Game Prices 20 years ago

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#1 Posted by Jd1680a (5960 posts) -

X360, PS3 and some big PC titles are currently priced at $60 as their full price. For us PC gamers have to imbrace a $10 price increase and screaming its too high and some console gamer have already done that. Maybe you should look at what our parents had to pay for our games.

There is a Toys R Us commerical aired during Christmas Season of 1990 showing the prices of two NES games. Tetris was priced at $55 and Super Mario Bros 3 $70. This might not be alot of money for some people, but adjusting to inflation for today's money, the two games would be priced at $90 and $115.

Crysis 2 is priced at $60, that would be the equivalent at $35 comparing to prices in 1990.

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#2 Posted by eboyishere (12681 posts) -

i think donkey 64 was like 40 bucks.....

most games today are worth only 30-40 bucks...

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#3 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (28915 posts) -

Game prices have ranged from high to low many times throughout the generations its not like they just upped and got expensive...I remember paying 80 dollars for chrono trigger.

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#4 Posted by Raymundo_Manuel (4641 posts) -

Well, even now a game that's $60 is actually worth less money than a $50 game 10 years ago, and that's what new PS2/Xbox/Gamecube games cost.

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#5 Posted by OrianaDorta (3114 posts) -

$70 for SMB3 it was totally worth it back then. I love that game.

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#6 Posted by foxhound_fox (97827 posts) -

I've never understood the "today's money" argument. It doesn't take into account the average wage, cost of living or thevalue of the dollar.

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#7 Posted by RandomWinner (3751 posts) -

That's the US? Dang! I haven't been one to whine about game prices because I have always put the money. The way I see it, I fill up my car with $80 of gas every 350 miles I drive. So even if I'm driving 30mh, I spend $80 for 700 minutes, a little under 12 hours. Personally, I make sure I spend more tha 12 hours per game and compared to some other hobbies, its one of the cheapest. That's how I justify it. But I would never see myself spending 20 hours on Tetris or SMB3.

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#8 Posted by Randoggy (3442 posts) -

Game prices have ranged from high to low many times throughout the generations its not like they just upped and got expensive...I remember paying 80 dollars for chrono trigger.

WilliamRLBaker
Exactly, I remember paying a stupid amount for Xenosaga when it first dropped.
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#9 Posted by lamprey263 (35985 posts) -
I can't remember if I watch something on TV or someone linked a YouTube video, but they were looking at various consoles since... forever, and found that if you include inflation video games cost way more in the past than they do now, it didn't make things look so bad, wish I could find a link because it'd be interesting for others to see. But I did find THIS, kind of like what I saw but not what I saw, and only deals with older pre-NES consoles.
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#10 Posted by edidili (3449 posts) -

X360, PS3 and some big PC titles are currently priced at $60 as their full price. For us PC gamers have to imbrace a $10 price increase and screaming its too high and some console gamer have already done that. Maybe you should look at what our parents had to pay for our games.

Jd1680a

Those games shipped with cardridges dude while pc gamers today get the game via digital download. It costs nothing but bandwith.

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#11 Posted by useLOGIC (2802 posts) -

i remember when growing up that snes games were 70-80$$$....

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#12 Posted by mexicangordo (8687 posts) -

LoZ OoT was 70 bucks when it first came out if i remember correctly, and Super Mario All Stars was 50 bucks as well. O the 90's :P

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#13 Posted by dog_dirt (2813 posts) -

turok 64 was the most expensive game i ever bough (unless you count WoW) at £59 and the game was useless unless you bought a memory pack which was a futher £20

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#14 Posted by Heyhuub (317 posts) -

I remember N64 games costing up to the equivelant of 100 euros back in the late 90s.

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#15 Posted by mexicangordo (8687 posts) -

i remember when growing up that snes games were 70-80$$$....

useLOGIC

O no way man. The games were like 40-50 bucks. Games like paper boy were even aroun 35.

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#16 Posted by lamprey263 (35985 posts) -
Just curious, who is talking about USD and who is talking about CAD or maybe even AUD? Would be worth knowing.
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#17 Posted by Timstuff (26840 posts) -

Holy schnikey... And those were dollars from 20 years ago! :o

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#18 Posted by Mozelleple112 (6978 posts) -

According to SSB$70 in 1990 is equal to $107 in 2010. Thats a price increase of 53.9%.

Edit: SSB is the official statistics of economics in Norway, feel free to use the calculator yourself using google chrome's translate!

