GameStop Wants You To Trade In All Those Dusty, “Retro” Consoles, Games & Accessories

Nostalgia is all well and good, but it won’t change that dust-coated Nintendo you’ve had sitting around into anything useful. GameStop, on the other hand, says it wants to do just that with the pilot of a new “retro” consoles, games and accessories trade-in program in two cities starting April 25.

About 250 stores in New York City and Birmingham, AL will be accepting “games, systems and select accessories for most ‘retro’ platforms,” reports IGN, reaching back to the Nintendo Entertainment System.

If people seem to like it during this initial run, the company may launch it nationally “later this year.”

Included in the list of systems and accessories: the NES, Super NES, SEGA Genesis, PlayStation, N64, and SEGA Dreamcast.

“We will bring all of the product back through the Refurbishment Operations Center for inspection, testing and repair,” before putting the items up for sale, GameStop told IGN, which will take about two months from trade-in to the time it goes up for purchase. This is to give the company “time to build up a good assortment for retro games fans to select from when shopping.”

A spokesperson said the retro consoles will likely have the same warranty as current used and refurbished consoles.

There will be no aisles teeming with digital blasts from the past, however, as items will only be for sale on either GameStop’s website or through its web-in-store system. So much for that actual walk down memory lane.

*Thanks for the link, Dessa!


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