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
|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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|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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|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 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: $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 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’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: $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: $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 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.: $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: $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: $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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|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: $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: $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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|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: $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