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Initial post: Dec 18, 2012 8:18:31 AM PST
For the love of all that is holy, someone who isn't blocked by work, please post the link here of the Kotaku article about the Toys R Us Christmas ad from 1996.

PLEASE!

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:20:05 AM PST
Oskar2525 says:
http://kotaku.com/5969266/toys-r-us-christmas-1996-catalogue-is-a-historic-wonderland/gallery/1

Ah, 1996. The future, as the front cover of Toys R' Us' catalogue so boldly states, is here! Or...was there. And it was only really there for some of the systems involved (sorry, Sega Saturn!)

I love looking at these things. Not for the general nostalgic rush, but to see the individual games highlighted. Of the titles retailers thought would shift units that year, which ones do we still talk about today, and which had we stopped talking about by 1997.

That Saturn section, for example. Virtual On, Nights, Daytona...as good as the N64 and PlayStation were, if I had to go back and scoop up a bag's worth of stuff, it'd be that Saturn section.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:20:54 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
http://kotaku.com/5969266/toys-r-us-christmas-1996-catalogue-is-a-historic-wonderland/gallery/1

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 8:21:04 AM PST
Oskar, I LOVE YOU! Thank you!

Please, anyone else who hasn't looked yet and is old enough to remember this stuff, do yourself a favor and go to that link before the world ends this Friday.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:22:57 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
Holy crap! Game prices were astronomical back then!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 8:24:24 AM PST
Seriously. However, I do remember having my mom buy Donkey Kong Country 3 for me and it was either $59.99 or $69.99. No wonder I only got like 1 game a year. lol.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 8:24:56 AM PST
Oskar2525 says:
No kidding! $60 for Madden 97.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:25:40 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
Game Gear games were $39.99 back in 1996...that's pretty ludicrous for a handheld! Funny that Game Boy games were still $20 despite that. As far as console games go, PlayStation was definitely the cheapest way to go. $69.99 for a Genesis game...wow.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:27:37 AM PST
Oskar2525 says:
Can these prices be right?? I bought MK3 for the Genesis day one if I remember correctly, and $70 seems outrageous!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 8:28:37 AM PST
Ice King says:
No kidding.

They may not have nickel and dimed us back then, but they had no problem taking a huge chunk at the initial purchase.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 8:29:53 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
That looks right to me. I remember paying $80 for Phantasy Star II...and it wasn't even day one!

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:33:04 AM PST
Kin-foot says:
Kotaku is blocked for me at work but this one works

http://saveroomminibar.tumblr.com/post/38148238121/1996-toys-r-us-holiday-catalog

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:36:10 AM PST
jtshiel says:
These prices are right.
I paid over 70 for SNES MKII day one.
Virtua Racing day one for the Genesis was at least $99.99 at retail.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 9:17:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2012 9:46:22 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
Console prices are up, but man, game prices are way way down. That's crazy.

And wow, I remember magazines writing about how disc-based games were going to be cheaper than the cartridge-based stuff, but to see it there in the ad (most PS1 and Saturn games <$50, while numerous SNES and Genesis games $70+) really shows how rapidly things changed that generation.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 9:43:54 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
Yikes... really puts into perspective how entitled gamers are nowadays when they complain that the $10 game they sniped on ebay requires a $10 online pass.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 9:45:10 AM PST
eMJayBlaze says:
112K Memory Card for $25 bucks?!?!

This was the highlight of my day. Thanks for posting this.
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