The Retro Consoles You’ve Already Forgotten About

Published on 10/27/2021

Gaming consoles come and go so fast, it isn’t so surprising that it is hard to remember them all. Some of them lasted years and were irreplaceable, whereas some of them were an outright disaster from the off. We believe it is time to go back and review some of the older consoles we don’t think about so much anymore but loved so much at one time. Twenty years old or five years old? It is amazing how much a console can appear developed from its predecessor. Get ready to visit memory lane for some of your favorite manufacturer’s products: Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox and more!

Nintendo Gamecube (2001)

The Gamecube was released in 2001 and was Nintendo’s answer to the PS2 and Xbox. The console competed directly, and lost out massively to the PS2- the best-selling system of all time. Despite this, we have only fond memories of the Gamecube. It is memorable for its peculiar box shape, oddly shaped controller and tiny discs. It gave us some great times, and the main benefit of it being a Nintendo console is that it released games exclusive to Nintendo, like Mario. Mario Kart is an all time classic as well as Super Smash Bros. We can still hear the notorious loading tune in our heads, oh we miss it.

The Gameboy (1989)

This was the original console! It was the first in a long line of Gameboy variations and was hugely successful. The console sold 118.69 million units worldwide (including other variations of Gameboy: Pocket, Play it Loud!, Light and Color) and was well received by all users. It received much praise for its lengthy battery life and quickly outsold its competition: Sega’s Game Gear, Atari’s Lynx, and NEC’s TurboExpress. It was a notorious item of the 90s and everyone either had one, or wanted one. We still remember playing Super Mario Land on this console and it was so much fun. The console was also home to some classics like Tetris and Pokemon.

Xbox 360 (2005)

Doesn’t it feel strange that the Xbox 360 was released 16 years ago? We only feel like we played it not so long ago, many of you will still have one on your shelves! This console is fairly retro now, however. It was discontinued in 2016 and we miss it. We had some great times on this console, it was the birth of live party chat and home to some top games. There was no better feeling than rushing home from school to get online and get onto Xbox Live to hang out virtually with your friends. Sure, there were also some dark moments. We all remember the Red Rings issue. Consoles would light up with three scary red rings where there would usually be four and it basically meant your console was dead. There is nothing you can do, it essentially needed replacing. This didn’t do a whole lot of good for its reputation early on, but the console was so great it doesn’t actually tarnish its memory. It was known for being cheaper than its competitor, the PS3, which helped with it’s popularity. As of 2014, it had sold 84 million units worldwide. It also brought out the best human-interaction software since PS2’s ‘EyeToy’, with it’s ‘Kinect’ add-on.

PSP (2004)

Well the PSP was just great wasn’t it! Playstation’s direct competitor with the Nintendo DS, it truly gave the console a run for its money. It was just like having a tiny Playstation in your hands! Who could believe something so small could have such a processor. You could play all your favorite games, watch movies and could even connect to both PS2s and PS3s. We still remember playing GTA: Vice City Stories on this console, and it was exactly the same as it was on the PS2! Worldwide this console managed to sell 76.3 Million Units. Okay so it still lost out to the Nintendo DS which sold 154 Million worldwide, but it certainly gave it a run for it’s money. You see, it was just so similar to a PS2 or a PS3, people wanted to have that and a DS, which was unique. You wouldn’t necessarily play a PS2 and a PSP would you? Games like Mario Kart were iconic on the DS. The DS also had the capability to play GBA games. The PSP was the first of it’s kind, so was more limited. Though it’s online play and internet access was pretty cool.