Remember when your video game console was $115?
Take a look at this old KMart ad sent to us from g1 Human After All who discovered it while cleaning out some old boxes of cards and wrestling magazines. The closest thing we have to this today is the OUYA but it doesn't come with all the extra goodies.
Also, check out all the other goodies! The Game Genie, TMNT video tape, AN AMIGA COMPUTER! HECK YES!
Do you have any memories from shopping at KMart?
I never recall as a kid that consoles are as expensive as they are now. Then again, I didn't pay for them, my parents did. I remember my first console ever was a SNES pack with Super Mario World & Super Gameboy adapter. That had to be a sweet deal.
Come to think of it, I've never bought a console at original launch price. I wasn't hasty to get one so I always waited till a decent price drop. Got a nintendo 3DS XL the other day for 200 bucks and it came with Mario Kart 7. Ha, sweet deals...
I used to love going to K-Mart just to play the Game Gear with Columns on display.
I remember seeing Genesis 3 there, reading about the "new" Nintendo 64 controller, seeing an ad for Super Game Boy, and also Super Mario Bros. on NES, new in box, as late as 1993.
512k ram AND a mouse?! Sign me up!
Yeah it's weird because you'd think that money would buy that much more things today, but when you consider much higher taxes, rent & fuel costs and all sorts of other services people pay for these days that didn't exist back then, it really doesn't buy you as much as the calculations say. Then you have to consider money these days being spent for internet, cellphones, and other devices that while not mandatory have become regular devices in most lives today much like a TV (also not mandatory) was back then & still is today. With the amount of devices that have become commonplace in people's lives growing (TVs, cameras, cellphones, etc) along with monthly fees associated with these devices (which would be multiplied for families as opposed to individuals), people have less money to spend for gaming, so the current prices despite of inflation are still less affordable than back in the NES days. And this is not even considering all the extra costs that come with gaming today that didn't exist back then like $100+ headsets, DLC, monthly network services, and various peripherals.
Most new games were $40-$50 at launch. A few were more, but that's the minority. I remember SMB3 being $50 when it came out. The thing is, to beat those games in under an hour, you had to typically invest more time in them than you would to beat a modern game. And those games were highly replayable as seen by their popularity today.
I remember the Deluxe Set of the NES that came with the console, R.O.B., the Zapper, the controllers, and Gyromite being $200 back then. The NES was not popular at launch though like some may think. It wasn't until about 1987 that many people I knew had them and by that time the Action set, which cost about $130 (or maybe $150) was out. That's the one that came with SMB/Duck Hunt, the Zapper, and 2 controllers that I & most of my friends got.
I don't agree with the inflation argument because salaries haven't risen the same level that the cost of living since then has. I think the inflation calculations are flawed. The biggest thing is that kids could buy it with birthday money they got from relatives. I don't think any kid these days gets $300-$400 of cash for their birthday to buy a console after the first price drop, let alone at launch.
The ad seems to be from 1991 given the games shown in it & the NES was still very popular because the SNES came out in September of that year and not everyone got it at launch. Plus the NES still had tons of games for it vs. the 3 launch games the SNES had. I remember being able to get an NES for $50 around 1993-1994, which was the end of its life cycle.
This reminds me of time when a kid could take the money he got for his birthday, go to walmart or kmart and get the console of his dreams. Good time.
We have a Kmart here still too. Some people still call it the "Big Kmart" because it was like the Walmart Supercenter but for Kmart.
my Nintendo came with two controllers and super Mario 3, and my snes came with 2 controllers and super Mario world, genesis came with just the original 3 button controller and no games, ps1 came with 2 controllers and after that every console was just 1 controller but my ps3 did come with MGS 4, oh and Wii came with Mario sports and Mario galaxy. and 360 had a month of gold membership.
Dot matrix printer for only $249!!!
It's really interesting seeing Camerica games (Big Nose The Caveman, Quattro Sports) being advertised. Actually, every one of those NES games pictured are unlicensed, and that is very strange.
We still have Kmart in my hometown...the old school store I remember was called Sky City
No, I don't remember that at all. That a blow out sale, likely from the end of the life cycle. The NSES with zapper was $249 at release and although it did come with games (which is rare now) that's still just shy of $500 when adjusted for inflation.
The idea that systems are getting more expensive is a complete myth. With the exception on the SNES and Genesis, which game out at the heat of console competition, even the Xbox One is a cheap to mid priced system, adjusted for inflation.
It wasn't born when the NES came out and my first few consoles i did get were used, cause i couldn't afford new ones.. my first new console (that was expensive too) was the N64 and i got it for $99 dollars after it had been out for a while and the price dropped.
Preordering Mario Kart DD solely for the Sonic Heroes demo.
Can't say I remember this. Hell i can barely remember the SNES being in shops.
I.....I have everything on that sale except the Amiga...including the dot matrix printer....well, I had the Power Pack, not the Action Pack, so I had the grey zapper.
Yeah, thats today. Thats about $200 today, since this would have been 1990 at the earliest since RBI Baseball 3 is on sale. You can buy a new ps3 or 360 for close to that price right now.
Even though I started gaming around the late half of the N64's lifespan- this made me feel old, Craig. And to think I'm only 16 years old.
I remember the Tengen games! I have a few of them and at the time I thought they were just trying to be cool with the cartridge design. I had no idea that they were selling unlicensed games.