How Much Is A Game Boy Worth Today?
The Game Boy is undoubtedly the most iconic handheld console of all time. We’ve all got one in some shape or form, but how much is a Game Boy worth these days?
The original Game Boy DMG was one of the 90s toys that everyone wanted. I still remember getting my first yellow DMG and loading up Super Mario Bros for the first time.
That little unit took me through some of the best portable adventures; I guess you could say that it started my training for being a Retro Dodo writer!
We’ve seen some amazing Game Boy variations over the years, eventually moving from the classic green screen of the DMG through black and white to colour, and finally back-lit models.
But the question still remains; what is a Game Boy worth in today’s market? How much is a GBA SP worth, and what’s the price of a Game Boy Pocket.
The answers to all of these questions, and a heck of a lot more rambling besides, can be found below!
(Please note: All of our market research and data is taken from eBay, as this is the most common way to sell a Game Boy. Information is accurate as of November 2020, and we will update this article on a monthly basis to keep you updated and to reflect on the fluctuation of prices. All prices are based in USD. Refurbished console listings may contain seller modified goods with updated hardware. Please check both listings and selling information thoroughly before purchase.)
How Much Is A Game Boy Worth?
The original Gameboy as of today sells for $30 – $150 depending on the condition of the handheld and if you have the original box. Nintendo released the Gameboy, the Gameboy Pocket, the Gameboy Color, the Gameboy Advance, the Gameboy Advance SP and finally the Gameboy Micro.
The very first Game Boy, the DMG, is still considered as the golden grandaddy of portable gaming. The DMG, or ‘Dot Matrix Game’ console is the handheld that started it all and is still used as a base design for many of the best retro handhelds that arrive at Retro Dodo towers.
As is the case with the other articles in our ‘what’s it worth’ console series, the original Game Boy is still worth a lot of money if it’s in a sealed box. You’re looking at thousands of dollars in some instances!
If you’re just after a replacement unit, then you can pick one up for around $29 without any games. Bundles, or a used console with a box, can go for anything up to $152.
Sealed copies are currently selling for upwards of $600, so you better have a nice little nest egg tucked away if you want to bag one of those.
Used: $29 – $152
Refurbished: $50 – $150
How Much Is A Game Boy Pocket Worth?
Next up is the Game Boy Pocket, a smaller, lighter version of the DMG with a black and white screen as opposed to the green used by it’s predeccessor.
The Game Boy Pocket still remains one of my favourite Game Boy styles, and you can pick one up for around $30 if you missed out the first time around in 1996.
With the same battery life as the original Game Boy, the Pocket is perfect for gamers on the go and uses fewer batteries too!
One sold for $800 recently complete with sealed box, but you can pick up a slice of untouched gaming history for around the $355 mark,
Used: $30 – $264
Refurbished: $30 – $203
How Much Is A Game Boy Color Worth?
1998 saw the arrival of the Game Boy Color, and with it, a whole new style of play.
No longer were games black and white or shades of sepia; we could see Pokemon in glorious colour, explore immersive worlds with rich textures, and see our favourite characters in their true glory.
If you’re looking to get a console with some of the best Gameboy Color games included or a boxed version, then expect to pay around $219.
A used Game Boy Color will set you back around $30 dollars, with prices sky rocketing if you are trying to obtain a refurbished or modded console.
If, however, a sealed edition is just what the collection requires, then be prepared to spend upwards of $599!
Used: $30 – $219
Refurbished: $35- $149
How Much Is A Game Boy Advance Worth?
Everything changed in 2001 when we held the Game Boy Advance in our palms for the first time.
Paying horizontal homage to the Game & Watch consoles of old, the GBA looked cool and played incredibly. Modded Gameboy fans all over the world favour this iconic purple powerhouse, and I can still remember the first time I played Tony Hawks on this thing.
But how much is the Game Boy Advance Worth? Well, you can expect to pay around $39 for the console on it’s own, with prices heading up to the $155 mark for a boxed copy or a games bundle.
The refurbished category has a wide price margin in it due to the number of modded consoles in the sales listings, so be sure to check whether the unit your buying is an original if you’re after the real deal.
Sealed Game Boy Advance consoles are selling for upwards of $345.
Used: $39 – $155
Refurbished: $48 – $299
How Much Is A Game Boy Advance SP Worth?
