10 Rarest 3DS Games And How Much They’re Worth

Highlights

  • Limited physical launches and increasing popularity have caused some 3DS games to fetch high prices, with Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters costing over $100 just for the cartridge.
  • Limited editions like Stella Glow’s Launch Edition and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy are more expensive secondhand but still reasonable prices for collectors.
  • Rarity and special packaging contribute to the high prices of games like Rhythm Thief & The Emperor’s Treasure and the Pokemon Ultra Sun & Pokemon Ultra Moon Dual Pack.

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Although a lot of 3DS games can be bought secondhand for a reasonable amount, there are some that fetch much higher prices. This can be because there was a limited physical launch or because the title has become much more popular since it originally came out.

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Whatever the case may be, if you want to buy any of these games for your collection, you had better be prepared to part with a lot. Even just the cartridges of these games can cost you a considerable amount of money. Or, on the flip side, you might be sitting on a goldmine of 3DS games and not even know it.

The prices used are from PriceCharting and are accurate as of November 2023.

10 Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters

Yo Kai Watch 2 Psychic Specters official art showing Nate and various yokai

Cartridge Only

$114.01

With Box

$120.27

Almost every entry in the Yo-kai Watch series is expensive to come by secondhand, with Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters being more than $100 just for the cartridge. It’s the third edition of Yo-kai Watch 2, combining Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls into one.

In this title, you go back in time to when the Yo-kai Watch was first invented, meeting lots of Yo-kai on the way. Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls are much cheaper to buy, with Psychic Specters being the more sought-after version, being similar to a definitive edition.

9 Stella Glow Launch Edition

Stella Glow Launch edition showing the cloth poster, box, CD, and 3DS case

Cartridge Only

N/A

With Box

$120.00

Stella Glow’s protagonist, Alto, must find four witches to thwart Hilda, the Witch of Destruction, using their song powers to take her down. Stella Glow’s Launch Edition included a physical copy of the game, a CD featuring the Song Magic, a cloth poster, and a charm; all encased in a collectible box.

Because it was limited edition, it’s unsurprising that it costs more secondhand. Still, it’s a fairly reasonable price for a collector’s edition that’s no longer available, which is lucky for any passionate Stella Glow fans.

8 Professor Layton And The Azran Legacy

nintendo 3ds cover art for professor layton and the azran legacy

Cartridge Only

$120.00

With Box

$124.99

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is the sixth mainline game in the series and the last DS/3DS title to follow Professor Layton himself. In The Azran Legacy, Professor Layton is on a mission to discover more about the ancient Azran civilization alongside Luke and Emmy.

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The game has more than 500 puzzles for you to solve, making it the second-highest total in the series. Upon launch, the game was marketed as Professor Layton’s final adventure, which was true for some time. Perhaps this has contributed to the increased price.

7 Alien Chaos 3D

Alien Chaos 3D text in three different fonts from the 3DS cover

Cartridge Only

$134.67

With Box

$377.00

Alien Chaos 3D is one of the first games in Ludosity’s catalog, with the developer now more known for Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. In Alien Chaos 3D, you play as Really Shooter, taking down mobs of robot aliens when they invade.

You could spend upwards of $130 just for the cartridge of Alien Chaos 3D, likely because it had a limited physical launch due to Ludosity being an indie developer. As the 3DS eshop also shut down, these limited physical copies are the only way to obtain it legitimately.

6 Rhythm Thief And The Emperor’s Treasure

Rhythm Thief Poses In Front Of A Statue With Bright Lights Behind Him

Cartridge Only

$135.47

With Box

$157.63

Rhythm Thief & The Emperor’s Treasure has a rather bizarre but charming plot involving Napoleon being resurrected (yes, that Napoleon) and art ‘thief’ Phantom R, who is actually returning true art pieces that were replaced by forgeries. He’s joined by his canine companion, Fondue, too.

The rhythm game goes for a surprising amount – around $160 if you want it complete with the box. It was ported to mobile devices but wasn’t received well, so paying the inflated price is likely your only option if you want to play Rhythm Thief & The Emperor’s Treasure.

5 Pokemon Ultra Sun & Pokemon Ultra Moon Dual Pack

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Pokemon Ultra Moon Dual Pack box on a white background

Cartridge Only

$163.26

With Box

$179.27

For Pokemon fans who like to collect both versions of each generation, the Pokemon Ultra Sun & Pokemon Ultra Moon Dual Pack was the ideal package. The dual pack contained individual copies of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, with the cardboard box it came in and the 16 exclusive art cards being the main draw.

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The games go for around $40 individually, so the price hike is definitely due to the special packaging used for this dual pack, which is sought after by Pokemon collectors. That’s one expensive piece of cardboard.

4 Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps & Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad

Cartridge Only

$178.13 (Red Cat Corps)


$177.35 (White Dog Squad)

With Box

$246.00 (Red Cat Corps)


$203.37 (White Dog Squad)

Similar to the mainline Yo-kai Watch games, Red Cat Corps & White Dog Squad allow you to recruit Yo-kai and fight with them; however, these titles also had multiplayer functionality, so you could team up with others locally or online.

Each version of the game has exclusive Yo-kai only available in that title, with Red Cat Corps perhaps being the more popular of the two, as it slightly edges out White Dog Squad in price. Or, it could be because Jibanyan, the series’ mascot, features in the Red Cat Corps version.

3 Yo-Kai Watch 3

Yo-Kai Watch 3 box art showing human and yokai in front of a comic book-like background-1

Cartridge Only

$354.33

With Box

$360.62

Level-5’s Yo-kai Watch 3 is the last Yo-kai Watch game available in the West, which has contributed to its rarity and hefty price tag. In the game, you befriend the various Yo-kai and use them in battles, and can switch between the two main characters, Nate and Hailey Anne.

While the first game is reasonably priced, the second game creeps up in price, with the third title being the most expensive. If you want to play the full series, it would cost you a pretty penny.

2 Guide Louvre

3DS showing the Guide Louvre in front of the Mona Lisa

Cartridge Only

$472.69

With Box

$595.03

Guide Louvre allows you to explore the Louvre using your 3DS. It was originally designed to be used alongside visiting the museum to enhance your experience, as it includes floor maps and an audio guide.

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Physical copies were available at the Louvre gift shop for a limited time, which explains its scarcity and increased price now. Even without the box, you’re looking at nearly $500. It would probably be less expensive to go to the Lourve yourself, though there’s still a lot of charm to be able to experience it on the 3DS.

1 Barbie: Groom And Glam Pups

Barbie Groom And Glam Pups official art with title text on the left and Barbie and puppies on the right

Cartridge Only

$734.95

With Box

$3,347.10

Weirdly, the rarest 3DS game is fairly cheap on the DS, but the 3DS version had a much more limited run, resulting in its heavily inflated price. Even just for the cartridge, it’s over $700, which shows how difficult it is to get your hands on a copy of this game.

In Barbie: Groom And Glam Pups, you pick a dog to train and dress up for a performance, with Barbie herself acting as your guide. If youwant to play the game rather than have it as a collectible on your shelf, you’re definitely better off looking for the original DS version.

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