Funcoland is quite possibly the haven
of classic video games
in the modern
world. It is a national
chain of video game reseller
s who carry both modern and used older console systems. Many a gem have been found there by scouting collector
s, such as code shop prototypes
, and unlicenced and pirate
carts, considered very rare, and very valuable (not to mention quite an interesting peek into the video game underworld).
Funcoland has a reputation of being a love / hate place among collectors. The supplies and stock that the palce often has is amazing, with some great finds, but the help is often sub-gas station equivalent. "We don't have a bathroom", sort of help. Either way, i'd personally heavily endorse a trip there, whether to pick up a few old NES
games at a few dollars a piece, or to see what sort of selection and old obscure controllers that are available. As far as for modern games are concerned, they are about the equivanet of an EB, or a Software, ETC.
Their commercials are particularly annoying
, but these places basically advertise themselves on a store by store basis. They are like drug dealers: people know where to seek them out to find what they are looking for, but you wont just stumble across one too often. Give them a try, but unlike the previous example, the first one is not free ;)