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Article 8—Kay•Bee Sales Flyer (1996)

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I don’t usually feel pangs of nostalgia when I see sales flyers with ads for PlayStation
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games…but I know of people who do, so here you go. The PlayStation was only a few months old when Kay•Bee held this particular sale, during which you could have scored Street Fighter: The Movie for only $44.99. I do have fond memories of the “longbox” PlayStation era, however, and several of the games pictured here—particularly Jumping Flash! and Zero Divide—were among my favorites at the time.

The last page features Nintendo hardware—the Virtual Boy, the Game Boy and the Super NES—along with new software for the latter two systems. It’s kind of a shock that
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the suggested retail price of new SNES games like Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest was apparently $64.99. I can’t remember the last time I paid that much for a game that didn’t come with a special controller or “collector’s edition” bonuses.

Also note that Sega products are conspicuously absent from this flyer, despite the fact that several of the PlayStation games depicted on the inside pages were also available concurrently for the Sega Saturn. I remember hearing that Sega had alienated Kay-Bee by not including the chain in the list of retailers who would carry the Saturn at its surprise launch in mid-’95. I wonder if the lack of Sega products in this brochure is evidence of that strained relationship.

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