A Kickstarter-launched video game console can make your retro gaming dreams come true with barely any effort on your part. While the Nintendo miniature NES Classic Edition made it possible to play Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong the way you did as a kid, it only comes with 30 games, and there's no way to add more (without some significant technical skills). But Allcade's Itty Bitty Collection can do a lot more than that, Gizmodo reports, allowing you to play virtually any Nintendo game you want.
The console, built inside NES- and N64-style cartridges, runs on a Raspberry Pi 3 motherboard and all you need to do is hook it up to your TV with an HDMI cable. Plug in a controller (or two) and play away. The product comes with one pre-loaded game, but the idea is that you will download your own game files (ROMs). Admittedly, there’s a bit of a legal gray area when it comes to downloading copies of games, since you could be violating copyright laws, so you should only be downloading games you either already own (which is much like ripping some .mp3 files you already own onto a CD) or that are public domain.
When you insert your USB drive with ROM files loaded on it, the console should recognize them and play them automatically. While Gizmodo’s Christina Warren warns that it’s not a completely bug-proof system, she notes that overall, the Allcade 64-bit experience is largely seamless. You can plug it in and be playing your favorite games from the '90s in minutes.
The consoles start at $150. While the NES Classic Edition is only $60 (if you can get your hands on one), if you’re not technically savvy enough to build your own console emulator, it’s a great way to put all the retro games you want at your fingertips.
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