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Gaming Expo museum exhibit which is comprised of over 20,000 items spanning numerous collections and over 25 years of historical document and data archiving.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.

Take a look at the most valuable air freshener in video games! This Earthbound Mach Pizza Air Freshener was given away a...
05/18/2019

Take a look at the most valuable air freshener in video games! This Earthbound Mach Pizza Air Freshener was given away as the prize of the Earthbound Ident-A-Smell contest. The Earthbound Player’s Guide that was included with the original game included six scratch and sniff cards, one of which was the Ident-A-Smell card which tasked players with sniffing out the correct scent and mailing it in with their guess.

While scratch and sniff cards alongside the slogan of “This Game Stinks” didn’t turn out to be the best marketing tactic for Earthbound, we can’t deny that the Mach Pizza Air Freshener is just as weird and endearing as the game itself. Plus, what goes better with games than Pizza?

This magnetic disk drive is a permanent fixture at the NVM...That’s right, it’s none other than the Nintendo 64DD! T...
05/13/2019

This magnetic disk drive is a permanent fixture at the NVM...That’s right, it’s none other than the Nintendo 64DD!

The Nintendo 64DD was intended to be an integral part of the N64 family of products, and would allow the Nintendo 64 to remain competitive with other consoles by innovating features that would only be possible on the 64DD at that time. One such feature was Nintendo’s “Randnet” service which allowed users to play online as well as share user created content, such as creations made in the Mario Artist program.

Despite being initially announced in 1995, the 64DD turned out to be such an ambitious project that its release was continually pushed back. It wasn’t until December 1999 that it was finally released in limited quantities exclusively to Japan. It was discontinued only fourteen months later in February 2001. Only nine games were ever released, two of which are shown here - SimCity 64 and the F-Zero X Expansion Kit.

Have you hooked back into SEGA CHANNEL at the National Videogame Museum yet? Our BRAND NEW exhibit is open for a LIMITED...
05/09/2019

Have you hooked back into SEGA CHANNEL at the National Videogame Museum yet? Our BRAND NEW exhibit is open for a LIMITED TIME ONLY, so make sure you don’t miss your chance to relive all things Sega Channel!

In collaboration with collector Ray Vazquez, we’ve chronicled the history of Sega’s 1994 on-demand gaming network with prototypes, memorabilia, promotional items, and way more!

Attendees can even play through the original user interface of Sega Channel itself, allowing you to relive what it was like to be downloading games directly to your Sega Genesis console! The exhibit is also running video of classic Sega Channel commercials, promos, and demonstrations - including a look at David Crane’s unreleased Sega Channel exclusive: Klondike Solitaire.

Don’t wait, because just like Sega Channel, this exhibit won’t stay online forever!

Need to know what’s going on at the NVM this month? Look no further than our monthly newsletter! So, start your engine...
05/06/2019
NVM May 2019 Newsletter - "Motor May!"

Need to know what’s going on at the NVM this month? Look no further than our monthly newsletter! So, start your engines, because it’s Motor May this month at the National Videogame Museum! From Burnout to Mario Kart to Rad Racer, this month you can speed through the history of racing games at the NVM! You can even get behind the wheel of Monte Carlo or Pole Position in our Pixel Dreams Arcade for an authentic, classic racing game experience!

May also means Mother’s Day, and if you’ve been toiling over what to get Mom this year, why not make it a trip to the National Videogame Museum? Whether it’s to introduce Mom to your favorites games and the history behind them, or so that Mom can school you on all her old favorites, the NVM is perfect for family time! We’re even making Mother’s Day at the NVM easy by offering HALF-OFF admission for Moms on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12th!

For more on Motor May and everything going on at the National Videogame Museum, you’ll have to check out the FULL version of our monthly newsletter here: https://bit.ly/2J8tc60

May the Fourth be with you! As today is about all things Star Wars, check out these rare Parker Brothers Intellivision r...
05/04/2019

May the Fourth be with you!

As today is about all things Star Wars, check out these rare Parker Brothers Intellivision retail box prototypes for three unreleased Star Wars games! Though the developers were certain enough of the games’ release to mock up potential box art, these three titles would never see the light of day.