The Game Boy Advance SP changed portable gaming for the better. With its back-lit screen, we no longer had to worry about packing that annoying worm light or finding a light source to play the best Game Boy Advance games by.
This console still sells well even in 2020. A used limited edition Pikachu SP complete with box and manual recently sold for $599, but you can pick up a unit on its own for around $35
Looking for an original sealed console? That’s going to set you back around $455, although some of the rarer models have gone for a whopping $2,499!
A sealed Charizard SP Limited recently sold for $1,200, while a mint graded Pikachu console went for $1,500.
If you have one of those, then I suggest you hold on to it tightly!
Used: $35 – $599
Refurbished: $65 – $229
How Much Is A Game Boy Micro Worth?
The Game Boy Micro fell somewhat by the wayside due to the marketing campaign surrounding the Nintendo DS. It’s a super small Game Boy that doesn’t have backwards compatibility, so it’s no good if you want to crack out the original Tetris game on the bus.
It does, however, play GBA games perfectly and, as the last Game Boy ever produced, is a nice slice of history to have in your collection.
But what is this Game Boy worth?
Well, you can pick up a used Game Boy Micro for around $50, making it the most expensive used console in this list so far. Boxed editions are selling for around $500, although refurbished units with boxes can be bought for £300.
What about sealed copies? Well, $200 will get you a Game boy Micro in a plastic case, but you could pay $699+ for a boxed Mario 20th Anniversary edition.
A Pokemon Center limited edition console recently sold for over $1,500.
Used: $50 – $500
Refurbished: $105 – $300
How Much Is A Limited Edition Game Boy Worth?
I’ve mention limited edition Game Boy consoles a couple of times throughout this article. The fact is that there are so many to be found across the various evolutions of this mighty console that it would take forever to write them all down.
One that tends to be highly sought after is the GBA SP NES edition, a handheld that pays homage to Nintendo’s first-ever home console.
One of these used consoles will set you back around $74, knocking the Game Boy Micro off the top spot as the most expensive second-hand used Game Boy.
Sealed copies tend to cost anywhere upwards of $650.
Used: $74 – $204
Refurbished: $69 – $184
Wondering how much is a NES worth after reading that section? We’ve found that out for you too!
How Much Is A Game Boy Camera Worth?
As with the other articles in this series, we had to include a couple of the best Gameboy accessories for you to peruse over
The Game Boy Camera was, at one time, considered the best portable digital camera in the world. It even made the Guinness Book of Records!
If you want to capture stills of games or pics of your friends like it’s 1998, then you can expect to pay between $19 and $36 for one depending on the item’s condition.
Sealed copies are selling for around $55, which is a fair price to pay for that new gadget smell!
Used: $19 – $36
How Much Is A Game Boy Printer Worth?
The Game Boy Printer is a neat bit of kit that goes hand-in-hand with the Game Boy Camera. The original rolls of paper for the printer aren’t in production any more, but you can buy a roll for $15 if you want the full nostalgic feel.
Used printers are selling for around $26 without a box, but you can expect to pay up to $119 if you want the full kit.
Brand new, never been used units are selling for upwards of $122, sometimes more if they come with the original paper rolls.
Used: $26 – $119
Whether you are looking to buy or sell, it is important to know what an original Game Boy is actually selling for.
So, how much is an original Game Boy worth today? The original Game Boy sells for $58 on average, according to recently sold listings on eBay, and the redesigned Game Boy Pocket goes for $45. Both models range in price from anywhere from $30 to over $150 depending on the condition the model is in. Working consoles with noticeable cosmetic damage will sell closer to $30, while complete-in-box units will go for upwards of $150 or more.
|Model||eBay (average sold price)||Amazon (lowest price)||GameStop (used price)|
|Game Boy||$58||$68||$90 (currently unavailable online)|
|Game Boy Pocket||$45||$48||$70 (refurbished; currently unavailable online)|
New, in-the-box original Game Boys are extremely rare, and near impossible to find today. So, there isn’t really a “going rate” for these consoles brand new. Even new Game Boy Pockets go for at least $200 and can vary quite drastically as far as asking prices are concerned.
Please note: Prices and information below are accurate as of January 20, 2021. This article has been and will continue to be updated to reflect current rates, but prices can fluctuate. Additionally, the information provided is based on the models released in the United States. Models released in other regions may differ from the prices shown below.)
How much is an original Game Boy worth?
