Four Reasons You Should Keep Your Old Video Game Systems
Game Boy Advance SP, we'll never quit you.
When companies release video game systems, consumers often trade/sell the old ones to cut down on clutter and make some money. We certainly understand that logic, having sold a bunch of dusty and neglected portables and consoles to pay for the new flavor of the month.
That said, we also suffer from separation anxiety. It's tough to part with a handheld that gave us so much joy, especially when it results in a modest sum of cash or store credit. At the end of the day, you need to decide if the $10-$20 is worth it.
With this in mind, we strongly suggest hanging on to your old systems, even if you currently have no intention of using them again. Here's why.
You'll eventually miss using it
The human mind is a funny thing. One second, you'll have no interest in owning a system, and the next, you'll crave it. Even worse, this sudden desire strikes without warning.
Case in point, the Sony PSP. Over the past few years, we parted with the system and games in preparation for the Next Generation Portable. Then, all of a sudden, we had the urge to own one again. The result? Shiny new PSP-3000s and multiple games, some of which we used to own. We would have saved a lot of time and money hanging on to the old stuff.
Limited backwards compatibility
History proved you can't always rely on hardware manufacturers to deliver backwards compatibility. The PS3 played PS2 games until Sony nixed that feature, and Nintendo eliminated Game Boy Advance support from the DS.
You should also consider the potential negatives of going digital. Consumers that sold their PSPs to upgrade to PSP Gos couldn't play Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep and Lumines, neither of which were made available on PlayStation Network.
More affordable in the long run
Eventually, publishers stop producing systems and games to make room for new ones, and this is where you stand to benefit the most. Just look at the PSP. With NGP on the way, you can find a lot of retail copies of games for $19.99 or less. Contrast this with PlayStation Network, where the video game publishers control the prices of games. A UMD may cost $6.99, in comparison to a $29.99 digital version on PSN.
We've seen the same exact thing with the GBA. You can drop $50 and come out with five to ten quality games that you may have skipped several years ago because they originally retailed for $30 a piece.
You collect video games
This should go without saying, but don't sell important pieces of a video game collection unless you have a justifiable reason. It's a decision you'll always regret, especially if those games/consoles/handhelds go up in value.