The Complete Guide to Vintage Gaming on a Budget

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The Complete Guide to Vintage Gaming on a Budget

Society is truly in the technology age and gaming has come so far over the past few decades. Long gone are the days of playing Space Invaders on an 8-bit games console; but luckily for eBay customers, there is a whole range of vintage gaming consoles and games available to buy and bid on.

There are a large range of consoles and games which can help to relive childhood memories or can be played just for some retro fun. All of the games and consoles mentioned in this guide are available in the Electronics section on eBay.

What Consoles are Available on eBay

Everyone has their favourite games and consoles from when they were younger and you are almost certain to find the vintage game or console you are looking for on eBay. The most popular retro consoles on eBay are:

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis

The Sega Mega Drive is a 16-Bit console that was released in the late 1980's and was an instant hit around the world. The Mega Drive was Sega's third console release and is backwards compatible with Master System games meaning you could play all of your favourite games on the new console. Classic games such asSonic The Hedgehog and Streets of Rage came in cartridge form and were an iconic symbol of the 1990's. The Mega Drive allowed for two users to play against each other for hours of entertainment.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)

The start of the 1990's saw Nintendo offer competition to the market leading Sega Mega Drive. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or SNES, was also a 16-bit system and became the bestselling console of the 16-bit era despite joining the market relatively late. This was down to the constant add-ons that were available to make gameplay smoother and graphics even better and the excellent games such as Super Mario Brothers and Star Fox.

Sega Master System

The Sega Master System was is an 8-bit console that really put Sega on the map. The system came with a free game already installed called Alex the Kid and represented great value for money. The console was a relative success despite there being a severe lack of top releases for it. Sega's main game Sonic the Hedgehog was only released in later versions of the Master System which helped the booming sales of the Mega Drive.


The Atari set on games consoles are the first to hit the mass market. It was ground-breaking at the time and gave birth to instant classics like Pac-man and Space Invaders. The controllers came in joystick form as most of the games were movement based and no other actions needed to be taken. The Atari set of consoles set the standard for gaming consoles in the 1970's and is widely considered to be the first mass produced console.

Sega Game Gear

Handheld gaming consoles became extremely popular in the 1990's as the consumers pushed for gaming consoles which didn't need to use the family television. The Game Gear was Sega's 8-bit offering and offered a fantastic range of games that were aimed at a young target audience. Classics such as Power Rangers and Shinobi really helped push sales of the device and its colour games were a big marketing tool in comparison to the Game Boy,

Nintendo Game Boy

Nintendo released the first Game Boy in 1989. The Game Boy is an 8-bit console and has a black and white colour pallet which was in stark contrast to the Game Gear. Despite the perceived disadvantage of no colour, the Game Boy massively outsold the Game Gear and introduced classic titles like Tetris and The Legend of Zelda. Various versions of the Game Boy have been produced and are a permanent fixture in the retro gaming world.

How to Buy Vintage Games and Consoles on eBay

Find a whole range of vintage games and consoles on eBay by clicking on the All Categories button on the eBay homepage . Then click on the Electronics section to start searching for vintage gaming products by clicking on the filters on the left hand side. From here, the selection of vintage games and consoles can be further narrowed by type, brand, condition, or price range.

The products mentioned in this guide can be bought in the following ways:

  • Bidding - Just like buying in a real life auction, bid for games and consoles with your best offer for that item. You can increase offers at any time until the listing has finished. The bidder with the highest offer will then be the owner of the item after they have paid for the product.
  • Buy it Now'- Find the console or game you want and buy it at a ‘Buy it Now' price. Searches can be filtered by auction and ‘Buy it Now' posts in the search results page on the left hand side of the page.

Look out for the latest deals on vintage gaming items by checking in the ‘Electronics' section where some fantastic discounts are to be found, along with free postage costs.


Vintage gaming is one of the best ways to keep you or the kids entertained with some classic games like Sonic the Hedgehog or Super Mario Brothers. With the large array of consoles and games available at great prices, it should be easy to find an item that will suit you. All of the Vintage games and consoles mentioned in this guide are available to bid on and buy in the Electronics section on eBay.

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