Location and Hours
113 Locust Street,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Retro & Modern Games, Consoles, Accessories, Merch & More!
Level Up Video Games is an independent video game store in Santa Cruz and has been in business since 2007. At Level Up Video Games we want your experience to be memorable. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to help you find solutions to all your gaming needs. We carry an amazing selection of retro and next gen video games. We also offer a complete disk repair department, using only the highest quality equipment. Check out our "Gamer's Lounge" and our exclusive “History of Gaming” museum; an awesome display of all the historic consoles and accessories that have paved the way for gaming as we know it today. Level Up Video Games is a cool and original game store like no other game store you have ever seen.
Playing video games has spanned decades now. From the original Atari 2600 that spurred the home console market to today's modern consoles, video games have continued to capture a larger and larger audience. The 80's and 90's are what we consider the "Golden Age" of video games. Classic video games like Mario Bros., Pac Man, Donkey Kong and others paved the way to attracting audiences of all ages. We have Nintendo and Sega to thank for that. However, retro gaming also encompasses Sony Playstation and Xbox original classics like Final Fantasy VII and Halo that sparked the path of JRPG and FPS style gaming. We can go on and on with examples of groundbreaking games but you get the point!
Level Up Video Games has been selling games since 2007 and our staff has been playing games since the dawn of the home console. As with most people who have been playing for as long as we have, we have always valued our roots in gaming. The excitement and satisfaction of completing Legend of Zelda or Mega Man for the first time, those moments remain always engrained in our hearts and minds. Today games have exploded into main stream and the expansion has brought many new concepts and extraordinary developments in gaming. Many of the indie game developers have reached back in time to respawn a new generation into retro style video gaming and new generations of classic game enthusiasts.
The surge in popularity has brought vintage video games full circle and driven an explosion in the classic video game market. Level Up Video Games like many independent game stores has definitely seen the demand for classic video games increase and the customer buying these games has changed too. A younger audience who may have watched a popular Youtube or Blog review for a classic game and was interested in playing said title. Our level of experience and knowledge gives us the ability to answer your questions and assist you in having the best experience in enjoying classic games. Level Up Video Games is first and foremost a retro video game store where you have always been able buy retro video games and classic video game consoles.
We love this stuff and are passionate about sharing our knowledge of classic video games and retro video game history with our customers. We hope you will check out our store online or here in Santa Cruz, California.
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