Ranking The Rarest N64 Games Of All Time & How Much They’re Worth (Expensive To Cheapest)

A selection of rare N64 games on the Retro Dodo background

No, this isn’t a list of games made by developers Rare, although there are a few of those included further down. This is a list of the rarest and most costly titles for the N64, the unloved games turned collectors’ items, and classic carts that have grown more expensive with age.

The trouble with N64 games is that they all seem to cost a lot of money these days. While most have at least held their value over the years, others now cost around two to three times their original price tag!

Games that might not seem rare such as Mario Party 2 can sell for thousands if in a sealed condition, and even some cartridge-only sales reach high prices.

But which are the rarest game boxes and most expensive games? How much do the classics cost now, and are there any bargains to be had?

1. Clay Fighter: Sculptor’s Cut: $550 – $15,000

Clay Fighter: Sculptor's Cut game case
Credit: Nintendo/Visual Concepts/Interplay

Some readers may have played Clay Fighter 63 1/3, but the Sculptor’s Cut edition is one of the most elusive and expensive games for the console.

Sculptor’s Cut was a Blockbuster video rental store exclusive title, which meant that they were pretty hard to get hold of in the first place. It’s such an interesting title because the style is unlike pretty much every other N64 game, and it’s the most unique fighting title ever.

Clay Fighter: Sculptor's Cut gameplay - two clay figures fighting
Credit: Nintendo/Visual Concepts/Interplay

Clay Fighter: Sculptors Cut boasts extraordinary visuals thanks to the use of stop-motion animation and claymation.

Everything is made of clay. We’re talking about the backgrounds, characters, everything.

Speaking of characters, they’re what makes this game such an exciting title. Play as the Statue of Liberty come to life, or a nasty snowman turned good. Earthworm Jim even makes a cameo.

The updated Sculptor’s Cut boasts new features including fresh moves, a better main menu, a slicker fighting system, new cutscenes and stories, and extra characters. It’s the definitive edition of a great game, which is why it costs so much!

Prices start at around $550 for the cartridge alone, with complete boxed copies selling for up to $15,000.

2. N64 Test Cartridge: $7,500

N64 Test Cartridge in an N64 (left) with a load up screen (right)
Credit: X/Youtube

I’m paid to be honest, and I honestly didn’t know that this N64 Test Cartridge existed until I started writing this article. It’s no surprise, as this cartridge was made for repair shops to use when testing faulty N64 units back in the day.

Various sources claim that Nintendo requested these cartridges back once third-party repair shops were no longer needed, though many shops found it impossible to send them back.

As such, these rare carts surface from time to time on the internet for insane prices.

I know this isn’t a game, but it’s an important piece of Nintendo history and a cool collectors item if you have the money. It’s also a cool piece of kit for the budding modder or game’s console builder to learn what makes a console tick!

One report shows a cart selling in a shop for $3,000, while eBay reports a sale that reached a whopping $7,500!

3. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Collector’s Edition: $75 – $3,299

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Collectors Edition game case
Credit: Nintendo

Slapping collectors edition tends to make the price go up on anything, especially when the greatest game of all time is concerned!

When Ocarina dropped in 1998, the Collector’s Edition version provided fans with a shiny box and a gold cartridge. This differed from the standard black box and grey cartridge combo that I played to death and still do.

The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time gameplay - Link and Sheik learning the Minuet of Forest outside. of the Forest Temple
Credit: Nintendo

Because the Collector’s Edition only stayed around for a short time and was snapped up quickly, these copies are harder to find.

And when you do find one, the price is usually pretty huge!

Copies sell for anywhere between $75 and $3,299 depending on their condition and whether they come boxed. A brand-new, sealed, and graded copy is currently sitting at $30,000 on eBay!

I love Zelda more than anyone, but $30,000 is an insane amount of money to spend. Still, if you’ve got it and want a centrepiece for your gaming collection, then why not!

4. Conker’s Bad Fur Day (Boxed & Complete): $200 – $2,500

Conker's Bad Fur Day game box for the N64
Credit: Nintendo/Rare/THQ

Conker’s Bad Fur Day is the first game in our list to be rare in both senses of the word. It’s one of our top rare N64 games made by RARE, the genius minds behind Banjo-Kazooie.

Conker is one vulgar dude. This game is definitely aimed at older audiences despite its similarities to Banjo. It contains drinking, swearing, sexual innuendos; basically all of the good stuff.

