Here’s what happens to DS and 3DS games you don’t buy

Thursday, 19th June 2014 14:39 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Where do unsold DS and 3DS games go to die? A landfill like E.T. The Extraterrestrial? Are they recycled? A dispersal through second and third hand stores across the world? The first, actually, once the gold is scrapped out of them.


As you can see in the picture above, submitted by a Reddit user, a large 48″x48″x48 box (that’s (121cm x 121cmx 121cm for those in the UK) called a Gaylord after the Gaylord Container Company is filled with unwanted Nintendo DS and 3DS games.

The Reddit user who submitted the picture works in an e-recycling warehouse and saw the box of unwanted games at his buyers place.

“The only value is in the gold scrap,” he noted. “Looked to be like 75% iCarly 2, with some others mixed in. I’d guess they simply couldn’t be sold.”

According to the Redditor, the box weighed around 1,200 pounds (545 Kilos).

Likely once the gold is taken out, what can be recycled probably is and then the rest tossed in the ground like most trash.

Thanks, Nintendo Life.



  1. seireitei

    Trade them in at CEX!

    #1 1 month ago
  2. Hcw87

    ”called a Gaylord after the Gaylord Container Company”

    Whoever came up with that name is (not) a genius.

    #2 1 month ago
  3. ManuOtaku

    @Hcw87 well theres the energy drink GAYtorade and it has a free pass, so no biggy.

    #3 1 month ago
  4. kingsuperdustin

    @ManuOtaku It’s called Gatorade. After the Florida Gators.

    #4 1 month ago
  5. Hcw87


    It’s Gatorade.

    #5 1 month ago
  6. polygem

    who said thor is gay?

    #6 1 month ago
  7. Obernox

    Hey, hey, we’re all GAYmers here ;)

    Gaylord seriously made me chuckle though.

    #7 1 month ago
  8. Stephany Nunneley

    @Obernox The guy who owns the farm adjacent to mine is named Gaylord and it’s his first name :)

    #8 1 month ago
  9. Obernox

    LOL, the kid inside me wouldn’t be able to say his name with a straight face :D

    #9 1 month ago
  10. polygem

    that´s totally bad ass!

    #10 1 month ago
  11. polygem

    wait, that ass reference, no pun intended – i mean – in the context…oh well, that just made it worse :D

    #11 1 month ago
  12. Game Hunter

    Saw the name “Gaylord”and foresaw the incoming mockery comments.

    #12 1 month ago
  13. DoubleM

    Seeing as you’ve become Kotaku lately, you could’ve also used the name “Gaylord” in the title for more page views.
    Headlines like “The 3DS games you don’t buy goes to a GayLord” or “You don’t believe what a Gaylord is doing with your 3DS games” really fit in your site right now.

    #13 1 month ago
  14. monkeygourmet


    A missed opportunity! :D

    #14 1 month ago
  15. ManuOtaku

    Sorry guys it was a poor attempt of a joke. :’-)

    #15 1 month ago
  16. monkeygourmet

    Or a list article:

    “10 things you won’t believe we found stuffed in a Gay Lord…”

    #16 1 month ago
  17. sebastien rivas

    if those games had any value whatsoever, do you think publisher would still throw them away.

    This is a pure example where we see the real value of a piece of plastic tied to a smaller piece of silicon and bits of poly alloy or plain metal where it can be lost/destroyed or sold by the pound

    So still 40 bucks a 3ds game is right value?

    #17 1 month ago
  18. truekeitaro

    In any warehouse an open ended cardboard box that’s at least 3 foot tall is called a Gaylord. Idk why everyone is like omg lol gay lord huehuehue

    #18 1 month ago
  19. OmegaSlayer

    @DoubleM you deserve a standing ovation LOL

    On a more serious note, it sucks that the plastic is not properly recycled

    #19 1 month ago

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