National Videogame Museum

National Videogame Museum The National Videogame Museum is the country's first dedicated videogame museum, established to document, preserve and exhibit our industry's rich history.
The goal of The National Videogame Museum is to provide a physical location that interactively displays the history and influences of videogames to the public.
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This isn't your traditional museum. To parallel the industry we represent, exhibits feature loads of interactivity. There will be plenty of game systems to play from Pong to present, including a full reproduction of an 80's arcade. The museum is the evolution of the world-famous Classic Gaming Expo museum exhibit which is comprised of over 20,000 items spanning numerous collections and over 25 years of historical document and data archiving. The ultimate vision of The National Videogame Museum is to have a physical research and reference facility that will also serve as an interactive educational exhibit to the industry and general public alike.

Mission: A culmination of over 30 years of archiving and research, The National Videogame Museum expands on the standard artifact-display point of interest, placing a great deal of importance on the people who created the industry and the stories they have to tell. The museum was founded by John Hardie, Sean Kelly, and Joe Santulli, the creators of the long-running Classic Gaming Expo. Long before there was mainstream interest in classic or “orphaned” games, each had been privately gathering physical artifacts, memorabilia, and information.

Black Friday shopping didn’t go as planned? The National Videogame Museum has got you covered! Instead of dealing with t...
11/30/2019

Black Friday shopping didn’t go as planned? The National Videogame Museum has got you covered! Instead of dealing with the exhaustion and anxiety of tackling doorbuster after doorbuster this weekend, come shop with us instead!

Your ticket to the National Videogame Museum guarantees you a day full of fun exploring gaming history, delighting your nostalgia, and as many classic arcade games as you can handle...but that’s not all! On your way out, you’ll get access to the gaming themed NVM Gift Shop!

The NVM Gift Shop is packed to the brim with awesome gift ideas for gamers of every age. Whether you’re shopping for someone that loves classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Defender, and Donkey Kong, or if you’re looking for the latest in Fortnite and Minecraft, we’ve got it!

Boardgames, books, wallets, keychains, collectibles...we’ve got them all! Not to mention we’re your one-stop-shop for Pokémon plushes!

Skip the lines and escape the chaos! Combine Holiday fun AND Holiday shopping at NVM!

The National Videogame Museum will be CLOSED tomorrow on Thursday, November 28th for Thanksgiving. Whether you’re spendi...
11/27/2019

The National Videogame Museum will be CLOSED tomorrow on Thursday, November 28th for Thanksgiving. Whether you’re spending time with family and friends, catching Pokémon, using the force, or delivering cargo, we wish our NVM community a happy Thanksgiving!

The National Videogame Museum will be OPEN with our normal hours of 10AM-8PM on Friday, November 29th; instead of spending hours waiting in line for Black Friday deals, why not spend hours in our Pixel Dreams arcade? We’ll see you there!

Did you know the National Videogame Museum has a machine that allows you to look up many of gaming’s most prominent and ...
11/24/2019

Did you know the National Videogame Museum has a machine that allows you to look up many of gaming’s most prominent and hard to find “easter eggs”? Not only that, but the National Videogame Museum itself is FILLED with tons of easter eggs if you know where to look!

There’s tons of gaming artwork all around the museum – some out in the open, and some that you might have to explore to find. For instance, you can find the NVM as imagined in an old-school text adventure...and is that a creeper piloting our Minecraft crane!?

If you’re visiting our 70’s living room and 80’s bedroom exhibits, be sure to check every nook and cranny for hidden toys, records, memorabilia, and everything that will make you feel like you traveled back in time.

What easter eggs have YOU uncovered on your last visit to the NVM? Let us know!

These days eSports are some of the biggest competitions on the planet, but the National Videogame Museum remembers a tim...
11/20/2019

These days eSports are some of the biggest competitions on the planet, but the National Videogame Museum remembers a time when the biggest “eSport” was asking Mom to drive you to the local Blockbuster to participate in the Super Star Fox Weekend Competition.

