RETROGAMES NEWS ARCHIVE - Lots of Old News!
11th December 2012 : Christmas Rush In Full Effect
Today we added the Christmas banner to our home page, but in reality we didn't need to, as you guys have been buying retro Christmas presents for weeks! We'll besending parcels every dayright up to the Friday before Christmas, and then again straight after on the 27th, no rest for the wicked!
All UK parcels over £50 are now going special delivery, so even if you order on Friday the 21st, you're guaranteed delivery before Christmas.
4th September 2012 : 30,000 Item Inventory Reached
It's that time of year again, last week we jumped the 30,000 item hurdle, so that's 5000 additional items since we hit our 25,000 target on the 21st of September 2011.That's an average of 102 new additions every week on the site, and that doesn't include re-stocks, andre-listings, that's just the new titles added that we've never had in stock before.
As I said last year, these 5000 item targets should be getting harder to hit,every unusual game weadd will just be a re-stock the next timeit comes in, so wesee ever diminishing 'new item' returnsas we edge close to having90% ofgames titlesreleased for each formatin our inventory.
So, let's see if we hit 35,000 this time next year, or whether my prediction is right, and another 5000titles new to the site is gonna take a lot longer.One thing is for sure, if we can grow quicker, we're gonna try! ;o)
15th June 2012 : Newer Formats Added
Today we added current formats to the site, with Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 games being added. There are lots of reasons for these additions, which i'll come on to, but I know some of you will feel adding these games is going against our 'retro' ethos. Now i'll try and convince you otherwise.
1: Longest Life Cycle Ever
A disappointing E3 has confirmed that the next generation is the longest we've ever waited for. The Xbox 360 started the ball rolling back in 2005. To compare, we started selling games for the original Xbox in 2005, when the 360 was released. If we'd stuck to the same time frame for the 360, we'd have been selling them since 2008, four years ago! The story is similar for the Gamecube and Playstation 2. Seven years is a long time for a format to remain at the forefront, and there has been pressure to add them onto the site for quite some time.
2: Collectibility / Hard to find
What this site is, is a resource for game collectors, and there are certainly 100s of games for current formats which most would view as collectible. Indeed, this generation has seen more special 'collector' or 'limited' issues than ever before. The long cycle also means there are plenty of hard to find titles, particularly from the first couple of years of their release. Then there is the labour of love that is collecting complete series of games. If you collect Final Fantasy, Resident Evil or even Tomb Raider games, you'll want to add the newer ones to your collection too.
3: Trade ins
But the biggest reason we've finally added these formats, is due to customer demand. It's not just about us selling them, it's about the amount of customers who want to trade them in for games on other formats. Sale and trade lists including current format games have become a daily occurence for some time, and it has been a pity to keep turning these games away,especially astherewas no doubt we would be selling these formats eventually anyway.
So, there you have it, we don't sell new releases, but we do now sell Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360. We have sold Nintendo DS and PSP for quite some time now, but do not have any plans to include the two newest game formats, 3DS and Vita, at leastfor the forseeable future.We will also not be stocking the next generation, when it comes.
We area site who's biggest section is Commodore, so retrogames will always be dominated by classic formats of the past, but our ultimategoal once the industry goes completely download only, must surely be to have every game for every format ever released in stock! ;o) Nice to have goals!!
15th May 2012 : This Site Is Clean
There was another attempt at hacking the site last night, our brilliant webmaster spotted it straight away, and the site was clean again at 1.17am this morning. There are messages coming up on google about malware, please ignore them. It's just a matter of getting google to check the site and take the warning away. Apologies for any confusion.
Do also remember, that this site holds no personal card or payment information, and the nature of the hack was to addmalware, not to take data or damage the site. We are taking measures to make sure the site is even more secure in future. Thanks for your continued support.
11th May 2012 : Postage
It's with a heavy heart that today we've put up our postage rates, this is the first postage increase on the site for over four years. While we've always subsidised the postage charged by the site to some extent, the recent 40% price increases by royal mail have now made this damaging to the business.
A first class recorded parcel of a single game,between 100g-750g now costs £3.77 to send in the UK.Because we've got games on the site at 50p and with our previous£1.00 - £1.50postage, it meant on smaller orders we were actually paying to give away our items.
