5 of the Rarest and Most Expensive Playstation One Games

Continuing from my article on the rarest games for N64, today we will go over some of the most expensive, rare, and hard to find Playstation One games.

Playstation

The original Playstation was released in North America on September 9, 1995, selling a whopping 102.49 million units worldwide (compared to N64’s 33 million) before finally being laid to rest on March 31, 2005.

Playstation redefined the gaming industry by switching to compact discs, eschewing the cartridge-based system of Nintendo and Sega. Sony’s new beast gave us memory cards, and some of the greatest RPGs of all time.  The original Playstation then handled the mantle to its successor Playstation 2, which had full backward compatibility.  Nowadays, you can play PSOne discs in any PS3, and have full remote play through PS3 to play on Vita.

Given the massive success of Playstation, many popular games sold a lot of units (Final Fantasy 7 has supposedly sold over 11 million units alone across all of its re-releases).  While FF7 can still hold a used $30 price tag despite its widespread release, what do the harder to find games sell for?

Special Mention: Elemental Gearbolt Assassin Case (Used: N/A, New: $3000) (Metascore: 76)

Elemental Gearbolt Case

I wanted to separate this particular entry as it was a limited edition giveaway so it stood apart from the entries.  During E3 in 1998, Working Designs only gave out a handful of these cases, which included the game, a light gun, and a memory card.  The game itself was an RPG shooter in the vein of Time Crisis, with set piece shooting gallery styled portions.

 

#5 Team Buddies (Used: $95 New: $255) 

Team Buddies Cover

Team Buddies has gained a cult following, and coupled with a limited release, has caused it to spike in value.  Its a co-op party game, focusing on real time strategy and other multiplayer modes.  The game is notable for its censorship issues related to its North American release.  The game’s teams were edited from their original, stereotyped nationalities including a Japanese faction using “Engrish.”Team Buddies Gameplay

 

#4 Brigandine The Legend of Forsena (Used: $99 New: $310)

Brigandine Cover

Another game focusing on warring nations, Brigandine used turn based gameplay with tactical role playing elements.  The game had a limited print run, leading to a shortage of available copies.  Combined with its niche nature and Atlus as the publisher, the game was set up for value down the line.

Brigandine Gameplay

 

#3 Tales of Destiny (Used: $115 New: $225) (Metascore: 78)

tales cover

Also known as Tales of Eternia, and also called Tales of Destiny II (which was its PS2 rerelease), this second entry into the Tales series did not perform particularly strong in the Americas compared to its Japanese release.  The game used a innovative combat system, combining some real time battle elements with 2D graphics.  Given the subsequent success of the Tales series, this entry has increased in demand as a collectors item, as well as for its strong gameplay.

Tales of Destiny Gameplay

 

#2 Suikoden II (Used: $120 New: $290) (Metascore: 82)

Suikoden II Cover

While today Suikoden II is widely adored by adamant fans, when it was originally released in the late 90s by the now disreputed Konami, it was not met with success.  A deep strategy RPG that continues the narrative from the original Suikoden, the game’s notoriety has crept upward as its merits have been noticed.  The game has become a cult favorite, spawning many sequels and spinoffs.  The game had taken a price hit given its digital rerelease, but complete used copies and sealed new copies are still some of the most sought after Playstation games.

Suikoden II Gameplay

 

#1 The Misadventures of Tron Bonne (Used: $233 New: $440)

MIsadventures of Tron Bonne

The highest valued non-collectors edition game is a prequel to the Mega Man Legends series (also a highly sought after collectors item).  The game focuses on the anti-hero to Mega Man, Tron Bonne, and includes action, puzzle, and platforming elements.  The game had a limited initial release, but quickly grew in value as the interest in the Mega Man Legend series has grown.  The game actually included a demo of Mega Man Legends 2, and the lead character has made appearances in Marvel v Capcom, further increasing interest and value.

Misadventures of Tron Bonne Gameplay

 

Other Notable Games: Many Playstation classics also have strong value, including Mega Man Legends 2, Toomba!, Tactics Ogre, and Valkyrie Profile.  Another interesting collectible is LSD: Dream Emulator, a Japanese import, which has earned a record of being extremely eccentric.  Based on the dream journal of its creator, it is an exploration game that includes disturbing and psychedelic moments alike.

Have you played any of these rare titles?  Do you still have any of these games sitting on your shelf?  What system should I cover next? Let me know in the comments!

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14 thoughts on “5 of the Rarest and Most Expensive Playstation One Games

  1. So glad they put Suikoden II on PSN, thought I’d never get the chance to play it! Lol, I owned a loose copy of Megaman Legends II and got $75 store credit for about two years ago. Got rid of many of my older games and ended up paying my repairs for my PS3 and got two new games off their shelves. (Total was around $300 dollars in store credit) Needless to say, that PS3 is still workin’ like a champ to this day!

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  3. I played Suikoden, but that’s cheating a bit, as I got it digitally. That’s one of the things I’m really glad for about the modern age of video games, that formerly rare titles like these can be waaaaaay easier to pick up then they used to be. I never had a PSOne, so I had to develop my library digitally after the fact. That said, there’s still a lot of good games that remain lost to me. Like plenty of the others on this list.

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  4. I have not heard of these games and they seem an eccentric lot. Is the North American release of Team Buddies as expensive as other versions. I would have thought the removal of controversial aspects of the game would decrease its value as it would be seen as altered. It is interesting that some of the games which, used innovative gameplay seemed to be originally considered bad, but their value has increased over time. It is interesting that an early series produced a game with the anti-hero of the series. Is the Misadventures of Tron Bonne game considered good? Or does it have a high value because it is a relatively unknown entry in a popular series? The LSD: Dream Emulator game seems strange, it must be worrying to produce a game like it in case people start analysing it. I notice, while the paraphernalia associated with the Elemental Gearbolt Assassin game was on the list, the game itself was not. Was this because the developers produced these expensive items for a game which was unpopular?
    I would be interested to see the most valuable Mega Drive games (because it would be interesting to see what old games are now considered valuable) and the Sega Saturn (because this console had a few eccentric games).

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    • I think with Elemental Gearbolt, the game itself was widely produced, but that particular collector’s edition only had a print of 40-50 copies making each more valuable. I’ll have to take a look at the Sega stuff, like you said, there was some interesting stuff that got put on those systems.

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  5. Ages ago, when I was heavily into Mega Man games, I *almost* picked up that Tron Bonne game. Why I didn’t I can’t remember, but oh, such regret now! (If I had, I bet I would like her better in Marvel v. Capcom games.)

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  6. Definitely still have a copy of Tales of Destiny, but sadly, I sold my copy of Suikoden II a while back. I’ve never heard of Team Buddies, but the other two I remember pretty clearly. I’m kind of surprised that Tron Bonne is so lucrative, but I guess it makes sense now that I’ve looked at your list.

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    • Nice to still have Tales! Suikoden was digitally released in anticipation of a new entry in the series, but it still holds its value well. I was kinda surprised by strong Bonne too, but I thought the PSX list was more exciting on the whole than the N64 list

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  7. It’s amazing how expensive a used PS game can be. I think the most obscure PS game I’ve played was Pandemonium. Looking for the rarest PC games might take an eternity, so PS2 or Gamecube would be cool to check out.

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