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1. Playing Retro Games > Buy Retro Games from Japan

Buy Retro Games from Japan

Get games early or get ones that were never released in the West.

Contrary to the domestic classic gaming scene, it’s easier to snap up retro imports now than it was when they were brand new. Back in the days of the Super NES, importing games meant dealing with some fly-by-night company that advertised in black-and-white in the back pages of video game magazines, paying exorbitant prices, waiting forever, and sometimes not even receiving what you ordered.

This can still happen to you today—but only if you’re not shopping smart. There are plenty of reliable, reputable importers who are upfront and honest about providing you all the information you’ll need before you order. And the prices can be better than you think; in great part the days of exorbitant markups are over. So if you’re curious about acquiring exotic games from foreign lands, I’m going to discuss two ways you can do it—through online retailers and through auction sites like eBay. Both have their pros and cons.


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