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How many Nintendo games have you traded-in without a second thought during a trip to GameStopUnfortunately, there’s a decent chance you could have made a cool couple hundred bucks down the line if you’d made a different decision that day.
Many of the most expensive games on the resale market today come from lesser-known Nintendo properties. While that’s not exactly shocking, it’s a little surprising how many once-commonplace games are now worth tons of money used. 
In some cases, this is due to Nintendo’s love for tiny discs and cartridges – both of which are harder to mass-produce than Blu-rays or DVDs. With fewer overall copies on the market, games that haven’t been rereleased become especially enticing to collectors.  
To give you a better idea of what not to pass over (or let go of), we have rounded up a list of the most expensive Nintendo games available today. Don’t feel too bad, there’s no way you could have known that copy of NCAA 2K3 was going to be worth so much more than $3 in store credit. 

Rare, Expensive Games Everyone Used to Have

Note: Due to ever-shifting trends and price fluctuations in the resale market, we calculated each game’s current average price using recent sale data and current prices for copies that are new (sealed), complete (used and in good condition) and loose (disc-only). We have omitted listings that seem suspiciously high or low, along with collectibles such as empty boxes, art and manuals. 

Pikmin 2

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1. Pikmin 2 

  • Platform: Nintendo GameCube
  • List Price: $19.99
  • Current Average Price: $75

The saga of Pikmin 2 provides some valuable insight as to why Nintendo products become scarce and expensive as often as they do. Simply put, the company underestimated the game’s appeal and didn’t release nearly as many copies as North American players wanted, at a remarkably reasonable $20 launch price no less.
The game was bafflingly rare as early as 2008, even when it was easy to find plenty of other GameCube games in stores — often at a discount, given the recent release of the Nintendo Wii.

Pokémon Colosseum

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2. Pokémon Colosseum 

  • Platform: Nintendo GameCube
  • List Price: $49.99
  • Current Average Price: $96

Making Pokémon Colosseum a true RPG was a risky gamble for Nintendo, as it broke the mold from the series’ previous strategy-game format. Today, it is an invaluable resource for acquiring high-powered legendary Pokémon like Ho-Oh, Suicune and Entei in other titles. 
The game is still expensive today because of Nintendo’s fairly small-scale release, despite Colosseum’s value in the competitive world of Pokémon breeding.

Doom II  Game Boy Advance

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3. Doom II 

  • Platform: Game Boy Advance
  • List Price: $19.99
  • Current Average Price: $107

Programmers are always pushing the limits of which electronic devices are capable of running Doom, an MS-DOS game released in 1993. Even though Doom II came out just one year later and offers a similarly robust number of available ports, game collectors and Doom aficionados are still chasing the rarest and most expensive official port, the Game Boy Advance edition from 2002.

Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn

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4. Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn 

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • List Price: $20-30
  • Current Average Price: $121

Fire Emblem characters are some of the most beloved fighters in Super Smash Bros. today, but the original game series was a sleeper hit for Nintendo. When Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance saw middling sales in 2005, Nintendo scaled back the release for its sequel, Radiant Dawn.
Future releases caused a surge in Fire Emblem’s popularity, which pushed the already scarce resale selections to a massive new high.

Pokemon Platinum Nintendo DS

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5. Pokémon Platinum

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • List Price: $34.99
  • Current Average Price: $128

It is common knowledge that the third game in each Pokémon generation acts as a “complete” edition that typically costs more than the previous two. Whether or not this is warranted remains a hot topic of debate among fans, but this high price is best explained by the perceived “deluxe” value of the game mixed with Nintendo’s constant output of new games and consoles (which quickly pushes recent games to “out of print” status).

Super NES Classic

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6. SNES Classic

  • List Price: $79.99
  • Current Average Price: $145

At a certain point, it seems like Nintendo’s business model relies on artificial scarcity. Following the poor rollout of the NES Classic in 2016, Nintendo proceeded to do exactly the same thing with the release of the SNES Classic.
Plagued by shortages, scalpers went to town on everyone’s nostalgic desperation and desire to relive a simpler time. GameStop even got in on the fun by selling strangely expensive “bundles” with unrelated merchandise from games that were not related to the SNES Classic’s catalog.

Pokemon XD_ Gale of Darkness

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7. Pokémon Gale of Darkness 

  • Platform: Nintendo GameCube
  • List Price: $29.99
  • Current Average Price: $177

In spite of its unique mechanics for training shadow Pokémon, this Pokémon Colosseum sequel didn’t sell too well during its original release. The game’s rarity and ability to communicate with Game Boy Advance cartridges has elevated it to cult status today, making it the most expensive Pokémon game for GameCube.

Castlevania Aria Of Sorrow GameBoy Advance

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8. Castlevania Aria of Sorrow 

  • Platform: Game Boy Advance
  • List Price: $49.95
  • Current Average Price: $263

Once again, collectors are paying an arm and a leg due to Nintendo’s poor underestimate of how many people go crazy for their games. Castlevania Aria of Sorrow saw decent reception when it was released in 2003 and today it is regarded as one of the best titles from the series. Its value as a game and a collector’s item has kept the price point well over MSRP for over 10 years.

Dokapon Journey Nintendo DS

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9. Dokapon Journey 

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • List Price: $29.99
  • Current Average Price: $289

Niche titles from smaller Japanese game studios typically receive smaller releases compared to huge-name Nintendo titles from the same era. Dokapon Journey proved to be an extreme example. While it has a single-player mode, this game is best known for its array of multiplayer RPG board games and party mechanics. All players must have their own game cards, which is a difficult and expensive endeavor given the limited number of copies available.

NCAA 2k3  Nintendo GameCube

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10. NCAA 2K3 

  • Platform: Nintendo GameCube
  • List Price: $24.99
  • Current Average Price: $296

Sports games with yearly releases are notorious for their poor resale value, so the extreme rarity of NCAA Basketball 2K3 may seem surprising. Ironically, it is so rare because it sold very poorly on the GameCube. This led to Sega’s decision to pull the 2K series from the platform entirely, cementing 2K3’s legacy as a coveted collectible.

Shepherd's Crossing 2 Nintendo DS

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11. Shepherd’s Crossing 2 

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • List Price: $25
  • Current Average Price: $300

On the face, Shepherd’s Crossing 2 looks like a dime-a-dozen Harvest Moon knockoff. Poor marketing left this game in the shadows for years, despite the growing genre of soothing daily life games on handheld consoles. The low volume of sales almost caused it to fade away entirely until a small but dedicated fanbase boosted Shepherd Crossing 2‘s popularity, leading to a mad rush for the few copies in circulation.

Barbie Groom and Glam Pups

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12. Barbie Groom and Glam Pups  

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • List Price: $29.99
  • Current Average Price: $580

Barbie: Groom and Glam Pups is one of the most expensive 3DS games available today, but not because it was flying off the shelves. On the contrary, its low-volume run in Canada went so poorly that the game was quickly pulled from the shelves, never to be released in the United States. Logically, this means that everyone will pay top dollar to groom these rare and glamorous pups.
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Oliver Pretl-Drummond

Oliver Pretl-Drummond is a copywriter, memoirist and Scorpio living in Baltimore, MD. Primed by years of recreational research spirals, they've helped Slickdeals document hundreds of arcane store policies and hidden coupon tricks for the greater good of deal hunters everywhere. They spend their days seeking and sharing killer deals on budget travel, sound systems, home goods and tech. By night, their free time is reserved for making bass music while consuming exotic caffeinated beverages with their partner and growing family of yucca plants.