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#19 Posted by Jynxzor (9313 posts) -
I payed $90.00 if I remember correctly for the Gold catridge of Zelda OoT, my father always had a grim look on his face when new games were ariving at the local store. We were "less than fortunate" so getting a new game was like christmas to me. I plowed so many walkways to get those games...
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#20 Posted by topgunmv (10769 posts) -

[QUOTE="Jd1680a"]

X360, PS3 and some big PC titles are currently priced at $60 as their full price. For us PC gamers have to imbrace a $10 price increase and screaming its too high and some console gamer have already done that. Maybe you should look at what our parents had to pay for our games.

edidili

Those games shipped with cardridges dude while pc gamers today get the game via digital download. It costs nothing but bandwith.

Some pc games were 70$+ around the same time as this advertisement.

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#21 Posted by PAL360 (29519 posts) -

$70 for SMB3 it was totally worth it back then. I love that game.

OrianaDorta

I agree! I remember Virtua Racing and Super Street Fighter 2 for Megadrive being almos equivalent to 100 euros, not to talk about Neo Geo games!!!

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#22 Posted by HarlockJC (25546 posts) -
Then you factor in the fact the dollar was worth much more back then.
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#23 Posted by berserker2389 (4627 posts) -
I usually never pay 60 bucks anymore I just wait till there 30-40 anyway unless it's a game I really want.
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#24 Posted by ad1x2 (7353 posts) -

I think the most I ever paid for a game (not counting collectors editions or games that had extra accessories included) was around sixty dollars on Zelda OoT the day it came out. I bought Final Fantasy 6 (FF3 SNES) and I think I paid at least sixty for with Christmas money it but I don't think I paid more for it than I paid for Zelda. I don't remember SMB 3 being almost seventy dollars, but then again I was around nine or ten when it came out and my parents didn't buy the game for me until almost two years later. When you look at game prices today, it's not really that bad assuming the game is good.

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#25 Posted by Some-Mist (5631 posts) -

Well, even now a game that's $60 is actually worth less money than a $50 game 10 years ago, and that's what new PS2/Xbox/Gamecube games cost.

Raymundo_Manuel


depends on the game/rarity. Most games now are made in abundance.
an example of a game released in 2009 that has gone up in price DDPDOJBLEX (360)
there are quite a few others as well.

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#26 Posted by CB4McGusto (2644 posts) -

I always waited late into the gen to buy consoles and there games so most I've spent for a game in previous gens was $50 and yes I did own an N64, SNES, and Genesis.

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#27 Posted by mariokart64fan (20783 posts) -

toys r us may be ripping people off back then cause i remember all nes up to wii being 49,99

with some 29 19 39 in the mix , handheld on nintendos end has always been 29-39 bucks

again with 19 in the mix , sony has been charging 40-50 for psp games

so ya , toys r us back then really ripped people off , same for kmart they wanted 89 for marioparty 4 lol and 500 for a original xbox! at launch lol every where else was 49 for marioparty 4 and 300 for an xbox

that kind of tells you somthing ,

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#28 Posted by LovePotionNo9 (4751 posts) -

Most I paid was $98 for Chrono Trigger. RPGs were especially expensive around then. Phantasy Star 4 was $120-140 depending on where you went. Then the PS1 spoiled me and I couldn't dare bring myself to spend more than $40 per game, and even now I think that's too much. Usually $30 or below is within my buying range. Takes a while for some of the games I want to get cheap though, but it's not like there's any shortage of good games to play. So it's not really worth worrying over for me.

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#29 Posted by Not-A-Stalker (5165 posts) -
Jeez. Some of you payed $80 for a game? So was the PS2/Xbox/GameCube the first generation with standardized prices? Asside from collectors edictions, I don't think games ever went above $50 did they?
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#30 Posted by pelvist (7331 posts) -

25+ years ago I used to buy Amstrad/Spectrum and Commadore games brand new for £5 each. Then the 8 bit systems came out and the price of games sky rocketed!

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#31 Posted by caseystryker (5421 posts) -

How about those $250 Neo Geo games? I wonder why they're no longer in the console market?

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#32 Posted by Nintendo_Ownes7 (30973 posts) -

LoZ OoT was 70 bucks when it first came out if i remember correctly, and Super Mario All Stars was 50 bucks as well. O the 90's :P

mexicangordo

Also wasn't Majora's Mask $100 in 2000. It was bundled with the Expansion Pak. Just like Donkey Kong 64.

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#33 Posted by ianuilliam (4955 posts) -

I've been preaching this here for years. Games now are cheaper than ever. Here is a handy inflation calculator provided by the US Board of Labor and Statistics.

NES games ranged anywhere from $35-$70 USD. According to the BLS inflation calculator, $35 in 1985 (when teh NES launched in the US) is equivalent to $71.99 USD in today's economy. $70 in 1985 would be $143.97. So NES gaames adjusted to current inflation levels cost anywhere from $72 to $144 USD.

SNES games were typically in the $40-80 USD range. Adjusting from 1991 (US SNES release date) to 2011 makes those prices $65-$130.

