Gift season is here and we’re willing to bet you’ve got a retro gamer on your list because why else would you be here? No worries, we’ve got some pretty rad gift ideas for you! Let’s get started.
A retro art piece meets a retro gaming system? Count us all the way in. Grid takes apart broken retro-tech and frames them in the coolest way possible. You can currently nab a piece with Nintendo, Sega, Sony, and Microsoft. If you love this style of art and fancy yourself a bit of a techy, you can also nab pieces made from iPhones, Blackberrys, Nokias, MacBooks, you name it. With the holiday season upon us Grid is having some major sales, so check them out here!
Nintendo NES Classic
What better gift than the Nintendo mini-replica of the OG NES? Not only does it come complete with HDMI compatibility, but gamers will love the fact this bad boy comes with 30 of the best games including Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Kirby. Check them out here!
Game and Watch: The Legend of Zelda
Most retro gamers love a good homage to an old favorite which is exactly what this is. The original handhelds were released back in the 80s and the awesome thing about the ones being released today is that they are brighter, have a longer battery life, and there are multiple games in one. This features The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, and Links Awakening. Whether the person you’re shopping for is a Zelda lover or a handheld lover, they’re sure to dig this gift. Buy one here!
Ready Player One: A Novel
If the person you’re shopping for loves retro games and 80s nostalgia and also reading, they’ll be psyched to get a copy of this book. In fact, we’ll let the reviews do the talking:
“The science-fiction writer John Scalzi has aptly referred to Ready Player One as a ‘nerdgasm’ [and] there can be no better one-word description of this ardent fantasy artifact about fantasy culture. . . . But Mr. Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“A fun, funny and fabulously entertaining first novel . . . This novel’s large dose of 1980s trivia is a delight . . . [but] even readers who need Google to identify Commodore 64 or Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, will enjoy this memorabilian feast.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer