7 Of The Best Retro Gaming Consoles From The 80s

Today there is a huge market for retro gaming and retro gaming consoles.  We’ve listed some of the best retro games consoles below. They still sell like crazy on eBay so just click on the links below to get your hand back on these! If you’ve got kids, they’d love them too.

The 80s gaming scene brought about a new magical era of entertainment, when you could now bring the arcade into your very own bedroom.

Gaming developers were making huge advancements in programming, coming out with absolute classics, many of which standing up to the test of time [think Sonic & Mario].

However it wasn’t just about the games of course,  here we list some of the most popular retro gaming platforms born in the 80s, without which these games [and probably our modern gaming industry] would not have happened.  So these guys really do demand huge respect, to the teams behind them, we salute you…

 

1. Nintendo Gameboy – >>Click HERE to view on eBay Now<<

Released in Japan in 1989, this 8-bit handheld gaming device was designed by the same team that made the Game & Watch series.  A lot of R&D went into this device and boy did they research the market well, 118 million units sold worldwide.

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2. Atari Lynx – >>Click HERE to view on eBay Now<<

Very rare in the world of retro gaming consoles.  Another 8-bit handheld bundle of fun, released in 1989 the Atari Lynx had a trump card on Nintendo’s Gameboy; a colour LCD screen and an ambidextrous layout.  Some pretty cool games were available, here’s a list of them

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3. Amiga 500 – >>Click HERE to view on eBay Now<<

Did you know the Amiga 500’s code name was ‘Rock Lobster’?  Announced at the consumer electronics show in the winter of 1987 this became Commodore’s best-selling Amiga model.  No surprise there as the games that were developed for the ground breaking machine were vast and phenomenal for its time, setting the benchmark very high for the gaming market.  Lemmings anyone?

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4. NES – >>Click HERE to view on eBay Now<<

8-bit seemed to be the popular theme,  NES was released in Japan in 1983 working its way to the rest of the world over the following 2-3 years.  Officially the best selling console of its time, this remarkable invention helped revitalise a struggling US gaming industry in the post ’83 video game crash era.  Thank you Nintendo.

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5. Texas Instruments TI-99/4A  – >>Click HERE to view on eBay Now<<

This along with its predecessor [the less successful TI-99/4] were the first ever mass scale 16-bit home computers around.  Not cheap either, taking inflation into account one of these would set you back around a £1,000 [$1300USD] in todays money.  About 100 games were published with cult hits like Parsec and TI Invaders

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6. Sinclair ZX Spectrum – >>Click HERE to view on eBay Now<<

Released in 1982 the ZX Spectrum was actually released as 8 different models.  5 Million units sold worldwide, this machine gave birth to gaming classics such as Daley Thompson’s Olympic Challenge and who can ever forget the loading noise

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7. Sega Megadrive – >>Click HERE to view on eBay Now<<

Here we have a retro consoles heavy weight.  16-bit was clearly a winning strategy for Sega, the Megadrive [aka Genesis] was a gaming powerhouse first released in 1988.  Supporting over 900 games you were really spoiled for choice.  Sonic the Hedgehog is still huge and don’t forget amazing titles like Golden Axe, Revenge of Shinobi, NBA Jam, Streets of Rage and Ecco The Dolphin.

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