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The Best (and Most Affordable) Way to Store Old Video Games

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If you collect video games or are hold on a stack of your childhood favorites, you probably have more than a few loose carts and discs in your collection. A lot of retro games came in flimsy boxes, and I’m willing to bet I wasn’t the only person whose family ditched game cases in favor of these giant CD binders.

Although not in every game needs Keep in a crate – SNES cars stack well on top of each other – a crate is almost always preferable. A row of crisp game crates not only looks better than a stack of loose carts, they also keep small game safe Protect Boy or Nintendo DS games and disc-based games from scratches and sun damage. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find original packaging for games older than the PlayStation 4 era, and the older the game, the rarer – and more expensive – these boxes can be.

The good news is that you don’t need to purchase original packaging to safely store and display your unboxed video games without resorting to huge bins or ugly CD binders.

The case for repro cases

One of the best ways to store your loose games is with repro boxes. “Repro” is short for reproduction, and simply means that the item is a replica of the original product. Repro sleeves, labels and video game manuals are common in the collector scene. Repro copies of game cartridges and discs are even common – but that discussion deserves its own post.

Despite the similarities, “repro” is a dirty word in some collectors’ circles and online communities. That dislike usually comes from only collectors want the authentic original pieces, but there are also concerns Scammers try to pass off a repro box or game as real and sell it at high prices.

However, if you’re just looking for a box to keep your game safe in your shelf—and you’re not trying to pass it off as genuine—then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using repros or custom cases. While these are not the “authentic” packs, they are more affordable and readily available than rare and expensive originals. and often more durable.

There are many companies and independent sellers that make quality repro sleeves and labels. One of the most famous is Custom Game Caseswhich sells affordable boxes for numerous retro consoles and handhelds such as SNES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy Advance and more, plus high-resolution labels of original box artwork for hundreds of games. Unlike the flimsy cardboard boxes that these original games came in, Custom Game Cases sells plastic clamshells that are specially molded to keep your games safe.

However, you can easily find cardboard repros highly rated seller on Etsy and eBay if you prefer to store your retro games in a more traditional box.

Repro boxes aren’t just a retro gaming thing either. It’s fairly easy to find repro sleeves for newer disc-based systems on these sites as well, This can come in handy if you’re buying a used PlayStation 4 or 5 game that’s missing the original label.

DIY video game sleeves and labels

In addition to being more affordable, available and durable, repro cases are also customizable. For example, maybe you prefer the Japanese box art of your favorite RPG to the North American version. Many sellers will Offer cases with alternative or custom packaging.

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Or, if you can’t find the case or art you want, you can create it yourself instead.

Blank game boxes for pretty much every platform are included cheap at Amazon, and high-resolution box art is easy to find on sites like moby games or via google image search. From there you can print it yourself. In my case I made a custom box for mine Phantasy Star IV: End of the Millennium Wagon using the (far superior) Japanese box art but with the text of the original English box.

There are other DIY options too, like saving games Boy or Nintendo DS cart in cassette casesor SNES and N64 games in plastic sleeves with custom end labels. Of course, these are even less authentic than repro cases, but it can be fun to present your collection in novel ways like these.

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