When Sony entered the home video gaming console market in 1994, few could have predicted the PlayStation growing in popularity to eventually overtake the market. After all, the Japanese company was a late entry in the video game wars. Hardware aside, one of the biggest factors in the PS1's dominance in the industry was its insanely expansive gaming library. After all, it was the system that introduced the world to the likes of Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, Tekken 3, and a litany of others. While the PlayStation had a ton of classic games, most won't fetch a whole lot, but there are a handful of rare PS1 games that are worth a small fortune today.
With so many games released over the years, several rare PlayStation 1 games are considered extremely collectible, as there weren't as many made or sold as Sony would have liked back in the 1990s. These 15 examples are some of the most sought after and valuable PS1 games around, and people are still clamoring to collect them.
As is the case with most collectibles, prices often vary, which is why when confronted with various prices we've opted to list the higher numbers. After all, if those valuable NES games are any indicator, these expensive PS1 games will only increase in value over time. These prices also don't reflect professional-grade copies, which are known to fetch even higher prices.
Elemental Gearbolt, or Genseikyokō Seireikidōdan Elemental Gearbolt, if you want to get technical, is a light gun shooter game for the PS1. The game has a beautifully designed science-fiction fantasy setting, and with the incorporation of RPG elements, it made for a rather outstanding game.
There are multiple versions of Elemental Gearbolt, and like anything, the value is dependent on which one you might have lying around. The standard version is worth as much as $400, while the game with light gun can sell for around $250, but the real money comes from the Assassin's Case edition, which came in a silver briefcase that included both the game and the light gun. These are rare and don't pop up in online sales often, but when they do, they can fetch a price of around $2,200.
- Release: Dec 01 1997
- Developer: Alfa System
Klonoa: Door to Phantomile was developed by Namco for release on the PlayStation in 1997. The game is presented in 2.5D, and gives players control of Klonoa and his friend, Huepow, as they try to save the dream world of Phantomile from an evil spirit trying to transform it into a world of nightmares.
A loose copy of the game will usually fetch around $115 in an online auction with complete copies selling for an average of about $300. One sold for $450 in early July on eBay, and while they don't come up often, a new copy can sell for more than $700.
- Release: 1997
- Developer: Namco, Paon
- 75 VOTES
As the name might imply, Valkyrie Profile is a role-playing game based on Norse Mythology. The first game in the franchise was released in 1999 for the PlayStation, and due to the game's popularity, it received a PlayStation Portable port, which included enhanced graphics in 2006. The most recent title in the franchise, Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin was released in 2019 for Android and iOS.
A loose copy of the game is worth $100, while a complete copy can typically bring in around $265. New copies are hard to find, so when they do show up, people will pay around $460 to get their hands on it. One sold in early June for that amount, and others listed online bring in as much or more in most cases.
- Release: 1999
- Developer: tri-Crescendo, tri-Ace, Tose Co., Ltd.
- 89 VOTES
Blizzard released the first Diablo game back in 1997 for the PS1, and with it, a new franchise was born. The game lets players control a hero as they battle various minions of the damned in an effort to rid the world of Diablo, the Lord of Terror.
Diablo is just as popular today as it was when it first came out, and that's with only two sequels having been made in the last 20+ years. A loose copy of Diablo will typically net around $90 in an online auction, and a complete copy can bring in as much as $100 or more.
If the condition is particularly amazing, it can sell for more. One sold in early June 2020 for $665, though it was a particularly pristine copy with more than 21 bids. New copies still show up every once in a while, and when they do, they sell for more than $360. This game, in particular, seems to be more volatile than others, with new listings consistently selling from anywhere as low as $150 up to more nearly $2,000.
- Release: 1997
- Developer: Blizzard North, Climax Group