01 PlayStation Classic
$149.99 • Sony www.playstation.com/en-au/ Nintendo were on to something with their NES and SNES minis, and Sony appears to have been paying attention, so come Dec 3rd, you’ll be able to snap up the PlayStation Classic... POWERED UP: Promising 20 of “the best” games from the original PlayStation, the list revealed so far shows TEKKEN 3 and Final Fantasy VII amongst others! It’s about a quarter the size of its progenitor, comes with two controllers, and a USB cable. PLAYED OUT: No included power source, and highly likely to sell out, if it hasn’t already by the time you read this.
02 Nintendo Switch Wireless NES Controller
$90 • Nintendo www. nintendo. com Not to be outdone in the retro console arena, Nintendo has also announced a couple of wireless NES controllers for the Switch, so you can play those classics the way Cernunnos intended: uncomfortably, with their impression gouged into your hands for days. POWERED UP: Two controllers in the pack, wireless, rechargeable, and with L and R shoulder buttons! PLAYED OUT: You have to be a Switch Online member to get these with only one purchase allowed per Nintendo Account, and you must be on a *paid* Switch Online membership, not a trial. Ouch.
03 Quarter Size PAC-MAN Arcade
$300 • Geekstore www.geekstore.com Let’s continue the trip down memory lane with this PAC-MAN arcade cabinet from Numskull! POWERED UP: Officially licensed product, and true-to-life replica, at one quarter the size, measuring around 17x8x6 inches! Will be limited to only 10k units. PLAYED OUT: One wonders how durable this will be at the reduced size. Are our huge ham-hands going to ruin it? Should we just keep it in the packaging and hope it funds our retirement one day? Are our wallets now mysteriously 300 dollars lighter? Who will answer these important questions?
04 Polymega Retro Console
$400 • Polymega polymega.com MOAR NOSTALGIA!!! POWERED UP: Plays CD games including PS1, Turbografx CD, Sega CD, Neo Geo CD, and Sega Saturn, while cartridge games are supported with add-on modules for Genesis, Turbografx 16, SNES and NES, that slot in – each of these has five games pre-loaded and comes with a controller. Games can be installed on the unit, and it’s also completely region free, so you can play games from anywhere. PLAYED OUT: Neat idea, but it’s really only for those with existing retro game collections that they can’t or don’t want to play on their original consoles.
05 Love Hulten OriginX
$4800 • Love Hulten www.lovehulten.com You may have noticed a retro gaming trend this Hotware, and so far this we’ve featured relatively affordable gear. So here’s something you will never own, from our favourite premium designer console makers, Love Hulten! POWERED UP: Hand crafted with love (and …hulten?), this slim wall-mounted homage to the Pong cabinet features walnut housing, a yellow façade, and a control panel made from aluminium. Capable of storing over 10,000 emulated games, it has a USB interface through which you can load your favourites. PLAYED OUT: Well look, it’s the price, obviously. You’d need to have some very serious retro love to justify this spend, but wow, it is beautiful!
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