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Does anyone here still play any retro computers/consoles? I've just found my old SNES and have been thrown back to the early 90s, it still works with no issues!
My young daughters are loving Super Mario World, games for kids really were better back then.
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  • artyclartyartyclarty Forumite
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    There are a lot of us out there! Our spare room currently has hooked up somewhere in the region of 15 retro consoles (the switcher boxes are now all labelled up that helps massivley) hooked up to my late 80s/early 90s Panasonic 12" CRT via a long broken VHS player. I'm not quite sure what I will do when the tv finally gives out. Owned that guy since my parents bought it from radio rentals 2nd hand in 1992!
  • BrowntoaBrowntoa Forumite, Ambassador
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    There's a shop near me with an extensive range of classic consoles . You can book up and play to your hearts content 
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  • donnajunkiedonnajunkie Forumite
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    There are a lot of us out there! Our spare room currently has hooked up somewhere in the region of 15 retro consoles (the switcher boxes are now all labelled up that helps massivley) hooked up to my late 80s/early 90s Panasonic 12" CRT via a long broken VHS player. I'm not quite sure what I will do when the tv finally gives out. Owned that guy since my parents bought it from radio rentals 2nd hand in 1992!

    There are a lot of us out there! Our spare room currently has hooked up somewhere in the region of 15 retro consoles (the switcher boxes are now all labelled up that helps massivley) hooked up to my late 80s/early 90s Panasonic 12" CRT via a long broken VHS player. I'm not quite sure what I will do when the tv finally gives out. Owned that guy since my parents bought it from radio rentals 2nd hand in 1992!
    are there not cables or adaptors available that allow you to connect  old equipment to  a hmdi slot? maplins used to be good for that kind of thing. what about amazon, might be something on there.

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    edited 21 June 2020 at 12:09PM
    There are a lot of us out there! Our spare room currently has hooked up somewhere in the region of 15 retro consoles (the switcher boxes are now all labelled up that helps massivley) hooked up to my late 80s/early 90s Panasonic 12" CRT via a long broken VHS player. I'm not quite sure what I will do when the tv finally gives out. Owned that guy since my parents bought it from radio rentals 2nd hand in 1992!

    There are a lot of us out there! Our spare room currently has hooked up somewhere in the region of 15 retro consoles (the switcher boxes are now all labelled up that helps massivley) hooked up to my late 80s/early 90s Panasonic 12" CRT via a long broken VHS player. I'm not quite sure what I will do when the tv finally gives out. Owned that guy since my parents bought it from radio rentals 2nd hand in 1992!
    are there not cables or adaptors available that allow you to connect  old equipment to  a hmdi slot? maplins used to be good for that kind of thing. what about amazon, might be something on there.

    There are plenty of cheap adaptors available on Amazon but they seem to be universally bad they add lag and wrongly interpret a 240p signal as 480i the popular choices with the retro gaming crowd is the Framemeister upscaler which I use currently it seems to go for around £450 the price has gone up a bit as it's no longer being made mine cost £340. The other cheaper choice is the OSSC which is  a line doubler rather than an upscaler which is around £120. You also have the RetroTINK which is around £90 as well as individual cable for the consoles with a Retro TINK built in called the RAD2X they cost around £50 each. Unlike the cheap crap adaptors the products I mention are specifically designed with game consoles in mind so correctly interpret the 240p signal from retro consoles.
    There is always new games coming out for consoles like the MegaDrive and the SNES and new addons such as flash carts and products to improve the picture and sound quality and help you connect to more modern screens.
  • joeypescijoeypesci Forumite
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    I threw out my original Mega Drive into a skip early 00. Shocking. Now wish I hadn't. However the local kid a few doors down rescued it and knocked asking if he could take it. I said yes of course. 

    Now have a replacement. Then got a model 1 MegaCD that have always wanted back in the day but couldn't afford. Have a Dreamcast, which also previously owned briefly when they were discontinued and Game were selling them cheap. But only played it and week and took it back as I couldn't really afford the purchase in the first place and knew I'd get bored and it would get thrown out (wasn't into retro collecting then. Never even knew of the idea).

