We all have nostalgic treats, and for many, tech items from that era can be an instant throwback to another time. While these products are usually for novelty or quick fun, that doesn̵
Microconsoles exploded with popularity after the release of the NES and SNES Classic, so it is to be expected that some other companies have released their own versions of this great idea.
- Nintendo GAME & WATCH: It was no surprise that Nintendo returned to this formula, but most people expected the company to revisit the Gameboy era of handhelds before the GAME & WATCH. This handheld was released on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros and as such contains the original NES game. The design is true to the original GAME & WATCH systems and includes some extra fun doodads like a Mario clock app.
- Sega Genesis Mini: Sega has been releasing plug-n-play versions of the Genesis for a while, but the build quality, user interface and emulation have always been below par. Fortunately, the Sega Genesis Mini corrects these errors and delivers an excellent micro console experience with 42 classic games on it. Whether it is Sonic, Ristar, or Ecco the dolphin, you will find it on this console. It also comes with two wired controllers out of the box for multiplayer titles.
- The C64 Mini: For fans of the Commodore 64, the C64 Mini will certainly bring waves of nostalgia. The console comes with a joystick controller for playing the 64 included games. Unfortunately, the keyboard on the system is for show only, but there are USB plugs for keyboards / controllers on the side of the console to fix that. You can even write in the “BASIC” code language with this system if you want to mess around with that.
A Modern Arcade Cabinet: Arcade1Up’s Catalog
Nothing screams retro gaming like an arcade machine. The problem is that real ones are pretty expensive and really big. That’s why Arcade1Up has become a favorite of many retro collectors over the years. Arcade1Up faithfully creates scaled-down versions of arcade cabinets that are still big enough to feel real, without being a pain to fit into your living room.
Some cabinets even slide into unique features like front seats Atari Star Wars or play online for NBA Jam. And there are many more cabinets available, so you have quite a choice to choose from. Or the person you’re shopping for prefers classic Namco games like Galaga or fighting games like Mortal Kombat, chances are Arcade1Up has a cabinet that suits their taste. Arcade1Up also produces smaller countertop cabinets that are less expensive and ideal for homes without the space left for a full cabinet.
A resurrected keyboard: Unicomp Classic Model M
The IBM Model M was a revolutionary keyboard that is still loved by many for its uniquely satisfying buckling spring key switches. Unicomp has now released a modern version of the Model M that is equipped with a USB cable and is easy to get hold of. The exterior design is the same as the classic Model M, so it still has that iconic old-school computer look. Unicomp has also released several versions of the board, including new colors such as “black and gray”.
The Iconic Pet: Tamagotchi On
Tamagotchi is a joyful ’90s keepsake, and now those memories can be relived with the recently released revival of the classic digital pet. All the classic mechanics of the Tamagotchi games are here, along with updated sprite work and new things to do with your Tamagotchi-esque marriage. You can also connect it with the Tamagotchi app (Android / iOS) to access some unique multiplayer mechanics with other players.
While this isn’t 100% true to the original handhelds, the modern touches make for a fun toy that you can still enjoy whether you’re homesick for the original systems or not.
The iconic pet
A turntable: Fluance RT81 Elite
Vinyl has made a strong comeback over the years and the RT81 delivers excellent sound quality with a classic wooden plinth, although it is also available in a standard black color. This turntable has been expertly designed and Fluance prides itself on delivering the most accurate analog sound possible without damaging the records. When it comes to turntables in this price range, this is the cream of the crop, and it still has enough retro flair to hark back to the good old days.
An instant film camera Polaroid Originals Now
Instant film cameras are fun to mess around with, and the Polaroid Original Now, with its classic look style, has the character of these cameras down pat. The accurate flash and autofocus are nice modern touches, and it’s compatible with both i-Type and 600 film. It’s also available in eight different colors – there’s even one based on it The Mandalorian.
An instant film camera
Some classic handhelds: Hasbro Tiger Electronics handhelds
While LCD handhelds are certainly a thing of the past, they are great for a nostalgic novelty these days. Hasbro decided to revive the Tiger Electronics handhelds of yore into a T. There are currently four games available, all with unique artwork to really seal the deal: X-Men Project X, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Transformers: Robots in DIsguise, and Sonic The Hedgehog 3. The games are simple, but it’s still a nice throwback to this old form of handheld.
A Bluetooth Boombox: GPO Brooklyn
Nothing says ‘funky’ like a boombox, and GPO’s Brooklyn is a great mix of modern features with 80s style. Not only does it have a cassette player, CD player and FM radio, but you can also connect to it via USB or Bluetooth if you want full access to your music library. All rotary knobs and buttons are fully functional and the handle is ideal for carrying. It is available in two colors: silver and black.
A Bluetooth Boombox
Some nice charging stands: elago apple watch stand
Ever wanted your Apple Watch to look like a Gameboy? Then elago has the product for you.
At the end of the day, these are just simple stands to put your Apple Watch on while it’s charging, but the fun designs make them great little stocking fillers. elago currently has two booths of retro designs: one based on the original GameBoy and one based on an old iMac. These are arranged to neatly display the watch’s screen so you can still view and interact with the screen while it charges on your nightstand.