Busy hunting down a whole heap of gifts and stocking fillers for the special people in your lives? We know the feeling! Each year the task seems to get harder, longer and way less fun, right?
Wrong! With our huge collection of fun and funky gifts to suit everyone, we’re determined to bring a whole heap of good times into shopping for some great goodies. To make life even easier, we’ve picked out some of our top selling and face stocking filler gifts. Take a peep!
Adding a splash of cool in practi-cool (yeh we did!), game away in style with our ace set of Nintendo NES Cartridge Coasters! A great little gift for the gamer in your life.
As 80s kids, we spent much of our childhoods living through the weird and wonderful time that was the 90s. This was a strange, mysterious and generally colourful place where you could be wowed by even the simplest things like analogue controllers, 3D gaming and even split screen gaming!
Like most teenagers in the land then and now, gaming was a huge part of our social and anti-social lives. It passed the time during school holidays and weekends, it brought friends together aaaaand probably caused the odd sibling argument over who was hogging it the most. We’ve all been there.
Doing what we like to do best, we’ve been looking back on these good old days (are we really that old already?!) and thinking up some of our biggest memories from these pixel-tastic times. Check out some of our top retro gaming memories! .
1. When you console was one of the only things you could play music with…
Yep we’ve been there. When we first had a PS1 we were still rocking our old tape player. This might just be us being behind the times but for a lot of us, the trusty console was the newest and best thing ever and we used it for as much as we sure could.
2. Remembering passwords to get you to your current level…
Yep this might be a shock to many gamers out there but back in the day one way which consoles could get around the lack of any memory was to reveal passwords that would unlock levels. Simply enter the last password you had and you’d jump to your level….if you could remember it or find the scrap of paper you scribbled it down on.
3. Loosing the manual…
Now on the surface probably not a biggie right? But imagine you get stuck or can’t remember or figure out how to do something….with now trusty Google in your pocket or a trip to a laptop away. It’s a scary place to be people.
4. Running out of space on your memory card!
Okay so this was a genuine problem! You had a load of games which you had spent far too many hours playing only to find that you would have a constant battle of sacrificing that precious game data to make space for your latest conquest. It was cruel and it’s something we will never get over.
5. Playing multiplayer meant sharing the same screen.
Now this might seem obvious and perhaps trivial, it it’s a game changer! You enemies would always see exactly where you were, what your were doing and how much life you had left. Cruel.
6. Playing on a huuuuge, heavy and hot telly.
HD? HDMI? LED? Resolution? We didn’t bother ourselves with such things as long as we had a telle and it worked. Well….we actually blew one up in a puff of smoke playing Command and Conquer for about 5 hours straight. RIP.
7. Renting games…
Yep, pretty much a retro as rending tapes from your local Blockbuster, games were also up for grabs for just a few pounds a week which meant you could enjoy a whole range of games without forking out a small fortune. BUT it also meant having to return games you had yet to complete.
8. Blowing on your cartridges to get them to magically work.
Times were simple. If your game wasn’t quite booting right or wasn’t doing anything at all. A quick and frantic spit filled blast would sort any problem you could think of.
9. Trying to shoot the dog on Duck Hunt..
Because he was the worst.
10. Having games cases that no matter now careful you were, where you put them or how often you played them would always crack…
So there you have them retro gamers! Can you relate to any of these? Know any more which feller gamers would totally get? Shout out your comments bellow.
In a world these days full of RAMs, GIGs and High Definition dodaas, we often find ourselves looking at some of the very latest technology and thinking….wow it’s amazing but also sooo expensive! This got us thinking, were consoles always so much? How would the prices back in the 70s, 80s & 90s compare to what we’re paying now?
Well! To find out just that, we thought we would put together a little comparison, translating the classic price tags into modern day values so we can see just how much we were (okay okay…our parents) were pay for some of our all-time favourite consoles. Take a look…
1977 Atari 2600
£169 (bundled with Combat) = £890.83 now
£207 = £514.21 now
1989 Genesis£105 = £221.36 now
1990 Neo-Geo £400 = £770.12 now
£460 = £793.73
1995 Playstation (PS1)
£299 = £487 now
1996 Nintendo 64 (N64)
£249.97 = £397.43 now
2000 Playstation 2 (PS2)
£299 = £426.55 now
£299.99 = £420.41 now
2006 Playstation 3 (PS3) £425 = £521 now
2006 Wii £179 = £217 now
2013 Playstation 4 (PS4) £349
2013 Xbox One £429
So there you have it folks! Despite the ever rising numbers in the gaming world, it seems that they’re not getting more expensive, in fact they might be getting cheaper all things considered! Yep you heard it 🙂
Has this sent your trigger fingers into a frenzy? Before you reach for the latest shoot em up, racer of adrenaline fueled adventure epic, why not take a peep at our amazing range of classic gamer t-shirts including some retro Mario T-Shirts, Nintendo Controller Wallets or SEGA T-Shirts for a splash of nostalgia in your look…
As a huge computer game fan it is my absolute pleasure to be able to show you the awesome range of Nintendo Gifts currently on offer at TruffleShuffle.com!
For those of you that like to flash your cash in style we’ve got a selection of Nintendo Wallets that will be right up your street! Mario has always been a fan of golden coins and these wallets are the perfect place to store yours.
Also available are these larger hinge wallets featuring the super cute but hapless baddy Koopa Trooper. He may look like butter wouldn’t melt but he’s more than capable of guarding your precious cash!
And this classic design featuring Mario surrounded by coins and powers up is also available as a hinge wallet.
These must have Nintendo Belts featuring instantly recognisable symbols from the Nintendo universe are perfect for taking control of your trousers. Available in a Power-Up Mushroom and Classic NES Controller styles, they’re both great retro treats!
Nintendo Controller Belt and Buckle – £22.99
Nintendo Power Up Mushroom Belt – £17.99
For fans of one of Marios most iconic and recognisable enemies, the gormless Goomba, we have two different styles of Nintendo Hats which will really turn you into a ‘fun guy’! Check out this stylish Goomba Baseball Cap and amazing Goomba Laplander.
Nintendo Goomba Baseball Cap – £16.99
Super Mario Brothers Goomba Laplander Hat – £23.99
And those of you needing to ‘get a life’, this Nintendo Beanie featuring a 1-Up mushroom will certainly do the trick!
Nintendo Super Mario Brothers Mushroom Beanie Hat – £13.99
Last, but certainly not least, is this amazing Nintendo Bag. Featuring a repeated classic NES Controller pattern, this backpack is perfect for carrying all your power ups during visits to the Mushroom Kingdom. It’s not bad for popping down to the shops either…
Nintendo All Over Printed Controllers Backpack – £32.99
Don’t forget! as well as this hue range of accessories, we’ve also got some classic Nintendo T-Shirts from only £19.99! xoxo
If you’re still pining for the days of Duck Hunt and Super Mario 3, take heart, because this Nintendo Controller Coffee Table has just what your den needs.
The perfect piece of furniture for any retro gamer is this awesome Nintendo Controller Coffee Table. The brainchild of designer Charles Lushear, what makes this table all the more desirable is not only its looks, it is also fully functional, letting you enjoy saving the Princess from the nefarious grip of Bowser for the umpteenth time, while sipping on your morning cuppa.
Constructed using premium maple, mahogany and walnut, this table will cost you a bit more than one shiny gold coin ($3,500 to be exact!) but is the perfect example of old skool Nintendo cool.