The 5 rarest Nintendo DS games


As one of Nintendo’s best-selling handhelds, the DS has a huge library of games, some of which are incredibly valuable collectibles years later.

The Nintendo DS was an incredibly innovative console when it was released in 2004, and it still stands out to this day. Dual screens and touchscreen controls have led developers to create some truly unique games, although the system has also become a good home for the series that debuted on the Game Boy family of handhelds.

With a mix of old franchises and new IPs, the Nintendo DS was home to many games, some of which have become exceptionally rare over the years. Partly that’s because the developers tried out tons of new gadgets on the DS, leading some of the system’s most popular games to become treasured collectibles.


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Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

It is quite rare to see a well-known game franchise like Pokemon on rare game lists, not to mention two of the franchise’s most popular remakes. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver are remakes of beloved Gen II games, revitalizing the Johto region with awesome sprites that pushed the DS to its limits. Which makes Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver However, the Pokéwalker that was included with the games is so valuable these days.

The Pokéwalker was a pedometer that could interact with HeartGold and SoulSilver, allowing players to gain experience for their Pokémon by walking in real life. Today, boxed copies can go for around $ 800 since the Pokéwalker is a collector’s item. The games themselves aren’t too valuable, but the limited release of the Pokéwalker made these remakes difficult to find online.


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Shepherd’s Passage 2

A screenshot of the dogs from the game DS Shepherd's Crossing 2

Similar to games like Harvest moon and Animal crossing, Shepherd’s Passage 2 was a DS title where players ran a farm and built relationships with the locals. Although the game doesn’t seem too distinct at first, Shepherd’s Passage 2 stood out for combining a realistic approach to farming and the RPG elements for which other farming simulations are known, being essentially a much more strategic method Harvest moon.

While the game received strong reviews from critics and found new life with fans after its release, Shepherd’s Passage 2 rather poorly sold at launch. Some fans believe that due to the limited number of reviews online, the game has not been marketed as much as it should have been. As a result, there aren’t as many copies of the game these days as there are people interested in playing it. Copies in perfect condition of Shepard Passage 2 typically sell online for around $ 565.


Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ

Promotional art for DS game Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ

Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ is both one of the rarest DS games and one of the craziest. A shoot’em up that only had a physical release in North America, Zombie BBQ is a simplistic yet engaging game that got some pretty decent reviews at launch and is sometimes referred to as an underrated DS classic. Its rarity actually stems from the game’s resurgence in popularity in recent years.

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According to the Price Charting website, which determines when and for what price games sell online, new copies of Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ didn’t start selling online until around 2015. Although initially priced at average, it steadily increased as collectors became aware of this forgotten DS game. Now, Zombie BBQ goes for around $ 390.


Commando: Steel Catastrophe

Box art for DS Commando Steel Disaster game

With only one known sale of the PAL version of this game in the past year, Commando: Steel Catastrophe maybe just the rarest DS game out there. Steel disasterThe incredibly difficult side-scrolling action of has made comparisons to games like Metal slug and Contra, although that fact likely helped make it a largely overlooked niche title that’s now a hard-to-find collector’s item.

Steel disasterThe rarity of is a shame, as the game has a unique hand-drawn art style that on its own would make the game interesting. A little like Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ, the darkness only made the game more interesting in the eyes of collectors. Copies in perfect condition of Commando: Steel Catastrophe sell for around $ 300, depending on whether it’s the PAL or NA version. The PAL version tends to sell for a bit more.


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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Trailer Cartridge

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess released for Wii in 2006, but some fans got a glimpse of the game two years earlier in a unique way. While Nintendo would later release game trailers under the DSiWare name, Zelda Fans who attended E3 2004 were able to grab a special DS cartridge containing a trailer for the upcoming game.

Although it is not actually a game, the Twilight Princess the rarity of the trailer cartridge made locating it incredibly difficult. A new copy of this DS cartridge last sold for US $ 1,453. The only other DS games that sell for more are the versions of Pokémon SoulSilver & HeartGold which came with Ho-Oh and Lugia figures.


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