    With the mega drive, I've only really grabbed the games I loved as a teen or always wanted but never got.

    Am looking to sell the Mega CD model 1 soon however, as it never really gets used and know other retro collectors would use it more than I do.

    Just be aware retro collecting is a thing now. Enjoy the SNES, just don't let someone convince you to give it to them for peanuts. Unless of course you want to. Search for the games you have as some can fetch a hefty price.
  • John_evans21John_evans21 Forumite
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    There are a lot of us out there! Our spare room currently has hooked up somewhere in the region of 15 retro consoles (the switcher boxes are now all labelled up that helps massivley) hooked up to my late 80s/early 90s Panasonic 12" CRT via a long broken VHS player. I'm not quite sure what I will do when the tv finally gives out. Owned that guy since my parents bought it from radio rentals 2nd hand in 1992!

    There are a lot of us out there! Our spare room currently has hooked up somewhere in the region of 15 retro consoles (the switcher boxes are now all labelled up that helps massivley) hooked up to my late 80s/early 90s Panasonic 12" CRT via a long broken VHS player. I'm not quite sure what I will do when the tv finally gives out. Owned that guy since my parents bought it from radio rentals 2nd hand in 1992!
    are there not cables or adaptors available that allow you to connect  old equipment to  a hmdi slot? maplins used to be good for that kind of thing. what about amazon, might be something on there.

    There are but they aren't cheap, if you want decent quality. For me I have picked up both the Analogue Mega sg and Super Nt, which are basically complete remakes of the original Mega Drive and SNES Consoles using FPGA chips, the quality that they can output even in on a 55" 4k TV is absolutely astounding. If you are in any way serious about wanting to play these old games on modern tv's I would heartily recommend  both, they are not cheat at around £200 ish once shipping from the US and customs charges are taken into account. But they are absolutely brilliant. 
  • boneoracleboneoracle Forumite
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    You may want to consider getting a Switch. I still have my old NES and SNES, though I don't always have them hooked up. Since Nintendo started adding a lot of older selections to the respective apps on the Switch, I find myself just playing on there a lot more (especially  in handheld mode).
  • Dange66Dange66 Forumite
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    joeypesci said:
    I threw out my original Mega Drive into a skip early 00. Shocking. Now wish I hadn't. However the local kid a few doors down rescued it and knocked asking if he could take it. I said yes of course. 

    Now have a replacement. Then got a model 1 MegaCD that have always wanted back in the day but couldn't afford. Have a Dreamcast, which also previously owned briefly when they were discontinued and Game were selling them cheap. But only played it and week and took it back as I couldn't really afford the purchase in the first place and knew I'd get bored and it would get thrown out (wasn't into retro collecting then. Never even knew of the idea).

    With the mega drive, I've only really grabbed the games I loved as a teen or always wanted but never got.

    Am looking to sell the Mega CD model 1 soon however, as it never really gets used and know other retro collectors would use it more than I do.

    Just be aware retro collecting is a thing now. Enjoy the SNES, just don't let someone convince you to give it to them for peanuts. Unless of course you want to. Search for the games you have as some can fetch a hefty price.
    Joey, I hope you didn't sell the model 1 mega cd it is an absolute dream of a machine with avid fans all over. Certainly one of my favourites from Sega the model 2 is thwart with less problems as the model one suffers with the lasers going and these are a very costly part to purchase. 
  • BenzineBenzine Forumite
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    I've got an old SNES and N64 with loads of games. I want to sell them really but haven't been able to test that they still all work because I have no scart connection. It's good to hear you can get adapters now. 
  • My SNES is in my parents' loft.  I loved the Donkey Kong games.  I bought a SNES Classic Mini in 2018 for when I was recovering from an operation and I love it although it only has the first Donkey Kong game of the series.  I'd forgotten about F-Zero and had great fun thrashing my brother at Mario Kart once more.
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