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    Default April 1997 video game ads

    Remember when you were hardpressed to find a computer for under $1,000? Yeah, that waas twelve years ago to the month <_< Look at these ads i dug up from the time when my parents were gettin their first computer. SNES, Genesis, and PS1. We got a computer that same year for only $160

    April 5, 1997


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    Awesome, EarthBound for $30!

    The only computers we had during that time were cheap eMachines that we just added expansions onto.

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    Man, I miss seeing Genesis and SNES in newspaper ads!

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    And Sega is already milking a classics collection....

    I want a $30 Earthbound dammit!
    <Sothy> its the internet <Sothy> who cares

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    Too bad we didn't have time machines to go into the future and see we needed to clean out all the stores of earthbound.

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    Loved looking back at those ads. Those were the same ads that my dad and I would hunt through each Sunday looking for deals on games. Good times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupin View Post
    Awesome, EarthBound for $30!
    And on the flip side, 2Xtreme for $33!

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    Damn, a complete and new copy of EarthBound for $30!!!!

    I miss those old adds with the PS1/Genesis/SNES. Good times.

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    That was great, I love reading these old ads.

    I've got an old Babages catalog from '91 that I should scan. Has Genesis Sword Of Vermilion for only $74.99 and the TG-16 CD Player for $399.99.

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    And then there's the old problem of inflation.
    "If each mistake being made is a new one, then progress is being made."

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    Thanks for the ad scans- cool idea for a thread. In 1997, the closest Best Buy was about 2 and a half hours from me- so I didn't get to see many ads from them. I hope to find a copy of Earthbound as reasonably priced as this some day, if only to see what all the fuss is about.

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    I didn't know Genesis and SNES were still sold in retail in 97. I thought it was all PS1 and N64 around that time.

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    Agreed. Why the hell was I not bugging my parents to buy me $30 EarthBound?!
    (since I wasn't quite old enough for a job then)

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    Quickly! To the DeLorean!

    DP Feedback | Game Blog of Awesomeness! | Seeking out these GCN kiosk discs: Jan 2002, 21, 25, & 29

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    Wow, nice to see the current system (PSX) for under $150. Also nice to see the SNES and Genesis where the PS2 is now, priced about the same. Where's N64?

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    That's a sweet flyer. You should frame it! I miss seeing Genesis and Super Nintendo in these flyers. Those were the good days.

    The Best Fighter in HISTORY!!!

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    I love looking at old ads. I usually keep one of the Gamestop holiday books just so that I can look back at it in 10 years and say DAMMMN! I still have an old Sears ad that has Street Fighter 2 for the SNES for $80. People always complain about how expensive games are today. I always laugh at that. WHat's also funny is that I never even seen a Best Buy until 2002.

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    haha yeah i have a bunch of the gamestop holiday books as well, and as for the nintendo 64, i was wondering where it was as well, in addition to the Saturn...and maybe even virtual boy :P jk jk But yeah, the SNES was still selling through 1997, 'twas when Kirby's Dreamland 3 came about

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    I went to Best Buy a lot around this time to get clearance 3DO stuff....there was a huge cache of big-box Earthbounds w/ the strategy guides under the N64 aisle....9.99 each. I guess they didn't sell at the $30 price. I had considered picking up one or two to for trade bait but I figured they were worthless.

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    There's a site that I came across a while back (perhaps through here) that had scans of a bunch of old catalogs like Sears Christmas Wish Books from the 70's and 80's. Fun to see Atari, CV and Intellivision sold as new.

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