These changes to royal mail prices will also mean big changes to our ebay shop. Previously we sold these items post free in the UK, for the moment we've added £1.50 UK postagetoeverything.Selling items at £5orlessisnow not viable on ebay, so there will be a big cull over the coming weeks.
There's always the hope that another company comes up with a cheaper alternative to the royal mail packet post. These changes will effect most mail order businesses, and thousands of ebay sellers. Bargain hunters take note, if someone is selling cheap items with free postage, they are giving the stuff away so get in quick!
Thanks to everyone for your support, we sincerely hope that the increased postage costs don't put you off buying from Retrogames. We will continue to lose a little money on each parcel we send, i'm just so sorry we can't afford to offer a cheaper service any longer.
23rd March 2012: BIG Record Breaking Listing Week
This week sees our biggest listing week ever, with 606 Items added to the site, Phew! Our previous biggest week was way back in October 2010, when we listed 589 items. To be honest, we thought the record would be easier to beat,in realityit's been a tough slog to get this much stuff on in such a short space of time, so don't expect us to break it again next week!
14th March 2012 : Anyone getting any Virus alerts?
This week we've had two customers report that their virus checkers are saying our site is infected. Initially we were quite alarmed by this, but have subsequently run over ten high level site virus checkers throughout the server and have come up clean every time. We've checked all our office computers, all clean too. There doesn't seem to be an actual infection with the site at all, but it would be nice to find out what's going on to make the virus checkers react.
So, if you get any alerts when using our site, do let us know, and ideally, can you let us know which virus program you're using, what page you're in on the site, and what's on the screen (ideally the pictured items). We believe it may be a photo tagin a recent listing which is causing the alert, but with over 100,000 photos on the site, finding it is going to require help. Many thanks.
2nd March 2012: Hardware Listing Continues
Regular visitors will have seen that we've spent the past few weeks listing hardware on the site, clearing the mountain we've been neglecting for far too long. Commodore was first, thirty one C64s and Amigas hit the site. Next up was Nintendo, Eight Snes's, Ten NES's, Nine Gamecubes and a ridiculous Sixteen N64s.
This week we've added Sega hardware, withnearly thirty Mega Drives, Saturns, Dreamcasts, 32Xs, Mega CDs and Master Systems hitting the site. Next upare Atari, Playstation,then Sinclair. If we can stand any more testing, we'll then move on to other formats, as there's Acorn hardware, MSXsand a big pile of Xbox consoles to go through.
Once the hardware has been tackled, we'll get stuck back into the games with some huge listing weeks. So, if you're bored of hardware listings, apologies, but we're nearly there ;o)
13th January 2012 : Site Climbing the Web
The good news is that our stats just keep getting better, today we snuck under the 7000th position, retrogames currently sitting as 6995th most popular site in the UK. Our worldwide stats are still climbing too, at 227,585th most popular site in the world.
True, it doesn't sound that great, but we're already miles ahead of Sega's own website in the UK (8785th), and tens of thousands of places ahead of established games companies like Namco and Capcom. Still some way to go, but if we keep climbing like this, we'll be catching Nintendo's own site soon.
23rd December : Christmas Message
That's it, the final pre-Christmas parcel bag has just been collected, and it's time to relax forthefestivities- and get some serious gaming time in ;o)
I know, you're wondering if our site ranking is still going up, and yes, this week we went up another 336 places in the UK to become the 7948th most popular website in the UK. Apparently our average user is male (of course), aged between 25-34 (poo, i'm 40), and has no children to scratch their discs or chew their joypads.
Anyway, all in all it's been a brilliant year for RG, we've added 6000+ games to our inventory, we've got the most traffic we've ever had since this site went live back in 1998, we've sold thousands of games all across the world, and we've played plenty along the way (testing of course!). The only thing we haven't really done is dented the literal mountain of stuff awaiting listing. We must have in excess of 100 consoles and computers waiting to be tested too, so we're gonna be busier than ever in 2012.
So, to all our friends, fans and customers, huge thanks for your support over the past year, we wouldn't be here without you, and do our best to appreciate that every day. Wishing you all a great Christmas and an incredible 2012.
16th December 2011 : And Still Climbing...
I guess it's partly down to the festive season and people browsing for Christmas presents, but we've seen our traffic jump for the second week in a row. This week we've leapt from 9361st most popular site in the UK to 8284th, that's a jump of 1077 places!If it carries on like that, we'll be more popular than ebay by February ;o)
Thejumpmoves us well ahead of Retrogamer which slipped down this week, putting us over a thousand places ahead. Those of you who read this news page regularly or who used to read our magazine, will know we are embarressingly addicted to charts, stats and countdowns - so fingers crossedthere'll bemore showing off soon!
9th December 2011 : Site Traffic Record - Yippee!
We're finally starting to make some gains in the online traffic race, with this site finally nudging into the top 10,000 UK websites, with a current ranking of 9361, just 800 behind the site which ripped off and quickly killed our own Retrogames fanzine (tongue firmly in cheek), Retrogamer. Not bad considering they are a national magazine, but would love to get ahead of them.
These days we're a long way ahead of the various copycat sites we spawned along the way, so our real competition has to be ebay, currently number 6 in the UK list. Realistically we'll neverget into the top 1000, let alone the top 10, (far toomany 'adult entertainment sites' in the way).
But the reason for this success has to be the amazing support that all you guys have shown us since the site went live back in 1998. If it wasn't for all your reccomendations, links, and postive vibes, we wouldhave disappeared years ago, and we'd all have proper jobs instead of fiddling with power packs and old cassettes all day - so huge thanks!
I'll also take this opportunity to give you a little whiff of RG excitement, we currenlty have some major site developments in progress, they're some way off going live, but include a dedicated mobile site - which should make it much easier to use the site on a smartphone, new shipping options, embedded music and video possibilities and a long longed for 'advance search' , allowing you to searchcategories rather than the whole site (Can't wait for that one myself!)
25th November 2011 : Listing Ramps Up
Another HUGE listing week sees us add933 items added to the site in just two weeks and that doesn't include those that sold over that period.A whopping 563itemswere for Nintendo formats, which makes Nintendo now our third biggest section after Commodore and Other Formats.We'd like to take a rest, but we never seem to get close to clearing our storage spaces before more stuff comes in. I guess it's a nice problem to have, though the literal mountain of hardware awaiting testing makes me feel all queezy inside;o)
8th November 2011 : New Retrogames Tool Bar
Yes, you can now install a dedicated Retrogames tool bar to your browser, allowing you to search our site, check our categories, and keep updated with new listings, all directly fromyour browser. Install it now at THIS LINK
10th October 2011 : Competition has been Drawn
Check our Facebook page for the full list of winners, and thanks to everyone who joined in. We never expecting that many entries, so we gave ourselves arm ache putting everyone's name on post-it notes. Congratulations, i'm sure there'll be more competitions in the future!
27th September 2011 : New Magazine Content
The last couple of weeks have seen more updates to the magazine section of the site. Two new articles from the Mad Gamer, and today wehave addedtwo new Sega gaming guides, from new contributor, Tony Flynn. You can get straight to them byClicking Here
21st September 2011 : 25,000 Items means Competition Time!
Last night we got to that ellusive 25,000 inventory item figure we've been chasing for the past year. To celebrate we've put together ten great prizes and are offering them in a free prize draw on our facebook page. Top prize is £100 to spend on anything onthis site, but there areloads more prizes including a boxed Nintendo 64, a Grandstand Scramble Tabletop, Game & Watch Keyring,Japanese Bemani game, Parappa the Rapper Punch Bag, Somemintycontrollers and other slightly less exciting items.
All you have to do to win, is head to our facebook page, look for the 'Prize Draw' post, click to like it, and click the page to like it too if you don't already. We're going to draw the prizes on the 10th of October at 10.10am. Good luck to everyone who enters, and thanks for your continued support! Let's do this again next year when we hit 30,000 ;o)
13th September 2011 : Long Awaited Magazine Revamp
The 'Online Magazine' section of the site has long been neglected, crazy really as it's one of our favourite parts of the site. Today we finally revamped the magazine home pages, and added all the content we had on the gaming lives website. We also added our first totally new content for over a year, with a veryfunny'8-bit Graveyard' piece from Sean Kavanagh. We hope to have some more new content very soon.
2nd September 2011: BIG Listing Week - 461 Items Added
It's a long time since we had a 500+ item week, last October to be precise, and we thought that we were going to get there this week, but as Friday night looms large, we've got to 461. So, still pretty mega,and loads of really tasty new edition across most departments, though Nintendo and Sega were the big winners.
30th August 2011 : 25,000 Items Target Looms Large
A few hundred items to go, and we'll be at 25,000 different items in our inventory. As i've often written, the target gets harder and harder to reach the more items we list. That's because most items we list are coming back into stock, so we over write their previous listing with new details and photos. There aren't many obvious games you won't find a previous listing for on the site, meaning the games that push the total up are always rare and unusual ones.
It was actually back on the 24th of September 2010 that we reached the 20,000 mark, so it looks like we'll hit the new target in around a year. Taking into account the increased difficultyof adding games we don't already have listings for, i'd predict it'll take longer than a year to climb to 30,000, but let's see!
23rd August 2011 : Three Days In the Dark
As many of you are no doubt already aware, on the morning of Saturday the 20th of August,at around 9.45am, this site went down. Usually these events are triggered by glitches in the system, they iron themselves out in a few minutes and all returns to normal. This wasn't one of those times. With the retrogames team blissfully unaware and enjoying the weekend, the darkness continued until Monday morning, when panic ensued.
The problem was our old and creaky server, nearly four years with this version of the site onboard, it decided enough was enough. Backups woefully out of date, it wasn't until late on Monday that we knew for sure that all the data was safe and undamaged. Then came the awful task of extracting the site from the old server, and holding it safely until it could be pumped into our all new shiny server.
Invitable problems curtailed, at just gone 9.30pm tonight, the site once again burst into life.
Now, before you go worrying that personal data has been lost, or corrupted or sold to terrorists, there has been no loss of any kind on the site. In any case, we hold no payment details, all are handled by Sagepay and Paypal. The only thing at risk was our mammoth database and the 100,000+ photos which make this site what it is.
Those in the know could keep up with events as they unfolded on our Facebook page, if you haven't already 'liked' us, it's a great way with keep up with everything we do. And in the case of this calamity, provided a vital way to keep lots of you informed of progress.
So there it is, the longest outtage in the history of Retrogames, three and a half days without RG, and some of you were starting to worry (though not as much as we were I promise!). Huge thanks for all the kind emails and notes, one thing is for sure, it's rammed home how important the RG site isto somany people. We'll do our best to insure nothing like this happens again. Thanks for your patience everyone, we just couldn't continue without all your support.
10th August 2011 : Slight Delay in Sending Parcels
Due to staff holidays our next posting day is Wednesday (17th). There will also be a delay in pricing lists or answering queries, but the office will be open and functioning, with normal stock listing and parcel receipt.Many apologies for any inconvenience.
22nd July 2011 : Email Notification Delays
Apologies for anyone suffering from slow email notifications of your orders over the past couple of days. Don't worry, we're aware of the problem, and it should be fixed in the next few hours. Thanks for your patience, and don't worry,the site is operating as normal, and all orders are coming to us in the normal way.
14th June 2011 : Ebay Shop Update
If you fancy a virtual rummage, we're uploading over 200 games to our ebay shop today, it's all a bit shabby compared to what goes onto this site, but there are plenty of bargains. We like to do our bit to help keep Ebay going ;o)
9th May 2011 : A bit of a revamp
A few little site improvements went live tonight. Firstly, you may have noticed new icons on the home page. The 'Hot Updates'button has been replaced with a more sensible 'Latest Arrivals' button.
The eagle eyed amongst you will also notice that we've squashed in a new 'Facebook' logo, which links to our new Facebook page. If you've not already 'Liked' us, get on with it, because we'll be running some Facebook exclusive competitions in the near future.
Actually, on the subject of Facebook, it's lead to a bit of intercompany rivalry here, as our sister site's facebook page (facebook.com/retrobloke) has been around for a few years, and has over 200 likers. I've boasted that we can beat that in a couple of months - come on, we're retrogamers, we've got to overtake those crusty old record guys!. Nearly thirty likes in three days, i'm pretty confident.
A new game recyclinginformation page is nowlive. We've had lots of contact from people clearing out old games lately, who've just wanted to get rid of all their stuff, and don't want the hassle of listing it. With that in mind, we've started a new recycling service, just box your stuff up, send it to us, and we guarantee to pay you all your postage costs back, and money for anything of value within it. Not really a service intended for those of you with Mint Snes collections, but a worthwhile outlet for those who want their tatty or damaged games and hardware to go togood homesrather than the landfill.
Finally there's a new icon for Bonus Points, and in the next few days we'll be updating the 'Benefits of Registering page' , the plan is to offer Bonus Points (which equate to discount) in return for reviews on the site. That's right, get paid in kind for ranting about games, sounds like the perfect job.
6th May 2011 - Retrogames Facebook Page - Finally!
Ok, it's taken us a while to catch on, but today we finally launched our facebook page. We've had twitter for some time, so it's never made sense that we weren't on facebook. Now we're on a quest for likers, we need twenty five before we can get a proper link for the site. This link will take you directly to our page: www.facebook.com/www.retrogames.co.uk
Once we have sorted out a proper facebook page link, we'll juggle the home page of the site and fit in a Facebook connection. We've started adding content already, including some exclusive pictures from our warehouse.
To encourage you all to like the new page, we'll be having a free prize draw as soon as we hit 100 likers - so tell your friends please! ;o)
22nd April 2011 - Happy Retro Easter
Happy Easter to all our customers and friends. We're still working as normal, but the post service doesn't resume until Tuesday, so we won't send despatched notices on orders over this weekend until they're really despatched - on Tuesday. Have a good one.
15th April 2011 - We hit 23,000 Different Items
Ok, so the number 23 might not seem that significant, and you're right, we'll definitely be more excited when we get to 25,000, but a landmark is a landmark, and we'll celebrate where we can!
It was back in September that we hit 20,000, so at this rate we should get to 25k in less than a year. Remember these days a lot of the newly listed items which appear in the list are re-stocks of sold games. Those of you who've been with us a long time will also know that we are still plugging away replacing all the small photos on older listings. We'll get there in the end!
4th February 2011 -Commodore hits 4000 Items
Not quite a 500new additionweek, but well over 400 soworth a mention as it's the biggest listing week on the siteso farthis year.Excitingly it takes our Commodore section to a heady 4000 different items,it'sa healthy lead to our next biggest sections, Other Formats on 3742, and Nintendo on 3433.
If you're new to the site, make sure you regularly click the 'Hot Updates' button on the home page to see all the newly listed items. If you haven't visited for a while, you can even track back weekly through eight weeks to find all the items listed on the sitein the past two months.
19th January 2011 - Gaming Lives Writing Competition
We are giving all you budding writers a big heads up, particularly if you enjoy writing about videogames. Our good friends at Gaming Lives are having an amazing writing competition,they're giving away a choice of Xbox 360 with Kinect, a slimline PS3, a DSi XL plus lots more.
All you have to do is write a story about gaming, personal opinion, or a gaming related story which would cheer us all up. The closing date is the 28th of January, so gettyping.Click Here
to go straight to the Gaming Lives Competition page.
7th January 2011 - Happy New Year - Let the Listing Commence
Christmas out of the way, royal mail seem to be up straight again, and we're hard back at work, check the 'Newly Listed' section for all our new year stock additions. Happy new year to all our fantastic customers, we wouldn't be able to keep growing if it wasn't for your amazing support. Huge thanks!
24th December 2010 - Happy Christmas & Parcel Issues
If you are one of the unlucky few still waiting for their parcel from us, then i'm really sorry. While we've been working hard throughout December to make sure all parcels are sent the same day they are ordered, the royal mail has been in chaos. The special delivery guarantee was revoked two weeks ago, and our daily royal mail updates have reported there are still areas which have had very little post for weeks.
Hopefully everything will get back to normal quickly after the Christmas break. We're back to work on Tuesday the 28th, Our post collectionresumes on Wednesday the 29th, so we'll just continue with very little interuption into the new year.
Anyway, this wasmeant to just bea short note to thank everyone for their support over the past year, and hope you all have a brilliant Christmas and a truly incredible new year! Thanks to you all.
23rd November 2010 - Retrogirl Added to the Team
We're having another busy week, with over 500 new items already added to the site so far.I also must use thisopportunity to welcome a female to the Retrogames office, it's been acouple of yearssince our last retrolady departed,so us lads have had to tidy ourselves upa bit for our new team member.Any of you now imagining what a 'retrobird' might look like, rest assured, she's much more attractive than your thinking, and while we've yet to persuade her there was gaming life before the PS1, i'm sure she'll fit in well.
29th October 2010 - Sega Hardware Sorted Too
The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that we've now split the Sega Hardware section into its respective formats. Not so many games listed this week, as we've been busy bench testing hardware, expect the resulting stock live on the site next week.
20th October 2010 - Hardware Section Split
We finally got round to sorting the Nintendo hardware section. It's one of the things that annoys us most in the office, that the hardware is all bunched together making it hard to find items relating to particular machines. That's not changed, the 257 hardware items for Nintendo have been split by format within the section, making it much easier to find what you're looking for.
It sounds like it should be an easy job, but actually involves individually editting every item. Unfortunately this does screw up the additional items for this week, as moving them around turns them back into newly added items, but don't worry, we'll be adding lots more new items to the sitethis week too.
More hardware section updates are to follow, with a Sega hardware split planned next.
15th October 2010 - Another 500+ Week!!
We have worked even harder than last week, with 589 new items added tothe site this week. The biggest amount of additions are in the Commodore section, including almost an entire run of Zzap magazines.
Other highlights include some rare MSXhardware, some unusual calculators, Turrican 2, Wings and Agony on the Amiga, some promo only Bomberman keyrings, a Mario Barcode battler card set, Supersonic wireless controller for the NES, Texas TI99/A computer, Rez and Trance Vibrator for PS2, Seaman box set on Dreamcast, and Hi-Res invaders for the ZX81, but there's lots lots more than that! Go to our'Newly Listed'
page for the full list.
8th October 2010 - It's a 500+ Item week!
We're having the busiest listing period so far this year, with over 500 new additions and restocks hitting the site this week. We hope to have an even bigger week next week, so keep an eye on the new additions page.
4th October 2010 - Casio PV1000 & Super Cassette Vision
As the volume of listing increases in our build up to the festive period, today we've added two more new sections to the site. The Casio PV-1000 remains one of the rarest of all Japanese consoles, and at the time of writing there has not been a single PV1000 item on ebay for several months. Meanwhile we finally add the Super Cassette Vision to our Epoch section. What a shame that console didn't find a wider audience, as itsone of the few early 1980s consoles to offer gameplay whichrivalled its Famicom competition.
You'll find both new sections within the 'Other Formats' category.
24th September 2010 - 20,000+Target Reached At Last!
We finally got over the 20,000 different item number today, a target we've been aiming for for over a year. Back when deadlines were assumed, we didn't take into account that when you've got an inventory with so many games in it, finding ones you don't already have a listing for gets progressively more difficult. When a new box of games gets added to the site, invariably the vast majority just effect the stock numbers of already listed items, with only a possible few adding to the total number of different items. For that reason, it's reasonable to think that the 25,000 target is several years away, even though the amount of stock coming in continues to mushroom.
This weeks 20K pushhas seen THREE new sections added to the site. All three are in the 'Other Formats' section, and all three arefor very rare consoles. You'll now find sections for the Japanese Tomy Pyuuta / Tutor , the USA Bally Astrocade, and pre-VCS RCA Studio 2 consoles.
10th September 2010 - Jace Gets Married Tomorrow!
Not strictly retrogames news, but the big bloke finally makes an honest woman ofhislong sufferinggirlfriendtomorrow. It won't suprise many to hear that videogame music will feature heavily during the service and the disco afterwards. The minions will take control or RGwhile he's off sunning himself next week on honeymoon. All parcels will be despatched as normal, the only issue will be with pricing collections. He'll get to work on replying to everyone with items for sale when he returns on the 21st of September.
Other little improvements have happened to the site this week, you can now 'tweet' all the items in stock directly to your Twitter account. Also, if you're on twitter, don't forget you can now follow retrogames by clicking the link on the home page.
3rd September 2010 - Site Improvements
Small improvements this week, more to come next week. The eagle eyed amongst you may now have noticed that the big Retrogames logo at the top of thesite now brings you back to the home page if you click on it, handy if you're knee deep in an obscure section and want to get back. Also, you may have noticed a slight increase in speed as part of the back-end of the site has been re-written to be more efficient. If you haven't noticed, then you must have a good speed already ;o) More news next week...
30th August 2010 - BIG GAMES WEEK
This week we are having a mega listing week, trying to catch up with the mountains of stock we have ready to go on the site. The plan is to list over 300 games over the coming days, finally breaking the 20,000 barrier in our live products total. (this total is displayed in the menu next to 'Sitemap')
Of course, the problem of having such a huge database of stock is that most games which come in, we already have a listing for. A stock change does not change our inventory total, so it is only new items to the site which count.
So, keep an eye on the newly listed page, this week is going to be a good one for the site!
19th August 2010 - No Parcel Despatch on 20th & 23rd
Due to staff holidays there will be no royal mail collection on Friday the 20th or Monday the 23rd of August, this will lead to a slight delay to orders placed on Friday. Normal service resumes on Tuesday the 24th, and all orders will be despatched on this day.
11th August 2010 - Arcade Models Hit the Site
We are very pleased to welcome a new range of bespoke arcade coin-op modelsto the site today. These hand crafted beauties stand about five inches tall, and look fantastic when arranged together. You'll find them through the front page link in the Memoribiliasection, and in the coming week we'll be adding an information page detailing how they are made and the genius behind them.
23rd July 2010 - Slight delayfor pricing enquiries
Due to staff holidays, we will not be able to price collections for cash or exchange for the coming week, orders and parcels are going out as normal, and collections will be priced again on or after the 2nd of August. Apologies to anyone caught up in the delay.
12th July 2010 - Home Page Update + Twitter!
Hope you like the new Front Page icons, which were far more complicated to add than at first thought. Hopefully regular visitors will be pleased by the 'hot update' link which takes you straight to the last seven days worth of new items. The newest feature though is a link to our Twitter feed. Hopefully we'll soon pick up a few followers, and be able to keep you all updated through twitter with the hottest items on the site, and general gaming updates.
Also, the promised Twitter links are coming soon to all in store items - Woohoo!
5th July 2010 - Ebay Shop Update
We're just uploading another two hundred items to our ebay shop. While these items are not of a condition good enough to appear on this site, they are generally cheaper. Why not grab a bargain, and make us pay Ebay commission in the process!
2nd June 2010 : Brand New Game & Watch
It's not often a product from the site gets mentioned on the news page, but when Nintendo decide to release a brand new Game & Watch, it deserves some attention. To celebrate the anniverary of thirty years of G&W, Nintendo have released a new version of Ball. However, rather than offering it for sale, the game was used solely for promotional purposes, being sent to all Platinum members of the Japanese Nintendo club. Can you imagine Nintendo doing anything like that for their British customers?
The game itself is pretty much identical to the original 1980 version, though the embossed information box on the rear has different information and the Nintendo club logo. The box is beautiful, along with the improved inner packaging, and bespoke fold out card stand for the game.
With games being sent to individual addresses within Japan only, getting a quantity for the site has proved difficult, as you need a lot of Japanese friends! However, we have managed to get three shipped into the UK today, original address labels removed from the outer boxes, and all three in MINT and unplayed condition. Item 020256. http://www.retrogames.co.uk/more/on/details/020526
If this doesn't become a super collectible in the years to come, then i'll eat my Virtual Boy carry case.
28th May 2010 : New Link Banner Added
I know, how can we pride ourselves on being advert free, and then put in a big clickable banner, but hey, it's for our sister site, retrobloke.com, so hopefully we can be forgiven. Those of you with eagle-eyes may have noticed that our record site has 'twitter' links for each item, the good news is we plan to add the 'tweet this' feature to retrogames very soon.
19th April 2010 : Retrogames Sister Site upgraded to match
The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that our sister music site, Retroboke, has been radically redesigned, in a similar style to this site. Currently with just under 12,000 LPs, 12's and 7' Singles for sale, check it out atwww.retrobloke.com
Over 300 items have been added in the last day, just in time for Easter! Happy browsing and a happy Easter to all our friends and customers.
21st March 2010 : A few Card Payment Issues