There are various platforms from which you can play retro games. Consoles such as the Wii U have retro game options. You can play 1980s games on relaunched consoles such as NES Classic Edition. Or you can play game ROMS with emulator software on Windows. There are also various websites that include a variety of web-based retro game emulators for numerous consoles.
A web-based retro game emulator is an Adobe Flash or Java console emulator. They are emulators you can run directly from your browser window. Aside from a browser, and perhaps a Flash plug-in, no additional software is required to play the retro games. These are a few of the great websites that include web-based retro game emulators for various game consoles.
The Nintendo Emulator website provides a comprehensive index of NES and SNES titles from the 1980s and ‘90s. The site includes SNES and NES tabs that you can click on to switch between the two emulators' A-Z game indexes. It’s easy to find the games you’re looking for at Nintendo Emulator, and the site loads the games very quickly. Nintendo Emulator also includes options with which you can configure the keyboard setup, set up a gamepad, switch to full-screen mode and save states for all its retro games.
Check out SNESFun for a great collection of 16-bit SNES games. There are almost 953 games on the site, such as Super Mario World, Legend of Zelda and Killer Instinct. Click on one of the game thumbnails to open an Adobe Flash or Java emulator, which usually takes less than a minute to get going.
The site’s emulator has various additional options. Press Shift + F to enable the full-screen mode for its games. You can also configure the keyboard controls by selecting the keyboard icon at the bottom of the emulator. If you sign in to the website, you can also return to previously saved games by clicking the cloud emulator.
88Bit is linked to from the SNESFun site. However, it is still a separate site with its own domain name. Click the NES tab at the bottom right of the SNESFun website to open the 88Bit game library. 88Bit includes an extensive collection of 8-bit NES games, which you can play from your browser in much the same way as SNESFun.
For SEGA fans, SSega.Com is one of the best sites for web-based retro game emulators. The site has more than a thousand 16-bit SEGA Genesis games. Click one of the games’ boxes to get it up and running in your browser. Select the option at the bottom left corner of the game emulator box to switch to full-screen mode. This site also includes cheat codes for its various games.
You can play SNES, Game Boy Color & Advance, SEGA Genesis, Master System and NES games at Emulator.online. The great thing about this website is that there are absolutely no popup ads on it, which befoul some Flash-gaming sites. However, unlike Nintendo Emulator, Emulator.online doesn’t include an A-Z index for its retro games. Thus, it’s not quite as well-organized; but you can still find games quickly enough with the website’s search box. In addition, this website includes an original Starblast.io multiplayer game in which players blast away asteroids and spaceships.
The Atari 2600 revolutionized the gaming industry in the ‘70s with its ROM cartridges. 2600 Online is a fan site that restores some of that console’s greatest games in your browser. It doesn’t include the most extensive index of games, but it’s easy to navigate and shows you the default controls for games on its console display. This website also enables users to load Atari 2600 games in its emulator with ROM files (by pressing F5) or URLs. As such, you can play most 2600 games at the site with additional ROMs.
From those websites, you can play a multitude of retro games for up to seven alternative consoles without any emulator software. They are generally dominated by Nintendo and SEGA games, but there are a few that include emulators for alternative consoles. Check out the links above to open the sites where you’ll find plenty of classic retro games.