Retrovolve researches N64 cartridge MSRPs to remind readers how much those old games used to cost.
up here in Canada some N64 games were $99.99 I remember buying San Francisco Rush and it cost me like $115 after taxes.
$115? Holy crap! You were quite the dedicated gamer! I'm curious to know if you have any old receipts or ad scans for games from that era? I'd love to see them!
I don't have anything personally, but I am sure someone could dig something up. Not all games cost that much mind you, but they were definitely more expensive than games now.
I didn't get one at launch, but a friend did with 3 games. It was $75 each game. I remember being like "holy balls that's expensive".
I have a receipt for final fantasy x but no n64 stuff. It was £44.99 which is about the same now. I Remember street fighter 2 and toy story costing upwards of £100 on megadrive.
Holiday prices in Canada http://i.imgur.com/CtdmzmA....
this highlights the entitlement attitude many gamers have that whine about game prices, length of games, if a game doesn't have online or doesn't have a single player campaign in an online game, and dlc. ask yourself this, how much did it cost to make those games back then compared to now? so of course they are going to utilize things like dlc to try and get consumers to pay more. its because there is a price cap many have thats been engrained in what we think prices should stay at. just like game consoles and how hard it is to sell any over $400.
Old receipts? Horder. They were $50 right.
Yeah, I think my parents had to pay about as much for Perfect Dark. No wonder I only had 5-6 games for my N64 and spent so much time at my local rental store...
Likewise I had about four games: Legend of Zelda OOT, Star Wars, Super Mario 64, Bomberman 64. It had never crossed my mind that these games were like $40-$60 back during that time period.
I couldn't get an N64 at launch because of those prices. I got a PS1 instead. But I did get one. I can't believe cartridges were so pricey. I have a copy of MK on Genesis and there is still a price sticker for $89.99!!!!
Could I get a scan of that cover with the sticker on it? I'd love to explore the game price thing more deeply and do a follow-up piece. I think it's an important piece of gaming history that's often mis-remembered. I find it fascinating to think about how much we were paying for these things back in the 90s.
I remember when I got my N64 with super mario 64 which was £60 and Turok for £70. My parents bought them back then. I can't believe the prices they cost. My concept of money wasn't that great back then i'm really surprised they bought them for me now
I think Pokemon Stadium was $120 before tax lol.
I believe Pokémon Stadium was £59.99 in the uk when I came out. Got it for my birthday, was soo happy :P
Doom 64 was like 139.99$ at Walmart Canada back then. That was the most ridiculously priced game they had. My friend also got Ocarina of Time for a little more than 99$. All in 1990s money.
An I thought £59.99 for Goldeneye was expensive ;)
The original turok was $119 at Walmart in Canada. I bought it a year later for $20
If you guys thought N64 games were expensive at launch, try being a Neo Geo fan. I remember paying $150 or more for the "true" arcade experience. The most expensive game I bought for the N64 was Killer Instinct Gold for $79.99.
A lot more than kids these days think.
tomb raider for ps1 cost me £44.99 t launch, last of us ps3 cost me £38 at launch, considering inflation that is a big reduction.
They were not cheap. I paid 69.99USD for Mario 64 when it released in 1996. Nintendo was stubborn about the use of CD-Roms but I think the N64 still had a quality selection of games despite the cartridge prices.
Yup that is why I only had like 3-4 games total for the N64 :(
Lol exactly I started out with only two games. Mario 64 and Pilot Wings 64. Good thing Pilot Wings had good replay value compared to SM64.
I couldn't even afford a game at all when I first got it haha, had to settle with borrowing my mates mario 64, could have been worse I suppose ;)
it's funny how people forget how expensive games were even before the ridiculous N64 prices, and games then took much less time to develop.
