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Launch prices

Launch prices (adjusted for inflation)

The Launch Price is the initial price for a video game system. The cheapest was the GameCube and the most expensive was the Neo Geo ($990 inflating to 2006 dollars), accounting for inflation[1]. The Atari 5200 cost $683 in 2006 dollars.

Launch Prices Edit

Consoles Edit

System Released U.S. price Japan price UK price Details
Nintendo Entertainment System October 18, 1985 $199
$249.99
1. Pack-in game (Super Mario Bros.)
2. R.O.B. accessory, NES Zapper, and 2 games, Duck Hunt and Gyromite
Super Nintendo Entertainment System August 13, 1991 $199 Pack-in game (Super Mario World)
Nintendo 64 September 29, 1996 $199
Nintendo GameCube November 18, 2001 $199 ¥25,000 £129 [2]
Wii November 19, 2006 $249 ¥25,000 [3] £179 Pack-in game (Wii Sports) except for Japan
Wii U November 18, 2012 $349 Pack-in game (Nintendo Land)
Nintendo Switch March 3, 2017 $299
PlayStation September 9, 1995 $299 £299 [4]
PlayStation 2 October 26, 2000 $299 ¥39,800 £299 [5]
PlayStation 3 November 17, 2006 $499
$599
¥49,980 / ¥59,980 £425 (60GB only SKU) [6] 20GB / 60GB models
PlayStation 4 November 15, 2013 $399
Xbox November 15, 2001 $299 ¥34,800 £300 [7] Included 8GB hard drive
Xbox 360 November 22, 2005 $299 / $399 ¥29,000 / ¥39,795 £209.99 / £279.99 No hard drive / 20GB hard drive
Xbox One November 22, 2013 $499 Included Kinect unit. Price dropped to $399 after Kinect was dropped.
Master System September 1986[8] $200 ¥16,800
Sega Genesis August 1989 $189
Sega Saturn May 11, 1995 $399 £399 [9]
DreamCast September 9, 1999 $299 £199 [10]
Atari 2600 July 1977 $199
Atari 5200 1982 $269
Atari 7800 1986 $139
Atari Jaguar November 1993 $249
Mattel Intellivision 1979 $299
ColecoVision August 1982 $175 Pack-in Game (Donkey Kong)
TurboGrafx-16 August 1989 $199
Neo Geo 1990 $649
3DO October 1993 $699

Handhelds Edit

System Released U.S. price Japan price UK price Details
Game Boy July

1989

$89
Virtual Boy August

1995

$179
Game Boy Color November

1998

$69
Game Boy Advance June

2001

$99
Nintendo DS November

2004

$149
Nintendo 3DS March

2011

$249
PSP March

2005

$249
Playstation Vita February

2012

$249
Atari Lynx September

1989

$179
Sega Game Gear April

1991

$149
Sega Nomad October

1995

$180
TurboExpress December

1990

$249
Game.com September

1997

$69
Neo Geo Pocket August

1999

$69
WonderSwan March

1999

¥4,800
N-Gage October

2003

$299
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External linksEdit

References Edit

  1. http://most-expensive.net/video-game-console-system
  2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1976825.stm
  3. http://wii.ign.com/articles/732/732644p1.html
  4. http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=64356&page=2
  5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1038613.stm
  6. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6474045.stm
  7. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1936791.stm
  8. Computer Entertainer, February 1987
  9. http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=64356&page=2
  10. http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=64356&page=2

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