I’m a sucker for retro gaming gear. I have way too many handhelds and I know I’ll probably buy a new one every time I see it. You don’t have to be like me, however, to want to play a game of NES Contra or relive Zelda II in all its side-scrolling glory.
Here are three of my favorite gadgets for retro game fans (and fans to be).
Retroid makes a really nice handheld and their Android-powered Pocket systems are some of the best. This iPhone sized device has two joysticks and a D-pad along with four standard buttons and two shoulder buttons. It plays almost anything, from all the Nintendo emulator to PSP games. It’s a bit big but it’s a great little device and includes a number of pre-installed emulators. It’s $119 on the Retroid website and $159 on Amazon if you want to ensure it will get to you in time.
This is one of my favorite little consoles. It runs a stripped down version of Linux and has a superbright screen. It’s not as powerful as the Retroid but you can play almost all classic consoles on it and it has a great loader for games. At $127 it’s actually a steal. I’ve been playing on this guy all year and I haven’t gotten tired of firing it up.
If you’re looking for something for the serious retro gamer in your life you have to visit Dream Arcades. They make full-sized arcade game consoles that contain a basic Windows machine. This machine lets you play almost any game under the sun including the original vector graphics version of Star Wars which is my go-to. This is for someone you REALLY love because these guys get pricey but once you have it set up it will turn your den into a true arcade. You can check them out here.