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aledromo
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« on: June 25, 2004, 07:45:40 PM »

How much did old Genesis and SNES cartridges cost?  For the life of me I can't ever remember buying one.  Oh, believe me when I say that I did, but the experience of going to the store is completely forgotten in all cases except for Mortal Kombat II, when I skipped school and was too excited to remember anything else about the moment save for holding it in my hand.  

Off of that, anyone remember better than me?  I'm curious.
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2004, 07:58:54 PM »

Mortal Monday!  Anyway, if I remember correctly, most were $49.99 except for the Square RPG games on the SNES that usually cost $59.99 (I remember FF2, 3 and Chrono Trigger costing that much).

I distinctly remember it was a big surprise that Street Fighter II on SNES ended up being $49.99 because of the extra memory it had.  People thought Capcom/Nintendo would bump up the price.
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2004, 08:05:31 PM »

Mortal Monday...oh man, you just brought back all the commercials.  

It's weird.  Proportionally, $50 should have felt like so much more money back then, but I find myself lamenting prices more today.  Maybe it's because there's so much more I'm interested in buying, or maybe I just wasn't so much of a gamer back then and waited until I found things cheap.  Hard to say.  But it's still impressive to think what roughly the same amount of money would get you 10 years ago compared to today...from a technical perspective, at least.

For no reason at all:

Mega Man 2
Super Metroid
Final Fantasy III
Mortal Kombat 2
Super Street Fighter 2
Mario Kart

High school, were you really so long ago?
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2004, 08:11:45 PM »

I didn't buy my own games back in the old era (thanks, mom!).  I think I enjoyed my games more.  I played them and mastered them because I couldn't just run out and buy a new one whenever I felt like it or the latest and greatest was released.  If there was something that I just HAD to have I would know well ahead of time and begin plotting a way to convince my mother I would probably die without it.

I was much more forgiving of bad games back then.  It was a new game, which is what I really cared about.  Plus, on the occassions where my mom would surprise me and come home with a new game I felt it was my duty to play it and enjoy it.  Money wasn't flowing as freely as it (thankfully) is today, so you enjoyed what you got, even if it was heavily discounted.

I got most of my games from Blockbuster when they had really huge used game sales.  You didn't have to worry about horribly abused/ruined discs in the old cartridge days.

I skipped the 16-bit era, so all my experience is from the NES & classic green-screened Game Boy days.
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2004, 08:22:17 PM »

That's so true, Stiffler.  I've been playing Mega Man 2 for as long as I can remember, but if it had been released in today's market (to Today's Alejandro), I wonder if I would have ever invested the time in it that I did before being distracted by the latest shiny bauble.  I mean, remember the feeling of getting a new game?  That's what I'm buying every two weeks.  The actual playing part from my youth is nearly beyond secondary.

These days, so many games are derivative that it's hard to even really get invested in one.  Used to be if you liked Mega Man, you played the hell out of it until you maybe got a sequel.  There was nothing else really like it.  If you like Max Payne, don't play it again: go try Dead to Rights, or Armed and Dangerous, or Freedom Fighters, or Metal Arms, or...

Fighting games used to benefit the most.  You'd get one a year, you and your friends would eventually become one with the characters over the months of lazy afternoons that would pass.  These days I can't even find a friend not at work to play Soul Calibur II against, and why bother when I haven't even loaded up VF4 yet?  And who has time for those when the backlog is building!?!

It's true, I'm not complaining about my ability to buy myself what I want.  I'm very lucky in that regard.  It's just that I almost wish the developers would slow down, focus on making great, special games, and save me from myself as they give me back a little bit of what used to make gaming so special for me and I was too irresponsible to protect on my own.

Oh, and Stiffler: go send your mom some flowers right now.
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2004, 05:45:24 AM »

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Oh, and Stiffler: go send your mom some flowers right now.


I took her out to dinner tonight.  I even let her pay, for old time's sake.  :twisted:

I did tell her about this thread though, and how much those games meant to me.

She said: "You really liked those Japanese games I'd pick up on clearance at K-Mart."
I just smiled and thought, "More than you could know."

Thanks, ale, for making us both smile and relive those precious memories!
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2004, 07:53:44 PM »

they were anywhere from 35-50 dollars as i remember.
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2004, 02:34:46 AM »

I remember paying $69.99 for SimEarth.  The good old days slywink
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2004, 07:58:01 PM »

I think the most I ever paid for a game was $64.99 for Chrono Trigger.

Best damn $65 I've ever spent.

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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2004, 08:20:38 PM »

I think paying more for something can sometimes make you appreciate it more.  Case in point, I got for free and therefore haven't even touched Virtua Figher 4 yet.  I mean, I've already got my money's worth.
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