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I'm looking on the net, apparently not many people care about this stuff, but I'm interested to know specifically how much the NES was when it came out, and how much the games cost ... as well as other video game systems. I'm just curious.

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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2008, 03:46:27 PM »
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Nintendo released the NES in two different bundles: one at $249 with the R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy) unit, two controllers, a lightgun, Gyromite (a R.O.B. game), Duck Hunt, and Super Mario Bros., and the other set at $199 with controllers and Super Mario Bros. The NES was a huge success and was soon outselling competing systems (which at the time was only the INTV, the Sega Master System, and the Atari 7800) by a ten-to-one ratio.

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The system was redesigned and sold in the United States under the name Sega Master System in June 1986, less than a year after the Nintendo Entertainment System was released. The console sold for $200.


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In 1987, Sega announced a North American release date for the system (under the name of Sega Genesis) of January 9, 1989,[13] making it the second console to feature a 16-bit CPU (the first one being the Mattel Intellivision) and the first to feature single-instruction 32-bit arithmetic. Sega was not able to meet the initial release date and U.S. sales began on August 14, 1989 in New York City and Los Angeles[14] with a suggested retail price of US$200 at launch. The Genesis was released in the rest of North America on September 15 of the same year with the price reduced slightly to $190.

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The N64 was released with two launch games (Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64) plus one in Japan (Saiky? Habu Sh?gi). The N64's suggested retail price was US$199 at its launch and it was later marketed with the slogan: "Get N, or get Out!"

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The Saturn was released at a high price point of US$399 (Sony announced a US$299 price for the PlayStation at E3 itself, as a response to the Saturn's earlier release). Sega set the price high to capitalize on sales from early adopters who were willing to pay a premium to have the first machines available.

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The PlayStation was launched in Japan on December 3, 1994, North America on September 9, 1995, Europe on September 29, 1995, and Australasia in November 1995.The launch price in the American market was US$299

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Sega Dreamcast launched in the U.S. on Sept. 9, 1999 at the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $199.

Sony Playstation 2
The PS2's launch price was $299 but eventually lowered to $199

XBOX
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North America - US$299 (November 15, 2001, Launch Price)

Nintendo Gamecube
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At launch, the GameCube console, which retails for $199, is available in indigo and jet black colours.
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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2008, 03:52:43 PM »

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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2008, 05:51:21 PM »
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1990: SNK NeoGeo - $649

lol, yea... but how cool would that've been in 1990!?  :D

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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2008, 12:13:00 AM »
I love how the 3do, beat out everything for the number 1 spot on the price list, even the neo geo.
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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2008, 12:19:57 AM »
It amazes me how this time around, the PS3 and 360 are both selling for outrageous prices compared to the average ($199 for most of the systems on that list) ... if the video game industry has any hopes of living they need to cut that shit out.

Thanks for the lists, this is interesting :D

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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2008, 01:07:53 AM »
You should include the inflation rates side by side with how much each released console costs ...

$200 in 1977 might well buy more than $400 today.
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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2008, 01:13:36 AM »
Well yeah but ... this time the price has still increased, inflation or not. It's just ridiculous to me. If a system was sold for $200 back then, and it's really $400 now ... why sell something for $400 now? :(

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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2008, 01:19:51 AM »
If you think about it, the price of Sega (except the Saturn) and Nintendo's system went down over time even though they stayed at $200 because of inflation.  The Wii probably costs less than the NES did with today inflation applied.

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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2008, 01:26:45 AM »
True :)

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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2008, 03:13:07 AM »
But the wii is based on old technology. It launched for $80 more than the gamecube which is 7 year old and the system seems no better.

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Or slightly more than the xbox...
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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2008, 04:16:47 AM »
The Wii is an exception unto it's own.

There's been no other manufacturer which has been able to sell old technology at such an inflated price, and still sell out everywhere.

The Wii may seem affordable comparatively, but they could've just as easily made the motion sensor pad and controller a gamecube add-on.

But they couldn't have made as much money off of doing that ;).

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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2008, 04:17:51 AM »
The Wii may seem affordable comparatively, but they could've just as easily made the motion sensor pad and controller a gamecube add-on.

But they couldn't have made as much money off of doing that ;).
And it wouldn't have sold.  Being Sega fans, we should all know that add-ons do not sell :).

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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2008, 06:55:37 AM »
the 3DO is still worth that price over the PS3.

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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2008, 09:07:14 AM »
lol, yea... but how cool would that've been in 1990!?  :D

For real.  I wanted one enough to sell my left fucking leg in 1990.  This was back in the day when Arcades were still where the cutting edge of gaming was felt.  Owning a Neo-Geo essentially meant that you had an arcade in the house.  It was a real arcade machine.  So $649 was worth it, as you were definitely getting what you paid for...most of the time.  A lot of games sucked, and all of them were expensive as hell, and still are to this day.  But there was no home version  Metal Slug in 1996...unless you had a Neo-Geo.  Fatal Fury?  Samurai Shodown?  Shock Troopers?  Last Blade? Shit, even Waku Waku 7!  All worth it, to have those original carts.  But like I said, still an expensive hobby - and the Neo-Geo is only going to get more savagely collectible.
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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2008, 09:15:21 AM »
the 3DO is still worth that price over the PS3.
youve lost it, CoD 4 makes the ps3 better than that PoS by default.

its sad, its going to be hard to take anything from you seriously after that comment.
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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2008, 09:17:54 AM »
CoD on the PS3?  Interesting.
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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2008, 03:28:29 AM »
Why is that? the 3do has better games and isnt made by sony.

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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2008, 03:56:13 AM »
The 3DO wasn't that bad...  it was just way too much money.

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Re: How much did Video Game Systems cost the day they first came out?
« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2008, 03:58:56 AM »
better games my ass,  looking over a list, most of the games that even sound remotley familer were on everything from the ps1, saturn, even the snes and genesis.

i mean, hate the ps3 all you want, but theres no way the 3do is better than it.

not to mention it launched for $100-$200 more, 13 years earlier.

id take a freaki9ng jaguar over the 3do, at least it had an avp game.
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