- Used: $27-$200
- Refurbished: N/A
- New: N/A
Pricing At Popular Retailers:
The eBay prices above are calculated using the retailer’s data of units sold within five months previous to when this article was last updated (January 20, 2021).
How much is a Game Boy Pocket worth?
- Used: $23-$150
- Refurbished: $70
- New: ~$200+
Pricing At Popular Retailers:
The eBay prices above are calculated using the retailer’s data of units sold within six months previous to when this article was last updated (January 20, 2021).
What is the difference between the original Game Boy and the Game Boy Pocket?
Like most console redesigns, the Game Boy Pocket is lighter and smaller than its predecessor. Additionally, the Pocket features a black and white screen with less sprite blurring, as opposed to the greenish display on the original Game Boy. And powering the Game Boy Pocket only requires two AAA batteries, as opposed to the four AA batteries required to power the original model.
It isn’t all positive, though. The original Game Boy Pocket did not have an LED to signal low battery levels. This was later rectified, however, as later revisions of the Pocket shipped with this feature. Other than that, the two models are functionally the same, as both consoles play the same library of games.
While searching the web, you might come across the name “Game Boy Light.” The Game Boy Light is technically the third and final iteration of the original Game Boy, but it was only released in Japan. They can be a bit more difficult to find online than the other models, but the backlit screens on the Light – as well as the extra battery life – make them quite useful.
What about limited editions and color variants?
There actually weren’t too many limited edition Game Boy consoles (at least, not in the U.S. anyway). The original Game Boy and the Game Boy Pocket more than made up for the lack of limited edition units with its wide selection of color variants.
As with most consoles, the color variations don’t appear to affect price in any significant way. That being said, there is one limited edition Game Boy Pocket that is worth considerably more than other similar units.
In celebration of the 100th issue of Nintendo Power magazine, a Nintendo Power 100 Gold Game Boy Pocket was released in extremely limited quantities for people who purchased that specific issue. Due to its extremely limited availability, the console is extremely rare and valuable today. They don’t go on sale very often but asking prices for this console have been in the 1000’s on occasion.
Does GameStop buy Game Boy consoles?
Yes. However, GameStop only offers $0.01 cash or store credit for the original Game Boy and nothing for the Game Boy Pocket, according to their website.
Does GameStop carry Game Boy consoles in-store?
Yes, but in limited locations. GameStop is starting to offer more retro products, but it is currently only in limited locations. Make sure to check their website to keep up-to-date on the stock at your local store.
Where else can I buy and sell Game Boy consoles and games?
Local game stores, flea markets, and pawnshops are all great places to buy and sell used games and consoles. Garage sales and even Goodwill can be great places to get some great deals if you are looking to buy.
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How Much Is An Original GameBoy Worth?
In 2020, it’s tough to find many sellers who have the original Game Boy on offer. However, there were, of course, other iterations of it that followed, like the Game Boy Pocket and the Game Boy Light. Not to mention the successors, the Game Boy Color and the Game Boy Advance. The Pocket, as the name suggests, was smaller and lighter, requiring fewer batteries. The Light, while the name might suggest a difference in weight, actually featured a backlight so that you could use it in dim settings. It was also exclusive to Japan. How do they stack up in terms of monetary value?
The general version of the Game Boy Pocket doesn’t stand out in pricing from the standard, original Nintendo console. But a quick search for the Game Boy Light gives you a range of about $140-$200. There is the special, limited edition Tezuka Osamu World Shop version that one seller asks $310 for. Going for the same higher price tag is the special Astro Boy edition.
The Game Boy Pocket does boast one limited edition variant worth an incredible amount of money today due to its rarity. The Nintendo Power 100 Gold Game Boy Pocket was released to celebrate Nintendo Power magazine’s 100th issue. Not only is it gold, but it features the Nintendo Power logo below the screen. The only one you can find on eBay at the time of writing is pre-owned, and the seller is asking for a whopping $1,799. This makes it easily one of the most expensive Game Boys of all time. You can view it here.
All in all, trying to relive your childhood or even to experience something you’ve heard a lot about but are too young to have lived through won’t set you back too much, thankfully.
