Just imagine for a second it’s 1996, and Christmas Holidays are around the corner. What would you ask your parents as a gift? A Nintendo 64 of course! And this video shows the most weird way to ask for it to your mother!
Earlier this year we reported the announcement of the RetroN 4, the multi-retro-compatible console by Hyperkin. But since then, the guys at the American manufacturer have continued developing, believing on the power of retrogaming (we love them!); so the RetroN 5 has been announced.
Using old G.I. Joe figures, Dan Polydoris known as the Chicago Toy Collector picked some classic Activision games from the Atari 2600 and custom made something incredibly amazing. He specifically chose Activision games due to their particularly memorable characters and recognizable box aesthetic, using each character’s color scheme from the game. The results are just awesome!
We really love everything it’s about video games, but the fact that we are from the 80s makes us really sensible to the retrogaming subject. In fact we’re not just gamers, but also avid collectors, and a part from that retro games are cool!
So why don’t help others londoners, or just people passing by the city, to find and locate the very few places where they can phisically buy retrogaming stuff? No reason not to help, so here’s our secret spots.
Dispite what you might think, London is not the best place on earth where to buy retro games, and the best option is always the internet, but still, the excitement of touching, rubbing and smelling something you’re going to buy, especially if it’s a 20 years-old cartridge, is something the internet will never replace.
So getting started, the major places where you can get retro stuff are essentially three.
The first place is a retrogaming dedicated store called Retro Game Base. It’s located in Stretham (South-West London) and could be easily described as London’s retrogaming heaven.
From the outside you would think much of it, but once entered your eyes will shine and your mouth watering. A not so small room completely filled with gaming goods from the very beginning of gaming history till a generation ago.
Everything sold here is in quite pristine conditions and every single item has been tested by the expert staff of the store. This is definitely the best you can get in London and you won’t regret the trip till here.
What about prices? Well, we have to admit that the prices of consoles are average, not too expensive nor cheap, but games and especially accessories, spare parts and peripherals are absolute bargains! If you’re looking for something specific, like a specific region conole (i.e. Japanese Dreamcast) and it’s not in stock you can kinda order it and the next one coming it’s yours.
Don’t forget to take a look (and than dry your mouth) at the little glass case just under the till, containing all the most valuable and rare items!
Also, they got some arcade cabinets and modded Xbox free to play!
Interested in paying a visit to this little piece of paradise? Below you can find the address and all relevant links and contacts (make sure to frequently check their Facebook page for the latest arrivals!):
Retro Game Base
430 Streatham High Road
Streatham, London SW163PX
TEL: 020 3489 6146
The second place where you can find some retrogaming goodies in London is not a dedicated store, in fact it’s actually a music intruments shops. It’s called X Electrical and it’s based in Hammersmith (West London).
So we said music instruments…what’s the dead? Well, from the outside yes, but if you look closer, the shop window displays some random Mega Drive and N64 cartridges! This is exactly how we firstly found it. We decided to enter just to ask what was the deal of the window and boom! “Secret” back room full of retrogaming (but also current gen) stuff!
Store staff is really kind and if you ask they’ll open to you all the displays to let you touch the goodies. They got plenty of stuff, but it’s difficult to explain you of which kind, because everytime you get there the articles are always different!
Consoles prices are average (and sometimes too high), but the games…well, they’re basically free! We mean, prices are so low that you’ll get out of the room hands-full!
We highly reccomend to pop in frequently to check the latest arrivals, even if they update their site on a daily base. Here are all the details and stuff you’ll need:
125 King Street
Hammersmith, London W6 9JG
The last place to get retro games in London is not a proper store, or at least not just one. In fact the third category is taken by three UK franchises: Cex, Cash Converters and Cash Generator.
All of them are basically pawn shops, with a little difference for CeX that buy and sell just electronic and entertainment stuff.
For this category there’s not general rule, they basically buy stuff in exchange of cash, so you need to enter quite frequently to check what they got at the moment. It’s not always true that you can find retro games in those shops, but given the high amount of stores spread all around London (and UK in general) it’s quite probable you’ll find some.
Obviously here we’re talking about pure blind hunting, but usually when you find something prices are low, even if the items are not always well shapes. Definitely forget about mint conditions here.
