The Rarest Gameboy Games & Their Value (Expensive To Cheapest)

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If you’re on the hunt for some intriguingly rare Gameboy games, then you better be prepared to have a wad of cash in your pocket. 

The Gameboy was, and still is, one of the most iconic handheld consoles ever made. Android emulators and retropie handhelds will come and go, but the might of the Gameboy is everlasting. 

Maybe we could start our own Church of Nintendo (someone probably already has).

As with any iconic console, the games list was incredibly vast. Over 1,000 titles were released for Nintendo’s first portable powerhouse, so it should come as no real surprise to find out that some of those have become as rare as rocking horse dung, or chicken teeth if you want another analogy. 

NB – All prices are taken from eBay listings found on eBay and PriceCharting.com and are correct as of March 2024

1. Amazing Tater: $350 – $4,264

Amazing Tater gameboy game held in Brandon's hand

Amazing Tater is one of the hardest rare Gameboy games to find. Another cult classic by game developers Atlus (who seem to be obsessed with potato-based gaming), Amazing Tater is the third game in their vegetable-kingdom-style series and the sequel to Spud’s Adventure.

This game is essentially a puzzle-based title in which you need to move blocks around to solve problems. If you liked the block-moving tasks on games like Ocarina of Time, then you’ll be all over this.

Amazing Tater gameplay - character trying to move through a maze to a flag
Credit: Nintendo/Atlus/Youtube

How did Amazing Tater end up in our rare Gameboy games list? Well, Atlus were notorious for producing limited runs of games and creating cult audiences.

Also, it’s not hard to see why a game that revolves around vegetables might not have hit the big time. With more and more people becoming Vegan everyday, this could have been a modern-day success had it come out this year!

Amazing Tater has strong Sudokan vibes, and while this block-pusher wasn’t a blockbuster (I’m extremely proud of that line), it’s still one that you should have if you’re curating the ultimate collection.

When we first compiled this list in 2020, the boxed price for Amazing Tater was almost $7,000, though PriceCharting currently has it listed as $4,264.

2. Mega Man IV – $100 – $3,000

Gameboy box for Mega Man IV
Credit: Nintendo/Capcom

Mega Man IV is one of those games that never saw a re-release as part of a compendium on another console. As such, it’s a rare DMG game that not many people seem to be parting with.

While not as sought after as Mega Man V, the fourth portable Capcom adventure, sometimes known as Rocket Man, still fetches a pretty penny. Used copies sell for around £150 just for the cartridge!

Mega Man IV follows the same gameplay mechanics as V (good job I know my Roman numerals), with our arm-cannon-wielding crusader once again trying to stop the infamous Dr Wily from taking over the world.

Mega Man IV gameplay, with Mega Man standing in front of a large robot with a pointy nose and moustache
Credit: Nintendo/Capcom/Youtube

Wily sends a radio transmission that sends all of the robots into a frenzy. Now I know where Matt Groening got the inspiration for that Futurama episode I watched last week.

Rush, Mega Man’s robs-dog makes an appearance from time to time too. He looks like a souped-up version of one of the Paw Patrol pups!

Capcom always knew how to make excellent DMG games, and Mega Man IV is no exception. It’s well worth a punt if you can find a copy for a reasonable price and a great title to add to your collection.

3. F1 Pole Position (Black Label): $185 – $2,499

F1 Pole Position Black Label box for the Nintendo Gameboy
Credit: Nintendo/Human Entertainment

Remember we mentioned the ‘limited run’ factor at the beginning of this article? Well, that’s exactly why this particular copy of F1 Pole Position (Black Label) has become such a coveted gaming collectible.

The Gameboy version of Pole Position uses the same artwork as the SNES version. It’s essentially a rebranded Ubisoft game, and as Ubisoft had little monetary investment in it, they decided to only release a few copies in North America to see how it sold.

F1 Pole Position gameplay - a road moving towards a city with two cars on it, viewed from the cockpit of a car
Credit: Nintendo/Human Entertainment/Youtube

So what makes this ‘Black Label’ version so unique? PAL versions can be bought relatively cheaply, but this North American game box has a strange feature that makes it one of the rarest Gameboy games on the market.

Instead of using a new image for the small case, Ubisoft used the uncropped photo from the SNES game and added chunks of black onto the design to ‘fill in the gaps’. It’s a small difference, but one that collectors have gone wild for. It’s also boosted the top price of the game to just under $2,500 for a boxed copy too!

