Toowoomba goes crazy for retro video game sale


Jason White sparked a sensation when he sold his childhood collection or retro games and consoles.
Jason White sparked a sensation when he sold his childhood collection or retro games and consoles. Contributed

A TOOWOOMBA man has sparked a sensation among the city’s gaming community by selling his childhood collection of retro games and video game consoles.

Lovers of all things Nintendo and Xbox went into a frenzy when Rangeville man Jason White posted on a sales page that he was parting with more than 700 games and various consoles.

What happened next gave him a shock.

He sold $1000 worth of gaming gear in two hours as crowds of geeks flocked to his house.

“I really didn’t expect my sale to become a massive hit in this town,” he said.

So many people came to view the games and consoles that Mr White had to ring friends and family to help keep an eye on all the customers.

“The impact was crazy,” he said.

“I never knew there was this much excitement in retro games.”

One of Jason Whites fellow collectors in Toowoomba, Trent Wright, has amassed this impressive collection of games.
One of Jason White’s fellow collectors in Toowoomba, Trent Wright, has amassed this impressive collection of games. Contributed

A gamer since he was a child, Mr White accrued an impressive collection of video game consoles from Nintendo 64s, Gamecubes, Playstations, Gameboys and Xboxes.

He put the retro game phenomenon down to people wanting to relive their childhood.

Parting with the games wasn’t an easy thing for Mr White to do.

“It really hurts to sell my gear as a collector, but in life you’ve really got do what’s best for your family.”

He decided to sell them to pay for bills and to make ends meet while he waits for a security licence to arrive in the mail.

He will work night shifts and his wife will work during the day while she finishes her diploma.

Playstatation, Nintendo, Xbox, you name it Jason White has it.
Playstatation, Nintendo, Xbox, you name it Jason White has it. Contributed

Mr White said retro games were coming back into fashion.

“I think the prices are going to keep on increasing as the years move on.

“They are generating more interest in today’s market and they are in high demand, especially Nintendos.”

The most popular items he sold included Playstation 1 and 2, and Nintendo gear.

“Mostly Nintendo, everyone loves Nintendo and were asking for Mario,” he said.

Mario was voted the most popular video game in 2008 and the classic game was first released in 1985.

Most expensive Nintendo games

  • Stadium Events: $41,300
  • World Championships: Gray: $20,200, Gold: $26,677
  • Nintendo Campus Challenge: $20,100
 

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