So, I’ve been going to events like Collectorabilia and the Retro Games Fair for a while now. However, that’s always meant that my daughter and I have had to travel all the way up to Leeds. That’s a pretty long drive, especially for my daughter.
Thankfully, for the very first time, the Retro Games Fair is coming to Nottingham, which is a lot closer to us. The Retro Games Fair Nottingham (official page here) is taking place on the 5th of October in the Britannia Hotel and I couldn’t be more excited! So, I wanted to discuss the Retro Games Fair Nottingham quickly and then put together a shortlist of target games that I want to get my hands on.
What Is The Retro Games Fair Nottingham?
So, let’s start by discussing what the Retro Games Fair actually is. The reason I want to do this is in case some of you reading this are expecting something like a small scale E3 or Insomnia, which is definitely not the case.
In essence, the Retro Games Fair is a giant marketplace with a whole host of sellers and merchants. You can find a tonne of different games for sale, with a range of prices too. On top of that, you’ll be able to buy toys, plushies and all sorts of other great bits and pieces for you to enjoy.
Therefore, don’t go to the Retro Games Fair expecting a huge amount of screens and demos to play or anything like that. Instead, bring some cash with you and get ready for a great day of retro game shopping!
How Can I Get To The Retro Games Fair Nottingham?
As already stated, the Retro Games Fair will take place in the Britannia Hotel, located in the centre of Nottingham. So, you may be wondering what the best way to get to it is. Well, I’m here to help!
There are three ways that I would recommend you get to the Retro Games Fair;
- Park and Ride
- Victoria Centre Car Park
Park and Ride
There are a few different Park and Ride locations within Nottingham. Personally, I would recommend the Forest Park and Ride as it is closer to the centre and the tram ride is very short.
However, you can also go to any of the other 7 Park and Ride locations around the city.
It is actually rather cheap and means that you don’t need to drive right into the city centre. So if you don’t like driving on busy roads, it is probably the best option. You’ll still have to walk a bit to get to the Britannia hotel, but it will be a shorter walk than if you park as the Victoria Centre.
Victoria Centre Car Park
Despite the fact that you have to go to Nottingham city centre to get to the Victoria Centre, and that it would involve a slightly longer walk to get to the venue, it would still be my personal choice. This is because the Victoria Centre car park has around 2,000 parking spaces.
So, even though the Retro Games Fair Nottingham takes place on the weekend, you’ll still be able to easily find a space to park. From there, you’ll need to walk down to Trinity Square and then across to the Britannia hotel. That’s about a 5 minute walk, on average. So it really isn’t that far.
However, I should point out the prices of parking in the Victoria Centre;
- Up to 2 hours: £3.90
- Up to 3 hours: £4.90
- Up to 4 hours: £6.90
- Up to 5 hours: £9.30
So, if you are planning to stay at the Retro Games Fair for a long time, or go sight seeing, then it may be cheaper to get the Park and Ride. However, for relatively short stays, I would definitely recommend the Victoria Centre car park.
Getting The Train
The train station for Nottingham city centre is located just south of the Broadmarsh shopping centre. As such, once you get off the train, you’ll need to head through the shopping centre and up to Trinity Square, before once again crossing over to the hotel.
It’s a relatively easy walk up and will only take around 10 minutes to get to the Britannia hotel. So this is another good option if you don’t feel like driving to Nottingham yourself.
My Retro Games Fair Nottingham Shopping List
Okay, so we’ve briefly covered what the Retro Games Fair Nottingham is and the best ways to get there. So, now it’s time to look at what games I am hoping to get my hands on at the Retro Games Fair!
Wild Arms 4 and 5
I had hoped to find these games at the Doncaster Video Game Market (which you can read about here) but, sadly, was unable to. At present, I own Wilds ARMS 1, 2 and 3. As such, being able to get the fourth and fifth games would mean that I own all of the mainline Wild ARMS games!
As someone who likes to collect complete series of games, if I could find these two I would be really happy.
Project Zero 2 and 3
Last time I went to a retro game market, with the help of Jason from New Rising Media, I was able to find a copy of the first Project Zero game in very good condition. Therefore, I am going to be on the look out for the second and third games as well.
I recently saw Project Zero 2 for sale in a retro game shop for £50, but that was far too much for me to pay. So, I’m hoping to find them both for a much more reasonable price. In fact, I’ll probably be looking for the Japanese versions of them, anyway.
Resident Evil Gaiden
At present, I am getting very close to owning at least one copy of every Resident Evil game released. However, one that I don’t see very often is Resident Evil Gaiden for the GameBoy Advanced. Because of this, I will definitely be on the lookout for it at the Retro Games Fair Nottingham.
Final Fantasy VII and VIII International Edition
Despite the fact that I already own both Final Fantasy VII and VIII, part of me really wants to get the Japanese “International” versions of the games. There’s no real point behind this either, except that I want these Japanese versions for my collection.
Plus, I adore Final Fantasy VIII, so having multiple copies of it is completely fine by me!
Rule of Rose (Japanese Import)
This is pretty much the holy grail of retro games for me. I used to have a copy of Rule of Rose many years ago, but it unfortunately got lost when I was moving between countries. Now, to get the European or US versions of the game is extremely expensive… Well beyond my price range.
However, part of me still hopes that I can find a Japanese copy of the game in at least reasonable condition for a suitable price. It is highly unlikely, but I can hope!
Hyaku Shiki Model PlayStation 2
The last thing on this little Retro Games Fair Nottingham wishlist is the Hyaku Shiki limited edition model of the PlayStation 2. As you may or may not know, the PS2 is my all time favourite console. On top of that, I’ve been an almost life-long fan of the Gundam anime franchise.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Gundam franchise (I think it was the 20th), a special gold version of the PS2 was released. It featured the Japanese characters for Hyaku Shiki (Char’s Mobile Suit in the Zeta Gundam series) and came with the game Mobile Suit Gundam Z: AEUG Vs. Titans.
It’s also extremely rare! I have seen it sell for anywhere from £100 to £400… And since I will have a limited budget, it is unlikely I’ll be able to get it. However, I’ll be looking for it first, before I go looking for any games. If I can find one for a price that fits my budget, you can guarantee I’ll be getting my hands on it!
And That’s All Folks
That was a quick rundown of the Retro Games Fair Nottingham, how to get there and what I’ll be on the lookout for once my daughter and I get there. If I’m able to get a decent 4G signal in the Britannia hotel, I’m also planning on live streaming a bit from within the event over on my Twitch channel (here), so make sure you’re following me on there so you get a notification when I go live from the Retro Games Fair Nottingham!
Are you planning to go? Do you have any specific games you want to get? Let me know in the comments below!