The Super Star Fox Weekend Competition was a promotion and competition by Nintendo that ran from April 30th-May 2nd 1993. The competition allowed entrants to rent a special Star Fox cartridge from Blockbuster – this special cartridge included a modified version of Star Fox for the Super Nintendo that included three different levels on a four minute timer. Players would return with their cartridges at the end of the weekend to report their scores. High-scoring players would receive a commemorative t-shirt, while the top player at each store would receive a special Star Fox bomber jacket, pictured below! Additionally, the winner of each store was then entered into a random drawing to win a free vacation for four, or $15,000 in cash.

Eventually, Nintendo Power would go on to sell the cartridge used in the competition, but once it was out of stock, the cartridge became a treasured collector’s item and still sees high prices online to this day. Were you a participant in the Super Star Fox Weekend back in the day? Do you wish you had been? Are you going to hunt down one of these cartridges to prove that the bomber jacket should have been yours? Let us know!

In case you’ve yet to check our the latest edition of the NVM Newsletter, we spotlighted just a few of the items that we...
11/16/2019

In case you’ve yet to check our the latest edition of the NVM Newsletter, we spotlighted just a few of the items that were donated to us at our Activision 40th Anniversary Reunion.

First off is a pilot’s cap straight out of Atari 2600 classic Barnstorming by Steve Cartwright (who we were fortunate enough to have attend our reunion) as well as a couple of Pitfall stickers.

Next is a first-aid-kit by way of Activision’s MechWarrior. If a first-aid-kit seems like a strange promotional item to you, you should know that it isn’t the first time a game has done this! Acclaim’s Turok Evolution also featured a first-aid-kit as a promotional item.

And last is a brochure from the famous Activision Family Vacation, in which Activision flew their employees out to Hawaii for some well deserved R&R after taking the video game industry by storm in the early 80s.

If you’re a fan of classic Activision, look forward to us sharing even more from the 40th Anniversary Reunion soon!

There’s a good chance that you’ve never seen this “Snoopy Pong” machine. In fact, this image of the machine has never be...
11/11/2019

There’s a good chance that you’ve never seen this “Snoopy Pong” machine. In fact, this image of the machine has never been released before now!

In the early 1970’s, Atari, in an effort to continue popularizing their Pong products, conceived “Snoopy Pong”, a Pong machine that was shaped like the Peanuts’ character Snoopy laying on top of his trademark red doghouse. The problem was that Peanuts creator Charles Shulz never gave Atari the all clear to use his characters, so “Snoopy Pong” was quickly transitioned into the more generic “Puppy Pong” which you can see at NVM today.

Because “Snoopy Pong” never saw the light of day, any images or information on it is among the rarest of the rare. Even the “Puppy Pong” machines that were released in its stead are near impossible to find with only four known machines found to-date.

Been having fun in our Pixel Dreams Arcade? Take the arcade fun home with you with these brand new items at the NVM Gift...
11/08/2019

Been having fun in our Pixel Dreams Arcade? Take the arcade fun home with you with these brand new items at the NVM Gift Shop! From Tetris to TMNT, to even carnival classics like Skeeball and Whac-a-mole, there’s a pocket arcade for everyone!

For our Tetris superfans, we also have Tetris playing cards and a new Tetrimino light that you can customize yourself to recreate some of your most harrowing moments from #Tetris99. If Tetriminos aren’t your colored cubes of choice, you can check out the new Rubik’s Tilt – the latest spin on Rubik’s cube!

As always, you can find all of these and more in the NVM Gift Shop – your one stop shop for classic gaming collectibles, merch, and a whole heck of a lot of Pokémon plushes! Be sure to stop by when you visit the NVM – our shop is always leveling up with new items!

With Halloween behind us and the Holidays still over a month away, what’s there to enjoy about November? If your answer ...
11/05/2019
Ninja November! - November 2019 Newsletter

With Halloween behind us and the Holidays still over a month away, what’s there to enjoy about November? If your answer inexplicably happened to be “Ninjas” then you’d be correct!

Ninja November is the latest edition of the NVM Newsletter. For the entire month of November you’ll find the NVM filled with the mysterious art of ninjutsu. Gaming’s most iconic ninjas will be out for play, from Ryu Hayabusa, to Goemon, to Joe Musashi – we’ve even got rare titles like the hidden SNES gem “Hagane”.

Of course, November also means Thanksgiving, which means that the National Videogame Museum will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 28th for the Holiday! We’ll be open the next day, Friday, November 29th with our normal hours of 10AM-8PM, so be sure to save some room for gaming!