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The 10 Rarest Classic Gameboy Games (& How Much They're Worth)
The Game Boy is an 8-bit console that was released by Nintendo in 1989. It's the first console in the Game Boy line, a line of consoles that Nintendo expanded on through different handheld consoles like the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance. The original Game Boy was Nintendo's second handheld console and has a green dot-matrix screen with a number of buttons on the face. The console was discontinued in 2003 but is a favorite for collectors of retro gaming consoles.
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Because the Game Boy has become such an important part of console history and a really nostalgic handheld console for gamers that grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, the games for this console have become pretty collectible. But, since the console came out 30 years ago, a lot of the games have become pretty rare. To see the rarest Game Boy games (and how much they're worth), keep reading!
Updated on January 22, 2021, By Reyadh Rahaman:The original Game Boy hit the market at the perfect time to receive a ridiculous number of games. The affordability and portability made it hugely accessible for both consumers and developers. During an era where the publishing aspect of the gaming industry was grossly underdeveloped and nearly unregulated in some regards, there were some crazy things that could change, be created, or disappear almost entirely, resulting in some games becoming worth quite a lot of money.
10 King James Bible ($262)
One of the rarest and most expensive games on the Nintendo Game Boy isn't actually a game at all. It's actually a cartridge that allows the user to read the King James version of the Bible. Along with being one of the rarest cartridges released for the Nintendo Game Boy, this is also definitely among the most unusual ones.
Instead of allowing players to explore the world of a video game, this cartridge just allows the person that pops it into their console to read through different bible verses. Even though visual novels with a heavy focus on reading a story are popular on all consoles, this is unusual. Just the cartridge can cost a collector around $100, while a brand new copy runs for about $262.
9 Knight's Quest ($610)
Knight's Quest was released in 1992 on the Game Boy and is a fantasy RPG in which the player controls a brave character named Sir William. This knight has to travel around the kingdom in a top-down view and, when he encounters an enemy, must battle against them using different weapons that can be purchased from shops around the kingdom.
The gameplay feels very much like the older Final Fantasy games, with an overworld for traveling where random encounters can occur. There are the usual classic Role Playing Game elements, like having turn-based combat and options to attack with a melee weapon or by using magic.
This game has become a fairly popular one in recent years, both for collectors of retro games and for people that like to play them. Knight's Quest costs around $100 for a loose cartridge, but buying a new copy of the game will cost a collector right around $610.
8 F1 Pole Position ($658)
Not to be confused with the NES game of the same name, F1 Pole Position is a racing game that was released on the Game Boy in 1993. This game is a localization of the Japanese game Nakajima Satoru F-1 Hero GB '92: The Graded Driver. This game has players race around different tracks in an F1 car in order to try to get to the finish line first.
Players can select from a few options at the start menu, the most engaging for manu being Grand Prix. While creating one's profile and entering the race, they will be treated with surprisingly detailed proto-cutscenes that consist of pixel art and simple animations. The rest of the game consists of racing at different tracks around the world.
This game is pretty rare and the fact that it's a localized version of a Japanese game means there's a pretty interesting story attached to it, making it appealing to video game collectors. Getting just the cartridge for this game is pricey enough as it is, but picking up the full game will set you back about $658.
7 Toxic Crusaders ($850)
Toxic Crusaders is the name of a side-scrolling, beat 'em up-style game that was released on the Game Boy, the Sega Genesis, and the NES exclusively in North America in 1992. The game was based on the 1991 cartoon by the same name. Because this game was only released in a single region, it's definitely a pretty rare game and being released on multiple consoles means that it's one that is nostalgic for a lot of retro game collectors.
Taking the form of the eponymous Crusaders, gamers will fight off hordes of enemies appearing from both sides of the screen. Both close and long-range attacks can be utilized to defeat the incoming waves of foes. As opposed to other games where one slays mutants, this title flips it around, making the radioactively enhanced beings the heroes.
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This game is a pretty rare and expensive one. Just getting a cartridge for the Game Boy version of this game can cost around $160, but if you want a new copy in the box, it's going to be $850.
6 Kid Dracula ($910)
Kid Dracula is a Game Boy game that was released in 1993 on the console. It's a sequel to the game Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kunand is a gothic-themed platforming game. It's a spin-off of the Castlevania series and was exclusively released on the Game Boy in Japan and North America.
It plays very much like a Castlevania game meant for a younger audience. The combat is similar in that the player, controlling Kid Dracula, must continuously journey to the right while fighting enemies that spawn in new screens with spells. Players start with the basic Fire spell but will unlock more as they progress through the game.
