GameStop has finally opened the doors to its Retro Classics storefront, a new addition dedicated to such fossils as the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis. The shop was first revealed in April 2015 (just after GameStop began offering $25 for used PS2s) and will be primarily online, at least for now. Brick-and-mortar testing will be conducted in select markets, and if all goes well, GameStop will expand the service and, presumably, begin adding more games.
But even now, the online retro archive is a sizeable one. GameStop currently supports the NES, Sega Genesis, SNES, N64, PlayStation and Sega Dreamcast, which have just over 400 games between them. Naturally, all retro products are refurbished, and the systems themselves are only available in select stores. More importantly, the vast majority of games are available for bargain prices. How this is reflected in trade-ins remains to be seen. Here’s a system-by-system look:
PlayStationRoughly 110 PlayStation games are currently available, including such fairly priced classics as Final Fantasy 7 ($29.99 and now slated for a PS4 remake), Legend of Dragoon ($17.99), Chrono Cross ($12.99) and Metal Gear Solid ($9.99). The system itself goes for $40 and a controller will run you $10.
Sega DreamcastGameStop’s Dreamcast library is roughly 55 games strong and includes Shenmue ($29.99 and now due for a Kickstarter-funded third installment), Jet Grind Radio ($17.99), Sonic Adventure 2 ($27.99) and Skies of Arcadia ($49.99). A Dreamcast console goes for $50 with controllers listed for $10.
Nintendo64Approximately 80 games for Nintendo’s 20th century juggernaut are currently available. Banjo-Kazooie ($24.99), Star Fox 64 ($19.99 and due for a Wii U reimagining in Star Fox Zero), Mario Party ($44.99), Conker’s Bad Fur Day ($79.99), Pokemon Stadium ($14.99), Super Smash Bros. ($49.99), Super Mario 64 ($29.99) and Mario Kart 64 ($44.99) are a few of the prettier and pricier inclusions. An N64 system goes for $50, controllers for $13, rumble packs for $9 and 4MB memory expansions for $20. A whole 4MB of memory. Remember when that was top-shelf?
Super Nintendo SNES games command some high prices among collectors, and so too do GameStop’s 65-ish titles. Still, it’s hard to put a price on Castlevania IV ($44.99), Contra 3: The Alien Wars ($49.99), Super Metroid ($49.99), Kirby’s Super Star ($39.99) or Donkey Kong Country ($24.99). A SNES system goes for $60, controllers for $15 and the super silly super scope peripheral for $30.
Sega GenesisAt roughly 50 games, the Genesis selection is the smallest of the six but still includes some big names like Castlevania: Bloodlines ($39.99), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ($6.99), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist ($49.99) and Earthworm Jim ($19.99). A system goes for $35, with extra controllers available for $10 and a six-button version for $15.
Nintendo Entertainment SystemGameStop’s NES collection is on par with its 55-part Dreamcast archive but features some more moderate prices. Donkey Kong Classic ($19.99), Mike Tyson’s Punch Out ($34.99), Metal Gear ($12.99), Final Fantasy ($24.99), Metroid ($24.99) and Super Mario Bros. 2 ($19.99) are some of the highlights. A system goes for $60 but just wouldn’t be complete without its bazillion peripherals. An extra controller will run you $10, a zapper light gun goes for $13 (and recently made its way to Splatoon as a free DLC weapon), the iconic power glove and sensor go for $40 and the power pad for $25.
Oh, and Battletoads is $29.99. How could I forget?
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