Whether you’re a die hard gamer or just someone with an appreciation for games culture, visiting the National Video Games Museum (NVM) is a must in Sheffield. Even non-gamers are sure to find something that captivates them among the many games and displays. Situated in the former Co-op department store in the Castlegate corner of the city centre, the NVM showcases over a hundred playable games.
It's much more than an arcade too. The NVM traces the evolution of videogames over time, meaning that you learn about the past, present and future of gaming all while enjoying a good play yourself. It's got the classics – Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario and Tetris – alongside the more modern likes of Rockband 3, FIFA and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. There's even the chance to create your own games at drop-in workshops during the school holidays.
The family-friendly museum is divided into sections, starting with The Arcade. Coin-operated videogames are a huge part of gaming culture and here there are a wide range of arcade machines to enjoy – retro favourites like Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong, plus Dance Stage Fusion for those who enjoy a good dance battle.