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Retro Thinking about getting a retro gaming system for my daughter

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by silk186, 10 Nov 2018 at 15:18.

  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.
     
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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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