Even though I love my Xbox and Playstation, I still get a stab of nostalgia when I think of my Nintendo Game Boy, my Nintendo NES system, or my Sega Genesis.
Growing up, these were classic consoles. And if you were born a couple of years before 1980, you probably played an Atari 2600 too, although I skipped this one.
You probably remember cool games like Zelda, Donkey Kong, Tecmo Bowl, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3 Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out and Metroid. I loved playing these games, and now that I have two young children, I wanted them to experience the same games.
Most Playstation and Xbox games are too difficult for a child. Maybe kids shouldn’t be playing console games, but there is something very simple and natural about these early console games.
It got me thinking: is there a way to get our hands on an old NES or Sega system? I mean it would be perfect for my kids! Simple games with one joystick and two buttons (A and B)!
Well, surprisingly, you can still buy these consoles and even games. It’s definitely not cheap, but I totally buy them and relive my glorious childhood play days with my kids. Here are some consoles that you can buy from the links.
Nintendo NES system
By far the best gaming console. I must have played this thing half my life (sorry my parents look bad). Until recently, you couldn’t buy this bad guy from Nintendo, but now everything has changed.
NES Classic Edition from Nintendo on Amazon – $ 60
There are many people and companies selling original refurbished NES systems. Basically, they replace the 72-pin connector and test it for cleanliness and serviceability. You can get a console with two controllers and a TV connection for $ 90 here:
Or you can spend a little more and get the Zapper Pack, which includes Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 and 3 plus Duck Hunt and awesome weapons:
Nintendo Game Boy
Since I loved playing the Nintendo NES, I finally convinced my parents to buy me a Nintendo Gameboy when it first came out. I stopped playing Tetris and Donkey Kong Country all the time.
If you feel the need to ditch those fancy iPhone games for the time being and hold onto this plump, tiny 8-bit gaming wonder again, then you can get it for a good $ 70.
It was then that the real game began. After we got the Sega Genesis, everything was focused on Madden Football, Mortal Kombat, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Street Fighter.
By then we had a big competition when it was a birthday and it lasted for hours. Once I buy this, maybe I’ll have a reunion just for the old days. You can buy one with two controllers for $ 65:
And you can also buy almost all the classic games:
The Atari 2600 was a bit earlier than me, but for those of you who played it, it was one of the first real consoles to allow game cartridges instead of all games being hardcoded into the hardware.
He was also super popular and, in my opinion, one of the pioneers of bringing games to the living room. You can still get one that works with two controllers for $ 150:
Super Nintendo System
Last but not least, the Super Nintendo system was pretty cool too. The graphics and sound have been significantly improved, and the number of games is much closer to the current level that we see on the Xbox and Playstation.
It was then that the Mario Kart craze began. If you want a worker with two controllers, it’ll cost you $ 105:
I was so happy to see that all of these game consoles are still available and I can’t wait to get them for my kids.
I loved the games of the 80s and 90s and it’s great that kids today can enjoy them in their original form. Enjoy!