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King_Slender
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(04-15-2008, 09:59 PM)
Always interesting to look back at what prices were and why people are complaining now. :lol

As most games were $29.99 back then ($55.89 in today's dollars), things are just about the same.

I used this inflation calculator: http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

And curse you Section Z - ridiculously hard shooter.

Hellshadow
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(04-15-2008, 10:01 PM)
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...and worth every penny.
Miniboss1232
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(04-15-2008, 10:01 PM)
I'm still going to complain about the next-gen tax.
dasupremeone
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(04-15-2008, 10:02 PM)
ssshshhhh dont give em any suggestions
sk3tch
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(04-15-2008, 10:02 PM)
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That rolling video game cabinet is both attractive and functional.
rollingstart
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(04-15-2008, 10:02 PM)
Yeah, but you young kids have game stores and automobiles now, in my day we had to walk 15 miles to Zelda.
wackojackosnose
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(04-15-2008, 10:04 PM)
How much was a McD hamburger back then?

You'd get a better picture if you worked out prices in hamburgers rather than money inflation.

(It gives you a better perspective of price comparison to other "typical" goods.)
epmode
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(04-15-2008, 10:05 PM)
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I love the "artist's interpretations" of Jaws and The Karate Kid.

Bionic Commando looks a little zany too.
Minsc
(04-15-2008, 10:06 PM)
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I definitely am surprised at the price of the NES, was it really that low?
bob_arctor
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(04-15-2008, 10:07 PM)
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Originally Posted by King_Slender

And curse you Section Z - ridiculously hard shooter.

It was more confusing then hard to me--all sorts of warps get triggered somehow and I'm going "Why the hell did that just happen and where the hell am I?"
supercake
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(04-15-2008, 10:07 PM)
$55.89 for Ghosts and Goblins, ouch.

I estimated paying $49.99 for Secret of Evermore in 1995. $69.44.

Gaming has been a steady price it seems.
cartman414
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(04-15-2008, 10:07 PM)

Originally Posted by King_Slender

Always interesting to look back at what prices were and why people are complaining now. :lol

As most games were $29.99 back then ($55.89 in today's dollars), things are just about the same.

I used this inflation calculator: http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

And curse you Section Z - ridiculously hard shooter.

You're also forgetting factors such as Moore's Law, and the fact that cartridges were used back then.
Raistlin
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(04-15-2008, 10:07 PM)
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I'd love to see the inflation-adjusted prices for some of Genesis's Mega cartidges (8 Megabit, 16 Megabit, etc.), as well as some of the big SNES games like Final Fantasy.

Crap, Strider, Phantasy Star 2/3/4, Sword of Vermillion, Final Fantasy were like $59 - $69 MSRP back then (and I bought them :p)



Jeepers ... think of Neo Geo 0_0
RumFore
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(04-15-2008, 10:08 PM)
Games where $29.99 back then? No way. Well my neighborhood stores I guess ripped us off. I remember getting 1 or 2 games year because they were expensive for a kid.
Oblivion
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(04-15-2008, 10:08 PM)
There were quite a few games that sold around $80 and even $90 during that time, weren't there?
ichigo kurosaki
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(04-15-2008, 10:09 PM)
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Humm...

Donkey Kong Country (SNES, 1994) would have sold now for $160 over here. That's steep :lol
Prime crotch
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(04-15-2008, 10:10 PM)
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Yeah but those days even packaging was better. Now we're moving away from the old big box type of package.
Johnas
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(04-15-2008, 10:11 PM)

Originally Posted by Hellshadow

...and worth every penny.

Yep.

