Toys R Us Takes Used Game Initiative Nationwide; Accepting Atari 2600, Intellivision Games

Following a test program, retailer Toys R Us rolled out a used game initiative to all of its U.S. locations today, enabling gamers to exchange their old titles for in-store credit.

The program supports "more than 25 current and classic systems," ranging from the Atari 2600, Intellivision and Sega 32X to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. The only stipulation is that games need to be in their "original cases," complete with original artwork.

"This program is designed to make the exchange process completely hassle-free for customers by accepting games from even the oldest systems," said VP Bill Lee.

However, Toys R Us will not be putting the used games on it shelves, as it did during the recent test program. The company told Joystiq that trade-ins "are taken by a third party company that refurbishes them for resale."

The trade-in process, similar to every other one out there, is outlined below:

-- Used video games in their original cases, with the original case artwork may be brought to a Toys"R"Us Guest Services desk.

-- Games will then be scanned and prices will be offered for individual titles.

-- Gamers confirm that they want to accept the offer to exchange any, or all, of the games they brought to the store.

-- Once the transaction is complete, customers receive an activated gift card equal to the total worth of all games traded.

-- Immediately upon receiving the gift card, customers can purchase any product from iPods and toys to candy and diapers at any Toys"R"Us or Babies"R"Us location or online at

From The Chatty
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    September 10, 2009 9:52 AM

    Atari 2600 games in their original cases, huh? Good luck with that. Too bad... I'd love to see classic games for sale in more stores and I don't care if it's in the original package so long as it plays fine.

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      September 10, 2009 10:03 AM

      Good luck with that. I had loads of SNES games that didn't save anymore because the battery ran out. :| (I atleast think thats the case)

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        September 10, 2009 11:19 AM

        maybe battery replacement is part of the refurb

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