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Year1982198819901992199319961997200019961997200020032006200820102013
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Inflation Multiplier2.411.971.781.661.611.481.451.351.481.451.351.271.161.081.071
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Generation122 - 32 - 3334 (carts)4 (carts)4 (CDs)4 (CDs)4 (CDs)55 - 6667
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Racing
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Game (High)Activision Grand PrixRC Pro-amSuper Hang-On (Gen)Super Off-RoadSuper Mario KartDirt TraxWave Race 64 (N64)Vigilante 8: 2nd OffenseNeed for Speed (PS)Red Asphaltformula One '99PGR2Need for Speed: Most Wanted (360)GRIDGran Turismo 5
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Price$27.99$39.99$46.95$54.99$54.99$59.99$69.99$74.97$59.99$49.99$58.66$49.99$59.99$59.99$59.99
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Inflation-adjusted$67.46$78.78$83.57$91.28$88.53$88.79$101.49$101.21$88.79$72.49$79.19$63.49$69.59$64.79$64.19
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Game (Low)Rad RacerAl Unser Jr. turbo RacingF-ZeroRoad Rash IIDiddy Kong RacingStar Wars Ep. 1 RacerNeed for Speed (Saturn)Grand Tour RacingGran Turismo 2Indycar SeriesPGR3Baja InternationalBlur
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Price$29.99$44.95$49.99$47.99$49.99$29.99$42.99$49.99$39.99$39.99$49.99$39.99$49.99
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Inflation-adjusted$59.08$80.01$82.98$77.26$72.49$40.49$63.63$72.49$53.99$50.79$57.99$43.19$53.49
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RPG
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Game (High)Destiny of an Emperor (NES)Final Fantasy IIPhantasy star IIISuper Mario RPGLegend of Zelda Majora's MaskD (Saturn)Magic Knight RayearthFinal Fantasy IXFinal Fantasy X-2Final Fantasy XIEternal SonataFallout Las Vegas
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Price$49.95$69.99$61.99$69.99$59.99$57.99$49.99$49.99$49.99$49.99$59.99$59.99
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Inflation-adjusted$88.91$116.18$99.80$101.49$80.99$85.83$72.49$67.49$63.49$57.99$64.79$64.19
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Game (Low)Ultima ExodusDragon Warrior III (NES)Dragon Slayer (turbo Duo)Beyond the BeyondLegends of DragoonArc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits Metal SagaLost OddessyFinal Fantasy XIII
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Price$49.95$54.99$47.99$29.99$39.99$39.99$39.99$39.99$39.99
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Inflation-adjusted$88.91$91.28$77.26$43.49$53.99$50.79$46.39$43.19$42.79
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Action
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Game (High)Donkey Kong (Intell)Coba Command (NES)Strider (Gen)Night Creatures (TG16)Magical Quest: Starring Mickey Mouse (SNES)Donkey Kong Country 3Toy StoryCastlevania: Legacy of DarknessJumping Flash (PSX)HerculesMetal Gear Solid 2Enter the MatrixKameo (360)Mirror's EdgeSuper Mario Galaxy 2
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Price$34.99$44.99$67.95$59.99$64.99$59.99$79.99$79.97$59.99$49.99$49.99$49.99$49.99$59.99$59.99
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Inflation-adjusted$84.33$88.63$120.95$99.58$104.63$88.79$115.99$107.96$88.79$72.49$67.49$63.49$57.99$64.79$64.19
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Game (Low)Pitfall (Atari)Bionic Commando (NES)Duck Tales (NES)Green Dog (Gen)Little Mermaid (Gen)Yoshi's IslandMaui MallardBanjo TooieCrash BandicootCrash Bandicoot 2Tenchu 2Devil May Cry 2Tomb Raider Legend (PS2)LEGO BatmanJust Cause 2
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Price$27.99$34.99$29.95$44.95$39.99$52.99$44.99$49.99$42.99$39.99$39.99$39.99$39.99$49.99$39.99
