Sears Catalog Video Game Scans (1988,1992,1994)
A while back I came across some old Sears Catalogs, I decided to scan the video sections and rant on about them a bit.
Electronics Boutique January 1987 catalog
This is the oldest catalog I've found so far, from way back when Elbo was still a relatively small chain. Their product selection looked considerably different than what most remember from the 90s.
Electronics Boutique Fall(?) 1987 Catalog
I'm positive this is from 1987 but can't get more specific than that. Whatever the case, this catalog is filled with tons of computer games and a light sprinkling of NES games.
Electronics Boutique 1988 Christmas Catalog
Oddly there are no NES games in this catalog despite them being in the previous one. If you like late-80s PC games though then this is the catalog for you.
Electronics Boutique Christmas 1990 Catalog
The Sega Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, NES, and even Sega Master System all dreamed of appearing under trees this year.
Electronics Boutique Spring 1991 Catalog
Taking a look back at the 16-bit generation before the Super Nintendo arrived on the scene.
Electronics Boutique Fall 1991 Catalog
The second Electronics Boutique catalog of 1991, featuring the Super Nintendo launch.
Electronics Boutique Christmas 1991 Catalog
The Ghost of Christmas Past brings memories of your favorite early 90s video games and computer software.
Electronics Boutique Spring 1992 catalog
I am plowing through my backlog of Elbo catalogs at a frantic pace. This week we're going back to early 1992 when the 16-bit war was going strong and overpriced CD-ROM packages were all the rage.
Electronics Boutique Summer 1992 catalog
For those that would rather sit in the cool air conditioning playing Super Nintendo than getting heat exhaustion at the beach.
Electronics Boutique August 1992 catalog
Hey look at that, it's another Electronics Boutique catalog from 1992.
Electronics Boutique September 1992 catalog
Of all the 1992 Elbo catalogs I've scanned, this is my favorite.
Electronics Boutique October 1992 Catalog
This isn't all that different from the September one but still fun to peruse.
Electronics Boutique Christmas 1992 Catalog
Get yourself in the holiday mood by re-celebrating Christmas 1992.
Electronics Boutique January 1993 Catalog
It's the start of a new year, one that will be filled with some of the best 16-bit games.
Electronics Boutique May 1993 Catalog
The summer of 1993 is just around the corner and the battle for 16-bit supremacy is raging.
Electronics Boutique August 1993 catalog
Jurassic Park was the summer blockbuster of 1993 and this catalog is filled with the various home versions.
Electronics Boutique October 1993 catalog
In a time when Mortal Kombat was the hottest home game... this catalog does not mention it at all. That is one of many odd choices in this catalog from fall 1993.
Electronics Boutique Christmas 1993 catalog
1993 was my second Christmas season working at Electronics Boutique and I remember it well. Mortal Kombat was of course a hot item but the really interesting part was seeing the Genesis vs Super Nintendo console war in full swing.
Electronics Boutique January 1994 catalog
It's time for another trip to the past. This voyage takes us to the first frigid month of 1994 where the 16-bit war was going strong and the PC CD ROM era was just beginning.
Electronics Boutique Spring 1994 catalog
A baseball training camp themed look at the 1994 gaming scene.
Electronics Boutique December 1994 Catalog
The last holiday season when 16-bit consoles reigned supreme.
Electronics Boutique Christmas 1995 catalog
I think 1995 was the greatest year for video games with the Saturn vs PlayStation war, tons of amazing late 16-bit releases, a new era of PC gaming, and some last ditch efforts to save struggling consoles.
Electronics Boutique Spring 1996 catalog
In the spring of 1996 the PlayStation was blooming and Sega's various consoles were melting away like snow.
Electronics Boutique March 1997 Catalog
This is the most 1990s catalog I've found yet. It looks like what would happen if you asked someone to create a 1990s video game catalog today.
Electronics Boutique August/September 1997 Catalog
In the late summer of 1997 the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation are doing well while the Saturn is flailing. Also, for some reason, Barney.
Electronics Boutique Christmas 1997 Catalog
100 pages of memories from Christmas 1997 - the year the PlayStation achieved total dominance and 16-bit consoles faded away.
Electronics Boutique UK Star Wars Catalog
It's the summer of 1999 and Phantom Menace merchandise is completely unavoidable. This short catalog from the UK wing of Electronics Boutique is completely dedicated to the then newest Star Wars film.
Electronics Boutique Christmas 1999 Catalog
Electronics Boutique's 1999 holiday gift guide featured all the latest PC games but oddly lacked the recently launched Sega Dreamcast.
Electronics Boutique Christmas 2001 Catalog
The GameCube and Xbox arrive just in time to distract us from our collective anxiety.
Electronics Boutique November 2003 Catalog
Three consoles are battling it out to win the 2003 holiday season. Meanwhile the last survivor of the previous generation is somehow still kicking and the Game Boy Advance is hitting its stride.
Electronics Boutique Summer 2004 Catalog
This isn't the best quality catalog I've scanned. If you can get past that you'll see the PlayStation 2 vs Xbox vs GameCube battle in its 3rd year.
Software ETC. Christmas 1994 Catalog
Entering a bit of uncharted territory by visiting a store I once considered my mortal enemy.
Captron 1993 Holiday Catalog
I'm not super-familiar with this chain but I still have flashbacks to working video game retail in Christmas 1993 so I've got this covered.
The only things I found interesting in a pile of mid-90s Egghead catalogs
This is likely the most boring thing I've posted on this site.. and that's after skipping the most boring pages in these catalogs.
Mortal Kombat II Behind the Scenes
From the April 1994 issue of VideoGames magazine, short biographies of the Mortal Kombat II cast and some interesting information about the game.
Game Player's Nintendo Strategy Guide
Scans from Game Player's Nintendo Strategy Guide magazines published in the late 80s.
Game Player's Magazine Premiere Issue
A look at the highlights from the premiere issue published in 1989.
Mortal Kombat Ads
Collection of ads for the first two Mortal Kombat games (the only ones that count).
Burger King Nintendo SuperStars
A little activity book from the post-GameCube launch, pre-DS launch era.