Sure, video games today are great – the graphics and sounds are better than ever before, the controls allow for a great amount of.. well.. control, and some engage the player in ways that we've never seen (Wii Fit comes to mind). But those of us who grew up with the 8 and 16-bit consoles, or made trips to the arcade 10-20 years ago, can't help feeling (at least occasionally) a bit nostalgic and looking to relive those memories and replay our favorite games.
Fortunately, there are several game publishers that have noticed this market and have produced small joystick game systems that simply plug into the TV and usually contain several classic games.
Here are some of the joystick video game systems that I found, along with the games that they include:
Namco Original Arcade TV Games Video Game System
Includes: Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Mappy, Pole-Position and Xevious.
Jakks Atari Classics 10 In 1 TV Games
Includes: Centipede, Asteroids, Missile Command, Circus Atari, Yar's Revenge, Breakout, Gravitar, RealSports Volleyball, Pong, and Adventure.
Atari 2-Player Paddle Controller with 13 Games
Includes: Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Casino, Circus Atari, Demons to Diamonds, Night Driver, Steeplechase, Street Racer, Super Breakout, Warlords, Arcade Pong, Video Olympics, and Warlords Arcade.
Atari Flashback 2.0
Includes: 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, Adventure, Adventure II, Aquaventure, Arcade Asteroids, Arcade Pong, Asteroids Deluxe, Atari Climber, Battlezone, Caverns Of Mars, Centipede, Combat, Combat 2, Dodge'm, Fatal Run, Frog Pond, Hangman, Haunted House, Human Cannonball, Lunar Lander, Maze Craze, Millipede, Missile Command, Off the Wall, Outlaw, Pitfall, Quadrun, Radar Lock, Return To Haunted House, River Raid, Saboteur, Save Mary, Secret Quest, Space Duel, Space War, Video Checkers, Video Chess, Wizard, Yars' Return, and Yars' Revenge.
And also the
Sega Genesis Radica Plug and Play 6 Games-In-One
Includes: Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe, Flicky, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Altered Beast, and Kid Chameleon.
Give me a system that has Galaxia, Centipede, Breakout, Space Invaders, Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Pac-Man, and Frogger.. and you'll see me when I need food, and that's probably about it. 🙂