4. Spud’s Adventure: $573 – $2,350

Nintendo Gameboy cart for Spud's Adventure, held by Brandon

Mr Potato Head might be the hottest vegetable on the film and TV scene, but our next protagonist had his sights set on gaming greatness back in the 90s with Spuds Adventure!

Spud’s Adventure is part of a series of games known as ‘Puzzle Boy’ and is the second in the run. It’s a top-down RPG title with tricky puzzle action around every corner.

Gameplay for Spud's Adventure - Spud moving into a chamber with a character named Devi waiting to chat.
Credit: Nintendo/Atlus

The player has to move ‘Spud’ around a series of levels in a bid to rescue Princess Mato (who I’m guessing is a Tomato), and while the graphics aren’t anything special, the gameplay is tantalisingly addictive.

What started off as an affordably priced game can now cost up to $2,350 for a boxed and complete copy. That makes Spud one of the most expensive potatoes in existence!

5. Kid Dracula: $152 – $2,275

Kid Dracula Nintendo DMG game box
Credit: Nintendo/Konami

Kid Dracula is a neat little spin-off from the Castlevania series. It’s much more ‘cutesy’ than Richter Belmont’s outings, but some of the characters that our little-vamp hero comes up against have gone on to feature in later titles in the Castlevania canon.

Konami made a real gem with this game. It’s comical yet gripping at the same time and has all of the same exciting elements that you’d come to expect from a Konami title.

Rather than focusing on picking up weapons and upgrading from a whip until a skeleton defeats you, Kid Dracula is more about pure platforming. It even includes funny references to other platform titles too.

Is there a zombie Goomba in there that I missed?

Kid Dracula gameplay - Kid Dracula flying through a corridor towards a ladder
Credit: Nintendo/Konami

Kid Dracula first appeared as a Famicom-only title in Japan. The Gameboy game is classed as part sequel/part remake and follows the mechanics of the first title.

With Death as his companion, Kid Dracula must defeat Galamoth while remembering his spells along the way. Not only that, but he needs to try and win over his minions who have gone over the dark side… well, the darker side, at any rate.

The game itself costs around $150 for a cartridge alone, but players will have to shell out over $2,000 for a complete boxed copy!

6. Beethoven: $387 – $2,120

Beethoven game case for the Nintendo Gameboy
Credit: Nintendo/Hi Tech Expressions

Beethoven is up next, a game with an incredibly hefty price tag that is super hard to get hold of.

How many of you can remember movie this title is based on? It was a classic, and the game gives players the chance to head out as Beethoven in search of his puppies. They’ve disappeared, but not without a trace, and Beethoven is here to solve the mystery!

Beethoven Gameplay - gameplay shows a dog jumping towards a metal pole
Credit: Nintendo/Hi Tech Expressions

As I said above, getting a hold of a copy of this game is super tough, never mind getting hold of one boxed with inserts and booklets. As I look today in 2024, there’s only an instruction booklet that has recently sold for over $200… and that’s just the booklet!

If you love the film and have upwards of $2,120 (highest price taken from 2022) to spend on purchasing a boxed copy, then this would make a prized piece in any collection.

The price is only going to go up if you get it graded too – you could be sitting on a veritable gold mine if you have one of these in the loft!

7. Toxic Crusaders: $254 – $1,981

Toxic Crusaders game box for the Gameboy
Credit: Nintendo/Bandai

The next title in our list is based on a popular cartoon series that many of you have probably spent hours watching. Toxic Crusaders features characters from the show in a side-scrolling beat -’em-up that looks pretty darn good on the DMG.

Unlike most titles that see releases in multiple regions, Toxic Crusaders only had a North American release. That’s one of the reasons why this game is now so expensive, and gamers in Europe and Japan will have to part with a big pile of cash if they want to try it out.

Toxic Crusaders gameplay - Toxie holding a mop in front of a fence on an empty street
Credit: Nintendo/Bandai/Youtube

The price of this game has skyrocketed over the past four years. You could pick up a cart-only copy for around $20 in 2016, but prices have soared since then!

Toxic Crusaders also saw releases on the SEGA Genesis and the NES. While all versions are pretty rare, it’s the DMG cart that’s worth the most. It received another wave of interest after appearing on the Angry Video Game Nerd YouTube channel in 2013, prompting gamers to resume the hunt once more.

