Friday, January 8, 2010

Declutter Your Living Space: Old Video Games

Whether you're a hardcore video game fanatic or a casual gamer, you've probably accumulated some hardware over the years. Maybe you still play it. Maybe it's packed away in your closet. Whatever the scenario, there's a space-saving alternative:  Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console.

The Virtual Console allows Nintendo Wii owners to download their favorite games on a variety of platforms including NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Turbo Grafx 16, Neo Geo and even Commodore 64! So instead of holding onto the original consoles and games, you can maintain your library in digital format.

The catch: In order to download the games you already own, you'll need to purchase them again ($5-$10 each). Why would you pay for a game you already own? Keep reading...

Download only the games you REALLY want.
Of all of the games you've collected over the years, how many do you play on a regular basis? How many have you played in the past year? Five years? If your answer is none or not many, you probably don't want to download them again as you won't miss them. You'll always have the option to download them later if you so choose. Note: Keep in mind, not all of your classic games may be available on the Virtual Console...yet. The database is constantly growing as Nintendo adds new games every week. Keep an eye out and your favorite will likely pop up.

Recoup your money. Sell the old stuff.
Seriously. This is your opportunity to break even or even make money on the deal. There are people out there who want to buy your old games. Ebay and Craigslist are your best bets for making a sale. As a point of reference, I sold my Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Genesis, and Gamecube (the Nintendo Wii supports GameCube discs) for around $300. While that amount doesn't come close to what I originally paid for all of those games,  I barely played any of them anymore - they were just sitting around collecting dust and depreciating in value. In the end, I had enough money to download my favorites from the Virtual Console with some cool cash left over... and room to breathe.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh the clutter! I get so mad at game systems that just sit and collect dust. I sometimes say "I"m going to sell that on e-bay" but time passes and I get bothered by the process. I have to take a picture of it, I have to put it on e-bay, I have to watch the bids, and then I have to ship it! Sometimes the thought of all that just overwhelms me. All the time spent on worrying about getting rid of the system causes the system to stay on the dusty shelf. Any suggestions?