Thursday, December 31, 2009

Atari 5200 and Atari 7800 Video Game Prices

We've added two more consoles and all their games to our website, Atari 5200 and Atari 7800.

Atari 5200 Games & Prices
Atari 5200 Games
We added 80 Atari 5200 games to our database this morning. Only Bounty Bob Strikes Back is listed today. By tomorrow morning more than forty or fifty 5200 games will be on the website and more will show up as we find prices for them.

Atari 7800 Games & Prices
Atari 7800 Games
VGPC now has 42 Atari 7800 games with a price, plus about 30 more games that we are waiting to find prices for before adding them to the website.

Both Atari 5200 and Atari 7800 can be found in the menu on the left under the "more systems" category.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ebay Sales Highest on Sunday, Lowest on Wednesday

As long as eBay has been around people have claimed that certain days are the best day of the week to sell because the prices are the highest. Common thoughts are, "Monday is the best day because people come back to work and use their fast internet to bid on stuff", or "Friday is the worst because people are going out for the weekend instead of bidding".

Is there a best day of the week to buy or sell a video games on eBay?

There are two factors in deciding what day of the week to sell an item: how likely is it to sell and what price will I get?

More Games Sell on Sunday Than Any Other Day

Average Number of Video Games Sold on Ebay by Day of Week
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The chart above shows the average number of games sold every day of the week. Sunday has the most video games sold with 11,438. Followed in a distant second by Monday, which had 8,818 sales on average.

The lowest day of the week was Wednesday with 7,639 transactions on average. This is nearly a 50% difference from Wednesday to Sunday.

This would cause us to believe that Sunday is the busiest day of the week in eBay's video game section. The more buyers there are online the more sales there will be. This is backed up by the fact that there are more fixed price listings that close on Sunday too. These listings aren't dependent on the ending time, but with all else being equal will end more often when more people are shopping.

Is This Difference Statistically Significant?

This difference in sales could be random variation and not a real difference based on the day of the week. A chi-square test can tell us how confident we can be that the difference is significant.

The test tells us we are 99.99% sure that Sunday has the most sales.

Prices Don't Change During The Week

Average Video Game Price on Ebay by Day of the Week
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The chart above shows the average video game price on eBay by day of the week. Our data shows that Wednesday has the highest average price and Sunday has the lowest. But the difference is very small, only 7% difference between the two ($18.52 on Wednesday and $17.26 on Sunday).

Sales Price Variation is NOT Statistically Significant

Running the same chi-square test shows us that the difference in the prices is not statistically significant.
This means if we ran this test again in a few months with new data we could get completely different results.

What Does this Mean for Buyers and Sellers?

eBay Sellers
Auctions Should End on Sunday - more users will see the listing which means there is a better chance it will sell
Don't Worry Much About Ending Day - Sunday might have more shoppers but the ending price of the video game auction will probably be the same no matter what day it ends. So don't worry about the day of the week too much.

eBay Buyers
No Special Deals on Friday or Saturday - your not not going to get better deals on certain days of the week because prices are generally the same.
Shop Fixed Price Items on Wednesday - If someone starts a fixed price listing with a really good price, you have a better chance of spotting it first on Wednesday because there are fewer shoppers to spot it before you.

This article is based on ebay sales data from May 1st 2009 to August 31st 2009 gathered by It contains 1,071,279 individual transactions and net sales of $19,089,853.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ebay Game Sales Increase 30% in December

Like most retailers, eBay sees a big increase in traffic and sales during the holiday season, which traditionally starts after Thanksgiving. How many more items does eBay sell though? We used our price data for video games on eBay to find out for sure.

Number of Sales on eBay per Day Before and After Thanksgiving
Game Sales on Ebay After Thanksgiving

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The chart above shows the number of completed video games transactions on eBay from November 8th to December 14th 2009. The red line in the middle is Thanksgiving Day.

Before Thanksgiving, the number of transactions follows a weekday trend with busy Sundays and slow Fridays but the average is fairly steady.

Sales quickly jump after November 26th and consistently stay above the pre-holiday average.

eBay Sales Chart With Average Lines
Sales on Ebay After Thanksgiving with Averages
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This chart is the same as the top chart but adds two lines showing the average number of games sold on eBay before and after Thanksgiving.

Before Thanksgiving, an average of 11,400 games sold every day. Afterwards, there were an average of 14,900 games sold per day. 30% more games sell every day on eBay after Thanksgiving than before.

