Console gaming, time with friends, so many incredible memories. But did you ever asked yourself? Which are the top popular retro consoles in US? If you’re shopping for a quick gift for a retro enthusiast or anyone interested in the rich history of gaming, the Atari Retro Handheld Console from Blaze is a great, easy pick. It’s a tiny, take-anywhere handheld that you could easily slip into a jacket pocket, and its rendered in attractive faux-wood paneling inspired by the original machine. Plus, best of all, it’s packed with a massive library of 50 Atari 2600 games. For around $35, it’s perfect for a last minute stocking stuffer, and bound to delight hoary devotee of the 8-bit era.
Released in 2001, the Game Boy Advance (GBA) was touted as the natural successor to the Game Boy and the Game Boy Colour. It’s hard to believe that it was released after the Playstation 2, which we’ll take a closer look at in a minute. Selling over 80 million units in its lifetime, the Game Boy Advance was eventually succeeded by the Nintendo DS. The DS is backwards compatible with GBA titles and that may be another reason for the device’s enduring popularity. It’s also the only handheld video games console on the list. See extra details on Most Popular Retro Gaming Consoles by State.
In 1989, Game Boy took the world by storm and sold 118.69 million units worldwide. The Game Boy was the pioneer of mobile gaming, which was, at one point, just as popular (if not more so) than it is today. The mere thought of being able to play Tetris on an airplane in the palm of your hands with stereo sound was exhilarating. During its lifetime, Game Boy would face and beat multiple contenders in the mobile gaming market like Sega’s Game Gear and the Atari Lynx. Its launch included hit titles like Super Mario Land, Baseball and Tetris. Players could even buy a cable link to play multiplayer games. Along the way, the chubby grey console got a smaller model called the Game Boy Pocket and a colored iteration called the Game Boy Color. If you’ve ever wondered why games are on smartphones, just look to the Game Boy.
If you’ve given up on trying to find the SNES or NES Classic, or are looking for another all-in-one system to complement it, Retro-Bit’s Super Retro-Cade is another solid option for casual gamers. It packs a hefty 90 games—a mix of console and arcade titles—all of which are officially licensed from Capcom, Data East, Irem and Technos. As with Nintendo’s consoles, those games all get upscaled for HDTVs, although PCMag didn’t find the Retro-Bit to do quite as good a job at the conversion (you’ll still get far better results than you will plugging in an old NES, however).
Analogue’s Super NT and Mega SG hardware revives the Super NES and SEGA Genesis, respectively. Each one comes with fantastic, freshly-designed cases that are smaller and more appealing than the originals, while still being fully compatible with original game cartridges and controllers. And yeah, you can use those 30-year-old, dusty controllers all you want…but these clones also come with brand new wireless replicas from 8BitDo, which has already cemented its reputation as an excellent retro hardware supplier. And of course, each one will output your original games in glorious 1080p over an HDMI cable.