8 most expensive games for the GameCube

Many GameCube games are beloved classics, but there are also plenty of rarities and oddities that will put a big dent in your wallet.

While not the most commercially successful console, the Nintendo GameCube has been around long enough now that people have fond memories of it. Nostalgia does wonders for the perception of a console, and people are finally starting to see what a fantastic range of games the GameCube had. Your time will come, WiiU.

Many of these great games are still exclusive to the GameCube, as they haven’t been successful enough for Nintendo to port them to future consoles. This means that the second-hand market is full of expensive games that only the most dedicated collectors will be able to get their hands on.

Sky of Arcadia: Legends – $280

The sequel to the classic Dreamcast JRPG, Skies of Arcadia: Legends felt a bit dated compared to other GameCube games, but it shouldn’t be overlooked on that basis alone. Like the original, it’s a great JRPG with a wonderfully engaging world. Yet its relative rarity has earned it a high price now.

Mario Party 7 – $350

It might seem odd that a successful franchise like Mario Party could have a rare or expensive game, especially one of the most notable entries in the franchise. The problem is the microphone device required to play. If you don’t already own this kit, finding a copy of Mario Party 7 with this one is very difficult, especially in PAL regions.

Chibi-Robo – $350

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

Ribbit King – $350

Do you like golf? Do you like frogs? Do you wish there was a game mixing the two? So do we have good news for you…provided you own a GameCube and have $350 lying around. Ribbit King has you throwing frogs through increasingly wild golf courses to hit a target. Did we mention they call him “Frolf”? When Nintendo released GameCube Virtual Console for Switch Online, require this game to be added.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance – $420

Although Fire Emblem is a big mainstream Nintendo franchise these days, it took a long time to take off outside of Japan. Path of Radiance was the series debut on home consoles in English-speaking countries, and to put it bluntly, nobody cared. Fortunately, the franchise is in a much better position these days, and classic games like this are getting the appreciation they deserve.

Gadget Racers – $650

There’s not much to say about Gadget Racers, it’s just a standard racing game, from a time when the market was full of greats. The PS2 version is very cheap, but if for some reason you were determined to play it on GameCube, you’ll have to shell out a lot for the privilege thanks to its rarity. To be clear, for $650 it would be cheaper to buy a used PS2.

Gotcha Force- $980

Fighting mechs with various abilities in a large arena sounds like a lot of fun, but it seems people at the time of Gotcha Force’s release were baffled by the idea. Decades later, it has a small following online, and that’s no surprise given the ridiculous price tag attached to used copies of this game. We dread to think how much a new copy would cost.

Pokemon Box – $1,400

For such a ridiculous price, this has to be an amazing Pokemon spin-off forgotten by history, right? No. It’s just a place to store Pokemon of all types generation 3 games. That’s it. That’s all. People don’t care about paying $25 a year for Pokemon HOME, but apparently four figures for something much more restrictive is fine. In reality, this is a very rare piece of Pokemon history, and such a massive franchise commands a high price tag in collector circles.

Written by Ryan Woodrow on behalf of GL HF.

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