Here he comes down, Frankie-Boy the Spider!
"Look at 'm go, that itty bitty knucklehead spider!" But Frankie ain't a mean or evil spider. Frankie is a genuine Retro Gaming cognoscente. For this reason we have chosen Frankie Boy to be our mascotte. So don't be afraid, because Frankie is the Boy and he is here to tell you something! But Frankie does have some attitude, so get over yourself. "Frank, just be normal with me!!"
"Sorry, Girls: he's married...TO SCIENCE!!"
Frankie is talking, so sit down an' shaddap!
- GameSpin? Who are we?
- What were we thinking, in a world full of major webshops for retro gaming and refurbished gear?
- Isn't this market as saturated as fat?
- Haven't we already got our fixed addresses (with the competition or something)?
- Why set up a new webshop?
- What makes us think that we can become a part of this mega awesome market, filled with all that amazing gear!?
- What do we have what "DEM" others already have?
"Let me answer that question with another question!" Won't ya' pump the brakes, kid? One question at the time...sheesh!
Who are we?
We are GameSpin. We are a family business, a real 'mom' and 'pop' webstore. A retro gaming webshop of retro game enthusiasts for the retro game fanatics. With a twist. Our focus lies on aftermarket gaming gear. 'New' gear for 'Old' games.
(secretely we are also RetroSpider, but that comes later, once we become a big boy and we ain't tellin' nothing)
The GameSpin genesis is a story for later. We will get back to that story in the future. Let's flash forward to 2023.
GameSpin starts its journey in 2023 as an Official International Retailer for the American family company Retro Fighters®. (instant BFF's of course!)
So basically we are an online retailer AND an importer. How exciting! Please tell us more? Neh. "Frank, work with us here." OKAAYYY! Sheesh...
What is our mission?
GameSpin's has a goal to enrich, broaden and enlarge your gaming collection. Besides that, GameSpin wants to be at the service of the retro gaming community. This is done by offering aftermarket gaming gear of the highest possible quality, a "new" experience, a fair price and warranty. After all, we are gamers too. We know the feels.
We like to address the needs of the retro gaming gear market, which is difficult to obtain or simply unavailable on the domestic market. This is for example achieved through an import channel from the U.S. which has proven a big hassle for a lot of other webshops.
A market full of webshops for retro gaming
Saturated next level. The retro gaming industry has become trending, especially throughout the Covid lockdowns. And the recent Mario Bros movie has chipped in as well. We would like to separate ourselves within that market.
Take for example the retro gaming controller. Without the controller there is no gaming. But if you are purely going for the original manufacturer controller, you're in for a big surprise once you see the price for those babies in Mint condition. And not every webshop can assure you with that tallow-free cleanliness, which you'd expect from them. "BLUEGH!! Triple double dare you to give it a lick!" On top of that, and for example, with the Nintendo 64 controller you always have to deal with the uncertainty of that MOTHERF...RANKIE thumbstick. (nice save)
That will remain a big risk when you are not buying new gaming gear. And (look at me when I talk to you) let's be frank (haha! Frank!) here. You want:
- 4 or more controllers per console, because...you know...
- In all of your favorite colors
- Durable thumbsticks
- Not so retarded expensive
We got you bruh! New! Clean! Scouts honor! Stamp it! Double stamp it! Triple double stamp it! "Frank, you can't triple stamp a double stamp."
No refurbished / second hand (yet)
GameSpin will not (yet) offer refurbished / second hand products in its shop yet. This requires a certain amount of technical knowledge, quality and finesse. Plus we we believe our closest competitors already provide sufficient of the same at the moment (we hate you so much...hihi...please stop...no really)
So: maybe later. Never say 'never'. Ever!
Haven't we already got our fixed addresses (with the competition or something)
Good for you...with your face. "Frank, these are potential clients."
Why set up a new webshop?
Because d*mb*ss! "Frank...work with us."
A new webshop
But seriously. Every gamer, to a certain extent, has something of a completionist within theirselves. OCD anyone!? (We have only completed the Mass Effect Trilogy 56 times...there is always number 57) We digress.
GameSpin is setup so that we can provide you with that amazing aftermarket gaming gear that is simply very hard to obtain, but you just want to have it, or need to have it. That would make your gaming collection just that little bit more complete. And at the end of the day, there is nothing better than that, right? No. No that neither. No definitely not that. No, really no!
