Toys R Us, the place many of us received some of our favorite fighting games and action figures growing up, is now closed for good

What's your favorite memory?

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 29, 2018 at 6:25 p.m. PDT

I remember getting up the weekend or so after Christmas every year growing up and being just as excited as I was on waking up on December 25th because my father would take us up to the city to go to Toys R Us and spend my Christmas money on whatever I wanted.

We didn't have the store in our town, so a trip to Toys R Us was typically reserved for that Christmas time and sometimes my birthday if I got a new video game console or large toy like a bike or Megazord.

The store felt like such a special place, a place filled to burst with things catered towards kids. Sure there were clothes and other boring stuff, but it was the only place I found so many different Power Rangers toys and so many video games I had never heard of before, like Metal Gear Solid and Wild Arms. It was also the only place I saw weird accessories and special items like the GameShark and maybe an arcade stick or two.

I'd spend most of my time standing in the video game section looking at all of the different games that our Walmart didn't carry and flipping through the latest Nintendo Power of PlayStation Magazine before finally making the tough choice as to which game I wanted. Taking that card up, paying for it at the register and heading over to the special window to pick up your game made it feel somehow more unique and exclusive, but that is now an experience of an era passed.

Toys R Us shut its doors today for its remaining stores after the company announced it was liquidating its assets for its remaining 700+ stores back in March of this year. The place that we perhaps got our first or favorite fighting games growing up or went to our first gaming or card tournament is no more.

The company filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in Fall of 2017 though they pledged to keep their doors open following the announcement. After a weak holiday season, Toys R Us announced plans to close 180 stores in January before the final decision fell in March for the brand that has been around for over 70 years.

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More than 30,000 workers are said to be without a job now since the company was unable to recover from its $5 billion debt from a leveraged buy out.

While the United States and Puerto Rican shops are now closed, the Canadian branch of Toys R Us" apparently says it will remain open and is "here to stay and play."

Hashtags like #ToysRUS and #IDontWannaGrowUp are currently trending on Twitter with people saying goodbye to the place of play and sharing some of their fondest memories of visiting the store as a kid or with their kids.

Pat the NES Punk took to Twitter to say goodbye to Toys R Us and sing their full jingle one last time, "I don't wanna grow up. I'm a Toys R Us kid..."

On a brighter note, it is being reported that an anonymous buyer purchased $1 million worth of the store's remaining toys to donate to local children.

Let us know down in the comments section what's your favorite memory of Toys R Us is and your favorite game you picked up from the store.

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