N64 games ranged from $50-$90 USD. Which would be $70-$127 at today's prices. PS1 prices were mostly in the $50 range, or $70 at today's prices.

PS2 and Gamecube games were mostly around $50, which is about $65 today.

Which brings us up to the current gen. $60 today is still $60, which if you've been following along, is less than games of any previous generation. Yet all the time threads pop up complaining about how expensive games are this gen. I guess they don't realize that when their parents were buying their games they were doing with much smaller salaries than we have today. Hell, I can go get a minimum wage job at McDonalds and make more per hour than my mom did working as an RN when I was a kid.

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#34 Posted by SolidTy (49991 posts) -

i think donkey 64 was like 40 bucks.....

most games today are worth only 30-40 bucks...

eboyishere

Donkey Kong 64 was $59.99 - $74.99 in the United States.

In fact, Almost all N64 titles were priced at launch $20 more ($60) than the very same PSOne ($40) games.

I found it interesting that even late ports from the Playstation coming to N64 like Spiderman, Megaman Legends, Resident Evil 2, and Tony Hawk Pro Skater had less audiofiles and were $20 more than the Playstation earlier counterpart. It was a very interesting time to be a gamer.

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#35 Posted by scoots9 (3503 posts) -

>imbrace

stopped reading there.

It's not so much that the $60 price point bothers me, it's that it costs $60 for no reason.

A console game is $50 and then ~$10 to the console manufacturer

A PC game is $50 and then $10 because the publisher is an ***.

If PC games are going to be $60 then make console games $70.

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#36 Posted by Randoggy (3442 posts) -

>imbrace

stopped reading there.

It's not so much that the $60 price point bothers me, it's that it costs $60 for no reason.

A console game is $50 and then ~$10 to the console manufacturer

A PC game is $50 and then $10 because the publisher is an ***.

If PC games are going to be $60 then make console games $70.

scoots9
It costs $60 for no reason? Hahaha, how does that work?
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#37 Posted by millerlight89 (18658 posts) -

People forget what inflation is. Hell not too sure some here even know what the **** that means.

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#38 Posted by Riverwolf007 (26023 posts) -

it's funny how people don't rem that stuff from back in the day.

the 16meg chipsets for snes titles was way expensive.

i remember me and my brother saving up for super street fighter because it was $80 at launch.

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#39 Posted by I-Scarface-I (93 posts) -

$70 for SMB3 it was totally worth it back then. I love that game.

OrianaDorta
SMB3 can be beaten legit in less than 5 hours. There's no multiplayer or nothing, yet that was worth $70 back then? Let's no forget $70 back then was worth a lot more than $70 now. Just saying because nostalgic people love to bash on games saying they're not worth $60 when they offer way more. I'm glad TC made this topic because people seem to forget games cost more back then, only I was never able to find proof because whenever I searched, there's no records of game prices for 1980-2000.
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#40 Posted by Easyle (2034 posts) -

How about those $250 Neo Geo games? I wonder why they're no longer in the console market?

caseystryker
The price was too low. It drove them out of business.
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#41 Posted by MrSelf-Destruct (13400 posts) -
Man, my mommy sure did love me. :oops:
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#42 Posted by ChubbyGuy40 (26442 posts) -

Man, my mommy sure did love me. :oops:MrSelf-Destruct

Paying 80 bucks is cheaper than paying that w**** babysitter my mommy always said :o

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#43 Posted by campzor (34932 posts) -

Game prices have ranged from high to low many times throughout the generations its not like they just upped and got expensive...I remember paying 80 dollars for chrono trigger.

WilliamRLBaker
ye pretty much this.
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#44 Posted by SoNin360 (7053 posts) -
That's crazy, I forget to think about that. Even back when I was gaming on the Gamecube I though $50 was too much for a game for it. And it was really hard to find it any cheaper and it took the price a long time to drop. Several years later and games are only a little more than that, and they drop much faster. Still, I don't like paying $60+ for a game, so I rent and buy a lot of games used...
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#45 Posted by 205212669269561485377169522720 (14458 posts) -

[QUOTE="eboyishere"]

i think donkey 64 was like 40 bucks.....

most games today are worth only 30-40 bucks...

SolidTy

Donkey Kong 64 was $59.99 - $74.99 in the United States.

In fact, Almost all N64 titles were priced at launch $20 more ($60) than the very same PSOne ($40) games.

I found it interesting that even late ports from the Playstation coming to N64 like Spiderman, Megaman Legends, Resident Evil 2, and Tony Hawk Pro Skater had less audiofiles and were $20 more than the Playstation earlier counterpart. It was a very interesting time to be a gamer.

Not only that, I remember PSOne Greatest Hits being about $19.99 - $24.99? Compared to the $39.99 Players Choice titles on the N64.:P

Buying the cartridges were more pricey since they were more expensive to produce compared to the CD Roms, which is why many went the route of CD's instead of Nintendo who wanted to avoid piracy.

