The Cheapest Nintendo 64 Games Worth Your Time

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When you add a console to your collection, the first thing you want to do is get a handful of games to keep you busy with your new toy. However, most of us can’t afford to spend fat pile of cash for a few games. This budget-friendly list should help you quickly find which games will start you off well without emptying your wallet. (Prices listed are an average eBay price for US games, including shipping)

Cheap Classics

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: $9
Legend of Zelda OOT coverOne of the most popular Zelda installments of all time is also one of the most affordable. Ocarina of Time, like Link to the Past before it made wonderful transition for the Zelda series–this time into 3d. Being able to see visible emotion on the characters’ faces–although minimal–added so much to this game and made for a once in a life time gaming experience. If you have an N64 and enjoy action-RPG gameplay, this is a must-buy.
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Star Fox 64: $8
Just recently I revisited all the old Star Fox games. I was surprised how dated the original SNES game looks, but at the same time, impressed with the slick presentation of Star Fox 64. With it’s pure shooting action, it is the preferred Star Fox game of the series when compared to it’s Zelda-like Star Fox Adventures, mixed-mission-type Star Fox Assault, and the DS version that requires awkward stylus controls. Star Fox 64 remains an affordable classic that is still one of my favorite N64 games.
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GoldenEye 007: $8
This groundbreaking title in the console FPS genre looks tired by today’s standards, but remains a solid value for top-notch shooting goodness. Goldeneye 007 remains a nostalgic treat for Nintendo 64 owners, but if you want cutting edge FPS, you’ll obviously want to save your money for a newer title. Regardless, Goldeneye had one of the best control schemes for a console FPS, had a great storyline for single-player and some great maps for multiplayer action as well.
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Perfect Dark: $7
Rare took the Goldeneye 007 engine to the next level with Perfect Dark resulting in one of the hottest games of 1999. Not only did Perfect Dark max out the capabilities of the N64 and its expansion pack, but it also had a steller story and some great weapons. The game was so good, even the XBox 360 sequel that was years in development couldn’t live up to the high expectations the original set in the minds of its fans. After a number of years, this classic is quite common and is one of the best values on the Nintendo 64.
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Wave Race 64: $6
Wave Race is another one of those great games that were made even better on the Gamecube, but Wave Race 64 holds up better than some others and is a great showpiece for the N64.
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Excitebike 64: $7
Like the classic game of the same name, Excitebike 64 is a dirtbike racer — and is quite a good one.. It features 20 tracks include indoor and outdoor courses, stunt areas, uphill climb challenges, licensed bikes and riders, a four-player multiplayer mode, and outstanding graphics. It really is exactly as you’d expect — Excitebike in 3D. To this day, a good dirtbike racer is hard to find, so Excitebike 64 is an excellent choice for those on a budget.
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Banjo-Kazooie: $7
Banjo-Kazooie represents Rare’s most popular original characters (of which there are very few), and harken back to the first wave of quality 3D platformers. If you were a fan of Mario 64, then it’s pretty apparent that you’re going to like Banjo-Kazooie as well. While on the sruface, it is a Mario 64 clone, it has it’s own charm to make it a worthwhile venture. If you end up liking Banjo-Kazooie (or already own it), the sequel, Banjo-Tooie, is also quite affordable for a few more dollars.
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Blast Corps: $7
Released to very little media hype at launch, Blast Corps quickly won the hearts of N64 owners by offering a well-rounded combination of destructive gameplay and intelligent puzzles, topped off with a rocking soundtrack and good graphics. This favorite from the folks at Rareware is one of the best N64 games not to receive a sequel or remake, so it is an especially interesting game to pick up for the N64.
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Pokemon Puzzle League: $6
Don’t be scared off by the Pokemon in the name. Sure, Nintendo added some Pokemon characters in the game, but at its core, Puzzle League (also known as Panel De Pon and Tetris Attack) is one of the best block-based puzzlers of all time. A few dollars is a small price to pay if you don’t have Tetris Attack on the SNES.
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Star Wars: Rogue Squadron: $7
Bottom line with this game: If you like Star Wars and you like flight-based shooters, you will like Rogue Squadron.
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A Few Must-Haves Slightly Over $10

Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask: $17
Majora’s Mask didn’t go over quite as well as most other Zelda installments, but if you are a fan of the series, the cartridge is quite affordable.
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Other Cheap Favorites:

Wipeout 64: $8 – eBay / Amazon.com
Shadow Man: $6 – eBay / Amazon.com
F-Zero X: $7 – eBay / Amazon.com
Rocket: Robot on Wheels: $9 – eBay / Amazon.com
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil: $8 – eBay / Amazon.com
Rayman 2: The Great Escape: $6 – eBay / Amazon.com
Turok: Rage Wars: $8 – eBay / Amazon.com
007: The World is Not Enough: $6 – eBay / Amazon.com
San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing: $5 – eBay / Amazon.com
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter: $6 – eBay / Amazon.com
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2: $5 – eBay / Amazon.com
Spider-Man: $7 – eBay / Amazon.com
Wetrix: $9 – eBay / Amazon.com
Body Harvest: $7 – eBay / Amazon.com
Diddy Kong Racing: $7 – eBay / Amazon.com
Monaco Grand Prix: $6 – eBay / Amazon.com
Top Gear Rally: $6 – eBay / Amazon.com
Glover: $6 – eBay / Amazon.com
BattleTanx: Global Assault: $8 – eBay / Amazon.com
Pilotwings 64: $7 – eBay / Amazon.com
Quake II: $7 – eBay / Amazon.com
Vigilante 8: $6 – eBay / Amazon.com
Jet Force Gemini: $6 – eBay / Amazon.com
Bust-A-Move 2 Arcade Edition: $9 – eBay / Amazon.com

My Starter Picks For $50 Budget

If I personally only had $50 to spend on starting out a Nintendo 64 collection, here would be my top picks (in order of priority):

  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: $9
  • Star Fox 64: $8
  • Perfect Dark: $7
  • Blast Corps: $7
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron: $7
  • Pokemon Puzzle League: $6
  • Jet Force Gemini: $6
  • Total: $50

35 Comments

  1. Caleb says:

    Legend of Zelda: Majoraís Mask: $15

    Wow where I am from Majora’s Mask is MUCH cheaper than Octarina. I could have gotten hologram copies for like $4.

    As with Octarina, Goldeneye and some the rest I can’t seem to find them THAT cheap anywhere. Are you getting the prices from Ebay without shipping?

    Craigslist is probably the best place I have found N64 deals. I got a good bunch of games for cheap there.

  2. bonefish says:

    Its sad when people bash the n64 for not having that many games. Just look at that list, I know I’d be hard pressed to find that many good games on the PS. I’m glad Blast Corps. gets some love here.

  3. raist66676 says:

    Saw GoldenEye 007 for the first time recently. I am amazed how similar my Cube versions of Timesplitters 2/3 are to GoldenEye on N64. I bet Timesplitters is made by the same people. So if you like GoldenEye, check out Timesplitters 2 and 3!!!

  4. racketboy says:

    @Caleb – all the prices I listed are with shipping on eBay. Although, most don’t include the box and manual since they are a bit harder to find.

    @raist6676 – Actually, you instincts are correct. Timesplitters is developed by Free Radical http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Radical_Design
    Free Radical is actually made up from members from Rare that worked on Goldeneye.

  5. RevQuixo says:

    Pretty sure the Japanese verson of Puzzle League / Tetris Attack is “Panel de Pon” not “Puzzle de Pon”

  6. Bush Mackel says:

    Hey, if you can’t find these games for these prices in the store, maybe think about downloading them via the VC for the Wii. Only thing is, I find it very hard to go back Ocarina of Time and Goldeneye. They just seem SOOOOooooo slow! (Despite being SOOOOooooo good!)

  7. gnome says:

    An excellent piece, which actually proves that getting a N64 and games is way more cost effective than paying for them 10 euros each on the Wii… Brilliant post, brilliant!

