There was a time where Crash Bandicoot and Super Mario Bros were the ONLY games to play as children. Fast-forward to 2019 and there are some hidden gems that Birmingham has to offer for retro gamers looking to spend their hard-earned cash on pieces of gaming history.
Finding physical retro game stores in Birmingham is completely dependent on where you live in the city, it is not impossible to find a store that has the original copy of Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Mega Drive or older versions of Pokemon on the Game Boy that you have been looking for years.
With online shopping being the default option for buying games, for others, it’s being able to physically hold the game or console in person. We found some retro gaming shops in the city that are seriously worth discovering.
Entertainment World in Sheldon houses an extensive array of retro games and consoles. From GoldenEye on the Nintendo N64 to Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Mega Drive, Entertainment World will transport you back to your childhood with classic consoles such as the NES, Commodore 64 and Sega Genesis.
Game Smart not only offers the latest video game hardware and software, but it has an incredible array of retro games and consoles available for gamers. While Entertainment World is slightly more expensive for retro games and consoles, you can easily pick up a second-hand copy of FIFA ’98 – Road to the World Cup for a bargain price on the original PlayStation.
Kings Heath is full of interesting independent outlets, but there is a retro game store on the High Street called GamesMaster. Like Game Smart, it offers the latest PS4, XBOX One and Nintendo Switch titles, it also does offer a wide range of retro games ranging from the original PlayStation to the Dreamcast and so much more.
The hustle and bustle of the Stratford Road in Sparkbrook and Sparkhill houses Games-Plus, a store filled with all of your favourite retro games. Games-Plus does have a wide range of retro games from previous console generations, taking you all the way back to a time where online gaming was in its infancy.
If there are any other retro gaming shops we might have missed out in Birmingham, please let us know on Birmingham Updates’ social media channels!