Sure, you can go out and buy some latest-generation games consoles. And, yes, they offer exceptional graphics detail and performance. But there is a following of people that also prefer to play retro console games!
I’m talking about the games consoles where you didn’t have CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs with game data on them. Instead, you had to insert a cartridge into the device. And some systems even had games on cassette tape. Remember those? I bet you do!
If you’re feeling nostalgic and want to get a retro games console, you might be wondering which one is best for you. For your viewing pleasure, I have compiled a list of the top five best retro games consoles of all time:
5. Sega Mega Drive
The games console was also known as the “Genesis” in some parts of the world. Produced from 1988 to 1999, the Sega Mega Drive is one of the world’s best-remembered games consoles.
Featuring a 16-bit architecture, the console was the successor to the Master System. Although it wasn’t too successful in its native Japan, the Sega Mega Drive sold well in Europe and North America.
The brilliant thing about the Mega Drive was that it was backward-compatible with the older Master System. That means you could play games built for both consoles from the one unit. As standard, it came with a wired controller and six buttons.
At one time, Amstrad built a computer called a “Mega PC” which allowed you to play Mega Drive games or use it as a normal PC.
4. Atari 2600
If you really want to go “old school” the Atari 2600 is the console for you! Built between 1977 and 1992, Atari sold around 30 million units during its lifetime.
It uses ROM-based cartridges, much like the Sega Mega Drive above. Do you remember the days of CRT televisions that had a wood veneer? Well, the Atari 2600 will complement such a TV because it too is finished in the same way!
3. Commodore 64
Although not strictly a console, the Commodore 64 is an 8-bit computer that had a keyboard built into the base. Many popular retro games originate from the C64. And you can even find online versions of them to play through sites like Playberry.com. You could play games on ROM-based cartridges, just like with the Atari 2600.
But, the Commodore 64 also offered other media sources like a cassette drive. I remember owning a C64 many years ago. I had a box full of games on tapes and cartridges!
2. Commodore Amiga CD32
One of the more modern “retro” games consoles is the Commodore Amiga CD32. Unlike its C64 cousin, the Amiga CD32 is a 32-bit system that used CD-ROMs for storing games. The older computer-based Amiga systems were akin to the C64.
1. NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)
Without a doubt, the top spot will always go to the famous NES! This best-selling games console is an 8-bit system that sold over 61 million units worldwide! It’s a console famous for the Super Mario Bros. series of games and its spin-offs. And, no, you can’t play Angry Birds on it!