Despite the replacement system being out, the original NES had some life left in it.
Super Mario 3 and Final Fantasy might have been a over a year old now but were still two of the best games in the entire store.
Looking at that control deck reminds me that we weren't far away from seeing the top-loader NES.
You never see controllers being sold in two-packs anymore.
Maybe this was the only time you ever did?
If Mega Man 3 was the most recent game in the series to be released in the states then parts 4-6 must have come out right on top of each other.
The storyline of Base Wars seems completely plausible right now. If anything, it'll happen within our lifetimes and not 300 years from now.
The dude with the knife on the cover of Laser Invasion doesn't stand a chance against tanks and helicopters.
Very odd collection of games to group together on this page.
Despite being a launch game two years prior, Super Mario Land is still featured on the first page of the Game Boy section.
And now for another installment of "I'm feeling too lazy to check Wikipedia" - these two Final Fantasy games aren't really Final Fantasy games.
They are from another Square series but were re-branded when they were brought to America.
I want to say one of them is actually related to The Secret of Mana in some way.
This is one of my favorite pages in this catalog because it's a great example of why the Game Boy was successful so quickly.
These were all good portable versions of popular NES franchises.
Tetris attracted a massive mainstream audience, but games like these brought the NES loyalists over.
On the other hand, if the Game Boy library only contained titles like these it wouldn't have lasted long.
And now for the typical assortment of goofy Game Boy accessories.
Let's kick off the Sega Genesis section with a few popular games of the time.
Hmm, I don't recall Sonic the Hedgehog being an arcade game but if Electronics Boutique says so...
I know Phantasy Star III
isn't the most beloved game in the series but I think it deserves a lot more credit than it gets.
If you follow the Phantasy Star scene you'll find its inspired a ton of fan fiction and theories - possibly more than any other in the series.
Star Control really seems like a game I'd get into, too bad it's relatively hard to come by now.
Speaking of games with "star" in the title - it amazes me how obscure Starflight is.
It was easily one of the best RPGs of the 16-bit era.
Maybe it just wasn't marketed right, the cover makes it look rather boring.
The write-up comes across like a simulation which is only half the game.
I forget if I told this story already somewhere on this site but we hooked-up a Game Gear TV tuner in the store once.
This had to be late 1992 to early 1993.
We couldn't get a single station to come in.
It's not like this was out in the stick either, a regular TV antenna at that time would have received more than a dozen stations.
The Lynx was finally at a competitive price to the Game Boy but it was already too late.
It had some great games and has a cult following today.
If I tried to give one of these to my kid she'd throw it at my forehead.
I know it's pathetic but the TurboGrafx-16 is my favorite 16-bit system.
It probably is due more to my non-conformist attitude than the quality of the system.
This selection is a great example of why I shouldn't like this system.
Yet here I am utterly convinced that it's the best system of the early 90s.
What is wrong with me?
I'm pretty sure I mentioned this in the spring 1991 catalog post but I don't remember selling Neo Geo games at Electronics Boutique.
I started working there in the fall of 1992 so I suspect that they dropped it early that year because even after a system was discontinued it was a while before it was off the shelves.
I'd really like to go back and try those old Police Quest games.
I wasn't into PC games back then so it would be great to see how they held up over time.
Here's the first of many AD&D collector's edition sets. They would get re-packaged more times than I can count over the next two decades.
Somehow I did not see Who Framed Roger Rabbit? until 2009.
Time to earn a little hate mail - I probably looked at an Earl Weaver Baseball box 100 times and still have no clue who he is.
I assume he was a baseball coach, but maybe he was a player, or a player turned coach like I think Tommy LaRussa was, or maybe he was just an announcer.
I don't care about baseball enough to even Google it.
Speaking of Google and baseball... I have a Google news alert for the phrase "Cubs eliminated from playoff contention because that's when I know it's safe to start listening to sports radio again.
No delusional Cubs fans interrupting football talk with their fantasies about how the perennial losers are breaking their make-believe curse this year.
I can't tell if Martian Dreams sounds like an incredible game or a complete trainwreck.
It's funny how the early Microsoft Flight Simulator packaging looked like you were buying a copy of Excel.
They probably didn't have separate marketing divisions for productivity and games just yet.
One of the fun parts (for me at least) of looking at these catalogs is trying to find out what happened to all these productivity software vendors.
Between Microsoft and the internet most of them were out of business before the end of the decade.
What happened to the technology and people behind them is often quite interesting.
For example - you've probably never heard of ViruCide but the author went on to start GoDaddy.
That Ashton-Tate Control Room might be the last product developed under that brand.
They were bought out by Borland in 1991.
That particular package looks to be a collection of random software they sold in the 80s tossed into a single box.
I remember a time when Norton Utilities was something you actually wanted because it addressed shortcomings in DOS and Windows.
Eventually Microsoft would make every useful thing Norton obsolete or part of the OS.
Now whenever you buy a new PC you spend hours trying to figure out how to remove all the Norton &%#* that comes pre-installed.
I could make a strong case for classifying the most current version as a virus.
I was surprised to find that RightWriter is still sold online today and has kept up with all the word processors and even some web content management systems.
I was going to check if Kid Pix is still being made today but don't have the courage to type that into Google.
Chris Hansen will probably be knocking on my door before I hit the enter key.
NFL Print Pro is officially the most hilarious product of this catalog.
Yes, I see the Super Mario Electric Crayon below it.
I try to not make fun of too many things in these catalogs.
I scan them because I enjoy looking at them and assume there are other weirdos who do too.
Most of my memories of these items are positive and I try to reflect that.
However, there's no way to say anything nice about the computer hardware prices at the time.
It's not like we thought they were good prices back then, we knew we were getting fleeced.
Case in point, $319.99 for a black and white handheld scanner.
How about $29.99 for a mouse you wouldn't take for free today.
Although I would really like to have the box for that mouse.
You could also spend $299.99 to upgrade your PC with a sound card that would be totally unsupported in a couple of years.
The joystick prices aren't all that zany since you can spend significantly more today.
Sorry, the copy of this catalog I got had a bit of writing on the back.
I get a kick out of these old confusing word processor competitive upgrade packages.
I suppose everyone else will appreciate that CD-ROM bundle even more.
It's a mail order form, whoo-hoo.
Desert Storm was only a few months in the past and already the hastily made games based on it were being cleared out for $1.
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