American man traded his limited edition Pikachu Nintendo 64 in the box, an original NES in the box, and several SNES retro video games. In return, he got $700 and a Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom-themed Nintendo Switch. The exchange occurred at Hey Bro Video Games, a store located in Houston, Texas, which posted the deal to Instagram and Twitter.
The video was quickly shared by users who expressed the client was being “robbed.” Some of the comments and tweets show users with screenshots of the Pikachu Nintendo 64 console being priced at 850 dollars on online websites. “Can’t believe my dude got robbed in broad daylight like this” reads one of the comments.
After the video went viral, the Kotaku website attempted to make contact with Hey Bro Video Games. The store assured they had not noticed the post was so popular, and they were also not interested in seeing the comments. On a similar note, the store affirmed they just shared the video so that users were able to see they could get money or current consoles in return for their retro products.
But was the man on the video really robbed? According to Kotaku, if the money in cash and the Nintendo Switch OLED are taken into consideration, the total would be an estimate of $1060 USD. On the other hand, the total value of the retro products that were used in the ex-change have an estimate of:
- Pikachu Nintendo 64 ― $350 USD
- NES in the box― $250 USD
- Super Mario 64 ― $100 USD
- GoldenEye 007 ― $75 USD
- Mario Kart 64 ― $120 USD
- Super Mario All-Stars ― $60 USD
- Super Mario Kart ― $75 USD
In total, that is around $130 dollars, so it can be said that it was actually a fair deal. However, the value of these retro video games and consoles is subject to vary and even be more expensive depending on the condition of the products and some other financial aspects, such as the time value of money.