This Month’s NVM Acquisitions are just a few of the items donated to us at our Activision 40th Anniversary Reunion. We’ve got quirky promotional items like a pilot’s cap from “Barnstorming”, a first-aid-kit straight out of the game “Mechwarrior”, and more. We even have a brochure from Activision’s 1982 “Family Vacation” – a brochure given to Activision employees for their company trip to Hawaii in 1982.

Our Newsletter this month also features looks at Ninja Gaiden for the Master System, Super Breakout, and as always, our monthly Exhibit Spotlight. You’ll have to check out the FULL Newsletter to see everything we’ve got in store this month, so grab a headband and become part of Ninja November!

You can read the full edition of our newsletter here: https://bit.ly/2qnszOO

Head in to NVM this month to get a taste of the Ninja Spirit that took off in the early 1980's and continues to this day! Whether you're already a shadow warrior or a new acolyte in search of training, we've got the perfect lineup to sharpen those skills! Test yourself against an alternate ver...

The National Videogame Museum was happy to host gaming composer and Video Games Live founder Tommy Tallarico on the eve ...
11/02/2019

The National Videogame Museum was happy to host gaming composer and Video Games Live founder Tommy Tallarico on the eve of the exciting Video Games Live Concert TODAY @ 7:30pm in Fort Worth, TX at Will Rogers Auditorium.

We’ll be there. Will you? The NVM will be at the Will Rogers Auditorium tonight with playable games set up, so be sure to come get some gaming in by before the show!

One of our favorites games to never see release in the west sits comfortably inside our Nintendo 64DD display: It’s the ...
10/29/2019

One of our favorites games to never see release in the west sits comfortably inside our Nintendo 64DD display: It’s the F-Zero X Expansion Kit!

Released for the N64DD in April of 2000, The F-Zero X Expansion Kit was, as you could probably guess, and expansion to the original game – this meant that unlike other 64DD games, you would need both the F-Zero X cartridge as well as the Expansion Kit disk in order to operate the game. As the first N64 game to receive such an expansion, the F-Zero X Expansion Kit was a shining example of how the 64DD, despite its many faults, could take an original N64 game to the next level.

The Expansion Kit brought a number of improvement to the original game, the most impressive of which is a comprehensive track building feature. Like many other 64DD projects, the Expansion Kit is another example of the 64DD putting player creativity first. Players could arrange their own race tracks complete with curves, differing kinds of terrain, jumps, hills, half pipes, and all of the other features one might find during a typical F-Zero race. Tracks weren’t the only thing players could edit, as the expansion also included a car editor, which allowed players to create their own custom machines for racing – a feature that would return in the GameCube sequel F-Zero GX.

The expansion kit was packed with even more content than just these creative options, as the game also added two new cups to race on as well as offering a new stereo option for all of the game’s music.

Would you have picked up the F-Zero X Expansion Kit had it come west with the N64DD? Or would you like to see a new F-Zero game with custom track editing? Let us know!

Tomorrow on Saturday, October 26th, Halloween comes to the National Videogame Museum in the form of tricks, treats, frig...
10/25/2019

Tomorrow on Saturday, October 26th, Halloween comes to the National Videogame Museum in the form of tricks, treats, frightening Halloween themed gaming, and a chilling costume contest!

Anyone feeling ghoulish enough to come out in costume will receive HALF-OFF ADMISSION...not to mention we have free trick-or-treating all day long! What’s a night of gaming without a little candy, anyway?

But if you’re seeking more than just candy, you can also take part in the return of our annual NVM Halloween Costume Contest to win an NVM Family Membership and tons of other great NVM prizes!

The Halloween costume contest for ages 13 and under will be taking place at 5PM, and the contest for ages 14 and up will be at 6PM, so be sure not to miss your time to shine! We’ll even be giving out extra points to those in video game themed costumes, so you might want to bring a mustache and a pair of overalls!

Dracula will be waiting...We hope to see you there!

Video game history is also the history of video game music. The National Videogame Museum is happy to team up with the w...
10/20/2019

Video game history is also the history of video game music. The National Videogame Museum is happy to team up with the world renowned concert series Video Games Live to offer an exclusive discount to their upcoming concert at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, November 2nd at 7:30PM.

