Over on Heritage Auctions, a copy of Resident Evil on the original PlayStation has broken a PlayStation platform record. The copy of Resident Evil is the original long box form from the original batch of PlayStation games.
The highest-priced game across all PlayStation consoles now sits with this copy of Resident Evil at $264,000. It passed a previous Resident Evil auction from this summer at $192,000. As well as a copy of Twisted Metal which sold for $156,000. Both games have a 9.6 grade with an A+ seal. This is considered to be in near-perfect condition.
About a year after the release of the PlayStation console, Sony changed from using the “Long Box” cardboard form to plastic CD jewel cases. This copy of Resident Evil is clearly from the first production batch as the change happened shortly after the game’s release.
There are around 100 “long box” PS One games, among the only high-value games, so far are Twisted Metal, Resident Evil, Doom, The Need For Speed, Road Rash, and Mortal Kombat 3. I would keep an eye on FromSofts Kingsfield, Rayman, Gex, and Tekken. As well as the very first PlayStation game, Jumping Flash. After this Resident Evil auction, we could see a rise in long-box prices.
Update on WATA Games and Heritage Auctions
Heritage Auction came under fire last year when retro-collecting influencers began to question the integrity of the process. Heritage Auction exclusively sold games graded by WATA Games and WATA Games had a member of Heritage Auction on its board. Today WATA Games is under new ownership, it has relocated to California. Also, Heritage Auction now auctions games graded by all grading vendors.
Additionally, WATA Games has recently reduced its prices, introduced faster shipping times, and released regular population reports. It seems the new owner and Mets owner Steve Cohen has taken the company down the right path.