The Rarest and Most Valuable N64 Games

Rare and Valuable N64 Games

Do you have a bunch of old game sitting in your closet that you’d like to trade in for a stack of cash? Or are you on the hunt for the most desirable games for your collection? In stark contrast to the Cheapest Games series, This new series of Rare and Valuable games will round up the rarest and most valuable games for a given console or handheld so you’ll know what to look for whether you are buying or selling.

Below you will see two prices beside each title. The first is the average selling price, which is typically the going rate for the cartridge by itself. The second price is the peak selling price of recent history. These are typically games that are complete with box or possibly still sealed and new.

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Updated: Prices current as of 8/5/2010

The Expensive Imports

Bangai-O N64 Cover Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh (Bangai-O): $65 – $90
Yes, before this cult classic shooter from Treasure blasted its way to the Dreamcast, it was actually a Japanese-only release for the N64. In addition to being one of the best games on the system, it was also limited to a print run of only 10,000. The N64 version of Bangai-O doesn’t show up on eBay too often (a sign of a game that is truely rare), so its hard to get accurate values.
Previous 2007 Value: $80 -$120
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ISS 2000 Cover International Superstar Soccer 2000: $44 – $65
This PAL only release is one of the hardest to find N64 games of any region, but since its an old sports game, there isn’t a huge demand for it. Every now and then you can find the carts for under $50, but they are especially hard to find complete with box. If you find a complete copy, you can expect a much higher premium from collectors.
Previous 2007 Value: $44 -$80
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Sin and Punishment Cover Tsumi to Batsu Hoshi no Keishōsha
(Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Planet) $30 – $40

Much like many import-only Treasure games like Radiant Silvergun, this game isn’t especially rare in Japan, but the cult status of the game itself pushes its collectability status. Since Sin and Punishment has now been re-released on the Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console service, the value of the original cartridge has actually dropped about $30 over the last few years ($20 of which was in the first year).
Previous 2007 Value: $45 -$50
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Treasured USA Releases

