The best mini game consoles
Thanks to the best mini gaming devices on the market, more and more gamers are discovering the joys of retro gaming consoles. All the big names have released mini versions of their most popular devices and packed them with some of the best games pre-installed for your convenience.
All of these mini gaming devices are quite cheap, especially considering the large number of titles they have accumulated. They are identical in all respects to the original home video game consoles, only smaller and easier to carry around.
Here are the 12 best mini consoles on the market right now, along with links to buy them. The best thing that you can do is to add a classic console to your collection today and enjoy your favorite games from the golden age of the videogames industry!
The Atari Mini Arcade is ranked #12 on our list of the best mini game consoles of all time. It’s a miniature recreation of the sweaty arcade past.
If you are lucky enough to receive one of these consoles as a gift or give it to yourself, it comes pre-installed with five games, including the mighty Centipede!
It’s an officially licensed Atari product, so you don’t have to worry about buying a knockoff that will break the first time you use it; with a 2.8″ screen and detachable joystick.
The Game Boy Mini are becoming increasingly popular.
The Game Boy Color Mini is only 9 inches tall and many include preloaded ROMs for several home consoles like the DMG, GBC, GBA, and NES, which gives it a very good size to take with you as to be able to play all the games that you remember from your childhood.
Rounding out our top 10 mini game consoles is Sega’s new Game Gear Micro. Celebrating Sega’s 60th anniversary, the Game Gear Micro comes in four different colors, each with a different game to play.
If you are one of those who like to collect the best retro handhelds, then this release will be right up your alley. The new micro handhelds can also be used with the micro version of the large window magnifier used by the original Game Gear.
Here’s what we know about the different colors of the consoles.
Black: Outrun, Puyo Puyo Tsu, Royal Stone, Sonic the Hedgehog
Blue: Bakubaku Animal: Sekai Seikugakari Senki, Gunstar Heroes, Sonic & Tails, Sylvan Tails
Yellow: Riddle Puyo: Aruru no Rou, Shining Force, Shining Force II, Shining Force: The Final Battle
Red: Columns, G.G. Shinobi, Megami Tensei Gaiden. The Last Bible, Megami Tensei Gaiden. The Last Bible Special.
There is no word on if or when the console will be released outside of Japan.
Pre-orders for the different color units have already started, so click the link above to order yours from Amazon Japan only. You can use Google Translator to help you move across the japanese website.
The Atari Flashback 8 Gold comes with 120 built-in games. If you want to relive some of the great games from the golden age of gaming combined with classic joystick action, this could be the mini console for you.
What could be better than playing games like Pitfall, Desert Falcon, River Raid and Jungle Hunt in 720p HD on your TV? This bundle includes many of the familiar MAME games, and thanks to the wireless controller, you can play them from the comfort of your couch.
Sega’s Astro City Mini is another Japanese version of the classic Astro City arcade cabinet in tabletop size. The full-size cabinet is one of Sega’s proudest achievements and is still playable in arcades today!
Like the Neo Geo, the original Astro City had games that could only be played in arcades, but now you can play them at home in your underwear. It comes with a total of 36 games, which puts it on par with many other machines on this list of the best mini-console. You can choose from titles like Alien Syndrome, Columns II, Virtua Fighter, not to mention several exclusives including Dark Edge.
SEGA ASTRO CITY Mini Console reviews
Konami is to thank for the next entry in this list of the best mini-console this TurboGrafix-16 Mini in this article. Modeled after the original TurboGrafix-16, this console comes with 59 different games.
This new mini-console is half the size of the original and has room to plug in not one, but two controllers. Experience games like Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Fantasy Zone, New Adventure, Island, Victory Run and more. You can even ditch the wired controller and use this wireless controller from 8Bitdo instead!
40 games in a miniature handy case. This NeoGeo Mini International is absolutely epic and bursting with retro arcade flair. it has a 3.5″” LCD screen, so you don’t need to connect it to your TV. However, there is an HDMI output if you want to watch your favorite games on the big screen.
Like the Astro City Mini, it has a built-in joystick controller and stereo speakers. You can also save and load games, so there’s no need to abandon your progress when you leave the arcade! Speaking of games, you can replay classics like King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Metal Slug and more!
Next on our list of the best mini-gamers is the Commodore 64 Mini with 720p HD output. Who would have thought it! This mini console is different from the others on this list because it can be used as both a home computer and a game console. That’s two consoles for the price of one!
The C64 Mini can also be upgraded with a flash drive; 64 games are pre-installed and players can use the keyboard or two USB joysticks for multiplayer action. The console runs in a 4:3 aspect ratio and full width, and there are also options for European and American display modes (whatever that is!).
Look at this box! Sega has kept everything as close to the original box as possible with the Sega Mega Drive Mini game console. American readers will know it as the Sega Genesis Mini, but to me it will always be the Mega Drive.
Inside the box, you will find the Sega Mega Drive Mini itself, two classic wired controllers, a power cable, and an HDMI cable.
What better way to play your favorite Sega classics than in beautiful HD? Includes 40 classic titles such as the Shinobi series, Sonic 1 and 2, Spinball, Ecco the Dolphin, Street Fighter 2 and more.
The console that started it all made Nintendo stand out from the crowd. This NES Classic Mini console fits in the palm of your hand and is ultra portable. It comes with 30 of the best games of all time, including Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Pac-Man and more.
Each game has four game-breaking options so you can pick up right where you left off. The console looks stunning, as do the games in crisp HD; two types of controllers can be used, and will even work with certain classic games.
It was an agonizing decision between number two and number one on this list of best mini game consoles, but I put the PlayStation Classic at number two. The console comes pre-installed with 20 games, but with the Tru Blu Mini pack, you can increase that number to 101 games. That’s more than on the original PlayStation.
Even without the expansion pack, the classic PlayStation still includes great titles like Final Fantasy VII, Grand Theft Auto, and Resident Evil: Director’s Cut. The classic controller still feels great, and the console itself is a perfect mini replica of the original PS1. You get two wired controllers in the package, and the console uses virtual memory to store the games.
At the top of the list of best mini game consoles is the SNES Classic Mini, which comes preloaded with 21 of the best games ever published for the console: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Star Fox, Yoshi’s Island, F-Zero, Earthbound, and many more.
The SNES Mini comes with two controllers for the ultimate multiplayer experience. Suspend points allow you to save your games and return to difficult levels without having to leave the console all night. The Mini looks just like the classic SNES, only smaller overall, and can be placed in a carrying case for safe transport.
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