Rare games for the Playstation Vita
The Playstation vita is known for selling poorly and having fewer physical games than its competitors (namely the 3DS and Switch).
Speaking of the Switch, the release of it overshadowed the Vita even further.
With memory cards being pretty expensive on the Vita, you aren’t going to buy a lot of digital titles either, meaning that it’s sometimes best to have a cart release.
Combined with the fact that publishers can actually order a small quantities for carts and you have a recipe for disaster.
Here are some of my picks, note that i won’t really count Limited Run games, as most people are taking good care of them.
Breach & Clear as of right now is worth 200$ but you know what ?
It’s not even the rarest game or the priciest !
In fact as i will show you, it’s not even hard to come accross a rare game. Epic Mickey 2: The power of Two
This multi-platform game is fairly common on the 360, PS3, Wii and Wii U.
However, the PS Vita version is much, much less common.
First of all, it was never released as retail in the US, only in Mexico as part of a bundle and PAL regions.
Secondly, the PS Vita version is no longer available on PSN.
Thirdly, it seems that they made limited copies of it…
Pre-owned copies are worth at least 35$, while sealed are priced a little higher. I just ordered my copy of it for 5€ (and 5€ for shipping… oh well).
I’ll let you know when i receive it. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
It seems that overall across all platforms that it was not released in high quantity, and the PS Vita seems to be no exception !
I found a copy for 15€ and another one for 20€ but it’s still kinda expensive to my taste, especially when most other games can be found for cheaper.
Despite this, i’ve been told it’s a great game, even on the PS Vita, so maybe i’ll get around to trying it one day.
It’s also worth noting that it’s one of the last Capcom fighting games without obnoxious day one DLCs… When are we gonna get loot boxes in full retail releases, i don’t know !
Note that it’s not the rarest version of the game :
Indeed, the PS4 and Xbox One versions only released as limited editions on physical media are even rarer and fetch for higher prices. Street Fighter X Tekken
And here we have another PS Vita port of an excellent title !
Unlike the 360 & PS3 versions, this one comes with a free online code where you can claim all of the DLC characters
The game looks like they took the PS3 version and just removed the shadow and the polygon count… Some might even prefer this look, it’s amazing.
Unfortunately, this port in particular kept its value, but it might still be possible to find a sealed copy of it.
This port only sold 5500 copies in Japan and then completely disappeared off the charts the first week. And i think it sold as much elsewhere ! Supremacy MMA Unrestricted
Good luck finding a copy in your region of that port… Amidst of poor reviews, it seems that they stopped manufacturing copies while they were doing so and only a few copies made it out.
This was only released in the US as a retail copy as far as i know, even though there’s a box with a PEGI rating floating around.
If you come accross a copy of it for cheap then get it, even though it’s a horrible game… Dragon Ball Z : Battle of Z
It was quite surprising to see a DBZ game with so much value...Only the english/international releases are valuable, while the japanese versions are worth 3x less. (but are still at 30$ at best)
The game got a mixed reception it seems : Some seem to enjoy it, others hate it, unfavourably comparing it to Budokai 3 or even the PSP DBZ games. (most infamously the fact that you can’t transform during gameplay)
Also, the day one edition is even more expensive. So if you see that port in the wild for cheap, definitely pick this one up even if you don’t own a Vita or TV. Ar Nosurge Plus
The physical release of the game was only made available as part of a limited edition… and obviously released in very limited quantites. As of writing, it’s sold for around 380$+ ! So it’s fair to say that you should give up trying to get that game physically.
Making this even more painful is the fact that not even Japan got a physical release, only the US. Madden 13
It’s very surprising to see a Sports title as a rare & valuable but this is one of the exceptions.
It being the last madden games for the PS Vita, it can fetch for a fairly high price used.
Spend at least 30$ for a used copy. F1 2011
Another surprise : the other ports are fairly common and very cheap but this playstation vita port is one of the most expensive !
If you look on ebay, you’ll find only mostly japanese copies with only a few north american and PAL releases, the last two being one of the priciest. Undertale
To be honest, i did not even know there was a PS Vita version of this game available !
And unfortunely, it’s a US-only release and they fetch for a fairly high price. (60$+ used)
It’s a fairly good game but i’m not sure if it’s worth that much. (unless you insist on having a cart release of the game) Hatsune Miku games
The Project diva game series are fun and difficult rythm games. Just like they do on the PSP, that series kept its value and constantly rises in prices…
For example, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd goes for at least 45$+ used at best, even more so sealed ! The reason why is because it was the only western release of Project Diva for the PS Vita.
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X eventually got released though and right now, it’s at a more reasonable price of 25$ sealed but that will not last i’m afraid… Especially since only the US got a retail release this time ! Honorable mentionsBen 10 Galatic Racing
Hard to find, kept it’s value. 28$+ used, 39$ new.MLB 15 : The Show
Only available at retail as an Asian release. Price unknown, since i found no copies online, despite having proof it exists.Chicken Range
PAL only retail release. Current price unknown since there are no copies floating around !
It was sold at 20$ brand new but given how scarce it is, i expect this to grow in value.The Count Lucanor
Seems to be only available as a Signature Edition release. Very pricey and uncommon. 90$+New Little King’s Story
PAL & Asian retail releases only. 40$ used, uncommon.Summon Night 6 : Lost borders
Very uncommon, US only release. 50$ if not more so. Sorcery Saga : Curse of the Great Curry God
Uncommon, few copies in the wild. US release only available as a Limited edition.
UK version is cheaper but still uncommon. 20$+ for a UK release.Phineas and Ferb Day of Doofensmirtz
PAL retail release only. Fairly uncommon, 20$+ used.Virtua Tennis 4
Uncommon PAL & US releases. 25$+, 40$+ SealedAxiom Verge : MultiVerse edition
US only physical release. 60$+Best of Arcade Games
German & French retail release only. Fairly cheap but not a lot of copies floating around. 15$+ usedHandBall 16
Not too common, especially the UK retail release, you’ll have more luck finding it in Germany and France. (There are two different covers too) PAL only retail release. 25$+ Asian-English only releases
Some PS Vita that would otherwise only be available as a download-only titles are made available as retail copies in Asia, and they are actually a good portion of them with english available ! As you can guess, vita players & collectors are pretty much jumping on these… Cursed Castilla EX
60$+ used, 100$+ sealed.Dragon Quest Builders
70$+. Japanese version is very common but Asian-English release has a different cover.Sid Meizer’s Civilization Revolution 2
45$+ used.Resident Evil Revelations 2
60$+ used.Digimon Story Cybersleuth: Hacker's Memory
60$+ usedMoe Chronicle
Uncommon, 45$+.Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster
Note that the PAL & US releases don’t have X-2 as physical, it was only provided as a download code in the X/X-2 compilation. Asia did get a retail english release though. 40$+ usedSword Art Online: Hollow Fragmen
At least 40$.Accel World vs. Sword Art Online
40$⁺. Some sellers seem to suggest this was also released in the UK (including a cover with a PEGI rating) but so far, we’re not sure.
Btw, Micromania did not have Combat Wings... What a bummer.
I did manage to get Epic Mickey 2 PS Vita (which i'll receive in a few days) and Yu-gi-oh Tag force 2, complete with the 3 cards that came with it !