The Xbox 360 – despite the initial production issues that came with the infamous ‘Red Ring of Death’ failure – was a huge success for Microsoft.
Against stiff competition with the PS2 – and, to a lesser extent, Nintendo’s GameCube – during the original Xbox era, Microsoft launched the 360 before their competitors were ready for the next gen – and this tactic paid off.
The success of the 360 meant that the market was flooded with games. The console had a huge library with many big titles being widely available.
And to an extent, many of those games have low costs even today.
Yet some titles have become highly sought after by collectors and command unusually high prices. So, make you have some… lots of cash to hand!
So which are the most rare Xbox 360 games secretly worth a fortune?
Let’s find out!
15. Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’14: Masters Historic Edition: $30 – $50
Golf has a long history in video games (and golf games can sometimes be among the best games on a system. Just check out our 15 Best Neo Geo Pocket Games of All Time list for a great example).
Though it might be a bit of a shock to see an EA Sports game in this list – and a Tiger Woods one at that.
The Historic Edition of the game features the usual modern golf courses and competitions, along with a time travelling tour through golf’s rich history, starting way back in 1873.
Lots of atmosphere and era-appropriate touches give the game an authentic feel – and the Xbox 360 version even has Kinect support too.
Though many online features are now missing – with support having long been shut down – the disc is still highly sought after as one of the most rare Xbox 360 games in existence. Prices are currently at the £30-£50 mark, depending on the condition.
14. FIFA 19: $30 – $60
It’s truly odd to see FIFA on this list. Given that most entries in the series are so ubiquitous, it’s a running joke among game collectors that it’s all they find when bargain hunting for games in charity shops.
This last gasp for the series on the 360 courted controversy for just being the 2018 version with no improvements or alterations.
Don’t forget heavily scripted and bug ridden too.
With all focus on the PS4 and Xbox One versions at that time, this particular port was simply a shamefully lazy cash-in from EA.
Despite this, the game’s rarity has meant that the price has skyrocketed in the last few years. Even unboxed copies fetching £30 on the secondary market and prices rising significantly (up to £60) for complete, boxed copies of the game.
13. Spider-Man: Web Of Shadows: $30 – $60
Activision produced a number of good Spider-Man games during the Xbox 360/PS3 era (though the less said about the Wii ports, the better). Some of them were excellent games in their own right (none quite reached the heights of the PS4 Spider-Man game though – check out our 15 Best PS4 Games of All Time list for more on that one!).
At the top of the pile was the superb Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. It featured varied Spideys from across the Multiverse, with four distinct heroes in very different worlds and with different gameplay styles to boot.
Pre-dating the excellent Into the Spider-Verse movie by almost ten years, it was a fantastic use of the Spider-Man license.
Two years prior to that, however, Activision released Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, which was developed by Treyarch. The game was known for its element of choice, in which players could choose to be more heroic or more villainous.
With a Venom/symbiote focused storyline and the ability to switch between the classic and the black suit at any time (each with different abilities and upgrades available), Web of Shadows is an interesting attempt to add a new spin on the open world superhero formula.
With Activision having long lost their Marvel licensing deal, all of their Spider-Man games are out of print and highly sought after. Web of Shadows is certainly the rarest and most difficult to acquire at the moment.
Current prices range from £30-£60, making it one of the most rare Xbox 360 games secretly worth a fortune with ease!
12. Cars 3: Driven To Win: $30 – $50
Released way into the lifespan of the console and a good few years after its successor, the Xbox One, was released (and which also played host to a version of Cars 3: Driven to Win), it’s perhaps odd that this game made an appearance on Microsoft’s aging console at all.
Yet it did.
Perhaps with a much smaller print run than would be expected for a Disney tie-in, due to the then-focus on the next generation of consoles.
It’s no wonder that the video game sequel – which was similar in structure to the previous game – is so highly sought after.
Though the other console versions are more readily available and much cheaper, Cars 3: Driven to Win remains very desirable for collectors. It is one of the most rare Xbox 360 games and Very few UK copies are available via eBay at the moment, but they’re listed at around £45.
11. Asterix At The Olympic Games: $39 – $78
Currently priced at around £50, this Asterix title only seems to be rare on the Xbox 360. The Wii and PS3 versions available for no more than £5 each in many cases
Another example of a game which has become sought after due to a low print run rather than any indication of its quality.
