The amount of gamers collecting games that are still in their factory seal is on the rise, as this month’s eBay round-up shows. Why collect sealed games? The appeal of owning something never touched by human hands is very alluring, especially if itâ€™s hard game to find to being with. It’s like… uber collecting. Or something.
Itâ€™s sealed Nintendo stuff that seems to sell for the most. Leading the way is this copy of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards which sucked Â£142 out of somebodyâ€™s wallet, attracting 23 bids. A few other N64 games sold for high amounts: a copy of Automobil Lamborhini, which was one of Titusâ€™ better N64 games, went for Â£59.88 (23 bids); a Banjo-Kazooie (Playerâ€™s Choice version) for Â£70 on Buy It Now; and V-Rally â€™99 for Â£45 (13 bids).
A sealed Pokemon Game Boy Colour also went for a staggering Â£420 (35 bids), while a copy of Donkey Kong Land II swung Â£104 (20 bids). Then for the NES, a copy of Tennis earned somebody a nice Â£116 backhander after 14 bids.
PlayStation games arenâ€™t far behind, with sealed PSone games becoming very desirable. The rare ones are, at least â€“ common sealed PSone games usually sell for around the Â£10 mark. Unopened copies of Tombi and Bubble Bobble have sold for a lot recently – Â£385 and Â£206 respectively. A copy of Crash Bandicoot 3 also went for Â£161 (29 bids). Less desirable games can sell for handsome amounts though, like the next two â€“ Duke Nukem Time to Kill for Â£31 (10 bids) and Mech Warrior 2 for Â£39 (9 bids).
Stores ditched their Dreamcast stock very quickly once it was announced that Sega were stopping Dreamcast production. As such, eBay has loads of sealed Dreamcast games available for less than a tenner. A couple have fetched a lot more recently â€“ Street Fighter Alpha 3 went for Â£95 on Buy It Now, while a sealed Sonic Shuffle went for Â£34 (6 bids).
Itâ€™s not just sealed copies of retro games that are desirable to collectors â€“ some newer games are too. Case in point: a sealed Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare limited edition that went for Â£256 after 27 bids. It wasn’t even the edition with the night vision goggles. Weâ€™re also surprised by these two pristine PSP games – Â£29 for Iron Man 2 and Â£35 for F1 â€™06.
One thing that writing this round-up has taught us is that people need to look very carefully at what theyâ€™re buying. Quite a few games on eBay are listed as sealed when they are in fact simply resealed â€“ pre-owned goods in shrinkwrap. Always look for the words â€˜factory sealedâ€™, folks.