GameStop isn’t just a toy store. They also sell video games sometimes. To try to stay relevant GameStop started selling retro consoles and games on there website in July 2015. They expanded their new retro market to physical stores in North America in October 2016.
As downloadable digital content is on the rise, new physical games are slowly fading away. While it may be whats best for the environment, there are many video game collectors out there who crave hunting tangible games with cases, cover art, and manuals.
If video games do end up shifting to 100% digital GameStop came up with a very logical solution. Take it back to the old school, and resell all the awesome games that already exist.
Since GameStop are the ones who sent many video game boxes and manuals to the dump, I find it funny that its costing them now. GameStop throws so much away there have been several Facebook groups dedicated to trash pickers showing off their treasures, along with many YouTubers featuring their GameStop trash treasures. Way to keep it green GS!
So now GameStop is in the retro game (hopefully not still throwing valuable stuff away). Which makes sense because retro game collecting is really popular. You know when something is popular, the money vultures can swoop in.
VentureBeat published an article on the top 10 most-wanted retro consoles among GameStop’s PowerUp Rewards members. While retro game collectors still mostly hunt their games on Ebay, trading groups, thrift stores, or flea markets, this list is a good indication of what the most popular classic consoles are today.
- Nintendo 64
- Nintendo Entertainment System
- Super NES
- Sega Genesis
- Sega Dreamcast
- Sega Saturn
- Game Boy
- Game Boy Advance
As you can see from the above list Nintendo is dominating the board with 5 gaming systems. I had a feeling the N64 would be #1. If your a game collector than you probably have noticed the hefty prices of N64 games. I am happy to see Sega have 3 consoles on the list.
Sega Does What Nintendon’t!
I thought this would be an interesting post to put together to compare what other retro gamers are into now a days.