NES Games Original Retail Prices

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#1 thegamerspath
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Hey everyone. I've been searching for quite a while without success, so I figured I'd ask here. Is there a list floating around of the original retail prices for NES titles?
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#2 Talldude80
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Hey everyone. I've been searching for quite a while without success, so I figured I'd ask here. Is there a list floating around of the original retail prices for NES titles?thegamerspath

I dunno where you'd find a list. but I bet old Sears catalogs would show NES games at $49 or something

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#3 thegamerspath
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Hmm... Old Sears catalogs. Good call! I'll see if I can't dig up a few copies. For clarification purposes, I've got a specific game in mind that I'm not sure would be in a catalog of any sort... Bee 52. I've got the cart, but it's been a LONG freaking time since it was originally purchased. I see them in "original factory sealed" packaging on auction sites all the time, but none of them have the original price stickers or anything on them. Yeah, I even checked those sites out... Anyway, a full list would be nice, but I'll repost here should I find anything in the mean time. And thanks for the advice! :D
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#4 DSmon
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I had to look this up the other day and I believe nes games were between $40 - $65 new at the time. I couldn't believe how hard it was to find those numbers out, had to go to youtube to look up old commericals.

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#5 thegamerspath
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Heh, good luck finding a commercial for Bee 52, but that's not a bad idea either. I remember blowing sixty on some early titles as well, but I kinda figured that the prices might vary by region or something. I'll keep looking.
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#6 DavidianMH
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They were usually around the 40-50 dollar range. It all depends on the game.
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#7 Jenova-Witness
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I have Dragon Warrior for the NES in the original box with the price sticker still on it. 69.99 from Woolco.

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#8 KPAXMAN
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I think most sold for $49.99 (just price it for $50 gosh darnit).

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#9 z4twenny
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regular titles were $50 (49.99)
A list games were $60 (59.99)
games with batteriesgenerally cost an extra $10

i recall these specifics as i remember dragon warrior 4 being 69.99 when it came out as were a couple other A list titles at the time (like star tropics and the original final fantasy)

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#10 thegamerspath
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Alright guys, the 1991 Sears Christmas catalog has prices ranging from $24.95 (page 513 - Adventures in the Magic Kingdom) to $59.95 (page 514 - Ultima). So I'm seeing between $25 and $60 new. Quite a range. However, I've noticed that I'm not seeing retail prices for unlicensed games in these catalogs, and I really don't know where to start with those. Commercials for specific games are difficult to come by, if they can be found at all, and there's next to no literature or print ads anywhere to be found... Thoughts, suggestions, comments welcome at this point.
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#11 Jenova-Witness
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are you looking for a specific game?

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Alright guys, the 1991 Sears Christmas catalog has prices ranging from $24.95 (page 513 - Adventures in the Magic Kingdom) to $59.95 (page 514 - Ultima). So I'm seeing between $25 and $60 new. Quite a range. However, I've noticed that I'm not seeing retail prices for unlicensed games in these catalogs, and I really don't know where to start with those. Commercials for specific games are difficult to come by, if they can be found at all, and there's next to no literature or print ads anywhere to be found... Thoughts, suggestions, comments welcome at this point.thegamerspath

1991 was around the end of it's lifespan, so I'm not sure that's where you should look. But i'm pretty sure 50-60 dollars was the general price of them.

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I remember getting nes games for less than $40 @ toysrus.

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I had to look this up the other day and I believe nes games were between $40 - $65 new at the time. I couldn't believe how hard it was to find those numbers out, had to go to youtube to look up old commericals.

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I remember buying Megaman 2 for $30.99
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I would never pay that much for a fffffffffffffin nes game man

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#16 Megavideogamer
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I do remember Some NES titles being $59.99. Most were $49.99. Nintendo cartridges were always expensive.

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#17 Jenova-Witness
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^^ Truth. 69.98 for an NES game. Jesus Christ I wouldn't pay that for a brand new current gen game.

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#18 Emerald_Warrior
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Pretty similar to today's prices. $40-$70 depending on the title and how old it was. But if you factor in inflation, they'd be going for more today.

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#19 logicalfrank
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I remember them as being thirty or forty bucks for the most part. Like any system, the newer releases were more expensive than older ones. To give you an idea on inflation here, thirty dollars in 1985 is worth nearly sixty dollars in 2010--but these things are notoriously hard to calculate. One way or the other, I think it is pretty clear that games are much cheaper today than they were back then.

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#20 BH14
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My first NES game that I got was RC Pro Am and it cost $39.99.

Over twenty years later, I don't even spend that much for my ps3 games now.

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#21 xexis
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I have a recipt here from when I was a kid..

TMNT Hyperstone Heist - $54.99 SEGA Genesis

Donkey Kong Country - $59.99 SNES

Toxic Crusaders - 49.99 NES

Bought from Toys R' US

Yeah prices haven't changed much people still get paid more either minimum wage or pay raises over the years but their going to whine about the price, human nature I guess.