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90's Toys R Us Holiday Ad

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Some nostalgia for some of us here

















 

GamerJM

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I feel like I've seen this very ad get posted before.

Still interesting regardless, especially as someone who is too young to remember 1996. Those SNES game prices were outrageous!
 

superNESjoe

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I always source things like this when people tell me games are more expensive now then they've ever been.

Everyone seems to have forgotten that snes and genesis games were upwards of 70 or 80 dollars on the high end.
 

Jigolo

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The more things change the more things stay the same. Ads look almost exactly the same today. The setup that is
 

Velcro Fly

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Pretty sure I got Yoshi's Island and a Super GameBoy that year for Christmas

Probably the best holiday ever
 

george_us

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Those handheld game prices are pretty surprising. Some of those aren't much less than 3DS game prices. The ones that are $19.99 could be do to just those titles being older.
 

lt519

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Those cartridge prices... I remember some shortages initially for 64 and places jacking up prices to near $100.

Holy shit though, $15 controller for SNES. What's a typical msrp on controllers now $60, give me a break
 

Kuroyume

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Only one I never owned was the Saturn. Oh well, at least I got a chance to play a version of VOOT on xbla, and I have a copy of Nights on steam. Most of its best games made their way onto DD services though right?
 

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If you thought that was bad, go see what the Canadian prices were back then.

$94 Mega Man X comes to mind.

Only one I never owned was the Saturn. Oh well, at least I got a chance to play a version of VOOT on xbla, and I have a copy of Nights on steam. Most of its best games made their way onto DD services though right?

No, there's a lot of games still left only on the Saturn and in many cases the Saturn version is the definitive version.
 

Spinluck

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Nice try Evilore!
I got my fist N64 from Toys R Us. My brother peed on it like a year later, and I cannot remember where we got the second one but my mom just came home with a new one like a week later.

Man, the memories. There was a magic to gaming back then.
 

ladyluthien

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I had one of those gold giga pets when I was a kid. I loved that thing to death. Broke my heart when I lost it one day. Never got over it :(
 

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No one should assume that SNES games were commonly $70 based on those ads. Games at specialty stores like Toys R Us and Babbages/EB were about $10 more expensive than mass market stores like Target or Wal-Mart. I never paid $70 for a SNES game , and I usually bought them on launch day.
 

mdubs

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Well let's be honest, $59.99 in 1996 dollars for Super Mario 64 is and will always be a fair price for one of the greatest games of all time
 

qazqaNii

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Meh prices meant nothing as it was my dad that were buying the games, although I am still wondering till this day, how I actually chose the games, I don't recall reading about pilotwings, probotector (contra @ eu), but still I have them, gotta ask my father how and why he bought them :D.

Good ol' times T_T.

Edit: I also don't know why I got myself and PS1 after the SNES, gotta ask that aswell. :p
 

vatstep

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I remember that awesome free game deal with the Saturn. Almost made me get one.
 

Nif

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I remember that one very well. It made me want a N64 that christmas. Had that picture of mario on my wall that whole december :p
 

Qblivion

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Seeing stuff like this makes me regret ever selling any of my childhood games. I've rebought them as an adult but they aren't the same ones :(