Retro gaming has had a huge resurgence the past couple of years with the release of Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic Editions. At CES, I found some very cool retro game products that really brought back some memories.
My Arcade released these classic titles from Data East in miniature arcade cabinets, BurgerTime, Bad Dudes, Joe & Mac and Karate Champ. At this year’s CES, they have just announced the release of classic titles, Mappy, Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Rolling Thunder and Galaxian.
The games play pretty well, even at this small size. I had a slight issue with judging my steps off the ladders on BurgerTime, which also happened to me when playing the original arcade game. Mappy played just as I remembered it back in the day.
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The Data East Classics is in a slightly larger cabinet and contains 300 games. There is also a smaller, handheld version of this collection, along with a handheld version of Pac-Man.
My Arcade also has a line of controllers that supports the NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles. Along with these controllers is a line of small portable gaming devices, such as the Gamer Mini. The Gamer Mini resembles the old school GameBoy and includes 160 games.
Retro-Bit has a few classic gaming products in their product line on display at the Innex booth. These include: Data East All-Star Collection, Joe & Mac Ultimate Caveman Collection, Jaleco Brawler’s Pack, Data East Classic Collection, R-Type Returns collection, Super Retro Trio Plus, RES Plus, Power Stick, Go Retro Portable and Super Retro-Cade.
The Super Retro-Cade console was just release just before the new year. It features over 90 popular retro games from Capcom, Data East, Technos and Irem. I played 1943 on the system, which played similar to the original arcade version, but the only problem is that the screen is not taller like the original arcade game.
You can purchase the Super Retro-Cade on Amazon.com.
Although not really a video game, pinball machines are a bit on the retro side and Stern Pinball is still making some of the best. Guardians of the Galaxy received the pinball treatment and love how it looks and plays. Some of the pinball machines they had on display was for Star Wars and two others.
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