In recent years with the growth of gaming as an industry, we have also seen a complete revival in interest surrounding retro gaming. Google searches for “retro gaming” have increased by 11,471% in the last year alone, with searches for retro gaming-related terms increasing on average by 1,743%. I think it’s fair to say that the revival is alive and kicking when searches for “retro gaming revival” are up by 2,500%!
A new concept hub, “The Sole Concept”, by The Sole Supplier has launched a new collection of designs inspired by some of the most iconic retro-gaming consoles, including the GameCube, SNES and Dreamcast, lets find out more…
“The N64s” are the most popular among retro-gamers
Rank Keywords Average Monthly Searches Total Yearly Searches
- Nintendo 64 1,220,000 14,423,000
- Gamecube 1,220,000 13,643,000
- Playstation 1 673,000 8,411,000
- SNES 673,000 7,238,000
- Dreamcast 301,000 3,825,000
- Master System 90,500 1,128,000
With over 14 MILLION searches worldwide in the past year, it is safe to say the N64 deserves the title of most popular retro gaming console.
These N64-inspired sneakers are perfect for any retro gamer. Named after the console, except the ‘N’ stands for ‘Nike’ and the ‘64’ is for how many times you’ll wear them in a row before you have to succumb to the smell, these sneakers are bound to make your friends jealous.
With a mix of black suede, leather and canvas and a contrasting herringbone sole, these Nike Dunks are proper cool – just like the console made you feel back in the 90s.
“The GameCubes” – GameCube x Air Jordan 4s
Coming in second place with an incredible 13,643,000 searches over the past year, these sneakers are inspired by the second most popular retro gaming console, the GameCube.
This Jordan 4 collab consists of a purple leather upper with black detailing. Rubber netted underlays, red heel tabs with “Nike Air” branding, and black with fire red midsoles completes this design. Basically the Gamecube on your feet, without all those uncomfortable pointy bits.
“The Playstation Classics” – Playstation Classic x Adidas Forums
Paying their respects to the third most popular retro gaming console, the original Playstation, these shoes strip back most of the colour of the OG and focus on slate grey details. These Adidas Forums are simple, matte and all you need to while away hours of your time. Get them chipped to be the coolest kid in the playground.
“The SNES EUs” – SNES EU x Adidas Superstars
Adidas Superstars that pack a small but powerful punch. White sneakers with slate grey and dark grey details, because let’s face it, they never went to town on making the SNES look fancy.
“The SNES” – SNES US x Air Jordan 4s
For the US SNES fans, these crisp white and purple tint Nike Air Jordan 4s look a little bit like the SNES EU, just with dark purple rubber netting and heel tabs that really make the whole thing pop.
“The European Dream” – Dreamcast EU x Adidas Superstars
If they’re good enough for Sonic, they’re good enough for you. These Adidas Superstars use a mixture of greys and bold button features to elevate the ordinary. Also featuring the classic Dreamcast EU blue spiral, these sneakers are sure to leave all admirers in a spin.
“The American Dream” – Dreamcast US x Air Jordan 1s
This electrifying edition of Jordan 1s covers the silhouette with a white and Dreamcast Orange upper. Black accents dominate the outsole, collar, tongue and insole, creating a fresh colour-blocking scheme for one of the game’s most revered pairs of sneakers.
“The Mastersystems” – Sega Mastersystem x Nike Air Max 97s
Last but not least, these Nike Air Max 97s are designed to take you way, way back. A black base sneaker with crimson ripple finishes, they look as cool now as the Master System did then. Smash those two buttons like your life depends on it.
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