If you have been a gamer for a very long time then, perhaps, you were around when the first consoles were released. And there might be a possibility that you even miss some of those great old games and wish that you could play them even now. If that has been the case, we have already shown you in another post that how you can emulate some of your favorite consoles and handhelds. However, if you are looking for a simpler, faster way to access those games, then here is some good news for you.
If you have an internet connection and a browser installed on your computer, you can play countless games from your childhood. All you have to do is find the best websites to do so, and that is exactly what we have done for you today.
So, are you ready for this trip back into the time? Let’s take a look at these cool websites.
Important: The sites listed here work exclusively on Flash and do not require Java.
If you are a fan of Nintendo games, then NESbox will definitely make you happy. This website provides visitors with a simple interface to emulate some of the most beloved classics from the Japanese company right on your browser, including hits such as Super Mario World, Contra, Super Mario Kart and more.
Here you can enjoy titles from the original NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), the Super Nintendo and even a few games from the not-as-popular-but-also-excellent Sega Mega Drive.
All the games run on Adobe Flash and, in my experience, they run perfectly smooth and are not demanding at all on your computer’s resources.
If what you want is to be able to enjoy portable Mario and Zelda games on your browser, then Playr will definitely suit you. The site offers a really good selection of games, with the clear distinction that all of them belong to Nintendo’s most famous vintage portables — the GameBoy and the GameBoy Color.
Just as with the rest of the sites on this list, the games on Playr are emulated perfectly and control pretty much flawlessly.
Two neat touches that Playr offers are — first that games are displayed in an over-sized window, thus, making it easier to play the otherwise small GameBoy games and and second that they allow you to customize the keys which you will use on your keyboard to play.
3. Pica Pic
Do you want to experience a really nostalgic trip back in time? Then head to Pica Pic and you most definitely will. This cool site offers gamers a host of retro games with a nice twist: all these games are the ones that used to be available on the handhelds in the past, even way before the Gameboy era. Think about the times of Game & Watch (with LCD screens and all) and you will get a better idea. In fact, several of the games on this site belong to the famous Nintendo series.
What’s even cooler is that all the games are presented with their original gaming machines, which greatly enhances the nostalgia when playing them. Just select one from the scrolling list, click on it for it to zoom in and then learn the control and enjoy playing the game.
If you miss your gaming consoles from the past decade, then take a very close look into these sites. You will have a ton of fun with them. And best of all? You can do it all right from your browser. Enjoy!