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Retro Gaming Systems

Some of the hottest selling items this holiday season are the retro gaming systems.  Those in the age range of ~25 to ~55 likely grew up playing games on the Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and/or Super Nintendo (SNES).  Granted, video game systems have come a long way in terms of immersive environments, complexity, and high resolution graphics; but these early gaming systems provided many of us with countless hours of fun and are now making a nostalgic comeback.

Whether you grew up playing Atari 2600 classics like Missile Command, Asteroids, Combat, Pong, Centipede, Super Breakout, Space Invaders, Haunted House, Frogger, Jungle Hunt, Bowling or any number of other Atari Classics (there are 120 games preloaded on the Atari Flashback 8 Gold), you are bound to have a blast replaying some of your classic favorites.  Take a trip down memory lane and share the joy of the comparably simpler, but every bit as engaging, games of yesteryear.

Nostalgic Gift Selection

My twenty-something son’s eyes lit up when he saw the SNES retro system on sale at one of the big box stores.  He reminisced about how he enjoyed so many of these games as a kid.  Though he’s up on the latest tech, and an avid gamer, keeping up with the latest in gaming technology, I could tell that his excitement over this system was at the same level as his interest in the latest Red Dead Redemption II game release. 

I picked this system up and couldn’t help but give it to him as an early Christmas present.  He was enthralled and we both enjoyed several hours of gameplay the very first evening, with classics like Zelda, Street Fighter II, Super Mario World, Kirby Dream Course, and Mario Kart.  My son promptly downloaded another 80+ game ROMs to the system (I’ll be adding a link to his How-To video) so that we could play even more of our SNES classic favorites.  You may also want to check out the available wireless controllers for the SNES system.

For my own sake, I plan to pick up one of the Atari Flashback systems which I know my 13 year old son will love (as will I :-).

Great Family Fun

From my own personal perspective, a lot of the more modern games are too immersive and complex for a working adult to sit down and learn/play.  These classic gaming systems offer a wide variety of exceptionally fun games that don’t rely upon controllers with umpteen buttons and complex combos to play, and don’t require countless hours of gameplay.  These systems are great when you just want to sit down and play something fun and relive your youth.  Your younger children are sure to enjoy these games as well, as you share a slice of your childhood with them.  These systems are sure to provide you and your family with countless hours of enjoyment.


About Patrick

Single father of five wonderful children. Left the hectic corporate world to start my own online business to allow me the flexibility to spend more time with my kids, while encouraging other parents to do the same: making the most of their time with their children during their formative years. For more details, go to:

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