Sega Mega CD
Five years since collating the eBay prices for the Mega CD and things have changed. eBay now sees far more fixed price ‘Buy it Now’ listings than auctions, meaning the price for the more common titles has increased, although not all that dramatically – Sherlock, for example, is often listed for £2.99 wheras it used to sell for 99p.
The biggest change has been a dramatic rise in a number of mid-level game prices: Flink has risen from being a £10 title to closer to £30 each time it is listed; Keio Flying Squad had flown from £10 to over £50; The Terminator has trebled in price from £12.95 to just over £40.
In total, there is a £900 increase between the prices of 2010 and 2015. However, much of this increase is due to me finding games that didn’t appear back in 2010 on eBay at all. The Adventures of Batman and Robin surfaced and sold for £300, Ecco: Tides of Time appeared and fetched £92, and The Animals! and Flux add in another £100 to the total, meaning that over the past half decade the Mega CD collection in full has only really accumulated about three hundred pounds in value, significantly underperforming compared to the 32X and Dreamcast collections.
The question must be ‘is the Mega CD underpriced?’ It would seem so. In my experience many Mega CD discs that have been through my hands have been extremely badly damaged, an i’m certain that a large percentage of all the PAL releases ever made have been binned by now. The incredible rarity of games such as Kriss Kross Make My Video and The Animals! (Kriss Kross has never appeared in the five years I have had my watch lists up, and The Animals just once, selling at a bizarrely low £19.50) and I am certain that as collectors complete their Dreamcast, 32X, and Megadrive collections Mega CD prices will rise dramatically. For now, it’s a bit of a risky system to invest in. Do you go for the complete collection and get drawn into massively overpaying for a handful of games that attract lots of bids due to their rarity, possibly to lose money in the short term? I’ve seen Snatcher sell for over £250 in the past due to a flurry of last minute snipes, when in reality it’s arguably overpriced for such a commonly listed game at £150. Perhaps a sensible investor would look at one low priced title and buy as many as possible for a future price increase – if you could purchase fifty copies of Novastorm at £15 each on average, I could see that being a £40-50 game in a decade.
Previous UPDATE- The Mega CD is a bit of a classic for those of us in our thirties. Priced too high to sensibly afford when it was an active system, it is now much more affordable, and together with the fact that most of us will not have played these games, a worthwhile purchase. On the surface it seems that the system is very expensive to collect for- this auction was a penny under five grand for 98 games- but a full collection via eBay will cost you less than a quarter of that. Indeed, take out the few top end titles (Snatcher, Fahrenheit, Theme Park) and the average price falls to just over £6 a game- pocket money prices!
The main problem with the Mega CD is availability. After six months of watching eBay (July-Dec 2010) I am still waiting to see twenty titles turn up for auction. No other system seems to have the same scarcity rate; for this reason, I think that the Mega CD will become an incredibly valuable system in the future. Uncommon games that sell for under ten pounds in 2010 should reach up towards original RRP in years to come. Your £1300-ish investment now could well be worth £8000 by 2030, and indeed a complete Megadrive, Mega CD and 32X collection will surely provide a return of £20,000 at that point. That’s my speculation, anyway.