The GameBoy is without a doubt one of my favourite consoles of all time. I have so many fond memories of trying the near-endless varieties of different games over the years as I grew up alongside the GameBoy. Over the years, I have amassed quite a large collection of GameBoy games and the current value of some of them has surprised me! I this guide I will be listing some of the most expensive GameBoy games, this will help you out if you go out regularly to car boot sales, thrift or charity shops and should also help you if purchasing GameBoy games online form places like eBay.
GameBoy game collecting can be a lot of fun, however, do be careful as some of the more valuable games are often reproduced or counterfeited. I have a guide of how to spot fake GameBoy games here, please check this out as it should help you out, especially when buying any expensive GameBoy games for your collection.
The Most Expensive GameBoy Games: -
Made by Atlus, Amazing tater is a direct sequel to the game Qwirk. Qwirk was known in Japan as パズルボーイ, Pazurubōi (Puzzle Boy) and Amazing Tater was originally Puzzle Boy 2.
A copy recently sold for £335 but the average going rate seems to be around £225
Based on Troma entertainment’s franchise the Toxic Avenger (Well technically the kids’ cartoon spin-off), Toxic Crusaders has you playing as one of 5 characters and is a pretty neat little platformer.
The going price is currently about £180 but there was a copy that sold for £265 not too long ago!
The second game on this list featuring a potato as the main character, Spud’s Adventure is a spin-off from Atlus’s popular GameBoy game Qwirk, well technically it’s Japanese release Puzzle Road.
Spud’s Adventure is a good game overall but suffers a little from the sheer amount of backtracking you have to do and the slower pace of the game.
The going rate for Spud’s Adventure as a loose GameBoy cartridge is around £150 and upwards
An eBay listing in Germany recently sold a copy of the games Manual for £224! No game included
King James Bible (Unlicensed)
This unlicensed ‘Game’ is very hard to come across, but they do pop up occasionally in the wild. Included on the cartridge there are two terrible games and they also managed to fit an entire bible on there, which is quite impressive. A recent copy sold for $200.
Mega Man V
Unlike the previous GameBoy Mega Man which were almost like remixes of NES versions, Mega Man V sets itself apart by feature new robot masters to face off against. Mega Man V is a solid Mega Man game, but the general consensus is it still doesn’t add much to the tried and tested Mega Man formula, personally, I am grateful it doesn’t try too much new and plays how it does.
Mega Man V features Super GameBoy enhancements, including unique borders and a custom colour palette. There were talks about making a Game Boy Color variant of Mega Man 5 like how they did with Link’s Awakening DX and Wario Land II but for some reason unknown to me, this version was cancelled.
About £125 for a loose cartridge and upwards of £350 for a complete in box copy
Kid Dracula is an amazing spin-off from the Castlevania series and this GameBoy version is a lot of fun. This game is technically not ‘too expensive’ but worth mentioning for just how fun the game is. You can pick up a loose Kid Dracula cartridge for around £60, however, a complete in box version in good condition will set you back around £500
In avenging Spirit, you play as a ghost who has been gun downed by a crime syndicate. You play across each level as a rather cute looking ghost, but you shouldn’t remain in your spirit form for too long, in fact, you can’t. To ‘survive’ through each level you will need to use your special ability, the power of possession. This will allow you to use various different abilities and weapons. There’s almost some light puzzle-solving as different possessions have different abilities like being able to jump higher etc which can make areas easier.
A loose cart sells for around the £130 and I would say a must-play for any GameBoy fan.
I vividly remember buying this game while on holiday in Portugal when I was younger. Bringing my GameBoy with me on the annual family holiday was somewhat of a tradition for me. After playing other Castlevania games, Legends was a disappointment for sure. It’s not a bad game per se but it’s definitely a bad Castlevania game.
Castlevania Legends is the 14th game in series (Really!) but serves as the origins story of Dracula and sets up the ongoing battle with him and the Belmont clan with you playing a distance relative Sonia Belmont. Due to its poor reception Legends has sadly been retconned to be non-canonical and now technically exists in an alternate timeline from the best of the series.
