But just why did games cost so much? This infographic from a 1995 issue of British magazine Super Play breaks it down. For those outside the UK “VAT” is a consumer tax, but everything else is the video game business fighting over the spoils. Nintendo’s cut is as obscene as the developer’s royalty is disappointing.
Note that this division doesn’t necessarily apply today; manufacturing costs are much lower, for example, as are retailer cuts. But for the mid-90s, they’re obviously pretty spot-on!