Currently about all of "8-bit micro" games that I know is either abandonware (which is a gray area) or free fan works. But is there some kind of shop, market, some place where you can purchase these games, or other software fully legally for money? Some kind of retro-shop, or such?

  • There is just not going to be one good answer to this question, because the question "what vendors exist for all 8-bit micros" is much too broad and much to ephemeral to attract good answers. All we are going to get are forum style answers that consist of nothing more than links. This hits the "too broad", "SE is not a shopping service" and "SE is not a software recommendation service" buttons for SE sites. SE, in general, is not a good place for these types of requests. – user12 May 5 '16 at 11:41
  • @jdv: I really didn't expect such a wide response, expecting 0 to 1 answers; the question is actually binary, yes/no, so any single answer is sufficient. Though in the current shape I believe it would be best to make it a community wiki. – SF. May 5 '16 at 12:27
  • Well, you got a lot of, to you, helpful answers, all pretty much different depending on the experience of the answerer. But I doubt you would have accepted an answer only with the content "Yes." But this answers the question "Are there shops that sell 8-bit games?" perfectly. Clearly, you intended to see a list of third-party sites. Maybe this is suited to a Wiki style answer, though keeping it up to date is going to be painful. Most of these links will have a best-before date measured in months. – user12 May 5 '16 at 14:09
  • Also, I can't help but feel that if we are going to accept such questions, perhaps intended as Wiki/forum style questions, they should be less broad (i.e., at least more platform specific). This is obvious from the Answers that are prefaced with 'for the XYZ system you can find Frobnication software here...' – user12 May 5 '16 at 14:09
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    The point of SE sites are to ask specific questions to get good, detailed answers that address that question. This creates content in a Q&A format that is not only helpful to you, but for others in the foreseeable future. IMO, this question does not satisfy that intention. – user12 May 5 '16 at 15:11

There are quite a few... On the homebrew front for example, the AtariAge store sells packaged homebrew games for 8-bit Ataris (and now Intellivision), as does pro(c) (along with its magazine). You can also find stores which still have "old new" stock of games, computers and accessories; for example Best Electronics for Atari computers and consoles. There are no doubt others for other platforms!


For the ZX Spectrum and MSX there is Matranet, which sells physical versions (e.g. tapes and cartridges) of recent releases. http://www.matranet.net/boutique/boutique.php


C64 wise, you have RGCD who sell new cartridge releases, along with Psytronik Software and Protovision who both have releases on disk, whilst Psytronik also offer tape copies as well.

For the BBC Micro/Electron, there's Retro Software, who offer some as well.


For the Apple II, there aren't any one-stop shop type places for software, but if you go to the big sites like A2Central.com, you'll find links to companies still selling their software, and to shareware vendors still kicking (like myself).


Relevo is a Spanish company that develops videogames for both modern game consoles and 8 bit computers (especially MSX). Although they offer the games as free downloads, there is also the option to purchase them as physical cartridges from Matranet.

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