March 15, 2018 at 3:33 PM
Living in a modern age, we’re lucky enough to have the ability to relive some of our nostalgic feelings from our childhoods. This is the case when it comes to playing some of our favourite video games you loved as a kid ranging from re-released consoles, emulators or home arcade builds.
Currently, one of the biggest hits when it comes to reliving the glory days are the retro gaming consoles. Thay are small, modern and often packed full of games. Here are some of my favourites available:
Nintendo SNES Classic Edition Console
The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System contains 21 pre-installed classic games and can easily be plugged into a high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable.
THEC64 Mini Computer
A timeless classic is being given a new lease of life with the launch of THEC64 Mini!
Roll forward 35 years and kick nostalgia into overdrive with the release of THEC64 MINI. A tiny but perfectly formed 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 Uridium, Paradroid, Hawkeye, Nebulus and Monty Mole.
Atari Flashback 8 Gold
The brand-new Atari Flashback® 8 Gold features 120 built-in all-time favourites. These games include iconic Atari 2600 classics like Missile Command, Asteroids, Centipede, and Millipede, as well as many other legends like Konami’s Frogger, and Activision’s Pitfall! and River Raid. Two all new high performance 2.4ghz wireless controllers, styled after the Atari 2600 originals, are included, as well as two legacy controller ports for optional wired joysticks or paddles
Game emulators allow you to use a computer as the console and emulates the system that you’re after to play older games. This can be useful if you own older games you’re dying to play again that no longer run on your modern PC. Now using an emulator can take a bit of work to setup and configure depending on what you’re trying to do but it’s worth it in the end.
DOSBox is a program that can emulate the DOS operating system that was widely used back in the 80’s. With the introduction of Windows and other modern operating systems, many of the older games and programs simply stopped working. With DOSBox, you’ll be able to load up a command line interface and install/run the games like the good old days.
Downloads and Tutorials can be found here
Going back to the previous game consoles listed at the beginning, these can all be emulated on a PC in their own virtual software. These range from Nintendo, PlayStation, handhelds and even Arcade machines. Just about every older (and some newer) gaming devices can be emulated these days. One of the original sites to find the latest releases was Emulation Zone which can be found here which can provide ratings and statuses of emulator releases.
To run an emulator, you first need to have a copy of the game in ROM format which consist of a raw dump of the data normally taken from the game cartridge or CD. This sometimes requires particular hardware and knowhow so it’s easy to try and source a copy online which requires to bit of Googling but there are plenty of sites to purchase individual or even bundles of games from.
RetroArch & Emulation Station
Lastly, we have one of my personal favourite programs, RetroArch. RetroArch provides a frontend to combine all your emulator programs into one interface and allows you to manage the overall configuration for each emulator. The good thing about this is you can create your own all in one gaming console using mini PC’s, an old laptop or run it on your day to day machine. With using the one interface, you’re able to select what device you want to play and then a list of all your games will show in one collection. Combine this with another overlay software called Emulation Station and you can have a tidy, clean experience that will allow you to navigate using a gaming controller just like the real thing.
If you would like any further information on how to set any of these up or have any queries, please feel free to contact us at Sales@mcdonaldsit.co.nz
Created by Shay Matheson