As we continue our wild-goose chase across the United Kingdom for the remaining retro gaming specialists, today's visit saw the RetroCollect team head to Ripon. With the newly opened Electric Town a street away from the town centre, our pixel hungry wallets were rather pleased with the selection on offer spanning a wide range of defunct systems.
Electric Town comes as no stranger to RetroCollect. Having already visited their Castleford branch, which is overstocked from floor to ceiling with more games than your average eBay seller, we had high hopes for the Ripon store.
Unsurprisingly we were impressed within seconds of stepping in from the pouring rain. Towards the left side of the entrance was a glass cabinet stocked with countless rare retro gaming eye-candy, making the visit even more worthwhile.
There are very few places (not including your impressive collection rooms) where you can walk in and stand in front of Evolution 2 (Sega Dreamcast), Space Channel 5 Part 2 (Sony PlayStation 2), Suikoden II (Sony PlayStation 1) and various Nintendo Game & Watch handhelds, Electric Town however is one of them.
Not only was the said display case filled with a huge selection of retro gaming items, but at least a good third of the shelving space on the shop floor featured a wealth of games fit for any classic game collector. If anything, there was too much on offer. The RetroCollect team often found themselves asking for various items to be moved aside only to catch a glimpse of more titles hidden behind stacks of other retro games limiting the view.
Guided Tour of Electric Town (Ripon, North Yorkshire)
While their main trade without a doubt will be the wealth of modern gamers within the region, you cannot help but see that both branches under the growing Electric Town name are being run by avid (and potentially retro) gamers.
This was only confirmed by the conversation which followed after we requested a few titles from the cabinets. The employees certainly seemed pleased to help out a fellow gamer yet to be brainwashed by the hordes of first-person shooters, shortly before offering us access to even more retro games behind the counter and in the stock room.
But for the most important part, the prices in Electric Town were surprisingly good. So often do we visit shops stocking retro games, only to find prices which make the likes of eBay feel cheap. Electric Town however seemed to either match the average eBay price tag or beat it by a few pounds, something which is tough to find.
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