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How Much Does a Nintendo Entertainment System Cost?

low costUsed NES Console/Bundle: $30-$200average costRefurbished: $90-$200
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The Nintendo Entertainment System was first released in the United States in 1985 and it essentially began a gaming revolution. It was an 8-bit gaming system that used chunky game cartridges and corded game controllers. In 2009, IGN[1] called it the best video game console of all time. As the Super Nintendo game system, the NES' successor, eclipsed the popularity of the original, Nintendo finally phased out the NES system in 1994. The game system is still popular as retro gaming is seeing a resurgence.

Typical costs:

  • NES consoles are available used through online auctions sites, retro gaming stores and shops that sell used games, such as GameStop. Typically, original NES consoles sell for $30-$200, depending on which games and accessories are included. Consoles on the more-expensive end of the spectrum generally include games and additional accessories, while the less-expensive consoles typically include only the console itself.
  • Consoles bundled with games and accessories (such as Duck Hunt and the Zapper gun) typically sell for $30-$150 on auction sites, but buyers are faced with an "as is" caveat on many of the auctions listed. The less-expensive consoles typically include fewer accessories than the more-expensive consoles, which often include a selection of games.
  • Some retro gaming stores sell NES consoles that are refurbished but carry limited guarantees. For example, DK Oldies[2] sells NES systems for $90-$200, depending on which components are included.
What should be included:
  • New NES consoles sold in the 1980s generally included the console, a power cord, a TV hookup and an RF adapter. All pieces are required to make the system run properly. (Most HDTVs sold today are not compatible with all of the components of a retro game console such as the NES.)
Additional costs:
  • Games for NES systems vary based on popularity. Some games can be purchased for $2-$7; other games such as Super Mario Bros games or Donkey Kong games can cost $10-$50 per game cartridge. Some highly sought games can sell for thousands of dollars[3] .
  • Accessories such as used game controllers and Zapper guns typically sell for $5-$20. Accessories that were not produced in such great quantities are hard to find and can be more expensive. For example, Nintendo's R.O.B robot accessory[4] generally sells for $50-$100, in various conditions.
  • Some new game systems are compatible with retro games and are available new in stores. For example, Urban Outfitters sells a Retron 2[5] gaming system that is compatible with both NES and Super Nintendo games. It sells for $65. The model is made by HyperLink, a manufacturer of game consoles compatible with older, discontinued systems, and does not come with any games.
  • Retro gaming outlets such as DK Oldies[6] also sell new NES-compatible game systems such as Yobo Group's FC Twin console[7] , Retrobit Duo[8] systems or Hyperkin's Retron[9] systems. The NES-compatible systems work with any original NES game but are made from new components. They look and function similarly to the original NES console, and occasionally are packaged with an assortment of games[10] , depending on the retailer.
  • Used game stores such as GameStop allow customers to trade in unwanted games for store credit on future purchases or cash. Typically, the store credit choice nets a higher return on trade-ins.
  • Some sites such as[11] offer tips for repairing malfunctioning systems.
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