  8. mike says:

    Wow all those games but where are the other great games like resident evil 2 i got that on ebay for 9 bucks you should add that.

  9. will spires says:

    you can get perfect dark including shipping on half.com.
    Same price for goldeneye.
    check out half.com

  10. will spires says:

    you can get those two games for $4

  11. will spires says:

    lets see what I could do with $50 on half.
    Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: $4
    Star Fox 64: $8
    Perfect Dark: $4
    Blast Corps: $4
    Star Wars: Rogue Squadron: $4
    Pokemon Puzzle League: $8
    Jet Force Gemini: $5
    Goldeneye 007 $4
    Excitebike 64 $7

  12. racketboy says:

    Half.com is owned by eBay and typically the listing will show up on eBay as well

  13. fwt says:

    goldeneye and PERFECT DARK rock!! so does turok

  14. nick says:

    my system as of 3/18/08 includes:

    The Legend Of Zelda: Ocorina Of Time
    The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
    Starfox 64
    Excitbike 64
    Banjo Kazooie
    Mario 64

  15. Toripo says:

    Good starter picks.
    My crap game store likes to put $35 price tags on any Mario game so thank Jesus for the internet.Its also the only one nearby that has stuff older than PS2.

  16. dotsue says:

    I just got my 2 grandsons a nintendo 64 the man gave me about 50 games but they are to much for the babies 4yrears so i need to buy something they can play can you help me
    thank DotSue

  17. jessey parker says:

    u guys r missin da best game fo da sixty-fo conkers bad fur day how can u miss da game on da rizzle dat game is fun and addictive i had it for like 8 years now and dis game is still fun and funny trust me dis game is in da shizzle fo rizzle

  18. Danielle says:

    Where is Paper Mario? That game is the bomb!

  19. racketboy says:

    Paper Mario isn’t very cheap — good game, but doesn’t fit in here

  20. weasels says:

    wow this makes me depressed. i had a nice 64 collection once but over the years somethings led to another and eventually i had only 3 games to my name……The Legend Of Zelda: Ocorina Of Time, paper mario, and banjo kazooie. this article has encouraged me to bring the collection back up! by the way a good game that i think was cheap is mystical ninja: staring goemon and mischief makers.

  21. weasels says:

    i see im wrong on my last post about the two games you should add. i guess over the years the prices of thoughs games went up. sorry about that

  22. Mike says:

    what about wrestlemania 2000 and wwf no mercy those games were dope and are cheap buys too

  23. Zach says:

    Uhhh Smash Bros?

  24. roman says:

    perfect dark one of the hottest games of 1999? it wasnt released until 2000.

  25. Robert says:

    Excitebike 64 for only 7$ o.O here in Norway that game is rare, i have only seen 1 for sale and that went for about 60-70$

  26. Branden Caspers says:

    Duke Nukem: Zero Hour and Jet Force Gemini have got to be the best third-person shooters on the good ol’ Nintendo 64.

    You can find them, and many more for incredibly cheap on http://www.jjgames.com

    Give it a shot, people. I’ve ordered them. And when they come, I shall play ’til my heart’s content. :3

  27. How is Super Mario 64 not a must have slightly over 10? It usually can be seen cart only for somewhere between 10-15 dollars.

  28. Amanda says:

    I love Conkers I want it sooo bad again but it’s sooooo expensive x_X

  29. Jamesmallow says:

    @michael smith
    i bought SM64 for ~£5
    Wave race for £2-£3
    Pokemon stadium £2-£3
    Top gear rally £3
    These were all unboxed in my local “insane games” stores in somerset UK

  30. George Costanza says:

    The only games you would really need are Zelda OoT and Zelda MM. There are no other N64 games with stories and “lasting appeals” like those two.

  31. There aren’t really a lot of games on the N64 that I really cared for but the prices made it easy to complete the small collection of the ones I love.

  32. Sam Holland says:

    OMG. i got golden eye for $0.50

  33. Bryce Leffew says:

    I am not sure where you guys are finding all of this, on ebay and amazon Ocarina of Time is typically 25-50 dollars and majoras mask is around 30 – 60… then again this thread is very old.