I definitely remember paying more than $29.99 for the average NES game though...
Chrange
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(04-15-2008, 10:12 PM)
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Adjusted for inflation, making $40,000 back then would be making over $100,000 now. Now THAT I find more fascinating.
AstroLad
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(04-15-2008, 10:12 PM)
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WOW, side-scrolling Zelda ("Adventure Link")? WTF!?
Chemo
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(04-15-2008, 10:12 PM)
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I am pretty damn sure most games were fifty bucks back then, and some were even more... regardless of what that image says.
sk3tch
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(04-15-2008, 10:13 PM)
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$29.99...seems about right. I just remember my Mom flipping out when she found out that Sega Genesis games were $49.99 - $59.99. She recalled Nintendo games being much cheaper and she was right. Ah...the "old" next-gen tax. :)
ElNino
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(04-15-2008, 10:13 PM)

Originally Posted by Oblivion

There were quite a few games that sold around $80 and even $90 during that time, weren't there?

Yep. I remember paying $115 CAD for Romance of the Three Kingdoms on the NES.
Kodiak
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(04-15-2008, 10:13 PM)

Originally Posted by AstroLad

WOW, side-scrolling Zelda ("Adventure Link")? WTF!?

joke post?

first game I ever bought with my own money was Banjo Kazooie when I was nine.

today: 64.91

worth it.
Raistlin
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(04-15-2008, 10:13 PM)
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Originally Posted by AstroLad

WOW, side-scrolling Zelda ("Adventure Link")? WTF!?

Wait ... are you making fun of the typo for the game ... or are you completely unaware of Zelda 2?

0_0







quit making me feel old, n00b/junior/son
Recoil
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(04-15-2008, 10:16 PM)

Originally Posted by AstroLad

WOW, side-scrolling Zelda ("Adventure Link")? WTF!?

please tell me you're kidding.
Grayman
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(04-15-2008, 10:17 PM)

Originally Posted by RumFore

Games where $29.99 back then? No way. Well my neighborhood stores I guess ripped us off. I remember getting 1 or 2 games year because they were expensive for a kid.

The prices do seem way to low. Stores probably made money off of games in the 80s.
v0yce
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(04-15-2008, 10:18 PM)
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Games on disc were a blessing.
supercake
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(04-15-2008, 10:18 PM)

Originally Posted by wackojackosnose

How much was a McD hamburger back then?

You'd get a better picture if you worked out prices in hamburgers rather than money inflation.

(It gives you a better perspective of price comparison to other "typical" goods.)

I remember looking at the back of Ninja Gaiden while my mom got me Mcdonalds.
MisterHero
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(04-15-2008, 10:18 PM)
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I remember saving/paying $60 for NES games. 0_0

But Zelda as a Famicom Disc Drive game was 500 yen, if you already had a FDD floppy and didn't want the manual. :O
bill0527
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(04-15-2008, 10:20 PM)
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Manufacturing cartridges is more expensive than optical media.

Licensing fees were also more expensive back then (which is one of the reasons Sony took the crown from Nintendo back in the late 90's).

While it did not cost as much to make a game back then, games did not sell anywhere near the amount they do today. The gaming audience is also much bigger and diverse.

When you consider these factors, I think it clearly points to inflation NOT being the reason why you have a rise in game prices.
Ilchymis
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(04-15-2008, 10:24 PM)
I think the SNES days were the heyday for outrageous prices, especially when you look at them adjusted for inflation.

Earthbound (1995) - $69.99 = $97.22 in 2008 dollars
Street Fighter II (various iterations) - $69.99 between $97.22 and $102.54
Chrono Trigger (1995) - $79.99 = $111.11 in 2008

Them shits were outrageous!
Bamihap
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(04-15-2008, 10:32 PM)
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The Dollar isn't very strong at the moment. Your nearing a recession, so I'm not sure if you can compare the economical situations.
HoTHiTTeR
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(04-15-2008, 10:32 PM)

Originally Posted by astrolad

WOW, side-scrolling Zelda ("Adventure Link")? WTF!?

Originally Posted by Onix

Wait ... are you making fun of the typo for the game ... or are you completely unaware of Zelda 2?

0_0







quit making me feel old, n00b/junior/son

I was in the WTF-boat too until I googled it and realized they butchered the title name.
Ilchymis
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(04-15-2008, 10:35 PM)

Originally Posted by Bamihap

The Dollar isn't very strong at the moment. Your nearing a recession, so I'm not sure if you can compare the economical situations.

