The best retro gaming consoles currently on the market

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While the hype builds over the impending release of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, the gaming fraternity will never fail to pay homage to the classics.

Retro gaming is one the rise and a nostalgic trip down memory lane doesn’t cost nearly as much as equipping yourself with the latest tech.

Below we’ve put together a list of the best retro machines on the market and where you can find them for the cheapest price.

PlayStation Classic

At the tail end of 2018, Sony reintroduced the now retro console back onto the market. It received an overwhelmingly positive response – and now, as a result, it’s hard to get hold of with only a handful of retailers still able to stock it.

Built-in with genre-defining titles like Final Fantasy, Tekken, Grand Theft Auto, Abe’s Oddysee, Resident Evil andTom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, the cheapest place you can find it is  GAME, where they have it available for £79.99.

Super Nintendo

Like the Mega Drive, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or ‘SNES’, took two years to arrive in the UK after it’s original release in Japan.

A mini version of the console came out in 2017 and is now hard to get hold of. It’s available  here on eBay  with all “Buy-It-Now” prices set at over £100.

Game built-up include timeless titles like Mario World, Donkey Kong and the Original Legend of Zelda.

Atari

A ‘flashback’ of the classic Atari that comes with 101 games built-in has been reduced by 17%  here at Go2Games.

Available to plug-and-play on any TV, it comes with two classic (now wireless) Atari joystick controllers. Among the titles included are gaming Hall of Famers like Frogger, Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Tempest and Super Breakdown.

Originally released in 2016, the market suggests this is among one of the rarer ones you can now get your hands on.

Elsewhere in the world of Atari, you can also now purchase various handheld versions of the console.  This one from House of Fraser  has recently been reduced by nearly 50% It has a classic 2-button layout; a 2.4″ screen and comes with 50 games built into it.

Sega Mega Drive

Originally released in Japan in 1988, the Mega Drive made it’s way to the North American market in ’89 before then heading over here to Europe in 1990.

When it became available here in UK, 40,000 units of the Mega Drive were sold. At that time, they set customers back nearly £190 which, in today’s money, amounts to over £400.

Today, you can get your hands on a mini version of the console – which brings the arcade-style graphics up to a modern 720p HD resolution and has 40 games built-in for good measure – for j ust under £60 here at Argos.

The Commodore 64

The Commodore 64 was an undeniable game-changer in home computing and at the beginning of the 1980s, it outsold IBM, Apple and Atari in America.

Here in the UK, it’s success was compromised by the affordability of another of it’s competitors – the ZX Spectrum.

While they eventually had to file for bankruptcy, the Commodore 64 remains highly popular with retro gamers. Better still, affordability is no longer an issue.

Having entered the market at £64.99, you can now get hold of it for half that price here through  ‘I Want One of Those’.