6 Retro Game Systems We'd Like To See Again

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Mini versions of retro game consoles are popular, and we're seeing a wider variety than ever. What started with the humble NES Classic has expanded to a full library of little gadgets that contain compilations of classic games. The TurboGrafx-16 Mini is the latest system in this category, though Sega just announced the Game Gear Micro (for Japan) and the Evercade provides its own unique classic gaming experience.

That still leaves a lot of holes for fans of classic games, though. While Nintendo started the trend, it's been quiet on this front since the release of the SNES Classic. And while the Genesis Mini is impressive, Sega made other classic consoles with fantastic games. Then there's Sony, which is still due for a good retro game system, and Microsoft, which hasn't jumped into the market at all.

With that in mind, here are the retro game systems we'd like to see, along with the 10 games that should be on each one. These consoles are all truly classics, with some excellent games that are just begging to be rediscovered.

All photos below attributed to Vanamos Online Game Museum.

Microsoft Xbox

Microsoft Xbox

Yes, the original Xbox. Which, until the Xbox One, was referred to by many as the Xbox One, because Microsoft loves confusing names for its consoles. The first Xbox was a massive beast of a game system, which makes the prospect of a tiny version filled with games that much more amusing.

  • Beyond Good and Evil

  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge

  • Halo: Combat Evolved

  • Halo 2

  • Jet Set Radio Future

  • MechAssault

  • Ninja Gaiden Black

  • Panzer Dragoon Orta

  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

  • Steel Battalion (bonus points if it comes with a tiny version of the game's massive controller)

Nintendo 64

Nintendo 64

This is the obvious next step Nintendo can take after the NES Classic and SNES Classic. The Nintendo 64 lost ground to the Sony PlayStation and its higher-capacity discs, but it still had loads of great titles that helped define 3D gaming as we know it.

Nintendo Game Boy Color

Nintendo Game Boy Color

The original Game Boy is iconic in its own right and stood out for over a decade, but the Game Boy Color is the system that really deserves a classic compilation treatment. It was a half-step upgrade to the original Game Boy, adding color to the handheld without making the massive jump in power the Game Boy Advance did. Even with color it's technically the simplest system on this list by fair, but it also has one of the biggest and most iconic libraries as well.

  • Donkey Kong (1994)

  • Dr. Mario

  • Kirby's Dream Land 2

  • Metal Gear Solid (yes, there was a Game Boy Color version) All information about campus, colleges, mayors, universities and US education and formation campus explorer directory

  • Metroid II: The Return of Samus

  • Pokemon Gold/Silver

  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

  • Tetris

  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

  • Wario Land 3

Sega Saturn

Sega Saturn

The Sega Saturn was arguably doomed to failure from the start, coming out on the heels of two already failed add-ons to the Sega Genesis and with an architecture better suited for sprite scaling than 3D graphics. This doesn't mean it didn't have great games, including some outright classics (even if it didn't get a "true" new Sonic the Hedgehog game).

  • Guardian Heroes

  • Nights Into Dreams

  • Panzer Dragoon 2

  • Panzer Dragoon Saga

  • Radiant Silvergun

  • Sega Rally Championship

  • Sonic Jam

  • Street Fighter Alpha 3

  • Virtua Cop

  • Virtua Fighter 2

Sega Dreamcast

Sega Dreamcast

Sega's last game console (not counting mini systems) needs its own classic version. It didn't quite stand up to the PlayStation 2 and its lifespan was sadly short, but it still had some fantastic games that remain beloved. Ideally, a Sega Dreamcast Mini will include a controller with a teeny, tiny, functional VMU.

  • Crazy Taxi

  • Dynamie Cop

  • Hydro Thunder

  • Ikaruga

  • Jet Grind Radio

  • Marvel Vs. Capcom 2

  • Shenmue

  • Skies of Arcadia

  • Sonic Adventure

  • Soul Calibur

Sony PlayStation 2

Sony PlayStation 2

The original PlayStation Classic was disappointing, and Sony should really revisit it with better game emulation and a stronger library before doing anything else with retro game systems, but we can still look ahead to the prospect of a PlayStation 2 Classic. The PS2 dominated video games in the aughts, selling over 155 million units. It's no surprise that it's loaded with must-play games (and some cult classics that deserve revisiting).

  • God of War

  • Grand Theft Auto III

  • Katamari Damacy

  • Kingdom Hearts

  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

  • Ratchet & Clank

  • Shadow of the Colossus

  • Shadow Hearts: Covenant

  • Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racoonus

  • Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria

The Best Retro Gaming Consoles

The Best Retro Gaming Consoles

If you want to play classic video games, but don't want to deal with low resolution, awkward analog video connections, and wiggling cartridges to get the pins to connect just right, we have the best classic game compilation systems you can get right now, along with a few other options for retro gaming.

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