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If your kids are into video games any­way, bond with and/or hor­rify them by show­ing them the an­cient video games you had to deal with as a child. There are a few ways to do this: You can get an Atari sim­u­la­tor at Tar­get for about $40, and Nin­tendo has re­leased new (and tiny) “Clas­sic Edi­tion” plug-and-play ver­sions of its NES and Su­per Nin­tendo con­soles ($60 and $80 re­spec­tively). The NES Clas­sic Edi­tion comes pre­loaded with 30 games, in­clud­ing Su­per Mario Bros. 3, Metroid, The Leg­end of Zelda, Dr. Mario, and Castl­e­va­nia. The Su­per NES Clas­sic has Street Fighter II, Su­per Mario World, Su­per Mario Kart, and Su­per Metroid. Best part: Both let you save points, so hit­ting the power but­ton no longer means oblit­er­at­ing your progress! Bonus: If your kids are into Minecraft, the graph­ics and game­play on a Su­per Nin­tendo will seem like some im­pos­si­ble magic from the fu­ture. (If you’re not bad with bits, build yourself a de­vice called a Rasp­berry Pi, a bare-bones hock­ey­puck-size com­puter onto which you can down­load ba­si­cally any game re­leased be­tween 1975 and 1996. We ad­vo­cate only down­load­ing games you paid for, of course. But for un­der $100 and with a lit­tle bit of Googling, you can ac­cess an en­tire Ready Player One’s worth of clas­sic gam­ing.)

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