If you grew up in America in the 1980s, you probably remember certain console game systems fondly. Which system seems most familia (and which one you thought was kind of lame) is a good indication of the year you were born—as is, perhaps, the use of the word “lame” itself.
The good news is that the kind of hardware required to play and store these older games can be had quite cheaply in the form of a Raspberry Pi. If you’re an adult you no longer have to pester your parents to buy one, and we suspect parents are pretty happy to pony up the cash for a Raspberry Pi which teaches a bit more than simply unboxing a console and vegging on the couch.
The bad news is that this newer DIY hardware looks nothing like what you remember. Maybe this isn’t a big deal to most people, but if you’d like your ‘Pi to have the “stylings” of the Atari 2600, NES, or SNES, Tindie seller 3Dpstuff has you covered. Perhaps we’ll see other “classic systems” in the future, like the Atari Jaguar or the Virtual boy.