Still, I didn't pay for my N64 games so I'm cool with it.:P Last generation (PS2/GC/Xbox) wasn't so bad, this generation is just the same thing. It's just that Steam is becoming more and more amazing that gamers are starting to notice how much people tend to pay for games at retail.:P

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#46 Posted by 205212669269561485377169522720 (14458 posts) -

toys r us may be ripping people off back then cause i remember all nes up to wii being 49,99

with some 29 19 39 in the mix , handheld on nintendos end has always been 29-39 bucks

again with 19 in the mix , sony has been charging 40-50 for psp games

so ya , toys r us back then really ripped people off , same for kmart they wanted 89 for marioparty 4 lol and 500 for a original xbox! at launch lol every where else was 49 for marioparty 4 and 300 for an xbox

that kind of tells you somthing ,

mariokart64fan

Tells us what?:? I see PSP games for $9-$29.99 nowadays while I still see Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario bros, Mario 64 DS @ $40+.:P

Canadian prices of course, then again I could care less about the PSP and DS.:P

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#47 Posted by Ragnarok1051 (20199 posts) -

[QUOTE="mariokart64fan"]

toys r us may be ripping people off back then cause i remember all nes up to wii being 49,99

with some 29 19 39 in the mix , handheld on nintendos end has always been 29-39 bucks

again with 19 in the mix , sony has been charging 40-50 for psp games

so ya , toys r us back then really ripped people off , same for kmart they wanted 89 for marioparty 4 lol and 500 for a original xbox! at launch lol every where else was 49 for marioparty 4 and 300 for an xbox

that kind of tells you somthing ,

sanim02

Tells us what?:? I see PSP games for $9-$29.99 nowadays while I still see Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario bros, Mario 64 DS @ $40+.:P

Canadian prices of course, then again I could care less about the PSP and DS.:P

Yeah the PSP's biggest games are now going for around $30. Meanwhile some of the DS's oldest games are still $40. I guess its just another Sony hater trying to hate for no reason. :P
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#48 Posted by 205212669269561485377169522720 (14458 posts) -

[QUOTE="sanim02"]

[QUOTE="mariokart64fan"]

toys r us may be ripping people off back then cause i remember all nes up to wii being 49,99

with some 29 19 39 in the mix , handheld on nintendos end has always been 29-39 bucks

again with 19 in the mix , sony has been charging 40-50 for psp games

so ya , toys r us back then really ripped people off , same for kmart they wanted 89 for marioparty 4 lol and 500 for a original xbox! at launch lol every where else was 49 for marioparty 4 and 300 for an xbox

that kind of tells you somthing ,

Ragnarok1051

Tells us what?:? I see PSP games for $9-$29.99 nowadays while I still see Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario bros, Mario 64 DS @ $40+.:P

Canadian prices of course, then again I could care less about the PSP and DS.:P

Yeah the PSP's biggest games are now going for around $30. Meanwhile some of the DS's oldest games are still $40. I guess its just another Sony hater trying to hate for no reason. :P

I bought TP twice (once for the GC and Wii) and it's STILL going for $59.99 here.:lol: Ahh Nintendo.:P *sheds tear and waits for OoT*

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#49 Posted by Episode_Eve (16986 posts) -

[QUOTE="Ragnarok1051"][QUOTE="sanim02"]

Tells us what?:? I see PSP games for $9-$29.99 nowadays while I still see Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario bros, Mario 64 DS @ $40+.:P

Canadian prices of course, then again I could care less about the PSP and DS.:P

sanim02

Yeah the PSP's biggest games are now going for around $30. Meanwhile some of the DS's oldest games are still $40. I guess its just another Sony hater trying to hate for no reason. :P

I bought TP twice (once for the GC and Wii) and it's STILL going for $59.99 here.:lol: Ahh Nintendo.:P *sheds tear and waits for OoT*

Lol, OoT will be $50 due to "nostalgia revived via innovative 3D technology for Sanim". :P

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#50 Posted by 205212669269561485377169522720 (14458 posts) -

[QUOTE="sanim02"]

[QUOTE="Ragnarok1051"] Yeah the PSP's biggest games are now going for around $30. Meanwhile some of the DS's oldest games are still $40. I guess its just another Sony hater trying to hate for no reason. :PEpisode_Eve

I bought TP twice (once for the GC and Wii) and it's STILL going for $59.99 here.:lol: Ahh Nintendo.:P *sheds tear and waits for OoT*

Lol, OoT will be $50 due to "nostalgia revived via innovative 3D technology for Sanim". :P

Obviously, I mean c'mon you know how it is with me and mah homie Link yo.8)We go wayy back when I shelled out $70 for the original.:P