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#1 Olengie

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:52 PM

IGN had recently reported that the global entity, Gamestop, plans on foraying into the Vintage Game market, having observed and noticed the profits and interest made in recent years. They had stated they had amassed a large amount of these "vintage games" over the years and are looking to unload them on the market. Now, what does that mean for us? Will the games be sorely overpriced or decently understandable? Thoughts anyone?

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Check out GameStop's website and you can pretty much buy any game from the past generation or two - or pre-order anything due out for the next several years. But one thing that's missing from the global retail giant is the ability to buy games prior to the era of the PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube. Want a classic NES or SNES game? Some other classic part of gaming history? You won't find it.

According to GameStop CEO Paul Raines, that's going to change.

"We think there's a vintage sales opportunity, so we're accumulating some inventory," Raines told Verge in a recent interview, specifically pointing towards GameStop's website as the destination for this new venture. "If you go to eBay and look at all of the gaming stuff that's on there, it's unbelievable. Collector's stuff. We've got to be in that business. We will be."

Raines noted his company already has many old school classics, the result of trade-ins over the company's meandering 25-plus year history. According to the executive, there are a few challenges remaining, such as "sourcing the product, the condition [and] the refurbishment," but because the demand is there, the effort to expand the business is seen as worth it.

Raines offered no timetable for this expansion, merely noting his company is "working on some stuff we haven't announced yet." - IGN Article


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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:03 PM

This will probably be a clusterfuck.

The vintage market fluctuates a bit too, so they may run into some issues with that kind of stuff.

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#3 Olengie

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:07 PM

They're probably going to screw up big time, especially if they assume too much and believe they could make a profit by overpricing games people could generally get a more a decent rate.

Gamestop may have some success with the collectors but I'm not quite sure with everyone else.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:08 PM

Wait, they're trying to go into the vintage game market?

Isn't this the company that periodically flushes out older inventory as it's no longer "current", such as the GB/GBC, GBA, GameCube and Xbox, just to name some recent items?

I see this working as well as a screen door on a submarine.

#5 Olengie

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:10 PM

Yeah, that is what they're planning. I always wondered what Gamestop did with their games and this might be one reason. They've been looking at Ebay and seeing the potential profits they think they can make.

I read the comments of the video and loved the examples of the prices they may use.

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#6 Richard Kain

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:12 PM

They intend to sell these items on-line only, and not in any of their stores? Why on earth would I want to go through GameStop for vintage game purchases, when Craigslist and EBay already exist? It's just adding another middle-man, when the mechanics for selling directly through the internet have been well established.

There are already stores in my area that sell vintage games. GameStop was responsible for closing down the vintage game business in the first place by refusing to stock older titles or systems. They aren't winning any points by saying that they are now going to try to get into that business on-line. And they REALLY aren't winning any points by revealing that they are sitting on top of a large vintage game stockpile. They may very well be responsible for the artificial inflation on some titles.

#7 Olengie

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:16 PM

Imagine a whole warehouse full of boxed Earthbounds? :lol:

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:29 PM

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#9 IAmTheCheapestGamer

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:33 PM

Wait, they're trying to go into the vintage game market?

Isn't this the company that periodically flushes out older inventory as it's no longer "current", such as the GB/GBC, GBA, GameCube and Xbox, just to name some recent items?

I see this working as well as a screen door on a submarine.

:applause: I agree 100%(for once) with you.

Imagine a whole warehouse full of boxed Earthbounds? :lol:

Knowing Gamestops' usual 'quality' of their pre-owned games, I'd venture a guess it's more ripped/stained/faded label disc only/cart only copies that look like they were dropped in the bedpan of a person with dysentery repeatedly to coat all portions of it and left to dry in the hot summer sun.

But maybe that's my extreme dislike of the chain showing.;)

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#10 Richard Kain

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:34 PM

Imagine a whole warehouse full of boxed Earthbounds?


:bomb: Grrrrr! It wouldn't surprise me. GameStop took vintage game sales away. Only the most obscure stores still carry my beloved cartridges thanks to those corporate ninnies. This crap just fills me with rage. I need to cool down with some iced tea and a good book.