Conker's Bad Fur Day gameplay, with Conker talking to the great mighty Poo
Credit: Nintendo/Rare/THQ/Youtube

The game has lots of graphic violence in it too, though it’s softened by the fact that a furry-tailed squirrel is the one doing the killing. The gameplay is superb and the story left me laughing all the way through.

Unfortunately, the price is pretty expensive these days as the game has become so popular. It’s also one of the last titles released for the N64 before it was discontinued, a fact that only adds to the cost.

Expect to pay anywhere around $2,500 for a complete boxed copy in great condition.

5. Yoshi’s Story International Release: $2,500

Yoshi's Story International Release start screen (left) and game cartridge (right)
Credit: Nintendo

Yoshi’s Story International Release fetches a pretty penny due to its ‘not for resale’ logo on the front of the cartridge.

Not for resale cartridges are games that were on show as demo carts in games shops and video rental stores. They’re meant to showcase a game so that people buy the actual version. As such, there aren’t that many around, which means they cost significantly more than standard copies.

It might seem trivial, but small features like this really make a difference when separating rare N64 games from mass-produced copies. In this case, the artwork on the label resembles the logo on the box used for NTSC and PAL releases.

Yoshi's Story gameplay - A blue Yoshi is standing on a yellow path with storybook trees behind him. There are lots of fruits on the screen.
Credit: Nintendo

Yoshi’s Story International Release only works on NTSC N64 units, though the text in the menus and story snippets is all in Japanese. The gameplay itself is pretty much the same as the Japanese release.

Control coloured Yoshi’s while gobbling down fruit and saving the Super Happy Tree from Baby Bowser’s spell. Why can’t Bowser’s family stop meddling in people’s affairs?

A normal copy of Yoshi’s story costs around $15-50 dollars, but the international copy sells for around $2,500. We say around because that’s what the last one sold for. The only other copies at the time of writing are priced at $2,999 for a cartridge only and $3,500 with a box!

6. Wave Race (First Print, Boxed & Complete): $2,000

Wave Race 64 game box for the N64
Credit: Nintendo

Wave Race (First Print & Boxed) takes the 9th spot in this list of the best rare N64 games of all time!

I’m still terrible at this game to this day, but at least I keep getting back on the jet ski and giving it a go!

To pick up a rare 1st print of this game complete in box, you’re looking at spending anywhere around $2,000!

Wave Race 64 gameplay, with a racer in 4th place moving across waves in the ocean.
Credit: Nintendo

Just like a couple of the other games on this list, you can always play it on the Nintendo Switch Online platform if you don’t want to spend tonnes of money.

But, if you were one of the lucky ones who remembered to get a first print copy and put it away with the cellophane on back in the day, then you’re going to be smiling like a Cheshire cat right now!

7. Worms: Armageddon – $30 – $1,880

Worms: Armageddon game box art
Credit: Nintendo/infogrames/team17

Worms: Armageddon is a classic example of a title becoming more popular over time. This N64 game didn’t receive that much of an uptake when it first released, though collectors have gone mad for it in recent years.

Worms first rose to popularity on the PC. I remember pitting these little dudes against each other with my mates on Windows 98, thinking that the world couldn’t possibly get any better than those moments.

Worms : Armageddon gameplay, with worms battling around a scene that bears resemblance to Paris with the Eiffel Tower and Louvre.
Credit: Nintendo/infogrames/team17

Players take turns to destroy enemy worms using insane weaponry on a number of interesting stages. The humour in this game is what makes it to fun to play. Twinned with the zany boards and vibrant graphics, and you’ve got one hell of a multiplayer battle on your hands.

The cartridge itself isn’t as rare as finding a boxed copy with the manual intact. That’s where the real money is.

So, if you have a copy hidden away in your attic, you may well be sitting on a small gold mine!

8. StarCraft 64 (Boxed & Complete): $145 – $1,630

Starcraft 64 game box N64
Credit: Nintendo/Blizzard Entertainment

The Nintendo sold itself as a platforming machine with games that appealed to younger audiences. That’s a broad generalisation as I still love these games as an adult, but it’s mostly true.

Real-time strategy games didn’t really fit into that bracket, and so StarCraft passed many original N64 users by.

Now, however, people want to go back and find out what they missed out on, which makes finding a copy pretty tough!