Notice something a little off? These are from before the name ”Return of the Jedi“ was finalized, and the final chapter of the original saga was being referred to as “Revenge of the Jedi” instead!

A piece of video game history is coming back today with the announcement that a new Earthworm Jim game is in the works b...
05/01/2019

A piece of video game history is coming back today with the announcement that a new Earthworm Jim game is in the works by the ORIGINAL TEAM behind the franchise - just in time for his 25th anniversary! With the original programmers, artists, sound team, and level designers onboard, fans can look forward to what sounds like a faithful representation of the beloved series.

Earthworm Jim isn’t the only thing that’s coming back, though. This new Earthworm Jim game will be launching exclusively for the upcoming Intellivision Amico console.

Intellivision Entertainment is also keen on giving fans an inside look at the revival of the classic series with a live, interactive simulcast during the game’s first design meeting on May 4th!

Are you excited to see Earthworm Jim back in action? And will you be picking up an Intellivison Amico on its eventual release date in October, 2020? Let us know!

Congratulations to Jimmy and Sarah on their engagement! Jimmy made use of our secret treasure box to "find" a ring for h...
04/27/2019

Congratulations to Jimmy and Sarah on their engagement!

Jimmy made use of our secret treasure box to "find" a ring for his future wife! The NVM wishes you an amazing life together. 💍

These days, it’s common to find gamers using modded controllers or controllers specifically made to improve performanc...
04/26/2019

These days, it’s common to find gamers using modded controllers or controllers specifically made to improve performance in genres like fighting games or first-person-shooters.

Back in the 80’s things weren’t actually that much different! Because if you wanted to improve your score in home video games like Asteroids, you needed the Starplex Deluxe Video Game Controller for your Atari 2600.

The Starplex Deluxe Video Game Controller was one of the first examples of a rapid-fire or, as the Starplex refers to it, “Astro Blast” button that would continuously fire when pressed down. Despite being wired to the system, the Starplex still requires one AA battery to operate, so remember to use Astro Blast responsibly!

While we wait for news on Universal’s forthcoming Super Mario Bros. animated film, why not check out some of our piece...
04/22/2019

While we wait for news on Universal’s forthcoming Super Mario Bros. animated film, why not check out some of our pieces related to one of Mario’s OTHER on-screen adventures?

Here we have original concepts and animation cels from DIC’s 1989 series “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show.” These concepts include multiple pieces of character art from various episodes of the show, including a better look at the other plumbers featured in the “Plumber Academy” episode.

Because animation cels from these programs depicting the complete characters are particularly rare, these cels from the show’s Super Mario World run make for an extremely cool find. You might even recognize one of the cels from the now infamous “Mama Luigi” episode of the show!

Interplanetary Lizards of the Texas Plains was an unreleased Sega Genesis game under development by Tengen in 1994.Based...
04/18/2019

Interplanetary Lizards of the Texas Plains was an unreleased Sega Genesis game under development by Tengen in 1994.

Based on the comic book series of the same name, little about this game ever saw the light of day. However, here at the National Videogame Museum (of the Texas Plains), we managed to dig up never-before-seen press releases that describe the project in detail. The game promised two-player cooperative gameplay, as well as a “unique four way scrolling, expanded three quarter view.”

You can check out the press releases and a promotional poster for the game below! Does Interplanetary Lizards of the Texas Plains sound like something you would’ve played on your Genesis? Let us know! And if you can’t get enough of everything unreleased in gaming, you’ll want to come down to the Texas Plains of Frisco and see the National Videogame Museum for yourself!

Meet one of the crown jewels of any Nintendo collection...Stadium Events for the NES!  The Bandai published Stadium Even...
04/15/2019

Meet one of the crown jewels of any Nintendo collection...Stadium Events for the NES!

The Bandai published Stadium Events was released in an extremely limited capacity in 1987. Stadium Events was designed to work alongside the Family Fun Fitness Mat, which allowed players to step on the mat in order to “run” in the game. Nintendo was so impressed by the idea that they bought the Family Fun Fitness Mat and Stadium Events, rebranding and rereleasing them as the “Power Pad” and “World Class Track Meet” respectively.

Thanks to Nintendo’s rebranding, original copies of Stadium Events are nearly impossible to find. Thus, Stadium Events has become among the most expensive Nintendo games of all time, sometimes fetching as much as $10,000 for a loose cart.

