What if you could take a trip back in time to when a quarter was your passport to adventure, and the fate of the intergalactic world rested on your scrawny prepubescent shoulders? On the Ingles Open Road, you’ll find something for everyone, and this next destination is no exception.
The Asheville Retrocade is home to the largest selection of classic and modern video games in Western North Carolina. How many games? How about over 5,000! These carefully crafted cabinets of excitement, joy, destruction, and pure nostalgia hold the hallmarks of your nerdy past.
Like Chris Bainbridge and his brother, you probably poked around the pizza parlor with your friends on missions with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, racing ghosts with Pac Man, Sonic-Booming your way through Street Fighter. And then tried to track down your parents to get change for one more game.
At Retrocade, you can play as many games as you want all day for just $10, but it’s more than video games. You can work out those flipper fingers of yours on several pinball machines, test your aim with skeeball, or spin to your heart’s content with foosball.
This place is the perfect spot for families. Retrocade is open every day from 11 am to 11 pm. For those who prefer a more mature crowd, it’s 21 and over in the evenings.
According to Bainbridge, Ingles has the largest selection of craft beer in town, but Retrocade is right there too with a great line of wines to choose from and plenty to complement a fun night out. For the warmer days ahead, there’s an awesome deck and patio area for your outdoor enjoyment. Be warned that you may not stay outside long as you’ll be lured back inside by the intoxicating glow of electric adventure.
The sounds of Retrocade are simultaneously stimulating, and somehow comforting. If you’re around Bainbridge’s age, you’ll remember that arcade games were the cutting edge of technology back then. There was no X-Box, PlayStation, or online gaming. There were barely any online connections.
Whatever game had you hooked as a kid, you’re sure to find it at Retrocade, along with thousands of its arcade golden age peers.
So, why not get out and try something fun and different? Fly a spaceship, battle a giant gorilla, or challenge a mushroom to a road race. You can find the Asheville Retrocade in West Asheville, or visit them online at AshevilleRetrocade.com. Come get your game on!
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