48 Best Retro Gaming YouTube Channels of 2022 (Ranked by Popularity)

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Last Updated on December 3, 2022

We combed through YouTube to find the best retro gaming channels for people interested in playthroughs, commentary, and tutorials about retro video games. This list is organized and ordered by highest subscriber count.

1. Summoning Salt

Subscribers: 1,490,000

Views: 153,451,691

Videos: 54

Average Views Per Video: 2,841,698

Joined: Mar 29, 2012

Popular Video: Mario Kart Wii: The History of the Ultra Shortcut

2. Gaming Historian

The Gaming Historian is a documentary series all about the history of video games. The show is researched, written, edited, and created by Norman Caruso.

Subscribers: 953,000

Views: 116,848,660

Videos: 140

Average Views Per Video: 834,634

Joined: Jul 17, 2006

Popular Video: The Story of Super Mario Bros. 3 | Gaming Historian

3. MetalJesusRocks

The Metal Jesus is a long-haired rocker dude who runs a popular YouTube channel dedicated to Retro Gaming with a Heavy Metal soundtrack.

Subscribers: 891,000

Views: 233,600,415

Videos: 911

Average Views Per Video: 256,422

Joined: Apr 16, 2006

Popular Video: Unboxing new iPod touch 7th gen (2021)

4. The Retro Future

Welcome to The Retro Future.

Subscribers: 517,000

Views: 77,591,396

Videos: 560

Average Views Per Video: 138,557

Joined: Mar 7, 2014

Popular Video: The BEST Nintendo DS Game Money Can Buy!?

5. Lord Karnage

Subscribers: 429,000

Views: 499,863,500

Videos: 5,103

Average Views Per Video: 97,955

Joined: Feb 10, 2007

Popular Video: Classic Game Room HD – MARIO KART Wii review Part 1

6. HappyConsoleGamer

Retro gaming fun!

Subscribers: 292,000

Views: 68,465,379

Videos: 1,155

Average Views Per Video: 59,278

Joined: Mar 17, 2008

Popular Video: UNRELEASED SOUTH PARK GAME! (Never before seen Gameplay Footage) – Happy Console Gamer

7. Game Sack

I’m Joe. Here I talk about video games I find interesting and a few that may not be so great.

Subscribers: 283,000

Views: 89,162,879

Videos: 436

Average Views Per Video: 204,503

Joined: Mar 27, 2011

Popular Video: Console Crunch #5 – Game Sack

8. Pat the NES Punk

Comedic reviews of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s games, the Completely Unnecessary Podcast, Flea Market Madness, The Video Game Years, and more!

Subscribers: 252,000

Views: 144,518,481

Videos: 4,111

Average Views Per Video: 35,155

Joined: Jun 20, 2008

Popular Video: Bayou Billy / The Punisher (Part 2) – Angry Video Game Nerd & Pat the NES Punk

10. Continue?

We play retro games and decide if we want to stop playing or continue?

Subscribers: 200,000

Views: 46,216,111

Videos: 1,015

Average Views Per Video: 45,534

Joined: Apr 18, 2011

Popular Video: Continue? & JonTron – Drunkstravaganza Part 2

11. Retro Game Mechanics Explained

A YouTube channel about video games & programming.

Subscribers: 183,000

Views: 13,533,415

Videos: 54

Average Views Per Video: 250,619

Joined: Sep 13, 2016

Popular Video: Pac-Man Kill Screen Explained

12. RetroManCave

I’m Neil and this channel is a celebration of retro computers, games and history. We’ll be unboxing, blowing into carts, firing up old systems, repairing kit and gaming across a range of formats.

Subscribers: 152,000

Views: 19,567,039

Videos: 389

Average Views Per Video: 50,301

Joined: Jan 1, 2012

Popular Video: Meet the SGI Octane – A 3D Graphics Powerhouse from 1997

13. Classic Gaming Quarterly

Classic Gaming Quarterly attempts to offer an alternative to the low-effort, cookie-cutter, “me too” content flooding the gaming genre on YouTube.

Subscribers: 146,000

Views: 16,554,833

Videos: 80

Average Views Per Video: 206,936

Joined: Jul 9, 2013

Popular Video: The Launch of the Nintendo 64 (1996) | Classic Gaming Quarterly

14. darbian

Hey, I’m darbian, a speedrunner from the USA. I play retro games with the goal of completing them as quickly as possible.

