Toys R Us Wants Your Intellivision Cartridges

Toys R Us Wants Your Intellivision Cartridges

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Toys R Us is expanding its used game trade-in program nationwide and they're not messing around: They're taking everything from the latest hits to dust-clogged oldies for the Intellivision.

That's right, I said the Intellivision. Toys R Us is apparently looking to make a big splash and after launching a used game test program in February, the company is now ready to take just about any game from just about anybody, right across the country. Gamers simply need to take their "used videogames in their original cases, with the original case artwork" to a nearby Toys R Us, where they can be exchanged for a gift card that can be used on any product in the store.

And unlike every other retailer I've ever heard of, Toys R Us isn't focusing exclusively on the latest and greatest; the company is also accepting used games for systems including the Atari 2600, the original PlayStation, the Nintendo NES and Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis and yes, the Intellivision. "This program is designed to make the exchange process completely hassle-free for customers by accepting games from even the oldest systems, including the original Atari 2600 and 32-bit Sega Genesis," said Toys R Us Vice President Bill Lee.

The company won't be selling used games, however; a Toys R Us rep told Joystiq that games accepted for trade-in will be "taken by a third party company that refurbishes them for resale," although we don't yet know who that third party is or who will ultimately be reselling these games.

We also don't know how it's possible to assign any kind of real-world value to games for systems that debuted three decades ago. Unfortunately, as a citizen of the ice-encrusted dominion of the north I'm not eligible for this program just yet, so I need a volunteer to wheel some old crap into a local TRU and see what happens. Anyone up for the job?

Source: Reuters

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Well... Ill take the risk to test this out and trade in my Mortal Kombat for SNES, Fade to Black for PS1 and Ridge Racer also for PS1. If they sell for a good price then Ill be definatly going back.

Cool I guess. I'll test this out with my PS2 and it's library, that is, the ones with all of the packaging. Some of them came without any, so I'm stuck keeping them. I wonder how much I'll get for 20 games and a system?

Malygris:

The company won't be selling used games, however; a Toys R Us rep told Joystiq that games accepted for trade-in will be "taken by a third party company that refurbishes them for resale," although we don't yet know who that third party is or who will ultimately be reselling these games.

I don't like that this part is so shadowy. If I were going to sell my games (which I wouldn't), I'd like to know they're gonna get played again, not gather dust on a shelf.

Also, why sell your Intellivision cartridges? Those things are relics to preserve for the next generation.

I wonder if they will take Commodore 64 games? I have a few of them kicking around complete with original packaging.

How many people do you think kept the original boxes for old cartridge games?

blalien:
How many people do you think kept the original boxes for old cartridge games?

Seriously, almost every kid I knew chucked those cheap cardboard cases out as soon as they got them, even in the last generation with those cheapy cd cases, those got broken fast or replaced by large cd folders.

darn it, i had a ton of intellivision games, oh well now i can't profit off them

*hands over a bunch of Intellivision and Colecovision games*
*receives a 25 cent gift card*

Enjoy.
Honestly, how much could you expect for a handful of old console games?

maddog015:
*hands over a bunch of Intellivision and Colecovision games*
*receives a 25 cent gift card*

Enjoy.
Honestly, how much could you expect for a handful of old console games?

Agreed. Especially when games from THIS generation are worth next to bugger all in a trade-in chances are you will end up with a resounding one penny for your retro games.

They'd be worth more as collectables than anything else.

Although with the old consoles and emulation, I'm sure people have a hard time justifying keeping those old games when they could keep them all on a hard drive--or hell, a USB stick drive.

The irony is that those old games are probably being sold in third world countries as the latest and greatest video game systems.

I fully expect to see in the future those ads on tv where "Pennies a day" can save the life of some little dark-skinned child at the ass end of civilization playing Sonic on a decrepit old Game Gear..

Aren't these "retro" games the only thing keeping independent game sellers alive?

I can't think of anyone who would possibly do this. Why would you want to get next to no money for classic games in their original format?

You don't have to actually trade the cartridges, guys, you can just take them in and have them scanned to see what they're worth. So come on, somebody's gotta step up here.

I guess it is time we finally dig up those E.T. cartridges. They finally have a purpose...

An atari game in an actual case? Ive never seen one in person. Doesn't matter I bet they'll offer you like 2 bucks for them. Thanks I'll keep mine in the attic where they will wait for the apocalypse and we have to reinvent videogames all over again. I'll be ahead of the game muhahahahha *cough*

 

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