Most in the UK cost 59.99 pounds. The N64 had horrendous textures but instant loading. Rare did well
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It was crazy. I was just looking at my 15 N64 games the other day after playing Mario Party with my kids. Thinking "man each of those games was over $80 canadian and the system was about $350 too. That is alot of money spent sitting there!" Not to mention the expansion cart for memory adn the extra controllers. I am almost scared to tally up all my old games and systems I still have. Probably could have bought a sweet car or a down payment on a house!
Yeah prices used to be crazy back in the day, but you also got a FULL game with as little bugs & glitches as possible (at least the majority of the time.) Nowadays games look cheaper but you aren't getting the FULL game and bugs & glitches are a handful.
Older games had much less code and didn't have online capabilities which eliminates a number of potential glitches.
Wow, so inflation adjusted, 1993 prices: $59.99 in 1993 is $98.82 today $69.99 is $115.29 today $79.99 is $131.77 today! With all the bitching about DLC today, A full retail game plus season pass is still cheaper than these prices!
Actually it's much higher then that. Inflation is massively under reported. It's been averaging 8-15 percent the last 15 or so years, and before that, it wasn't much better. Look around, most of the things that you bought, say Sept 10, 2001 are now about double to triple the cost. If we really had 2 percent inflation, the thing would cost you about 25 percent more thirteen years later...not 200-300 percent. Remember folks, don't use gov't numbers for inflation. Use something like ShadowStats. Games are much cheaper today, especially the 10-20 indie titles. Also we shouldn't forget that the cost of making videogames (not programming, but manufacturing) is a ton less. Back then you had to actually build a cartridge, put in a circuit board, and put memory chips in them. Then we went to CD's which are dirt cheap, but you still have to put it in a box, artwork, ship it, and sell it for cheaper then MSRP to retailers. Now you have things like Steam/Origin/Uplay where you pay $59.99 for a digital copy. On PC, devs actually get about $10 more per copy, since they don't have to pay the Sony/MS $10 fee per disc. So yeah, games are a ton cheaper, but let's not forget gaming didn't start with the N64. There really were days a new game was $30 (or cheaper), especially in the mid-80's after the '83 game crash. You could find all that shovelware for about $2-5 sitting in bargain bins for the rest of the decade. But newer games were about $30. NES games were in a range from $34.99-49.99. So it's a pretty crazy dynamic. The costs of producing and shipping the actual games has dropped off massively from Cartridges to digital downloads, but meanwhile our dollar has lost a crap ton of it's value. But then again, making video games used to be a much more lucrative business because it used to be higher margin. Now the profit margin is a lot less and they try to make up for it by selling millions upon millions of copies. So they used to make a ton selling cartridges/floppy disks for money worth a lot more, by selling many fewer copies. Now they make a decent amount of profit by selling DVD/digital downloads for money worth a lot less, by selling millions upon millions of copies. Games didn't have to sell billions of dollars worth of copies to be a huge success.
That 8-15%/year figure is nonsense. I remember what I paid for some items in the early 90s and the calculator I used gives results today in the right range. Yes some things inflated at a faster range, like oil and healthcare, but others have not, and some are even cheaper, like tech. I was born in the 70s, I know what an 'inflation problem' looks like, and what we have today is nothing like that.
In New Zealand new release to 2-3 year old 16bit Megadrive games were $149-$159 on average. Honestly young gamers don't know how good they have it now.
I picked up a copy of "advanced BMX simulator" (codemasters first title) on the Commodore 64 for £2.99 brand new. £15.00 was the most you could spend on a new game at the time. P.S. Advanced BMX simulator was one of the best games I played on the system.
Now add in inflation and compare them to the 60$ games that we have today. :I I loved my N64 but the games were so expensive compared to my PlayStation games.
Cant say about N64 but I remember buying Spyro 2 for PS1 and it cost me 60-100 of our (finnish) money before we switched to euros. Supposedly 1 euro was worth 6 of our old money but the actual price conversion was 1=1 either way. Either PS1 games were incredibly cheap or pricey at the time.
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