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Inflation-adjusted$67.46$68.93$53.31$74.62$64.38$78.43$65.24$67.49$63.63$57.99$53.9865$50.7873$46.39$53.9892$42.7893
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Fighting/Brawler
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Game (High)Karate Kid (NES)Double Dragon IIStreet Fighter IIStreets of Rage 2Ultimate MK3 (SNES)Killer Instinct GoldPokemon StadiumVirtua Fighter 2 (Saturn)Soul BladeTekken Tag TournamentDBZ Budokai 2Dead or Alive 4Naruto: Ultimate Ninja StormWWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011
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Price$34.99$49.95$69.99$64.99$69.99$69.99$59.99$69.99$49.99$49.99$49.99$59.99$59.99$59.99
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Inflation-adjusted$68.93$88.91$116.18$104.63$103.59$101.49$80.99$103.59$72.49$67.49$63.49$69.59$64.79$64.19
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Game (Low)Mike Tyson's Punch-out (NES)Wrestlemania ChallengeEvander Holyfield (Gen)Double Dragon IIIForeman For Real (SNES)Street Fighter alpha 2ECW Hardcore RevolutionUltimate MK3 (Saturn)Vs.X-Men Mutant AcademyTekken 4DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi (Ps2)Dragonball Z Burst LimitSuper Street Fighter 4
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Price$29.99$44.95$49.99$47.99$39.99$59.99$39.99$52.99$49.99$27.99$29.99$44$49.99$39.99
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Inflation-adjusted$59.08$80.01$82.98$77.26$59.19$86.99$53.99$78.43$72.49$37.79$38.09$51.04$53.9892$42.7893
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Adventure
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Game (High)Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (Intellivision)Simon's QuestManiac Mansion (NES)Legend of the Mystical NinjaWing CommanderHarvest Moon (SNES)Jet Force GeminiDiscworld (PSX)Treasures of the DeepTomb Raider: Last RevelationLegacy of Kain: DefianceElder Scrolls IV: oblivionPrince of PersiaHeavy Rain
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Price$34.99$44.99$54.95$59.99$64.99$59.99$67.83$59.99$49.99$58.66$49.99$59.99$59.99$59.99
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Inflation-adjusted$84.33$88.63$97.81$99.58$104.63$86.99$91.57$88.79$72.49$79.19$63.49$69.59$64.79$64.19
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Game (Low)Haunted House (Atari)Advgentures of Link (NES)A Boy and his BlobLink to the PastWilly Beamish (Sega CD)Flashback (Jag)Roswell ConspiraciesDragon's LairTail of the SunFear EffectLegend of Zelda: Wind Walker King KongBanjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts
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Price$24.99$37.99$19.99$49.99$59.99$29.99$39.99$39.99$39.99$39.99$39.99$29.99$39.99
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Inflation-adjusted$60.23$74.84$35.58$82.98$96.58$44.39$53.99$59.19$57.99$53.99$50.79$34.79$43.1892
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Shooter
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Game (High)B-17 Bomber (Intell)Legendary Wings (NES)Solar Jetman (NES)Desert StrikeSuper Conflict (SNES)Defender 2000 (Jag)Goldeneye (N64)BattlezoneKrazy IvanDuke Nukem: Total MeltdonTime SplittersMax Payne 2Call of Duty 2CoD: World at WarCoD: Black Ops
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Price$39.99$34.99$49.95$49.99$59.99$57.99$69.99$49.99$59.99$49.99$49.99$49.99$59.99$59.99$59.99
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Inflation-adjusted$96.38$68.93$88.91$82.98$96.58$85.83$101.49$67.49$88.79$72.49$67.49$63.49$69.59$64.79$64.19