8. Mega Man V: $99 – $1,725

Gameboy box for Mega Man V
Credit: Nintendo/Capcom

You might have first come across Mega Man on Smash Bros. Ultimate if you’re new to Nintendo gaming, but his roots go all the way back to the SNES and DMG, which leads us to Mega Man V!

If you’re a fan of the series, however, then you HAVE to give Mega Man V a try. It’s a classic in its own right and quite different from the home console versions that have come before it.

Mega Man V was voted as the best portable title in the series. It took more time to make than any of the previous four games, and it really showed consumers what the DMG could do.

Mega Man V gameplay, with Mega Man jumping towards a large one-eyed enemy
Credit: Nintendo/Capcom/Youtube

For those of you who don’t know, Mega Man is kind of like Samus Aran (Metroid). He’s a space-age fighter with a plasma arm and flying fists, and you have to use him to defeat enemies about 4-times his size (check out that beast in the pic above!)

Capcom sure know how to make cracking games, and Mega Man V is certainly no exception. It might look old, but this game can still hold its own in the gaming big leagues and has a price that proves it’s a title worth investigating.

9. Castlevania Legends: $130 – $1,500

Castlevania Legends Gameboy DMG game box cover art
Credit: Nintendo/Konami

Castlevania Legends might be part of the same legendary series that we all know and love, but the tried and tested formula is a little different.

The gameplay is a little sparse, and it isn’t likely to win many awards in the graphics department. It’s quite easy too, not exactly taxing the player like some of the other Belmont outings we’ve had the pleasure of playing.

So why is this game so coveted now?

Castlevania Legends gameplay, with Sonia Belmont walking towards a chain winch suspended between symmetrical platforms.
Credit: Nintendo/Konami/Youtube

It didn’t get much attention back on release, a fact largely due to how different it was to the main series. It has since been recognised as not being part of the official canon, and I suppose you could say that its a bit of a square peg in a round hole (or maybe a wooden stake would have been a better item to use here…)

All factors that make boxed copies of Legends now sell for around $1,500. Funny how the world works, isn’t it?

10. Sumo Fighter: $89 – 1,480

Sumo fighter game case for the Nintendo Gameboy DMG
Credit: Nintendo/DTMC

The next offering in our list is a super rare North American version of a Japanese title; Sumo Fighter.

Sumo Wrestlers don’t often feature in video games (except from E. Honda of course), which makes this even more of an interesting concept.

The player takes control of a mighty wrestler named Bontaro Heiseiyama and must work through a series of levels set in ancient Japan. The side-scrolling gameplay feels a little bit like Sonic and Mario combined, with spike pits, blocks, and enemies to throw, slap, pound, or charge at.

Gameplay shot of Sumo Fighter, with Bontaro Heiseiyama standing in a forest underneath some trees.
Credit: Nintendo/DTMC

This game obviously had a bigger draw in Japan than it did in the States, as copies of the North American port are now extremely rare. The most expensive version we’ve come across is a graded copy still sealed in a hard-plastic casing.

Can you imagine paying $7,500 for a game that cost less than $30 when it came out! If you’re as rich as Bruce Wayne and looking for a present to yourself, then this could be a good option!

11. Avenging Spirit (USA Version): $103 – $1,000

Game Box for the gameboy game Avenging Spirit (USA Version)
Credit: Nintendo/Jaleco

Avenging Spirit is a bit of an enigma. This game’s poor sales were a product of its own strange branding choices.

The North American cover featured an American gangster wielding a Tommy Gun, whereas the European and Japanese covers featured a cute-looking ghost and various small characters that look anything but frightening.

Why are they so different, I hear you ask?

Avenging Spirit is essentially known as a ‘Posess-’em’up’ in which you play as a ghost that can possess different characters in a bid to avenge your own death and rescue your beloved girlfriend from meeting the same fate.

Avenging Spirit gameplay, with a gangster moving down a set of stairs while firing a gun.
Credit: Nintendo/Jaleco

To add more confusion, the game was also known as Phantasm in Japan. Now you know the ‘avenging’ part of the story line, the game starts to make more sense. Still, it’s too late to change the damage done by the conflicting cover art, but the intrigue surrounding the game has increased greatly over the years.