Subscribers: 110,000

Views: 40,849,121

Videos: 174

Average Views Per Video: 234,766

Joined: Sep 5, 2013

Popular Video: (4:56.878) Super Mario Bros. any% speedrun *Former World Record*

15. nenriki86

Hi there!! Welcome to Nenriki Gaming Channel. Here you’ll find a… || collection of my personal long game-plays || mostly no-casual/no blind gameplays ||

Subscribers: 104,000

Views: 59,795,563

Videos: 844

Average Views Per Video: 70,848

Joined: Sep 22, 2010

Popular Video: Adventure Island (NES)

16. RetroGameTech

Hello! My name is Martin and this is my channel. I’m a Scottish metalhead/geek/gamer/maker and fixer of things.

Subscribers: 92,000

Views: 18,706,630

Videos: 254

Average Views Per Video: 73,649

Joined: Jan 3, 2010

Popular Video: Video Game Controller Evolution – From Master System To Xbox 360 – Retro To Modern

17. Kim Justice

I’m Kim Justice. I make documentaries about old computer and video games, mostly with a European slant

Subscribers: 81,300

Views: 14,368,330

Videos: 487

Average Views Per Video: 29,504

Joined: Jul 11, 2006

Popular Video: Top 10 Best/Worst WWE Games (+ WCW and ECW) – Kim Justice

18. RetroRepairs

Hi Everyone! I’ve recently gotten into retro gaming again, and found a cheap way to build up my collection is buying “Damaged” items online and trying to fix them.

Subscribers: 79,900

Views: 6,797,257

Videos: 139

Average Views Per Video: 48,902

Joined: Jan 22, 2007

Popular Video: Fixing eBay Junk – Game Boy Advance Game – Game Won’t Boot Up – Pokemon Ruby

19. Old Classic Retro Gaming

This channel will cover various systems like arcades, PC(Windows, DOS), and many various consoles. We cover as many systems as we can to show our vision of video game history.

Subscribers: 57,000

Views: 32,218,837

Videos: 1,306

Average Views Per Video: 24,670

Joined: Apr 8, 2010

Popular Video: NES Game: Super Mario Bros. (1985 Nintendo)

20. Retroware

We are a collective of skilled, international developers, artists, and creatives working together on video games, rad swag, and arcade machines.

Subscribers: 52,400

Views: 2,139

Videos: 1

Average Views Per Video: 2,139

Joined: Mar 31, 2007

Popular Video: PRISON CITY Teaser Trailer (Coming 2023)

21. Gaming History Source

Welcome to My channel ! My primary video series is known as the ” Let’s Compare series”.

Subscribers: 47,100

Views: 23,440,051

Videos: 374

Average Views Per Video: 62,674

Joined: Jul 11, 2010

Popular Video: Let’s Compare ( Classic Pac-Man )

22. Retro Core

The Retro Core Channel is home to the original Retro Core game series that started way before the days of You Tube. These days it’s also home to the awesome Battle Of the Ports.

Subscribers: 45,600

Views: 12,464,305

Videos: 1,258

Average Views Per Video: 9,909

Joined: Aug 26, 2006

Popular Video: Hi-Fi buying at Hard Off (Japanese hardware recycle store)

23. retrosutra

When I was a child, I loved watching the platforms of that time (8 and 16 bits generations) run the same video game to discover their differences, compare them and see which was the best version.

Subscribers: 41,800

Views: 23,735,758

Videos: 332

Average Views Per Video: 71,494

Joined: Aug 5, 2015

Popular Video: Pac-Man 🥠👻 Versions Comparison 🥠👻 Arcade, Atari 2600, NES, MSX, Game Boy, Genesis, SNES and more!

24. Old Style Gaming

This Channel pays homage to the days when gaming ruled!

Subscribers: 35,200

Views: 3,205,690

Videos: 264

Average Views Per Video: 12,143

Joined: Oct 20, 2011

Popular Video: The 30 Best Commodore 64 Games Ever Made!

25. implantgames

IMPLANTgames is dedicated to detailed and insightful reviews of classic and modern games.

Subscribers: 31,500

Views: 5,206,238

Videos: 500

Average Views Per Video: 10,413

Joined: Mar 8, 2008

Popular Video: Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES/SNES) – The Art of the Sequel – IMPLANTgames

26. onaretrotip

Hi, guys. Thanks for checking out my channel. I’m Pete, and as you’ve probably guessed, I’m on a retro tip!

