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  1. Furniture stores of all kinds are notorious for doing that. Same with TV infomercials and their "limited time only" "limited quantity available" "Must act NOW/FAST!" which often times end up airing for months, and even years. How many years did that Zoobooks infomercial run advertising on Cartoon Network and whatever other channels that if you CALL NOW, You'll get the elephant issue for FREE! (Plus you'll get the colorful collection of animal stickers, AND the Tiger Poster!!!) That was airing when I was in elementary school, and I swear it was still airing when I hit high school, still advertising the free elephant issue, stickers and tiger poster that was supposed to be a "limited time" only. I wonder which aired longer, that Zoobooks infomercial or that 90s Sears air conditioner commercial that aired for many, many, many, many years?
  2. This isn't an Amazon thing, this is essentially every single company. Go spend some time working in a restaurant or grocery store of any kind and see the amount of perfectly good food that is disposed of each and every day, or the stuff that unfortunately gets damaged on the semi truck and/or unloading process. I've also seen situations back in my retail days where the power goes out, stays out too long and we roll dumpsters up and legitimately all the refrigerated, frozen, and any other perishable food and merchandise gets thrown out. All of it. Without going into much detail ,I work in a medical warehouse now, don't even get me started on everything that gets disposed of there...
  3. Master system was more successful then the NES in parts of Europe/parts of Europe, Australia and other random countries across the world like Brazil. USA and Japan were big time Nintendo territory.
  4. Computers are a totally different ballgame compared to dedicated game consoles. Game consoles were very much dead and retailers simply put, were very hesitant and skeptical in stocking them after the crash happened. Go read up on Nintendo's history and read about the development of the NES and the difficulties they faced. Retailers were indeed not interested. Nintendo had to heavily market it as a "toy" rather then a video game console (because at that point when they heard the term "video game" they immediately pretty much had zero interest in the entire thing due to the crash) and they developed and came out with Rob the Robot for the sole purpose to push the narrative to retailers that this thing was a toy and not a game console in order to try and convince retailers to carry their product. Once the NES hit stores and once it started taking off, Rob was very, very quickly dumped & abandoned by Nintendo. Even after coming out with Rob and started showing it off, retailers were still reluctant to place orders for the NES. Nintendo decided to a limited test release in a test market in 1985 (which ended up being New York City) and a week or so before they launched at the FAO Schwarz store in Manhattan, Nintendo's PR team held a launch event and cocktail party and invited numerous people from the media, and almost nobody showed. Hardly anybody cared. Retailers sure didn't care and just about no one had any hope for the product at the time. Initial sales of the NES didn't set the world on fire, but the people that did buy them got massively hooked right from the start, word of mouth started to spread, and in 1986 Nintendo launched in another market (Los Angeles) And brought some more games over Japan (one of which was known as Super Mario Bros, maybe you've heard of it?) and when it finally launched nationwide in 1987, the rest was pretty much history.
  5. Nintendo had 90%+ market share of the entire video game industry in the early 1990s, the Sega Genesis started to eat into it was it was the first legitimate competitor that came along after the NES had launched. You have to factor in that the video game industry was way smaller then in the late 80s/early 90s compared to how much it bigger it was at the end of the 90s and throughout the 2000s. Waiting for the Zapping of Nintendo - The New York Times (nytimes.com) How Sonic Helped Sega Win the Early 90s Console Wars (kotaku.com) Also at the NES peak, roughly $1 in every $5 spent at Toys R us was on Nintendo products and by 1987 Toys R Us stores nationwide were dedicating a couple aisles to strictly Nintendo stuff. (If you're familiar with how retail stores work, shelf space is incredibly hard to get, and even harder to maintain. Having a couple aisles dedicated for just your product in what was the nation's largest toy store at the time not long after it launched in what was considered a dead industry is no small feat) Toys R Us - VG Legacy | Video Game Retailer Considering video games were pretty much dead after the crash in the 80s and retailers were very hesitant to carry video games and Nintendo had a giant uphill battle they had to face to even get stores to consider the idea to even carry the original Nintendo NES in the first place, to say they were quite successful is an understatement.
  6. GTO Red is the one I want (If I do end up deciding that I want to buy one) Tommy has said it'll be a exclusive here as to where I don't believe that's officially been announced yet. I used the search feature and didn't see anything. I also haven't been here very much throughout 2021 so it's very possible that I may of missed it if it was announced at some point.
  7. I just remembered Valve's Steam Controllers too were assembled in the USA (If I had to to take a guess, im sure that many, if not pretty much all of the components were manufactured overseas somewhere though) They made a heck of a video back in 2015 (2) Building the Steam Controller - YouTube
  8. As it stands, I am completely on the fence though that very well could change and i'm still erring on the side of being cautiously optimistic (Though I will admit that i've been losing hope as time goes on) That being said I also understand this isn't completely targeted towards people like me I am completely ok with that (There are plenty of other consoles out there afterall, it's super easy to find something that will satisfy myself) Tommy and the gang have made it clear who they're targeting and marketing this towards. Whether or not they end up successful that remains to be seen, but with that being said i'm not most definitely going to start swearing about it, or becoming hostile over it. And even if it turns out to be something i'm personally not interested in, i'm most definitely going to wish them the best of luck and not root for this to fail or be all negative over it.