Only pick up this game if you are a true Castlevania fan or happen to come across it cheap. The current going rate is approximately £75.
**Castlevania: The Adventure & Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge are both playable on the Castlevania Anniversary collection which will give you a really good idea of how a GameBoy Castlevania game feels to play, I recommend checking it out. Not only does the anniversary collection include some of the best Castlevania games, but it will also save you a lot of money instead of buying this quite expensive GameBoy game.**
Trip World is not just an expensive GameBoy game, it’s also a very good game. This is probably part of the reason it’s so sought after, that and the fact that it is was only available in Japan and PAL regions.
Trip World plays very well and is an action platformer like Kirby. You traverse through the levels of the game using your transformation ability to get past obstacles etc. Trip World won’t offer much in terms of a challenge for seasoned gamers, but it makes up for that in art style with great sprite work.
Trip World is a very popular reproduction game so watch out, especially if buying online and make sure you get the genuine article.
A loose cart copy of Trip World will set you back around £150.
Great Greed never had a European release only being released in Japan and North America. Developed by Namco, this RPG somewhat resembles the GameBoy Final Fantasy games. The gameplay is your typical top-down RPG with Shin-Megami Tensei style battles. Great Greed is generally received pretty well by anyone who plays it.
An interesting fact about this game is at the end of your quest you have the option of marrying one of several characters, including other male characters which might just make this one of the first games to feature same-sex marriage.
Great Greed seems to be selling for about £90+ when they do turn up.
Nettou Samurai Spirits: Zankuro Musouken
This Japanese exclusive port of Samurai Shodown III is really quite elusive.
Featuring super-deformed versions characters, this downsized port is technically quite impressive featuring large sprites and a full roster of characters. This game has Super GameBoy enhancements with custom borders and colours.
This is quite rare with only a couple of copies trading hands this year. The last sale for a loose cart was $170
Other Expensive GameBoy Games
I feel it is worth touching on non-retail games as they are out there in the wild. The most notable ones are the ‘Not For Resale’ games, these came from GameBoy Kiosks or PR events. After shops had finished demoing a game, they were either supposed to send the Not For Resale GameBoy game back to Nintendo or dispose of them. As you can imagine these frequently ended in staff members pockets and due to the rarity of carts available have become sought after and expensive GameBoy collectors’ items.
These Not For Resale variants have historical value as they usually contain a very early version of the game. Keep an eye out for these games, they will be sure to rise in value over time if you’re a collector and it’s quite easy to collect a whole set as there are not that many known NFR GameBoy Games. There may be more out there but the NFR GameBoy games that I am aware of are: –
Games with Not For Resale Label
- Donkey Kong Land
- Donkey Kong Land 2
- Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball
- Killer Instinct
- Kirby’s Block Ball
- Kirby’s Dream Land 2
- Tetris Attack
- Wario Blast
- Wario Land II
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Land III
- Kirby’s Pinball Land
- Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
- Pokemon Yellow Version
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
- Tetris Blast
- Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
There may be more, so please let me know if you come across any I will be sure to add them here.
Most of them are quite easy to spot as they have printed on the cartridges sticker ‘Not for Resale’ in Red text with a white background, however, some have plain white stickers on the back of cartridge which stats not for sale and property of Nintendo.
GameBoy Game Preservation
Once you obtain a rare game, I would highly suggest backing up the game cartridge and using a flash cart like the EZ Flash Jr or Everdrive GB to actually play your game. There would be nothing worse than losing one of your expensive GameBoy game, especially with how rare some of these games are. With some, there is a genuine chance you may never find another copy for the same price you paid.
To backup your GameBoy games I recommend using the GBxCart RW, it’s really easy to back up your games for use with flash carts which will allow you to keep you’re collector’s item safe and sound without causing any additional wear and tear.