Wal-Mart launches trade-in program [UPDATE]

Retailer now accepting software and hardware trade-ins; here's what they'll pay for your games and systems compared to GameStop where possible.

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[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Wal-Mart adjusted the trade-in values for many items. For the latest information, enter your game or system into this tool to find out what your wares are worth.

The original story is below.

Wal-Mart launched its highly touted video game trade-in program this week, going head-to-head with market leader GameStop. If you're stuck scratching your head about where to trade in your items, we've compiled a breakdown of trade-in values for popular games and systems at the competing retailers.

All values listed below represent in-store credit for items in working order. GameStop offers a cash option (less than in-store credit) while Wal-Mart offers in-store credit exclusively (but you can spend that on food and clothes!). For the purposes of this breakdown, we're only looking at in-store credit values.

Also, Wal-Mart only accepts hardware trade-ins via its website (they ship you a packaging label), while GameStop only accepts hardware trades via its brick-and-mortar stores. Finally, these prices are up-to-date as of today, though they are subject to change over time.

Something else to consider is that GameStop offers an additional 10% trade-in credit if you're a PowerUp Rewards member. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart has no plans to offer a loyalty card. In short, you should view this breakdown as a guide and not a definitive document.

Hardware:

GameStop

  • Xbox One (with Kinect) - $390
  • PlayStation 4 - $357.50
  • 3DS XL - $97.50
  • Wii U - $156
  • Xbox 360 (S Model, 3250GB) $110
  • [PS3 - No direct comparison available]

Wal-Mart

  • Xbox One (with Kinect) - $390
  • PlayStation 4 - $375
  • 3DS XL - $105
  • Wii U - $120
  • Xbox 360 (S Model, 320GB) - $110
  • [PS3 - No direct comparison available]

Software:

Wal-Mart's trade-in website features a very handy tool that lets you plug in any game and determine its value. Unfortunately, GameStop only publishes a "Featured Trade Values" list, which is far from exhaustive. As such, direct comparisons between retailers becomes problematic. We have listed direct comparisons where possible.

GameStop

  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS3) - $22.10
  • FIFA 14 (Xbox One) - $32.50
  • Forza 5 (Xbox One) - $32.50
  • Titanfall (Xbox One) - $35.10
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (Xbox One) - $32.50
  • Infamous: Second Son (PS4) - $35.10
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4) - $13
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4) - $32.50
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4) - $28.60
  • Dark Souls II (PS3) - $32.50
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) - $28.60
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) - $15.60
  • Bravely Default (3DS) - $22.10

Wal-Mart

  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS3) - $29.40
  • FIFA 14 (Xbox One) - $38.50
  • Forza 5 (Xbox One) $38.50
  • Need for Speed Rivals (Xbox One) - $38.50
  • Infamous: Second Son (PS4) - $41.58
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4) - $18.90
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4) - $38.50
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4) - $33.88
  • Dark Souls II (PS3) - $38.50
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) - $33.88
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) - $18.48
  • Bravely Default (3DS) - $26.18

That's where the direct comparisons end. But here are some more Wal-Mart data points for recently released games anyway.

  • Dead Rising 3 (Xbox One) - $29.40
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (Xbox One) - $21
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360) - $32.89
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4) - $16.54

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