Retro Video Games You Can Just Plug Into Your TV and Start Playing

Relive your childhood!

Girl and boy playing video game.
Pair that retro video game console with a record player, and you’re a bona fide cool kid.Ketut Subiyanto, Pexels

If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, then you likely spent a lot of time with Pac Man, Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Brothers. And while video games of today are a mind-blowing experience with lifelike graphics, there’s nothing like the nostalgia of the games from your youth. Now if you held onto your original Atari or Nintendo, the bad news is may not connect or look quite right. But the good news is opting for plug and play retro game consoles instantly gives you access to all those beloved classic games (and their old school controllers).

Sega Genesis Mini - Genesis

Iconic Gaming

Includes two wired controllers, power cable, USB adapter and HDMI cable.SEGA

From Sonic the Hedgehog to Castlevania, those who grew up on Sega will have a tough time choosing which of the 40 classic games included in this mini console to play first. Each game includes a bio with important facts for a little retro history lesson too.

Classic Mini Retro Game Console with Built-in 620 Games and 2 Classic Controllers, AV Output Video Games for Kids, Children Gift, Birthday Gift Happy Childhood Memories

Nostalgic Look

Other games include Contra, Tetris 2, PAC-Man and Street Fighter.CZHOON

If you grew up on the classic Nintendo, this mini version takes you right back to your childhood living room. It hits every original detail down to the controllers. Get your crew together for Super Mario tournaments or to solve the Legend of Zelda.

Atari Flashback 8 Gold Console HDMI 120 Games 2 Wireless Controllers

Arcade Play

Also includes two paddles for paddle-specific games like Warlords.Atari

Atari was the original ’80s gaming console that goes way back—your dad may even have fond memories of playing it. But one thing that wasn’t part of the ’80s system? Wireless joysticks or the ability to pause, save and rewind your games. The plug and play adds those little modern touches without losing any of the sentimentality of its 120 games, including Asteroids, Kaboom!, Pit Fall! and Space Invaders.

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