Japan will auction off the oldest video games for charity, with the country hoping to rebuild its battered economy and lure more tourists.
The auction, scheduled to start in January, will be held at the Chiba Exhibition Hall in the northern city of Kumamoto.
In the past, the auction has been held only once, in 2005, when a group of Japanese men decided to donate more than 2.6 billion yen ($230 million) to a charity for the war-torn Philippines.
Since then, the country has hosted the auctions at the Shiba exhibition hall, which holds more than 40,000 video games.
This year, however, the organizers decided to auction off at least some of the games for the sake of the country’s tourism.
The games, which range from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, include such classics as Donkey Kong and Asteroids, as well as modern games like Pokemon and Final Fantasy.
The auctions are expected to raise more than 500 million yen ($1.4 million) for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which oversees the games industry in Japan. [Reuters]