This is a weird catalog for me because I don't remember Captron being a full store. In 1988-ish there was a Captron kiosk in Lakehurst mall that sold NES games and had demo systems running on a timer. It was awesome then suddenly gone. I guess at some point it turned into a real store and was then gone for real.
This is not just a holiday catalog but an "excellent" holiday catalog. It doesn't feel very Christmas-y though. Lots of great items in it either way I guess.
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Page 1 - I wonder if they have Madden games?
Page 2 - Clay Fighter is one of those games that had sequels but I don't remember anyone ever buying it.
Page 3 - I hear I'd like Act Raiser 2 but this catalog description isn't helping. There are a few other odd descriptions in here coming up.
Page 4 - Future generations will just assume John Madden is the inventor of football.
Page 5 - Storing the extra wide EA boxes has to be a top 10 annoyance of Genesis collectors today.
Page 6 - The comment I made about Clay Fighter, same for Chuck Rock.
Page 7 - This page only reminds me that they don't have many Sega CD games listed.
Page 8 - There are about 100 things better about 1993 than 2018 (when I posted this) - one of them is in 1993 you could release an average Star Wars product and you never heard anyone complain. I came to the conclusion earlier this year that social media was a mistake and I'm standing by that statement.
Page 9 - I have to assume Hi-Tech paid for this page.
Page 10 - I'm declaring this "best page in the catalog".
Page 11 - I possibly have the only guide to Dungeon Explorer II on the entire internet and I'm fairly confident the name "King Blade" never appears in it.
Page 12 - Star Fox was the first Super Nintendo game to sell a million copies? Not including pack-in games I would have guessed Link to the Past.
Page 13 - A key selling point of the redesigned NES was apparently that it was harder to damage.
Page 14 - Pre-release Sonic CD box art sighting.
Page 15 - So it's not $3 off any game, just $3 off any game in the catalog? The staff must have loved answering that question 200 times a day.
Page 16 - I challenge anyone to tell me what Dino-Dudes is about based on this description and the screenshots.
Page 17 - Hmm.. there really should be like 10x more Mortal Kombat coverage in here.
Page 18 - Really fun Street Fighter artwork on this page.
Page 19 - I just want to note that those are really awful joysticks.
Page 20 - Another 1993 > 2018 comment - multiple NFL licensed games competing with each other.
Page 21 - Why is it always Chicago with the mean streets?
Page 22 - All my favorite parties have Thomas the Tank Engine and automatic weapons.
Page 23 - I don't even want to think about what these Street Fighter II watches go for on eBay.
Page 24 - You know things aren't going well for the 3DO when the games are listed below the cleaning kits.
Page 25 - "50x the speed of conventional PCs"? I don't see that holding-up to any test.
Page 26 - "The Art of the Kill" is a game title due for a comeback. Just the name, not a remake of the 1993 game. I guess it could be both.
Page 27 - Word Tales and Hell Cab go together pretty well.
Page 28 - My brain blocked out Terminator Chess. I'm sure I saw it in 1993, not sure if anyone bought it.
Page 29 - On all of these articles I have to note how insanely popular the Links game and add-ons were. Sports games always get ignored when talking about video game history but they are such a huge part of it.
Page 30 - Either I'm getting sleepy or this has two page numbers.
Page 31 - Alright, so this is why I never saw a full Captron store.
Page 32 - Nothing says "Christmas" like a full-page Dracula ad.