Tuesday 25 October 2016

Retro games back with a bang as 1990s consoles return

Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Some 25 years after its first appearance, the Sega Mega Drive is set to storm the Christmas market again this year. In the age of HD gaming, retro consoles have, strangely, become hot commodities.

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A version of the Mega Drive is currently being sold with two wireless controllers and 80 in-built games at a cost of €76.99.

The Retron5 console is another example. The €224 unit is a HD console which allows gamers to play old cartridges from across 10 platforms such as the original Nintendo, the Super Nintendo, the Sega Mega Drive and GameBoy.

Shops such as RAGE (Record Art Game Emporium) on Fade Street in Dublin stock everything from the original GameBoy, all the way up to PlayStations. Ronan Tiernan at RAGE said: "It's the whole thing about nostalgia. I mean, vinyl records came back. So I think our generation wants to relive the 90s."

And last night a symphony concert featuring music from the Nintendo classic Legend of Zelda was held at Dublin's Convention Centre. It seems retro gaming has never been so mainstream.

Irish Independent

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