15 PS1 Games That Are Worth A Crazy Amount Today
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.
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Suikoden II is a role-playing game developed by Konami for release on the PS1 in 1999. The game had a plethora of playable characters and was incredibly popular among the RPG community.
The game is highly collectible, and a loose disk without the jewel case can go for as much as $160 on eBay. Of course, collectors want the whole package, so a complete game with the case and booklet can sell for as much as $500 in an online auction.
New, unopened copies are considerably rarer than the open ones, so when they do turn up in an auction, they tend to sell for as much as $835.
- Released: 1998
- Developer: Konami
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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.
- Released: 1999
- Developer: tri-Crescendo, tri-Ace, Tose Co., Ltd.
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The Misadventures of Tron Bonne is an action-adventure puzzle-platformer released on the PS1 back in 1999. The game was developed by Capcom, and falls within the realm of the Mega Man Legends franchise, making it a prequel and spin-off of the first Legends game in the series.
Loose copies of the game can sell for around $125, and while a complete copy is typically valued at around $310. As one of the rarer PS1 games, listings don't come up often, but when they go they often range in price. While most unopened copies tend to sell for more than $700, a recent opened copy sold in June 2020 for more than $1,000, which just goes to show how much timing plays a role.
- Released: Jul 22 1999
- Developer: Capcom
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.
- Released: 1997
- Developer: Namco, Paon
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.
- Released: 1997
- Developer: Alfa System
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'Revelations: Persona' Sold For $400Photo: the-month-of-may / eBay
Revelations: Persona is a role-playing game developed and published by Atlus in 1996. The game is the first in the Revelations series, and it follows a group of high school students as they are confronted with and have to deal with a series of supernatural incidents.
The game is often sold online for around $200 in complete condition but can often hit $400 or more. In fact, one sold for $405 on eBay in mid-April 2020. While the game appeared to be in excellent condition, it did also come with the strategy guide, so that might account for a slight increase in the perceived value of the game. Of course, strategy guides aren't usually worth much to collectors, so the seller may have been lucky to part with the game for that amount, as a new copy is valued at only around $320.
- Released: 1996
- Developer: Atlus