A-Z OF RETRO AND 80S GAMING T-SHIRT IDEAS
AsteroidsAnother arcade classic by Atari which was launched way back in 1979. Featuring cool vector graphics, the game became an instant hit in the arcades and was widely emulated. View our page of the best rated Asteroids T-shirts for the UK.
Anyone who lived through the 1980s 8-bit era will certainly remember this game. Featuring exotic backdrops, this fast-paced platformer had the player in a panic as he/she desperately tried to defuse bombs - hopefully in the correct sequence! This is a great choice of T-shirt for 80s gaming geeks.
The Amiga eventually dominated the 16-bit market after seeing off the Atari ST machines, and it was an awesome gaming machine. The graphics and sound were phenomenal for a low-cost home computer, which led to a massive gaming market. Visit our Commodore T-shirts page, or check out these suppliers...
Commodore 64This was the home computer that dominated the market throughout a good part of the 80s, and there were an estimated 20,000 games created for the machine. There are several cool retro designs relating to the C64 available, with prices starting at under £10. C64 Tees
First launched in 1981, this action platformer game featured saw Mario take on an angry gorilla who had access to an unlimited supply of barrels! It would be another four years before Mario became Nintendo's flagship character in Super Mario Bros. UK Donkey Kong T-shirts page, or these recommended suppliers...
This classic shooter game was first released for the NES video game console in the mid 80s. As the title of the game suggested, the idea was simple - shoot ducks with your light gun (Nes Zapper). A Duck Hunt T-shirt would make a lovely gift for Nintendo retro gaming fans. Duck Hunt T-shirts can be bought at:
E.T. The Video Game
This is widely regarded as one of the worst video games ever made and it was also one of the biggest commercial failures in the history of video gaming, causing heavy financial losses for Atari.
This T-shirt features the E.T game character and would be great fun to wear at a retro gaming event. E.T. T-shirts can be found at:
FroggerI well remember playing this classic arcade game on my Atari 800XL back in the day, and it came on an instant-loading ROM cartridge. A T-shirt is the perfect way to celebrate those early gaming days. Check out our Frogger Gift Shop, or these suppliers:
Hungry HoraceNow, this is a real blast from the past. Anyone who enjoyed playing the Horace video game series of games back in the 1980s will recognise this character. 100% cotton T-shirt available in all sizes for retro gaming geeks.
MarioThe most famous Italian plumber in the world first appeared in the 1981 platformer Donkey Kong. Since then, he has appeared in over 200 video games! There are numerous T-shirts available featuring the video game character at our Super Mario T-shirts UK page, or
This was the first ZX Spectrum game to feature music and it won a "Golden Joystick Award" from Computer & Video Games magazine in 1983. First launched by Bug Byte for the Speccy, the game was eventually ported to other home computers. Visit out our Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy T-shirts page
Pac-ManQuite possibly the most recognised gaming character of the 80s, the simple but highly addictive maze game captured the hearts of millions of gamers and is one of the most iconic video games from the era. View our Pac-Man T-shirts page or these online stores;
Released into the arcades by Atari in 1972, Pong was the first commercially successful video game, and helped to launch the home video games market. There were numerous Pong games consoles created, too. Despite it's simplicity, here we are 44 years later and the game is still enjoyed by gamers, although mainly as an app. View all Pong T-shirts at;
This quirky-looking, trumpet-nosed character first hit the arcades in 1982. The game was pretty unique at the time, featuring isometric graphics that gave a pseudo-3D look. It was quickly ported to 8-bit home computers, and I certainly remember playing this one on my Atari 800XL, and it was all too easy to jump the wrong way. View all Q*bert T-shirts at;
Sonic The HedgehogBorn in the 90s, the most famous (and fastest!) hedgehog in the world was Mario's biggest rival and helped Sega grab a huge slice of the video gaming market. The Sonic series has now sold around 80 million units. There are many cool T-shirt designs available. View all Sonic T-shirts at;
Space InvadersCan there be anyone on this planet who hasn't heard of this iconic game? This early shooter took the arcades by storm in the late 70s, and there are still countless clones being created to this day for modern devices. Visit our Space Invaders Tees page or...
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
This fantastic sequel from 1991 was superior to the original game in many ways and became much more popular. It was unique in that it allowed the player to choose a character, which gave more varied matches each character had a different fighting style. View all Street Fighter II T-shirts at;
ZX SpectrumThe British home computer became the C64's biggest rival and the gaming market was ginormous, with around 24,000 games programmed for the machine. There are many T-shirt designs available which will delight any speccy fan. View our ZX Spectrum page or;
Retro T-shirt Ideas