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Retro Thinking about getting a retro gaming system for my daughter

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by silk186, 10 Nov 2018.

  1. silk186

    silk186 Canadian

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    My daughter is 2 years old and I'm thinking about getting her a retro system for Christmas. As she is young I'm thinking a NES or SNES as they are not as complicated. I started on an Atari and got a NES when they came out. Has anyone tried gaming with a small child? Also, which one will have games that are more age appropriate? I know that a 64 would be good with Mario party and Mario kart, but the controller was silly and too big.

    I'm looking at the NES and SNES clone.
    • retro mini FC clone with 500 games (HDMI/AV)
    • retro mini SFC clone with 621 games (HDMI/AV)
    Has anyone tried these, they seem like a cheap and easy solution? I can't tell if the HDMI version is a new model or if it just includes an HDMI cable. Do all new TVs support AV or should I pay more for the HDMI? When she gets older I can think about a modded Wii or maybe a switch. I've been waiting for her to get old enough to play games with but I don't think she is ready for a wireless xbox one controller for another couple of years.
     
  2. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Just bear in mind that while NES and SNES games are by-and-large less complicated than more modern games, that doesn't necessarily mean they're suitable for kiddies: Nintendo Hard is a phrase for a reason.

    At two, she'll just love pressing the buttons and seeing the colours, but once she gets a bit older the frustration will set in.
    I've never seen a TV that doesn't have composite video (the yellow, red, and white RCA jacks), but that doesn't mean they don't exist.
     
  3. Vault-Tec

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    My 65" has no composite. Just HDMI, no scart either. Then again it is strictly a monitor, not a TV (because it has no tuner etc).
     
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    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Well, yes, monitors don't usually have composite inputs (any more, anyway.) Like I say, I've never seen a TV that doesn't have composite video - though they are out there, like this 8K monstrosity, which only has four HDMIs and that's yer lot.

    Easily remedied, if you really wanted to hook a 480i/576i composite source to an HDMI-only device, though: this little box converts composite to HDMI, £11. (I have the exact opposite, which converts HDMI to composite so I can easily hook a Raspberry Pi Zero or similar no-native-composite-and-analogue-audio SBC up to old CRTs, and it works a treat.)
     
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  6. silk186

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    I'm not a huge fan of retro, with the exception of Super Mario World. I tried playing some N64 games with a usb N64 controller but they did not age well as they look and play terribly. I did enjoy playing games on Dolphin and will give Cemu a try after I submit my dissertation (after I get through a backlog of PC games). I've recommended RetroPie with wireless controllers to a few friends that don't have gaming rigs and if I end up moving to Beijing do plan to order a custom arcade cabinet fully loaded with MAME and RetroArch.

    Anyways, I want a simple system so that we can play together and that she can learn to play on her own.
    The nice thing is that they are cheap enough that I won't be too upset if she yanks the thing off the table or spills a drink on it.
    It seems like a good solution to keep her away from my computer.
     
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  7. silk186

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    I'm watching my daughter while my wife is out so I decided to see if she has the ability or interest to play a game.
    I decided to start with Unravel Two, as it is bright and colourful with no violence or death.
    Does anyone have any suggests for a 2 1/2-year-old?
     
  8. Nealieboyee

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    For that age I'd go with something fun but educational. Maybe something that builds hand-eye coordination?
     
  9. silk186

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    From my research, it seems tablet games are the most suitable. Unfortunately, we don't have one.
     
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    Nealieboyee Packaging Master!

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    If you want retro, but don't want to be stuck with one platform, try retropie on a raspberry pi. You can load thousands of games and have a lovely front end interface. Pi is cheap too...
     
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    First thing my kid started on, around that age, was GCompris on an old EeePC 701. Absolutely loved it. Hell, she's six now - seven in December - and she still plays it.
     
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    Android box and SNES9x etc? I have a Madcatz M.O.J.O and it's ace for emulation.
     
  13. jinq-sea

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    Retro games? Get yourself a CRT from Freecycle or something. They look appalling on LCDs IMHO*

    *not a sensible suggestion for a 2yo, I understand. Better still, get a PVM, and make sure all your old consoles are RGB-modded if necessary. I'm just rambling now, aren't I.

    Serious suggestion: get a Pi, a USB controller, and install Mickey's Magical Adventure for SFC :thumb:
     
  14. silk186

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    I don't know about US pricing, but they are £90 in the UK.
    A Retro Pi is a bit cheaper at £70
    The Chinese models are £15-25
    SUPER mini HDMI Built-in 621 Retro TV Game Console 8 Bit Classic + 2 Controller - £23.99 (shipping from UK)
    HOT Entertainment Console Edition Classic AV/HDMI Classic Retro Game+2Controller from £15.79

    I can run emulation from my PC with a Xbox One controller so this isn't' for me.
    I don't want to go over £30. I'm wondering if the NES/FC controller will be much easier and whether NES/FC or SNES/SFC has more children's games.
    They do charge more for the HDMI version but they are advertised as offering a noticeably better picture so I don't mind paying a bit more for the upgrade.

    Mickey's Magical Adventure (Disney's Magical Quest) looks like a good suggestion. I will install the latest version of higan and let her try it tomorrow after daycare.
     
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  15. jinq-sea

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    I still play it from time to time - it's a Super Famicom classic!

    I think in the NTSC-U/PAL regions it was indeed known as 'Disney's Magical Quest'. I've only ever played it as "ミッキーのマジカルアドベンチャー (Mikī no Majikaru Adobenchā)" I think.

    It always gives me an extra smile when it plays the CAPCOM jingle at the start, the same as on Street Fighter 2' Turbo. Maximum nostalgia!
     

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