The "Magic" of Gaming Bargains

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I grew up in the 2000s, so it was common for Walmart stores to have a bargain bin with video games for around eighteen dollars. In some cases, gamers could get a three-video game bundle for about twenty-one dollars. Unfortunately, this concept disappeared around, say, 2013 or 2014.

When I was a kid, I remember taking trips to Walmart specifically because they carried cheap video games, and these bargain bins would be surrounded by other kids. It was an unforgettable experience.

Of course, these were often lower-quality games. However, there was also times when these bins held AAA video games, that had been released about three years earlier. So, these weren't lower-quality video games at all. For instance, I remember "Spyro: Orange" was about ten dollars for Game Boy Advance.

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For my eleventh birthday in 2007, I went to Walmart and my dad said "pick out any game you want." So, I ended up finding 2003's "Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life" which is now part of the growing, "Story of Seasons" franchise. In terms of the magical video game bin, I found the game for about eighteen dollars. This "Harvest Moon" game was initially released in 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube, but was once again published in 2004 for the PlayStation 2. People liked the game so much, Marvelous Interactive made sure it was available on other platforms.

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I was at Walmart in Mount Pearl last week, and found myself in the electronics section. Not surprisingly, Walmart offers some great products. When I started looking at the video games, I realized there were stacks of bargain games. The video games were not in a large bin this time, but there were games for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch- some as cheap as fifteen dollars. I don't believe the large bargain bins will return, considering we are still living in the age of COVID-19. However, I truly hope bargain video games for Nintendo Switch continue to be available for myself, and other gamers going forward.

Do you remember these video game bargain bins?

Thank you and stay safe,


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