Subscribers: 27,300

Views: 5,101,271

Videos: 343

Average Views Per Video: 14,873

Joined: Sep 22, 2014

Popular Video: 15 DOS Games Still Worth Playing (MS-DOS)

27. MamePlayer

Subscribers: 22,600

Views: 16,018,499

Videos: 825

Average Views Per Video: 19,417

Joined: Sep 24, 2009

Popular Video: Ghouls’n Ghosts 1988 Capcom Mame Retro Arcade Games

28. Retro Gamer Boy

Hi, I’m Retro Gamer Boy and I’m a games developer and I’ve worked for companies like PlayStation, Xbox and Ubisoft. Crafting some big hit titles, some of which are now considered retro games. But at my core I’m a retro gaming fan like you.

Subscribers: 21,800

Views: 1,799,928

Videos: 432

Average Views Per Video: 4,167

Joined: Aug 15, 2013

Popular Video: You Need To See This New Sega Genesis Game – Metal Dragon

29. Let’s Play Retro Games!

Hi, I’m Nick, and welcome to RetroBreak! I make videos on everything I love about Retro Gaming!

Subscribers: 21,200

Views: 2,043,909

Videos: 619

Average Views Per Video: 3,302

Joined: Jan 26, 2007

Popular Video: Top 15 3DS Games You Need to Play!

30. Matt Barton

Matt Chat is a YouTube show hosted and produced by Dr. Matt Barton, a professor at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Author of several books on the history of videogames, Matt is among the best-known academics studying videogames today.

Subscribers: 20,100

Views: 3,437,151

Videos: 528

Average Views Per Video: 6,510

Joined: Jul 12, 2006

Popular Video: Matt Chat 221: Seth Robinson’s Early Days

31. Retro Gamer Girl

Welcome fellow gamers and tech enthusiasts! We are Emily & Beau A.K.A Team Retro gamers, reviewers & collectors in Australia.

Subscribers: 19,800

Views: 2,548,252

Videos: 392

Average Views Per Video: 6,501

Joined: Oct 26, 2017

Popular Video: Huge 2019 Game Room Tour 2000+ Games 100+ Systems | Retro Gamer Girl

32. RetroGameCouch

Hello there! I am Elmar, a guy from The Netherlands. I collect old stuff. On the RetroGameCouch I review, hack and explore everything related to retro.

Subscribers: 18,100

Views: 1,994,566

Videos: 94

Average Views Per Video: 21,219

Joined: May 17, 2015

Popular Video: Building The Best Game Boy In The World

33. Highretrogamelord

I am a retro gamer at heart, who grew up with DOS games (like Commander Keen 4) and old Windows games (such as Lego Island and Age of Empires II) and I always loved older games, but since 2007 I became an insane fanatic (lol).

Subscribers: 11,500

Views: 13,367,901

Videos: 9,493

Average Views Per Video: 1,409

Joined: Apr 10, 2010

Popular Video: Barbie as Sleeping Beauty (longplay) for the PC

34. Michael’s Retro Game Reviews

Welcome to Michael’s Retro Game Reviews. I’m Michael and i review the best and sometimes the worst of video games.

Subscribers: 11,000

Views: 1,654,936

Videos: 333

Average Views Per Video: 4,970

Joined: Aug 30, 2009

Popular Video: Game Boy Player Review (GameCube)

35. La Mazmorra Abandon

I’m a fan of classic PC games since I was a child and I have still got a considerable number of them with their boxes and manuals. In fact, hundreds of video games populate the racks of my home due to my passion for this genre of entertainment.

Subscribers: 9,380

Views: 7,113,538

Videos: 1,687

Average Views Per Video: 4,217

Joined: Jul 5, 2011

Popular Video: Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (Westwood Studios) (Behind the Scenes / Tras las Cámaras)

36. Retro Game Players

The Sunset Hotline Network is now fully operating and running limited programming 24 /7

Subscribers: 8,590

Views: 1,392,342

Videos: 798

Average Views Per Video: 1,745

Joined: Jan 13, 2007

Popular Video: Is a Modded PSP still useful?? A Tour of my Modded PSP – Retro GP

37. The Retro Hour (Retro Gaming Podcast)

The Retro Hour Podcast is a weekly retro gaming podcast that has been running since 2016. Join hosts Dan Wood, Ravi Abbott and Joe Fox as they update you on the weekly news headlines and speak to an industry veteran each week!

