7 Video Games That Can Earn You Big Money

Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

They are fun, addictive, and made for ages two to 102 — they are video games. According to a report by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), 67 percent of U.S. households play video games, with the largest percentage of gamers falling in the age range of 18 to 49. Bringing in annual revenues of over $78 billion in 2009, the industry is projected to bring in $111 billion in revenues in the year 2015, according to a Gartner press release.

With so many consumers playing handheld, console, and PC games, collectors have taken a keen interest in some of the older, rarer games. Ultra-rare games, like Atari’s Gamma Attack (which is considered one of the rarest games ever made) can be valued at up to $50,000. But, it’s unlikely you have that game in your closet. We have compiled a list of games that are rare enough to have substantial value, but not so rare that you will never see them. Check your closet for these games:

1. Earthbound for Super Nintendo: Valued at around $1,250

Developed by Ape and HAL Laboratory, this role-playing game (RPG) was released on SNES in 1995, after it was first released in Japan. There, it was called Mother 2. In new condition, Earthbound sells on Amazon for $1,249 and used copies go for around $200. On EBay, copies of this game sell for as little as $100, or as high as $1,500.