Stadium Events is just one of the many extraordinarily rare Nintendo artifacts you can find currently on display at the National Videogame Museum!

If you’re a Nintendo fan, you’re definitely going to want to check out this Super Mario 64 print signed by Shigeru M...
04/10/2019

If you’re a Nintendo fan, you’re definitely going to want to check out this Super Mario 64 print signed by Shigeru Miyamoto himself! While this authenticated print also boasts the recent signature of the voice of Mario, Charles Martinet — Miyamoto’s signature is from March 15th, 1999. This is notable because it features Miyamoto’s FULL signature, which he hasn’t signed with in nearly twenty years...

...an example of which is this Pikmin 2 promotional piece that you may have seen on display at the National Videogame Museum. On it, Miyamoto has signed his name as simply “Miyamoto” rather than writing out his full name. This piece also includes the signatures of game directors Shigefumi Hino and Masamichi Abe, as well as the legendary Takashi Tezuka.

We don’t just catalogue games, consoles, and merchandise here at the National Videogame Museum - we also have a huge c...
04/07/2019

We don’t just catalogue games, consoles, and merchandise here at the National Videogame Museum - we also have a huge collection of advertisements and promotional materials!

Check out these rare flyers advertising the games “CrossFire” for the Sega Genesis and “CrossFire” for the Famicom - the latter of which was never formally released in the west. Though they may have the same name and were both developed by Kyugo, the Genesis CrossFire is actually the Sega Mega Drive game “Super Airwolf.” During localization, the game was given the name of Kyugo‘s earlier Famicom release instead, though the exact reasons why are unclear.

We also dug up an advert for the Famicom Mahjong RPG “Dora³” which features some very old school artwork as well as screenshots and release info.

The National Videogame Museum is filled with games, merchandise, and memorabilia from gaming's biggest icons, but what a...
04/04/2019
National Videogame Museum

The National Videogame Museum is filled with games, merchandise, and memorabilia from gaming's biggest icons, but what about gaming's less popular faces? In this month's NVM Newsletter, we shift the focus to gaming's under-appreciated mascots in Alternative April!

This month you'll be able to play a host of games that you probably forgot all about! From Blinx the Timesweeper to Croc to David Crane's Freeway on the Atari 2600, we've got tons of fun, forgotten favorites!

And speaking of forgotten favorites...Don't forget to check out our brand new exhibit dedicated to SEGA CHANNEL. Check out prototypes, feel first hand what the Sega Channel UI was like, and learn everything there is to know about this pioneering on-demand gaming service. But just like Sega Channel, this exhibit won't last forever, so you're gonna wanna get hooked into Sega Channel ASAP!

Our spotlights this month include Pacmania, the hidden Genesis gem Ristar, and the Atari Lynx––which, if you wanted a handheld console in the 90's, was DEFINITELY the more alternative option!

Check out the full newsletter here: https://bit.ly/2FMe4Ik

03/31/2019
Klondike Solitaire - Sega Channel

Have you had a chance to check out our BRAND NEW Sega Channel exhibit yet?

One of the many exciting features of our new exhibit is a prototype cartridge of an unreleased Sega Genesis game called Klondike Solitaire, which was planned to be exclusive to Sega Channel subscribers. Klondike Solitaire was programmed by legendary Activision programmer David Crane and published by Skyworks Technologies.

For those of you that can’t make it to the exhibit, we’ve uploaded video capture of the prototype in action to our YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/JcYE0Rp3Jto

Sega Channel unreleased Klondike Solitaire game by Skyworks Technologies. Klondike was programmed by legendary Activision programmer David Crane who donated ...

Reconnect with SEGA CHANNEL at the National Videogame Museum! We’re proud to announce the third iteration of our rotat...
03/27/2019

Reconnect with SEGA CHANNEL at the National Videogame Museum!

We’re proud to announce the third iteration of our rotating exhibit: The History of Sega Channel. Created in collaboration with collector Ray Vasquez, this new Limited-Time-Only exhibit chronicles the history of Sega’s 1994 on-demand gaming network with prototypes, memorabilia, promotional items, and way more!

