The Ultimate Nintendo 64 Shopping & Online Selling Guide
Do you have a Nintendo 64 with games for sale, along with controllers and accessories? We can help you sell them! Or, are you looking to buy N64 games? The Old School Game Vault is the best place for that, too! The only question is, how do you get started? As you may have guessed, we have the answer to this as well.
This complete N64 buying and selling guide explains everything you’ve ever wanted to know on the topic. That includes the best and most popular N64 games to know about, plus how to watch out for counterfeits. Whether you’re selling or buying an N64, find all the information you need in this guide.
Why You Should Buy a Nintendo 64 Original Console
First, know that the many vintage video games are still in high demand, especially N64 games. Why’s that? Some of the most popular and enjoyable games ever made were released exclusively for the Nintendo 64.
This includes The New Tetris—in our opinion, the best multiplayer Tetris game ever made. The New Tetris is not available on any other system besides Nintendo 64. If you want to add the most unique and entertaining games to your collection, this system is a must.
Nintendo 64 Original vs Re-Released Games
Some N64 games have been re-released on other systems. But, for some reason, most of these re-releases contain massive alterations to the original games. The most notable example is Super Mario 64.
The original version is the best-selling N64 game ever, with 11.91 million units sold. But the re-release on Nintendo DS included major differences in the form of extra playable characters.
The original release has only one playable character: Mario. In the DS version, the game starts with Yoshi as the playable character. There is no option to play as Mario until the game progresses.
More to the point, Yoshi has different moves/abilities than Mario. And the control setup of the DS is less ideal for this game than the original N64 controller.
Most importantly, the DS release doesn’t contain the original version of the game. Those who prefer to play the original can only do so (legitimately) on the N64 system.
What Nintendo 64 Games are on the Switch
Currently there are 8 titles available to play on the Nintendo Switch. You’ll need to have a Monthly Expansion Pak Membership to access and play these games. More information can be found here - https://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/nintendo-64-nintendo-switch-online-switch/
- Super Mario 64
- Mario Kart
- Yoshi's Story
- The legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
- WinBack Covert Ops
- Mario Tennis
What is the Best Nintendo 64 Game or Games You gotta play?
Rarity and condition can definitely increase a game’s value. But the base value of vintage video games always depends on each game’s demand. And the demand for each Nintendo 64 title depends on its popularity.
So, the games that are very well-known (franchises, in particular) and those that are beloved cult classics will usually be more expensive. Still, these games are also the most enjoyable to play. With this in mind, here are the most popular games on N64 to buy.
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 is the first great platformer on N64, and one of best platformers of all time. While it’s a bit simplistic by today’s standards, there are many levels to explore and 120 objectives to complete.
Besides, its simplicity actually makes it more fun than overly complex titles like Super Mario Galaxy. It’s sure to keep any gamer entertained for hours and it’s also great as a young child’s first game.
Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart 64, like the original game on SNES, is a very unique Mario Kart experience. Namely, the physics of the game are a bit different than the more recent titles. And, of course, the levels are unique in every title, including this one.
Other than that, the same basic game elements are present: race mode, battle mode, single-player/multiplayer modes, and powerups. If you love Mario Kart, you need this in your collection.
GoldenEye was hands-down the most revolutionary first-person shooter of its day. It was one of the first FPS console games to offer 3D graphics and 4-player competition.
There are loads of weapons and abilities to try, and not just guns. You can also use throwing knives, remote mines, proximity mines, and (hilarious) karate chops. Add to this about a zillion cheat codes and a room full of gaming buddies and you’ve got a party that lasts literal days.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
So much has already been said about this game that we’ll only add this. TLoZ: OoT is the one game that every gamer needs to play at least once in their lifetime, period. After all these years, it’s still officially the best game of all time.
Also, know that there’s no in-game difference between the gold and grey cartridges.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
While not as popular as OoT, Majora’s Mask is its highly-rated N64 follow-up. In fact, it’s a direct sequel to OoT.
That said, it’s very different gameplay-wise. While the other Zelda games encourage slow, aimless exploration, this game is much more time-sensitive.
At the start of the game, the player has only has a short amount of time to advance before the Moon colides with the planet, destroying all life. Although the game is generally praised, some Legend of Zelda fans don’t enjoy the added pressure of a time limit.