Up until recently, it was the European PAL cover that brought most money, but now the NTSC artwork has taken the lead. Users can now expect to pay around $1,000 for a boxed copy of the game, with boxed copies of the PAL version bringing in just over $800.

12. Jimmy Connors’ Tennis (USA Version): $130 – $485

Gameboy DMG box for Jimmy Connors’ Tennis (USA Version)
Credit: Nintendo/Ubisoft

In the same vein as F1 Pole Position, Ubisoft released a very limited number run of this game in North America. Maybe they always knew that they would be able to make a killing on the retro market!

Perhaps it was down to Ubisoft guessing that Europeans like tennis more than Americans that led to this game becoming such a rarity in the States. Sports games have always been popular on every console, and surprisingly, you can still pick up a cheap copy of this title for the Atari Lynx

Jimmy Connors’ Tennis gameplay, with two players stood on a tennis court and a ball bouncing.
Credit: Nintendo/Ubisoft

Players could work their way through the ATP World Tour and challenge their mates using a link-up cable. It’s a hefty price to pay to whack some tennis balls around, but this is a title that I’d want if I was on a path to compile the greatest DMG collection ever known!

13. Knight Quest: $76 – $450

Knight Quest Gameboy DMG game box
Credit: Nintendo/Taito

We love Knight Quest here at Retro Dodo. Let’s face it; it’s an RPG, of course, we can’t get enough of it!

To say that this top-down title looks super simple, it plays very well. Ok, so it’s not a Zelda title, but it does have an early Final Fantasy vibe about it makes it impossible to put down once we get stuck in.

Knight Quest gameplay, with a knight standing outside of a castle surrounded by trees.
Credit: Nintendo/Taito

Buy weapons using gold found in game, battle enemies at every turn, and try not to spend ages counting all the dots that make up the grass on screen.

Unfortunately, as this is an older game, you’ll be subjected to random battles. Still, it gives you plenty of chance to get stuck in with magic and using those weapons you’ve purchased with hard-earned cash during each turn-based skirmish.

The last boxed copy sold on eBay in 2023 for $450, though you can pick up a cartridge-only copy for around $76.

14. King James Bible: $295 – $399

King James Bible Nintendo Gameboy box art
Credit: Nintendo/Wisdom tree

I’m going to level with you – I never knew that there was a version of the King James Bible on the Gameboy. Some of you might be thinking that playing through some of those Bible tales would be pretty epic, but there are no exciting side-quests or epic adventures to play through on this game.

King James Bible gameplay - a piece of text from the bible (Exodus 1:1).
Credit: Nintendo/Wisdom tree

This is essentially a portable, digital version of the Bible. I added digital there because books are pretty portable as it is.

Still, if you’re on a bus and want to read through Exodus covertly while everyone thinks that you’re playing Tetris, then this would certainly fool them.

The game is unusual, to say the least, mostly because it’s not actually a game. Advertised at a primarily religious audience, this cartridge has joined the ranks of rare gameboy games and can now fetch up to $399 on auction sites. If strange releases are your bag, then this one needs to be in your game case.

15. Chikyu Kaiho Gun ZAS: $211

Game box art for Chikyu Kaiho Gun ZAS on the Nintendo Gameboy
Credit: NIntendo/T&Esoft

The final title on our list of rare Gameboy games is one that you can only find in Japan. Chikyu Kaiho Gun ZAS was never released in any other regions, but it pushed the DMG to the max and made for incredible gameplay that was hard to put down.

It might be hard to believe looking at the picture below, but this game was cutting edge when it was first released. It’s now one of the most demanded ports on the system, and with high demand comes equally high prices.

Chikyu Kaiho Gun ZAS gameplay - a ship moving up to the top of the Gameboy screen while enemies swarm around it.
Credit: NIntendo/T&Esoft/Youtube

So what’s so exciting about Chikyu Kaiho Gun ZAS? Well, it’s a futuristic shoot-’em-up in space – what more is there to say! It plays like R-TYPE and takes some seriously steady hands to get your craft around the different levels.

Super robots have taken over the Earth, and it’s your job to get rid of them and get the planet back in order. If you’ve got a wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket, then you could be the gamer for the job!

There are currently no recent sales on eBay for Chikyu Kaiho Gun ZAS, but VGPrice currently lists the price at $211.

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