How much are these old Pokemon games worth brand new today? - Dexerto

How much are these old Pokemon games worth brand new today?

Published: 25/May/2020 16:08

by Paul Cot


Pokemon games are timeless. Even today the very first games, Pokemon Red and Blue, are played by fans around the world. What would it cost to buy them brand new today, though?

The old Game Boy cartridges for all of the old Pokemon games are still being sold for reasonable prices. You won’t be able to pick them up for next to nothing but they certainly aren’t extortionate either.

So, if you want to play these old classics in their original state, it isn’t too costly to do so. With that said, many fans opt for a more modern (and cheaper) approach in emulation and ROMs.

Buying them used tends to be for those who want to play them, not so much collect them. Given most of these games are well over 10 year sold, and in some cases 20 years, finding brand new copies of them is rare.

Nevertheless, they can be found but do come at an understandably high price. There is always someone who’s willing to pay this type of money however, and the cost they reach can be quite shocking.

Here’s how much you can find each of the mainline Pokemon games in brand new condition today. Naturally prices for these will fluctuate based on numerous factors, but nonetheless here are the price ranges you can expect.

We will only be including brand new copies that are boxed (obviously) and have the Nintendo seal still intact. With items as collectable as these there is always a question of authenticity, so again we’ll only be including items we believe to be completely legitimate.

Pokemon Red Blue Yellow New
Pokemon Company
This isn’t 1998 anymore, if you want Pokemon Red, Blue or Yellow brand new you’ll have to spend some serious cash…

Pokemon Red Blue and Yellow

These are obviously the games that propelled the Pokemon franchise to what it has become today. Any Pokemon fan old enough to play the games in the 90s has done.

Despite their primitive graphics and simple concept, they are still thought of as some of the greatest games of all time. They set the formula and standard for what Pokemon games are judged by today.

You can find copies of Pokemon Blue and Yellow on eBay right now for £2,000. Elsewhere, there are completed listings in North America for Pokemon Red for $2,500 (roughly the same price).

Pokemon Gold Silver Crystal New
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Despite having graphics not much better than Gen 1, Pokemon Gold, Silver and Crystal proved incredibly popular…

Pokemon Gold Silver and Crystal

Gen 2 had a tough act to follow but it did so supremely well. Despite being next to some of the most iconic in gaming history period, the Johto region lived up to fans expectations.

Much like Red, Blue and Yellow, they are still widely played today. Again though, finding a brand new copy of them won’t come cheap.

They are apparently a little cheaper than the first games, however. One listing saw a sealed copy of Pokemon Silver sell for £480.

Prices are similar in North America too, with Silver and Gold selling for around $600 and Pokemon Crystal a little more at $700.

Pokemon Ruby Sapphire Emerald New
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Even Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire were released nearly 20 years ago…

Pokemon Ruby Sapphire and Emerald

Interestingly it looks as if the first Pokemon games to come to the Game Boy Advance are more pricey in new condition than the Johto games. A brand new copy of Pokemon Sapphire recently sold for £750 and is also listed elsewhere for $1,000.

However, Emerald seems a little rarer having sold for $1,725, $2,750 and $3,333. This is testament to just how much the prices of new, collectable games can fluctuate.

Pokemon Diamond Pearl Platinum New
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Could Pokemon Diamond and Pearl get a remake soon?

Pokemon Diamond Pearl and Platinum

All of the above are revered but some would argue none more so than Sinnoh Pokemon games. Demand for a remake increases by the month, and you can still find trainers playing them today on their Nintendo DS.

Released in 2006, these games fetch nowhere near as much as their earlier generation counterparts. Each of them routinely sell for little more than $100, although occasionally the odd sale can get a $400.

Fans of Gen 4 will be delighted to know a remake of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl has indeed been teased. It’s not the same as playing their original but another trip to the Sinnoh region could be just around the corner.

It seems, and logically so, that the older games command a higher price when brand new and sealed. If you’re a collector and have the money to spare, and you can get them for a lot less than listed here, they’re unlikely to fall in value.


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.