Starcraft 64 gameplay.- vehicles moving towards troops mid-battle
Credit: Nintendo/Blizzard Entertainment/Youtube

StarCraft 64 didn’t pass the critics by, however. It’s often hailed as being one of the most important fantasy strategy games ever made, paving the way for other titles in the same genre.

The storyline is pretty amazing too. Set in a fictitious part of the Milky Way, different species fight to control the universe. Expect insectoids battling humanoids and lots of powerful alien machines at every turn.

Boxed copies sell for anything between $145 and around $1.600 now depending on overall condition. We urge you to give this game a go if you missed it first time around. We’ve done just that, and now we can’t get enough of it!

9. Stunt Racer 64: $184 – $1,500

N64 game box for Stunt Racer 64
Credit: Nintendo/midway

Stunt Racer 64 was doomed to make this list of the top rare N64 games before it even hit shelves.

Not only did it have to compete with the mighty Mario Kart 64, one of the best N64 games of all time, but Blockbusters also had exclusivity of the title. That’s rental and retail copies, and the game remains exclusive to NTSC consoles.

Competing with the best racing game for the console and only sold in one chain? Sound’s like a great recipe for success to me!

Stunt Racer 64 gameplay, with a green car moving up a ramp towards the sky
Credit: Nintendo/midway/Youtube

Those old enough to remember rental game copies know how battered the boxes became at the hands of savage gamers. As such, finding a copy in decent condition is tough enough, and finding a copy with a box and manual will cost a small fortune.

Cartridges sell for around $184, while boxed versions can fetch anything up to $1,500. Still, the game itself is a cracking title to play if you have an NTSC N64.

Race vehicles with futuristic turbo technology while performing death-defying stunts along insane tracks. Rack up points, earn cash, and buy new gear. It’s a great premise, though an expensive play in 2021.

10. Turok 2: Seeds Of Evil (Not For Resale): $1,036

Turok 2: Seeds Of Evil Demo Only cart with a 'Not for resale' message on the front
Credit: Nintendo/Acclaim

Turok 2: Seeds Of Evil (Not For Resale), like the GoldenEye 007 cart coming up, has a high price tag because it’s a Demo Only copy.

I mean, look how big it’s written on the cart; it couldn’t be any clearer!

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil gameplay, with Turok holding a weapon towards an enemy
Credit: Nintendo/Acclaim

I will forever love the first Turok game, but Seeds of Evil took the formula and supercharged it to 11. Mutant dinos with guns, creepy levels, and some of the best weapons in any N64 shooting game.

You all know I’m talking about the Cerebral Bore.

I suppose £1000 isn’t a mad amount of money for a piece of N64 history, and if you were one of the crafty people who ‘put one of these aside’ back in the day, then I imagine you’re feeling pretty happy right about now.

11. GoldenEye 007 (Not For Resale): $1,025

GoldenEye 007 Not for Resale game cartridge
Credit: Nintendo/Rare

GoldenEye 007 (Not For Resale) takes the next spot in this list of the top rare N64 games. We’ve all got a copy of this game, but that little ‘not for resale’ banner on the cart sticker makes it worth so much more.

These copies that really should have gone back to Nintendo instead of falling into the pockets of eager employees at gaming stores are now worth around $1,500!

Bond holding a rocket launcher towards three enemies - GoldenEye 007 N64 gameplay
Credit: Nintendo/Rare

That’s an extortionate amount for a game that I picked up second-hand from the local paper as a kid as part of a 3 for $30 deal, but collectors look out for these little intricate differences and pay a lot for them.

12. Pokémon Snap (Not For Resale): $410 – $1,000

Pokemon Snap Game Cart (Not For Resale)
Credit: Nintendo

Despite the blatant request on the front label, The Pokémon Snap (Not For Resale) cart now has a pretty impressive resale value.

Anyone who’s just come to this series via the new Pokémon snap game should definitely consider adding a bit of Pokémon history to their collection. This original foray into snapping instead of battling and catching Pokémon was a huge success and became an instant fan-favourite with Pokémaniacs the world over.

Pokemon Snap gameplay, with Todd holding his camera in the Zero-One on a lake
Credit: Nintendo

Players travel in a Jurassic Park-style safari vehicle while snapping Pokémon through different levels on Pokémon Island. It’s a chance to see the little (and big) critters in their natural habitat, catching them up to all sorts of mischief along the way.

