The Nintendo 64 may not have seen the success of the NES and SNES, but it has managed to mark a full generation of gamers with outstanding games like Super Mario 64 et The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Released in 1996, nearly 300 games were released on the Nintendo 64 in North America, before being replaced by the GameCube in 2001. With more and more people collecting video games, the price of these titles has only climbed in recent years! Here are the 10 rarest (and most expensive) Nintendo 64 video games.
The prices presented in this article relate to video games distributed in North America and considered complete or CIB (disc + box + instruction booklet). In addition, these are estimates based on past and / or current selling prices that can be found on auction sites, so the actual value of the games may vary slightly. Take into consideration that the value of these games may fluctuate following the publication of this article.
PAPER MARIO – Around $ 350
Paper Mario is the spiritual continuation of Super Mario RPG. It is the first game in the Paper Mario franchise that we all know today.
The game didn’t sell that badly, considering that Paper Mario was released very (very) late in the Nintendo 64 lifecycle (February 2001), a few months before the Nintendo GameCube launched.
But the franchise has become very popular over time. Each new opus seems to rekindle the interest of certain collectors about this game, which had been very well received by critics.
A complete copy of Paper Mario for Nintendo 64 in good condition can be worth around $ 350.
CONKER’S BAD FUR DAY – Environ 400 $
Demand for the game Conker’s Bad Fur Day exploded over time. The game was developed and published by Rare in collaboration with Nintendo. It is one of the 28 video games on Nintendo 64 classified “M for Mature” by the ESRB.
The game had been controversial when it was released. The KB Toys store chain in the United States had refused to sell the game in its stores. An article from the Los Angeles Times, quoting an outraged professor of the game, even said it was like “Disney is making pornographic films.”
According to a 2001 IGN article, less than 55,000 copies were sold in the first month. The game was released very late in the Nintendo 64 life cycle (March 2001), a few months before the release of the GameCube.
Additionally, Nintendo was worried that Conker’s Bad Fur Day would damage their reputation. So they made the decision not to promote it in their popular Nintendo Power magazine.
These days, it’ll cost around $ 400 to get your hands on a complete, undamaged copy of Conker’s Bad Fur Day for Nintendo 64. The Xbox remake is worth around $ 45.
GOEMON’S GREAT ADVENTURE – Environ 450 $
Great Adventure is the 3e opus of the Goemon franchise, very popular in Japan. Released in 1999, the game was very well received, some still consider it to be one of the best 2.5D platformer games on Nintendo 64.
According to the Japanese site BigGlobe, about 110,000 copies of the game were sold in Japan … and only about 50,000 in North America.
A complete copy of Goemon’s Great Adventure for Nintendo 64 in good condition can be worth around $ 450.
DAIKATANA – Environ 600 $
John Romero’s Daikatana is a game developed by the studio Ion Storm, co-founded by the famous developer John Romero (Doom). The game was released in 2000 on Nintendo 64 and PC. Daikatana received mixed reviews upon release.
“In feudal Japan, two rival clans, the Ebihara and the Mishima, are at war. The Mishima go to the master Usagi Miyamoto to manufacture a weapon to end the conflict: the Daikatana ”.
Sales of the PC game have been a disaster. Eidos and Ion Storm had to sell 2.5 million copies of the game in order to get their money’s worth. After 3-4 months, only 40,000 copies of the game have been sold.
It’s hard to know what happened to the Nintendo 64 version, released a few months after the PC version. Knowing the bad press associated with the game in addition to its end-of-life marketing of the N64 console, we can assume that sales have been anemic.
These days, it will cost around $ 600 to get your hands on a complete undamaged copy of Daikatana for Nintendo 64. The PC version is worth around $ 20.
BOMBERMAN 64: THE SECOND ATTACK – Environ 600 $
The Second Attack (2000) is a direct sequel to the game Bomberman 64 (1997), also released exclusively for Nintendo 64.
“In The Second Attack, Bomberman finds a mysterious egg while celebrating his victory over Altair and Sirius. He decides to take the egg with him while exploring space in his ship. One day, however, Bomberman’s ship is sucked into a black hole, and he wakes up in a prison. In prison, the egg suddenly begins to hatch… ”.
