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Play Your Old Video Game Favorites In New Ways

For anyone who’s ever dabbled in video game nostalgia, there’s never been a better time to go after your old favorites.

Sometimes, it’s nice to enjoy something classic. Classic books. Classic movies. Classic video games.

(And no, to all you Gen-Z's leering at me for wanting to live my glory days of N64 parties, I like modern games just fine! I can learn new tricks! This old dog can play new video games!) 

So whether you were raised on classic systems and are looking to recapture your glory days, or you want to take a break from all the pixels of your PS5 and see how games used to be played, you’ve got plenty of options.  

The Best New Ways To Play Old Games

Though we’re sure the arcade still has your classic Streefighters and Time Crisis editions, we’re looking at the ways you can bring your old favorites to life in your home.

  • Virtual Consoles - If you’ve got a new-fangled system like the Nintendo Switch or PlayStation, you’re only a few clicks away from your favorite games. With the recently expanded Nintendo Switch Online now featuring Sega games and N64 (along with NES and SNES) and Playstation Now offering 700 PS2, PS3, and PS4 games, all it takes is a download, installation, and small monthly subscription.

  • Classic Consoles - If you like the idea of having a dedicated console that’s also not reliant on internet access, you might like the idea of investing in some classic console nostalgia. With available consoles like Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, PlayStation, and Atari 2600, you can party like it’s 1980 all over again.

  • Mobile Ports - Now if you’re getting greedy and want to have your classic video games in the most convenient format possible, you can check your local, neighborhood app store and see which of your favorite classics have been re-engineered (and just how well that process has gone). Games like Sonic, Doom, and Mega Man have all found new lives, to varying degrees of success and of quality. Even more recent classics like Grand Theft Auto and Final Fantasy have found mobile homes.

Whether you play your games on consoles that are 15 years old (an achievement in itself!) or you play 15-year-old games on your brand new cell phone, the love of gaming will ensure there’s always a space for retro games in the modern world.

What about you? What’s your go-to way to get a classic game fix nowadays?

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