  9. I wanna say the Atari Jaguar was manufactured in the US, or at least some of them were. Will have to try to find a source. Jaguar came out in 1993 so I don't quite consider that "the early days" Update:Looks like the Atari Jaguar was manufactured at one of IBM's plants in North Carolina in the US. I don't actually know if they were truly manufactured from scratch here for sure, or just "assembled" together with the actual parts being made elsewhere. (There's a big difference between "Manufactured in the USA" and "Assembled in the USA" IBM to Make Atari's New Video Game : Technology: The $500-million deal will make the next-generation system the only video game made in America. - Los Angeles Times (latimes.com) Atari Get T/W Video for Jags! (atarimax.com) Here's an old thread on AtariAge from 2009, someone stated that later Jaguars were manufactured in Japan at JVC factories, looks like only some of the early units were made in the USA according to them. Interestingly enough someone said their console had a Made in USA sticker while their controller had a Made in China sticker when they first opened their Jaguar back in the day that they got in 1994. made in USA? - Atari Jaguar - AtariAge Forums Now i'm curious, I got a Jaguar myself somewhere packed away in a box somewhere. I'll have to try and find it sometime and see what mine says.
  10. I mean it's got Earthworm Jim which is suppose to be one of the flagship titles and that game has reckless gun violence and grotesque Ren & Stimpy style humor. (Heck, the original commercial from 1994 received complaints from disgusted viewers and it ended up getting pulled in some parts of the US back in the day) I was in too when this was first announced and I heard about Earthworm Jim. At $250 I myself need to see more beyond jazzed up Intellivison/Atari classics and jazzed up mobile games. Keeping an open mind and holding out hope, i'm way more on the fence then I was previously and losing hope as time goes on. I still think that GTO Red colored console looks super cool. More SNES/Sega Genesis style platformers would definitely reignite my interest and make me excited again.
  11. I see they got the GTO Red one there. How was the build quality of the controller? Does it got any weight/heft to it, or is it pretty light?
  12. I just preordered mine! My order number is 40xxx so i'm assuming (?) that they've presold sold 40k+ of these so far! Even if I don't get it until 2023, it'll be well worth the wait! Hoping for 2022 but won't be sad, nor surprised if a delay happens and I get it later then that!
  13. Frys only had 34 locations at their peak, Micro Center has only 25. None are either remotely close to being a national chain. The KB/KayBee Toys and Circuit City name have been sold and changed ownership numerous times since they've gone under, just like the Atari and Coleco names ever since those companies went under decades ago. Typically they're bought by companies that specialize in acquiring dead/defunct brands with grand (and often unrealistic) aspirations for relaunching them (Your copy & paste literally says it Strategic Marks, LLC,[59] a company that buys and revives defunct brands, registered a trademark for KB Toys in 2016, after Toys "R" Us allowed the previous registration to lapse.) and it pretty much never works out. If they manage to get some sort of business going off the ground with the dead name, it typically flops right out of the gate. Although whoever acquired Circuit City from Systemax/Tiger Direct did manage to launch a new online Circuit City webstore.
  14. There is pretty much only 4 remaining national brick & mortar retail chains still remaining that sell video games in the United States. -Walmart -Target -Best Buy -GameStop If you were looking to buy say a Nintendo Switch or PS5 (if you could even find one) today and didn't want to order it online, those 4 stores are pretty much your only options. Toys R Us is out of business. Other nationwide chains that sold video games such as Circuit City & KB Toys are loooooooooong gone and have been for years. Lots of regional retail chains that sold video games such as ShopKo and Frys Electronics have gone completely out of business over the past couple years. Kmart & Sears combined only have like <70 stores remaining combined and I doubt any of the ones still left actually sell any video games (I know Kmart stopped selling electronics completely and dumped their electronics department altogether several years ago) FYE (surprisingly) actually still exists with <200 stores. No clue if they still sell video games. (They're owned by the same company that used to own Sam Goody & Media Play, both of which have been gone & out of business for a very, verrrrrrry long time now) Only other nationwide chain I can think of off the top of my head with video games is Kohls. They sell games and other video game related stuff on their website. Can't ever recall actually seeing games inside of a Kohls before though (Besides Black Friday I believe) So to answer the original question, It'll probably be some combination of those 4 or all of them (Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and GameStop) selling amiico stuff, and not much else. Update:I forgot about membership clubs like Sams Club and Costco. They sell video games.
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