It’s a shame that two of the best retro gaming consoles in recent years, theand the , have been discontinued. Both feature great designs with a miniaturized look that’s true to the originals, silky performance, and strong game lineups of Nintendo’s greatest hits. You can still buy them online (usually from third-party resellers), but prices are seriously inflated. The SNES Classic Mini, for example, was $80 at launch, but a reseller has it for . You might have better luck buying .
Nintendo fans keen on some classic gaming action might be better served by snagging a Switch and buying ato access more than 100 NES and SNES titles ( ). Add the and you can get too. If you’re craving some old-school pocket-sized Nintendo fun, check out the revived line. They are limited to a couple of games each, but when those games are Super Mario or Zelda titles, that can be enough for hours of fun.
The( ) is expensive, and it doesn’t come with any games or controllers (they cost $25 apiece). But it can play old Sega Genesis cartridges, so it’s a solid choice if you have a box of them in the basement. Thanks to an FPGA chip, this console runs the original games just as you remember them.
There are plenty of. If you opt for a , you get the , packed with old PlayStation games.
The Xbox Series X|S boasts the best backward compatibility, as Microsoft’s newest consoles can play Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox titles. You can also find classic titles included in, the excellent .
If you have Valve’s Steam Deck, check out the comprehensiveto emulate a wide variety of old systems in style.
PC gamers also have an enormous choice of emulators. I likebecause it emulates multiple systems, but if you have a favorite old console and want to get close to that original experience, you can likely find a tailor-made emulator to scratch that itch.