Get A Look At The Video Game Black Market From The Early '90s With This Bootleg Game Catalog

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The Video Game History Foundation has shared a look at what the video game black market looked like in the 1990s. On Twitter, the nonprofit organization focused on preserving the history of video games shared images of a mail-order catalog selling bootleg Nintendo cartridges with multiple games on them.

The catalog from Games Unlimited Company offered cartridges with multiple games, ranging from 16 to 110 games on a single cart. The Video Game History Foundation noted that these games were likely coming from Canada because the flier mentions not being able to get the games “without a plane ticket to Canada.” The 110 game cartridge cost $138, which is slightly more than one dollar per game, a steal in the 1990s and in 2021–literally.

The flier also advertises the Game Genie, which was barred from sale in the United States at that time. The organization also shared a Game Genie ad where Camerica “thanked Canada” since that was the only way for an American to acquire the device at the time.

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