Oh the dear old gaming consoles! From Nintendo 64 to GameBoy, from Atari to huge arcade games with joysticks and big buttons, the gaming world did offer us some amazing devices indeed.
In comparison with the consoles you see today accompanying VR headsets or even modern gaming consoles, the designs of the past seem a bit out of this world. But, if you’re a bit older and had the amazing change of playing with some of the best old school consoles, you still have the chance to impress the younglings today.
This is possible because, even in today’s highly technological world, there are some companies that still consider the oldies but goldies to be in fashion. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting models you can still use in 2018.
Oh yes! You can’t talk about retro gaming consoles without talking about the SNES of 1991! This is one of the best consoles of the 16-bit era and its popularity is mostly due to game names such as Donkey Kong and Super Mario World.
Bust speaking of Super Mario, if you miss the game but don’t have the SNES, don’t sweat it! There are many similar flash browser games you can try on your phone or PC, but we recommend Snake io. It may not be as old as Mario but it’s still a classic!
Now you can buy the Nintendo Classic from Nintendo for about $60. This device looks like a smaller version of the NES system, but it is a bit different. First, the cartridge slot is there just for show (it doesn’t open), and there are 30 preloaded games in the console.
You can use it with the HDMI cable and connect it to a TV, or plug it into a Wii system. The cool thing is that the console will still give you the old-school look even though you’ll run the games on a 2K TV.
Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Portable Game Player
Sega was the direct competitor for Nintendo back in the days, and it’s still going strong nowadays. They gave several cool games, but this portable device is one of the best consoles you can have in today’s day and age.
Just imagine it: when everyone is on their high-tech phones, you simply pull out this baby. You’ll be the unrecognized hero of the gang! With a 3.2 inches LCD screen and 80 games available at any given time, this retro console can be used on the commute, at home, or even at work when you’re taking a break. It can also be plugged into a TV so you can enjoy your favorite games in style.
And just to spike your enthusiasm about it, on the list of games you’ll find names like Sonic and Mortal Kombat 1 to 3.
Retro Arcade Machine X
Arcade games were huge in the 80s and 90s so it’s absolutely normal to want to get back some of their former glory. While this little guy has nothing to show for when it comes to a real machine, it is desktop-sized and looks amazing in your home!
It is also packed with 300 games and the small screen displays some bitching 16-bit graphics. The entire device is 5-5 inches tall and has a fully functional joystick that can go up, down, right, and left.
Now, if the 300 games are not enough and you’re looking for something a bit on the wild side, we recommend Survival io – it’s a bit on the retro side and it’s quite entertaining.
Before there were high-end graphics and VR headsets that can transpose you into a whole new world, PlayStation 2 was the most popular console of all times. While it’s not as old as the ones mentioned above, we believe it deserves a place on the shelf due to its power and cool-looking controls.
The original games, the DVD playback feature, and the slick design are the characteristics that keep former owners still dreaming about it. The idea behind the PS2 was to create an entertainment system, not just a video game console, which is why the DVD playback feature was introduced. This is the console that introduced the world to God of War, Shadow of the Colossus, and even GTA III.
The cool thing is that you can still find some used devices that have been maintained by owners. So, if you’re interested in re-enacting your childhood, have a look on Amazon!
Some of the old school consoles have a certain charm that may seem appealing even to today’s world. They are simple, easy to use and don’t require a whole bunch of cables and settings. They’re just there, ready to be used whenever you feel like it.