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If you play games since you were a kid, surely you must have passed by consoles that are considered classics nowadays. Each one with its own characteristics, they can still be found today.

In the mood to play an old video game again? Or to have that feeling you had when you finished that game years ago? Check out our guide and remember some models, see how much they cost, what are their advantages and disadvantages and where you can buy them.




Summary

  • Old video games are incredible for reminding us of childhood games.
    Classics, you can find some models both in their original version and in special re-release editions.
  • They are also a very cool option to collect, creating a true museum of relics.
  • Finding the original versions can be a bit of a challenge, but there are specific shops, such as game shops (both physical and online), that sell some options.
  • You can find the old video games and various prices and they may vary according to the model.

The Best Old Video Games: Our Picks

Nothing is more nostalgic than playing a game on that videogame that marked your childhood! Check out some old consoles below and find out if it's worth investing in one.

Buying Guide

Nothing like having fun playing your favorite video game, right? Although there are some very modern options these days, with the best in videos and graphics, old video games end up bringing back a nice, nostalgic feeling of the past.

If you thought you would never play on an old console again, rest assured! Some versions have been re-released and are now on the market - and you can still find originals for sale. Find out more about what they offer.

Imagem mostra um quarto e um menino sentado no sofá jogando videogame

Some versions of old video games have been re-released and adapted for the present day (Source: Rhett Noonan/ Unsplash)

What was the first video game in history?

Did you know that the first home console in history was the Magnavox Odyssey? Created in 1972, it was developed by Ralph Baer from a prototype started in 1966.

This videogame was a digital console, which used an analog video output circuit, due to the fact that the televisions of the time were analog, and had an analog joystick.

Adding the Odyssey and its updates, the console had a total of 33 games.

To learn how to connect old video games in modern TV, watch this video, with over 110 thousand views, which teaches how to do.

Curiosities of old videogames

Each console has its own particularities and characteristics. Do you know what are the main curiosities of the old video games listed in this guide? Check out some of them in the table below!

Atari Super Nintendo Nintendo NES Mega Drive
Year of creation 1977 1990 1983 1988
Design Console and analog joystick Console and wired control Console and wired control Console and wired control
Units sold (at the time) 30 million 49.10 million 61.91 million 40 million
Manufacturer Atari Nintendo Nintendo Sega

What are the advantages and disadvantages of old video games?

The coolest advantage of playing an old video game is to regain the nostalgia and remember the games from the past.

Another positive point is the fact that the versions re-released nowadays are practically the same as the old ones, but with updated technologies.

It is also very interesting to collect old video games, creating a true museum of relics.
However, the original versions of yesteryear can be found for considerably higher prices, if compared to the values of current video games.

Another disadvantage is that if the console or some accessory breaks, the search for a repair or part will be more complicated.

See the table below these advantages and disadvantages in a comparative manner and know if it is worth investing in this product.

Advantages
  • Bring back the nostalgia and remember past games
  • Rereleased versions are almost identical to the old ones, but with updated technologies
  • Collectible, creating a true museum of relics
Disadvantages
  • Original versions may have considerably high prices
  • In case of breakage, the search for repair or part will be more complicated

Buying criteria: How old video games compare

There are some criteria that are essential for you to choose between one console and another. To help you in this task, we have raised some points for you to take into consideration.

See below what they are:

Now, take a detailed look at each of the factors that can influence your purchase.

Brand

The brand is a factor that always ends up influencing the purchase and many people choose the videogame by this criterion.

There are fans of Nintendo, Sega and the classic Atari. Each brand has its models and each console has its characteristics. If you are used to a specific one, it is common to end up choosing some console of the company, for example.

Model

Like the brand, the model is also an important point to be taken into account when buying. Prefer a video game with joystick? Go Atari.

Or do you like the games available from Sega? The alternative is to choose the Mega Drive. Each video game has its own particularities and each model will deliver something specific.

Imagem mostra um console Mega Drive preto

The Mega Drive, from Sega, comes with a control that fits in your hands

Design

Design can also be an influencing factor, as it is linked to the shape of the console, its size, accessories, inputs and connectors,

More compact models or large options. CD, cartridge, tape. Ergonomic control, with several buttons, or classic joystick with only one button.

All these details are related to the design of the old video game and end up, like it or not, being a decisive criterion for its acquisition.

Year of manufacture

As we are talking about old video games, the year in which it was released is a feature that counts a lot.
You may be wanting a console from the 1970s, or something more "recent", manufactured in 1990. Each generation had its most popular models and they have some detail that, at the time, was considered novelty.

Although all video games on this list are considered old, they are from different decades and this opens up a little more options for you to choose.

Price

The price is also, obviously, a factor in the decision. You may be in a good financial time, able to invest in the coolest edition of an old video game.

You can be sure that you will find options with higher prices, but that are in great condition (in case it is an original console of the time) or relaunched super-special editions.

But if you are looking for an old console just to play once in a while, to have some fun or even to have it as a collection, you can also find old consoles much cheaper in thrift stores, for example.

The important thing is to know that this is a vintage product and the values may have a number of implications. But for sure you will find the ideal, that is within your pocket and your expectations.

(Featured image source: Giorgio Trovato/ Unsplash)

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