Thanks for your comment Anonymous, but I don't think you read the whole article. It is called "Rare & Expensive Gamecube Games" and I state in the article that the list is ranked by the price of the items.

Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix still sells for a lot of money so it is rare relative to the demand for the game. I never said the games on this list are the Gamecube games with the smallest print-runs and the fewest copies available.

Anonymous said...

I've got digimon, Beyond G&E, and MGS: twin snakes at home. I must be lucky.

Unknown said...

I had Cubivore and I sold it. Really wish i didn't
now. It was fun

Anonymous said...

They are missing one of the most expensive games! I have sold 4 new copies of Eternal Darkness for between 50-80 dollars on eBay.

Anonymous said...

Mega Man X Collection needs to be added the expensive games section. The lowest priced copy on ebay is $35.45 and there is only about 3 copies (gamecube) on ebay. It's a good thing I have 2 of them, both for gamecube!

Anonymous said...

I got ncaa basketball 2k3 for gamecube at gamestop for 4.99.

Anonymous said...

Strange, I bought my GC in Belgium (Europe). I've Receive the Pokemon Box with my GameCube and Colosseum....

Bcarter said...

Seeing some of the prices on these games makes me wish I would have held on to them a little while longer.

I think I'll have to go through my used games to see what I have.

DDR Mario Mix was a real shame, I never did figure out why Nintendo stopped product on such a hot selling game.


Carlos said...

Yesterday Dec.30, 2010..I have found the GameCube game NCAA 2K3 College Basketball Game at a Garage Sale. I bought all 24 GameCube Games for 10 cents each, I only took a litte peek at them and bought'em . My son was going thru all the games as I was driving, and just then I spot that special game. I was so EXCITED!!! Other games included D.K. Jungle Beat, Mario Golf, superstar Baseball, Sunshine, Strikers..

Kinect For Xbox 360 said...

It is hard to believe that some of the best Gamecube games are now considered rare. The original Metal Gear for PS1 was better.

Anonymous said...

gah i have been wanting code veronica but not for 30 bucks not when u can get it on a ps2 for like 3 bucks. aaand eternal darkness was a sweet game for whoever posted about it earlier. a truely unique and compelling game. id like to have that one as well. errr all i have on the cube is res evil one and 4.

Anonymous said...

"Jedi Outcast was the only LucasArts published title on the Gamecube and did not sell as well as the Rogue Leader games published by Nintendo."

Eh? All Star Wars licences on the Gamecube were published by LucasArts with Nintendo. Unless the LucasArts labels on my Bounty Hunter, RL and Clone Wars cases are forgeries! LucasArts published Gladius, Bounty Hunter, The Clone Wars, RL II + III for the GC.

Anonymous said...

I have a copy of Zelda Ocarina of time with Master Quest and its complete in good condition. Considering that,what do you guys think its worth and should i sell or keep it?

JJ Hendricks said...

@anonymous - that game sells for about $40 used.

Anonymous said...

How rare is it? And do you estimate that the average price will rise?

JJ Hendricks said...

I don't know the exact production amounts but it is pretty rare. Only 2 sales happen every month on average.

I can't really say for sure if the price will rise or not. Some games like this have increased in price recently but others have decreased. Sorry I can't know for sure.

Anonymous said...

Well thank you for your opinion. I love this site and i use it everyday. I also noticed you post a lot and i appreciate your advice and i am impressed with your knowledge

Anonymous said...

i got both the zelda games on here at a flea market for 5$ a peice they had the intruction book and everything was like new on them

Trey Yancey said...

I got the Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition Black Gamecube Bundle for $10 on craigslist locally.

Anonymous said...

Is the European version at the same price?

JJ Hendricks said...

@anonymous - The PAL versions of games are generally a different price. Often times a game that is rare in the USA is not rare in Europe and vise versa.

Anonymous said...

I have a sealed copy of Pokemon Box Ruby and Sapphire, but the game itself only is factory sealed, not the original packaging it came in (which included the link cable). Is this still worth anything?

JJ Hendricks said...

@anonymous - to make sure I understand. The game is sealed inside the original game case that contains the manual and disc. But the larger case that also contained the link cable has been opened?

If that is correct, I think the game would still sell for a price close to the new price. I don't know exactly how much but my guess would be $80-90.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the game is sealed inside the original game case and mint. It also contains the memory card. I still have the link cable and the original box as well. Thanks for your input j.j., and by the way the game is going for between 200-300 dollars now new.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

I love the site! Just picked up cubivore, killer 7, bust a move, and a couple others. Do you know the value of the freeloader disc to play import games? Also, would you mind updating price list? Almost all have gone up. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Yeah. In fact, the average for a used Pokemon Box is up to around 125 and up... I'm excited about that, because I picked up Pokemon Box with the memory card but without the transfer cable a few years ago for 5 bucks!

Anonymous said...

wheres the super smash bros on this bitch

Unknown said...

My friend had digimon rumble arena 2 on his gamecube when he was a kid. We never thought of it as valuable and preferred smash bros.

Anonymous said...

Where is ever 17 out of infinity? The US version of that game is 3000 bucks+

JJ Hendricks said...

@anonymous - Ever 17 was never released for the Gamecube in the USA. Where did you see it selling for that price?

Anonymous said...

Pikmin 2 complete Black label mint is becoming really expensive are harder to find wow!

Anonymous said...

Wow Jedi Outcast sank like a stone.

SilentShadow said...

Very interesting article. I was amazed to find out that Cubivore is worth about 108$ today in 2015. It's a very weird / strange game, but was well worth the purchase when I got it back when it was still sold in stores. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for an unusual gamecube game that is a lot of fun.

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