Retro gaming is all the rage these days. Most things retro are making their way back into pop-culture. But retro gaming is coming at us in droves. Which, if you’re of my generation, is going to tug at your heartstrings a little. Who doesn’t want to re-live their time playing Super Mario Bros. 3? Wasn’t Tetris an amazing game during its time? Sure, it can’t hold a candle to some pretty incredible games now, but at the time it was a lot of fun. For this reason, there is no shortage of retro gaming paraphernalia. We are going to bring you all the goods for gift giving in this three-part series.
Retro Game Style Boxes
Games these days no longer have the old style boxes. They come in a case, and the case has artwork in a sleeve. Kind of like a DVD. When did publishers stop caring about boxes? Now, you can buy the boxes for almost any game you want. These are relatively inexpensive and do not come with a game. But this could be a really neat gift for a die-hard N64 fan. Find all of your retro game style box needs on eBay.
Rose Colored Retro Game Displays
Rose Colored has all of your display needs. Basically, if you have a device (original Game Boy for example), Rose Colored will hook you up with a way to display it. Or “Displai” as they call them. They are constantly adding new items, so check their website out for the retro game lover on your list.
Playing with Super Power
This book is a nostalgic celebration of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, in all its 16-bit glory. In this book, you can discover everything you’ve always wanted to know about some of the most beloved SNES games, including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2. You can also learn more about SNES development and the visionaries behind the system. It features a plethora of fan art and music. Some would even say it’s a love letter to playing with Super Power. You can pick up Playing with Super Power on Amazon.
NESPI Case NES Style for Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi has made a name for itself as a gaming emulator. If you want to get one and set it up, you can basically use this inexpensive case to create your own version of the NES Classic. Doesn’t that sound like a lot of fun? The entire case is completely functional. Behind the small, hinged door, there are two USB ports and one standard RJ-45 connector. They included the slot for your Micro SD card on the side in order more space to allow you to operate the system more freely. This case is also available on Amazon.
Arcade Games on Android
There are a ton of great new games being released on the Android. And some of them might be a revival of older games. All of these games are available in the Google Play Store, and what better way to relive your childhood memories than playing them on your phone!
- Galactic Nemesis
- Metal Slug 3
- Crazy Taxi Classic
- Pinball Arcade
- NBA JAM
Arcade Games on iOS
Don’t have an Android device? Never fear. There are retro games you can get for your iOS device as well. Similar to those available for Android, with a few differences.
- Ghosts and Goblins
- 1942 Mobile
- Breakout Boost
- Zen Pinball
- Injustice 2
- Galaxian 1979 Classic HD