Ten Amusingly Expensive JRPGs (plus one WRPG)

I sort of understand collecting; in high school and my freshman year of college I bought DVDs obsessively, and my collection grew to about 400 in only a couple years. Then I was paying my own bills and realized I only ever watched a few of the movies I owned more than once, and so all these purchases were silly. Now that I’m working in games and have enough disposable income to buy things other than booze, that collecting itch has returned, but I still usually stick to deal-shopping when I buy games.

Earlier this week, one of my bosses, Mark Burnham, told me about how he recently discovered that he had lost the third disc of his copy of Final Fantasy VII, and so he went to a mom and pop game shop to pick up a replacement copy of the game. He said he expected to lay down ten or fifteen buck for it, but ended up spending $90. “That’s ridiculous!” I screamed, noting that the game is available as a download from PSN for $9.99.

But that’s what collector’s do, and that’s why something dumb like this will cost you $10,000 today. There are a number of old JRPGs that’ll run you a pretty penny now, especially if we’re talking about a  sealed, non-Greatest Hits copy. Used copies don’t tend to cost so terribly much if you shop around because online stores like the Amazon Marketplace help to drive down costs. So here’s a list of JRPGs that’ll set you back a bit, ranked arbitrarily in ascending order. Thanks to Video Game Price Charts for some of the numbers.  The dollar amounts are rough averages/eyeballs. Note: All PS1 games are the black label versions, as green labels are worthless.

10. Phantasy Star Online Plus (GameCube)

Used – $80

New – $200

Max current price – $350

This was kind of a patched version of PSO, and naturally nobody bought it because anybody who wanted the game already had it. Very few people played online on the GC anyway.

9. Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (PS1)

Used – $75

New – $300

Max current price – $1,000

This one seems to go for slightly more than the SNES version, and the N64 sequel is also worth a bunch. That’s unusual.

8. Terranigma (SNES) (PAL)

Used –  Over $100

New – None that I could find

Max current price – $250

The Japanese version of the game will net you around $30, but the PAL version is a lot more expensive. Most copies go for at least $100, and a boxed copy will get you near $200.

7. Brigandine: The Legend of Forsena (Playstation)

Used – $80

New – $350

Max current price -$600

Atlus usually does small print runs, and yada yada yada demand is greater than supply.

6. Mother 1+ 2 (GBA import)

Used – $110 (ball park)

new – none that I found

Max current price – $300

This GBA compilation includes Mother, an NES title, and Mother 2, also known as Earthbound (also on this list by itself), an SNES game.

5. Suikoden II (Playstation)

Used – $100

New – $325

Max current price – $476

This is the most expensive non-special edition release for the original Playstation, because it’s rare; it had a small initial run, didn’t sell well and then never had any more copies made. The price went up due to interest in Suikoden III.

4. Earthbound (SNES)

Used – $140

New – none!

Max current price – $450

This one isn’t rare, so I don’t really know why it’s expensive. I guess it’s probably because it wasn’t a huge hit initially, and now that it has a cult following a lot of folks want it. That it’s not rare means you can get it pretty cheap — far below that used average — if you look hard enough.

3. Valkyrie Profile (PS1)

Used – $150

New – $250

Max current price – $1,000

I don’t think prices for this on are normally this high (Racket Boy indicates a much lower norm for it). This is another one of those that developed a following after it went out of print, and so the demand was higher than the supply, even though the supply wasn’t unreasonably small.

2. Final Fantasy VII (PS1)

Used – $45-375

New – $100-$3,000

Where the hell am I supposed to rank this with price ranges like that? It would take me hours to compile proper averages, because there are soooooo many copies out there; it sold 10 million new copies upon release.

1. Chrono Trigger (US release) (SNES)

Used – $40-300

New – $260-4,000

Barely edges out FFVII for one reason: It’s rare that anyone ever bites on the the high-end prices, but someone did actually pay $1,200 for a copy of Chrono Trigger on eBay last year.

Embarrassingly for all JRPGs everywhere, the single most expensive RPG right now is World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition. Sealed copies of that go for, minimum, $1000, and that’s the bargain basement price. Most of these sell for more than $2,000. Chirrrrrrst.

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7 Comments on Ten Amusingly Expensive JRPGs (plus one WRPG)

Aids

On March 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Sorry but these hunks of plastic are garbage. Anyone who pays any money for outdated boring Japanese RPG’s are just filthy weaboos who should of been caught in that earthquake and tsunami.

dogwelder

On March 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm

ff7 & chrono trigger are ? aids your a in idiot

what no “secret of mana” snes

Phil Owen

On March 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Like I said at the top, the rankings are kind of arbitrary, and a ton of titles are at the fringe of the list. Secret of Mana sealed copies went for a lot in the past, but right now the market on sealed copies seems to be tapped, and used copies don’t go for much.

Legend of Mana on PS1, however, was really close to making the list.

Basil Craig

On March 27, 2011 at 6:12 am

I’ll buy Red Alert 2 and crappy MW2 instead of these expensive things (refer to what aids said.) :|

Cyberkid

On March 28, 2011 at 9:44 am

And people wonder why we turn to emulation…

NekoL

On April 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

the dothack series is slowly making it’s way onto that list. Considering the series have 4 games in total if you want to play the entire game.. Plus the 4th one itself, if it’s new, is averaging $150 on ebay. and that’s a PS2 game, not too old yet..

TyphlosionprimeX

On June 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I hate those Greedy ass pigs on ebay. I never got to play FFVII, they wonder why I bought it on PSN.