LIMA — A local business known for its wide selection of retro video games is giving Lima-area residents an extra dose of nostalgia with the addition of arcade machines at its new location.
Cartridge Gaming, a vintage video game shop that carries titles from the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s, 2000s and today, has moved across the street from 3000 Elida Road to 2815 Elida Road. It is located in the same building as Rapid Fired Pizza and Sphere Virtual Reality Arcade.
The new shop is triple the size of the old location, which allowed owner Will Long to expand his selection of video games and consoles. Long estimated they added hundreds of games, as well as video game-related merchandise and artwork by local artist Zach Hyde. The store carries games and consoles that date back to 1977, the year Atari 2600 was released.
The move also allowed Cartridge Gaming to add 10 arcade machines that are equipped with more than 700 games. For $5, arcade-game enthusiasts earn a half hour of unlimited play on any of the 10 machines.
Eventually, Long said they will offer $30 memberships that allow for unlimited, year-round play. For vintage video game enthusiasts who want the true arcade experience, Long said they can program the machines to run on quarters.
Some of the more popular arcade games available at the shop include Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Street Fighter and The House of the Dead, among others.
“Each machine is multicade, which means we have the ability to play hundreds of games on these machines,” Long said. “We’ll be adding games all the time, and eventually we might get some pinball machines too.”
Long said they will also host parties of up to 18 people in the arcade section of the shop, and that he is open to buying, selling and trading the machines.
To celebrate the grand opening of its new location, Cartridge Gaming will offer free play on each arcade machine from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The shop will also offer discount sales throughout the weekend.
Sheila Custer plays Pac-Man on an arcade machine at Cartridge Gaming, which celebrated the grand opening of its new store on Thursday. Cartridge Gaming added 10 retro arcade machines when it moved across the street to 2815 Elida Road.
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