As newer consoles are released, GameStop phases out their support for older ones, but that is about to change. A spokesperson for the company has revealed that 250 GameStop locations in the New York City and Birmingham markets are going to start accepting trade-ins on retro games, systems, and accessories. If the venture proves profitable in these test markets, GameStop will expand this program nationwide later this year. Retro systems accepted will include NES, Super NES, SEGA Genesis, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and SEGA Dreamcast.
GameStop will begin accepting trades on retro products in the test markets on April 25. It’s expected that there will be about a two month delay in between when they start accepting retro products and when they’ll begin selling them, because all products must first go through the Refurbishment Operations Center for inspection, testing, and repair. This is expected to increase the library of GameStop games by about 5,000, but the retro products won’t be sold in-store. Instead, you can buy them online or through the web-in-store system. All retro consoles will have the same warranty as GameStop’s other refurbished consoles.