Super Smash Bros
The hit Super Smash Bros series begins with this entry on the N64. The idea is the same here, but the physics are very different. Specifically, characters move and fall much slower in the original game.
Also, none of the 12 featured fighters are exclusive to this game. There are 5 exclusive stages, though. Overall, the game is just as enjoyable as the others if you give it a chance.
Pokemon Stadium (1 and 2)
Just as they sound, Pokemon Stadium and its sequel are simply turn-based championships wherein you battle your way to the top. Both games are pretty to look at and very challenging. No Pokemon game collection is complete without these.
Pokemon Snap is an awesome nature photography game set in the world of pokemon. The object is to take the best possible photographs of all the pokemon species.
Each level plays sort of like an interactive video. Events always play out the same way while you aim your camera in any direction.
Sometimes, snapping pictures and other interactions change the course of events. This is how you force rare pokemon out of hiding. Have fun and try to “snap” ‘em all!
Banjo Kazooie (1 and 2)
The Banjo Kazooie games from Rare are excellent platformers like Super Mario 64. As you progress, you unlock cool new abilities that allow you to reach/complete new objectives.
Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong 64, also by Rare, plays a lot like Banjo Kazooie. But, the game utilizes (and requires) extra RAM via the N64 Expansion Pak. Thus, it’s much bigger and longer than earlier platform games.
Conker’s Bad Fur Day
Conker’s Bad Fur Day is like a cross between Banjo Kazooie and a hilarious, R-rated British film. It’s as fun to play as it is to laugh at—truly an unmissable gaming experience.
Obscure N64 Titles
There are also a lot of obscure titles that are way more fun than they have any right to be. Our favorites are:
- The New Tetris
- Gauntlet Legends
- Blast Corps
- Diddy Kong Racing
- Beetle Adventure Racing
- 1080 Snowboarding
- Harvest Moon 64
- Jet Force Gemini
- Every Star Wars game, especially Shadows of the Empire
Look for these cult classic N64 games to add to your collection.
Worst N64 Games to Watch Out For
For every “best-of” list, there’s always a “worst-of” list. This one includes:
- Superman: The New Superman Adventures
- Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker
- Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
- South Park: Chef's Luv Shack
- South Park Rally
- Deadly Arts
- Carmageddon 64
- Blues Brothers 2000
- Quest 64
- War Gods
Since many before us have made lists of gut-wrenchingly terrible N64 games, we’ve no need to go into details here. Just know to stay far, far away from these titles, unless you wish to witness these trainwrecks for yourself.
What You Need To Play an N64
When looking for an N64 with games for sale, make sure you have all you need in order to play.As mentioned, some games require the Expansion Pak. You’ll also need the AC adapter and N64-compatible AV cables. We have it all for sale here in our shop
For that matter, make sure you have a TV that accepts AV cables. Old picture tube TVs are best.
Most modern TVs have difficulty interpreting the signals sent by old devices. So, they mess up the picture quality or delay the playback.
Get at least 4 controllers. (They’re unfortunately easy to break.)
When purchasing used controllers, check the control stick in the center. These wear out over time and become loose, hindering gameplay. Wiggle the stick with your fingers to make sure it feels firm.
What Nintendo 64 games need a memory Card
Memory Pak’s or memory cards are used to save your game on certain games. It seems about 199 NTSC Nintendo 64 Games a memory card to save games. Below is the full list of games that use a Controller Pak or Memory Card.
What Nintendo 64 games require a Expansion Pak
Really only two games need the Expansion Pak which are Donkey Kong 64 & The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask
Where else can you play Nintendo 64 Games:
Your best bet is buying a old Nintendo 64 Console, or playing them on the Nintendo Switch, which I mentioned above what N64 games are available on the Switch.
How to Spot Counterfeit Nintendo 64 Games on Sale
The number 1 tip for buying a Nintendo 64 game is: know how to spot counterfeit cartridges. First, become familiar with the look and weight of authentic cartridges. Then, hold and examine the seller’s cartridge to compare.
If it looks or feels wrong (lighter color or weight), it’s probably fake. You can also check the cartridges’ serial numbers. Furthermore, before you purchase, do not miss our complete guide on how to spot counterfeit N64 games.
