Some of the greatest games were the most simple. “Mario 64,” “Street Fighter,” “Mortal Combat” and “Pokemon” found a balanced type of game play that made reputability fun. In this day and age, this type of game play is rare. These simpler games have been put aside for a more robust online experience. However, if you want a shot at your old favorite games, the following are some of the best ways to play them.
Emulators are one of the most dynamic strolls down memory lane. Emulators come in all shapes and sizes, whether it’s the Nintendo 64, the original PlayStation or a stone-age console like the NES. However, emulators are a little funky at times because they are third-party programs written, typically, by fans. You also need to make sure you’re going through a legal site that offers public domain games.
Emulator Zone is a website dedicated to the safety and fun of the emulator community. Find the console emulator you want and the games you need on its website. The install process can be a bit tricky, as most come in a zipped file. You need WinRar to access the file. Then, create a folder for your emulator and game files. Once the emulator is installed, download the games you want. You should able to access the game files directly from the emulator menu.
Smart Boy is one of those ideas you can’t believe didn’t catch on sooner. Designed like the original Game Boy, Smart Boy is a handheld shell that docks to your smartphone and lets you play the Game Boy games you know and love. Thus far only development kits are available. The release of this gadget doesn’t hit the shelves until December and the Smart Boy is only compatible with Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6.
While it remains to be seen how many games Smart Boy will deliver, heavy weights such as “Zelda,” “Pokemon” and “Bomberman” have already been tested. Smart Boy is being developed by Hyperkin, which is known for its savvy eye for retro niche markets in the gaming culture. Plus, with the grandstand reception “Pokemon Go” has received, there’s no reason older games won’t want a crack at the game that started it all.
Virtual Consoles and Classic Editions
Virtual Consoles aren’t actually virtual. Rather they are virtual marketplaces for current consoles on which you can purchase and download a host of your favorite games. Nintendo, which coined the term with it’s marketplace, offers classics like “Kirby’s Adventure,” “Mega Man” and “Final Fight.” If you’re mostly interested in NES games, Nintendo has also released a Classic Edition NES that has 30 of the most iconic games pre-loaded on the device. The downside of this, however, is that no other games can be added.
While virtual consoles and classic editions are a great way to experience your favorite games from yesteryear, don’t forget you must own a Nintendo Wii U, Xbox One or PS4 to have access to them.