"Playing table football for real can't be reproduced on the Xbox or PlayStation, and for that reason I think there will always be an interest in Subbuteo", says Pete Whitehead, who runs Subbuteoworld, a website he created in June 2000 to sell Subbuteo stuff to fans across the globe.
It has customers in Korea, China, Russia, Hawaii, Australia, South Africa and "even to someone at Buckingham Palace".
I'm one of the ones from Australia who has ordered from Subbuteworld - my Pegasus pitch arrived today.
I almost never play computer games anymore (except for some iPhone apps) but my three year-old son is just beginning to show signs that he will become addicted if given the chance. His eyes light up when we play Subbuteo on the Thomas Tank Engine table though, so I'll push him hard to play the new astropitch and set.
Difficult to say if the new incarnation will catch on with the kids. I mean, there's loads of first person shooters video games but Nerf foam guns went crazy. Perhaps there's still room for a physical football sim?
I played Test Match cricket, a modern version of Subbuteo Cricket, when I was younger and I have much fonder memories of that than the C64 or Amiga games I played.