Wii will miss U (Image: Nintendo Life / Zion Grassl)
Video rental stores like Blockbuster might have thrown in the towel a number of years ago, but in North America, a chain by the name of Family Video was still operating right up until the end of 2020.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and lack of movie releases, the family-owned company founded in 1978 has now been forced to close more than 250 of its remaining stores. The company will hold liquidation sales – with movies, video games and more up for grabs. Here’s the parting message:
Obviously, for gamers of a certain era, it’s a sad day. Before digital gaming was a thing, this was one of the few ways to play and discover other games (and even new ones) without buying them or resorting to borrowing a friend’s copy.
This cuts deep. I’ve been shopping at @FamilyVideo since I was a wee lad. I still remember the moment I picked up Lunar: Silver Star Story on PS1 off the shelf! Almost wish I could fly back home to be with you during your final moments. https://t.co/k2CMOawiwJ pic.twitter.com/EaF8Rs3MJ1— Zion Grassl (@ZionDood) January 5, 2021
Did you ever hire out games from this video rental store? If you’re old enough, share your memories in the comments below.