After our weekend at EGX Rezzed, we were lucky enough to visit the London Gaming Market 2017.
Put simply, this is THE biggest retro games event in the South of England. The room in the Royal National Hotel is packed with stallholders offering a vast amount of retro games and merchandise. Retro enthusiasts can spend hours poring over rows and rows of software from consoles of generations past – you’ll likely see hundreds of games you remember and probably the same amount that you’d forgotten ever existed.
There’s much more to the London Gaming Market 2017 than merely the games though; the event is a treasure trove for merchandise fanatics – Pokémon in particular was well represented with everything from cuddly toys to clothing, as well as a generous selection of assorted ‘90s tie-ins, the like of which you just don’t see anymore.
Remember when the original Game Boy games spawned things like a clock with a Pikachu pendulum (now adorning my desktop), Mew animatronic plush figures and an LCD Pokédex? The London Gaming Market gives you the opportunity to relive the halcyon days when Pokémon, Sonic and Mario saw their franchises slapped on every marketable product possible.
There are vendors selling prints from a wide variety of titles as well as action figures and strategy board games. Need a spare Dreamcast controller? You could buy ten. What about a pink Game Boy Advance Micro? There’s every colour under the sun.
The real magic of the London Gaming Market 2017 is that you can’t even prepare for what you might want to buy because you’ll see so much stuff that you probably couldn’t even imagine to have existed.
The whole event does the gaming community proud. All of the vendors were incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and showed an alarmingly encyclopaedic recollection of the thousands of titles they were selling.
Just one tip though: take plenty of cash because whilst you might find something you’re after, you’ll also find loads of stuff you didn’t know you wanted.
The London Gaming Market is held every four months in Russell Square. Early bird entry is £5 with entry after midday for just £2.