Note: Due to a server outage on December 3rd we didn't collect price data on every transaction that day so the actual number of sales that day is higher than the 9,000 we show in the charts.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hard Drive Failure. Temporary Outage

We had a hard drive failure on one of our servers last night. We have backups and are working to restore all of our data. VGPC might be down intermittently for the next several hours. Thanks for your cooperation and sorry for any inconvenience.

Monday, November 30, 2009

GameStop Prices in the Retail Guide

As you know, we've had GameStop prices on our site for a couple months. That's handy when you're looking to price a few games or when comparison shopping. If you run a retail video game store, checking the website for every game in your store might be a bit tedious.

To make it easier for retailers to price their inventory competitively, we now include GameStop prices in our Retail Price Guide. By downloading a single file, you can make sure that you never charge more than GameStop.

You could print "Our Price: $9.99 GameStop: $12.99" on your price labels. Or advertise locally that you always beat GameStop prices. However you use it, we hope you enjoy the new information. As always, our price guides are free for NES, SNES, PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360. You only have to pay if you want prices for the other consoles.

Game Collectors Have Family and Friends Too

Some researchers have said video games can cause social problems and lead to aggressive behavior. Our data at VGPC shows that gamers still have family and friends and their video game addiction hasn't driven all their loved ones away.

Traffic to dropped more than 30% on Thanksgiving Day. We assume those who didn't use VGPC on November 26th were eating grandma's pumpkin pie, playing football with their friends, or in a turkey induced coma.
Thanksgiving Website Traffic Chart

If we compare the traffic hour by hour on Thanksgiving Day vs the previous Thursday you can see that traffic on the site was pretty much the same the whole morning and late in the evening but the big difference was during the traditional meal time between noon and 3pm.
Hourly Thanksgiving Website Traffic

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Gamers do have family and friends, but they only want to spend a few hours with them before they get back to their game shopping. And by Black Friday, they are back with the rest of the US comparing prices in full force.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Atari Air Raid Up for Sale - Super Rare

Air Raid for Atari 2600
An auction for Air Raid for Atari 2600 was just listed on ebay last night, it's already selling for $1,999. Air Raid is definitely one of the most sought after Atari games for any collector.

Air Raid was the only game ever made by MenaVision and only five have ever been found to date. The game has a very distinctive cartridge too. It is sky blue with a handle for easy loading and unloading in the 2600 console.

Air Raid 2600 Screenshot
Air Raid is a shooter like Space Invaders but the action takes place over a city instead of in outer space.

The exact number of Air Raid cartridges that were produced is unknown and not very much is known about Menavision either.

With the auction of Music Machine two days ago, this is turning out to be a great week for Atari 2600 collectors, or at least the two collectors who buy these games.

UPDATE: Thanks mndrix for the reminder, the auction closed at $2,850, which makes it one of the most expensive Atari 2600 games.
Air Raid Atari 2600 Auction

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sealed Music Machine Sells for $5,250

Music Machine Atari 2600
A super rare, sealed Atari 2600 game called Music Machine sold on ebay for $5,250.

The game was sold in Christian stores and there was an LP and cassette with the same name. The game tries to teach kids about the "Fruits of the Spirit", which are love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Here is how the seller described it:

"Symbols representing character-building qualities (the Fruit of the Spirit) are raining down from above. Stevie and Nancy need your help to collect the symbols and to avoid the mischievous pudgeons...and with each gift of Love you collect, the symbols rain heavier and faster. Get points by collecting the Fruit of the Spirit symbols. Play alone or challenge a friend. Read the booklet and learn a valuable lesson."

Apparently Christian video games make great collector's items. Other games like Super Noah's Ark 3D, Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, and Sunday Funday are all rare and fairly expensive too.

Maybe I should take a trip down to the local Christian bookstore and buy every video game they have in stock. Or maybe they no longer make Bible video games because they didn't sell very well and that is why they are so rare and expensive now.

On a side note I can still sing some of the songs from the Music Machine cassette that I made my mom play in the car when I was a kid. If only I had begged her to get the video game too!

Sources: Kotaku and HotBloodedGaming

Monday, November 9, 2009

Happy "Lowest Game Prices Week"

Historically, a day during the second week of November has the lowest used game prices of the whole year. The exact day shifts around from year to year so I can't say exactly which day it will be this year. So I making the whole week a holiday and calling it "Lowest Game Prices Week".

