Discussion in 'Video Games and Technology' started by Paladin, Apr 15, 2010.
By chance does anyone know of any stores (online or otherwise) that specialize in older video games?
I used Gamecrazy for older games, if they didn't have a game you wanted they would look up all the other stores in the country and have it mailed in for you.
I use two stores by where I live called The Game Store and Game Trader. Neither are online at the moment. The Game Store is wicked awesome. They accept and sell any and every system and their games.
Game Crazy closed most of their stores (all of them in Philadephia), and whispers say the rest are hanging on by a thread.
True, they closed my store too.
It sucks as they always had really decent prices on NES games. The Game Store is a bit more expensive. Game Trader doesn't keep a huge selection like the other two did, but their prices aren't too bad.
Not to mention the specials they would have from time to time on classic games. Pick any three for 20 or later on 10. I got a couple of nice SNES games that way.
I think the best bet for classic games is rummage sales and flea markets. If you find a stand at flea market that isn't run by a store you can find some really good deals.
there are 3 stores i go to:
the oldest is GameXchange (in my state, been around since mid 1998), they have a number of classic games and systems (and movies dvds). exist in multiple states.
a relatively new store is play'n'trade (in my area mid 2008). they have forum site, and have lower prices, do not know if the have online purchasing. exists in multiple states.
THE best place (for gamers, comic bock collectors, classic toys[transformers] and all that other geeky stuff) is Vintage Stock.
HUGH collection of classic and new games (among other things)
find a closest store. if you go there and ask for a game that is not in that store, they will check which closest store has a copy, you pay the retail and 5 bucks for S&H, they will ship the game to your house and refund the 5 bucks as instore credit.
I always prefer vintage game shopping in person, or on eBay.
I've not yet found an online site that meets my vintage gaming needs.
All the chain stores are terrible. Game Xchange and Game Crazy seemed to have ok selections when I had been there in the past. But if you are looking for anything vintage that isn't NES, SNES, Genesis, or N64 then you aren't going to have too much luck in those places.
We have a local chain called Slackers which is terrible. They have several boxes for games on display, but they keep the boxes when you purchase. That one just blew my mind. Prices are a little ridiculous as well, but this place also sells movies, music, toys, and other miscellany. I guess all marketed toward the flip side of that Hot Topic coin that just worships the ground that Kevin Smith walks on. I feel doucheyness growing on my skin just being in that store.
The best places I have always found were those one off mom and pop game stores that don't have much of an online presence. Seek those out in your area, or an area that you may frequent. You may be surprised at both the selection and the prices you find.
If you need an online shop with good vintage gaming stuff, I use eStarland - New and Used Video Games & Anime Merchandise - Starland. Everything from the 2600 on up is there, with games, replacement hardware and parts all available.
Joe, thanks for the link.
many of classic game prices are half of what vintagestock asks for. time to check this.
It's a shame you can't go to Japan. Vintage game stores there are INSANE. There was one called "Super Potato" in Akihabara Electric Town that was blasting Super Mario Bros. music out into the street during opening hours and had giant "sprites" of the game characters decorating the front side of the building.
Amazon.com has a lot of vintage games for sale in their marketplace. I've picked up several over the years.
My local shop is http://1upgames.ca . The guy who runs it is pretty nice, and its a pretty good shop.
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