Retro Video Game Holiday Gift Guide!

Posted by Steven Collier on Nov. 21st, 2015

Updated 2022

Nintendo, Super Nintendo, GameBoy, Sega, Retron 5, N64 Consoles, Games, Cartridges! It gets so confusing when you're trying to buy a gift for any retro video game fan in your life. Where do you start? Well, have no fear. DKOldies is offering more help than its usual free shipping and 120-Day warranties this holiday season. Today, we are proud to present you with this handy gift guide that should help clear up a lot of questions you might be experiencing.

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System Consoles Original

System Consoles New

Video Games

Nintendo NES: NES Most Popular, NES For Kids, NES For Mom and Dad

Super Nintendo: SNES Most Popular, SNES For Kids, SNES For Mom and Dad

Nintendo 64: N64 Most Popular, N64 For Kids, N64 For Mom and Dad

Game Cube: GameCube Most Popular, GameCube For Kids, GameCube For Mom and Dad

Game Boy: Gameboy Most Popular, Gameboy For Kids, Gameboy For Mom and Dad

Genesis: Genesis Most Popular, Genesis For Kids, Genesis For Mom and Dad


Do I want an Original or New Retro Gaming System?

If you're looking to buy a gaming system, this is the main question you need to figure out. So, let's take a look at what makes our systems unique.


Original Systems are the authentic Nintendo and Sega products you remember from your childhood. They are all 100% refurbished and work like new, but are becoming increasingly scarce.

Best Selling Original Game Systems

1. NES Mario 123 Pak

Nintendo NES Original Console and Mario 123 Game Pack

2. N64 Mario Pak

Nintendo 64 Original Console and Mario Game Pack

3. SNES Mario 1, 2, Kart Pak

Super Nintendo Game Console and Mario Kark 1 and 2 Game Pack

4. Genesis Sonic Pack

Sega Genesis Original Console and Sonic Game Pack

5. Gamecube Platinum Mario Pak

Nintendo Game Cube Original Console and Mario Game Package

Shop All Original Gaming Systems

NES Systems

SNES Systems

N64 Systems

GameBoy Advanced Systems


New retro video game consoles are systems that are being produced today. They will play your original Nintendo and Sega cartridges. On some models, you can play multiple platforms on one system, use original controllers and have many features, like HD ports and internal save drives that they just didn't have long ago.

Best Selling New Game Systems

1. Retron 5

2. Retron3

3. SupaBoy


Alright, now that we've got the system primer out of the way, you're probably wondering what games you should even buy for these systems. Well read on, because below we've compiled lists for each system that should answer that very question!

Nintendo NES Original Old School Gaming System


The NES was released all the way back in 1985. Nintendo's original system was where many of the most iconic video game franchises got their start, and as such is held in high regard by gamers of all ages. Despite its dated hardware, the NES is a must-own system for any retro gamer. 

Most Popular NES Games: 

1. Mario 3

2. Mario  Duck Hunt

3. Mike Tysons Punch Out

4. Donkey Kong

5. Battletoads

Shop All Popular NES Games

NES Games for Kids:


2. PaperBoy

3. Duck Tales

4. Chip N Dale

5. Tecmo Super Bowl

Best NES Categories For Kids:
Family, Disney, Games Under $10

NES Games for Mom's and Dad's: 

1. Legend of Zelda

2. Final Fantasy

3. Contra

4. Double Dragon

5. Metroid

Best NES Categories for Mom and Dad

Action, Sports, Rare Games


Best Super Nintendo SNES Original Game Sytem Store Buyers Guide

Released in 1990, the successor to the NES benefited from a great many technical improvements. If the NES defined what we know as retro gaming, the SNES perfected it. It's the best console for any child of the 90s. 

Most Popular SNES Games: 

1. Super Mario World

2. Donkey Kong Country

3. Street Fighter II

4. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

5. Mario All Stars

Shop All Popular SNES Games

SNES Games for Kids:

1. Tecmo Super Bowl

2. Mario Kart

3. Lion King

4. Aladdin

Best SNES Categories for Kids:
Family, Disney, Kirby Series, Games Under $10

SNES Games for Mom and Dad:

1. Mortal Kombat

2. Madden NFL '94

3. Star Fox

4. Mega Man X

5. Super Metroid

Best SNES Categories for Mom and Dad:
Action, Sports , Madden, Mortal Kombat, Rare Games


Refurbished N64 Game Console and Video Game Store

The N64 was released in 1996, and introduced a new generation of 3D games to the market. Many of its flagship titles are still played by millions of young gamers every year. This is a fantastic console for the millennials in your life.

Most Popular N64 Games: 

1. Mario 64

2. Super Smash Bros

3. Goldeneye

Shop all Popular N64 Games

N64 Games for Kids:

1. Mario Party

2. Mario Kart 64

3. Banjo-Kazooie

4. Pokemon Stadium

Best N64 Categories for Kids:
FamilyGames Under $10

N64 Games for Mom and Dad:

1. Killer Instinct

2. Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time

3. Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask

4. Resident Evil 2

5. Donkey Kong 64

Best N64 Categories for Mom and Dad:

Action, Sports, Rare Games

Original Game Cube Console and Games


The Gamecube was Nintendo's first console to use disks instead of cartridges. Released in 2001, it was host to many brilliant, but overlooked games and is easily Nintendo's most underrated console. This system is advanced, fun, and approachable for gamers of all ages. 

Most Popular Gamecube Games: 

1. Super Mario Sunshine 

2. Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess

3.Super Smash Bros: Melee

4. Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

5. Metroid Prime

Shop All Popular Gamecube Games

Gamecube Games for Kids:

Luigi's Mansion

2. Mario Party 5

3.Super Monkey Ball 2

4.Kirby Air Ride

5. Pokemon XD

Gamecube Games for Mom and Dad:

Resident Evil 4

2. Eternal Darkness

3. Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life

4. Animal Crossing

5. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

Used Game Boy Advanced SP


The Game Boy Advance SP is our most popular handheld system, and with good reason. It can play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games! 

Most Popular GameBoy Games: 

1. Tetris
Tetris Game Boy Used Nintendo Game

2. Pokemon Red

3. Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

4. Super Mario Land 2

5. Donkey Kong Land

Shop All Popular GameBoy Games

Shop All Popular GameBoy Advance Games

GameBoy Games for Kids:

1. Mario Kart: Super Circuit

2. Pokemon Yellow

3. Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Best GameBoy Categories for Kids:
Pokemon Series

GameBoy Games for Mom and Dad:

1. Dr Mario

2. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

3. Final Fantasy VI

Best GameBoy Categories for Mom and Dad:

Castlevania, Final Fantasy Series

Original Used Sega Genesis Video Game Console and Games

Sega Genesis

In the 90s, there was only one console that could rival the overwhelming popularity of Nintendo. That console was the SEGA Genesis. Released in 1989, the Genesis hosted dozens of exclusive games that remain popular to this day.

Most Popular Genesis Games:

Sonic the Hedgehog

2. Streets of Rage

3. Toejam & Earl

Shop All Popular Genesis Games

Genesis Games for Kids:

1. Aladdin

2. Spider-Man

3. X-Men

Best Genesis Categories for Kids:

Family, Games Under $10

Genesis Games for Mom and Dad:

Mortal Kombat

2. Street Fighter II

3. Ms Pac-Man

Best Genesis Categories for Mom and Dad:
Action, Sports

Retro Video Game T Shirts

We've just restocked the DKOldies Boutique with the best looking gaming garb on the market. So, if your looking to get some sweet Tees for yourself or anyone else this holiday season, visit our online store!

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