National Video Games Day

This Friday, Sept. 12 is National Video Games Day. To celebrate the occasion, is helping video game fans turn their favorite virtual worlds into reality. This list of 10 one-of-a-kind rentals inspired by classic video games is perfect for anyone who’s ever wanted to visit Mario’s castle or sleep in Donkey Kong’s barrel. But you won’t have to sacrifice all of your quarters to stay in one of these rentals – rates start at just $72 a night!

  • Space Invaders

    Chattanooga vacation rental #241542vb & Space Invaders video game
    Space Invaders; from the left: HomeAway rental #241542vb & Space Invaders Wallpaper labeled for reuse by Reinis Ivanovs

    For those who prefer to vacation extraterrestrially, this UFO rental in Chattanooga, Tenn. is the perfect place for a deep space experience. This three-bedroom vacation home is available for longer vacations only – ideal for simulating a journey to alien worlds in faraway galaxies.

  • Pac Man

    Golden Bay vacation rental #3703734 & Pac Man
    Pac Man; from the left: HomeAway rental #3703734 & Pac Man photo labeled for reuse by Giant Bomb

    Left, right, right, right, left. Wait, where’s the entrance again? To retrace Pac-Man’s convoluted quest, journey to the Golden Bay area of New Zealand to this four-bedroom farmhouse that comes compete with its own hedge maze – ghosts not included – for just $72 a night.

  • Donkey Kong

    Walla Walla Valley vacation rental #485602vb & Donkey Kong
    Donkey Kong; from the left: HomeAway rental #485602vb & Donkey Kong photo labeled for reuse by

    It’s all fun and games until someone bops you with a barrel! Luckily, fans of Donkey Kong can live like the world’s most famous video game gorilla without resorting to violence. This 1,000-gallon wine drum in Walla Walla, Wash. just may be the world’s most comfortable sleeping barrel – and it even comes with a pool for more monkeying around.

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns

    Mountain Pine Ridge vacation rental #116543 & Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Donkey Kong Country Returns; from the left: HomeAway rental #116543 & Donkey Kong photo labeled for reuse by Donkey Kong Country Returns

    Want to live like Donkey Kong but need a little more room? This luxury hut in Belize is surrounded by tropical rainforests and jungle rivers – the perfect place to let out your inner gorilla. Keep an eye out for spider monkeys, you could end up making a few primate pals.

  • Donkey Kong 64

    Bozeman vacation rental #905053 & Donkey Kong 64
    Donkey Kong 64; from the left: HomeAway rental #905053 & Donkey Kong 64 photo labeled for reuse by

    If you care to stay a little closer to home, swing higher through the trees to take shelter in this Bozeman, Mont. treehouse. It is nestled among the Cottonwood and Aspen trees and located just a short walk from the scenic Gallatin River.

  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Link's House)

    Costa Rica vacation rental #3467699 & Zelda Kokiri Forest
    Kokiri Forest; from the left: HomeAway rental #3467699 & Kokiri Forest photo labeled for reuse by

    If classic Zelda is more your speed, this incredible treehouse rental in Costa Rica is the perfect place to recreate your favorite adventures from “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time." Located deep in the forests of the Limon Province, this rental is the closest you can get to living in Link’s arboreal abode in the Kokiri Forest.

  • Mario Kart 64: Koopa Troopa Beach

    Belize vacation rental #177369 & Koopa Troopa Beach
    Koopa Troopa Beach; from the left: HomeAway rental #177369 & Koopa Troopa Beach photo labeled for reuse by Mario Kart 64

    Mario Kart 64: Koopa Troopa Beach Red … yellow … green … go! Fans of “Mario Kart 64” don’t always stop and smell the roses – they tend to speed through life, slowing down for nothing. Luckily, this private island in Belize provides the best of both worlds. With plenty of sea kayaks, sailboards, surfboards and kiteboards at your disposal, there are ample opportunities to create your own Koopa Troopa Beach experience.

  • Mario Kart 64: Princess Peach's Castle

    Wales vacation rental #474634 & Princess Peach's Castle
    Princess Peach's Castle; from the left: HomeAway rental #474634 & Princess Peach's Castle photo labeled for reuse by Mario Kart 64

    It’s big, it’s gray … it has a stained glass portrait of its owner on top. Welcome to Princess Peach’s castle, the final destination in “Mario Kart 64.” This converted chapel in Caernafon, Wales is the next best thing, with incredible masonry and stained glass windows throughout – gold, silver, and bronze medals not included.

  • NBA Jam

    Orlando vacation rental #3508338 & NBA Jam
    NBA Jam; from the left: HomeAway rental #3508338 & NBA Jam photo labeled for reuse by

    He shoots … he scores! Love “NBA Jam?" Rent this 10-bedroom mansion in Orlando, Fla. and indulge in your own private basketball court, bowling alley, gym, movie theater and swimming pool. There’s something for every player on the team.

  • Prince of Persia

    Marrakech vacation rental #61641 & Prince of Persia
    Prince of Persia; from the left: HomeAway rental #61641 & Prince of Persia photo labeled for reuse by Prince of Persia

    The location: ancient Persia. The enemy: the evil wizard Jaffar. The objective: escape the dungeon and save the girl. If you want to relive the adventure of the “Prince of Persia” (minus the dungeons), explore this gorgeous Moroccan villa in beautiful Marrakech. Located in the city’s ancient historic district, this four-bedroom home starts at just $192 a night.

  • Destiny

    Florida vacation rental #422754vb & Destiny video game
    Destiny; from the left: HomeAway rental #422754vb & "Destiny Beta is Coming" photo labeled for reuse by flickr user Bago Games under CC by 2.0

    This futuristic four-bedroom Florida home bears a striking resemblance to the Traveler, a mysterious floating orb with the power to remake worlds – and the site of Earth’s last safe city.