4 Dead Video Game Systems That Are Still Getting New Games
No system stands taller than the original NES. Sure, Atari came first and the PS3 is so powerful the United States Army buys them for extra processing power, but the console that gave us Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Castlevania, and a host of other franchises that still continue to day is a hard mini-boss to beat. Sadly, it went bye bye in 1994, with Wario's Woods being the last official game.
New, "homebrewed" games come out literally all the time though, and Retro Junk has them all. They offer everything from the classic Snake adapted to NES, to RPGs, puzzlers, sidescrollers, you name it. Each game comes with full printed manuals, in classic cardboard boxes, it's literally like the last two decades didn't happen. Better yet, they are ridiculously affordable, usually clocking in at $20.
For slightly more money you can also pick up a pretty good flying saucer game about anal probes.
Seriously. The Virtual Boy, Nintendo's most maligned and hated idea has a really dedicated fanbase. In case you're too young to remember, the Virtual Boy was a headset you propped on a table and put your face into to see games using nothing but the colors red and black to create 3D environments. I had one, and I think I played Wario Land on it for five minutes before I realized that it actually would have been less humiliating if Nintendo had just showed up at my house and beaten the couple hundreds bucks out of me.
Yet there are collectors out there, and two of them managed to bring the first new Virtual Boy game to market since 1995. In 2010 fans were able to grab a working ROM file of Bound High, a cancelled puzzle adventure involving a robot who can turn himself into a ball and bounce through levels. It's widely regarded as one of the titles that could've saved the system if Nintendo had actually released it.
A ROM wasn't enough for Vincent Clemente and Richard Hutchinson. Nope, using painstaking recreations and hardware donated from the most popular VB title, Mario Tennis, the two perfectly recreated the actual cartridge and box that Bound High would have come in. They're not cheap, over $70, but considering the work that has gone into their creation it's a steal.