Price usually follow a trend similar to this:
Used Prices During the Year
Prices drop at the beginning of the year
Hold steady during the summer months
Drop a little more in October and early November
And then spike up in late November and December

This week is the best time to buy used games during the whole year so celebrate the holiday by treating yourself to a classic you've never played before. Or buy those Christmas presents now before the prices start going back up.

I'm waiting to hear back from Hallmark on making some greeting cards for the occasion but haven't received a call back yet. Hopefully by next year Hallmark will officially celebrate it. If there can be an International Magic Week, there can be a "Lowest Game Prices Week".

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991 for NES

Nintendo Campus Challenge
There is an auction on ebay for Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991. There is only one of these in the world and it's a very sought after piece of Nintendo gaming history.

In 1991 Nintendo hosted a second Nintendo World Championship but toured 58 college campuses so they called it the Campus Challenge. Nintendo made a special cartridge just for this event that had Super Mario 3, PinBot, and Dr. Mario. After the competition was finished all of the cartridges were supposed to be destroyed, but in 2006 this cartridge appeared at the garage sale of an ex-Nintendo employee.

The auction started at $0.99 with no reserve but the price already up to $3,250. Where will it end up? We will be sure to update the VGPC price for Nintendo Campus Challenge 91 once the auction closes.

The game sold for a record $20,100. A user on youtube posted a video showing the last two minutes of the auction as the price increased from $8,500 to $10,000 and then to $20,100 with 2 seconds left.

Monday, September 28, 2009

New Search Plug-in

Thanks to the efforts of a loyal VGPC user (Hi Daniel!), there's now a search plug-in for VGPC. The plug-in works with Firefox 2 or later and with Internet Explorer 7 or later. Here's how to install and use the search extension:

  1. Visit the Mycroft Project
  2. Click the link
  3. When prompted whether to add the search provider, click Yes or Accept
Now you can choose as a search engine in the upper-right corner of your browser.

If prefer to use a search keyword in Firefox, we have instructions for that too.

Happy searching!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

We're Adding GameStop Prices to VGPC

Gamestop Prices
We're adding GameStop prices to VGPC starting today. Initially not every game will show a price, but within a few weeks we will show a price for every game that GameStop sells.

The GameStop prices will not be used in the price history charts or in the "VGPC Price" we list for every game. We did this because adding GameStop prices to the charts now would cause a spike in prices for almost every game (GameStop is usually more expensive than eBay and Amazon). This would make comparisons for past prices harder because it would be comparing apples to oranges.

Below is an image showing what the new pages will look like and which sections will and will not change:
GameStop Prices on VGPC
See pages with the GameStop prices already live: Sonic Riders or Ninja Gaiden II

We're adding GameStop prices because so many of our users asked for them. In the comments below let us know if there are any other used game retailers you want us to add next.

Friday, September 18, 2009

More Data in the Retail Guide

We've added new fields to our Retail Price Guide files. This provides more video game data for every product in our database. The new fields are

  • ASIN - Amazon's unique product identifier
  • Release date - the date on which this game was released to the public
  • Publisher - the company who published the game
  • ESRB Rating
  • Original MSRP - what this game sold for in stores when it first came out
The full Retail Guide documentation reflects the new columns. The Collector's Price Guide is unchanged.

If you bookmarked the old URL and rely on that format, don't worry. We'll continue supporting the old format too. There's no need to change the way you use the file until you're ready.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Where's the Best Place to Sell Video Games?

Over the last several months Amazon, Best Buy, and Toys R Us have joined GameStop and Game Crazy in the used game buying market. Gamers now have five national retailers to choose from when deciding who to sell their games too, plus eBay and Amazon Marketplace. Which of these seven options gives the best prices for old games?

We randomly chose 100 games for PS2, Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Nintendo DS, or Wii and calculated the average price each store would give you for every game. The results are below:

StoreAverage PriceStore Won't Buy
Amazon Marketplace*10.110
Toys R Us8.7810
Best Buy8.4654
Game Crazy5.0216
Game Stop4.093

* eBay and Amazon Marketplace prices are after subtracting selling fees

Column Definitions:
Average Price - The average price for 26 games that all seven stores offered prices on.
Can't Sell - The number of games that the store won't buy from customers.