Gamespin will start its journey by going into business with the American company Retro Fighters®. We believe in their products, they believe in us. Retro Fighters is a family business that provides the gaming community with the highest quality aftermarket gaming gear (especially gaming controllers) for your gaming collection. GameSpin is, as they refer to it, their "official international retailer". This means that you can come to us for all of your favorite Retro Fighters gaming gear. To start with their amazing gaming controllers. So go ahead...SNOOP AROUND! Check out that cool gear we offer you. Check here.
Of course, if you so desire, you can also poke around at the source of it all, via the following link: https://retrofighters.com/. Get back here soon, ya' hear! :)
Got any tips or feedback, then you can always choose to send us a message through our contact form. Although feedback should in fact be considered as a present, we promise we will only 'hiss' or 'growl' for a teeny while if you so happen to know it better than us. We are only human, you know!
Questions? Remarks? Praise?
Got any questions or remarks? Or you simply want to chat us up? All possible! Send us a message through our contact form.
Guido aka THE GIETSTER
Head honcho, El Jefe, The Boss, CEO, The can-do-it-all-man. The brains behind the operation. (yeah right, keep walking fellah)
"Since I was a little kid, I was a giant fan of video games. I was born in 1985, grew up with the SNES and the GameBoy Classic. Later on I discovered the NES system at a friends place. I really digged those games. By now I own most of the video game consoles. I just really love the retro gaming world. I have claimed the attic of our home and transformed it into a game room. And let me tell you, there is some seriously fanatic gaming going on there.
That Mass Effect 56 times completed thingy earlier...that was me. I idolize that franchise. Male shep for life! MALE SHEP I SAID! "Settle down, Beavis!"
Currently if am playing GTA IV: Ballad of Gay Tony on the Xbox 360, Resident Evil remake (2002) on the GameCube and Mario Kart 64 on the Nintendo 64. And every now and then I play a little EuroTruck Simulator 2 on de PC, with a GINORMOUSLY 8-hour long Waylon Jennings-only playlist on the stereo.
Just a few "BEUKEMAARRRR" (roughly translates to PEDAL-TO-THE-METAL) truck rides from Finland to Spain or from England to Romania. Sounds like more fun than it is...really...trust me! Ok...then don't. I regularly rotate on a gaming level, I have so many. That makes rotation all the more fun, because there is always sufficient supply.
All sorts of music has to blast from my speakers. Whether it is the Stones, Dr. Dre, The Carter Family, Paul Simon, Springsteen or that masterful mix from the
GTAIV BoGT Vladivostok radio station (downloaded fair and square), it really helps with the most tediously boring chores. Or when I am enjoying a nice and cool beer, with a hefty cigar in my maw, whilst sitting nearly horizontally on our backyard couch. The latter being a finesse, a skillset."
Jenny is Guido's significant other. His partner in crime. Jenny is short, yet as tough as they come. Matter of factly, sharply smart. Handles staff. (what staff?)
"I was born in. When I was little, my parents got me a PC. Pretty soon I learned about the possibilities within the online gaming community. At the time I was under the spell of RuneScape (old version). Nowadays I rarely play video games. Usually under light coercion from Guido. However, I did manage to claim the Switch. I just really love Mario Kart on the Switch. Nice and cozy on the couch in tablet mode.
In my spare time - whilst covered under a soft blanky - I enjoy watching Tv-series on Rakuten Viki. The South-Korean and Chinese series really appeal to me. Especially within the History and Fantasy genres. I also speak quite a bit of Korean by now, I just think they have such a gorgeous culture. They have a beautiful and interesting history and honoustly, those ancient Asiatic buildings are simply to die for, right?
I also really enjoy cooking. I often do this together with Guido. He "helps" me within the kitchen domain."
Alexander (code name: Bouef)
Mister Cool, but also a bit of an Enigma. "No, you are!" Cousin of Guido. Together with his big cousin, Alexander has discovered the vast gaming industry, tried it, experienced it. Alexander is a PC-gamer with console gaming within his heart. Alexander is not yet an active part of the GameSpin adventure. But in time you can most certainly expext to be receiving messages or tips from him.
"I decide if and when I write a text for the About us page". Thus Alexander. Told you...an enigma...