Where to Buy N64 Games and Consoles
So, where can you get these amazing games? We have a few tips below, but the complete guide is here.
Local Used Video Game Store
When seeking a Nintendo 64 for sale, local used game stores are usually a good option. You can inspect the merchandise in person. And these stores usually have an easy, reliable return policy.
However, they probably also have a limited selection. And they often set their prices above the average prices you’d find online.
Take extreme caution if you try garage sales and shady Craigslist deals. These are notorious methods for selling counterfeit games, especially because all such sales are final. Some people even get mugged this way!
Online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon come with the same dangers as Craigslist, minus the mugging. The difference is that these websites at least allow you to get your money back. Still, this method is unreliable and inconvenient.
Our Top Chioce! Online Retro Game Stores
The best place to find nintendo 64 games for sale is at a retro video games store, like The Old School Game Vault. They offer the same competitive prices you’d find anywhere else on the internet if not better.
They’re also very careful about:
- Shipping and handling
- Selling authentic merchandise
- Avoiding false advertising
- Testing games before selling
Neglecting these practices would cause serious trouble for sellers like us. We could not stay in business if we operated that way.
Are Nintendo 64 Worth Anything?
Yes, selling n64 games can get you a nice return. As you can see from the photo above the vaule of the orginial nintendo 64 system contiunes to grow. Now, let’s talk about selling. If you have, your own nintendo 64 for sale, or you’re considering selling, here’s what you do.
When selling, the most important factor is profit. Start by checking the going rate of your merchandise on eBay and Amazon.
The second-most important factor is this. How much time and effort are you willing to put into your N64 sale?
Why You Should Sell N64 Games and Consoles
After all this talk about how great the N64 is, why would you sell? Well, honestly, it’s a great job!
There always has and always will be a huge demand for old video games. Plus, selling old video games requires literally zero startup cash. If you’re considering a career as an online merchant, start with used N64 games.
Furthermore, you don’t have to go “all in.” As a hobby, buying and selling N64 games is a great way to build/fund your retro game collection. Buy large lots of games for a good deal, play them all, then sell the ones you don’t want.
Selling vs Trade-In on Your N64 Games and Consoles
If you want the easiest way to get rid of games for a decent value, always trade them for store credit. Retro game stores usually pay a higher value for trade-ins to incentivise your return business. So, unless you want to put in the work to maximize your cash profits, trade instead.
To maximize profits, you’ll have to list and sell your items on your own website or online marketplaces. The holiday season is the most profitable time to sell.
Also keep your games in good condition, along with the box and instruction manual. Advertise and ship them this way, too, packaging them as carefully as possible.
Avoid selling to large corporations. Typically, they don’t offer good deals for highly valuable games. They’re more concerned with their own bottom line, not yours.
Selling Locally from Home
Depending on your location, a used game garage sale can be very profitable, too. As usual, avoid Craigslist.
Sell to an Online Store
Aside from this, find an online store that offers a great value for your games. (Yes, we mean The Old School Game Vault).
This is the perfect balance between profit and convenience. Our system, for example, is 3 simple steps:
- Search for your N64 item(s) using our search box.
- Ship your order using the label we provide.
- Get paid via PayPal, Amazon eGift Card, Zelle, or Business Check.
Sell easily and make decent money. What more could you ask for?
Remember This N64 Buying and Selling Guide
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List of N64 Games That Use a Memory Card or Controller Pak
- 007: The World is not Enough
- A Bug's Life
- Aero Gauge
- Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage
- All-Star Baseball 2000
- All-Star Baseball 2001
- All-Star Baseball 99
- Armorines: Project S.W.A.R.M.
- Army Men: Air Combat
- Army Men: Sarge's Heroes
- Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2
- Asteroids Hyper 64
- Automobili Lamborghini
- Bass Masters 2000
- Battletanx: Global Assault
- Battlezone: Rise of the Black Dogs
- Beetle Adventure Racing
- Big Mountain 2000
- Bio F.R.E.A.K.S.
