Asia is a booming gaming market. From Tokyo to Taiwan, Hong Kong to Singapore, game shops can be found everywhere. Video games and accessories, along with toys and manga, are not only sources of fun and entertainment but also valuable collectibles.
Singapore game shops cater to all interests and budgets, from retro cartridge games to the latest virtual playsets. You can choose to play alone or as a group, and even join an online gaming community.
Most gaming stores resell older games and equipment, ensuring a thriving market. Here are the top 5 game centres to get you playing.
|+65 6779 0646
|#01-79, Clementi Ave 3, Blk 443, Singapore 120443
|12:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Daily)
A relative newcomer to the gaming marketplace in Singapore, Gamewerks is building a name for itself as an authority on repairs of top-end consoles. They also stock the latest games and accessories and keep abreast of all developments in this fast-paced industry.
- Video games with game accessories
- Game consoles
- Specifically Sony Play Stations, Nintendo Switch, Wii, and Xbox consoles
- One of the few game stores to stock older, handheld models such as the Nintendo DS
Why go to them
- Gamewerks also undertakes repair of consoles and gaming equipment.
- They accept requests for customisations of console parts and accessories.
- The shop also buys and sells games from and to customers.
- You can reach them via Telegram for updates and to solve any equipment issues.
- Known for their exemplary after-sales service.
“I visited Gamewerks recently on the recommendation of a fellow Nintendo fan. I was amazed to see a stock of retro, hand-held video games, which are rare to find. The staff were very enthusiastic as well. Will surely return.”Tan
|+65 3159 3099
|545 Orchard Road, Far East Shopping Centre, #05-11, Singapore 238882
|12:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Daily)
Qisahn has both an online and offline presence. It’s one of the most popular gaming stores in Singapore. Combining a range of games for every budget, technical support for all merchandise, and added extras such as toys, videos, and cards, Qisahn aims to be a one-stop shop for all your gaming needs.
- Online shopping
- Repair and maintenance
- Technical support
- Video games/consoles/accessories
- Peripherals and electronic accessories
Why go to them
- Apart from their vast online collection, you can also visit their outlet to browse and choose from their range.
- They have a Price Match Policy that promises to match a lower price of any item if found in Singapore. However, terms and conditions apply – you can read all the details on their website.
- Qisahn offers a Pro-Gamer Membership program with special discounts and rewards. You can enrol in it for as little as S$ 18.
- All stock is updated online, in real-time, so you can be assured of the latest arrivals.
- They offer a BuyBack list with online pricing for those interested in second-hand games and equipment.
“I am a long-time member of Qisahn. I spend hours scouring their online collection because it always offers something new and exciting. They also have price deals and discounts, so you can be assured of the best rates.”Rick
|+65 9271 9661
|1, #04-02G, Rochor Canal Road, Sim Lim Square, Singapore 188504
|12:30 pm – 7:00 pm (Daily)
Located in Sim Lim Square, RetroNutz is a treasure trove of video game memorabilia. The store has thousands of products ranging back to the 90s – the golden age of gaming, according to the owner Mr Lee. If you are looking for a trip down memory lane or searching for that elusive hand-held cartridge you used to play with as a child, RetroNutz probably has it in stock.
- Retro games such as GameBoy and Sega
- A nostalgic collection of old-school games and equipment
- Buys and sells old games and consoles
- Offers repair services
- Modding services
- Customisation of equipment
- Rare, old cartridges and accessories
Other Things to Consider
- Prices are high but worth it as these are all collector’s items and valuable.
- All items in the store come from the personal collection of the owner, Mr Phillip Lee.
“There is no better place in Singapore for a trip down memory lane than Retro Nutz. It has rare and valuable games like the Game Boy Colour and the OG Mario handheld games. You can spend hours browsing.”Patrick
|4. Game Martz
|+65 6336 0217 (Bugis)
+65 6792 1217 (Plaza Singapura)
+65 6972 1900 (Funan Mall)
|Bugis Junction 200 Victoria Street, #03-24B, Singapore 188021
Plaza Singapura #04-03 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Funan Mall 107 North Bridge Road, #03-10 Funan Mall, Singapore 179105
|11:30 am – 9:00 pm (Daily)
GameMartz has the upper hand in the Singapore video game market simply by being one of the largest chains. With three outlets and a sizable online inventory via the Shopitree site, you can find anything and everything you require from accessories and games to equipment.
- Video games
- Dealers in Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo and PC consoles and games
- Technical support and maintenance services are available
Other Things to Consider
- Owned by the same company that owns Shopitree, making it one of Singapore’s largest video game retailers.
- Games can be bought both from their website as well as from any of their outlets.
- Follow them on Telegram for updates and offers.
“I keep returning to Game Martz for anything PS related. I love all their stores and it’s so convenient to visit since they have three outlets. The Bug is Junction game store is my favorite. The staff are helpful and know what’s new before anyone else does.”Christopher
|5. Toy or Game
|Bugis – +65 6634 2637
Causeway – +65 6891 2836
Jem – +65 6334 6753
Jurong – +65 6316 5984
Hougang – +65 6908 8046
Plaza Singapura – +65 6238 7632
Tampines – +65 6538 0144
Waterway – +65 6385 9172
|This store has multiple outlets. Check out their website to confirm your nearest store now!
|11:30 pm – 9:30 pm (Daily)
Building themselves as a toy and game superstore, along the lines of those found in Japan and Hong Kong, Toy or Game can be found in eight locations all over the city. Visit them for a vast range of PlayStation, Nintendo, and Xbox games and equipment, as well as toy figurines, anime collections, manga comics, and other merchandise.
- Video games
- Peripherals for PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo
- Manga comics
- Toy figurines and collectibles
- Trading cards
- Board games
Other Things to Consider
- Toy or Game has a premium membership program with reward points and special membership discounts.
- They hold regular Kuji or Lucky Draw events. Check their Facebook page for more information and updates.
- You can pre-order new games, equipment, and toys online by paying a deposit. There is usually a waiting list for such items, so check the rules to avoid disappointment.
- They also offer a BuyBack program for some accessories and consoles / video games. Toys and board games are not accepted under the BuyBack scheme.
“If it is the latest manga and anime figurines you are looking for, Toy or Game is the place for you. I love their huge collection, and the online store is a great way to keep up to date with all the new arrivals. I usually visit their Tampines outlet, as it’s the nearest to me, but the Plaza Singapura one is pretty good too.”Jean
What are the different types of games available at game shops in Singapore?
Some retailers only stock video games and accessories related to such games. These outlets usually provide after sales servicing and technical support as well. Other stores stock video games along with trading cards, board games, toy figures, collectibles, and electronic equipment. Depending on your likes and interests, you can find a game shop near you in the city.
Can I sell my games back or buy second hand equipment?
A few stores that offer BuyBacks and resell older games and peripherals. You will have to check with the store to determine pricing and availability. Many of them can be contacted online via Facebook or through their websites.
How do I make sure I get the latest games as soon as they are released?
Most stores send out mailers and post on their social media when new releases are expected. You can usually pre-book your game by getting on the waiting list and paying some form of deposit. This can vary from store to store, so check beforehand.
It pays to keep a track of their Instagram and Facebook pages, to keep abreast with the latest news.
With the resurgence of interest in video games and anime, gaming centres in Singapore are flourishing. Board games and trading cards are also developing a cult following and online forums are full of tips and tricks on how to play, and where to source the newest additions. It’s truly a fun time for gamers and enthusiasts right now.