Every time Gamestop removes another aged system's games from its shelves, we die a little bit inside. Not that older games are particularly cheap at the stores, but it's often better than shopping on eBay.
Now Gamestop CEO Paul Raines has revealed to Polygon in an interview at the first ever Gamestop Expo that the company is considering selling "vintage" games on their website. Apparently when old PS1 and N64 games go off the market at Gamestop, they don't just get thrown away.
"We've got them," Raines said. We're picturing a warehouse like in Raiders of the Lost Ark. "We think there's a vintage sales opportunity, so we're accumulating some inventory. It's a big idea, and there's a few problems with it. The first one is sourcing the product, the condition, the refurbishment, all that stuff. But there's a customer for it. And we're working on some stuff we haven't announced yet.
"If you go to eBay and look at all of the gaming stuff that's on there, it's unbelievable. Collector's stuff. We've got to be in that business. We will be."
He wants to make Gamestop cool again, apparently: "We've got to be a destination for gamers where, for cool stuff for gaming, you've got to go to Gamestop," he said.
If Gamestop can sell SNES games at a decent price, then we're all for it. When was the last time you saw Super Mario World at a swap meet or local game shop for under $20? What do you think of Gamestop going vintage? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter.