Retro Gaming Gifts from Classic Games
Whether it’s Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders or another arcade game classic, there are still plenty of people out there who are nostalgic for yesteryear. Let’s face it, what’s old is new again, and there are some really cool options when it comes to retro gaming gifts for your gamer friends. From updated consoles to game-inspired toys and accessories, there is a wide range of options when it comes to retro gaming gifts. Let’s take a look at all the incredible possibilities.
Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic System
Before there was the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Switch, there was the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic System. When it comes to retro gaming gifts, this legendary console will certainly make die-hard fans of Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy very happy. Pre-loaded with 30 games, this version is a smaller and sleeker compared to the original but still offers all of the fun and hours of entertainment. Along with the famous grey console, the system comes with the NES Classic Controller and an adapter, but it also works with the Classic Controller and the Classic Controller Pro, although those are sold separately.
Arcade1up Arcade Cabinet
We’ve recommended this product before and are recommending it again. Between this and the NES Classic above, there really isn’t a better retro gaming gift available today. This 3/4th size arcade cabinet includes real arcade parts to play your favorite classic games. Different versions include different controls and games, so make sure to pick your favorite. We are personally fans of the Street Fighter version, but other games exist too. Street Fighter fans should definitely check our out Street Fighter Gifts article too!
Retro Space Invaders Journal
Whether it’s to keep track of high scores, journal thoughts or doodle all day, this Retro Space Invaders Journal stands out for its recognizable design with simple alien patterns adorning the brown-hued cover. Measuring 5.8” x 8.25” x .8”, this stylish notebook features 232 college-ruled pages. When it comes to thoughtful retro gaming gifts, this surely fits the bill and is quite useful in the long run.
Kinco Ba Mini Keychain Pendant Game Tetris Game
For those gamers on the go, this Kinco Ba Mini Keychain Pendant Game featuring everyone’s favorite moving blocks challenge is sure to be a satisfying experience during their downtime. Available in red, this little gadget fits into the palm of the hand, it’s that tiny; but just because it’s small doesn’t mean it isn’t big on fun. Perfect for players of all ages, the key chain features 26 Tetris games that are built-in, and the speed and difficult can be chosen with ease. Two LR44 button cell batteries are included with the key chain so game play can start right away. If you’re looking for a Tetris themed gift instead, head on over to our article designed just for that: 10 Awesome Tetris Gifts.
Surreal Entertainment Pac-Man Game Over Screen Fleece Throw Blanket
When it comes to retro gaming gifts, the Surreal Entertainment Pac-Man Game Over Screen Fleece Throw Blanket is the gift that gives on giving. This comfy throw is perfect for staying warm when playing video games old and new all night, or all day for the matter. Super soft, the throw features the famous screen with Pac-Man and a few of his ghost friends. Measuring 60 inches long and 45 inches wide, this comfy throw is sure to enhance any gaming experience.
Super Mario Bros. Heat Changing Mug
Mario fans will love this collector’s edition mug inspired by the 1980s original classic game. Along with being great for drinking coffee or tea in between playing video games, this mug is also fun to watch. The cold version shows a Mario level background, but when it turns hot the image transforms to include coins, enemies and other distinctive details. It really is an awesome novelty to have at home or the office.
Atari Arcade Video Game Room Neon Sign Light
If you need a gift to go in someone’s game room or basement, then this Atari Arcade Video Game Room Neon Sign Light is an awesome possibility. Those who prefer decor over other kinds of retro gaming gifts, will certainly appreciate this interesting accent which measures “19” by “15” and brightens up any room. When it comes to displaying it, the metal frame comes with a chain or it can also be mounted on a wall. So if you’re looking for a colorful and unique gift, then consider this illuminating option that is sure to be a conversation starter anytime you have people over.
Serious arcade game lovers will love this quirky Qbert Pillow. The funny-looking orange character famous for bouncing around the 2-D game adorns the black pillow, and adds an interesting aesthetic to any room. Just looking at it is sure to bring on happy childhood memories for many people. Plus, it has an updated modern, design look to it even though the character is from the eighties.
Pole Position Old Classic Retro Game Poster
Auto racing fans are sure to remember the fun arcade game Pole Position, and this Old Classic Retro Game Poster brings those happy times back to life. Measuring 13 x 19, this eye-catching piece makes a fantastic addition to any game room. This gift is sure to bring back those revving memories.
Donkey Kong Etched Pint Glass
As far as retro gaming gifts go, this Donkey Kong Etched Pint Glass doesn’t disappoint. The handmade glassware features the famous ape, and is just the gift someone needs to enjoy a cold pint or two. You could get one glass or get a few for a cool, complete set so others can appreciate the Donkey Kong awesomeness.
The Best Games from a Previous Generation
So as you can see, there are quite a few interesting retro gaming gifts out there. Whether it’s a mug, wall accent, journal or another item inspired by old school video games, you certainly won’t be lost with variety. Plus, the recipient will most likely geek out over getting any of these original items. Just make sure to ask yourself a few questions before making a final decision. Is your friend more of a Nintendo or an Atari person? Are they fans of Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong or another arcade favorite? Do you think they will prefer something practical or something just for fun? Can they add it to their retro game novelty collection? After answering those few questions, no doubt you’ll be able to pick the perfect present for your friend.