Valuable PlayStation games that might be in your closet – Gamers of the mid-’90s, it’s time to check your closets. While the prices for many vintage video games have skyrocketed, those 8-bit relics aren’t the only artifacts to benefit from the retro-gaming boom.
If you were an oldschool PlayStation devotee, you might have some fairly rare games tucked away behind your boxes of VHS tapes and Smashing Pumpkins t-shirts. The games listed below were all available at retail back in the day, and reflect recently sold auction values for games in good, complete condition…even if they’ve been played a few times. Here are few of the most valuable original PlayStation games that might be lurking in your collection.
The Misadventures of Tron Bonne: $150-$300
Nintendo’s original Mega Man series is one of the most purely enjoyable 8-bit franchises, but Mega Man Legends introduced a more complex element to the hero’s adventures, beyond the tried-and-true “defeat Dr. Wily and his evil robots” story. The Misadventures of Tron Bonne stars the robot-building sister of Legends’ main, non-Wily archenemy. It serves as a prequel to the Legends series, but was published after the first Legends game. Because it’s a spinoff title without prominent Mega Man branding, it was only produced in small numbers and didn’t sell extremely well. Tron’s appearance in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 revitalized interest in her character, so a clean copy of her game, with the Mega Men Legends 2 demo disc included, can snag up to $300 on a good day.
Mega Man Legends 2: $60-$140
Because the first Mega Man Legends game scored lukewarm reviews, the superior follow-up didn’t sell as well as Capcom had hoped. And while Mega Man Legends is still part of the overall franchise, its departure from side-scrolling adventure and use of a new Mega Man character, named Mega Man Volnutt, meant fans didn’t immediately follow along. Even in Japan, the game sold less than 90,000 copies. Compare that to something like Crash Bandicoot 2, which sold 1.3 million in Japan, and you have some really low numbers. Mega Man Legends 2 is one of those rare games that became worth a bit more than its original retail value, topping out around $140.
The Adventures of Lomax: $100-$250
Just about everyone with any access to a computer in the ’90s played Lemmings, the action-puzzle game in which the player guides scores of suicidal, mindless lemmings through deadly or impassable terrain using a limited set of tools. Given the indifferent nature of the aimless drones, splitting a single one off into a spinoff series seems like a difficult and potentially boring idea—after all, you wouldn’t just give a koopa troopa his own title. Strangely, The Adventures of Lomax turns a lemming into a knight with some standard abilities from Lemmings, plus a magic helmet. Reviews from sources like GameSpot gave the game high praise…for younger players. Relegating a game to the kids’ table is practically a death sentence, which helps account for a limited amount of copies around today. Find this one in your closet and you could sell it for up to $250.