Gift Ideas for a Retro Gamer
What is a retro gamer? Someone who likes consoles and video games from years ago. How many years ago is a matter of debate. Many say that games and consoles 10 years old or more are considered retro.
If you have someone who likes Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, and the like, we have some gift ideas!
NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) Classic
How can you go wrong with Super Mario Brothers 3??? (You can't.) The original NES was released in the U.S. in 1985.
SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) Classic
Includes 16-bit classics like Super Mario World and Super Metroid. The original Super Nintendo was released in the U.S. on August 23, 1991.
Sega Genesis Flashback HD Console
Comes with 85 built-in games including some greats like all the Sonic the Hedgehog games, Golden Axe 1-3, and Mortal Kombat 1-3. The original Sega Genesis was released in the U.S. on August 14, 1989.
Sega Genesis Classics - Playstation 4
Features over 50 titles across all genres.
Sony PlayStation Classic
Includes 20 Preloaded games made popular on this console, like Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy 7, Tekken 3, and Twisted Metal. The original PlayStation was released in the U.S. on December 3, 1994.
Commodore 64 Mini
If you want to relive the early days of home computers, check out this one. Comes with a keyboard and joystick. 64 built in games including Boulder Dash, California Games, Gribbly's Day Out, and Uridium. The original Commodore 64 was released in August 1982.
Featuring legendary games like Adventure, Combat, and Pitfall! The original Atari 2600 was released in the U.S. on September 11, 1977.
Retro Gamer Magazine
For anyone who is serious about retro games, Retro Gamer Magazine is the definitive source for reviews and interviews with the original game creators.
Atari Video Game T-Shirts
Shirts with images from popular games like Centipede and Asteroids.
Does your loved one have a bunch of old games lying around, collecting dust? He or she might need a cartridge protector. Just think of it like a comic book bag for a game cartridge.
Retron 3 Gaming Console
This is a all-in-one solution for SNES, Genesis, and NES that actually plays the original cartridges. There are more expensive versions of this as well, but the Retron 3 does a lot for a good price.
The Midway Gaming Box
Features a Rampage journal, Joust and Gauntlet bumper stickers, and more.
Some other general ideas:
- Mini arcade cabinets. They have some for popular arcade games like Frogger and Rampage.
- 3/4th scale arcade cabinets
- Retro game themed board games. For example, there is a Centipede board game.
Now, go forth and make your retro gamer happy!