The game was released at the end of Nintendo 64’s life, as the Bomberman franchise was starting to falter. Although Bomberman 64 was released by Nintendo in North America, The Second Attack was released by Vatical Entertainment, an obscure company that published equally obscure games.
A complete copy of Bomberman 64: The Second Attack for Nintendo 64 in good condition can be worth around $ 600.
WORMS ARMAGEDDON – Environ 850 $
Worms Armageddon Nintendo 64 also falls into the category of games “released later than on other consoles and at the end of the N64’s life”.
The game, 3e opus of the franchise, had some success on PC when it was released in 1999. It was subsequently ported to Dreamcast and PlayStation the same year.
Developed by Infogrames Lyon House, Worms Armageddon was finally released for Nintendo 64 in March 2000, when the console was at the end of its life. You could play it up to 4 players.
These days, it’ll cost around $ 850 to get your hands on a complete, undamaged copy of Worms Armageddon on Nintendo 64. But don’t be surprised to see listings on eBay for a lot more… The version on the GameBoy Color is worth it. about $ 35.
SUPER BOWLING – Around $ 950
A bowling game originally released on SNES, Super Bowling was ported to the Nintendo 64 in the early 2000s, when the console was at the end of its life. Produced in very limited quantities, it is quite normal that very few copies have been sold … making Super Bowling one of the rarest games on this console.
A complete copy of Super Bowling for Nintendo 64 in good condition can be worth around $ 950. But don’t be surprised to see listings on eBay for a lot more… The SNES version is worth around $ 25.
TRANSFORMERS: BEAST WARS TRANSMETALS – Environ 1100 $
Transformers: Beast Wars Transmetals (2000) is one of several Nintendo 64 games that have been released in North America exclusively in Blockbusters stores.
The game follows the events of the 2e season of the Hasbro animated series of the same name. IGN rated the PlayStation version 3/10.
These days it will cost around $ 1100 to get your hands on a complete undamaged Nintendo 64 copy. But don’t be surprised to see listings on eBay for a lot more… The PlayStation version is worth around $ 30.
STUNT RACER 64 – Around $ 2000
As Transformers: Beast Wars, Stunt Racer 64 was distributed exclusively in Blockbuster stores. So the vast majority of copies have been used exclusively for rental, which means that the chances of having a complete copy still in good condition are extremely rare.
Stunt Racer (2000) is a racing game developed by the American studio Boss Game Studios and published by Midway.
A complete, undamaged copy of Stunt Racer can be worth around $ 2,000. But don’t be surprised to see listings on eBay for a lot more …
CLAY FIGHTER: SCULPTOR’S CUT – Environ 2500 à 3500 $
The rarest game in North America for the Nintendo 64 is Clay Fighter: Sculptor’s Cut.
Sculptor’s Cut, released in 1998, is an improved version of the disappointing ClayFighter 63 1/3, released for Nintendo 64 in 1997.
Why is Sculptor’s Cut so rare? For two simple reasons:
- Only 20,000 copies of the game have been produced
- Sculptor’s Cut was developed in collaboration with Blockbuster. The 20,000 copies of the game were therefore used exclusively for rental at Blockbuster.
Knowing that the games that are rented in this kind of store rarely end up in good condition and that the instruction booklets and / or boxes were hardly ever kept, finding a complete copy in good condition after all these years is a matter of ‘impossible.
These days, it will cost around $ 2,500 to $ 3,500 to get your hands on a complete, undamaged copy. But don’t be surprised to see ads going up to $ 120,000 on eBay…
Psst! Also keep an eye out for these other great value Nintendo 64 video games:
- 40 Winks : the game was completed in the 90s, but the Nintendo 64 launch was canceled. A Kickstarter campaign was launched in 2019 to publish the game on Nintendo 64. Around $ 350
- F1 Racing Championship : a game that has never been released in North America… only in Brazil! F1 Racing Championship for Nintendo 64 in Brazil is fully compatible with our N64 consoles in North America. The game is in English. Difficult to know the real value of this game …
- Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber : about $ 350
- Snowboard Kids 2 : about $ 310
- Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon : about $ 280
- Indiana Jones Infernal Machine : about $ 300
- Castlevania – Legacy of Darkness : about $ 320
- Pokémon Stadium 2 : about $ 350
- Harvest Moon 64 : about $ 300