Video games aren't products that objectively hold their value particularly well. They're usually mass produced, made from a mix of cardboard and plastic, and only act to carry digital information that could feasibly be copied onto any computer. Thanks to collectors though, there are many video games that are worth tens of thousands, and they could be sitting in your collection right now.
Thanks to commercial flops, special editions, and limited artwork, there are hundreds of commercial video game releases that have since become rare commodities. While the majority of these valuable products date from over 20 years ago, there have been a number of reasonably modern video games that have quickly shot up in value, destined to one day become exceedingly valuable collector's items.
We've put together a list of 25 valuable games that there's a genuine chance you might own. Rather than just compile the rarest titles of which there only exists 1 or 2 in the world, these are games that could realistically be in the collections of some of our readers. Along with the especially valuable NES era of games, we've also tried to include more recent titles, so that readers of all ages can join in the hunt for video game treasure!
As a side note, we've listed two different potential prices that you could sell each game for. The first is the sealed price, for the unlikely chance that you own a perfect, factory-sealed version of the game. The second is the used/worn price, which will be the going rate for your average, battered boxes copy that might be lying around somewhere.
Now, just hope that your parents never cleared out your video game collection from the attic, and read on.
Platform: SNES Released: 1995 Potential Sealed Price: $2,125 Potential Used/Worn Price: $200
EarthBound has come to be known as one of the most legendary Japanese RPGs ever released, despite poor sales on its initial run in North America. Praised for its real-world setting and wry sense of humour, EarthBound is a must play for any self-respecting RPG aficionados.
Thanks to a lack of interest upon release, there weren't a huge amount of cartridges manufactured, making them particularly valuable considering how well regarded the game itself is.