Even without adjusting for inflation, SNES titles were some of the most expensive games ever sold in stores. It's crazy looking back at prices, and how much of a family's income was required for gamers to game.
MisterHero
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(04-15-2008, 10:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by Ilchymis

Even without adjusting for inflation, SNES titles were some of the most expensive games ever sold in stores. It's crazy looking back at prices, and how much of a family's income was required for gamers to game.

It was awesome that Arcades existed at the time.

;_;
DavidDayton
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(04-15-2008, 10:37 PM)
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Nothing in this thread negates that fact that $60-$70 is a stupid price for modern games.
Grayman
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(04-15-2008, 10:37 PM)

Originally Posted by Ilchymis

I think the SNES days were the heyday for outrageous prices, especially when you look at them adjusted for inflation.

Earthbound (1995) - $69.99 = $97.22 in 2008 dollars
Street Fighter II (various iterations) - $69.99 between $97.22 and $102.54
Chrono Trigger (1995) - $79.99 = $111.11 in 2008

Them shits were outrageous!

N64 games were really expensive weren't they?
soco
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(04-15-2008, 10:38 PM)
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most games were 29.99$ ???

i remember NES games being like 49.99$ on average, and i remember harder to find games like Zelda going for more. there was quite a long period where i couldn't find the legend of zelda in stock in my area.
Guy Legend
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(04-15-2008, 10:39 PM)
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Adjusted for inflation, I spent $551.61 back in the day for my Sega Saturn. Ha, my 80gb PS3 was cheaper...
GavinGT
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(04-15-2008, 10:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by sk3tch

That rolling video game cabinet is both attractive and functional.

For me to poop on!
Grayman
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(04-15-2008, 10:42 PM)

Originally Posted by Guy Legend

Adjusted for inflation, I spent $551.61 back in the day for my Sega Saturn. Ha, my 80gb PS3 was cheaper...

PS3 and PS2 in Canada were really close in price at launch times. At least I recall the PS2 as being really expensive.
Jirotrom
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(04-15-2008, 10:42 PM)
something is wrong here... im pretty sure i remember paying 79.99 for Super Street Fighter 2.
Slightly Live
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(04-15-2008, 10:43 PM)
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Guys, here is an eye opener, Street Fighter 2 for the snes was released over here in the UK in the nineties. It cost 70, which in modern American dollars is 182.588 USD. :lol
KyanMehwulfe
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(04-15-2008, 10:43 PM)
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SNES games were all $79.99 to $99.99 in Canada.

I remember Microplay wanted $140 for a Chrono Trigger pre-order.
bionic77
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(04-15-2008, 10:45 PM)
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Originally Posted by epmode

I love the "artist's interpretations" of Jaws and The Karate Kid.

Bionic Commando looks a little zany too.

:lol

Some of those pictures are very sketchy.

Originally Posted by Johnas

Yep.

I definitely remember paying more than $29.99 for the average NES game though...

My memory might be wrong, but I thought most games were between $20-40 in that era.
Jirotrom
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(04-15-2008, 10:45 PM)

Originally Posted by KyanMehwulfe

SNES games were all $79.99 to $99.99 in Canada.

I remember Microplay wanted $140 for a Chrono Trigger pre-order.

I knew something was wrong with those prices... way to cheap.
monkspider
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(04-15-2008, 10:47 PM)
Wow, a side-scrolling Zelda, looks hot!
I wonder if this was a fan hack of Mario or some weird Chinese bootleg or something.
Guy Legend
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(04-15-2008, 10:49 PM)
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Originally Posted by Grayman

PS3 and PS2 in Canada were really close in price at launch times. At least I recall the PS2 as being really expensive.

Yeah, the 80gb and 60gb systems launched in the US for $599.99. I got my 80gb after the $100 drop, so I'm glad the Saturn remains my most expensive console so far. Didn't want to break that record...:D
Johnas
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(04-15-2008, 10:49 PM)

Originally Posted by bionic77

My memory might be wrong, but I thought most games were between $20-40 in that era.

Yeah, I was thinking $40 for some reason.

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