Nostalgia is all the rage at Glen Carbon’s Slackers

Friday is National Video Game Day, not to be confused with National Video Game Day which falls in September. While many video game enthusiasts won’t need a reason to play, what better way to celebrate than by spending a few hours on your favorite console, PC game, or app?

In recognition of the holiday, the Smart spoke to Justin Harper, director of marketing and promotions for Slackers and site manager of Glen Carbon. He shared some trends he’s noticed in the store’s video game sales.

Slackers sells nearly everything on the video game spectrum, from original Nintendo games to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and more, according to Harper. The company sells games as well as consoles and can even help customers track down some harder-to-find games.

“The trend I’ve noticed the most is a lot of people going back to older video games where they try to go through and collect all the ones they had when they were kids,” Harper said. “A lot of the older game consoles like the Nintendo and the Super Nintendo and the 64 and the Game Cube, everybody buys them pretty regularly, so they’re selling pretty well right now.”

Harper himself plays several different video games on several different consoles. He said he thought the draw of older games was nostalgia.

“You kind of want to relive your childhood a little bit where you used to play this with your friends,” he said. “A good example would be that I bought a Super Nintendo and a Super Mario for my sister one year for Christmas, specifically because we used to stay up all the time and play Mario and all those games when we were kids together, so it’s kind of like a fun bonding moment for us.

While the biggest sellers at Slackers lately have been classic games, the store is also selling newer fan favorites. A new release suggested by Harper is a game for the Nintendo Switch called Mario Strikers.

“It’s a bit like mixing FIFA with Mario Kart,” he said. “It’s basically Mario football but there’s full contact so all the characters can cross paths and you can do different moves and abilities to mess up the enemy team, it’s a lot of fun.”

Harper says he thinks the appeal of new video games is simple.

“A lot of times people are just looking for pretty good entertainment,” Harper said. “Most of the new video games coming out now have such a huge budget that it’s like playing through a really long, high profile movie. So you’re playing the Guardians of the Galaxy video game, but it’s actually almost like a Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

No matter what type of game or console you’re looking for, Slackers can help. With nine locations, three in Illinois and six in Missouri, Slackers is always ready to help a customer find exactly what they’re looking for.

“We get a lot of collectors, so we have a lot of people even from out of state looking for random items,” Harper said. “We generally try to put customers first, so often if a customer is trying to track down a particular item, we’ll try to find it for them at one of our other locations.” also offers a variety of collectible games on its online store to help people find their favorite video games.

In Illinois, Slackers has a location at 150 Junction Drive, Glen Carbon, a location in the Alton Square Mall, and a location in Fairview Heights.

In addition to its wide variety of video games, the store sells comics, movies, music, collectibles and more.

“We’re kind of like your one-stop-shop for nerds,” Harper said.

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