Man when I like turned 12, we didn't have a Software|Etc. in Lima yet. TRU was like, the main place to get games locally. WAY moreso during the SNES era though. Now, KMart used to have a good stock of used stuff, and KBToys or Service Merchandise had some things too. Walmart and Meijers were great for PSX/GB/GBC stuff here but not so much SNES.
LOVED Funcoland, but the only ones I got to much were in Columbus, OH or Florence, KY. Dayton had a Funco till I was like 20. That was weird.
I'd buy GB games from Target on vacation. Lima still doesn't have a Target. Columbus has... 3 or 4.