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Game (Low)Yars' RevengeTop GunSuper CGI Joe Atlantis Factor (NES)LHX Attack Chopper (Gen)Space Harrier (32X)Virtua Cop 2 (Gen)Army Men: Air CombatVirtua Cop 2 (Saturn)Alien TrilogySyphon Filter 2Max Payne 2 (on sale)Splinter Cell: DA (Cube)Army of Two
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Price$27.99$29.99$39.95$44.95$47.99$29.99$42.99$39.99$42.99$24.99$39.99$29.99$34.99$49.99
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Inflation-adjusted$67.46$59.08$71.11$74.62$77.26$44.39$62.34$53.99$63.63$36.24$53.99$38.09$40.59$53.99
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Sports
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Game (High)Mattel Football (Atari 2600)Blades of Steel (NES)Tommy Lasorda BaseballJohn Madden '93 (SNES, Gen)MLBPA Sports Talk Baseball (Gen)NBA Hang Time (SNES)NBA Hang TimeMario Tennis NBA Live '96 (PS)Madden '98 (Saturn)Madden NFL 2001 (PS2)NCAA March Madness '04MLB 2K6NBA2K9EA MMA
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Price$29.99$49.99$54.95$57.99$64.99$69.99$69.99$54.99$59.99$49.99$49.99$49.99$59.99$59.99$59.99
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Inflation-adjusted$72.28$98.48$97.81$96.26$104.63$103.59$101.49$74.24$88.79$72.49$67.49$63.49$69.59$64.79$64.19
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Game (Low)Activision Tennis (Atari)Baseball (SMS)Play Action football (NES)Hole in One GolfNFL Sports Talk Football (Gen)Triple Play '96 (Gen)NBA Live '98 (SNES)Tony Hawk Pro SkaterNHL Face Off '97Madden '98WWF SmackdownAND1 StreetballFace BreakerMadden 11
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Price$19.99$29.99$44.95$39.99$53.99$49.99$49.99$49.99$42.99$34.99$44.99$29.99$49.99$49.99
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Inflation-adjusted$48.18$59.08$80.01$66.38$86.92$73.99$72.49$67.49$63.63$50.74$60.74$34.79$53.99$53.49
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Other
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Game (High)Bomb Squad (Intell)Wheel of Fortune (NES)Klax (Gen)Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego (Gen)Sim Earth (SNES)Williams Arcade Greatest Hits (SNES)Pilotwings 64Mario Party 2Williams Arcade Greatest HitsOddworld: Abe's OddyseeKaraoke Rev: Country (PS2)Animal Crossing: City FolkKinectimals
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Price$39.99$39.99$46.95$59.99$69.99$39.99$69.99$49.99$49.99$49.99$39.99$49.99$49.99
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Inflation-adjusted$96.38$78.78$83.57$99.58$112.68$59.19$101.49$73.99$72.49$46.39$53.99$53.49
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Game (Low)Reversi (Intell)Monopoly (SMS)PinBot (NES)Populous (SNES)Battle ClashTheme Park (Jag)TetrisphereWorms ArmageddonLemmings (PS)Intelligent QubeViva Pinata Trouble in ParadiseEyePet
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Price$19.99$29.99$19.99$29.99$39.99$24.99$59.99$49.99$39.99$39.99$39.99$39.99
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Inflation-adjusted$48.18$59.08$35.58$49.78$64.38$36.99$86.99$67.49$59.19$57.99$43.19$42.79
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Nominal Average (High)$34.66$41.66$52.70$60.37$63.37$59.66$69.99$62.22$59.74$49.99$52.47$49.99$54.99$58.74$58.74$59.99
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Inflated Average (High)$83.52$81.59$93.81$100.21$102.02$88.29$101.49$86.35$88.42$72.49$70.83$63.49$63.79$63.44$62.85$59.99
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Nominal Average (Low)$24.19$31.85$36.84$45.61$48.24$37.99$51.32$42.85$43.56$38.74$38.99$36.66$38.42$44.99$43.32$59.99
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Inflated Average (Low)$58.30$62.74$65.57$75.70$77.67$56.23$74.42$57.84$61.52$56.17$52.64$46.55$44.57$48.59$46.36$59.99
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