Professor Oak awards you points for getting great pictures of the pocket monsters in your Photodex. Throw food and toys to grab their attention, but save your shots. You only get 60 photos per level so choose them wisely.

Grab a Poké flute, play the same level 100 times, and try your best to catch photos of your favourite characters. Can you snap ’em all?

13. Bomberman 64 The Second Attack: $117 – $722

Bomberman 64: The Second Attack game case
Credit: Nintendo/Vatical Entertainment

Bomberman 64: The Second Attack is another game that slipped me by the first time around. It’s the rarest home console title in the series and a real classic game to play if you can get hold of a copy.

The problem with the Bomberman games is that Sega kind of overplayed the market with them. For years, we were fed different versions of the same game with very few changes.

So, when Bomberman dropped for the N64, a lot of gamers became tired of the format, even though Bomberman 64 was the best of the bunch.

Bomberman 64 The Second Attack gameplay, with Bomberman standing on grey blocks trying to avoid holes in the floor
Credit: Nintendo/Vatical Entertainment

In 1999, The Second Attack dropped after a poor reception of the first Bomberman 64 game. It included the original ‘+’ explosion pattern for destroying enemies and brought a new character into the fold.

But apart from that, the game is pretty much the same as Bomberman 64 with a Kirby-like character joining the fray, and it wasn’t enough to save the series.

Now, people want a slice of the pie. We always want what we can’t have, and now boxed copies of this game sell for anything up to $722!

14. Diddy Kong Racing (Boxed & Complete): $80 – $699

Diddy Kong Racing game box N64
Credit: Nintendo/Rare

Diddy Kong Racing seems to go up in price every time we look at it, which is great for me as I have a boxed copy in great condition currently under my bed.

The game wasn’t that hard to come by, but it still brings a big price tag these days, especially if you have a graded and sealed copy.

Diddy Kong Racing gameplay - Conker at the start line in a plane waiting to take off. There is a windmill nearby.
Credit: Nintendo/Rare

One of the things I love about this game is the fact that players can use planes and hovercrafts when racing as well as karts. It’s a concept that hasn’t been replicated since; even Mario has stuck to bikes and karts.

Yes, they can glide, but it’s not the same.

The story mode on this game was brilliant too; having to collect items and beat bad guys still never gets old.

15. Super Bowling: $366 – $525

Super Bowling - N64 game case
Credit: Nintendo

Bowling might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Super Bowling has somehow become one of the rarest and most sought-after N64 games on the planet.

The premise is simple; it’s all the family-friendly entertainment of the bowling alley but in your front room instead!

Players pick a character and bowl like their life depends on it. Don some super swish shoes, head out on the court, and knock down some pins. And don’t worry, there’s a practice mode where you can try lots of different styles of shot and pin placement scenarios.

Super Bowling gameplay - angles of a player taking a shot (left) and shots of the pins (right)
Credit: Nintendo

Bowling isn’t a glitzy sport, but when played on an ice pond or in front of a Chinese temple, it suddenly becomes pretty wild.

Compete against family members or the AI as you fight (or bowl…) to get the best score. There’s a golf mode that you can use to give yourself par points, but the normal mode is by far the easiest to understand and the most enjoyable to play.

As this game came out towards the end of the N64’s life and only had a short production run, it’s now extremely rare. Long Dev copies (tall developer carts) sell for anywhere up to $1,545, but a normal cart in great condition will set you back around $525.

16. Harvest Moon: $143 – $349

Harvest Moon 64 Came Case Cover Art
Credit: Nintendo/Natsume

Harvest Moon isn’t the most expensive title in this list by far, but demand for this game still runs high compared to how few copies are currently around.

And for good reason; everyone has proved how much they like life sims with the arrival of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, so why not try a farm sim too?

For those who don’t know what Harvest Moon is, it’s a game where you bring a rundown farm back into agricultural glory. We’re talking working machines, feeding cattle, and enjoying a pint down the local pub.

Harvest Moon 64 gameplay - two players talking near a farm building.
Credit: Nintendo/Natsume

In many ways, it’s like Animal Crossing if all you did was farming. Marry, start a family, go to work, come home from work, go to the races, go back to feed the chickens…

… ok, if you’re a farmer, then this probably won’t be any fun whatsoever as that’s already your daily routine. Still, for people like me who have never even driven a tractor, this game is pretty fun!

