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

By Stephany Nunneley
19 June 2014 14:39 GMT

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.

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