Console gaming, time with pals, so many awesome memories. But did you ever asked yourself? Top 5 retro consoles in the USA : If you’re a Sega fan, then the range of options simply aren’t as extensive as the Nintendo ones. Still, this Genesis (Mega Drive if you’re in the UK) console is a lovely piece of kit, so not all is lost. There are 80 games built into the console as standard, including the best Sonic titles, Mortal Kombats 1-3 and Altered Beast, and you can plug in an SD card to expand your collection even more. Just, um, make sure you do that via legal means. What’s best about this console, though, is that you can actually put your old Genesis carts in it and play the games on them. So, potentially, it’ll play ANY classic Sega game you can get your hands on.
Released in 2001, the Game Boy Advance (GBA) was touted as the natural successor to the Game Boy and the Game Boy Colour. It’s hard to believe that it was released after the Playstation 2, which we’ll take a closer look at in a minute. Selling over 80 million units in its lifetime, the Game Boy Advance was eventually succeeded by the Nintendo DS. The DS is backwards compatible with GBA titles and that may be another reason for the device’s enduring popularity. It’s also the only handheld video games console on the list. Read extra details on Most Popular Retro Console by State.
Ask any 90s kid what the best retro multiplayer game console is and they’ll say the Nintendo 64. Before online multiplayer separated people from long distances, games like Mario Party, Golden Eye: 007 and Mario Kart 64 required you and your friends to physically sit next to one another and bond. Every Friday night, kids all around America would invite their friends over for some pepperoni pizza and game for hours on end with their N64. Though Sony’s PlayStation overshadowed it in sales, the Nintendo 64 had a stable fan base from its previous generational consoles. The Nintendo 64 was one of the first consoles that not only allowed up to four controllers for multiplayer but also introduced the world to rumble control capability with its Rumble Pak functionality. Even to this day, debatably, the Nintendo 64 is one of the most accessible multiplayer systems around, perfect for those millennial parties yearning for nostalgia and simple offline multiplayer fun.
The Raspberry Pi has been another boon for retro gaming fans in recent years. While there’s an endless number of options for building your own arcade or console systems, a kit like this one from Vilros is one of the easiest ways to get a retro-friendly system up and running. It includes everything you need from the software to a gamepad—minus the actual games, of course. There are a number of resources for legally acquiring games (or ROMs) that can be played on emulators—some free and some paid—and there are devices like the Retro-Bit Super UFO Pro 8 that will let you make backups of your own game cartridges that you can then play with an emulator.
Analogue’s Super NT and Mega SG hardware revives the Super NES and SEGA Genesis, respectively. Each one comes with fantastic, freshly-designed cases that are smaller and more appealing than the originals, while still being fully compatible with original game cartridges and controllers. And yeah, you can use those 30-year-old, dusty controllers all you want…but these clones also come with brand new wireless replicas from 8BitDo, which has already cemented its reputation as an excellent retro hardware supplier. And of course, each one will output your original games in glorious 1080p over an HDMI cable.