The Nostalgic Gamer And The Best Retro Video Game Console
"A retro video game console? Really? But it's so, old..."
If you're anything like a real human being, you've probably never heard these sentiments uttered by anyone, ever. Why's that?
Partly, it's because the fury it invokes is powerful enough to huff, puff, and blow the offender right out of the room. Secondly, it's because retro game consoles rock so hard that there are no legitimate objections to collecting and playing them.
Seriously, today's most popular video game franchises were spawned from those old video game consoles. Only players who own a retro video game console can experience these awesome origin stories the way they were meant to be enjoyed.
And we want to help you make that fullscreen-ratio, standard-definition dream come true. The following is a complete overview of the best retro video game consoles. Read, learn, play, conquer.
The Nintendo Game Boy
Today, almost everyone carries a smartphone in their pocket, complete with at least one game app. To those who were born into this modern age, the original Game Boy must seem like a hilarious relic.
The screen has no color or backlighting. Plus, the system weighs over half a pound (with batteries) and it doesn't even fit in your pocket.
But, at the time of its release, the Game Boy was cutting edge—revolutionary, even. Before the Game Boy, handheld electronic gaming mostly referred to single-game devices like Nintendo's Game and Watch units.
There is one handheld, cartridge-based game system called Microvision that predates the Game Boy. But due to numerous design flaws, the games and the Microvision system itself would break very easily.
How The Game Boy Changed the World
Conversely, the Game Boy is so well-made that many units still function today without any refurbishing. It also boasts an enormous library of classic gaming hits, such as:
- Dr. Mario
- Super Mario Land 1-3
- Kirby's Dream Land
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
- Metroid II
- Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow
Another advantage of the Game Boy is that the lack of backlighting maximized battery life. One could also purchase an AC adapter and plug the Game Boy into an electrical outlet.
The Sega Genesis
Through the ages, Sega has been tragically unlucky with manufacturing and marketing consoles. For the most part, their games are absolutely fantastic. But, in the console wars, Sega was always the underdog that never came in first, except once.
Two years before the Super NES debuted, Sega launched the first 16-bit gaming console, the Sega Genesis. For the only time in console gaming history, Sega was on top. And their time on top was well spent, releasing hits like:
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Mortal Kombat
- Street Fighter II
- Streets of Rage
- Ghouls 'n Ghosts
- Ecco the Dolphin
There are also many notable RPGs on the system, like Phantasy Star and Shining Force. Plus, several cool add-ons were developed for the system, including the Sega CD and the 32X.
Sony's PlayStation 1
PS1 has such an insane amount of famously popular games that anything we say about it will be completely redundant. Regardless:
- Final Fantasy VII-IX
- Metal Gear Solid
- Resident Evil
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
- Tekken 3
- Crash Bandicoot
- Gran Turismo
- Tomb Raider
- Dance Dance Revolution
- Spyro the Dragon
There are also hidden gems by the hundreds, including Parasite Eve and Xenogears.
The reason the PS1 had enough hit titles to outcompete even the N64 is that it was so third-party-friendly. Other contenders at the time, namely N64 and Sega Saturn, focused primarily on their own game franchises.
But Sony threw the doors wide open to all third-party game developers. In turn, these third-party companies leaped at the opportunity. Thus, in its 12-year run, the PlayStation released almost 8,000 games.
The Sega Dreamcast
The Dreamcast is one more chapter in the sad book of doomed Sega consoles. Like its predecessors, the Sega Master System and Sega Saturn consoles, the Dreamcast was shunned in favor of its competitors.
After the failure of the Saturn system, gamers were wary to trust another Sega console. So, instead, they held out for the release of the PlayStation 2 and the Gamecube.
Ultimately, Sega simply couldn't make enough console sales, and they had to cut their losses. Within three years of its release, the system was discontinued.
Why the dreamcast was Ahead of Its Time
The really tragic part is that everyone who ever owned a Dreamcast absolutely loved it. Its processor was as powerful as the era's most state-of-the-art PCs.
Because of its superb hardware, Sega was able to port near-identical versions of its most popular arcade games directly to the Dreamcast system. This included:
- Crazy Taxi
- Power Stone
- Marvel vs. Capcom
- House of the Dead 2
Additionally, there were numerous hits unique to the console, such as:
- Sonic Adventure
- Skies of Arcadia
- Jet Set Radio
- Phantasy Star Online
- Unreal Tournament
Dreamcast was also the first online-capable retro video game console.
If you want to blame something for the untimely death of the Dreamcast, blame the PlayStation 2. Shortly after the Dreamcast's release, Sony announced the development of its own system—a whole year before it was ready. They did this purely to rival the Dreamcast.
And it worked. As a result, PS1 fans were insane with release date anticipation. Even crazier, the supply of PS2 systems on launch day was severely limited due to manufacturing delays.
Thus, stories abound of those who camped in line for their launch-date PS2 consoles, only to resell them to the highest bidder. The $300 systems sold for hundreds more in department store parking lots and thousands more on eBay.
The Games of PS2
Some of the greatest titles unique to the PS2 include:
- Jak and Daxter
- Kingdom Hearts (1 and 2)
- Final Fantasy X
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Devil May Cry
- Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas
- Tekken Tag Tournament
- Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3
Note that the PS2 is also backwards compatible to accept PS1 discs, though some glitching may occur. Conversely, no other PlayStation system accepts PS2 discs.
Do You Have a Retro Video Game Console Yet?
Well, that sums up the greatest retro video game console from the early years of the video gaming industry. The question is, which of these do you need? And the answer, of course, is any of them that you don't yet have.
Fortunately, we can help with that. Go here to browse our extensive collection of old video game consoles and retro video games for sale. We also have a video game trade in platform for your old games and consoles, too.