A little while back I wrote about the struggle of finding Retro Gaming shops near me and how I was pretty much limited to CeX (here). However, things may have finally changed and I may have had some luck in the search for a decent retro game shop within reasonable distance, thanks to Retro Game Rater. Yesterday, after 5 days of redecoration and renovation on our house, my wife and I decided to spend the day relaxing with a trip out to Derby.
Whilst we were there, I decided that I would go and check out Mobile Game Exchange, the shop that Retro Game Rater suggested to me. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much because of how bad my luck has been recently… But here’s what the trip was like!
The Drive Over
One thing that is important to me is that a shop is easy to get to. As I will usually have my daughter with me when I go out, I need a retro gaming shop near me that won’t take too long to get to. Thankfully, Derby is only about 30 minutes drive away from us, so it is really simple to head over there. This is especially true with the fact that the M1 and A52 lead directly into the city.
On top of this, the intu Derby shopping centre is just off the A52 as well, by about 3 minutes depending on traffic. So that means that you have a super-direct route to the shopping centre. Mobile Game Exchange is literally across the road from the shopping centre, making it incredibly simple to get to. That’s a big positive to me!
The Retro Gaming Stock
Another really important aspect of any retro gaming shop is the stock that they have available. If you walk into a shop and there are only a handful of very common games that you can find pretty much everywhere, it can be a real letdown. This certainly wasn’t the case with Mobile Game Exchange in Derby. As soon as I walked in, I was blown away by the games they had in the various display cabinets and sitting on the shelves.
It was like I had found a treasure trove of wonderful retro games. It was all I could do to not drool. The guys running Mobile Game Exchange were also nice enough to let me film in the shop, so here’s a little walk-around video (as well as the games I bought).
They had a nice collection of modern games for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One X, as you would expect from any game shop these days. I mean, from a business perspective, it makes sense. However, the guys at Mobile Game Exchange told me that they would rather just have the retro stuff out in the shop instead.
Despite that, they still have a huge amount of retro games in the shop. For example, they actually had some factory sealed Neo Geo X cartridges, a host of MegaDrive and GameGear games as well as a tonne of Super Nintendo and NES cartridges as well. There was a decent amount of PlayStation, PS2 and PS3 games, along with a nice range of Xbox and Xbox 360 games as well. Mobile Game Exchange has a little bit of everything, for everyone.
However, the thing that really blew my mind was when they pointed out Mario Bros for the Atari. I’ll be honest, I never knew Mario Bros came out on the Atari, so that was an awesome thing to see!
Retro Game Prices
The last thing to take into account when it comes to a retro game shop is the price of the games within the shop. Mobile Game Exchange, I must say, has some very reasonable prices! For example, I managed to get myself on a Complete In Box copy of God of War: Ascension Special Edition (with The Last of Us downloadable demo) in really good condition for just £8. That’s a really good price.
Most of the games in the shop are priced as fairly as this, due in part to the fact that the owners are all big retro game fans who understand the value of the various games. This means that you don’t get overpriced games and you don’t feel like you are being cheated. That’s really important to me. The fact that the games are all lovingly cared for and looked after also means that you’ll be able to get games that are in really good condition.
And That’s All Folks
All in all, I am really impressed by Mobile Game Exchange. I think I’ve already explained how much I liked the shop and the people in it, but one major plus point was how friendly the guys were. We just chatted about games for a while, until I had to get going. In terms of a review conclusion, the best way to explain my opinion of Mobile Game Exchange would be this; I am most certainly going back there, multiple times.
Have you been to Mobile Game Exchange? Let me know what you thought of the shop in the comments below!