The Best NES Games Under $8, $10, and $12

The NES is probably my favorite console ever. Yes, the Super Nintendo is technologically superior and has a ton of really really great games. And the best SNES games are arguably better than the best NES games, but you just can’t beat the NES for pure nostalgic greatness. There’s the added benefit that the original Nintendo Entertainment System has about the same number of games … Continue reading The Best NES Games Under $8, $10, and $12

16 Underrated NES Games

The Nintendo Entertainment System is one of the most successful and most enduring video game consoles ever invented. Following the North American console crash, the NES emerged not only as the dominating force in home gaming, but as a pop culture icon so ubiquitous as to be almost unmatched in its ubiquitatious ubiquitosity! Mario, Metroid, Zelda and Kirby have all become mainstays of this legendary … Continue reading 16 Underrated NES Games

The NES had Some Pretty Good Shmups

Despite hardware limitations, the NES was a haven for some fantastic scrolling shoot-em-ups. For its time and even by today’s standards, the NES is one of the most versatile game consoles ever created. For the most part, action/adventure platformers were the meat and potatoes of the NES library, but there was no shortage of RPGs, top-down adventures, run & guns, a crap-ton of arcade ports … Continue reading The NES had Some Pretty Good Shmups

PS1 Game prices are out of control – but for some, it’s the perfect time to buy

Prices of video games have been on the rise over the last year, but you don’t need me to tell you that. Just take a look at all of the articles posted here at Ghettogamer.net and you’ll see prices have been skyrocketing since the start of the pandemic. Now, the more extreme prices of some games seem to have settled down, but I’d like to … Continue reading PS1 Game prices are out of control – but for some, it’s the perfect time to buy

Retro Game eBay Sellers are Completely Unhinged

If you’ve visited this site before, you might already know how deep my hatred for scalpers and overzealous eBay sellers runs. It’s a topic I revisit again and again.  And if I seem a little extra upset, it’s because I really do take this issue personally. I started this site (and the YouTube channel it was originally based on) with the intention of spreading retro … Continue reading Retro Game eBay Sellers are Completely Unhinged

The Real Reason Pokémon Games are So Expensive

Let me begin by saying I was a huge fan of Pokémon in the late 90s. The first time it was cool. Before I ever played a Pokémon game, I was hooked on the cartoon and spent many afternoons watching Ash, Brock, Misty and Pikachu’s adventure unfold.  I was sixteen at the time and thought I was too cool for school, and waaay too cool … Continue reading The Real Reason Pokémon Games are So Expensive

Video Game Collecting is Dead and Wata Killed it

WataGate has been exposed. But some think retrogaming is already dead. Here at The Ghetto Gamer, we believe that gaming—and retro gaming in particular—should be a hobby that anybody can enjoy, even if they don’t have a lot of money. Unfortunately the new trend of having games “graded” by Wata Games, and then attempting to sell them for a small fortune, has turned game collecting … Continue reading Video Game Collecting is Dead and Wata Killed it

Forced Scarcity in Gaming – Ripping Off Fans with FOMO and Market Manipulation

With new console and PC part sales on the rise, you have likely heard of the scarcity problem the tech industry is facing right now. Let me be the first to say that finding and purchasing a PlayStation 5 is nearly impossible, and it doesn’t look like this will be changing anytime soon. All of this frustration can lead to fear of never owning a … Continue reading Forced Scarcity in Gaming – Ripping Off Fans with FOMO and Market Manipulation

25 NES Hidden Gems You’ve Got To Try

How hidden can a gem possibly be? I mean, we’ve had like 35 years to discover these games. Presumably, they were never really hidden. This list should be more like Games You Forgot. But “hidden gems” is such a buzzword, I’d rather use it. Regardless, there is a massive number of NES games that are fantastic and fun and even pretty cheap. And with game … Continue reading 25 NES Hidden Gems You’ve Got To Try