Do you miss the days where you spent hours playing Pac-Man or Super Mario Kart? Want to finally get the last piece of the Legend of Zelda’s Triforce? Here’s a look at where to find some of the old school video games that you remember fondly.
Unless your mom wanted to make a few extra bucks at her garage sale, chances are that no one ever bothered to get rid of your old games. Go digging around the house and see what you can find.
If you find your old Super Nintendo but can’t quite get it working, a simple Internet investigation may help you solve the problem. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials that will help get your old gaming systems up and running, and you can also purchase cleaning kits online. Even if the system isn’t salvageable, odds are that your games still work and you just need a new system to play them on.
Second Hand Stores:
Thrift stores, flea markets, pawn shops and garage sales. If you have a specific list of games to purchase, this is probably akin to looking for a needle in a haystack. However, if you’re just looking for some affordable games or an old Sega Genesis, then you could find some hidden treasure.
eBay. If you can contain your excitement long enough for the product to be shipped to you, online auction site eBay will offer the best variety and very competitive prices on games and hardware. Sometimes you can get a really good deal when a seller is offering a system and multiple games for purchase. Amazon is anther resource to use, but actually seeing a photo may not be as easy as finding the game though.
Local Video Game Store:
There are stores that specialize in retro video games, and some video game chains stock old games. These stores may also buy and sell games, so chances of a trade in for what you are looking can be an option. The prices can be a little steeper at these stores, but they have several advantages over thrift shops. Not only will you often find an excellent variety of games and systems, you usually have the ability to trade in your old games for store credit. Plus, many of these stores have return policies in case the game you buy doesn’t work. That’s not usually an option at a thrift store or garage sale.
If you have a Wii, Wii U or Nintendo 3DS, then you have access to Nintendo’s Virtual Console, which allows you to download old games cheaply. Virtual Console doesn’t have every Nintendo game ever made, but it features a solid selection.
The Virtual Consoles games vary depending on which system you have, with the Wii version offering the most games. The Wii Virtual Consoles has tons of games from the NES, Super Nintendo and N64 systems. It also has a few Sega Master System games, an excellent selection of Sega Genesis games, and games from more obscure systems like TurboGrafx, Neo Geo and even a few old Commodore 64 games. The 3DS Virtual Console has games from the original Nintendo Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance and Sega Game Gear.
The same can be said about the playstation network. Sony is rapidly improving the PSN (playstation network), with many classic retro games being brought back to life. A few games are even getting re-mastered or maybe having some additional content added to the experience.
Now that you’ve got some games, enjoy your quality time with the Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog. Just be careful: The same games you found addictive the first time you played them may still have that allure. All-night Zelda fests may make it difficult to get up for work the next day.