Click to Compare Prices on All Games

Other Factors to Consider When Selling Games

  • Best price on average even after subtracting ebay and paypal fees
  • Every game ever made can be sold
  • You have to deal with shipping, payment issues, and customer service

Amazon Marketplace
  • Second best price (after subtracting Amazon selling fees)
  • Almost every game can be sold. Niche systems like Neo Geo, Vectrex, and even Atari 2600 don't have listings
  • You have to deal with shipping, payment issues, and customer service

Toys R Us
  • Best prices of all the stores
  • They don't pay for 10% of the games we tried
  • Will take trades on all systems from PS2 era & next-gen consoles
  • Every vintage game is the same price, $0.50 for Earthbound
  • They pay you via Toys R Us gift card
  • Offers instant online quotes

Best Buy
  • Wouldn't buy back 54% of the games
  • Good prices for the games they do purchase
  • Will take trades on all systems from PS2 era & next-gen consoles
  • You can trade-in electronics too
  • They pay you via Best Buy gift card
  • Offers instant online quotes

  • Worst prices of the online stores
  • Doesn't buy 32% of games we searched
  • Will take trades on vintage games too
  • They pay you via Amazon gift card
  • Offers instant online quotes

Game Crazy
  • Better prices than GameStop
  • No online quotes
  • Will take trades on all systems from PS2 era & next-gen consoles
  • They can pay in cash or store credit
  • Not in every market nationwide

  • Worst prices of all the stores
  • No online quotes
  • Will take trades on all systems from PS2 era & next-gen consoles
  • They can pay in cash or store credit
  • More than 4,300 stores in the United States

This is part of our video game collecting 101 series.


We randomly chose 100 video games for PS2, Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Nintendo DS, or Wii and found the prices for them on September 14th 2009. The list included 42 PS2 Games, 9 PS3, 20 Nintendo DS, 7 PSP, 13 Wii, and 9 Xbox 360. The list includes a wide range of games like Fallout 3, Animal Crossing Wild World, Marvel vs Capcom 2, Pokemon Platinum, and My Chinese Coach, Mini-Ninja's, and Cars.

When calculating the "Average Price" we only used the 26 games that every retailer offered a price for.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Video Game Museum: 10,000 Games & Every Console

Syd Bolton runs a PC museum in Canada and has a huge video game collection with more than 6,000 games. The museum has thousand of boxed PC games and dozens of computers covering the whole history of PC's. I had a chance to interview Syd about his museum and get some photos of the collection as well.

Xbox and Xbox 360 games. All complete with box and instructions.
Xbox Games
A Vectrex System with tons of vintage games behind it.
Vectrex System
Arcade games in the tiny cabinets
Small Arcade Cabinets
Tons of Playstation 2 games.
Every Playstation 2 Game
Video game memorabilia and signed pictures of a couple G4 hosts
Video Game Memorabilia
Sega Genesis Games
Gamecube Games
Tons of Video Game Consoles
Boxed Nintendo 64 Games
Boxed Nintendo NES Games
Boxed Atari Games
Boxed Atari Games

Thank you Syd for answering these questions for us about your video game collection and Personal Computer Museum.

Where do you live?
I live in Brantford, Ontario, Canada and have all my life. Brantford was a
primary home to Alexendar Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone and
home to the first long distance phone call (between Brantford, Ontario and
Paris, Ontario, only a few miles away).

How did you get into video game collecting?
Growing up I bought myself a computer because I knew I could play games on
it AND learn programming. However, a buddy of mine had an Atari 2600 and I
will admit I was jealous. I loved going over to his place to play Pitfall!
and some of the other great classics. In time, I started collecting
computers and because people thought I was into "that sort of thing" one day
somebody brought me an Atari 2600 with 20 games for $20. At first, I'm
thinking "what the heck do I want this for?" but as soon as I saw Pitfall!,
the good memories started flooding back. I said "Yes, I want this!" and
picked it up. I realized I could amass a pretty good collection quickly and
inexpensively by placing ads in local newspapers as "Wanted to buy: video
game systems". I just got hooked on it and then wanted everything because I
can't just seem to do something part way. It's my greatest strength and
weakness. I think my collections could be stronger on more rare titles if it
wasn't for the fact that I focus on "anything I don't have". Most collectors
concentrate on one or a few systems. With me, I have weeks or months (or
years) where I focus on one but then my attention shifts.

