8-Bit Hall of Fame is one of the coolest retrogaming stores around. I spent over $2000 there in today’s hunt for retro games, being the vintage gaming shop’s largest sale to date. This review of Jason’s incredible store will explain why 8-Bit is as awesome as it is, and what TCG found there that was easily worth all the money we spent.

How did I find out about these guys? | 8 Bit Hall of Fame

Entering the 8-Bit Hall of Fame

October 29th, 2014

Always looking to improve my collection, I am constantly on the hunt to buy games. My preference is retro games in particular. Times have been getting tough for buying retro games at thrift shops, flea markets, and on craigslist. Sadly, after trying to work out an unsuccessful deal with Play ‘N Trade manager, I noticed that several retrogaming franchises had been closing shop in South Florida.

Fumbling around on Facebook, I see a reshare from 8-Bit Hall of Fame, a retrogaming store around 3 hours away. Sweet. The post says, “Just finished cleaning these NES games”. As I click the picture, my eyes are fastened on titles like Contra Force, Metroid, and other solid games. Hype ensues. Retro games like these are becoming more scarce due to the limited supply and poor circulation of existing supply. So, finding a pristine copy of Contra Force in the wild is not probable. If you’re interested in buying retro games like this one, you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny. At this point, I’m wondering what his prices are like to determine if I should drive three hours to get there. Why is this business succeeding while others are not? Who are they?

October 30th, 2014

Visiting my family on the other coast, I am reminded of this little retrogaming store that is much closer to them than me. With no time to spare on this trip, I fail to stop in. I picked up a bunch of sweet retro games through another channel, so I did not go home empty-handed. But, I’ve yet to see the 8 Bit Hall of Fame.

November 8th, 2014

8 bit hall of fame facebookI sparked the idea of taking a road trip to 8-Bit. I told the rest of the TCG crew about the plan. It would be a long three hour drive. Even though I have only heard good things, the guys and I are skeptical about investing a full day. Will it be worth the drive? I don’t know. To help figure out if this potential opportunity to buy vintage games would be going down, I sent 8-Bit Hall of Fame a message on Facebook. I got a response right away.

On Our Way | 8-Bit Hall of Fame

8 Bit Hall of Fame Entire Store View

November 15th, 2014

Hype is increasing as we come to the end of the three hour drive. We see a full art retrogaming window cling. We’re here, and this place looks awesome! I walk in and the walls are plastered with memorabilia, artistic homages, and a myriad of retrogaming merchandise for sale. This is a legit retrogaming store, with an owner that knows gaming. Check out this video where I do a run through of the 8-Bit Hall of Fame.

8-Bit Hall of Fame Retrogaming Store and Pickup Showcase

8-Bit Hall of Fame turned out to be a great road trip. Optimus Grind shows you around the store and new additions to his vintage gaming collection in this video. Check out what extremely rare classic Jason and WarioMCP are playing.

Rare Retrogaming Memorabilia and Jason | 8 Bit Hall of Fame

WarioMCP Jamming Secret Scout at 8 Bit Hall of Fame
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When Optimus first pitched the idea to me, I was indeed skeptical. I’ve seen plenty of purported “retrogaming” shops or places that house a small selection of overpriced and expensive, yet mediocre titles. For the average gamer who might only have a passive interest in retro games, it’s nearly impossible to find a trustworthy and reputable seller with prices to match. My skepticism was torn asunder as soon as I stepped foot into the 8 Bit Hall of Fame. The place was packed with tons of artifacts from an era of gaming quickly forgotten. Hundreds of NES, SNES, and N64 cartridges lined the walls, separated from each other by these sweet arcade cabinets that functioned as all-in-one MAME emulators. The focal point of the design was centered on a soft couch in the middle of the room facing a wall of TVs, each with a different console hooked up to it. Above them, a CiB Virtual Boy lie shelved next to a Sharp Nintendo TV in excellent condition. If any store could be considered devoted to retrogaming, it was this one. The owner, Jason, was very obviously passionate about his craft. While Optimus and GtVSlayer conducted business, Jason and I spent at least an hour or two chatting about this game or that game, interjecting interesting factoids as we reminisced about the games we loved and still love. By the end of it, we came out with a ton of games and merchandise and another ally in our quest to showcase cool content to gamers. As you can see in the pictures, this place is the real deal. If you have any desire for retrogaming and live in South Florida, this place comes at our highest recommendation.

Buy, Sell and Trade Retro Games | 8 Bit Hall of Fame

Buying Retrogames and Collectibles at 8 Bit Hall of Fame in Bonita Beach, FL.

We ended up buying 94 games and a few other goodies from Jason. He really is a great dude. As Matt suggested, if you live in that area and you need to buy, sell, or trade anything-you need to run down to 8 Bit. I could have bought more but I’m not someone that invests heavily into boxed games. He’s got a really sick collection of boxed games including Sculptor’s Cut N64, Ogre Battle 64, and more on this system alone. Aesthetically, they are nice, but I feel as if I would rather have more games overall than just boxed ones. I’m sure that could change depending on price but I’m a realist. Here is the list of things we did pick up.

SNES Retro Games | 8-Bit Hall of Fame

Emulators with Tons of Games at 8 Bit Hall of Fame, Free to Play!

  • ActRaiser
  • Darius Twin
  • The Lost Vikings
  • Gunforce
  • King of the Monsters
  • Super Troll Islands
  • Sunset Riders Video
  • Battletoads / Double Dragon
  • Run Saber
  • Boogerman A Pick and Flick Adventure
  • Blackthorne
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie
  • Super Bomberman Video
  • Leathal Weapon
  • Gengis Khan II
  • Saturday Night Slam Masters
  • Metal Marines
  • Biometal
  • ActRaiser 2
  • Mr. Nutz
  • Hook Article
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Lemmings
  • Super Punch-Out!! Video
  • Joe and Mac
  • Wolfenstien 3D
  • Tin Star
  • Alien vs Predator
  • The Deat and Return of Superman
  • Timeslip
  • Mechwarrior
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
  • Double Dragon V The Shadow Falls
  • Super Adventure Island II Video
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors Article | Video
  • Gradius III Video
  • Spawn
  • Micky’s Ultimate Challenge

NES Retro Games | 8-Bit Hall of Fame

Tons of Games for Sale at 8-Bit Hall of Fame

  • Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road
  • Super Mario Bros Article
  • Urban Champion
  • Metroid Article
  • Clu Clu Land
  • Monster Party
  • Super C
  • RBI Baseball
  • RBI Baseball 3
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! Video
  • Adventure Island
  • Mega Man 6
  • Contra Force
  • Spelunker
  • Power Punch II
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Monster Party
  • Hogan’s Alley
  • Defender of the Crown
  • Bomberman
  • Immortal
  • North / South
  • Gradius Article | Video
  • Adventure Island II
  • Gauntlet II
  • Journey to Silus
  • Secret Scout
  • Batman Return of the Joker

Nintendo Gamecube Retro Games | 8-Bit Hall of Fame

Tons of Boxed Games and Consoles at 8-Bit Hall of Fame

  • Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door
  • Metroid Prime
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
  • X-Men The Official Game
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Eternal Darkness Sanity’s Requiem
  • X-Men Legends
  • Sealed Mega Man Anniversary Collection
  • Viewtiful Joe Red Hot Rumble
  • Viewtiful Joe 2
  • Sonic Battle Adventure 2

Playstation Retro Games | 8-Bit Hall of Fame

There are at least 7 TV running to try games before you buy

  • Final Fantasy XII Collector’s Edition
  • Contra Legacy of War
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Final Fantasy Chronicles
  • Tactics Ogre with Strategy Guide
  • Castlevania Symphony of the Night

1988 Mega Man 2 OST by Takashi Tateishi

Mega Man 2 Soundtrack on Vinyl Record

Pressed by Moonshake Records | Number 174 / 250

Arguably the best Mega Man on the NES, Mega Man II had a phenomenal soundtrack. Without Takashi Tateishi, I don’t know if Mega Man would have ever become the game it is today. Mastering the NES NEF files, Moonshake records created a beautiful silk screen limited edition vinyl record. They are currently taking orders for an upcoming Zelda I and II vinyl that I will be in line for. You can find out more about that here: Zelda I and II Vinyl. One of the cool things about the Mega Man II Vinyl is that they’ve added the coolest song from NES Duck Tales soundtrack, Moon Theme.

Side 1

  • 1. Opening
  • 2. Title
  • 3. Password
  • 4. Stage Select
  • 5. Game Start
  • 6. Metalman
  • 7. Airman
  • 8. Bubbleman
  • 9. Quickman
  • 10. Crashman
  • 11. Flashman
  • 12. Heatman
  • 13. Woodman
  • 14. Stage Clear

Side 2

  • 15. Get a Weapon
  • 16. Dr Wily UFO
  • 17. Dr Wily Stage 1
  • 18. Dr Wily Stage 2
  • 19. Last Stage
  • 20. Boss
  • 21. Clear Demo
  • 22. All Stage Clear
  • 23. Ending
  • 24. Staff Roll
  • 25. Game Over
  • 26. Sound Effect
  • 27. Sound Effects
  • 28. Ducktales Moon Theme

Tons of retro games, great atmosphere, and a good price go a long way, but the top notch service goes even further. We are definitely looking forward to building a long-term relationship with the 8-bit Hall of Fame owner and more retrogaming shops in the area. If you’re on Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs, or live close by, check out the 8-Bit Hall of Fame. It’s a cool spot to be. We really had a great time doing this and would love to have more opportunities like it. If you’ve got a small business related to gaming we would love to work with you on increasing your exposure. That offer stands for anyone with gaming involvement. Shoot me an email at vintagegameplayer@gmail.com and we will come up with some cool way to work together to achieve goals.

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