Games are released all the time and become readily available to purchase in stores, online, or even downloaded directly through your console. There are even a lot of retro games that are still really popular and are super easy to pick up and play in a retro console.
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While it's easy to pick up a lot of the more popular retro games, there are also a ton of them that are not so easy to find. There are quite a few retro games that have become incredibly rare in the years since their release and because of that, they now cost a lot of money for dedicated collectors to get their hands on. The Sega CD console was on the market from 1991 to 1996 and games for it are pretty hard to come by these days. Just keep reading to see 10 of the rarest Sega CD games and their prices!
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10 Lunar: Eternal Blue ($203)
Lunar: Eternal Blue is a roleplaying game that was released in 1994 in Japan and in 1995 in the rest of the world. It was released as a sequel toLunar: The Silver Star and is set around a thousand years after the events of that game. This game followsLunar, Hiro, and Lucia as they try to stop an evil force from ruining the universe.
This game has become pretty rare since it was first released and can be tough for Sega CD collectors and RPG fans to find. Finding a loose copy of just the game will cost around $132, while finding the complete game can cost up to$203.
9 Earthworm Jim: Special Edition ($259)
Earthworm Jim is a platformer game that was released in 1994 on the Sega Genesis before being ported onto other consoles. Other games were released as sequels and they all followed the same basic idea - the player controls and earthworm named Jim who battles evil in different levels.
The special edition version of this game that was ported to the Sega CD is among the rarest games on the console. Just the game itself will cost someone about $168 to pick up, but finding the complete game in its packaging will run a collectorup to $259.
8 Fatal Fury Special ($301)
Fatal Fury Special is a fighting game that was released in 1993 as an arcade game before being ported to various home consoles through the 1990s. In 1995, a Sega CD version was released. In the single-player campaign, the player fights their way through the roster of every character in the game.
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Despite the fact that this game has been ported to many consoles, the Sega CD version remains rare and valuable. Finding a new copy ofFatal Fury Specialwill set a collector backjust over $300.
7 Shining Force CD ($305)
Shining Force CD was released in 1994. It's a remake of otherShining Force games that were originally released for a handheld console, the Game Gear, and is a strategy-focused roleplaying game.
Finding a new copy of this game isn't cheap or easy. Just finding the game itself can cost a collector around $177, but if your collection just isn't complete without the case and manual too, prepare to payabout $305.
6 Lords Of Thunder ($487)
Lords of Thunderis a shoot 'em up-style game that was originally released on the TurboDuo in 1993 and then on the Sega CD in 1995. This game has since been re-released multiple times and has become a pretty popular retro game. It can be played on Nintendo's Virtual Console and was even released on PSN.
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Even though this game has been re-released over and over, finding an original Sega CD version of it isn't easy. Like many other Sega CD games, this game being available on other consoles hasn't stopped the Sega CD version from becoming super rare. To get a complete, new copy of the game, collectors will have to pay up$487.
5 Popful Mail ($650)
Popful Mail is a side-scrolling platformer game that was released in 1991. It was released on the Sega CD in 1994 and was also released on other consoles like the Super Famicom and even released on PC in 2006.
This game follows a bounty hunter named Popful Mail who is tasked with tracking down and bringing in an incredibly dangerous criminal in the hopes of getting a massive reward. A new copy of the Sega CD version of this incredibly rare game can go for$650.
4 Radical Rex ($753)
Radical Rex is a game that was released on the NES, Sega Genesis, and Sega CD in 1994. In 2019, it was released as a PC game and brought back a lot of nostalgia for people that played this game in the 1990s.
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The game follows a skateboard riding dinosaur who is tasked with going out to save his world. This game may have been re-released for modern gamers to experience, but that doesn't mean that the older versions of the game aren't still rare. The Sega CD version will set a collector back$753for a new copy.
3 Snatcher ($1,066)
Snatcher is an action-adventure game with a totally cyberpunk twist that was released in 1994 on the Sega CD. It was released in Japan on several other consoles like the PlayStation as well. This game is set in a dystopian future somewhere in Asia in which robots known as "Snatchers" have been discovered to be killing humans and taking their place in society.
Simply picking up a copy of the game, completely loose without the case or anything, for the Sega CD can cost over $400. But, picking up a new and complete copy of the game will set a collector back$1,066.
2 The Space Adventure ($1,158)
The Space Adventure is a Sega CD game that was released in 1995. It was also released on PC Engine in Japan in 1991 and is a sequel toCobra: Kokuryuuou no Densetsu, a game that was released exclusively in Japan on PC Engine.
This game follows a man named Cobra who lives in space and recently learned that a bounty was put onto his head and that his enemy is after a treasure owned by the family of the bounty hunter after him. In order to pick up a complete copy of this game, prepare to pay$1,158.
1 Keio Flying Squadron ($2,000)
Keio Flying Squadron is by far the rarest and most expensive Sega CD game. For collectors that are seriously nostalgic for this console, completing your collection is going to get expensive, especially if you try to get your hands on this game.
Keio Flying Squadron is a side-scrolling shooter game that was released in Japan in 1993 and the rest of the world in 1994. The game is set in 19th century Japan and follows Rami, a teenager who is part of an alien race that came to Earth some time ago. Rami is tasked with being the protector of an ancient treasure and, when the key that unlocks it is stolen, she has to go get it back. Picking up a new, complete copy of this game will cost$2,000.
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Despite the fact that this game has been ported to many consoles, the Sega CD version remains rare and valuable. Finding a new copy of Fatal Fury Special will set a collector back just over $300.
|Top: Original Sega CD (bottom) attached to a Model 1 Genesis. Bottom: Model 2 Sega CD (on right) attached to a Model 2 Genesis.|
|Introductory price||JP¥49,800 US$299 GB£270|
|Discontinued||January 1, 1996|
|Units sold||2.24 million|
Sega: $3.6 Billion Market Cap.
A console on its own can sell for $27.00, where as a boxed system could bring up to $248. New consoles are hard to find, though that's to be expected for a console that's 33-years-old at the time of writing! Sealed systems sell for upwards of $499, with Sonic boxed editions selling for $599+.
Sega CD games are expensive because of the high demand for them from collectors. Since these games are no longer being produced by Sega the price of them is largely controlled by the supply and demand among collectors.
There are an estimated 210 games released for the Mega-CD across four major regions: Japan, USA, Europe and Brazil.
So, can the Sega CD play burned games? If the burned CD was formatted correctly when it was burned, the Sega CD will be able to play burned Sega games. Of course this means that if it wasn't burned properly then it won't. This is the answer we all wanted to hear!
1991 – 1993
The first CD console was launched by Philips (1991) – the CD-i. Regrettably, the console was more commonly recognized as a failure for its sub-standard games and frustrating controllers. In 1992, NEC TurboGrafx-16 was upgraded to the TurboGrafx-CD to meet the demands of CD-based consoles.
Sega Mega-CD games are region-locked. The region can be changed when making CD-R copies but it is not always possible (i.e. Sengoku Denshou in American consoles will hang in the Sega license screen with a region-changed CD-R copy).