Where to buy retro consoles online in Australia
Start building your retro console collection today by visiting these online stores.
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Retro consoles are one of the best ways to get a nostalgia fix. They can also be a canny financial investment, depending on how much you pay.
From the vintage Atari 2600 to the beloved Super Nintendo, there are scores of machines available on the reseller market waiting to be rediscovered. If you're planning to start your own collection of classic consoles, here are some of the best places to buy in Australia.
Retro or remake?
One thing to think about before buying a retro console is whether you want the original, vintage model or a modern "reimagining". Examples of the latter include the hugely popular Super Nintendo Mini, the NES Classic Edition and the Sega MegaDrive Mini – all of which were made by the original manufacturers.
The upside of modern remakes is that they are optimised for HD TVs and come with extra features like inbuilt saves. The downside is that you're usually stuck with whatever retro games came in the package. (i.e. You can't use original discs or cartridges.)
Genuine retro models will let you play any game you can get your hands on and can't be beaten for nostalgia. However, their age may result in total hardware failure and most of them won't properly work on a modern TV (there's no HDMI, for a start.)
With that in mind, we've included online retailers that sell both types of console. Choose the type that is best for you.
Where can you buy retro consoles online?
eBay is the biggest reseller market for used video games consoles in Australia. This makes it relatively easy to find the model you're looking for, although you can expect bidding to get quite high on popular items. eBay's video games section has a handy filter on the left-hand side that lets you refine your search to concentrate on specific consoles or manufacturers.
- Huge range of retro consoles and accessories
- Click and collect available
- Refurbished consoles available for reduced prices
- Easily compare prices from local and international sellers
The Gamesmen is an Australian-owned video game retailer that has been operating for 38 years. It offers a large selection of retro gaming products from most major manufacturers.
- Australia Post's eParcel delivery service
- $6.95 flat shipping fee for orders under 200g in weight
- Official eBay store available
- Same-day delivery in Sydney
ozgameshop.com contains a huge selection of products suitable for retro gamers. There is a page on its site dedicated to retro gaming. It specialises in selling remakes of classic consoles and handheld retro game compilations.
- Free shipping on orders over $50
- 14-day returns
- Sign up to the ozgameshop.com and earn Player Points for shopping
- Lots of retro handhelds available
As an online marketplace selling an almost endless selection of products, Amazon is a go-to for retro games and accessories. It also provides access to international sellers, particularly from the US.
- Free delivery on eligible items with Amazon Prime membership
- Easily compare prices from various sellers
- Retro games and accessories also available
- See customer ratings before you shop
Kogan sells a wide selection of new and old consoles, including miniature arcade machines of 8-bit classics like Frogger.
- Free delivery on eligible items
- Full size arcade machines available
- Exclusive discounts and free delivery on all items with a Kogan First membership
- Earn and use Qantas Frequent Flyer Points
Zavvi is an online retailer specialising in pop culture that also stocks gaming products at discounted prices. It has a section dedicated to retro arcade machines and consoles.
- Free shipping for orders over $200
- Tracked shipping available
- 14-day returns
- Sign up to the Zavvi newsletter to receive exclusive offers and discounts
365 Games sells a wide range of gaming products. It has a dedicated section for retro enthusiasts including games cartdiges for legacy systems.
- Flat rate shipping fee of £2.99 per item
- 30-day returns
- Secure payment options
- Join the 365 Games loyalty program to earn Player Points when you shops
Which of these retailers offer free delivery?
- Amazon: Free delivery on millions of eligible items with an Amazon Prime membership
- eBay: Free delivery on millions of eligible items with an eBay Plus membership
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