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GameStop Set to Bring Back The Original NES Console?

Posted by: on May 1, 2015 | No Comments

GameStop to bring back the classic game consoles in a new trade-in pilot program that could excite retro gamers.  Sound like a unbelievable story plucked right out of an episode of the Twilight Zone. GameStop will buy and sell retro game consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, Sega’s Genesis and Dreamcast, PlayStation and Nintendo 64. Yes, the largest game retailer in the US is set to bring back the classic game consoles  in a move that could prove successful for the retailer. The company announced today a plan to allow people to trade-in their old consoles, games and accessories. The new GameStop program will allow the retailer to repair, test and update these old consoles from the mid 80’s to the late 90’s. The company said it will take about two months to ramp up the roll out because of the testing and repair work required for these older consoles. GameStop is a global multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer with more than 6,600 stores worldwide.

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The consoles, accessories and games come with the GameStop standard 30-day guarantee the retailer offers for its used merchandise. The retailer will test every single game or console that is traded in through its GameStop refurbish center. The buying of classic consoles or games will only be done on a small scale before a more bigger national roll out is launched. The pilot programs will begin on April 25 across 250 stores. The program is limited to the New York and Birmingham, Alabama areas.  The purpose of the limited roll out is because there will still be questions regarding the cost of replacement parts, compatibility with new TV’s, and the cost to refurbish these consoles. Most of these systems are nearly 30 years old and are bound to have major repair and cosmetic issues. GameStop buy-sell-trade program is popular among customers looking to trade-in video game hardware and software, or smartphones and tablets.  Each year GameStop provides approximately $1.2 billion in trade credits, with the majority of these trade dollars being applied toward the purchase of new products.

Photo Credit: Evan-Amos

Photo Credit: Evan-Amos

If GameStop can bring these  classic consoles back to near 100% factory working order it could prove a big hit for the nation’s largest game retailer. Any old school gamer from the NES era truly understood the pain and headache it took to make games work once dust got trap inside the game cartridge. I’m crossing my fingers and hope this is pilot program is successful.

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