Clay Fighters Cover Clay Fighter 63 1/3 Sculptors Cut : $50 – $120
Released as a Blockbuster Video exclusive, Sculpter’s Cut did not get wide distribution and is now very hard to find. It is now regarded as possibly the rarest USA N64 release you can have in your collection in complete condition. You might be able to find some cartridges of this rare release at a semi-reasonable price, but because of the Blockbuster deal, it is especially difficult to find a boxed copy.
Previous 2007 Value: $45 – $110
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Mario Party 3 Cover Mario Party 3: $50 – $110
This last N64 installment of the Party series came out near the end of the Nintendo 64’s life in 2001 so did not sell as well:  less than 1 million units.  Two sealed copies sold in July 2010 for over $100 each.   The loose copies have also risen in value quite a bit over the last 3 years and have easily topped this list of US releases.
Previous 2007 Value: $32 – $50
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Bomberman 64 Cover Bomberman 64 The Second Attack: $50 – $89
A rare sequel to a game that didn’t sell very well to start with. Second Attack came out near the end of the Nintendo 64’s life cycle which didn’t help the sequel sell any better. Back in 2007, a boxed version of Second Attack could be scored for under $50, but a sealed copy sold on eBay for $87 in 2007.  However, in July of 2010 a simple boxed copy sold for $89
Previous 2007 Value: $30 – $87
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Conker 64 Cover Conker’s Bad Fur Day: $45 – $100
Conker is another game hurt by being released near the end of the Nintendo 64’s life. Within one year of the game’s release, the N64 was discontinued. The game was received very well critically and is praised for having the best graphics for a Nintendo 64 game. Conker is still a personal favorite to many fans.  Because of it’s exclusivity and nostolgia factor, values of this game in complete condition have jumped up quite a bit.  Multiple boxed copies have sold in the $100 range.
Previous 2007 Value: $30 – $50
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Starcraft 64 Cover Starcraft 64: $40 – $168
RTSs weren’t a popular genre on the N64, but the Starcraft name has made it popular along with it’s low print run.  It seems that the boosted interest in the franchise with the 2010 release of Starcraft II has also helped boost values — One boxed copy has exceeded $150, but it can often be found for less.
Previous 2007 Value: $29 – $33
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Ogre Battle 64 Cover Ogre Battle 64: $40 – $105
Atlus’s is notorious for small production runs and Ogre Battle was no exception. It is also one of the only RPG’s for N64 and critically acclaimed so there is quite a bit of demand for the game. Typically, you can score this game for under $50, but there was recently a sealed copy that reached the $100 point.
Previous 2007 Value: $40 – $105
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Worms Armegeddon Cover Worms Armageddon: $47 – $75
Even though the Worms franchise is quite popular on the PC, the N64 version didn’t get much attention when released. Years later, it is one of the hardest games to find and is still fun.   Back in 2007, this port actually topped the N64 value list, but has since dropped in value considerably without much of an explanation.
Previous 2007 Value: $55 – $120
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Super Smash Bros Cover Super Smash Bros.: $40 – $69
2.92 million units sold in the US so the game isn’t rare, but is very popular.  Some people might think that people would move on from the original game and focus on the newer installements, but from the rising values of the N64 cart, it seems that newer installements just fuel demand for the original.   Boxed copies are especially in demand as it’s a cornerstone of an N64 collection.
Previous 2007 Value: $30 – $43
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Harvest Moon 64 Cover Harvest Moon 64: $30 – $60
A very niche game that was not produced in large quantities, but has a bit of a cult following. One of the hardest Nintendo 64 games to find.
Previous 2007 Value: $38 – $80
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Mario Party 2 Cover Mario Party 2: $35 – $60
Even though the series has gotten a bad rap in recent years, the demand for the original N64 installements has been on the rise.  While not as rare as the late release of Mario Party 3, Mario Part 2 is still quite popular as popular as even loose catridges can sell for a hefty amount.
Previous 2007 Value: $25 – $33
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Ocarina of Time Cover Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – $25  – $200
Ocarina of Time is actually one of the biggest-selling titles on the N64, so it is in no way rare, but much like Final Fantasy VII on the PS1 list, complete copies in good condition can demand quite a premium to collectors.
Previous 2007 Value: $20 – $45
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Mario Kart 64 Cover Mario Kart 64:  $28 – $78
Again, Mario Kart 64 is quite abundant, but it’s such a classic and nostolgic title, it’s hard for casual collectors to pass up.  Loose cartridges stay strong as it’s a go-to title for the platform and complete copies are near the top of collector’s lists.
Previous 2007 Value: $26 – $34
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Paper Mario Cover Paper Mario: $27 – $60
While it doesn’t have the mainstream following of a Smash Bros or Mario Kart, Paper Mario is still popular among Nintendo fans that like to dabble in RPGs.   It also doesn’t have quite the print run of the larger titles, so there is a bit more scarcity to put up with when tracking down a complete game in good condition.  Considering these circumstanced, I’m surprised that the values haven’t been pushed up more (although complete copies have just about doubled in value over the last 3 years).
Previous 2007 Value: $15 – $29
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Majora's Mask Cover Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – $20 – $125
While it is a Zelda game, the mainstream audience didn’t enjoy Majora’s Mask nearly as much as Ocarina of Time.  Bare carts can be found for reasonable prices, but the fact that it is a Zelda game keeps mint boxed and sealed copies hovering around the $100 point.
Previous 2007 Value: $15 – $35
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Mario Party Cover Mario Party: $25 – $50
And rounding out this top 15 list is the original Mario Party.  Not quite as rare and popular as the other installements, but enough N64-lovers are fans of the series to keep this carts in heavy circulation.  Box copies have been surging in value along with the other big names on the platform.
Previous 2007 Value: $25 – $33
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Additional N64 Games of Value

  • Castlevania Legacy of Darkness: $27 – $40
  • Dr. Mario: $24 – $50
  • Donkey Kong 64 – $20 – $100
  • Banjo-Tooie: $21 – $108
  • Super Mario 64: $20 – $85
  • Snowboard Kids: $20 – $30
  • Space Station Silicon Valley: $18 – $25
  • Ms. Pacman Maze Madness: $19 – $25
  • Beast Wars Transmetals: $20 – $23
  • Resident Evil 2: $15 – $40
  • Indiana Jones & The Infernal Machine: $17 – $26
  • Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon: $13 – $31

172 Comments

StarsCream says:

Ironic or wink/nod that you called it rare &valuable “Treasure”s…. nudge nudge 😉 .

racketboy says:

Actually, that wasn’t the original intention, but it will be a common theme in the series 🙂

All Hail The New Flesh says:

heh, awesome, I am lucky that I got Conker for $15!

sir jorge says:

What in the world? rare n64 games? This is going to be in my top 5 posts this weekend for sure!

