Best Plug & Play Video Games in 2020



BAORUITENG Handheld Game Console, Retro FC Game Console,Video Game Console with 3 Inch 168 Classic Games (Black) Review:


This is definitely a good gift for any retro gamer. My friend really loves these old retro games. This device is really light and run on a rechargeable battery. It uses an old four pin USB cable to charge. There is no transfering to this device and therefore you cannot add anymore additional games to this device. The games are old games and there are no games like pokemon or other gameboy games that I can tell so if you are looking for that this is not the device. There is no micro sd card you can add for additional games. You only get 168. One thing I disliked was the annoying music that keeps playing when you are selecting a game. I have to turn the volume off then back on when I select the game. The volume wheel is on the left side. There is also no way to look up a game and you have to scroll through them to find your game. The screen itself is bright and the battery can last up to four hours for me on constant playing. There are the directional keys and four action buttons. There is also a start and select. There is no way to go back to home screen other than pressing the reset button which is located at the center. The games are pretty nice on the bright lcd screen. It can be connected to your tv if you have an tv that supports composite cables or have an adapter. The picture quality does not scale and you have a pretty short cable to work with so you will be controlling the game pretty close up with the cable provided. Overall I think this device is a good retro game player but the fact you cannot add or remove games makes it a bit boring after awhile and hard to navigate.



weikin Handheld Game Console, 168 Classic Games 3 Inch LCD Screen Portable Retro Video Game Console Support for Connecting TV and Two Players, Good Gifts for Kids and Adult. Review:


I purchased 4 of these controllers for a MarioKart 8 Deluxe tournament planned for our office and these SNES controllers perform like a champ! The nostalgia levels are high as these feel exactly like they did in my hands back in 1991.
To get these to work on a Nintendo Switch, there's a few hoops you have to jump through but nothing too prohibitive or complex (you'll need a computer & internet access to d/l the latest firmware update).
The button combos to sync the devices & initiate it for firmware updates are a little odd but a little experimentation should get you where you need to be.
The packaging is phenomenal! You'll feel like you're opening up an iPhone! The included USB cable & corporate branded key-chain are very nice as well. My greatest concerns lie, not with these amazing products, but w/Nintendo & their inane C&D policies. I worry they'll sabotage these peripherals with a console patch & legally stymie the makers.
This is the optimal way to play like it's old-school Mario-kart on the Switch.



BAORUITENG Handheld Game Console, Retro FC Game Console,Video Game Console with 3 Inch 168 Classic Games (Yellow) Review:


This is definitely a good gift for any retro gamer. My friend really loves these old retro games. This device is really light and run on a rechargeable battery. It uses an old four pin USB cable to charge. There is no transfering to this device and therefore you cannot add anymore additional games to this device. The games are old games and there are no games like pokemon or other gameboy games that I can tell so if you are looking for that this is not the device. There is no micro sd card you can add for additional games. You only get 168. One thing I disliked was the annoying music that keeps playing when you are selecting a game. I have to turn the volume off then back on when I select the game. The volume wheel is on the left side. There is also no way to look up a game and you have to scroll through them to find your game. The screen itself is bright and the battery can last up to four hours for me on constant playing. There are the directional keys and four action buttons. There is also a start and select. There is no way to go back to home screen other than pressing the reset button which is located at the center. The games are pretty nice on the bright lcd screen. It can be connected to your tv if you have an tv that supports composite cables or have an adapter. The picture quality does not scale and you have a pretty short cable to work with so you will be controlling the game pretty close up with the cable provided. Overall I think this device is a good retro game player but the fact you cannot add or remove games makes it a bit boring after awhile and hard to navigate.



AdesireFun Handheld Game Console,4.3 Inch 1700 Classic Retro Portable Video Game Console Review:


Great fun, blast from the past. Not bad build, screen is decent. And for the price I dont expect it to be on the same level as a PSP.

There's nowhere near 10,000 games, closer to 2,500 if youre counting. I stuck a card in and have downloaded a load of Genesis games not in the unit. Tried some PS1 games but the handhelds not got the power to run them smoothly. The buttons arent always mapped, and youll come across a few that dont run or are missing an all important control (Road Rage but you cant hit anyone??) but overall this is the emulations shortcomings not the hardware.



