Nerd Scene: Oogie Games

Whether it’s books, movies, video games, or any other form of art or entertainment, media conservation is important. These art forms are important pieces of culture and time capsules that help to represent the time and era they were created. Older movies have been re-released on Blu-ray or have made their way onto streaming services. Books are reissued and can receive newer editions. And decades-old music can be found on Spotify. However, the same can’t be said for video games quite yet.

Video games occasionally get re-releases on more modern consoles, like with the Mega Man Legacy Collection being composed of the original Mega Man titles, and are sometimes remade from the ground up with modernized graphics and controls, like with Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy. The issue is that only a select few games get this sort of treatment, while most others are left on obsolete consoles to be forgotten with time. Many have made their way onto gaming streaming services like XBox Game Pass or PlayStation Plus, but that’s far from every game, and they can always be removed from them. That’s why there’s still value to owning the original physical versions of video games.

Classic games can be hard to find on store shelves, though. You’ll only find modern video games at GameStop and Target. They’ll strategically carry new games for PS5, Nintendo Switch, and XBox Series X. Thankfully, here in Western New York, there’s an outstanding store to get all your classic gaming goods, and that is Oogie Games.

Oogie Games, located on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda, offers a massive collection of retro games dating all the way back to the Nintendo Entertainment System. This includes iconic titles for the original PlayStation and XBox, as well as the Nintendo 64 and much more. If you want to check out some of these beloved games but don’t have to actually play them, used consoles can sometimes be found there as well. They also have a great deal of gaming accessories as well, like controllers and memory cards. It’s overall a perfect shop for those looking to relive gaming experiences from their childhood or younger folks looking to discover the roots of gaming they may have missed out on. Newer games can also be found there, but not nearly as many.

Other than selling video games and video game accessories, another service offered by Oogie Games is console repair. If one of your old consoles isn’t working, they can take a look at it for you and fix it up. Some issues they can repair include a PlayStation 2 not reading games, the XBox 360 open tray error, handheld console screen repairs, and more.

This unique and much-needed business was started back in 2005 by a poor college kid (Kevin McMullen), and it branched off into something successful and great. Not only can you find some legendary video games of old when shopping there, but you’ll also be supporting a small local business in the process.

To check out some of what the shop offers, as well as more information regarding their history and the process for repairs, visit their website here.

Now, go get your game on at Oogie!

Oogie Games | 2889 Sheridan Drive Tonawanda, NY 14150 | 716-832-GAME (4263)

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