The AOA elves are back to help you with your holiday shopping. For the next couple of weeks we'll be bringing you fun, interesting, local gift ideas for the holiday season.
On this ninth day of the gift guide, AOA brings to you: retro video games and a partridge in a pear tree.
OK, no partridge. And no tree. But the rest, yes. Absolutely.
I'm not much of a gamer myself - when I think games, I think of Scrabble or Apples to Apples. And my video game skills don't go too far past the occasional attempt at "Guitar Hero." But for the right person -- the video game freak (or is it geek?) who doesn't just want the hot new thing but appreciates a good game of Super Mario Brothers, Pastime Legends is your place.
On a recent trip to Pastime Legends, I found vintage games by Atari, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo and more.
Oh and they've also got the retro consoles too, including Atari 2600, which comes with five games for $49.99. Handheld Gameboy games go for $5 a pop, and they'd make great stocking stuffers.
Many of the games sold here are actually "gently used" copies of pretty current stuff. So you can also score a gently used copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops. But wouldn't it be more fun to be able to hold a post-Christmas Donkey Kong challenge? King of Kong anyone?
Retro video games and accessories.
Who's it for?
The gamers on your list, kids (you can share the games you grew up with back in the old days) or kids at heart. Also folks who want to relive their youth.
PSP games run from $2.99 to $9.99 while Atari games go for $1.99 each and Super Nintendo games will set you back somewhere between $1.99 and $9.99. A Sega Genesis 2 console retails for just $24.99 while a Super Nintendo set goes for $54.99.
Pastime Legends, 292 Lark St., Albany. Phone: 518-512-5353
Also: Pastime Legends, 37 Mohawk Ave., Scotia. Phone: 518-374-4050
You can also find vintage games at Forgotten Freshness, 377 Hudson Ave., Mechanicville. Phone: 518-664-1003.
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