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What is the best place online to buy retro games & consoles?

#1 budmonster  


Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:02 PM

I usually hit up my local game/pawn shop for retro games. Are there any good places online, fair prices, for retro games and consoles? I looked at GameStop online and they are selling N64 for $80, Genesis for $50, etc. I'm sure there are better places online.
I'm looking for online stores or private sellers that are legit, fair priced and have a large selection. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I'm looking for some consoles and games for my 6yr old son.

#2 Richard Kain   The Kaiser CAGiversary!   2790 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Richard Kain

Posted 15 April 2016 - 05:02 PM

Sadly, I can't really say. There aren't many organized store fronts for this sort of thing on-line. Gamestop is one of the only ones with real organization or reach, and as you've already discovered, they're prices are terrible.


For this sort of thing, I've always turned to EBay. It is considerably more hit-and-miss, but that's the nature of auctions and private sellers. But as far as a more centralized store, I'm afraid I can't help you.


Most of the re-seller market for these kinds of things are local game stores/pawn shops and EBay. You could try Craigslist as well, but that is even more hit-and-miss.


If you don't already have one, I would recommend a Dreamcast, along with an arcade controller. The Dreamcast is a very good and solid system. And at the moment its after-market price is actually quite reasonable. A lot of the better titles for it can be had for not very much money. And it's even pirate-emulation friendly, if you're into that. It is also one of the retro systems that best supports modern displays, as it is possible to rig it up with a VGA box and run it at higher resolutions.


The one major drawback is the controller. The design of its original controller is a bit bad. The buttons go mushy far too quickly, and the analog stick is slippery and topped with hard plastic. If you replace the original controller with an arcade-style controller, it becomes a magnificent system that can entertain you for a very long time. I strongly recommend picking up a Dreamcast.

#3 joemoedee   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   164 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  


Posted 28 April 2016 - 05:19 AM

There are a few other stores online, like LukieGames and JJGames that have some retro stuff.

Like Richard recommended... I do also recommend a Dreamcast if you don't have one. Even though it came out first in the 6th gen, a huge majority of the games support 480p with the VGA adapter. It holds up quite well, and has some terrific games to it.

#4 Bogard   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   94 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  

Posted 06 May 2016 - 10:53 AM

I've heard eStarland isn't bad, and has quite a lot of stuff.