Retro-gaming: some help appreciated

I have been snooping around the Internet these past few days for older handheld gaming consoles. By older, I don’t mean the DS Lite or the PSP Slim. I don’t even pertain to the Game Boy Advance. What I’m talking about are handheld consoles such as the Atari Lynx and the Sega GameGear, perhaps even the QuickShot Supervision. These are the consoles of many a yesteryear that I could only yearn for when I was a child.

The Vectrex looks so cool.

The Vectrex looks so cool.

None of these, however, were my introduction to the handheld gaming console. It wasn’t even the original and bulky GameBoy. What ultimately snagged me into interest was the Nintendo VirtualBoy. When I was very young, I once thought it was the best console on the planet. Its promise of three-dimensional graphics and those cool-looking visors simply drew me into itself.

The operative term is <i>semi</i>-portable.

The operative term is semi-portable.

Times have passed, however, and I know a lot better. It was the most prominent among Nintendo’s console failures and the dangers of eyestrain, even temporary blindness have definitely shattered the rose-tinted glasses I used to previously look at the system. I also have reservations regarding its portability and ease of use. The system itself is a stark dissension to the word ‘portable,’ and I don’t think looking into a visor laced with only pure red would be of any help. So, yes, time has tempered my affinity for that console, but I am still fond of what the past offered to what was its present.

Not only has my perceptions regarding my fondness of gaming consoles in the past have changed; my solvency has also. I have saved a significant amount of money these past few years; while not rich, I am in the position of being capable of purchasing some of these consoles that were merely my pipe dreams back then. With the time of my credit card being approved near, I can now participate in the auctions of eBay as well. (While I still don’t have a job, my mom listed me as a supplementary user of her card, so as long as I pay her, which I shall, I have little problem dealing with eBay or with PayPal.)

With everything set, I sought out the different consoles that have appealed to me somewhat, and there were quite a few. In the following paragraphs, allow me to present my own opinions regarding the consoles that I have in one period of time or the other planned to purchase. (Feel free to disagree with me later.) I included only the most prominent consoles (with the list taken from Wikipedia).

Epoch Game Pocket Computer

It looks great despite being older than me.

It looks great despite being older than me.

I will most probably buy one of these when I’m 30 or have a decent income if ever I get to practice, whichever comes first. The games are simple; the console is amazing despite being five years earlier than the GameBoy: the price, on the other hand, is absolutely horrendous especially for a student like me. I can’t afford this, and I’m not really a vintage collector. I get consoles because I plan to play them, and not to stick them in a box for all eternity.

Atari Lynx

Any one of the two will do.

Any one of the two will do.

This is one of the consoles I strongly would like to get. It was released at the same time as the GameBoy, but it had color and had a lot better graphics. The only problem was that it ate up batteries very quickly, and didn’t have the dynamism of third-party games that the GameBoy had. I don’t really care for the number of third-party games; seeing that there are great games in the Lynx I’m pretty much set on obtaining this (for a tolerable price, of course).

NEC Turbo Express

It can even play games from the Turbo-Grafx16 console. So cool.

It can even play games from the Turbo-Grafx16 console. So cool.

I really want this. But I have the same problem with this as with the Epoch Game Pocket Computer, albeit to a lesser degree. It’s still really expensive for me.

Sega GameGear

I don’t really like the games of this console. I do recognize its merits.

Watara Supervision

Um.

Um.

It doesn’t have very impressive games, and the console is quite wanting, but I want to get it, even more so if the price is manageable.

NeoGeo Pocket

I do love Metal Slug and Samurai Shodown.

I do love Metal Slug and Samurai Shodown.

I like the console, and I have nothing against it. But I also do have the MAME, and most of the games that could be played there I already have played with MAME, so I think it’s pretty redundant.

Bandai Wonderswan

See? I don't understand complicated Japanese!

See? I don't understand complicated Japanese!

This console is pretty good, but I don’t understand Japanese, and I certainly can’t see myself finishing a Final Fantasy game without understanding more than half of the game’s dialogue.

Game.com

An Irishman (?) reviews game.com

I liked the design and how the console looked. But, being more mature than merely enjoying the design and looks, I searched for people reviewing it. When I saw how Batman and Robin played on it, I knew I had to avoid it at all costs despite my irrationality preaching the latter. It also didn’t help seeing Sonic Jam, which arguably is the worst-ever Sonic game produced in any console.

Those are pretty much the consoles I have chosen from. I didn’t list the different GameBoy permutations or the Virtual Boy anymore, seeing that those would be redundant.

(I do also want to possess some consoles not for their quality, but for their infamy, consoles such as the Panasonic 3DO and the Atari Jaguar. I would also like to have the Casio Loopy because I simply have to play a console having a game titled Anime Land. The Panasonic 3DO wasn’t really bad, but it had an exorbitant price-tag [$700!!!] compared to most of the consoles of its time. The Atari Jaguar had very laughable and deceptive advertising, as it portrayed itself to be a 64-bit console. If one, however, compared its games to the PlayStation, one would laughably disagree. It seemed the ones who didn’t ‘do the math’ were Atari itself. The Casio Loopy, on the other hand, is a console marketed for women. [I WANT ONE!])

OH GOD I FUCKING LOVE THE COLOR VIOLET

OH GOD I FUCKING LOVE THE COLOR VIOLET

P.S. I have also searched the old shops in my home city for the older consoles. All of them didn’t have anything older than the GameBoy Pocket, which was quite a shame. Also, I’ll return to anime soon enough. 🙂

4 Responses to “Retro-gaming: some help appreciated”

  1. ken Says:

    The real problem even after you find one of these devices is trying to find cartridges for them. That’s why I opted for emulation.
    note: I do still have my original atari 800 computer and about 60 games on 5″ flopys.

  2. Ryan A Says:

    Sweeet Vintage. Oddly enough, I was cleaning out a warehouse this past week and came across a Lynx cartridge/card game (Ms. Pacman) from the Lynx system my siblings and I received one Christmas. No idea what happened to the system, but I do remember it was fun in the car rides ^^ California Games was what we enjoyed.

  3. Kairu Ishimaru Says:

    Ahh.. Good ol’ days..

  4. Zaida Aughenbaugh Says:

    Just read this article about Michael Jackson’s music choreography and visuals to go on tour with Cirque Du Soliel. Seems like the world will always remember Michael Jackson’s music.

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