Console gaming, time with pals, so many awesome memories. But did you ever asked yourself? Top 3 retro consoles in the US : The original PlayStation holds an interesting spot in the landscape of the evolution of gaming. It was amongst the first (and was certainly the most popular) console to truly push the 3D frontier, expanding beyond the flat 2D planes of gaming’s primitive origins and launching a revolution that would define the future of the medium. For some, it’s iconic, and rightfully so: games like Final Fantasy VII and Resident Evil (both included on the PlayStation Classic) are some of the most revered titles in gaming, games that defined studios and franchises for years to come. And the Classic packs a great subsection of these games into its adorable, faithful little frame.
Released in 1996 in Japan and North America and 1997 in Europe and Australia, the Nintendo 64 was Nintendo’s third console after the NES and the SNES. It sold over thirty million units in its six-year lifespan before eventually being phased out by the introduction of the GameCube. For most of us, it’s the iconic games and the next-generation graphics that we remember about the Nintendo 64. When it was first launched, it mostly competed with the Sony Playstation and the Sega Saturn, and you’ll find no shortage of Nintendo fans who think it’s a better console than both of them put together. See extra info on https://www.jjgames.com/blog/11/most-popular-retro-console-by-state-[map-infographic].
The PlayStation 2 (PS2) is the best-selling console of all time, with a total of roughly 155 million units sold to date. When Sony first introduced itself with its CD-reading original PlayStation, it changed the video game industry forever, and it’s fair to say the PS2 would later define it: The PS2’s backward- compatibility with original PlayStation games, DVD playback and developer-friendly kits made it the most successful console in existence. Sony decided that its PS2 console was going to be an entertainment system, but not just for video games. DVDs were huge in the early 2000s, and PlayStation 2 brought to the foray a multimedia system that doubled as a DVD player. The data format allowed for bigger games, too, making humungous series that looked like cinematic masterpieces, including Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3, God of War, Shadow of the Colossus and Grand Theft Auto III.
As good as Nintendo’s own SNES Classic is, it does limit you to the included 21 games. If you’re looking to breathe some life into your cartridge collection, the Analogue Super Nt will play them just as well as an original SNES and also make them look great on modern HDTVs. As you might expect, that does come at a bit of a premium price, but it is at least considerably more affordable than Analogue’s previous high-end take on the standard NES, and, as CNET notes in its review, clunky menus aside, there’s not much more you can ask for in an updated SNES.
Looking for something a little more personal? Then go with the original. Enterprising do-it-yourselfers have been making homemade retro consoles out of the Raspberry Pi mini-computer for years. It’s a fantastic setup with enough power to play game ROMs up to around the PlayStation (one) era, and with a big enough MicroSD card, you can fit hundreds or even thousands of ROMs on there. Wireless and wired controllers are easy to work with, too, and you can even find plastic cases that mimic classic consoles. Putting a Raspberry Pi together, loading up the emulation software, and tracking down the ROMs is tricky and time-consuming, about on the level of rooting your iPhone or running a custom Android ROM. But there are tons of guides available (may we suggest our sister site How-To Geek?), and open source developers have made fantastic interfaces for the emulator packages. It doesn’t hurt that you can put together a Raspberry Pi, a custom case, a controller, and a MicroSD card loaded with the classic game ROMs of your choosing for well under $100.