The first Sony PlayStation gave us some of the best fighting games of all time, including Tekken 3, Soul Edge, Bushido Blade, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, among many others. But have you ever wondered which are the most expensive fighting games on the console? Thanks to aggregate site Price Charting (which offers an estimated price of entire catalogs,) you can finally settle this argument. So for all the collectors out there interested in checking out some of the rarest fighting games on the PlayStation, here’s a list with some titles that you might want to keep an eye for from most to least expensive.
Street Fighter: The Movie
Estimated price: $300 (New)
Street Fighter: The Movie is a head-to-head fighting game based on the horrendous live adaptation that came out in 1994. Believe it or not, the game is as bad (if not worse) than the movie because developer Capcom used digitized images of the film’s cast. The main mode is story-based and follows the plot of the film and there are branching paths. If you manage to make it to the end of the story, you’ll be rewarded with a music video of “Something There”. The game was poorly received due to its controls, horrible graphics and choppy animation. Everyone who owned it must have burned their copies and that’s why this game is so hard to come by nowadays.
Estimated price: $89 – $135
This obscure Japanese game was developed by Treasure (Gunstar Heroes, Ikaruga, Astro Boy: Omega Factor, Bleach: Dark Souls) and has more in common with multiplayer arena combat games like Power Stone than head-to-head fighting games. The game’s unique art style makes Rakugaki Showtime look like a child’s coloring book, which I assume must have been a big draw (pun not intended) when it came out back in 1999. The game is extremely hard to come back, and the fact that it was only released in Japan makes it even more obscure, so the only information you’ll find online comes from ROM sites or YouTube videos.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Estimated price: $55 – $100
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure combines gameplay elements from classic Capcom fighting games, but the main draw is the possibility of playing as different characters from the colorful and visually distinct JoJo’s Bizarre universe. Some might remember JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure because a remake came out on PSN and XBLA in 2012. That high-definition version was much more affordable than a physical copy, but unfortunately, that version is no longer available due to licensing issues.
X-Men vs. Street Fighter
Estimated price: $52
Crossover fighting games usually go up in price, especially once the companies involved don’t renew licenses and X-Men vs. Street Fighter is not the exception, though the game it’s not prohibitively expensive. I remember playing this game in the arcade back in the day and being blown away by the detailed sprites, so if you’re into that, this crossover has that in spades. Unfortunately, the PlayStation version isn’t the best one because this port suffered from technical problems involving slowdowns and the removal of tag team battles.
X-Men Mutant Academy
Estimated price: $25
This is as affordable as it gets, so you won’t have to break the band to purchase Mutant Academy, but maybe the fact that this game is an average fighting game has something to do with that. The artificial intelligence of the opponents and visuals were praised back in the day, but the gameplay was too similar to that of other Capcom games. Nevertheless, if you wanted to play a fighting game purely about X-Men characters in the 90s, you didn’t have that many options apart from Mutant Academy or its sequel Mutant Academy 2.