The 90s was dubbed as the “Golden Years of Gaming”. It was the time the retro gaming hardware like the PlayStation was born, the internet became a platform for gaming, and Nintendo’s retro gaming hardware was the best thing you could own. If you did not have any of this retro gaming hardware, your weren’t cool, and no one wanted to come over to your house to play with you.

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With so much happening during the 90s, we sometimes miss the years, and the retro gaming hardware experiences we had. Need a reminder of how great it was? Here are the best retro gaming hardware from the 90s.

The Golden China

Retro Gaming Hardware

Although the NES was real, the biggest clone in SA was the Golden China. This little piece of retro gaming hardware was in everyone’s home in the 90s, being an affordable option to the NES, and offering the same games and experiences for it. We all remember playing Mario with those tiny little controllers that were wired and plugged into the front of the console. Not to mention all those times we blew into the cartridge to try to clean it after it would not start. We all have fond memories of this piece of retro gaming hardware.

Game Boy

Retro Gaming Hardware

Remember having to sit and play the original Game Boy in the light so you could see what was happening on the screen? It was not until the Game Boy Advanced SP in 2003 that we got a backlit display on the handheld. The original Game Boy and Game Boy Colour had no light at all, so we had to either sit in the light and play, or purchase a clunky attachable light that mounted onto the Game Boy and lit up the display for us. It was a struggle, but the games were so worth it. Pokemon Yellow, Super Mario Land 2, and more.

Floppy Discs

Retro Gaming Hardware

Storing a measly 1.44MB of data, the floppy disc was the Blu-Ray of the early 90s. With no internet, we could not download anything, so we had to make do with installing games off of a floppy disc. Some games like DOOM came on five discs, and installation took forever as we had to install one, then change the disc, and so forth. Today we have a 2TB flash drive, a massive change from the retro gaming hardware days.

“Powerful” PCs

Retro Gaming Hardware

Back in the day this was classed as an upper-class person’s PC:

  • CPU: Intel Pentium 3 450 (450 MHz)
  • Memory: 128 MB
  • Hard Drive: 20 GB
  • Video card: ATI Rage 128 Magnum (32 MB VRAM)
  • Monitor: 1024×768 LCD
  • Sound card: Sound Blaster Live! Value 5.1
  • OS: Windows 98 SE
  • Motherboard: Some generic Intel board.

Yes, if you had a PC like that, then you were the best thing since sliced bread. Running Windows 95, we would install games like Quake 2, Duke Nukem 3D, and Hocus Pocus, and play all these games on our 1024 x 768 CRT monitor, with a mouse that used a track ball and a clunky loud keyboard.

Memory Cards

Retro Gaming Hardware

You would never think about buying a PS One without one of these. We remember leaving our PS One on the whole night as we got to the final stage in Crash Bandicoot 3, and did not have a memory card to save our progress on. With a whopping 1MB of storage space, our memories cards were our life. Without them we would not be able to save any progress on any games, and when it came to games like Final Fantasy VII, we needed it.

What retro gaming hardware makes you nostalgic? Drop us a comment below.

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