The most expensive N64 games is a bit different for us, as when we do these list articles we often go for games you may have in your collection. For this one we have gone for pure rarity. Many are cartridges based promotional not for sale giveaways and some are technical items. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below
N64 Test Cartridge
Ok, so it is not really a game but when talking about expensive N64 items, this has to be included.
These cartridges were given out to console repair shops. Third party servicemen would have to pay a deposit to get an N64 test cartridge to help them fix the systems. It also came with a instruction manual that would help you with the diagnostic tests, though I can not even find any pictures of these online.
The cartridges themself were not cheap at the time, being around $500. Eventually they were supposed to be handed back and refunded but rumour has it Nintendo disconnected the line so these were just left floating about.
They are pretty rare. The online price guides have them at around $1300 loose so it has to be included in the most expensive N64 games despite it being a tool.
Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Not For Resale)
This full title is a long one, so here it goes. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Not For Resale Grey Edition.
It was actually not even a full game but a demo. The reason for it’s high price and rarity? Well rumour is that it was handed out to employees of Toy’s R Us in the US along with magazine and game reviewers before the release of the original game. A gold cartridge is also available but is far lower in rarity.
The gold cartridge can be around the $100 mark. Grey and loose you will be aiming at the $1000 or upwards bracket.
ClayFighter: Sculptor’s Cut
Our highest ranking of the most expensive N64 games that is not a promo cartridge is Clayfighter Sculptors Cut. It has a number of interesting factors that add to it’s scarcity.
Firstly, Clayfighter was a stupidly fun game and is a favourite of Updownleftrightastart. It is Streetfighter and Mortal Kombat without the seriousness. It is also one of only 2 2D beat em ups released on the system which adds to the collectability.
Sculptor’s Cut was also an updated version of Clayfighter 63 1/3 that was only released for rental. With no commercial release, you have an immediate rarity on your hands.
The last caveat? In this version Earthworm Jim was a secret playable character. Take my $400 now! Now remember that many of these were removed from a box for rental reasons so a boxed complete could be around $2500.
Yoshi’s Story (International Version)
So for this we return to the mythical demo versions and this one was actually sent out to shops for use in playable N64 displays.
Oddly, the game only runs on US consoles though all the text in in Japanese. The picture on the cartridge is that of the box artwork for all non Japan releases with a not for resale label.
Add this to the huge collect-ability of a Mario franchise character and you quickly get a pricey game. Loose is around $400 dollars and we have not been able to pinpoint a box due to it being a store demo.
Turok 2 Seeds of Evil (Not For Resale)
This is a stark, grim looking cartridge in the next entry and kind of suits the aesthetic of Turok. I totally loved this Dino hunter.
Anyway, we return to another promo cartridge sent out to magazines and reviewers. This time though we have two different versions of the same cartridge. One of these contains the full game and is less expensive. The more expensive one contains a demo only version that is reported to have a few minor lags and glitches.
Again these did not come with a box (that we know about) so you are looking at a loose cartridge selling for around $350.
Wide Boy 64
Peripheral? Game? Ah whatever, if you see one in a second hand store lying in the bargain bin, snap it up regardless.
The Wide-Boy is an adaptor that allows you to play Gameboy games on your N64. When plugged in, your TV would have a border that looked like a large Gameboy screen. You could also capture screen shots quite easily with it and it even has a zoom feature.
This was never intended for sale to the public. It was used on some gaming TV shows and the Pokemon League Summer Training Tour. It would have set you back around $1400 USD to buy one of these bad boys back in the day so possibly one of the few items on the list that has actually dropped in value at around $350 in current pricing.
Donkey Kong 64/Goldeneye/Pokemon Snap (Not for Retail)
Another selection of not for retail cartridges, this time featuring two of Nintendo’s main franchises and a Bond classic. We are referring strictly to the grey cartridge, again one given out to stores and magazines for promo purchases.
I am actually surprised these are not more expensive, considering the collective nature of the characters involved. For each cart you can be looking at around $300.
Back to a complete version of the most expensive N64 games! This time we have Super Bowling.
As opposed to creating a realistic bowling simulator, Super Bowling opts for adding a bit of fun to what could be an otherwise boring game. A version was created for the SNES back in the early nineties and the N64 version was released in 2001, right at the end of the console life. As such, not many copies were created or purchased.
Loose you could be looking at around $320 with a $670 for a boxed complete one.
WCW Backstage Assault (Grey Cart)
I love wrestling games and this title fills me with goosebumps. It should be amazing right?
Well, not so much. Despite being a full on hardcore wrestling game with weapons, out of ring areas to fight in and legend Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan on commentary, it failed to live up to expectations. Reviews were bad, sales were poor and the game was released late in the life of the console.
Another interesting fact is that is was the first game released while WCW was under ownership be WWE.
Loose will be around $300 with a boxed version reaching $650 thought his is based on the grey cartridge version.
Stunt Racer 64
Stunt Racer is a futuristic racing game in which cars can fly and perform stunts. You can choose from one of four characters each with a unique vehicle with five racing leagues to work through.
This game was available for purchase but only through Blockbuster stores. Many of the games were rental meaning cartridges often got damaged. Thus like Clay Fighter Sculptors Cut, another Blockbuster only release, many boxes were discarded and there is a big jump in price between a cartridge loose and boxed version.
Loose you can be looking at $200 with a fairly good boxed one around $700.