#11 Olengie

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:39 PM

I think that's the corporate dislike speaking IATCG. :P

I just hate how GS just waste space in their stores.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:48 PM

I think that's the corporate dislike speaking IATCG. :P

I just hate how GS just waste space in their stores.

There's a lot of wasted space, but it's usually between the ears of the corporate goons behind the counter at GS. I find myself running into less and less free thinkers who actually can converse about anything other than what the evil empire tells them to shill for that week/month.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 01:56 AM

Imagine a whole warehouse full of boxed Earthbounds? :lol:


That they will open and gut and sell as "new"?

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 05:01 AM

Like everything they do, this will be horrible and overpriced.

I'm just sad that people who might have these older games and systems will be less likely to take them to thrift shops, yard sales, or craigslist when they can trade them in for seven cents towards the new madden.

Then that copy of Ninja Gaiden 1 for NES goes on the shelf for $34.99 ($31.50 if you're a POWER UP REWRADS CARD MEMBAR)

With the added benefit of the people who still sell on craigslist or yard sales thinking that the Gamestop "VINTAGE" price is fair price to charge for super common NES and SNES games. Stupidity all around.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 05:52 AM

Is there really a market for this now? Its niche obviously and personally I've already played through all those titles and have too big of a next gen backlog to care about taking a trip down memory lane.

Now for all the young bucks out there who have never experienced the original Sonic, Streets of Rage, Super Mario World, Flashback, Out of this World, and even Atari classics...I don't think these games hold up well enough or are approachable enough to entice gamers to buy them instead of a new game for their 360. Games were HARD back in the day!

The day the gaming industry completely dries up of original ideas and lacks all innovation is the day I revisit the Nintendo64 and buy another Dreamcast. Thankfully, I don't think we are quite there yet...

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:22 AM

So Gamestop is now going to be Rhino?

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:41 AM

These games are definitely going to be overpriced since GS basically monopolized the B&M used game market in most of the country.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 01:11 PM

The problem is they'll want collector prices for far-from-collector quality... But look at the bright side, there will be all these "new" vintage games to buy (at least by Gamestop's definition :-P).

#19 Melatonin

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 01:47 PM

It sounds like it could be cool if they do it right. I love buying old SNES games at EB games/Funcoland 10 years ago or so. They were pretty reasonably priced then; some games might be in the $30 range (like Final Fantasy III and Chrono Trigger) but the majority were $5-$10. I'm curious as to how their pricing would compare these days.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 03:20 PM

Now for all the young bucks out there who have never experienced the original Sonic, Streets of Rage, Super Mario World, Flashback, Out of this World, and even Atari classics...I don't think these games hold up well enough or are approachable enough to entice gamers to buy them instead of a new game for their 360. Games were HARD back in the day!


And on top of that, for those who want to play these things and don't have the old consoles laying around, it's easier to just buy them on the Virtual Console/XBLA/PSN than going and buying a vintage console and game carts etc.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 03:27 PM

Is there really a market for this now? Its niche obviously and personally I've already played through all those titles and have too big of a next gen backlog to care about taking a trip down memory lane.

Now for all the young bucks out there who have never experienced the original Sonic, Streets of Rage, Super Mario World, Flashback, Out of this World, and even Atari classics...I don't think these games hold up well enough or are approachable enough to entice gamers to buy them instead of a new game for their 360. Games were HARD back in the day!

The day the gaming industry completely dries up of original ideas and lacks all innovation is the day I revisit the Nintendo64 and buy another Dreamcast. Thankfully, I don't think we are quite there yet...

Yeah. I honestly don't think most modern gamers could fathom having ONE life and no respawns in some games or the epicness of taking a blue dot to a series of green dots to use a yellow dot to unlock the front gate of those green dots, which were apparently supposed to represent a castle or something.

But as for the lack of innovation and original ideas, I'd say we're pretty close to that point now. Many companies just copy the formulas of tried and true games without trying to do anything really new in their versions.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 04:09 PM

Well I can understand last generation (GBA/PS2/Xbox/GCN) titles stockpiling at Gamestop's warehouse, but where did Gamestop acquire older generation titles (NES/SNES/GEN/GB/GBC) from?

