Retro Console Buying Guide

There are a couple of reasons why you want to buy an old gaming console. Firstly, if you grew up in the 80s or 90s then the chances are you can remember what console you got (birthday or Xmas presents most likely) and just about every game you played until the early hours of the next day.

Secondly, you are a gaming fanatic and are fascinated in the history of gaming. Recognising important events where consoles were being produced or a ground breaking game (Daley Thompson’s Decathlon anyone?) was released can in a way dictate the future of gaming.

For whatever reason – this retro console buying guide will hopefully help you decide what hardware is best for you. Did you know that some machines were best for RPG’s and others best suited to beat and shoot em ups?

Best Console for Role Playing Games
This is a no brainer. The SNES from the 90s is quite possible the best hardware device ever to play a decent RPG. The 16bit device meant that this type of genre excelled on the SNES. It’s main rival, the Mega Drive was more of a sports console and because the processor of the SNEs was not quite up to playing the fastest of games meant that some of the best titles of the SNES were in fact role playing games.

Final Fantasy, Breath if Fire, Ogre Battle and of course the number one hit Legend of Zelda are sensational games that last for hours and hours. Forget about the graphics – in RPGs it’s all about the game play and atmosphere, pick yourself up a SNES for about 30 quid and load up your favourite story game on this wonderful console.

Best Console for Arcade Games
If you enjoyed going down to your local gaming arcade in the 80s for some coin-op action and would like to recreate this at home without spending thousands of pounds then look to buy a 16bit Sega Mega Drive. After Burner, double Dragon, NBA Jam, Street Fighter and the infamous Mortal Kombat were all mega games for the mega console.

But perhaps the most popular game of all, according to us geeks on Home Brew Heroes on the MD was Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Totally different to the Mario series where you just plodded about on platforms, Sonic as all about high octane speed. Sometimes this little furry fluff ball went so fast that the golden rings appeared and were gone in a blink of an eyelid.

For sports fans, the Mega Drive felt likes scoring the winning goal in a soccer match or sinking a 10 foot at The Masters. Games like Madden Football, PGA Golf, FIFA Football NHL Hockey and NBA Jam were all so important not just because they appealed to gamers but to also help to push video gaming as a whole to a new section of the public.

In the end, it’s down to personal choice and availability of item. You can always have a look on auction sites such as eBay and see what bundle people put together. Almost all consoles will come with a selection of games.