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Toys 'R' Us Taking Used Games, Even Old Ones

The used games business, while still ruled by GameStop, is now getting bigger than ever. Gamers looking to trade in old games to help pay for new ones now have more choice, as Toys "R" Us stores nationwide in the U.S. are now accepting used games.

What sets Toys "R" Us from nearly all other major businesses is that it'll be accepting game titles from almost any system, including classics like Intellivision or Atari 2600.

Of course, if you have games that old that you want to trade in, you had better kept the original box, as Toys "R" Us wants used video games in their original cases, with the original case artwork.

If you have that, then all you'd need to do is bring your games to a Toys "R" Us Guest Services desk, where your games will be scanned and prices will be offered for individual titles.

Games traded in will have their values converted to an activated gift card that can be used to buy anything available at any Toys "R" Us or Babies "R" Us location or online at

"The video game trade-in program is another way we're providing customers with additional value when they visit our stores," said Bill Lee, VP Divisional Merchandise Manager, Toys "R" Us, U.S.  "This program is designed to make the exchange process completely hassle-free for customers by accepting games from even the oldest systems, including the original Atari 2600 and 32-bit Sega Genesis."

Hopefully increased competition in the used games market means better values given back to gamers. But if the idea of dealing with humans for trading in old games isn't appealing to you, maybe you can find a machine to help you near Wal-Mart.