Beyond Retro calls itself Perth's premier retro gaming and toy store. They buy and trade retro video games, toys and collectables. They have a store located at the Malaga Markets and on the 21st of April, they opened a new store in Coventry Village in Morley.
Beyond Retro almost felt like a museum devoted to video games. I was really impressed with the range of stock that they had. The first thing that attracted my attention was a cabinet that had a Super Mario All-Stars themed Super Nintendo console in it. I grew up playing Super Nintendo and I think we might've had that exact same special edition.
The Super Nintendo was an amazing part of my childhood
Next to the Super Nintendo was something really special. It was a Nintendo 64 themed edition of Yooka-Laylee. Yooka-Laylee was the spiritual successor of Banjo Kazooie. Banjo Kazooie was a game that was released for the Nintendo 64 over 20 years ago by a group called Rare.
Get your hands on this one of a kind special edition N64 game!
Yooka-Laylee was developed by Playtonic Games. A large number of the people at Playtonic Games used to work for Rare and got together to make Yooka-Laylee out of love and nostalgia for Banjo Kazooie. The game was funded via a Kick-Starter campaign. It attracted a lot of media buzz and was able to get over US$1,000,000 donated.
It is shaped like a Nintendo 64 cartridge, comes in a Nintendo 64 styled game box and has a signed manual and cover art and comes with a flash drive. It won't work in a Nintendo 64 console but gosh damn, if it is not beautiful. This special edition was promised to anyone who donated over $350 to the original game. Only 750 were ever made. You can pick up this collector's item for only $500.
Other things that stood out to me in Beyond Retro Coventry Village were their impressive range of Game Boys, original Nintendo games, dozens and dozens of Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo games, wall to wall PlayStation and Xbox games, and there were even some Dreamcast games.
Beyond Retro Coventry Village also sells figurines, toys, and gaming accessories. I was a bit disappointed they did not have any Nintendo Switch games, but I am sure in time they will add them to their collection. I thought the price tags on the games were pretty fair. Most were pretty cheap around the $10-$20 mark. The more collectable games, like the original Legend of Zelda, were priced around $50.