If you’ve never heard of Video Games Live, it’s multi-media extravaganza featuring all of the sights and sounds of some of the greatest video games throughout time. Video Games Live isn’t just music, either, it uses synchronized video and lights accompanying the music to turn the show into not just a concert, but an experience! With music from Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Halo, and more being orchestrated live, there’s no better way to experience the music of your favorite games.

There’s still tickets available, and the National Videogame Museum is offering a 10% discount if you use the promo code: “NVGM10” when ordering!

For tickets and more info, click the link here: http://www.fwsymphony.org/concerts/concerts.asp?concert=687

ICYMI: The way you play Game Boy games may be about to change. Yesterday, Analogue, the company behind high-end retro ga...
10/17/2019

ICYMI: The way you play Game Boy games may be about to change. Yesterday, Analogue, the company behind high-end retro gaming hardware such as the Analogue Nt and Super Nt, announced the Analogue Pocket.

The Analogue pocket is a powerful handheld console capable of playing the almost 3000 game library of Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. With a high quality 3.5” LCD and an incredible screen resolution of 1600x1440, the Analogue Pocket promises to be the most stunning way to relive your Game Boy favorites...and more. According to Analogue, not only will the Pocket be capable of playing Game Boy games, but also Game Gear, Atari Lynx, Neo Geo Pocket, and other cartridges through various adapters. There’s even a forthcoming dock ala Nintendo Switch, so you can move your portable games onto your television.

If you’re looking for a device that can do more than just play games, the Analogue Pocket also includes Nanoloop, an audio workstation that can be utilized for both music creation and live performance. If you’re feeling inspired by the chiptune classics of the Game Boy library, Analogue could also be the tool you need to make your own.

We love seeing new ways to play and interact with the classic games of the past, and having a way to resurrect the library of these handheld systems in high fidelity is supremely exciting.

The Analogue Pocket is set to launch next year for $199...Will you be picking one up? Let us know!

If you’ve been to the National Videogame Museum, you know that Dragon’s Lair is one of our favorite games in history. Bu...
10/14/2019

If you’ve been to the National Videogame Museum, you know that Dragon’s Lair is one of our favorite games in history. But did you know that there was an entire game console based on the technology of Dragon’s Lair?

The RDI Halycon was set to be the next big thing in video games after the massive success of Dragon’s Lair allowed RDI to step into the console game with a product tailor made to games of their familiar interactive, animated style with the option to also use real-life video, similar to what we would later see utilized on the Sega CD and similar consoles. Set to release in early 1985, the Halycon was built to be a technical powerhouse and utilized laserdisc technology instead of the cartridges of most other consoles. However, playing the games off of laserdiscs, which could only contain a limited amount of media, meant that the games released would either have to be truncated or spread across multiple expensive laserdiscs.

With an initial price point set at $2500, the Halycon was a tall order for consumers, and even Halycon’s promise of modularity––allowing the Halycon to connect to consumers own Laserdisc players instead of needing to use the one built in––did little to inspire interest. The Halycon even advertised a keyboard controller and headset which could be used for “speech synthesis, voice recognition, and artificial intelligence.”

With only two of its initially promised six games complete and RDI having gone bankrupt, the Halycon never saw a proper release. Very few Halycon consoles were actually produced with only a handful still out in the wild today.

The National Videogame Museum is proud to have one of the world‘s only remaining RDI Halycon consoles on display NOW, so make sure to take a look next time you come by!

One of the most interesting parts of our collection here at the National Videogame Museum is our array of console develo...
10/09/2019

One of the most interesting parts of our collection here at the National Videogame Museum is our array of console development hardware. One of our most recent addition to our development kit collection is this PSP dev console. The console has both a UMD drive as well as a traditional DVD rom drive for reading media in addition to the memory stick duo slot you would find on a typical PSP.

Perhaps most interesting is the “PSP” that is included along with the system. Because the lion’s share of the hardware is inside of the dev console itself, the PSP serves only as a controller and video output, allowing developers to test both the look and feel of their games on the actual PSP interface and screen.

If you were a developer looking to create games for the PSP back in the mid 00’s, one of these development consoles would run you about $6000-$7000 when purchased directly from Sony.

You can see our PSP development console as well as many other pieces of development hardware on display NOW at the National Videogame Museum!

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