The R.A.G.E. – Record, Art and Game Emporium
16b Fade St.
In what used to be road records on Dublin’s Fade Street, a new record store has opened, and it has a small section devoted to retro games. Considering Dublin’s only retro game shop has some of the biggest mark-ups I’ve ever encountered I expected little, but gave the place a chance nonetheless.
As I said, the games section is small (in case you’re interested, there’s a nice selection of vinyl from some really great bands, as well as tapes, cds as turntables) but there are plenty of titles packed in. No CD games present, except for one for the Mega CD. This is purely devoted to the finest of Nintendo and Sega’s early output. There were far more Mega Drive games than any others, but the smaller selections for NES, Master System, SNES and N64 were quite good, with many better known games for sale, instead of the usual shelf after shelf of FIFA variants. At a glance I spotted: Super Mario Kart, Sonic 1,2 and 3, Streets of Rage, Mario 64, Mega Man 2 and most of the best games for each console. The only games lacking were some of the older Mario titles and any Zelda, which is forgivable, they probably sold out on the opening day.
Behind the counter were boxed SNES, Mega Drive, Master System and Mega CD consoles, as well as plenty of pads and accessories for all the available consoles. The prices were also great for a bricks and mortar shop. Most games were €10 or less, with only a few boxed or rarer games above that price. Mario Kart was €15, but that was to be expected. I picked up F-Zero X for the N64 for €7, a boxed copy of Tetris and Dr. Mario for the SNES for €8 and an official SNES pad, amongst a few other things.
The staff are really friendly and helpful, which definitely encourages the customer to return. He told me the games are selling well and he plans to get more in, so it’s definitely worth a visit if you fancy starting a retro collection, or expanding one. The boxed consoles are €50, and unboxed €35, which is very reasonable for a shop, especially with the added bonus of having somewhere to return anything faulty to, and the option to test games out. There’s a full section of test consoles, so you can try before you buy, a very nice touch. They also put on small gigs and EP/album launches for local acts, so there’s plenty more to enjoy than games.
Best thing about the place though, I got a free carrier bag with a Mario mushroom logo on it (pic below). It’s the little things that make a shop great, especially independent places like that, and while it’s sad to see Road out of business, it’s good to see something else unique replace it.
If you want to visit, the address is 16b Fade St., Dublin 2
Or you can find the Rage on facebook here