Handheld Games Console for Kids Adults - Retro Video Games Consoles 3 inch Screen 168 Classic Games 8 Bit Game Player with AV Cable Can Play on TV (Black) Review:


Nostalgic value = Immense
Time killer = Absolutely
Fun to play = Yes!
Game options = 168

It's really that simple from an enjoyment perspective. I really like this thing so far. My only beefs with it are as follows:

1) High scores are not retained after shutting it off. Unless you plan on leaving it on perpetually, don't expect to see your high scores next time you pick it up.
2) The buttons (particularly the A/B/X/Y ones) are smaller than I expected. That said, I'm a big dude with big hands, so I'm sure this is just a personal preference for them to be bigger. They'll be fine for most folks I'd imagine. The smaller buttons also didn't really make it difficult for me to play, but just a tiny bit less comfortable.
3) No battery level indicator. There appears to be no way to tell if the battery is running out. That said, I've played it for around 5-6 hours so far without the battery running out, so I figure if you just plug it in when you aren't using it then you shouldn't have any problems.
4) Lots of games to choose from, but they seem to be in a random order in the list. I would have expected them to be in the list alphabetically, but they aren't which can make it annoying to find a particular game.
5) Screen is harder to see in high sunlight. This didn't really surprise me as it's a common issue with electronics, but I just thought I'd mention it.

Overall, I'm happy with this game "console" for what it is, but the annoyances are causing me to give it 4 stars instead of a full 5.



BAORUITENG Handheld Game Console, Portable Video Game Console 4.3 Inch 3000 Classic Retro Game Console Pap-KIII , Support GBA / GBC / GB / SEGA / NES / SFC / NEOGEO, (Black) Review:


Bought this video game console as a birthday present for my six-year-old boy, and we both love it. My son and I only use it to play games together, and it works great so far. There are a whooping 3007 classic games, some of which I remember playing as a kid. The screen is bright, the volume is clear, and the buttons are responsive. I only use it for a few days so I can’t comment on its durability. Nevertheless, it a good game console for the price and a great present for my son, so I’m happy with it.

Pros:
- Compact size. Ideal for traveling.
- Big screen. The screen is approximately 3.75”W x 2.15”H.
- Great selection. There are 3007 retro games in this unit.
- Color option. There are three colors to choose from: Black, blue, or white.
- Good value, especially for the price.

Cons:
- Confusing instructions. The unit comes with an instruction booklet, but the instructions are not detailed enough.
- Unordered list. The games in the list aren’t sorted alphabetically, which makes it difficult to find a particular game.

Here are a few basic steps on how to use it that you won’t find in the instruction booklet:
- Press and hold the “power” button to turn it on. You will see the first screen interface, or the main menu, with a few games on top and optional icons on the bottom (Game rooms, Music, Video player, Video camera, Tape recorder, Ebooks, Photo browser, File browser, and Toolbox).
- The icon farthest to the left is the “game rooms.” To choose “game rooms”, press A.
- In the game rooms*, to select a type of game, press A. To go back to the game rooms, press B. To go back to the main menu, press B again.
- During the game, press the “power” button (or press “start” and “select” at the same time) to get to the main menu, which you can choose either “quit” to exit the game and go back to the game rooms or “instant archive” to save the game and go back to the game rooms.

*In the game rooms, the games are sorted by console: CPS (Capcom's Arcade Game Systems - CP1 and CP2), NEOGEO (Arcade), GBA (Game Boy Advance), SFC (Super Famicon/ Super Nintendo), MD (Sega Genesis/ Mega Drive), FC (Famicon/ Nintendo), GBC (Game Boy Color), SMS (Sega Mega System), GG (Sega Game Gear), GB (Game Boy).