How many games do you own? How many systems?
It's a bit of a tough question. I know I have over 6,000 console games but
I'm still in the process of cataloging all of them. When it comes to
original, boxed computer software games I'd have to estimate several
thousand. With systems, I basically own the majority of consoles released in
North America. I have the early originals like the Magnavox Odyssey 1, the
Fairchild Channel F and of course multiple variants of the Atari 2600. In
addition to all the "standard" consoles I've also got some odder items like
the Amiga CD32 (and CDTV), the Leisure Vision (a version of the Arcadia
2001) and even a Tandyvision One (Intellivision compatible).

What are your favorite items in your collection?
Lately my Pac-Man table has been the coolest and favorite thing but it's
very difficult to choose. Sometimes the favorite things are the ones that
people find interesting like the mini arcade games I have (the Frogger and
Pac-Man ones for example) and I have a very extensive Dragon's Lair
collection that I'm proud of. My PS2 collection, which currently has over
1222 individual titles in it is the proudest thing I have.

Tell me more about the video game and personal computer museum you run?
So I started collecting computers when I was 12 -- which was just over 25
years ago. I had 3 of them, which for the time was pretty unusual (I had a
VIC-20, a Commodore 64 and an Apple II clone that I built myself). I really
didn't have any gaming systems until I turned 16, when someone offered me an
Atari 2600 for $20 with a bunch of games. At first, I was like "why the heck
would I want this? It's old now and crappy" but then I saw Pitfall! sitting
there. I remembered loving going over to my buddy's house and playing his
2600 (he had everything back then, it seemed). I had opted on getting a
computer instead of Atari because I could play games AND learn how to
program. Turns out I made the right decision, as I am still programming
today and make my living from it.

Are most items part of your personal collection or the museum collection?
All of the computers and software that started out as mine are now the
property of the museum. It's too difficult to separate what was mine versus
all of the generous donations we've received over the years. The video
games, however, are all mine. However, I am going to loan them to the museum
when we get a bigger building and have the space to display everything. That
is the main focus right now, getting consistent funding and a larger

What is the most expensive game you own?
Well you know that Steel Battalion for the Xbox is up there but the value of
some of the others I'm not too sure of. I never really worried about getting
some of the more super expensive individual titles because I would rather
spend the money on building a broader collection overall. I have a ton of
PS2 RPG's that I know will grow in value over time so that is probably my
most expensive area of collecting.

What is the most rare game you own?
Again, defining rare is tough here. I have several Atari 2600 games that I
treasure for their difficulty in obtaining like Chase the Chuckwagon, Condor
Attack and Gas Hog. But when showing my collection to the average person,
I'm going to point out things like my shrink-wrapped Pitfall! for the 2600
and sealed Pac-Man because it's something they might actually recognize.
Newer games that I'm proud to own that are getting really hard to find
include Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (both Xbox and PS2) but I also know that rare
doesn't necessarily mean valuable.

Why start a gaming museum?
Gaming is one of those areas where most people play a game and then get rid
of it at some point. To be able to go back and look at that game, even just
the box cover and hold that in your hands, brings back a flood of positive
memories for people. It's this sense of joy, that I see all the time in
people that is the primary reason for doing this. It was much more difficult
and much more expensive to game in the "early days" and so people spent more
time on it, they received more joy from it (even when the games weren't
nearly as good as some are today). It's that personal sense of
accomplishment that people have and love revisiting years later that makes
the difference. It's also important, from an educational standpoint, to
preserve this stuff. Companies that have come and gone and the people behind
them all deserve to be remembered for their contributions.

How much have you spent over the years on your collection?
That's a tough one because I didn't really keep track of it before like I do
now. Clearly, it's a small fortune. I would say more than $100k and less
than $250k? I'm a fairly frugal shopper when it comes to games (one has to
be). I don't like buying used on the newer stuff because I know it hurts the
industry, so when it's a big game title that I know I will play right away
I'll buy it new to support the developers and publishers. Obviously, on
older stuff I don't have a choice but to buy used or trade.

What do you want to add to your collection but haven't been able to find?
Obviously I'd love to get a hold of Panzer Dragoon Saga on the Saturn. I
certainly have had the opportunity, I just have a hard time spending that
much on one game when I know I can get an armload of other games for the
same money (the biggest problem with being an 'everything' collector). On
the Playstation, I'd love to get my hands on Suikoden II and Tactics Ogre.
And of course, on the older stuff, Bounty Bob on the Atari 5200 would be a
must have because I also love that game!

