8 Most Expensive Games for the GameCube

Many GameCube games are beloved classics, but there are also many rarities and quirks that will burn a big hole in your wallet.

Despite not being the most commercially successful console, the Nintendo GameCube has been out long enough now that people have nostalgic memories of it. Nostalgia works wonders for the perception of a console, and people are finally starting to see what a fantastic lineup of games the GameCube had. Your time will come, WiiU.

Many of those great games are still exclusive to the GameCube, because they weren’t successful enough for Nintendo to port them to future consoles. This means that the second-hand market is filled to the brim with expensive games that only the most dedicated collectors will get their hands on.

Skies of Arcadia: Legends – $280

The sequel to the classic Dreamcast JRPG, Skies of Arcadia: Legends, felt a little dated compared to other GameCube games, but for that reason alone it shouldn’t be overlooked. Like the original, it’s a great JRPG with a wonderfully captivating world. Still, its relative rarity has now come with a heavy price tag.

Mario Party 7 – $350

It may seem strange that a successful franchise like Mario Party could have a rare or expensive game, especially one of the more notable entries in the franchise. The problem is the microphone edge needed to play. If you don’t already own this piece of gear, it’s very hard to find a copy of Mario Party 7 with it, especially in PAL regions.

Chibi-Robo – $350

Chibi-Robo is the kind of game that, if released today as an indie title on Steam, it would be a huge hit with content creators. To start, you play as a cute little robot that explores and cleans a big house. For two, it has a surprisingly deep story about a broken family. For three, aliens. It’s a shame this game is so expensive as it’s a real hidden gem.

Ribbit King – $350

Do you like golf? Do you like frogs? Do you wish there was a game that combines the two? Then we’ve got some good news for you… assuming you own a GameCube and have $350 lying around. Ribbit King has you launching frogs across increasingly wild golf courses to hit a target. Did we mention they call it ‘Frolf’? When Nintendo released the GameCube virtual console for Switch Online, you have to demand that this game be added.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance – $420

Although Fire Emblem is a major mainstream Nintendo franchise these days, it took a long time to get off the ground outside of Japan. Path of Radiance was the series debut on home consoles in English-speaking countries, and to put it bluntly, no one cared. Thankfully, the franchise has a much better reputation these days, and classic games like this one are getting the credit they deserve.

Gadge Tracers – $650

There’s not much to say about Gadget Racers, it’s just a standard racing game, from an era when the market was full of great ones. The PS2 version is very cheap, but if for some reason you were terrified to play it on GameCube, you’ll have to pay a lot for the privilege thanks to its rarity. To be clear, at $650 it would be cheaper to buy a pre-owned PS2.

Gotcha Force – $980

Fighting mechs with different skills in a big arena sounds like a lot of fun, but it seems that at the time of the release of Gotcha Force, people weren’t happy with the idea. Decades later, it has a small online following, and it’s no surprise given the ridiculous price tag attached to used copies of this game. We’re afraid to imagine how much a new one would cost.

Pokemon Box – $1,400

For such a ridiculous price, this must be a great Pokemon spin-off forgotten by history, right? No. It’s just a place to store Pokemon of all kinds from the Generation 3 games. That is it. That’s the whole thing. People scoff at paying $25 a year for Pokemon HOME, but apparently four numbers is fine for something much more restrictive. In reality, this is a very rare piece of Pokemon history, and such a huge franchise carries a high price in collector circles.

Written by Ryan Woodrow on behalf of GLHF

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