Did some vintage gaming store chain go under or get acquired by Gamestop?

I can see this working for Gamestop since most vintage gaming stores are just local ones. I don't know any vintage gaming stores as big as Gamestop.

I'd rather see reprints and ports of older generation games appearing on current generation consoles, but that's just me.

HD collections of PS2 games will stop me from buying the older PS2 games secondhand. Also, would like to see more GCN games ported to Wii/Wii U. I'm still waiting for Time Crisis HD Collection (Time Crisis 2,3, and Crisis Zone)

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 04:22 PM

Maybe they made a big buyout of whatever was left of Hollywood Video/Gamecrazys' "Classic Plastic" before the company went into liquidation mode?

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 04:38 PM

Also, this would work great as online (especially if they offered to ship it to the stores for inspection before you actually bought a game), but I'd also like to see them segregate out "cart only" from "collector items". I (and I'm sure many others) would be more willing to buy and pay a few dollars more if I could be assured of getting better quality stuff. But that would mean no generic cases and NO STICKERS (gasp!).

#25 Melatonin

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 06:56 PM

Now for all the young bucks out there who have never experienced the original Sonic, Streets of Rage, Super Mario World, Flashback, Out of this World, and even Atari classics...I don't think these games hold up well enough or are approachable enough to entice gamers to buy them instead of a new game for their 360. Games were HARD back in the day!



did you really say that super mario world doesn't hold up well today? >_>
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#26 Richard Kain

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:27 PM

Did some vintage gaming store chain go under or get acquired by Gamestop?


Yes. Just about all of them, in fact. GameStop bought out and replaced numerous competitors in their rise to power, and a lot of those competitors carried vintage games. I know Funcoland did, I shopped there all the time.

It's entirely possible that GameStop mothballed a lot of the "non-profitable" vintage material they collected from those acquisitions.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:33 PM

I think this will only work for serious collectors, and they would have to be priced correctly. If gamestop did in fact keep all the funcoland stuff they are sitting on some prime stuff. But it had to be marketed right, and packaged properly.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:00 PM

I have a hard time believing that this will work with the majority of their stores. They're too small already to have all of their games, so I don't know what they'll do if they try to jam even more into those stores. It would probably work best with a few larger specialty stores or through online sales.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:29 PM

I would think that all the funcoland stock was sold years ago when EB's website used to do their wonderous morning updates with super cheap classic games.

Or did that stop after gamestop bought eb? It's been so long I can't even remember a time before they were all one company.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:50 AM

Well I can understand last generation (GBA/PS2/Xbox/GCN) titles stockpiling at Gamestop's warehouse, but where did Gamestop acquire older generation titles (NES/SNES/GEN/GB/GBC) from?

Did some vintage gaming store chain go under or get acquired by Gamestop?

I can see this working for Gamestop since most vintage gaming stores are just local ones. I don't know any vintage gaming stores as big as Gamestop.

I'd rather see reprints and ports of older generation games appearing on current generation consoles, but that's just me.

HD collections of PS2 games will stop me from buying the older PS2 games secondhand. Also, would like to see more GCN games ported to Wii/Wii U. I'm still waiting for Time Crisis HD Collection (Time Crisis 2,3, and Crisis Zone)


They bought Funcoland back in the day, hence Game Informer magazine came with it.

And if I remember correctly they did at one time start taking trades for 8/16 bit games for awhile, I know I saw them instore a few times when I used to visit fairly frequently back in around 2005-ish.

I'm surprised we haven't seen more collections like the Sonic's Ultimate Genesis collection on current systems that collect a good majority of the classic titles from the system (excluding 3rd party of course) and the Virtual Console never lived up to its promise and was too expensive as well.

I wouldn't hold your breath for updates for Time Crisis on current gen, they need to reprogram all of them to work with the Move and Guncon 3, since the older lightguns don't work in LCD TV's, I even own the Gunvari collection which has Guncon 2 support and contains all 3 Point Blank games as well as Time Crisis 1. The PS2 was the system for light gun titles, but we'll (almost assuredly) will never see them on current systems because of the need to put lots of work into them to make them playable on today's systems.
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