$349 will get you a boxed copy of this game complete with an instruction booklet for those authentic N64 feels. It’s worth it for the experience, and you never know; you might learn something along the way!

17. Goemon’s Great Adventure: $40 – $360

Box art for Goemon's Great Adventure on the Nintendo 64
Credit: Nintendo/Konami

Finally, it’s time to look at Goemon’s Great Adventure. This guy made me want to have hair like a pineapple as a kid, and Ebisumaru’s funny faces still make me laugh to this day.

It’s ghost-busting action from the very beginning in this sequel to Mystical Ninja. Weirdly enough, Ebisumaru is trying to contact his ancestor James Dean using a ghost-recreating machine.

Yeah; the James Dean… I don’t see a family resemblance.

Goemon’s Great Adventure gameplay - Goeman and Yae moving up a ramp towards enemies
Credit: Nintendo/Natsume/Tumblr

Anyway, the machine is stolen, and Goemon and his friends have to get it back and squash some ghouls along the way.

Unlike Mystical Ninja, Great Adventure is a side-scrolling game. The big robot version of Goemon still makes an appearance for 1st-person fights, but it’s mostly firing coins left and right as you traverse mountains and work with your teammates of justice.

Speaking of teammates, you can play two-player too! Join forces with a friend and tackle the story mode.

18. Hey You, Pikachu (Complete In Box With Microphone): $50 – $300

Hey You Pikachu N64 game box
Credit: Nintendo

Hey You, Pikachu (Complete In Box With Microphone) certainly fetches a lot more than the cartridge alone does.

It certainly makes sense considering the fact that you need the microphone to make the game work properly.

This game was slightly bizarre to say the least, but those that are Pika-mad would probably pay any amount to get their hands on it.

Gameplay shot of Hey You Pikachu, with the player interacting with Pikachu on screen.
Credit: Nintendo

I suppose this is the closest that any of us could ever get to having a Pikachu that understands us and follows us around in real life. Pika understands 200 phrases and words, and speaking into the mic is the main way of playing the game which never gets old.

Unlock different minigames as you progress and spend some quality time with your favourite mouse… squirrel… electric pal!

19. Majora’s Mask (Not For Resale): $132 – $300

Majora's Mask Not For Resale Game Cart
Credit: Nintendo

Majora’s Mask (Not For Resale) is up next, a Zelda title that while not as expensive as the Ocarina of Time collectors edition, still has a pretty big markup from its original price.

Most people have gold copies of Majora’s Mask. Gold is usually associated with expensive objects, but it’s the grey cart that’s worth more in this case. To get a slice of non-resellable Clock Town action, you’re going to need to fork over up to 300 Hylian rupees…

… or dollars if you live in the real world.

Majora's Mask gameplay showing Link standing in Clock Town and holding the Gilded Sword
Credit: Nintendo

I wasn’t a huge fan of the constant mask changing in this game, although getting to play as a Zora was pretty cool, and the Goron Bongos were fantastic.

The fact that characters from Ocarina make an appearance such as the quirky Kakariko builders adds a few Easter eggs for fans to find. Still, this game just didn’t have the same oomph for me as Ocarina did, and that falling moon freaked me out big style!

Still, it’s a Zelda game, which means it has my utmost respect and also still has some clout in the second-hand market. It also proves just how much you can get done in three days if a moon is about to fall on your head.

20. Banjo Tooie (Complete Boxed): $79 – $260

Banjo Tooie game case for the Nintendo 64
Credit: Nintendo/Rare

I remember asking my mum for this game back in the day and she had a really tough job trying to find a copy. She ended up getting one from eBay that took weeks to arrive, and I stupidly sold it for cash as a teenager.

I know, what an idiot!

Banjo-Tooie gameplay - Banjo standing in the Jinjo Village
Credit: Nintendo/Rare

Banjo-Tooie is the sequel to Banjo-Kazooie, one of my favourite ever N64 games. It follows the bird and bear duo as they try to stop Gruntilda’s sisters from resurrecting her.

Mumbo Jumbo returns, and with help from Humba Wumba, Banjo and Kazooie are transformed into lots of different animals and objects to help them with their quest.

Like the other games on this list, boxed copies cost a lot more than single cartridges, and finding a box in a nice condition is tricky. I’ve seen mint condition versions sell for up to $1,450 in the past, though prices are much lower at the minute.

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