HigoKids Handheld Game Console for Kids Portable Retro Video Game Player Built-in 182 Classic Games 2.5 inches LCD Screen Family Recreation Arcade Gaming System Birthday Present for Children-Blue Review:


These were bought for my three kids, 7,5,3 for a cross country trip. We were flying (4hrs) and driving (6hr trip twice) for the trip. These were great! We’d let the kids keep themselves occupied for a while and then pull these out for 20-30 min breaks. My kids play Wii Mario Brothers so they were familiar with that game and probably spent the most time on those. They really enjoyed exploring the other games though and trying them out. Honestly my husband was super excited to show our son Excite Bike. I may or may not have spent some time playing these in the car as well. Just be advised, they’re the old school graphics and everything. Also a little glitchy but not more so than the old Nintendo. You can’t save progress in the game either. But if you’re looking to occupy kids without WiFi or movies... this is a great!! Keeping packed away for future trips!



MJKJ Handheld Game Console , Portable Video Game Console 4.3 Inch 3000 Classic Retro Game Console Pap-KIII , Support GBA / GBC / GB / SEGA / NES / SFC / NEOGEO - Black Review:


*Please read UPDATES at the end*
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TL;DR) for those that won't read all this, the gist of it is: I really LOVE this device BUT it does have some issues (which I go over below), I ONLY use it for playing video games, it DOES really hv 3,000 games, for more info read below.
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1st an aside: I've only played the games on it, I've no intention (for now) of utilizing the other features (music, books, etc).

I've not counted the number of games but I have scrolled through each of the numbered lists and would say that 3000 seems to be a reasonable estimate!

While scrolling through I noticed all the big name games I'd hoped for! Such as numerous Marios, Warios, Yoshis, Zeldas, Sonics, Tetris', Grand Theft Autos, tons of Pokemons, etc - basically, all the classics that I loved &/or heard of growing up!

As well as more specific games such as numerous Harry Potters, Simpsons (and variations of it like Itchy & Scratchy, etc), Hobbit, Lord of the Rings (the games were all included but spread throughout the list), etc

I've played a tiny bit of 10 - 15 of the games that caught my eye today (it arrived this morning) and so far nearly all worked perfectly! The only one that had any sort of "glitch" was an old GameBoy Mario game & the only issue I noticed was that a tiny bit of the far left screen shows up on the far right side. Not enough to effect game play tho so meh!

Battery life could be a LOT better! I'm so used to batteries that last nearly all day I was quite shocked to see 1/2 the battery gone after only an hour or two! Doesn't take long to charge tho & can be played while charging so I didn't deduct a star for this bc seriously, all these games & consoles would have cost $1000s individually, even nowadays (possibly more so now) so I can deal with short battery life.

Only other tiny complaint I have is that the seem to have misspelled Punisher on title screen, it says Publisher under the Punisher Game Icon lol - Again, no big deal!

I haven't yet figured out if I can swap the title screen games out for the games I play most often but I'm hoping that's a feature as scrolling through these lists takes quite a while, they're so long!

I love the Instant Archive save feature! I like being able to save my game rather than being forced to start over each time like we had to when a lot of these games first came out!

All in all, if you liked & miss the classics you can't go wrong with this system, imo!

*****EDIT/UPDATE******
Interesting, idk where the 1st update/edit went.

1) While playing a game if you press Start and Select at the same time a menu comes up with various options, two of which I'd recommend staying out of: Game Settings and Buttons to Set.

GAME SETTINGS: While playing a GBA game I tried to adjust the volume via Game Settings as it was a choice between too loud & silent. Now any time I adjust the volume while playing a GBA game the game also speeds up or slows down, depending on if I've turned volume up or down. Idk how to fix this! It only happens in GBA games though so that's good.

BUTTONS TO SET: While playing an MD game I brought up that menu to what my options were and apparently just SCROLLING THROUGH the options some how made changes! Initially next to START it said something like < h U or similar to that. After scrolling through the options I realized what was there originally was gone, there is no START option, etc so now every time I wanna play an MD game I hv to open the game, open that menu (for some reason START keeps resetting to Unused now) Change the setting so it says START < L and then I can use the L button to start the game.

I'm afraid to try the hard reset and/or restore default/to factory settings options as I don't know what those will do (I used that option on a phone once & it got rid of literally EVERYTHING so that the phone only ever showed the start up icon & nothing else ever again)

2) Instant archive doesn't save the game as far as I can tell, my mistake.

