Here’s a random Electronics Boutique catalog from the early 1990s, probably 1992 based on the games that appear in it. The catalog was stored separately from the rest of my magazines, so it could have come with an EGM or, I got it from a store.
Compared with the March 1993 catalog, the Super NES is selling at the higher price of $179.99, and also appears second to the Sega Genesis. Since the Super NES was released in summer of ’91, it would seem that EB felt it hadn’t hit its stride yet. There’s also a large section dedicated to PC software, and even PC hardware (a handheld scanner cost $379.99!).
I feel a strong sense of nostalgia when I look at this catalog, probably because this was still early on in the 16-bit era. At this time, I don’t think I even had an SNES yet, since Street Fighter II was still only available as an arcade game. I had just finished my first year of high school. My world was pure video games. It was a simpler time.
As always, I hope you enjoy this museum post.
Electronics Boutique Early 1990s Summer Catalog (PDF, 40.5 MB)