Asterix at the Olympic Games, as its title implies, features a strong sports theme. Think Olympic events to compete in alongside the usual 3D platform style game you’d expect from an Asterix title.
10. Crash Time 5: Undercover: $17 – $38
The Crash Time games are based on a German TV show called Alarm für Cobra 11 – which is still running even now, twenty five years after the first episode aired.
Yet Alarm für Cobra 11 is barely known outside its native Germany. The games based on the series have been rebranded as ‘Crash Time’ in other countries.
Just as the series it’s based on seems to be endlessly popular and long-running, the game series also seems to keep churning out new material.
Almost certainly due to the rebrand to a more generic title and the relatively low interest the series receives when shorn of its license, Crash Time 5: Undercover is a title that was released with little fanfare and a low print run.
The title is highly sought after though, with the value remaining high (around £50-£75 at the time of writing) – despite the game’s not-exactly-stellar critical reception.
9. Just Dance 2019: $25 – $49
You’ve got to hand it to UbiSoft: since the first Just Dance released on the Wii in 2009, the series has been a genuine phenomenon among more casual gamers and has remained hugely popular for more than a decade – showing no signs of slowing down.
Though often derided or ignored by hardcore gamers, there’s no denying that Just Dance’s appeal goes way beyond the normal audience for video games.
Ubisoft’s strategy with each release in recent years is an interesting one. They often take advantage of the higher install base and more casual fans that use their older consoles.
By releasing the newest version of the game on platforms that many publishers have long since moved on from, they keep the people happy.
For example, the 2019 edition – as well as appearing on current formats – even released on the Wii. Sales of the series on Nintendo’s long thought dead format still warranted its release at that point.
Likewise for the Xbox 360; this Kinect-powered release seems to have been particularly rare, however, because copies are currently being sold between £45-£110 online.
8. My Horse & Me 2: $89 – $110
Horse riding is a pursuit often neglected in video games. Still, it’s sometimes deeply interwoven into the gameplay of titles where it isn’t the main focus (The Witcher 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time being two good examples.
The My Horse & Me titles had a strong focus on taking care of the animal in your stable. It also revolved around riding and competing in equestrian events as you’d expect.
This particular game was subject to a small print run and low availability at the time of release, which has definitely made it one of the most rare Xbox 360 games.
At £75-£110, it’s another game that’s secretly worth a fortune.
7. Dodonpachi Resurrection: Deluxe Edition: $66 – $103
Bullet hell shooters are a hugely popular subgenre of scrolling shoot ’em ups . The screen becomes absolutely covered in brightly coloured bullets for the player to attempt to navigate their way through.
To the casual onlooker, it looks like an impossible and frustrating task.
To the bullet hell fan, that’s exactly what they want, expect and enjoy.
Dodonpachi Resurrection: Deluxe Edition is a port of a classic arcade bullet hell shoot ’em up from masters of the genre, Cave.
As you’d expect from a niche subgenre of a now-niche genre itself (with 2D scrolling shooters generally finding themselves popular only with hardcore fans, Dodonpachi Resurrection wasn’t anticipated to sell much beyond its already dedicated fanbase.
The print run was low and – due to the fans holding on to their physical copies for the most part – the game is rarely seen on the secondary market.
At the time of writing, there’s a disc only version on offer via eBay for £29.99, but asking prices rise to as much as £150 for complete copies.
6. El Chavo Kart: $95 – $115
El Chavo kart takes the 5th spot in this list of rare Xbox 360 games… and no, it’s not a chavy version of Mario Kart.
(That joke might only be funny if you’re a UK reader. If you’re not from the UK, just trust me that I’m hilarious).
If you like in Spain or Latin America, then El Chavo will be a huge deal. It’s a popular cartoon series that all kids know, but it never made its way over to the UK or America.
Still, it’s essentially the same as Mario Kart, CTR, & Diddy Kong Racing, but just based on a show that is very specific to Spanish-speaking countries.
With only 5,000 copies ever made outside of Hispanic regions, there’s probably no great surprise that you haven’t played it before. Still, it’s a great game to play if you have a spare $95 lying around and want to try something new!
