5 of the Most Valuable Video Games of the Past Decade


Are you a video game afficionado in need of some extra cash? Run to your shelves and look for the games below, because they are some of the most valuable games released in the past decade.

The following survey looks only at regular release games that could be lying on your shelf or at your local used-video game store (eliminating limited editions like the Deadspace LE that sells for $2,500 sealed). Sealed copies of any game are exceptionally rare 4-5 years after release, making brand new, sealed copies of these rare titles particularly desired. Current selling prices for completed, used versions and sealed versions for each title are given in case you would like to turn some old video games into cash.

Jurassic Park Operation Genesis for the Xbox and PS2

Ever wanted to make your own version of Jurassic Park? This 2003 game allows the players to capture dinosaur DNA and then deal with all the troubles of raising a dino colony. Like a Sims game, you have to feed the dinosaurs, making sure a stray Tyrannosaur Rex doesn’t eat a herd of Triceratops, and managing other aspects of dinosaur babysitting while you’re laying out your own theme park.

Unlike many licensed games, Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis is rather well-developed and deep, with its current price tag bolstered by gamers looking to actively play rare undiscovered gem and not simply seal the game away in a collection.

Used copies of the PS2 version sell for around $35+, while the rarer Xbox version easily breaches the $90 mark. Sealed copies of both versions regularly sell in the $150 to $200 range.

Check out Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis on eBay.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Gold for the Xbox 360

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Gold is the discounted, added-value edition of Marvel Ultimate Alliance, 2006’s hit beat-’em-up that successfully re-ignited the world of comic book-based video games. The Gold edition includes a number of popular characters (including The Hulk, Hawkeye and Cyclops) previously only available via Xbox Live downloads.  Marvel Ultimate Alliance Gold is particularly scarce as it was only in the market for a few months before being replaced by the Xbox Platinum Edition of Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

Gamers began to clamor for the Gold version of the game after the characters available for download from Xbox Live were pulled by Activision in late 2009. This was due to legal reasons,  as Capcom re-acquired the rights to create video games based on Marvel Comics characters at the beginning of 2010, paving the way for sequels to the fan favorite Marvel Vs. Capcom series. A brand new, sealed copy of Marvel Ultimate Alliance Gold sells in the $200+ dollar range, while a used copy sells for $55 to $90.

Check out Marvel Ultimate Alliance Gold on eBay.

Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest for the Nintendo GameCube

Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest, a bizarre game about creating polygon dinosaurs and having them fight, was not very successful when it debuted Christmas of 2002, but since then the game has become a hit with modern gamers. Cubivore uses an evolution-based system, allowing the player to start out as a simple cube and eat its way to a monstrosity of its choice.

Unless you have some pretty astute gaming tastes, Cubivore is not likely on your shelf. But, if it is (or you see one at your local used video game store), your used copy could easily be worth $80+.

Check out Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest on eBay.

 .hack, Part 4: Quarantine and .hack: G.U., Vol.3: Redemption for the PS2

Bandai’ released the last two .hack PS2 games (pronounced dot-hack) in very small quantities, in part due to market saturation and waning demand. These games simulate a MMORPG world in an offline experience in an attempt to mimic the intricacies of the .hack franchise. Quarantine sells for $80 used or $200+ sealed, while Redemption sells for $40+ used and $150+ sealed. If you see any of the .hack PS2 games sealed, grab them, as sealed versions of any volume routinely sell in the $80 range.

Check out .hack: G.U., Vol. 3 Redemption on eBay.

Legend of Zelda: Windwaker for the Nintendo GameCube

The first incarnation of the Legend of Zelda on the Nintendo GameCube drew mixed review from critics, but in time this quirky cel-shaded game has obtained an underground following. Windwaker sold over 2.5 million copies in North America, so it is very likely you have a copy hidden somewhere in your house, apartment, or your old bedroom. A sealed copy sells for upwards of $130, while used copies routinely sell for $30+.

Check out Legend of Zelda: Windwaker on eBay.

Top image via Rob DiCaterino/Flickr. Additional images from Park Pedia, Marvel, PD, GameFAQs, and the Zelda Wiki.

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