Our Story
What We Do

Here at Boo Diddley's we are all about the retro gaming - from our gaming themed food and drinks menu through to our wide and ever-changing selection of second-hand retro gaming products and gaming-related gifts and gadgets for sale - our mission is to be the #1 source for all things retro gaming, all while running a business as ethically as possible.


Founder Stephen started Boo Diddley's in 2009 as a business that exclusively bought and sold retro gaming products online. With a love for good food, drink and a strong belief that business should be used as a force for good, it was only recently in January 2019 that he realised a dream of his by opening an ethical gaming cafe and shop space in Brighton. 

Our Name

Our name is a pun on the famous American blues artist 'Bo Diddley' and was the original name for the Boo characters first seen in Super Mario Bros 3 released on the NES back in 1991. As Wiki describes them, "Boos are common ghost enemies. They are known for their large tongues and small "arms" of some sort. Goombario's battle for the Boo Igor in Paper Mario states: "He probably was a merchant before he became a Boo," implying that current Boos may have once been living beings. It is revealed in Super Mario Galaxy that they speak in Booish."


Our business might be centred on gaming but it's not all fun and games to us! We take our responsibilities as a business very seriously and that is why we have a number of initiatives that will help better our local communities and have a positive impact on the world around us. From our charity partnerships to the way we treat our staff and care for the environment, we always strive to do more good.