Soooo, fancy a bit of gaming? Earlier I’ve covered the best plug ‘n play games you can get. Now today I’ll be taking about the best retro gaming consoles! If you haven’t noticed yet, I am a big fan of retro games, especially the games that have defined my childhood. Nowadays it’s very easy to play it online, with controls specifically set to complement a mouse and keyboard.
But, don’t you miss the old days where you’d play those games with a controller? Or how about with a proper console? What if you want to play these games with a friend? With a family member? Well I’ve got you covered! If you still have your old NES, SNES, and Famicom games, these consoles would be your best bet!
Here are 8 of the best retro gaming consoles you can play with the whole family!
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1. KingRex Classic Game Console – $44
The first list for our best retro gaming consoles is this baby right here. It plays like the old consoles back in the day. It’s sleek, easy to use, and really convenient to carry around anywhere you go. Really perfect for friends and the whole family! This one has only 10 left in stock on Amazon! Better hurry!
- 821 built-in classic video games waiting to be played.
- Connect to your TV or Computer via HDMI and play it instantly. Enjoy retro games in a bigger screen!
- Comes with two high quality controllers, HDMI cable and power adapter. 2 user-friendly controllers that plug right into the system, allowing you to take a trip down memory lane with friends and family
- All the essential wires and adapters that guarantee a crystal-clear picture and a nostalgic experience every time you play!
- Small and convenient size that’s easy to carry, use and travel with everywhere you go. A great Christmas gift for your kids or your friends.
2. My Arcade Retro Champ – $79.99
If you still have with you your old NES cartridges or Famicom cartridges, then this console is a no brainer for you! It is a portable console that plays your favorite NES and Famicom games without the need for a legacy console! It has a built-in screen, making it very compact and easy to carry around. Never get bored in your house again! This one has only 12 left in stock on Amazon! Better hurry!
- Play NES and Famicom cartridges on-the-go
- 7 inch full color screen
- 3 to 5 hours of playtime, with built-in rechargeable batteries.
- Has a kickstand when you want to play via controllers (sold separately)
- Can connect to TV via HDMI
3. SEGA Genesis Mini – $89.99
Okay, I know many of you are familiar with the SEGA Genesis. The previous version released for the modern world wasn’t really received well, so in 2019, came this bad boy. It has redefined the console without compromising the quality, and it comes in a miniature version of the console we all know and love. One reviewer said “Important retro history done right”. I could’nt have said it better myself.
- The iconic SEGA Genesis console that defined a generation of gaming returns in a slick, miniaturized unit.
- Loaded with 42 legendary games such as Streets Of Rage 2, Tetris, Sonic The Hedgehog, Castlevania, and more! and is
- Plug and play ready right out of the box
- Comes with 2 wired controllers, 40 games + 2 bonus games
- Power cable and USB adapter-ready
- Supports HDMI with cable.
4.Kinhank Retro Handheld Game Console – $189.99
Another handheld console. This baby, however, has, are you ready? 15,000 games. You read that number right. 15,000 built in games. You would probably own it for a lifetime and still wouldn’t have played all the games. You could pass it on to your son or daughter and still, they won’t be able to play the games. But trust me, this is a very solid console. really good, really sleek, perfect for young and old alike.
This will certainly tithe you over while you’re stuck at home. 😉
- Portable Retro game consoles, uses high-performance Raspberry CM3-L Model, comes with 64GB SD card that houses 45 Simulators with 15,000 games
- Upgraded Retropie game system, supports MAME, NES, SNES, GB, GBA, GBC, PS1 more than 50 game systems with built-in emulators
- High capacity 3500mAh lithium battery for ultra-long standby time, rechargeable by USB cable.
- Up to 6 hours of continous game play
- 3.2 Inch IPS HD clear screen,Resolution 480*320, support 5-level adjustable brightness setting
- RTL8188 wireless module, supports NETPLAY and has built-in WiFi switch; play with your friends or children! Hours of entertainment!
5. Retro-Bit Retro Duo 2 in 1 Console System – $59.99
For the NES and SNES cartridge owners out there, this is the best console for you. This bad boy supports the NES and SNES cartridges! Two in one! It also allows you to play 8-bit and 16-bit games, unlike the other consoles on this list. Some say it is better than the NES. I’d vouch for it, but you have to see it for youself!
- 2 game cartridge slots, compatible with Original NES and SNES games
- S-Video Connection Capability
- Includes 2 wired controllers.
- Includes AV/S video cable.
- Includes 5V AC Adapter
- Compatible with Original Port 16-bit SNES controllers
6. The 1983 Nintento Famicom – $83.99
If you’re an AVId fan of retro consoles, and you would like one that is the original version, or if you’re a collector of said vintage consoles, then this one is for you. This is the original version of the Nintendo Famicom that came out in 1983! Imagine owning a piece of equipment from the 1980s. Now that’s something. So if you miss how the OG Famicom feels, or if you’re a collector of vintange consoles from the 1980s, then this is a must buy!
- Refurbished Famicom; Older parts replaced with new.
- AV Modified for a clean strong picture on flat screen TV’s through an AV output jack.
- Plastic cover has been recoated to look just like the original
- Internally cleaned
- AV Cable included
This one’s mostly for the collectors. This is the Original Nintendo NES, with the legendary games Super Mario and Duck Hunt. The rare vintage Mario Gun is also included, which is used to play Duck Hunt. If you’re looking to collect a vintage piece of equipment, along with an ever rarer accessory, then you would want to get this.
- Why are you looking here? This is just like the NES!
This one is like the handheld version of its console system counterpart. It has the advantage of being portable, at the cost of having a smaller screen. It also supports NES and SNES games (with the NES games requiring a special adapter, which is included with the package). If you want to bring your games on the go, get this one!
- Compatible with 16-bit Original SNES Games
- Compatible with 8-bit Original NES games (with included cartridge adapter)
- Dual capacity lithium-ion battery, can achieve 8 hours of uninterrupted game play
- Extremly light weight and travel-friendly
- Includes: RetroDuo Portable Console, RetroPort NES Game Adapter, Standard AV cable, AC Power Adapter, Console Stand
And there you have it! 8 of the best retro gaming consoles I can suggest! Know anymore (or better? :p) alternatives? Let me know down in the comments below. Don’t forget to share this post. Thanks for reading!