- Blast Corps
- Blues Brothers 2000
- Bomberman 64
- Bomberman 64: The Second Attack
- Bottom of the 9th
- Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling
- Buck Bumble
- Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition
- California Speed
- Carmageddon 64
- Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness
- Chameleon Twist 2
- Chopper Attack
- Cruis'n USA
- Cyber Tiger
- Destruction Derby 64
- Diddy Kong Racing
- Donald Duck: Quack Attack
- Doom 64
- Dual Heroes
- Duke Nukem 64
- Duke Nukem Zero Hour
- ECW Hardcore Revolution
- Excitebike 64
- Extreme-G 2
- F1 Pole Position 64
- F1 Racing Championship
- FIFA 64
- FIFA 98: Road to the World Cup
- FIFA 99
- Fighter Destiny 2
- Fighters Destiny
- Fighting Force 64
- Flying Dragon
- Fox Sports College Hoops '99
- Gauntlet Legends
- Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko
- Gex 64: Enter the Gecko
- Golden Nugget
- GT 64: Championship Edition
- Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
- Hot Wheels Turbo Racing
- Hybrid Heaven
- Hydro Thunder
- Iggy's Reckin' Balls
- International Superstar Soccer 2000
- International Superstar Soccer 64
- International Superstar Soccer 98
- International Track & Field 2000
- Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000
- Killer Instinct Gold
- Knockout Kings 2000
- Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside
- Lego Racers
- Madden Football 64
- Madden NFL 2000
- Madden NFL 2001
- Madden NFL 2002
- Madden NFL 99
- Mario Kart 64
- Micro Machines 64 Turbo
- Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Volume 1
- Mike Piazza's Strike Zone
- Milo's Astro Lanes
- Mortal Kombat 4
- Pac-Man Maze Madness
- Multi Racing Championship
- Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
- Nagano Winter Olympics 98
- Namco Museum 64
- NASCAR '99
- NASCAR 2000
- NBA Hangtime
- NBA In The Zone 2000
- NBA Jam '99
- NBA Jam 2000
- NBA Live 2000
- NBA Live 99
- NBA Pro 98
- NBA Pro 99
- NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC
- NFL Blitz
- NFL Blitz 2000
- NFL Blitz 2001
- NFL Blitz Special Edition
- NFL QB Club 2001
- NFL Quarterback Club '98
- NFL Quarterback Club '99
- NFL Quarterback Club 2000
- NHL '99
- NHL Breakaway '99
- NHL Breakaway 98
- NHL Pro '99
- Nightmare Creatures
- Nuclear Strike 64
- Off Road Challenge
- Olympic Hockey Nagano '98
- Operation WinBack
- Penny Racers
- Perfect Dark
- Polaris SnoCross
- Power League
- Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue
- Rally Challenge 2000
- Rampage 2: Universal Tour
- Rampage World Tour
- Rat Attack
- Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- Razor Freestyle Scooter
- Ready 2 Rumble Boxing
- Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2
- Road Rash 64
- Robotron 64
- Rugrats in Paris
- Rush 2: Extreme Racing
- San Francisco Rush
- San Francisco Rush 2049
- Scooby Doo! Classic Creep Capers
- Shadow Man
- Shadowgate 64: Trial of the Four Towers
- SimCity 2000
- Snowboard Kids
- South Park
- South Park Rally
- Space Invaders
- Stunt Racer 64
- Super Bowling
- Supercross 2000
- The New Tetris
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
- Tonic Trouble
- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
- Tony Hawk's Skateboarding
- Top Gear Hyper Bike
- Top Gear Rally
- Top Gear Rally 2
- Toy Story 2
- Triple Play 2000
- Turok 2: Seeds Of Evil
- Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
- Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
- Turok: Rage Wars
- Twisted Edge Snowboarding
- Vigilante 8
- Vigilante 8: Second Offense
- Virtual Chess 64
- Virtual Pool 64
- Wave Race 64
- Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey
- Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey '98
- WCW Backstage Assault
- WCW Mayhem
- WCW Nitro
- WCW vs. NWO: World Tour
- WipeOut 64
- Wonder Project J2
- World Cup 98
- World Driver Championship
- WWF Attitude
- WWF No Mercy
- WWF War Zone
- WWF Wrestlemania 2000
- Xena: Warrior Princess: The Talisman of Fate
- I used https://www.nintendo64ever.com/Nintendo-64-Games-Memory-Card.html as a reference to compile this list.