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5 of the Best Devices for Retro Gamers

5 of the Best Devices for Retro Gamers

Do you ever find yourself dreaming of Pac-man, Space Invaders or Sonic? You probably understand then that sometimes modern games simply don't measure up to the classics. But unfortunately, playing retro games on modern devices doesn't always generate the same joy you got from playing arcade games or retro consoles back in the day.

Luckily, there are plenty of companies using nostalgia as their inspiration to create ways for modern gamers to enjoy some classic fun. Keep reading to learn about five must-have devices for modern retro gamers.


What started as an April Fools' Day prank turned into a popular device that allows you throw it back to your Gameboy days right from your Android phone. The Smartboy turns your smartphone into a Gameboy Color. Simply insert your phone and your favorite game console (yes, you'll need the original Gameboy Color game) and watch your smartphone screen come alive with the games of your childhood.

Logitech Powershell Controller & Battery

iPhone users may not be able to enjoy flashing back to their Gameboy days with the Smartboy. But they can still enjoy retro games with a special controller that fits right on their iPhone.

The Logitech Powershell Controller & Battery fits right onto the back of your iPhone 5 or 5s, turning your device into a retro-inspired controller. The device is also a backup battery, so you won't have to worry about your gaming habit running your battery dry!

Samsung Galaxy Note8

If you ever enjoyed playing your favorite childhood games at an arcade or on a TV screen at your parents' house, you know that many of today's smartphone screens simply don't have the room to give you the full effect of the game. Many of the games require you to use both thumbs to shoot down space invaders or launch Mario airborne. Tiny screens simply don't have room for you to compete with your old scores.

That's where the Samsung Galaxy Note8 comes in handy. A larger size, coupled with an 83 percent screen-to-body ratio means optimal room for enjoying your favorite game.

Retro Super Nintendo USB Gamepad

If you prefer enjoying your favorite retro games on an even larger screen, then this Retro Super Nintendo USB Gamepad is for you. You won't need to drop a ton of money on a classic console. Instead, you can go online and find your favorite retro games, then use this gamepad to channel your childhood right from your laptop or desktop.

DIY Retro Game Console Kit

If playing your favorite games on a smartphone or laptop isn't enough of a flashback for you, but you don't want to invest in an old console, you'll need to get crafty. Luckily, there's a device that'll help.

The DIY Retro Game Console Kit is a must-have device for any gamer. This kit comes with everything you'll need to assemble your very own game console. While you'll only be able to enjoy Snake on your homemade device, you'll get the true retro-feel of a handheld device that can't connect to the internet!

Enjoy Your Favorite Retro Games Today

Just because 2018 is almost here, and virtual reality and other tech-advancements are available, doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the fun and nostalgia of retro games! Use any of the above devices and tools to revisit your favorite childhood games today.
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