Subscribers: 7,750

Views: 546,653

Videos: 363

Average Views Per Video: 1,506

Joined: Jan 16, 2016

Popular Video: Stuart “Ashens” Ashen Talks Terrible Old Games – The Retro Hour EP63

38. dotsarecool

On this channel you can find a bunch of videos about Mario speedruns. Many of the video clips come from my Twitch livestream, but I occasionally upload informational videos or tutorials.

Subscribers: 7,400

Views: 1,467,623

Videos: 373

Average Views Per Video: 3,935

Joined: Feb 27, 2007

Popular Video: Super Mario World Credits Warp Explained

39. Retro Game Hunters

Sup guys! My names Sam and I play games! I enjoy lots of games from all types of consoles new and old!

Subscribers: 5,710

Views: 12,853

Videos: 12

Average Views Per Video: 1,072

Joined: Jul 20, 2017


40. Amigos Retro Gaming

Amigos Retro Gaming covers all retro games from all systems, but is especially fond of the Amiga.

Subscribers: 5,440

Views: 931,692

Videos: 2,276

Average Views Per Video: 410

Joined: Jul 24, 2015

Popular Video: NEW Donkey Kong “Arcade Version” (2018, Playsoft) Atari 400/800/XE/XL 5200

41. Chronik Spartan Gaming

A perspective of the world of gaming past, current and future…Game news, reviews, game collecting, trailers and behind the scenes making of videos for Chronik Spartan Games.

Subscribers: 5,410

Views: 793,532

Videos: 345

Average Views Per Video: 2,301

Joined: Mar 22, 2017

Popular Video: I Played Only Gameboy For 30 Days

42. Retro Games Fan

Retrogaming videos for all classic systems including ColecoVision, Atari 2600, Nintendo NES & Famicom, Sega Genesis, Vectrex, Super Nintendo, Intellivision, Arcade Games, and MORE! We post gameplay videos, reviews, let’s play videos, and more!

Subscribers: 5,140

Views: 756,624

Videos: 309

Average Views Per Video: 2,449

Joined: Feb 17, 2017

Popular Video: Chinese Knock Off NES Classic Mini Unboxing & Playing Nintendo Famiclone Bootleg

43. Alex Korotkov

The channel is devoted to the walkthroughs of retro games, as well as games in retro style or the continuations of old games.

Subscribers: 5,120

Views: 2,163,360

Videos: 431

Average Views Per Video: 5,020

Joined: Aug 2, 2017

Popular Video: Terminator 3: The Redemption. GameCube. Walkthrough

44. Retro Games Party

A channel dedicated to all arenas of retro gaming including videos of our own awesome parties and classic arcade machines, pinballs and consoles in our collection.

Subscribers: 2,960

Views: 279,500

Videos: 118

Average Views Per Video: 2,369

Joined: May 6, 2012

Popular Video: Konami/Stern 1982 Amidar Arcade PCB Repair

45. Top Retro Games

The best old games for consoles, computers and arcade machines.

Subscribers: 2,250

Views: 717,090

Videos: 1,540

Average Views Per Video: 466

Joined: Jul 21, 2019

Popular Video: 40 Sharp MZ-700 Games

46. Jelly J

I once listened to the Wii song for 8 hours and 33 minutes without interruptions.

Subscribers: 1,610

Views: 109,766

Videos: 130

Average Views Per Video: 845

Joined: Jul 31, 2016

Popular Video: I Went Undercover at a FURRY CONVENTION

47. Retro Gaming

Packed with retro games of the past. Relive your youth as we take you back in time to the games you will never forget across all console formats

Subscribers: 1,120

Views: 393

Videos: 5

Average Views Per Video: 79

Joined: Jan 3, 2018

Popular Video: Retro Gaming Channel Trailer

48. Chidreams Emulation GamePlay

This channel is mainly about testing out the various gaming emulators such as RPCS3 (PS3), Ryujinx & Yuzu (Nintendo Switch), Xenia (Xbox 360), Citra (Nintendo 3DS), Cemu (Nintendo Wii U), Spine (Playstation 4) and providing videos on how these games run on these emulators.

Subscribers: 738

Views: 346,104

Videos: 500

Average Views Per Video: 693

Joined: Nov 25, 2010

Popular Video: Installation of Atmosphere Cheats on Ryujinx

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