Buying A Neo Geo Pocket, From GameStop, In 2009

It's not every day that you're able to walk into a 21st-century GameStop, hand over $50 and walk home with a Neo Geo Pocket Color, almost ten years after SNK stopped making the thing.

But that's exactly what happened to reader Steven this past week, a casual conversation with some friends at a local GameStop leading to a search of the nationwide retailers database for, of all things, a Neo Geo Pocket Color. Turns out it pays to search for obscure consoles, because instead of being told there were "0" in stock, as you'd expect, the search actually discovered there was "1" in stock (pre-owned, of course). And not just "1", but five games to boot.

So orders were placed, and whaddya know, the system wasn't lying; Steven swung by the GameStop on Saturday to pick up his order, which consisted not only of a working Neo Geo Pocket Color, but Pac-Man, Fatal Fury: First Contact, Samurai Shodown 2, Metal Slug: 1st Mission, and Neo Turf Masters.

All for $48. Nice work, Steven.

Buying A Neo Geo Pocket, From GameStop, In 2009