For those unfamiliar. The Sega Channel was a subscription service that gamers with a Sega Genesis console could use to download full games, demos, or even access exclusive codes for their favorite games. The service ran from 1994 to 1998 and was instrumental in popularizing the concept of fully digital gaming––just another example of Sega being ahead of their time!

Our exhibit features a modified Sega Channel unit that allows users to cycle through the menus and get a feel for what the Sega Channel experience was like!

To cap off our brand new exhibit, we dug up the prototype cartridge of an unreleased Sega Channel game called Klondike Solitaire. Klondike Solitaire was programmed by legendary Activision programmer David Crane and published by Skyworks Technologies. You can check out video capture of the title playing on the TV at the exhibit alongside Sega Channel ads and promotional materials!

This exhibit won’t be at the National Videogame Museum forever, so now is the time to get hooked back into Sega Channel!

If you’re attending Texas Pinball Festival, you won’t want to miss our masterfully restored Computer Space by Kevin ...
03/23/2019

If you’re attending Texas Pinball Festival, you won’t want to miss our masterfully restored Computer Space by Kevin Moore.

Not only is it entered into the Texas Pinball Festival Restoration Contest, but it’s available for play all weekend at the show!

Don’t miss your chance to play a piece of history!

See one of the most exciting items we’ve EVER displayed during THIS WEEKEND ONLY!This is the original animatronic Yosh...
03/22/2019

See one of the most exciting items we’ve EVER displayed during THIS WEEKEND ONLY!

This is the original animatronic Yoshi puppet head used in the Super Mario Bros Movie. Our exhibit is the first time this prop has ever been displayed to the public.

Both Yoshi AND our entire Super Mario Bros. Movie exhibit are going away after Sunday, March 24th, so you’ll want to hop into the nearest Warp Pipe to the NVM before it’s all gone!

Time is running out to get your tickets to NVM: AFTER DARK! The definitive 21+ experience at the world-famous National V...
03/18/2019
NVM After Dark Ticketing...

Time is running out to get your tickets to NVM: AFTER DARK! The definitive 21+ experience at the world-famous National Videogame Museum is BACK this Thursday, March 21st with the Texas Pinball Festival Pre-Party! Brought to you by Free Play Richardson!

In a night designed for both the biggest and most casual of pinball fans, the NVM will be filled to the brim with pinball themed videogames to try your hand at –– not to mention special one-night-only attractions! If you’re especially confident in your pinball skills, you can even take on our Space Cadet Pinball Challenge for a chance at some awesome Free Play and NVM prizes!

Even if pinball isn’t quite your game, the entire museum is yours to explore with a signature cocktail or craft beer in hand! With food trucks, the NVM Bar, a live DJ, our Pixel Dreams 80’s style Arcade, and way more than we can list here, there’s no end to the fun you can have at NVM: After Dark!

Tickets for NVM: After Dark go FAST! So make sure to get yours NOW!
For more info and to purchase tickets, visit Free Play Arcade’s website HERE: http://freeplayinc.com/afterdark/

Already know what this is? Click to add your $13 Ticket(s) to Cart! Not sure? Scroll down!NVM After Dark is back this March 21, 7:00 – 10:00 PM! The famous 21+ experience at the world-famous National Videogame Museum returns with a special Texas Pinball Festival Twist! Brought to you by Free Play ...

Did you know - Imagic shipped its first Atari 2600 cartridge 37 years ago today?!
03/17/2019

Did you know - Imagic shipped its first Atari 2600 cartridge 37 years ago today?!

We recently unearthed these conceptual promotional pieces for an Alien vs Predator game for the Sega Genesis that never ...
03/12/2019

We recently unearthed these conceptual promotional pieces for an Alien vs Predator game for the Sega Genesis that never saw the light of day.

...But this wasn’t just any Alien vs Predator game, this game was an ALIEN VS PREDATOR FOOTBALL GAME!

The game appeared to be called ”Cosmic Hard Bowl” and featured the Aliens and Predators settling their long conflict through...American Football. No, we can’t believe it either.

We don’t have any other information on this previously unknown title yet, but we’re hoping to find out more about this wild discovery. Would you have played an Alien vs Predator football game? Check out the scans below and let us know!

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