At Retro Video Game Consoles Japan, we sell used video game consoles and games direct from Japan. Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Panasonic 3DO, Neo Geo, PC Engine, Atari and more consoles available. Feel free to browse through our consoles, games and memorabilia to find something from the good old classic gaming days. All our products are cleaned and inspected before being shipped in guaranteed working order. Please also have a quick read of our Retro Console Informationsection which has information about our restoration process and advice about setting up your retro console. VideoGamesJapan will find what you need, just ask us through the contact form.

Retro Video Game Consoles and Retro Gaming

Retro gaming, also known as classic gaming and old school gaming, is the playing or collecting of older personal computer, console, and arcade video games. Usually based upon systems that are obsolete or discontinued, these games are played either on the original hardware, on modern hardware via emulation, or on modern hardware via ports or compilations. Participants in the hobby are sometimes known as retro gamers in the United Kingdom, while the terms "classic gamers" or "old school gamers" are more prevalent in the United States. Similarly, the games are known as retro games, classic games, or old school games. The consoles look weird and thrilling, with their chunky plastic bodies and their gigantic cartridge ports. They are relics of fun, nostalgic artefacts that remind us of childhoods spent waiting patiently for games to load from cassettes, or blowing the dust out of old carts. Obviously, there are hundreds of online emulators that let you experience classic titles from the comfort of your PC, but that's sort of missing the point – much like listening to the MP3 of an old 78 record. Part of the pleasure is in the ritual of the vintage hardware: plugging in a cartridge, sliding in a diskette, or hitting the button that sends a CD lid flipping up like an old ghetto blaster. It's faintly fetishistic, of course, but you know, fetish is about pleasure, and old games machines certainly provide that.

Among the most popular retro games are those produced around the 1980s and 1990s, and include video games for systems and consoles such as the Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System, Master System, Mega Drive, Super NES, Game Boy, PlayStation, and Nintendo 64 as well as personal computer games for the Commodore 64, MSX, ZX81, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore Amiga, NEC PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1, Sharp X68000, FM-7 and DOS platforms. Arcade games are also popular, especially early games by Konami, Sega, Atari, Taito,Williams Electronics, Namco, Nintendo, Technos, Capcom, and SNK. Games in this era were frequently attributed to individual programmers, and many retro gamers seek out games by particular developers, such as Tomohiro Nishikado, Shigeru Miyamoto, Shigesato Itoi, Bill Williams, Eugene Jarvis, Dave Theurer, Nasir Gebelli, Yuji Naka, Jeff Minter, Yuji Horii, Yu Suzuki, Tony Crowther, Andrew Braybrook, Hideo Kojima, and Hironobu Sakaguchi. As well as playing games, a subculture of retro gaming has grown up around the music in retro games.

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