Any interesting stories about how you got some items in the collection?
Several years ago, I printed out a Nintendo NES rarity list and noticed these "Aladdin" game carts were on it. This was when the web was still
fairly new and eBay was not a strong place to sell goods (around 1995 I
think). I had never seen one of these carts before but noted the "ER+"
rating in the list. I went to a flea market type place about an hour's drive
from my home. I walked into this one area where this guy had a bunch of
video games and I was not sure what these were--turns out they were boxed
Aladdin carts. They had a price of $10 each. I asked for the manager,
because once I realized what they were I was going to try and make a deal.

They said he was back the following weekend. So, I bought a set of what I
could find, at $10 each (there were the six separate games) and went home.
The following weekend I came back and found the owner and asked him if I
bought every single one of those games he had - how much they would be. He
hummed and hawed and said "Well...umm...listen, I gotta get at least three
bucks for each of them". Putting on my best poker face, I sighed and said
"that's ok I guess". Meanwhile, I'm jumping up and down on the inside. Keep
in mind - this was also in Canadian funds! Even better, as we were packing
up the games he comes from out back and says "Oh, I found some more!" and I
see over ten sets of the Aladdin cartridge itself with the pack-in game.
Trying to hide my excitement, I asked how much for those. "Oh, same price!".
All told, I ended up walking away with over 15 complete sets of Aladdin
decks with the seven games. I kept two sets for myself and sold the rest for
$125 US a set. Being fair of course. Later, with the extras I had of the
single games I managed to sell some for as much as $45 each on eBay once it
became more popular. I am not sure how much of my game collection that
transaction financed, but I can tell you that it was one of the best scores
I've had in collecting.

Thank you Syd. If I'm ever up in Canada again, I will be sure to stop by and see your museum and personal collection. The museum is open to the public too so anyone else can see this collection too, be sure to look up the visiting hours though first because they change frequently.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Win Nintendo World Championships Gray

Win Nintendo World Championships is celebrating its 100,000th order by giving away Nintendo World Championships Gray cartridge and some other rare games in their Rare Game Giveaway promotion. NWC Gray most recently sold on ebay for $5,100 and is one of the most rare and sought after games for collectors. For those of our readers who don't have $5,000 to spend on a video game this is your chance to add this holy grail to your collection.

The interest in Nintendo World Championships has definitely increased over the last three years. Google shows that the search volume for "nintendo world championship" has steadily increased since 2007 and Google predicts it will continue to increase over the next year too.

If you are lucky enough to already own Nintendo World Championships you can also win some memorabilia from the original Nintendo event. It includes a plaque, trophy, and t-shirt made specifically for winners of the 1990 competition and an NWC ticket stub and magazine.
Nintendo World Championships Memorabilia

You can also win some other rare games by entering the contest, including Starfox Super Weekend, Caltron 6-in-1, and Suikoden II. All games that are worth more than $100.

Good luck to everyone who enters the contest. Let us know if any of you win.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

One-Time Price Guide Downloads

For the past 18 months we've offered our Video Game Price Guide service as a subscription service only. You had to setup a subscription with monthly payments if you wanted to download all the prices for the 13,000+ games in our database. Now you can pay a one-time fee of $4.99 and download the full price guide ($19.99 for the retailer's version).

Many video game collectors told us they didn't need to update their price guide multiple times per month but would love to download all the prices, use them for a few months, and then download them again later when they needed an update. This new payment structure gives you this flexibility. Retailers and Collectors who still want more frequent updates get a better deal with the monthly subscription, but you're not forced to pay monthly if that's not what you need.

You can >try out the trial version of the price guide for free. Then make a payment when you're ready to download the full guide.

Thanks to all of our users for their continued feedback about our site and the price guide service.

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.

Click to see Prices For All Sega Saturn Games

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.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

More eBay Prices

Last month we changed our eBay bots to collect data about games for which eBay has no UPC. This should be an especially useful improvement for older games. Info about third generation systems (such as NES prices) now have three or more sources on nearly every game. For consoles in the second generation (such as Atari 2600 and Intellivision), the prices are now based on both sales data and listing data.

This change also means that the console pages and individual game pages link to eBay more consistently. Hopefully that helps you find current eBay auctions for games you care about.

We have lots of ideas for improving our price data and making the site more useful. If you have any suggestions or pet peeves about the site, we'd love to hear 'em; just leave a comment below.

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

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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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