Investing in Retro Games

Investing in Retro Games

Retro Games as an Investment

The video gaming industry is a dynamic and lucrative industry that continues to grow in leaps and bounds. The recent achievements in the technological field has particularly contributed to the growth of the industry, as new games with better graphics are released frequently. Over the recent years, retro games have grown quite popular with gamers from all over the world. With the popularity of retro games growing by the day, one is likely to wonder if investing in retro games is a good idea. Before investing in any industry, it is important to gather as much information as possible about it. Some of the factors that you may need to consider to assist you in making the right decision about investing in retro games are:


The Reasons Retro Games are Expensive

The cost of retro games is vital to profitability and should be among the primary factors you consider before deciding to invest in them. Several factors influence the cost of retro games in different ways. However, the two most significant factors are the demand and rarity of retro games.

When the demand is high, it follows that the costs are also high. With retro games, the demand is quite high as more people are getting fascinated by them. Since the production of these games had been stopped years back, the supply doesn’t match the demand. The rarity of these games therefore makes them really expensive. When investing in retro games therefore, you should be able to determine the ones that are on high demand. Several copies of retro games that were popular back in the day were produced to meet the demand. There are therefore many of those copies in the current market as opposed to the unpopular games. This leaves the unpopular retro games much more expensive



Will the Value of Retro Games Increase?


When investing in a commodity, the value is among the most critical features to consider. Although it might not be possible to tell whether the value of an item will go up or otherwise, there are ways of making an educated guess. The same applies for retro games. With the right data, you can actually foretell the games that are likely to grow popular and rise in value in the future. If for instance a game was critically acclaimed but the sales were, chances are high that they might be on demand in the future. Since not many of the games were sold, the demand will not meet the supply therefore raising their value considerably.



What is the Current Popularity of the Retro Game?

Before investing in a retro game, it is vital that you establish its current popularity. A retro game that is already popular is likely to cost you a fortune since the demand for it is high. It is also not prudent to invest in a retro game that is not popular as finding the market for it can be quite tricky. To avoid the risk of being stuck with a retro game and not having a buyer for it, you should begin by establishing the popularity of the device. While it should not be very popular to help you save on costs, it should also be popular enough to be marketable. You should also be able to forecast the future popularity of the game and use it to invest wisely. You can invest in a game that is less popular now and wait for it to get popular and recover your investments and make considerable profits as well.

What is the Availability of the Retro Game 

Before investing in a retro game, you will first need to ensure that it is available. The console needs to be in perfect working condition. The controls and graphics should be in perfect condition. Investing in a retro game requires that you have access to the retro at the time of the investment. Even though availability of the retro game should be guaranteed, it should also not be exceeded. It is wise to invest in a retro game that is available but is rare. This way, you can acquire them at low costs and the value increases tenfold.


These are just a few of the factors that you may need to bear in mind when making a decision on whether to invest in retro games.

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Moses Brodin - April 15, 2019

EWJ1 shouldn’t be on this list, because the SNES version is just a gimped port of the Genesis version…same with MK1. Nobody decapitated anyone in the SNES version of MK1 either, because it was censored to shit…also Super Street Fighter is inherently better than Turbo, too bad Nintendo couldn’t get the Western version working on their Canoe emulator.
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Moses Brodin - February 6, 2019

Donkey Kong and Mario Kart over Chrono Trigger and Super Metroid, really??!! Chrono Trigger revolutionised one of the most prominent and important video game genres (RPG), and is often considered to be the greatest role-playing game ever made. And Super Metroid was definitely the most atmospheric game of its time. It was way ahead of its time, and it’s still enjoyable to play in 2018. I’m not saying Donkey Kong and Mario Kart are bad games; undoubtedly they are great, but they just can’t be compared to these two masterpieces. Chrono and Metroid totally destroy the other two in terms of story, atmosphere, soundtrack and voice acting, gameplay, ambition and overall impact on the industry. Earthbound deserves a place in the top 10. Final Fantasy 6 could be a little bit higher (I’m not even that big a Square Enix fan, and I don’t even like JRPG’s that much). Super Mario World and LoZ rightfully deserve the top two spots.
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