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  • Matthews
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    In recent years, retro gaming has ceased to be the preserve of a handful of classic game enthusiasts. Nintendo released the NES Mini and SNES Mini, Microsoft added compatibility with the original Xbox games to the Xbox One, Sony entered the market with the PlayStation Classic (albeit a highly controversial one) and Sega is working on the Mega Drive Mini. All mini consoles are great out-of-the-box solutions that require no extra investment or exploration of auctions. Bought, plugged in and you can play your favourite childhood classics in peace.

    However, collectors who prefer not emulators but the original hardware have not yet disappeared. Such people buy dusty cartridges every month and have forgotten how to play free slot machine games online and are willing to pay substantial sums to fill the gaps in their collection.

    In the last year and a half I've had six consoles in my house, and the total number of games has passed the two hundred mark.

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  • mueller0ne
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    I also have Mega Drive and nearly 5 days. I think that it iwll come time when I'll play it again.

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  • beccabear67
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    I have an Atari with various game cartridges from the early '80s. I wonder if it'd still work? I'd have to figure out how to attach it to a modern flat screen television though. I used to love some of the games for it; Adventure, Haunted House, Casino, Yar's Revenge, Dolphin, Asteroids, Frost Bite, Pit Fall...

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  • spuggybridge
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    Got games for Most of them however I haven't got any games for the GX4000, I have got 3 games for the Panasonic 3DO a few for the VIC20 and one for the Mattel Aquarius even though I don't own these machines

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  • Zincubus
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    Originally posted by Nuggy14 View Post
    I still have a Mega Drive and a few games, i don't play it now but i had many hours of fun with it.
    Does anyone remember the Master System? My friend has one that she's keeping for when her son is old enough to play it, it has a few built-in games which is a good start. [emoji5]
    The Master Sytem was fabulous !

    The best game for it is/was Castle of Illusion !!

    Itís prob about 99p on eBay now


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  • Danniella
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    I still have a Mega Drive and a few games, i don't play it now but i had many hours of fun with it.
    Does anyone remember the Master System? My friend has one that she's keeping for when her son is old enough to play it, it has a few built-in games which is a good start. ☺

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  • Zincubus
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    Originally posted by Mulletino View Post
    Nice!

    I would love a C64 again but am too put off by the power supply / recap requirements. When that new "The C64" comes out i'll get one of those instead, then I can pretend I have a proper one and use it on my modern TV with minimal fuss.
    Iíve recently dusted off our N64 and played a couple of Star Wars games ..


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  • Mulletino
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    Originally posted by absinthe_boy View Post
    I don't know if it counts as a collection but I have....

    Sinclair ZX81 (possibly world's oldest working example, original klutzed ROM dated March 1981)
    Sinclair ZX81 (dated 1982)
    Sinclair Spectrum 48K issue 2
    Commodore 64
    Atari 520STFM
    Mac Color Classic

    The older ZX81 and the Speccy are still in regular use, with modern SD card adaptors in place of cassette loading. The C64 was last fired up August 2018 for a fun bank holiday with friends...every single floppy disc still worked. The ST hasn't been run in around 20 years, the Mac a decade.
    Nice!

    I would love a C64 again but am too put off by the power supply / recap requirements. When that new "The C64" comes out i'll get one of those instead, then I can pretend I have a proper one and use it on my modern TV with minimal fuss.

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  • absinthe_boy
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    I don't know if it counts as a collection but I have....

    Sinclair ZX81 (possibly world's oldest working example, original klutzed ROM dated March 1981)
    Sinclair ZX81 (dated 1982)
    Sinclair Spectrum 48K issue 2
    Commodore 64
    Atari 520STFM
    Mac Color Classic

    The older ZX81 and the Speccy are still in regular use, with modern SD card adaptors in place of cassette loading. The C64 was last fired up August 2018 for a fun bank holiday with friends...every single floppy disc still worked. The ST hasn't been run in around 20 years, the Mac a decade.

