Retron5 Has Created a Retro Resurgence Monster
The title says it all. The RetroN 5 has caused the demand for retro games to go up. Is this because everyone thinks they have a gaming goldmine? Does this mean the price will climb? How does this affect collectors?
I’ve seen the demand for retro games rise the last few years, but nothing like this. I’ve gone to several mom and pop stores in my area. It appears they are sold out of first party Genesis and SNES controllers. The popular retro games for SNES/Genesis/Nintendo seem to be missing. There are no multiple copies of Sonic, Mario, Starfox, Metroid, Streets of Rage, everything is gone. Even the obscure RPGs are gone, despite their high prices. Everything is being bought up by people who want to relive their childhood.
Thanks to the RetroN 5 it is now possible for almost anyone to play the games they loved so many years ago. Before the RetroN 5, gamers had to buy a Genesis, SNES, Master System, NES, GBA, etc., paying well over $150 if they wanted to replay some of their childhood gaming experiences. Or they could buy the games virtually on PSN/Virtual Console/XBL, but for many of us is not what we were looking for. While some of the classics are fine through emulation, others feel like cheap knock offs from the bargain bin. Now the answer is clear: just buy the RetroN5.
I think in the long run the RetroN 5 will affect collectors. Prices will climb for all sorts of games as more RetroN 5's are snatched up by eager people. Common NES/Gensis/SNES games will come up in price not only due to demand, but because everyone thinks they have a retro goldmine. I speculate the $5 Sonic 2 may become a $15 Sonic 2 in just a few months. Ideally, if I was a collector I would hang onto everything, both common and rare games, and see where the prices go.
The RetroN 5 is making so much possible for retro gamers and the best is yet to come. Now excuse me. I need to get back to playing Boogerman.