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The importance of protecting your retro gaming consoles

A boy and a girl sitting on the floor playing a retro video game

If you like playing retro video games, you know how rare and fragile certain games and consoles can be. That’s why it’s so important to protect and maintain these prized possessions, especially if you want to continue enjoying them for years and generations to come.

Consoles like the NES classic mini, SNES Classic Edition, Sega Genesis mini, and others are no longer in production, which makes them harder to replace or repair if they end up damaged or lost. Protecting your retro gaming consoles isn’t just about making them last longer for you, but about preserving and passing along the valuable gaming experiences they offer. Install the Mulberry browser extension to view the product protection plans available for your retro gaming consoles, as well as for all your gaming devices and accessories.

Why you need to protect your retro gaming consoles

Retro gaming consoles are older and more prone to breaking down or damaging easily. Here are a few tips to help protect them.

Prevent damage and malfunction

One of the main reasons to protect your retro gaming consoles is to prevent damage and wear and tear. Since a lot of these systems are decades old, they’re much more fragile than modern gaming consoles. Dust, dirt, and other irritants can make their way into internal components of these systems, leading to malfunctions or even permanent damage.

Keep the consoles and their accessories clean and free of dust and debris by regularly wiping down the exterior of the consoles with a soft cloth and using compressed air to clean out any dust that may have accumulated inside. Additionally, gamers should be careful when handling and transporting their retro gaming consoles to prevent drops, impacts, or other accidents that could cause damage.

Consider investing in some protective accessories to keep everything functioning at its best. Storing consoles in a protective case or container can help prevent damage during transport or storage.

Holding onto authentic nostalgia

When it comes to games that are no longer in production, you have to consider them valuable collector's items. The same thing goes for controllers and cables used by retro consoles, which are often unique to each system and may be hard to replace if lost or damaged. By taking care of these components and keeping them organized, gamers can ensure they have all the necessary tools to enjoy their retro gaming experiences.

Many classic games are not available on modern consoles, and the unique controllers and graphics of retro systems are an essential part of the gaming experience.

Modern emulators aren’t always complete replicas

Without the ability to play these retro games on their original consoles, you have to rely on emulators, which can be great, but rarely capture the same feeling or authenticity. For example, many PlayStation classic games are available to play on modern consoles, and the controller design hasn’t really changed either. Other modern handhelds like the analogue pocket can play older games like the Mario series, but they aren’t an exact copy of the retro handheld that originally played that game.


Maintaining the best retro gaming consoles is essential for preserving that nostalgic gaming experience. By taking care of these classic consoles, you can continue to enjoy the unique and authentic gaming experiences they offer, and ensure that future generations can enjoy them as well.

If you’re in the market for any new collectibles, make sure you install the Mulberry browser extension and protect your investment for multiple years at affordable prices.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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