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Sealed Ninja Five-O Nintendo Game Boy Advance

There’s a sealed copy of Ninja Five-0 on Ebay right now, arguably the rarest/most expensive game for the GBA. It’s from the same guy that had the sealed copy of Shantae recently.

CIB copies seem to go for $40.00 – $75.00. If this is one of the rarest games (I`m waiting for a GBA collector to weigh in – please do so if you can) than it`s pretty cheap to pick up at the moment, and relatively easy to find a copy.

This sealed copy however, is a little pricier. If you`re smart though, you would pick up this sealed copy for $300.00 less or even this graded copy which happens to be even cheaper.

The game itself is actually amazing. IGN even listed Ninja Five-O at number 23 in their list of the top 25 Game Boy Advance Games of all time.

Think “Shinobi meets Bionic Commando”. Seriously, no joke.

Designed by Hudson and released by Konami in mid-2003, Ninja Five-O went entirely unnoticed by pretty much everyone and disappeared from the store shelves almost immediately. It was released also in Europe and Japan under the slightly better name Ninja Cop (complete with slightly better cover art.)

Various bad guys are committing crimes all over town, and taking hostages! The police are scared and all of the ninjas are busy crying to the their mamas. As Joe Osugi, specialized anti-terrorist ninja, you’re the only man for the job. In the beginning, you can choose from three stages (each with three sublevels and a boss), with more opening up when you complete those. You make your way through classic terrorist situations like banks, airports, harbors, caves, and finally the super secret base.

Instead of being a strictly linear affair, Ninja Five-O puts you in a series of gigantic, interlocked rooms. In each level, not only do you need to rescue all of the hostages but also find the colored keys to unlock the various doors in each level. Don’t worry about going on long hunts to find these things – despite the nature of the game, you won’t get lost or end up going in circles, and there’s always plenty of action.

Like most ninjas, Joe is equipped with an unlimited supply of shurikens. Finding power ups will let him shoot fire (!!) and lasers (!?!), but getting hit will decrease your weapon level. You also have a sword – used with the R button – which lets you slice through enemy defenses. Toss in two kinds of ninja magic – one to become invulnerable and one to kill all of the enemies on screen – and you’ve got a pretty complete arsenal. Hell, they even added in a pair of binoculars that lets you scope the surrounding areas for bad guys. But the coolness doesn’t stop there.

Joe’s most useful item is a grappling hook that lets you swing from platforms to platform. It actually feels quite a bit like the grappling laser from Super Metroid, in that you can latch on hooks and swing around and around until the dizziness forces you to stop screwing around and play the game properly. You can’t use it to climb through ceilings like you could in Bionic Commando – rather, you have to go to an edge of the platform and flip around. It takes a little bit of getting used to, as it’s easy to misjugde what direction you’ll fly in when you let go, but once you get the hang of it it’s insanely fun. Enemies are rarely placed in a place where it’s easy to kill them, as they like to hind behind crates or attack from an unreachable platform. Flying through the air, leaping up behind these goons and silencing them with a spinning sword flip – these are the joys of Ninja Five-O.


(Thanks Scott!)

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  1. Wow. That’s insane! I spent $22 shipped (on a cartridge only copy that wasn’t a bootleg) I can’t imagine paying more than $60 for a complete (opened) copy. Also the game is awesome, so if you bought a sealed copy for that price… it’s a total waste of money, because you better well be opening it and playing it!

  2. The value of this game has really shot up recently. Until maybe a year ago, you could still find sealed copies on Ebay and from local indy game shops for $40 or less.

  3. uhm… i thought tiny toons busters scary dream was the rarest gba game link.. you featured it and a cib copy goes for $100

  4. they didnt make alot of this game. this is what happens when the platform is littered with shovelware, great games gets lost in the mix and soon after it goes oop without anyone noticing cause all the retailers wanted were affordable crapware. if you look further,

    http://www.gamespot.com/games.html?type=games&platform=12&mode=all&sort=release&dlx_type=all&sortdir=asc&official=all

    youll noticed that the GBA was flooded with crapware/shovelware towards the end of its life. another title i could think of is final fantasy vi (expect to pay more for that later on). alot of great gba games suffered because of the nintendo’s new platform, which is the original DS at the time.

    go to best buy right now and look at the wall of shovelware on the their wii section. you can count with your fingers how many great titles you can identify.

    alot of great rpgs came ou for the gba but was overshadowed by the success of the ds. pretty much everyone moved on already. they did however kept the gba running for 4 more years after ninja five o.

  5. @dutchnesgamer – it is one of the rarest, but not one of the most valuable ones. $100 is actually a great deal for that game btw.

  6. Hey dutch – Forgot about that one. To be honest my GB knowledge isn’t what it should be. I don’t think there’s enough hardcore GB (be it origional, color or advance) collectors at the moment to truly get a feel for the really rare stuff, or to boost prices to a truly high level that we will see if (or when) it becomes more common.

  7. Original GB collectors are on the rise and there is a group getting together to try and gauge an accurate rarity guide as we speak…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. yeah, where? and how? by consensus? I always thought that amaz’n tater was in the top ten rare (listed that way on digitalpress forever too), but on racketboy’s recent gb 101 essay, it didn’t even make the list. I would love to figure all that out.

  9. I found it always strange that gameboy collecting is not HOT.
    The gameboy lasted longer then any other system and sold even more then the nes.
    I think that gameboy collecting is the bigest challenge out there (cib).

  10. http://www.racketboy.com/retro/nintendo/gameboy/2008/11/the-rarest-and-most-valuable-gameboy-gbc-games.html

    is this the list? they need to update this list. i sold a sealed resident evil gaiden for $150, cib metal gear solid gaiden for $100, and the castlevania legends also went up in value. list are meant to be broken.. they just need to update them every now and then. sealed copy of minish cap sold recently for $100, i sold it for $130 last december. when mgs4 came out there was a cib copy of mgs gaiden that sold for $274. games go up in value and goes down as well. its a very unpredictable market.

  11. Collecting CIB has started to spike lately…ie: A Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt sold CIB for $255, and a sealed Wario Land 3 went for $300 just to name two

  12. I bought Ninja 5-0 new back when it was released, and never got around to playing it and taking the shrink off the box. And it’s shot up how much now? If I can find a CIB opened copy, I might as well sell the new version I have :p

  13. Gamequestdirect had this new for $20 some years ago (I wanna say 4 years or so?) Even at that point, I couldn’t find it anywhere and was shocked they were letting it go for that price. I thought for a second that I should grab one to play and one to keep sealed, but didn’t. and probably sold that copy for a woefully low amount.

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