Just like in the first game in this series, the player controls Kid Dracula who is tasked with trying to stop the villain in the game, Galamoth. Picking up only the cartridge for this game will cost around $100, which is pretty expensive. But, that's nothing compared to the price for getting the full game. Collectors will have to be ready to pay $910 for a new copy of this game.
5 Jimmy Connors Tennis ($1,337)
Sports-based games have been popular for a long time and have been released on just about every game console. The Game Boy definitely saw its fair share of sports games and although some of the more popular and well-known games for the console are platforming games, Jimmy Connors Tennis is one of the rarest games on the console.
With hilariously abusable controls, there are some cartoon-like things that players can do. The ball physics make the passable orb feel more like a magical ball of goo than a solid sphere. Players can speed up or slow down shots as well as curve them. Since the field is so small in relation to the ball due to the confines of the Game Boy's screen size, there is never very much time to react, making for fast-paced gameplay.
This tennis simulator was released in 1993. While the cartridge itself costs around $200 to buy, a new copy of the game will set an eager Game Boy collector back $1,337.
4 Sumo Fighter ($1,526)
Sumo Fighter is a game that was released in North America in 1993. It was originally released under the name Sumo Fighter: Tōkaidō Basho in Japan two years earlier and the North American version of the game has become a super rare Game Boy game. The player controls a Sumo wrestler named Bontaro Heiseiyama who travels through ancient Japan and defeats his enemies in order to save Kayo.
Rampage through screens like a juggernaut by using open-palm strikes and other Sumo wrestling inspired moves to defeat foes while on the quest to save a friend. Like many other platformers, there are spike traps as well as other terrain-related obstacles to overcome. There are enemy combatants as well, though they pose little threat to this moving wall of muscles.
Just getting your hands on the cartridge of this game costs around $110. That price is pretty average for the cartridges of rare Game Boy games, but managing to find a new copy is where this game really gets expensive. To add one to your collection, prepare to pay $1,526.
3 Mega Man V ($2,150)
Mega Man is a franchise that has been around since 1987 when the first game in the series was released. This character has become an iconic one in the world of video games, particularly for Nintendo fans, so it's no surprise that this game is so sought after. Even though Mega Man is a popular video game character, Mega Man V is still one of the rarest Game Boy games out there.
Like other titles in the series, players must control the blaster-wielding hero across variously themed levels. The formidable bosses in this title are named after planets and encompass their namesake in some way with special attacks. At the end of the game, players will once again find Dr. Wily and must put an end to his nasty plots.
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This action platformer was released in 1994. If you're just nostalgic for this game and want a cartridge to play, it'll cost you a little over $100. But, if you want to get a complete copy for your Game Boy collection, get ready to pay up. A new copy of Mega Man V costs around $2,150.
2 Amazing Tater ($2,364)
Amazing Tater is a puzzle game that was released on the Game Boy in 1991 in Japan and in 1992 in North America. In this game, the player controls a potato and the player needs to guide the potato through different puzzles in the game in order to make it to the end.
The gameplay in this vegetable themed adventure involves players using their simplistic, rotund character to manipulate many different shaped gates in order to reach the finish in each level. There are specific sequences that must be followed to clear the way; lots of L-shapes and T-shapes to swing around as well as a whole multitude of blocks to push.
This game is so rare that just getting your hands on a cartridge can cost around $270. But, if you're a serious Game Boy collector, you probably want complete games with the box, any manuals, and the cartridge. If that's the case, get ready to pay $2,364.
1 Spud's Adventure ($3,500)
Spud's Adventureis the rarest and most expensive game on the Game Boy. This adventure game was released in Japan and North America in 1991 by publisher Atlus. This game featured a cast of vegetables and the player controls Spud, a potato that is tasked with saving Princess Mato.
However, this is no Super Mario-like quest. Spud must traverse through a world viewed from the top-down in a variety of environments like urban brickscapes, beaches, and caves with strange orbs everywhere. To defeat foes, players must blast them with a simple potato gun while guarding their hearts by dodging enemy attacks.
Buying a loose cartridge of Spud's Adventure will cost a Game Boy collector around $200. But, if you're looking to get a new copy of this game, good luck finding one. And if you manage to find it, be prepared to seriously pay up because this rare game is not cheap. A new and complete copy of Spud's Adventure for the Game Boy will cost you $3,500.
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