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Retro Mini Consoles for the 2018 Holiday Season!

It’s that time of year again! Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays are right around the corner. There are some great retro video game products you can get for yourself or someone that loves retro gaming. Here are a few:

1. NES Classic Edition – $59.99 from Amazon

The NES Classic Edition is a great gift for anyone that grew up in the 80’s or 90’s. This is an official production from Nintendo, and contains 30 pre-installed classic NES games. The games are: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II, The Adventure of Link, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Mega Man 2, Pac-Man, Final Fantasy, Metroid, Kirby’s Adventure, Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Ninja Gaiden, Dr. Mario, Punch-Out!, Balloon Fight, Excitebike, Ice Climber, Kid Icarus, Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Bubble Bobble, Techmo Bowl, Mario Bros., Super C, Galaga, StarTropics, Ghosts’N Goblins, Gradius.

This comes with only one controller with a very short cable. I suggest you get another controller (click here) and extension cables (click here).

2. Super NES Classic Edition – $79.96 from Amazon

Nintendo followed up the NES Classic Edition with the Super NES Classic Edition. Also an official production from Nintendo, the Super NES Classic Edition comes with 21 games and TWO controllers. The games are Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, F-Zero, Super Metroid, Street Fighter II, Super Punch-Out!, Super Castlevania IV, Donkey Kong Country, Mega Man X, Kirby Super Star, Final Fantasy III, Kirby’s Dream Course, StarFox, StarFox 2 (previously unreleased), Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Contra III: The Alien Wars, Secret of Mana, EarthBound and Super Ghouls’N Ghosts.

Two controllers are included, but like the NES Classic Edition controllers, the cables are very short. I suggest getting extension cables (click here). These are the same extension cables than can be used with the NES Classic Edition.

3. The C64 Mini – $79.99 from Amazon

It’s 1982 and a new home computer graces the scene. Out goes the silent black and white experience and in with 64Kb of RAM, color graphics, and synthesizer sound. Roll forward 36 years and kick nostalgia into overdrive with the release of TheC64 mini. A tiny but perfectly formed officially licensed 50% scale replica of this much loved machine. Featuring high-definition output via HDMI, a classic style joystick and 64 built-in games including classics like California Games, Boulder Dash, Impossible Mission and Jumpman. 64 built in games: Alleykat, Anarchy, the Arc of Yesod, Avenger, Battle Valley, Boulder Dash, Break Dance, California Games, Chip’s challenge, Coil Cop, Confusion, Cosmic Causeway, Cyberdyne Warrior, Cybernoid, Cybernoid II, Deflector, Destroyer, Everyone’s a Wally, Firelord, Gateway to Apshai, Gribble’s Day Out, Heartland, Herobotix, Highway Encounter, Hunter’s Moon, Hysteria, Impossible Mission, Impossible Mission II, iOS, Jumpman, Jumpman 2, Mega-Apocalypse, Mission A.D., Monty on the Run, Netherworld, Nobby the Aardvark, Nodes of Yesod, Paradroid, Pitstop II, Ranarama, Robin of the Wood, Silicon Warrior, Skate Crazy, Skool Daze, Snare, Speedball, Speedball 2, Spindizzy, Street Sports Baseball, Street Sports Basketball, Street Sports Soccer, Summer Games II, Super Cycle, Sword of Fargoal, Temple of Apshai Trilogy, Thing on a Spring, Tower Toppler, Trailblazer, Iridium, West Bank, Who Dares Wins II, Winter Games, World Games, Zynaps note: keyboard keys are non-functional.


Nintendo Switch Online Service – Classic NES Games

Nintendo just announced “Nintendo Switch Online.” In Nintendo’s own words

“Nintendo Switch Online is a paid service that give members access to online play in compatible games, a selection of NES™ games, extra features for the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, and more.”

What I heard was “blah, blah, blah, a selection of NES™ games.” Without the mention of NES games, I probably wouldn’t have paid attention. The service is set to launch in September, and when it does 20 classic NES games will be part of the service. Nintendo announced that ten of 20 titles that will be available during launch are:

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Donkey Kong
  • Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Dr. Mario
  • Ice Climber
  • Balloon Fight

What makes this more interesting is online play.

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