Retro is all the rage right now, and that's great news for your old school pals. There's more merchandise, consoles and nostalgia items for retro gamers than you can shake a stick at, now. From throwback controllers to mini arcades and board games, there's plenty of solid options for great retro gifts.
These Retro Arcade machines can be found in junk shops everywhere. While your retro gamer friend might not have any attachment to the 300+ shonky knock-off games housed within, the machines do a great job of replicating the feeling of wandering down to your local Timezone as a child and popping your hard-earned cents into a dusty cabinet. Plus, the games are usually close enough to the real thing that you can get at least some measure of joy out of them.
8Bitdo make fantastic controllers, and this replica SNES controller is no exception. It's fully functional, and compatible with Mac, Windows and Android operating systems, as well as the Nintendo Switch. That's great news for Switch owners who enjoy playing retro games on their consoles, and with the use of an emulator, you can get the same feeling on any computer. Bring on the good old days with this nifty and well-designed controller.
This little device isn't just a controller, it's also a retro game emulator, complete with AV jacks. I mention this only because this may mean the device is incompatible with modern televisions unless a port converter is used. But if do get ut working, this Pac-Man shaped console will let you play some of Bandai's classic games, including Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Galaga and Dig Dug. There's 12 games in total, so there's plenty of gaming to enjoy here, and it's in a great little package.
The Pixel Pals lights come in a variety of different 8-bit characters from gaming and pop culture, like Mario, Ryu and Ratchet. These lights look awesome, and are made up of LED pixel-ly goodness. They work as a night light, or just a fun accessory for a gaming set-up, but they're sure to charm with their cute retro style.
The PlayStation Classic was released to little fanfare in 2018, in part due to a "poor" line-up of games. Yes, the console excluded iconic titles like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, but with remasters of both releasing the same year, it kinda makes sense that they were missing. The console has now dropped significantly in price, and still features some fantastic titles that are sure to make any retro gamer happy, including Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Oddworld and Rayman.
If your budget is even bigger again, you could consider a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite as a great retro gift. The console has a great little service called Nintendo Switch Online that lets subscribers play classic NES and SNES games including The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros., Star Fox and Super Metroid (just to name a few). There's even an ultra cool retro controller that's available exclusively for subscribers to the service to purchase.
Boss Monster is a cracker of a board game, and it's inspired directly by retro game play and aesthetics. Basically, it's a card game where you take the role of 8-bit video game monsters as you attempt to destroy heroes by building the most dangerous dungeons for them to travel. Each card features stunning video game-style art, and it's a genuine delight to play. Anyone nostalgic for the good old days of gaming should have a blast with this game.
There's never been a better time to be a retro gamer, and with these great throwback gifts, you're sure to make any retro gaming fiend happy.
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