With chip shortages and the high cost of Game Paks, it’s no wonder that video store rental shops are seeing a huge increase in demand for NES games. For just a fraction of the cost kids can go in and rent a Nintendo game for a couple of nights. That might not be long enough to save Princess Zelda from the evil clutches of Ganon, but it’s a great way to sample a title before plunking down the asking price of $40-$50 per game.
Some of the bigger rental outlets have the entire NES catalog of games to choose from, which is also important because some of the older titles have been discontinued and can’t be purchased at most stores. The downside is that many of the games often don’t come with the instruction booklets, so you’ll have to learn on your own.
Smaller locations are popping up everywhere. Don’t be surprised to find NES game rentals at your local gas station or grocery stores!
The Times News Idaho | May 12, 1989: