Paid online subscriptions, six hour download times, incomplete microtransactions and games. Playing video games has come a long way from just inserting a cartridge into a console and mashing buttons in minutes.
As consoles and video games evolve into increased online gameplay, retro video game stores are keeping the classics alive. Below is a list of the top five retro video game stores in South Bay that can help take a gamer back to a time when they were just gamer and video game.
5. Bros game store
Bros Game Shop offers a variety of video games, accessories, and consoles. The shop also includes repair services in case an old console does not work properly and professional disc repairs that include not only video games but also movie DVDs, music CDs and computer Roms. Special import video games and ordering hard-to-find video game products are also available at the Bros Game Shop.
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. From Friday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Address: 18214 Prairie Avenue, Torrance, CA 90504.
Social networks: Facebook.com/BrosGameShop
4. 4 Geekz Stuff
Stuff 4 Geekz not only has a huge collection of retro video games, but also rare video game and anime products. Personalized decorative items, artwork, clothing and accessories can also be found at this location. The store has a wall lined with Funko figures on the left and video games on the right. Behind the showcases in the center are rare video game consoles like the Pokemon Nintendo 64 edition.
Hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Contact: (424) 329-0440
Address: 3120 West 182nd Street. Torrance, California 90504.
Social networks: Facebook.com/stuff4geekz IG: @ stuff4geekz
3. Classic controller
While Classic Controller has a good selection of retro video games, what Classic Controller does best is its access to collectibles. The store owner is knowledgeable and often has rare video games, accessories, comics, retro toys, and consoles in stock. The store is also a great place to search for any classic controller on any console. Classic Controller is a great store for any collector looking to start or expand their collection of rare video games, comics, toys, and even the now defunct Nintendo Power magazine.
Hours: Tuesday, closed. Monday to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Contact: (310) 400-7841
Address: 1113 West Gardena Boulevard Suite A, Gardena, CA 90247
Social networks: Facebook.com/str8tfaded IG: @ classic_controller
2. Toys versus games
Toys vs Games is where the inner child of anyone born in the ’80s or’ 90s can go and have some fun. The store has a huge collection of retro video games and classic toys. Along with having a very well-curated selection of toys and games, special edition CRT TVs can also be found in the store if a gamer wants an all-inclusive retro experience. Toys vs Games is a great place for anyone looking to experience a bit of nostalgia.
Hours: Mon You are. Thursday. Fri 11 am-7pm Wednesday. noon – 7 p.m. Sat-Sun, noon – 6 p.m.
Contact: (310) 621-7250
Address: 629 North Avalon Boulevard, Suite A. Wilmington, CA 90744.
1. Cali Games
Cali Games is celebrating 21 years of providing the video game and video game accessories community. The store offers a large collection of old and new video games. Lined with several gaming aisles, the selection of original Playstation games is as large as the selection of more recent Playstation 4 games. In addition to providing an extensive collection of games, the experts at Cali Games also provide repair services for phones, computers and video game systems.
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Contact: (310) 978-0880
Address: 14401 Hawthorne Boulevard, Lawndale, CA 90260
Social networks: IG: @CaliGames Facebook.com/caligames