3) In GB one of the games is called Super Mario Quest but is actually The Final Fantasy Legend, most (all?) other games seem to be accurately labeled as far as I can tell so far.

Pretty sure there was something else but don't recall.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I considered deducting a star due to the issues outlined above in #1 but even with those issues the games are still playable & this device is well worth the money, imo!

******YET ANOTHER UPDATE**********
1) Over the last couple days I've tried playing and saving several of the games in the GBC section only to find that the File save in each game doesn't actually save. The games will need to be played beginning to end in one sitting as saving and closing will delete all progress made! So frustrating!!!

If I could delete 1/2 a star for this I absolutely would! The games are still playable though, just has to be done the way we did it on the NES, all at once.

So far, saving games in other sections seem to work ok as far as I've noticed.

2) I recently went through and added up the games in each section, there is indeed over 3,000 but with duplicates between systems call it approx 3,000

********ANOTHER UPDATE**************
I often play with sound off so I don't wake my wife, so I've only recently noticed that there is a bit of lag time between when my character on screen does something and the audio/sound it makes. It's not too terrible but if you rely on audio cues while playing, this console is NOT for you (unless you or someone else knows a way to fix this issue, I myself do not)

I've noticed a few other glitches since my last update but I seem to have misplaced my notes.

All in all: I still LOVE this thing, am happy I bought it and would ABSOLUTELY buy another one if an excuse presented itself =)



DigitCont Plug & Play Classic Mini Console, Built-in with 620 Classic Retro Games Dual Players Mode Console PAL NTSL Support TV Output Bring Back Childhood Memory Review:


The unit works and there is a lot of games.. but... the screen resolution is worse than I remember. Maybe my 65" screen makes it look bad. Now the but... there are 620 games, however, many, >20%, are repeats it appears. The reason for four stars. I have yet to verify if any are just different versions. Also, you must reset the unit to change games (had to change cartridges back in the day) but it is a pain. I attached images (3) of the list of games that is actually readable and informative. List include with unit is in microscopic print and in an order to hide the repeats (?). The list provided is in alphabetical order. The number is how you select from the list on the start up screen.



PocketGo Portable Handheld Retro Game Players Progress Save/Load MicroSD Card External Colorful 2.4" IPS Screen Review:


Not sure why the 1 star reviews... but mine came with a firmware installed Micro SD card that I had to update (the button layout was all wrong on the stock one) and while I noticed screen tearing. It never really effected my gameplay on any of the games I tried out. I didn't even notice it on Sonic which I heard was the worst offender. Also if something is weird. Make sure you turn on the Pal setting as that seemed to clear up any weird issues I had.

Now this thing isn't perfect aside from the 30hz screen. Swapping out the buttons is way too much of a PITA for them to even bother sending you buttons. I suspect more people will end up breaking/stripping their micro screws than not, I stopped halfway in fear of stripping the screws that are in the logic board. The build on these is sturdy but not amazing once you start taking it apart. My unit has a very bad light leakage on the top left corner, enough that I requested a swap from Amazon. I hope the next unit doesn't have that issue. It was actually bad enough to be a distraction.

The UI is very janky, but I suppose if you're playing with ROMs all the software is going to somewhat janky. The games I tried out all worked out despite control not being quite as precise as they were on the original systems. I had a hard time sliding under low bricks in Super Mario Bros. 3 which is the game I've played more than any game in my life. It just wasn't catching the down button quick enough as I ran forward and tried to slide under. I got it eventually. But for a game I can pretty much play the first 3 levels with my eyes closed it was more difficult that it needed to be.

Either way if you like retro gaming or have a friend that loves the old school games and wants a portable all-in-one device this is probably the slickest one on the market as of this review.
For the $50 on Amazon smidge steep. While I bought it here on Amazon, I found it online at a less reputable site for $42 shipped along with a 32gb card, the one I received on here was only 8gb. I wonder if the seller on Amazon is buying the 8gb "base model" from the other seller and then reshipping it to Amazon buyers with a $10 upcharge...