RadarScope1 says:

Holy hell, I think that is the first time I have ever seen the original Smash Bros box art. What happened? Did the regular artists go on vacation that week? It’s terrible!

tankexmortis says:

I had thought that Dezaemon 3D would make it into this list, but I guess not. Also odd to see so many games that I or friends of mine had.

dudex77 says:

You’re forgetting animal forest in Japan. Radarscope, I like the original art and thought it added to the goofiness of the game in the same way the commercial did. The artwork continues into the manual as well.

Espio 1919 says:

Worms Armageddon is one of the rarest N64 games?! Man, I owned that when I was a kid but sold it after my old N64 got stolen in 2002. I can’t believe it! I had a complete copy and everything!

ariel says:

sin & punishments drop in value saddens me

claudio says:

i found a copy of International Superstar Soccer at gamestop last year when they were clearing everything out.

it wasnt in the system, so they had it marked as .99 cents/other. it was at 85% off, plus tax, so 20 cents wasnt a bad deal for me, lol.

cartridge only but works for me.

It says that Starcraft is the only RTS on the N64. Isn’t there a Command & Conquer game too?

Anyway, great article.

racketboy says:

Dezaemon 3D hasn’t been selling for much. More than most domestic games, but I didn’t want to make the import list too long. There is actually a copy of for bidding right now for less than $10.

I’m not sure how much Animal Forest has been selling for…

And, yes there was a C&C game, so I’ll correct the wording above — thanks!

Caleb says:

Wow! I can’t believe it!

I have a bunch of these games with manuals!

Wow. I am glad that I bought that lot of games on craigslist!

I had no idea Conker was going for so much. I am happy I got my copy!

N64 stuff must have been very popular in Northern NY because it’s easier to find that anything else up here.

Thanks for posting this!

dudex77 says:

Conker is worth quite some money no matter where you get it from not because it’s rare or anything but it’s such a popular game.

Gamerforlife says:

Conker is not worth much money at all. It’s no more pricey than any new release you’d pick up at Gamestop, and it’s quite common.

Sin and Punishment is pretty easily acquired too, and not at all expensive.

They ARE fantastic games though, but no real collectible value to them whatsoever

racketboy says:

Well, the list was organized by average sale price.
And collectability is subject to the collector 🙂

Adam says:

Mario Kart 64: $26 – $34? Super Mario 64: $20 – $25? I think I’d rather keep them and play them myself. Those are some classic titles that no gamer should ever part with.

THe Triscut says:

hey I have 8 of those, but I don’t have the two most expensive ones, you should see some of the snes game prices, earthbound and harvest moon with the box and stuff are over $150 at least.

Nick says:

Glad I bought Sculptor’s Cut way back then for $10 used 🙂 still in pretty good condition too

I’m very disappointed that Ogre Battle 64 and Harvest Moon didn’t get PAL releases. They looked like great titles back in the day.

Years ago I bought Conkers BFD in great condition new for about $15. So its good to see it reach such a high price. 😉

Kyle G says:

Just a simple FYI on the Smash Bros. comment, the new version for the Wii will not be coming out until March 2008, it has been delayed again! This was just announced, so you weren’t wrong to begin with, just wrong now that the times have changed.

Take care!!

Brendon says:

I sure hope you guys move down the console evolutionary ladder. I’d love to see ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Intellivision, and maybe even some MicroVision rarities!

Charles says:

Nice. I bought Worms Armageddon at Circuit City for 99 cents in 2001 or so. 🙂

mark richardson says:

ohh i have a few of those rare carts, along with a few more that i think are quite rare too mind you i live in the uk so its prob a diff state of affairs over here!

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