Everything old is eventually new again, and games are no exception.
The collectors’ and emulators’ retro-gaming scene has been alive and well for years, but Nintendo’s Virtual Console and the NES Classic have been the primary outlets. The latter has given the whole idea of jumping back into old-school gaming a boost in the popular consciousness, and GameStop – a brick and mortar store at which people once stopped to obtain games – is as curious about the trend as you might expect. The company started accepting retro console and game trade-ins at all locations this fall and decided to poll members of its PowerUp Rewards loyalty program to find out where their interests lie.
And the top 10 most-wanted classic consoles are…
- Nintendo 64
- Nintendo Entertainment System
- Super NES
- Sega Genesis
- Sega Dreamcast
- Sega Saturn
- Game Boy
- Game Boy Advance
The Nintendo 64 tops out the list along with Nintendo’s other systems, while the rest is filled out by Sega. Sony and Microsoft’s original consoles are both pretty high up the list as well. With the NES Classic doing gangbusters, it’s hard not to get my hopes up that Sega, Microsoft, and Sony will see value to making their old systems and best games easier to obtain.
I’d jump on Classic editions of the PlayStation, Genesis, and Xbox in a second.