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  • trip2themoon
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    Originally posted by Twocky61 View Post
    I still have a Dragon 32 & NES Nintendo 8 bit & Super Nintendo

    Of all my old systems that I have hooked up just now my NES has the smallest game collection. I only have 16 games for it. But they are all good games that I like to play over and over again. That new NES mini is a massive let down. You can fit an entire NES ROMset on one CD but the NES mini only has 30 games built in. A fair amount are the games that are lowest on the list for collectors like me when they buy the cartridges. Built in games like the original Donkey Kong, Mario Bros (the one before Super Mario bros) Galaga and Techmo Bowl are ones that will hardly be played. The Mario games I have for my GBA come with Mario Bros as a bonus but it's a very limited and basic game that when I do play it I never play it for more than a few minutes. I think Nintendo could have done a bit better. It has Konami and Capcom games on it so I don't see why they couldn't have put all 5 Mega Men on it as well as the likes of all three Castlevanias, the two Turtles games and others by those big Japanese game makers. Off the top of my head I can't think of any other Konami games on the NES but Konami were always bringing out fantastic games on the NES and SNES. The Mini does have Contra/Probotector on it.

    Since it's emulation they could have added a micro SD slot so you could add games or they could have had it wifi ready like the Wii so you could buy additional games. I don't understand the NES owners who have went out and bought the Mini. If you have the original console you would have been better off buying the NES Everdrive, that way you can put your ROMset on to a micro SD card and you'll also be running your games on the original hardware. With stock of the Mini being quite limited I read some stories about fights in American Toys R Us shops where there's no purchase limit so the guy at the front of the queue says "give me 5 Minis" that kills of the remaining stock so next in the queue misses out. You can pretty much guarantee that at this time of year at least 4 of the Minis that greedy scumbag bought ended up on Ebay.

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  • Twocky61
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    I still have a Dragon 32 & NES Nintendo 8 bit & Super Nintendo

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  • darren
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    To be honest i dont/havent had many problems with tapes.
    The gamecube was very bad when it ca
    me to discs think my bro had 2 replace his gc twice but not 100 per cent certain but once for certain.


    Originally posted by richard1978 View Post
    i remember being told the original playstation had drive problems which had been sorted out by the time of the psone.

    In the end cartridges cost too much to make compared to discs, at least that was nintendo's excuse to stop using them after the n64.

    I'm surprised you still like tapes considering the potential for load errors, especially from 20/30 year old tapes & decks.

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  • Mulletino
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    It'll be all cloud based gaming with subscriptions instead of purchases. That seems to be the way everything else is going.

    Gone are the days of hunting that elusive record/game/movie, nowadays kids just pay a sub and they have access to everything.

    Still it'll make moving out easy for them, my records weigh a tonne, as does all my gaming stuff!

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  • trip2themoon
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    Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
    I remember being told the original Playstation had drive problems which had been sorted out by the time of the PSOne.

    In the end cartridges cost too much to make compared to discs, at least that was Nintendo's excuse to stop using them after the N64.

    I'm surprised you still like tapes considering the potential for load errors, especially from 20/30 year old tapes & decks.

    I think that within the next 10 to 15 years disc based (and maybe even any console) console gaming will be completely dead. The Xbox One and the PS4 are already pretty much obsolete and have been superseded by the PS4 Pro and Xbox 1 S. Consoles that are barely 2 years old being pushed out. The 32 Bits like the PS1 and Saturn had been out for several years but you still had new games coming out for the Mega drive and SNES. Both 16 bits were still being supported up til 1998. That's a 10 year life span for the MD and 8 years for the SNES. With cartridge based systems you could enhance the technology by adding new custom chips to the game's chip board (late in life SNES games like Yoshi's Island and Donkey Kong Country 3 are amazing looking even to this day).

    Nowadays a console is pretty much obsolete as soon as you get it home and £400 for a new system every couple of years is a lot of money. Within the next decade I think every one will turn to the PC for all their gaming. Modern TVs offer a socket to hook up your PC to and many PCs now have the HDMI output as well. With PCs being so easily upgradeable and the consoles being so short in their lifespans before a more powerful option becomes available I think console gaming is on its last legs. Remember the bad old days when a PC was about a grand and you only had one usable fire button on its joystick? You could get an Amiga or ST for less than half the price and thousands of cheap pirate games were readily available.

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  • trip2themoon
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    Out of curiosity I just looked up boxed NESs on Ebay. Some people are wanting over £250 for the Mario 3 pack. The one for £250 is the Challenge Set but mine is the Control Deck which seems to be less expensive. I don't really know what the difference is though.

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