According to a new study by PriceCharting.com, the price of the average retro video game increased 33% since March 2020 because so many people took up game collecting during the pandemic lockdowns.
DENVER, April 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- PriceCharting.com completed a study of the video game market in the last year and found the average retro video game increased 33% from the start of the pandemic lockdowns in March 2020 until March 2021.
The average game price increased for every single console tracked in the study, which includes all major consoles released before Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
The consoles with the biggest increase in average game value:
Nintendo GameCube: +70%
Nintendo 64: +43%
Gameboy Advance: +42%
Gameboy Color: +36%
PlayStation 2: +35%
The consoles with the smallest increase in average game value:
Atari 2600: +7%
Xbox 360: +13%
Playstation 3: +14%
The games with the biggest price increases were anything Pokemon related, complete in box games, and graded games. Games like Pokemon Emerald for Gameboy Advance increased 145% and Pokemon HeartGold for Nintendo DS increased 133%.
"Video game collecting became a very popular pandemic past time" said PriceCharting owner JJ Hendricks. "Game collecting is nostalgic, indoors, and isolated but it also has a big online community so collectors can socially distance while still connecting virtually."
PriceCharting.com is the industry standard price guide for video games and has been tracking game prices and game collecting trends since 2007.
For more information, visit: https://www.pricecharting.com
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