WATCH: Geeky Toy Store Tour: 8 Bit & Up

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Mar 26, 2021, 11:03 PM EDT (Updated)

In this day and age of the Xbox One, the PS4, and Nintendo Switch, it may be interesting to know that some gamers still love to play those classic video games (including arcade) most of us grew up with ... and that there's a place in the Big Apple where such treasures can be found.

Marcus Richardson, manager of vintage video game store 8 Bit & Up in New York's East Village, was on hand to give us a tour and chat with SYFY WIRE about the many modern and retro delights found in his store. Sure, he carries all the latest consoles, but he's also got such classics as Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Atari, and Sega ... and the games to go with them.


8 Bit & Up is not exactly a museum but a store where hardcore NYC gamers like to hang out and more casual gamers like to get lost for an hour or two looking for that special old-timey video game that will make their day.

Some of the coolest things they have include Japanese PlayStation 2s, a copy of Bandai's extremely rare Stadium Events, and a Gameboy sewing machine! Oh, and they also hold a weekly tournament every Thursday called 8-Bit Dojo, in case any of you feel like testing your might.

Additional reporting by Nathalie Caron.