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% 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 have no chance of ever seeing them. Check your closet for these games:

**Prices are current as of February 2015

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 $890 and used copies go for around $180. On EBay, copies of this game sell for as little as $100, or as high as $1,500.