Why Is Pokémon Heartgold So Expensive?

Pokémon HeartGold was a remake of Pokémon Gold released for the Gameboy color in 1999. Even though it was a remake, Pokémon HeartGold has sold many copies worldwide and became the 12th most-selling Pokémon game.

Today, Pokémon HeartGold is still considered by some consumers expensive because the game hasn't lost much market value through the years. Also, the game has increased its demand, and the supply is low because its production has stopped.

Another reason why Pokémon HeartGold is expensive is that it is a Nintendo DS game. It means that you have to buy a Nintendo DS or similar platforms that can run the game.

In some cases, Nintendo DSs have a higher than usual pricing. And the expensive Nintendo DS is in almost every online store.

Also, a mini gadget called Pokewalker is in most HeartGold game copies. The game features a partner Pokémon that can walk alongside you.

When a Pokémon you choose is walking with you, you will gain more friendship experiences. Pokewalker enables players to gain friendship exp for their Pokémon even when not playing the game. 

The Pokewalker adds to the total price of the game. If Pokémon HeartGold game copies include a Pokewalker, they can become more expensive.

Then, there's a huge possibility that some scalpers have gotten their hands on Nintendo DSs and Pokémon HeartGold copies. So, individuals looking for both in online stores will have to deal with the higher prices.

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How Much Is Pokémon Heartgold Worth?

When Pokémon HeartGold was released in 2009, its standard store price was around $60 up to $80. Still, the price varies from different countries and stores back then.

Now, Pokémon HeartGold's worth has become more varied than it was. Pokémon enthusiasts don't buy them not only because they want to play but also to collect them.

Some collectors have bought sealed copies of the game for $1,200; some even reached $2,500. Those are for the graded copies of Pokémon HeartGold. 

The standard and used game copies are found on online buy and sell platforms. Most of them have a $75 near its release price.

And if you want to get a boxed copy of the game, you will find out that most of them have a higher price of at least $125.

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Is Pokémon Heartgold Rare?

Yes. Pokémon HeartGold is a rare game and one of the rarest today. 

However, when it was released along with Pokémon SoulSilver, it wasn't considered as rare as it is now. It was an anticipated Pokémon game, and its production was very active.

It featured the two most popular Pokémon regions, Kanto and Johto, and because it is in Nintendo DS, the improved graphics have captured the interest of many Pokémon players. Since then, almost no other following Pokémon games have offered the same experience as Pokémon HeartGold.

And this is how Pokémon HeartGold became a rare game that many people still want to get a copy of today. Also, since there are no newly produced copies of the game, finding a good copy online is getting more difficult.

In short, people want to buy Pokémon HeartGold, but their supply is getting smaller. Thus, the rarity of the game is also increasing over time.

How Many Copies of Pokémon Heartgold Are There?

In 2010, Nintendo sold an estimated 8.4 million copies of Pokémon HeartGold worldwide. Most sales are from Japan, with 3.7 million copies distributed and sold.

Outside of Japan, 4.6 million copies were distributed and sold. Even if Nintendo sold more copies outside Japan, Nintendo still spread it in different countries.

Nintendo sold 760 thousand Pokémon HeartGold copies in the US within the 1st month of its release. 

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Which Sold More Heartgold or Soulsilver?

The Pokémon SoulSilver version has sold more copies than Pokémon HeartGold. Nintendo sold 1.01 million Pokémon SoulSilver copies in the United States alone during the 1st month of release compared to Pokémon HeartGold, with 0.76 million copies sold.

It was also the same situation with the original Pokémon Gold and Silver versions in Gameboy color. The reason why the Silver versions sold more is because of their popularity.

The cover of Pokémon Silver and SoulSilver is the legendary Pokémon Lugia, and for the Gold and HeartGold, it is Ho-Oh. Although both gameplay is almost a hundred percent similar, Lugia appears more appealing to more Pokémon players than Ho-Oh.

Still, the sales differences were not far from each other, and both versions sold well worldwide.

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How Can I Tell if My Pokémon in Heartgold Is Real?

Along with the release of original Pokémon HeartGold copies, counterfeit copies followed. The apparent difference between the authentic copy and the counterfeit is its appearance. 

Fake ones tend to have faded colors instead of bright and vividly used colors in the cartridge's sticker. And sometimes, most of the counterfeit copies are cheaper.

Also, since the HeartGold version has an infrared feature for the Pokewalker, its materials are slightly different. Both fake and real copies have a greyish color outside.

However, an authentic copy of the game will display dark red when you put a light behind it. It is a sure way to tell whether you got a replica of the game.

Still, Players cannot trade Pokémon from the fake HeartGold copies with Pokémon from an authentic Pokémon HeartGold document. So, you can be sure every Pokémon in your original HeartGold version is genuine.