This post has been far too long coming. Retro Collect’s Video Game Market in Leeds was what it called itself on the tin – retro games and systems in gathered in abundance for sale in the basement (where else?) of Leeds Town Hall. It was my first time attending an event like this, focused on retro videogames exclusively, and judging by the enormous queues outside it was a genuinely exciting novelty for many other people too.
The market opened at 10am, so we arrived by train from London at 10:30, assuming that we’d be able to walk straight in, and that the majority of people would show up later in the day. Oh, how very wrong we were.
Thankfully the wait wasn’t too long, although it was pretty demoralising to get inside the town hall only to find that the queue kept on going.
Eventually, we made it to the head of the queue, only to be flung in with this lot:
Not the most comfortable experience I’ve had, but hey. After an hour looking round in the crush, we left and returned again in the afternoon. There was no queue then, and it was a far more relaxing experience. Enough bitching then, let’s look at some of the cool stuff on offer that stood out to me.
And that’s about it. There was of course plenty more that I did not photograph, but these were the things that seemed to me to be the most photogenic. Most of the stalls were mishmashes of retro and more recent stuff, so by the end of the day I had picked up a variety of PAL PS1/2 and import Saturn games.
Before I list my load, here’re some parting shots! It was a really good day overall (despite my whingeing), and Leeds turned out to be a great city to visit.
The final haul runs as follows:
Saturn: Tama (see post), Dragon Force, Heisei Tensai Bakabon Susume! Bakabons, Street Racer (PAL, see post), Steamgear Mash. Backup memory cart (hear rant) and Japanese Model 2 controller (loving it).
PS2: Space Channel 5, Contra: Shattered Soldier (hear rave review), Pandemonium (PS1)