Nintendo's NES Classic Edition looks like it will be an interesting console, but may not the right fit for many consumers. Its limited library and inability to add new games besides the ones it comes with is going to be a burden for retro enthusiasts. If you're in the market for a retro console, but the originals are too costly for you, our replica systems are exactly what you're looking for. Replica systems allow you to play all your favorite games, but since they're made today, only cost a fraction of the price of an original system. So here are our top 5 favorites..
- 2 NES ports
- 2 SNES ports
- Compatible with NES, SNES, and Super Famicom cartridges
The Retron 2 is a good system to start with. It allows you to play games from 2 of the most popular retro systems, but you only get one controller for NES games and one for SNES games so you will have to pick up an extra controller if you want to play with a friend.
- Plays NES, SNES, and Genesis cartridges
- Two wireless controllers
The Retron 3 is a step up from the Retron 2, not only with its ability to play Genesis games, but with its wireless controllers as well. It's a solid system at a reasonable price.
- 2 replica controllers with "slow" and "turbo" modes
The Retron1 is the most affordable replica system available, however it's limited by only playing NES games.
- Plays Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Famicom, Super Famicom, NES, SNES, Genesis, and Megadrive cartridges
- 2 NES ports, 2 SNES ports, 2 Genesis ports
- HDMI output at 720p
The Retron 5 offers the most options of all the replica systems. It supports cartridges from 9 different systems! It even allows the use of cheats through an SD card. It also offers screenshot capture, and the ability to have on the fly save states. While it costs at least twice as much as the other replicas, it's able to offer many more options.
- Compatible with most NES, SNES, and Super Famicom games
- 2 replica SNES controllers
Here at DKOldies, the FC2 Slim is our favorite replica system. We prefer the feel of its controllers over the other systems, and since you get 2 SNES replica controllers, 2 players can play both NES and SNES games. So whether you're looking at a high end replica like the Retron5, or a simpler option like the Retron1, now you've got all the info you need to make an educated purchase.
We also offer a variety of these system in 'paks' that come with games included such as the Retron 1 Mario Puzzle Pak. It comes with 3 awesome NES games and at only $79.99 it makes for a great gift. As always you'll receive:
- Free Shipping on orders over $25
- 120 day warranty