5. IHF Handball Challenge 16: $80 – $200
Unsurprisingly, this sports game had a low print run and didn’t find a wide audience. If I hadn’t been aware of this title’s status as one of the most rare (and therefore expensive) Xbox 360 games, I probably would never have known that handball was even a thing in real life.
Yet it isn’t as niche as you might expect.
This video game adaptation of the sport features a huge 62 real life teams from the real life sport, with the largest European Leagues represented.
It’s certainly big enough to have warranted a licensed video game in any case…
… perhaps Handball as an organised, professional sport is much more popular than the lack of publicity it generates would suggest.
I’ll just have to believe the blurb which tells me that it’s an incredibly accurate recreation of the real sport. Given the niche nature of the game, it’s perhaps not a surprise to see it appear as one of the most rare Xbox 360 games.
Disc only versions are currently found on eBay priced at £80, with prices for complete copies rising beyond £200 – so this really is the most rare Xbox 360 game that’s secretly worth a fortune!
4. Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning – Exclusive Signature Edition: $218 – $274
As a writer, games that have incredible storylines and indeed amazing stories behind them fascinate me.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is one such title. A game written by the author of the DemonWars Saga R.A Salvatore, financed by a baseball player, and paid for by the entire stat of Rhode-Island, this title certainly had a lot of hype behind it.
It’s just too bad people didn’t like it!
I guess a game with this much money put into it would need to sell a boat load of copies to make its money back. If it sold for $274 back in the day, then the developers might have at least broke even.
Still, if you can get hold of this game, then it’ll certainly make for an interesting talking point when your mates come over!
3. Fallout 3 Mothership Zeta (Add-on): $332 – $391
Number 3 in our list of the best Xbox 360 games is a bit of an enigma, to say the least.
We all know that Fallout 2 had some add-ons for it in the form of DLC. There are, however, four of the five DLCs that came in cases that looked like standard Xbox 360 game boxes.
Mothership Zeta is the 5th of the bunch, and it’s a very rare item to get your hands on.
There are a few on eBay at the minute and they do crop up from time to time, but the team here at Retro Dodo don’t know much about it other than it’s expensive to get hold of.
The cheapest I’ve seen a copy for is $321, making the whole set close to a couple of thousand dollars if you wanted to collect them all.
2. Dead Space (Ultra Limited Edition): $699 – $2500
Who else likes their games to come with as much extra material as possible? Artwork, posters, an original hand cast of the picture on the box…
… yes, one such Dead Space package sold for $2500 recently, the ultimate fan-package!
The Xbox 360 was rife with packages filled with what my mum calls ‘extra bumph that only needs extra dusting’, and the Dead Space (Ultra Limited Edition) package is perhaps one of the most impressive of them all.
With only 1000 ever making it onto shop shelves, there’s no wonder it brings a pretty hefty price tag these days.
That really is ultra limited edition when games are concerned, especially as the normal game sold well over a million units in its lifetime!
1. NBA Elite 11: $10,000
NBA Elite tops this list of rare Xbox 360 games with a price tag that is utterly out of this world!
What happens when a game as highly anticipated as this and part of the EA Sports range gets pulled at the last minute?
I’ll tell you; copies get leaked that should have gone back to HQ, and they are suddenly worth a small fortune.
This game was cancelled due to some nasty bugs in the system and shouldn’t have ever gone out. But like always, copies ‘go missing’ or are ‘misplaced’.
I’m going to be honest; there aren’t that many Xbox 360 versions of this around. That’s how rare it is! The price I’ve given you is for the PS3 port and also based on the three Xbox 360 copies that were sold on eBay in the past.
There are at least 3 copies of the Xbox 360 version out there in houses across the globe, so keep your eyes peeled to see if they appear on eBay again!
Jason – who lives in the UK – has had a lifelong interest in video games, which all started when he discovered Space Invaders in the early 80s. The first game he ever completed was Wonder Boy in Monster Land on the Sega Master System – which remains one of his proudest gaming achievements. Jason is a passionate writer – and has been writing about gaming since the late 90s. He currently runs pop culture blog midlifegamergeek.com, which he updates on a daily basis (and has written more than 700 articles on the blog alone!).
Outside of video games, Jason is a keen tabletop gamer, film buff and comic book fan.