Are you a fan of retro gaming? Do you want to create a small gaming setup that takes you back to the good old days? Look no further! In this blog post, we will explore some design ideas for a small retro gaming setup that will transport you to the golden age of gaming.

1. Choose Some Retro Consoles

The first step in creating your small retro gaming setup is to choose the right console. Whether you prefer the classic NES, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, or a few handhelds, like Game Boys or Game Gears, make sure to select a console that aligns with your gaming preferences. 

You can either dust off old ones that are lying around the house, or find retro consoles online. A lot are sold in either a terrific condition or maybe in a fair condition that requires a bit of clean up and minor fixes. With so many content creators working on giving retro consoles a new life, you can find helpful videos on YouTube that will be good guides.

2. Optimize Your Display

When it comes to retro gaming, the display is crucial and a staple of your retro gaming corner. Consider investing in a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube). There are Instagram pages or YouTube channels dedicated to CRTs. There is a lot to learn ;) These options will give you an authentic retro gaming experience with the perfect amount of scanlines and pixelation.

3. Get the Right Controllers

Look for original controllers or high-quality replicas that mimic the feel of the originals. This will enhance your gameplay and make you feel like you're playing on the original console. We have quite a few modern retro looking controllers in our shop, which you can explore here.

4. Create a Nostalgic Atmosphere

Enhance your gaming setup by creating a nostalgic atmosphere. Add some vintage posters, gaming memorabilia, or even an old arcade cabinet to complete the retro vibe. Don't forget to set the mood with some classic gaming soundtracks playing in the background. Maybe you would like to look into a CD player, cassette player and their respective media. One of our favorites has always been the MiniDisc player or player/recorder. You can get quite a few of them online in terrific shape and making a mix MiniDisc with your favorite tracks is so 90s.

5. Organize and Display Your Game Collection

Show off your impressive retro game collection by organizing and displaying it in a visually appealing way. Consider using shelves, display cases, or even custom-made storage solutions to keep your games easily accessible and well-organized.

6. Consider Multiplayer Options

Retro gaming is often more fun with friends. If you enjoy multiplayer gaming, make sure to include options for multiple controllers and consider setting up a comfortable seating area for your gaming sessions.

7. Embrace Modern Technology

While the focus is on retro gaming, don't be afraid to embrace modern technology to enhance your setup. Consider using HDMI adapters, upscalers, or even Raspberry Pi devices to expand your gaming library and improve the overall gaming experience.

8. Pay Attention to Ergonomics

Long gaming sessions can take a toll on your body. Pay attention to ergonomics by investing in a comfortable gaming chair, proper lighting, and an adjustable monitor stand. Taking care of your physical well-being will ensure that you can enjoy retro gaming for hours on end.

9. Customize Your Setup

Make your small retro gaming setup truly unique by customizing it to your liking. Consider adding LED lighting, custom decals, or even building a custom arcade cabinet. Let your creativity shine and create a setup that reflects your personality.

10. Share Your Setup with the World

Once you have created your perfect small retro gaming setup, don't forget to share it with the gaming community. Take some high-quality photos or create a video tour to showcase your setup on social media or gaming forums. You might inspire others to create their own retro gaming havens!

Creating a small retro gaming setup is a labor of love. By following these design ideas, you can create a space that not only brings back cherished memories but also provides an immersive gaming experience. Get ready to embark on a nostalgic journey through the world of retro gaming!


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