How to play retro video games

How to play your favourite retro video games

Much like the film industry, the video games industry is never shy about remaking its greatest hits.  If it was a huge success once, why wouldn’t it be again?  Well sadly the answer is that it rarely is, most often games companies can’t resist updating it, tweaking it and polishing it until you lose the original game, Goldeneye 007: Reloaded anyone?

So what’s the problem? If we liked those original games why don’t we just go and play them?  Well a brief phone call to your parents will reveal that your Playstation or N64 isn’t safe and sound in the attic, they went to a charity shop long before they became valuable again (and not long after you moved out).

PC gamers shouldn’t act too high and mighty here either, you may not have lost the console, but remember when you installed a 64bit operating system?  Running games in compatibility mode doesn’t work for all of them and you may well struggle to play some of the greats of yesteryear due to OS changes.

Fear not though, we’ve tracked down ways and means to play some of those all-time classics on current systems.

Nintendo Wii Virtual Console

If you’re one of the 101 million people who bought a Nintendo Wii then the virtual console contains a host of treats.  You can buy nearly all your favourite titles across the NES, SNES, Master System and Megadrive.  The option is available on the Wii U but it’s being rolled out gradually.

Sega Classics on Playstation, Xbox and Steam

Available as a bundle on both the PS3 and Xbox 360, the Sega Classics collections are well worth an investment.  For the more up to date amongst you they are available on PS4 and Xbox One but as smaller bundles so you’ll need to be more selective with your retro titles.  The bundle continues on Steam for the PC along with many other free Sega titles.

Library of games

Here’s what you’ve been waiting for, over 4000 classic games that run through your browser for free!  Thanks to the genius of DOSbox (don’t worry, you won’t have to type c:\) all the classic titles are here: Prince of Persia, Oregon Trail, Super Street Fighter 2, Doom, Sim City.

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