The Nintendo 64 was the most fondly revered and influential consoles in gaming history that brings you nostalgic memories as a kid! We have to admit, this has been our all-time favorite gaming machine and even more for game collectors. It has a library of games, which were primarily released in plastic ROM cartridges. The console had 389 releases and there were 196 regions-locked to Japan, 296 to North America and 242 to Europe. It had an eminent library of titles, an extraordinary controller, and it spoke to Nintendo at their exceptionally prime.
Even the GameCube, possibly Nintendo's most exceedingly terrible pitching console to date, delivered 200 recreations more in its lifetime. In any case, even with such a predetermined number of titles, the N64 still has a modest bunch of diversions that are justified regardless of their weight in gold. In the investigation of this interesting pattern, here's our rundown of the rarest and most costly N64 amusements, to date.
Bomberman 64: The Second Attack
A sequel to the original Bomberman 64 game with nearly identical gameplay and features, Hudson Soft's iconic mascot Bomberman has had a rough transition to 3D gaming, with his adventures on the N64 being no exception to that statement. Its arguable both the bad selling nature of the first and the saturation of Bomberman titles were what caused a severe lack of interest in Bomberman 64: The Second Attack. Japanese copies seem to retail at £25, while a North American version will equate to roughly £55 depending on the exact source. The rarity of the game can also be attributed to the relatively unknown publisher of Vatical Entertainment, there's little to no trace of the company's history on the internet. Mediocre reviews and critical reception of the first game also didn't help the sequel, as fans had started to lose interest in Bomberman by that point. Whether it's worth its price tag or not, Bomberman 64: The Second Attack is a rare sequel that's rather hard to obtain.
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
An RPG strategy game hybrid and a sequel to Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen and Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. Like many J-RPGs, Ogre Battle 64 made widespread release in Japan, unfortunately didn't release nearly as many units in the US, presumably because J-RPGs don't tend to be as popular with western audiences. In note of this trend, Atlus played it safe and under produced Ogre Battle, making it incredibly hard to find English language copies of the game without paying a fortune. Japanese versions can cost as little as £20, while US imports cost up to £65 typically, assuming you can actually find a seller. The price doesn't wholly reflect the rarity of the NTSC copies, presumably there's a lack of interest in the franchise, and hence why the price isn't a lot higher - little supply, little demand.
StarCraft 64 was released on June 13, 2000, developed by Blizzard Entertainment and published by Nintendo for N64.A console adaptation of the classic real-time strategy game that pioneered the concept of dramatically different races in one game. Players choose to control one of three races -- one human and two alien -- in single-player or multiplayer. Critics and fans alike didn't want to play a complex strategy game without a mouse, as the core integral mechanics; resource gathering, map scouting and combat all require constant monitoring and commands, all of which made the N64 controller's analog stick and directional pad feel disadvantageous. Over two years after the PC version launched has caused the N64 port to drift into obscurity with a very small amount of units sold and produced. There's been a spike in the price of StarCraft 64 cartridges in the last few years, since the release of StarCraft 2 which has seemingly encouraged people to dig out this version. The rarer, Australian pal copies can cost over £100, while the more readily available US edition costs around £60, unboxed. Blizzard's sci-fi RTS would go on to define the genre, but the N64 remains ever obscure.
Mario Party 3
The wildest, most fun-loving, laugh-inducing, button-mashing party game in town. Released on May 7, 2001 and developed by Hudson Soft. Landing on different spots opens up various mini-games to play and this time around there is 70 to choose from. You'll do battle, jump, run, and shoot in a wooden horse race, work a TETRIS-like Dossun Puzzle, and compete in Tarzan Race, Heyho Roulette, Awful Tower, Snowball Summit, and 64 more! Mario Party 3 is all about multiplayer mayhem, and you'll go nuts taking on up to three of your closest friends. Its undeniably one of the best local multiplayer game series of all-time, proving to be a hit on each and every Nintendo console it's released on. The most praised entries in the franchise are those which kicked the block-punching fiesta off on the Nintendo 64, with 1, 2 and 3 being particularly cherished by collectors. The first two aren't that hard to track down for £30, but the third instalment had lackluster sales and a smaller run of units, this is because Nintendo anticipated it would sell badly due to the arrival of next-gen consoles in 2002. The price in question tends to vary a lot as there are still a fair few sources you can buy it from. The lowest price option on is £85 without a case or manual and £120 boxed, or presumably for lower if you attempt to win an auction. Of all Nintendo classics on the N64, Mario Party 3 is one of the most expensive and rare due to a smaller print run and an inconvenient release date.
Developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for N64, iQ, Wii, and Wii U. Paper Mario was released on February 5, 2001. Paper Mario presents an intricate combination of role-playing adventure and platformer action set in the familiar world of the series. With the huge success of Nintendo's Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, it’s unsurprising that the company would want to recreate that hit with a sequel. However, due to their collaboration with Square on the project, Nintendo had to rebrand the sequel as Square weren't available to develop the game. Nintendo management didn't have a lot of faith in the game as they produced a small amount of cartridges with very little advertising. Its 2001 release date in North America and in European territories only worsened sales. Due to the rise and advent of the series on the Gamecube and the Wii, as well as the dedicated die-hard Mario fanbase, there's still a huge demand for Paper Mario on the N64. Paper Mario can cost as much as £65 for just the cartridge, or up to £80-90 with a case in decent condition. Paper Mario isn't insanely rare, but Nintendo's dedicated plumber loving fanbase will make obtaining a neat copy of the game both expensive and hard.
Harvest Moon 64
An Even Better Sequel to the original Harvest Moon, Harvest Moon 64 is the third game in its series, released in 1999 for the Nintendo 64. It cemented the franchise as a successful and profitable Cult Classic. Sticking to the series formula has helped codify it and generally expands on original concept. Ahead of its time, beating the addictive nature of IOS related farm games and other things of that nature by a good twenty years. By the time Natsume had their second non-handheld entry in the Harvest Moon series; most players were unfamiliar with it, passing it up for more appealing titles. As a result, Harvest Moon would not sell many copies on the N64 and wasn't reprinted. The series has since become incredibly popular with certain audiences via the numerous DS, Gamecube and Wii releases, which have given the obscure N64 version a daunting price tag on copies of the game. This rare find can cost as much as £90 pounds boxed, due to steep demand and a minimal print run from` Natsume. Harvest Moon’s popularity and cult appeal have made it an incredibly hard game to find at any reasonable price.
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Critically acclaimed and considered the best graphics and one of the best all-around games on the N64. Conker's is a third person action game developed by Rare. It includes lots of language, blood, adult situations, and very funny dialogue. Players take control of the alcoholic red squirrel known as Conker, embarking on a journey to cure his hangover and recover his girlfriend Berri. The game is now deemed an N64 classic, regardless of its small sales figures and overall unit shipments. Conker's Bad Fur Day's lack of sales can be attributed to a lack of acknowledgement by Nintendo, an absence of advertising and publicity, but ultimately it suffered most from a weakened demographic as the game didn't appeal to children, unlike most of the N64's game library. The fact it was released very late in the console's lifespan also didn't help sales, as the N64 was retired within a year of Conker's launch date. Amazon has copies listed at £100 onwards, while Ebay listings show the game being valued at £90-£200, depending on condition and if it's boxed with manual, or not. There are a surprising amount of copies still in circulation, showing how popular and sought-after Conker's Bad Fur Day still is over a decade after release.
Snowboard Kids 2
Created by the game's original developer Racdym and published by Atlus. Snowboard Kids 2 was released in tiny quantities, with no reprints as the game was not popular, or known of at all. You can’t find any copy of the game for sale on Amazon and find two listing in Ebay at £150. The game may be incredibly rare, but it'll hard to sell at that kind of price as it doesn't have the sheer appeal of other rare games which are sought after because of general game quality, not just because they're collectors’ items. Nevertheless, Snowboard Kids 2 is a seldom seen cartridge for the N64.
ClayFighter 63 1/3: The Sculptor's Cut
This game was released as a Blockbuster Video rental exclusive in North America on May 15, 1998, both for the Nintendo 64 making it one of the rarest games. While you could certainly rent the game at Blockbuster, you couldn't purchase it outright anywhere, hence why there are so very few copies in existence. Amazon has the game listed from $250 upwards, with no copies seemingly on Ebay. The box and manual are said to be worth hundreds on their own, as there are so few of them - most store owners immediately threw them away as they were intended for rental only. The Sculptor's Cut adds 4 playable characters, in addition to some minor menu, feature and gameplay edits, making it a must for collectors only. The same story and characters from the previous game remained, though now it had some additional features such as new characters, though some things, like certain character moves, were removed. While it's not often desired because of the game's apparently shoddy quality, Clay Fighter 63 1/3: The Sculptor's Cut is undoubtedly one of the rarest N64 cartridges in existence.
Yoshi's Story: International Version
Yoshi's Story International Version is the rarest game on the list but the exact number of copies produced is unknown. This game served as a sequel to Super Mario World 2. The world you play in very much resembles a pop-up book, with various textures represented in the graphics such as cardboard, cotton and wood - an idea that inspire Kirby's Epic Yarn and the upcoming Wii U game, Yoshi's Woolly World. Yoshi's Story International Version is a demo cartridge made for retail kiosks in North America and only works in North American N64's even though all the text of the game is in Japanese. Much like Clayfighter 63 1/3, it's not the standard retail version of this game which is rare; it's the bizarrely named international version which is a highly collectible item, often regarded as the rarest N64 cartridge in existence.
Throughout the years, a considerable lot of those expansive, thick ROM cartridges have turned out to be irrationally significant as computer games regularly do as they age. It's all piece of the steady procedure as recreations advance from only a type of excitement, to inevitably getting to be extremely valuable collectibles. These titles have become beloved classics, with nostalgic players grabbing these rare treasures they can find. Which of these N64 games would you like to collect today?