We got no specific store tips for those three franchises, but generally the ones away from the city center have items laying in for ages, and it’s more probable you find something good and valuable.
Sure, you can always find some interesting stuff in various car boot sales and flea markets, but since they’re not phisical places (and they’re A LOT in London) we’re not gonna review them now.
For now this is all, but we’re gonna put more info and more store as soon as we find more!
Feel free to share if you know something else or better!
What is it? Exactly what it looks like. Doom played with a piano, yep, a real one. It’s weird, that’s why we really loved it. And among all the things you can see and try at this year’s Eurogamer Expo in London, this is the best one! We took a video for your pleasure. Enjoy!
We didn’t have quite the chance to talk about this brand new geek event in London yet. But now the time has come, and we’re glad to inform you that tonight a new REZtron night is going to rock East London.
What is it exactly? We’ve been there at the very first event, but we prefer to use their very own word to describe it. So basically, REZtron is a Pop Up Japanese Retrotainment brand inspired by the fusion of 80’s chic, Japanese ethics and retrogaming.
• Mega Drive
• Mega CD/32X
• Game Gear
Video game consoles modder Bacteria has unveiled his last creation. It’s named Project Unity and it is capable of playing 15 different video game formats.
The almost 20 kg multi console houses console boards for Atari 7800, Colecovision, SEGA Dreamcast, Nintendo GameCube (with GBA Player attached), Amstrad GX4000, Intellivision, SEGA Mega Drive, Nintendo 64, NeoGeo, NES, PSone, PS2, SEGA Master System, SEGA Saturn, Super Nintendo, and Turbo Grafx. So basically everything you’ll ever need to feed your retrogaming thirst.
Project Unity features something linke 300 metres of cable and around 3,000 hours of work lasts three years by its creator Bacteria. Here’s a video showing all the making of.
We know, Project Unity could be the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen, but damn, this bad boy really rock! And most important, there no emulation at all, the console is completely made with original parts! Awesome!
After a not-so-cryptic teaser trailer released last week, today SEGA has finally announced Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, the remake/reboot of the 90s evergreen platformer. Here’s the press release from the SEGA Blog:
“SEGA, in collaboration with Disney Interactive is pleased to announce the upcoming digital release of Castle of Illusion Featuring Mickey Mouse, a complete re-imagining of the iconic Genesis side-scrolling adventure first released in 1990. Developed by Sega Studios Australia, Castle of Illusion Featuring Mickey Mouse will be available worldwide for digital download on Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Windows PC in summer 2013.
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse first debuted on the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive in 1990 to critical acclaim. Excellent controls, music, and graphics helped to bring the magic of Disney to millions of SEGA fans around the world. Castle of Illusion Featuring Mickey Mouse will continue this tradition. Completely rebuilt from the ground up, Castle of Illusion has stunning visuals and new gameplay mechanics. Fans will enjoy the original storyline as they help Mickey save Minnie from the evil witch, Mizrabel.”
Below you can find the bran new announcement trailer and some very catchy HD screens from the upcoming game.
Chris Olson, vice president of Digital Business at SEGA of America, added a personal thought to the press release, we hope to share when the game will be out.
“The original Castle of Illusion was tremendously entertaining and has a well-deserved reputation as a SEGA classic. Castle of Illusion Featuring Mickey Mouse brings this great game to a new generation. Mickey is back and he looks fantastic.”
Ubisoft is definitely not our favourite software house so far, but we have to admit that this new Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon has our attention. When it was announced last April 1st everyone thought of a very elaborated joke. But we were all wrong! Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is real, and possibly it will be the weirdest, craziest and badassest (is this a proper word) game you play this year. Basically it seems to be Far Cry 3, but with more cyborgs, neon lights, cool soundtrack, misbehaviours and a lot of 90s in it.
Said so, let’s get down with the announcement trailer
Maybe it’s just us, but this absolutely looks like a well-made mix between Serious Sam and the Duke Nukem
Forever we’ve ever dreamed about. In two words: AWESOMELY BADASS!
By the way it’s hard even to say what’s the game really about, but whatever it is, we will be able to see on May 1st
2007 2013, on almost every game system. For now just enjoy the main theme: