As the RetroCollect Squad continues to search the United Kingdom for retro gaming specialists, we were pleased to stumble upon a well stocked classic game shop situated in the heart of Liverpool. In the basement of Merseyside's quirky alternative shopping centre, Quiggins, Level Up! held plenty of reason to venture down.
Upon arriving at Level Up! we were greeted by a locked door and a sign saying 'Back in 5 minutes, gone to rescue the princess'. While we didn't have to wait too long to venture inside, the allure of countless retro games behind glass made the wait feel twice as long. A quick glance through the shop's exterior showcased various boxed consoles, shelves upon shelves of games spanning multiple platforms and even a rather interesting 'bargain bucket'.
The wait, however, was worth it. If the various price stickers on the shop's stock wasn't enough to suggest that there were bargains to be had, the staff at Level Up! were quick to inform us that they often opted to beat the frustrating prices found on eBay from time to time. This statement was soon proved true by one of their rarer items on display, a complete in box Action Replay cheat cartridge for the Sega Mega Drive, priced up at just £19.99 compared to eBay's asking price of around £25 and upwards.
Elsewhere around the shop were the regular appearances from the Sega & Nintendo retro games, but the real draw for us was the selection of classic computer software tucked away in the corner. Fans of the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amiga and Amstrad CPC will be happy shoppers in this basement dwelling.
Beside the shop's counter were also several cabinets filled with unboxed cartridges for the majority of Sega and Nintendo consoles. The spines of the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 games were delicately labelled up using easy to remove paper spines, a huge bonus compared to the cringe-worthy permanent marker treatment from the Electronics Boutique days.
Guided Tour of Level Up (Retro Game Shop in Liverpool, UK)
Link: Level Up! Facebook Page
Link: Level Up! on Google Maps
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