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The Pokemon video game franchise has turned into a goldmine for Nintendo. Each new generation of Pokemon games comes in pairs, and if fans want to collect all of that generation's characters, they have to either own both versions or find someone who owns a compatible one to trade with. Over the years support for the franchise has not dwindled, and the games have continued to hold their value. More than that, as copies of the older games have become increasingly hard to come by, factory-sealed units are known to fetch a pretty penny on auction sites.
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Here, we're taking a look at the most expensive games in the Pokemon franchise and how much they're worth. All estimates are for factory-sealed copies, sourced via PriceCharting.
Updated September 20th, 2021 by Russ Boswell: Pokemon continues to dominate the game space with its unique brand of monster capturing and battling games. The Pokemon influence is so wide now that new and exciting spinoffs are constantly in the works, with Game Freak and other companies helping to inject the Pokemon formula into other mediums and game genres. Because of this, some of the most iconic titles in the series are starting to fetch a higher price online. What are some of the most expensive Pokemon games out there? To better answer this question about high-priced Pokemon games, the following list has been updated with recent prices and even more entries.
14 Pokemon Blue ($600)
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In Japan, the franchise's first two entries for the Gameboy were Pokemon Red and Green. In North America, we got Red and Blue, for whatever reason.
While Blastoise is arguably as popular with die-hard fans as Charizard, this version of the game had "Blue" as the first name option for the player character, something that is not consistent with the rest of the franchise or its lore. It can go for a pretty high price if it's new.
Although this isn't as extravagant as the other entries on this list (when considering what players are getting), it's pretty intense how much value this particular bundle has gained in such a short time.
Players who grab this bundle get a special edition Pikachu and Eevee Nintendo Switch, as well as a special edition controller. It also comes with a copy of Pokemon Let's Go! Eevee. This particular bundle is already fetching upwards of $700 if it's new-in-box.
Even though this entry is almost a decade younger than the original Red and Blue versions upon which it is based, it still scores higher than an original sealed copy of Pokemon Blue.
That could be down to the iconic nature of both Charizard as a cover feature and the player naming option of Red, something we'll see again a little further down on this list.
Pokemon Gold is one of the most expansive games in the franchise, covering two whole regions. The game introduced the second generation of Pokemon, including the addition of the dark-type creatures.
The game features Ho-Oh, a legendary Pokémon seen but unnamed in the first episode of the anime, well before it was ever included in any of the games. If it's new, collectors will pay a lot.
Pokemon Silver was part of the gen II set and featured legendary Pokemon Lugia. It had the same story as Gold, but the available Pokemon in Silver have now made it more sought after than it's sister title.
Widely considered to be one of the franchise's finest entries beside Gold, this one enters the list at a cool $1513 for a brand new copy.
Pokemon Emerald is a beloved game in its own right and the base title can fetch a hefty price if it's still sealed in its original packaging but one variant that hit store shelves can be grabbed cheaper, with even more value included. This version contains the base game but packages it with a nifty carrying case, allowing players to store everything they need to safely carry their Pokemon Emerald adventure with them.
Those fortunate enough to have a new-in-box/case edition can sell it for quite a bit.
This is a bit of a left-field entry, only because most casual American fans likely aren't even aware of its existence.
Released exclusively in Japan in 2002, this little collectible based on a popular duo from the Pokemon anime featured six mini-games that included the two baby Pokemon along with a slew of other characters from the franchise.
This one gets a price bump thanks to the fact that it includes a Nintendo 64 console but the price for a "new-in-box" version is still insanely high. In fact, the included Nintendo 64 isn't even a special edition and doesn't contain any unique art.
This set included everything players needed to boot up Pokemon Stadium, including a console with a standard controller, extra Atomic Purple controller, expansion pack, game cartridge, trainer's manual, and even game with a special holographic trading card. It's highly sought after by collectors and fetches a high price if it's new.
This particular Pokemon bundle is highly sought after by collectors, especially if it's still shrink-wrapped or in brand-new condition. There are many players that hold the Silver and Gold versions of Pokemon in incredibly high regard and some would argue that they are perhaps the best games in the entire franchise.
This bundle contains not only the original Pokemon SoulSilver game for Nintendo DS but packages it with a Lugia figurine and a special Pokewalker jacket. It fetches an astronomical price if it's new but it's still not enough to topple its Golden counterpart.
This is barely a game, but it was a console release so we're including it. It was basically a Pokémon storage system for the Nintendo Gamecube that could be used in tandem with the then newly released Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire versions. Aside from storage, it could also be used to trade Pokemon between the two versions. This one's high value comes down to the fact that it was only available from select locations and only a handful of units were ever produced.
There's also a caveat here. If you can find the even more limited edition Big Box version, you could be looking at a value of well over $2000.
4 Pokemon HeartGold Ho-Oh Figure Bundle ($2762)
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Ho-Oh makes another appearance on our list, and this time it's even more prominent. Not only is this the revamped edition of the original Gold version for the Nintendo DS, but this particular entry comes with a collectible Ho-Oh figurine.
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If you can find a new version of this still in its package complete with the miniature, you're looking at a value of well over $1000.
The Yellow version of Pokemon saw one major change from the three that preceded it (Red, Blue, and Green in Japan): it was the first time the player's starter Pokemon followed them around outside of its pokéball.
It even featured primitive animation and recorded reactions, and had mood swings. This was pretty major stuff two and a half decades ago. A new-in-box version goes for a lot.
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Pokemon Emerald is one of the more obscure titles when players think about the Ruby & Sapphire generation.
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This version's higher value could be attributed to the fact that players were able to catch both legendary Pokemon Groudon and Kyogre as well as Rayquaza, with that not being possible in this generation's initial entries.
Everything about the Red version of Pokemon is iconic. Not only is its mascot, Charizard, unarguably one of the most popular Pokemon of all time among fans, but its titular protagonist would go on to star in a number of comics and animated spinoffs.
This would make him almost as popular a character as Ash Ketchum himself. This one is truly expensive if it's new.