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Xbox One X

Dubbed the most powerful console ever — not that it had much competition besides the PS4 Pro — Microsoft’s Xbox One X is a performance-upgraded Xbox One that finally does your 4K TV justice. The console features a new 8-core AMD processor, 12GB of GDDR5 graphic memory, and a 6 Teraflop GPU, all in all increasing overall power by about 40% in a smaller, sleeker form factor. It’ll still play…

GET IT: $500

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STOA Replay Arcade Cabinets

In this day and age where gaming is a literal profession for some, nearly as much attention is given to video game systems of old as it is to newer games. Case in point: the sold-out Nintendo NES Classic Edition, the Analogue NT, and now STOA’s Replay Arcade Cabinets. These retro gaming cabinets are premium and bespoke, above all else, and feature seamless designs, high quality paint jobs, and a…

GET IT: $5,000+

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Nintendo 2DS XL

That’s not a typo: the Nintendo 2DS XL drops the whole 3D bit from the 3DS, perhaps because a third dimension didn’t really bring much to the gaming experience. It scraps the 2DS’ original “wedge” doorstop shape for a more palatable clamshell design that folds down way smaller while still offering more functionality, including 82% larger screens, a C Stick, ZL and ZR buttons besides the traditional shoulder bumpers, and full compatibility with the…

GET IT: $150

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Atari Pong Coffee Table

Air hockey tables are sort of like Pong in real life. And so is the Atari Pong Coffee Table. Instead of playing Pong on a screen this coffee table recreates the game in the physical world using magnets underneath the surface, complete with paddles, a cube for a ball, and the same simple to pick up but hard to master gameplay. When you’re not challenging friends to rounds of Pong…

GET IT: $990

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Analogue Nt Mini

If a single model — the original included — truly satisfied NES-hungry retro gamers perhaps there wouldn’t be a new one released every other month or so. Analogue’s Nt Mini aims to fill that craving once and for all thanks to stellar build quality coupled to 1080p upscaling, an HDMI output along with RGB, and HiFi components to get that 8-bit music sounding better than ever. Unlike the Nintendo Mini the Nt…

GET IT: $450

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RetroBlox Modular Retro Game Console

It’s so far been impossible to find one emulation-based gaming console that’ll play every single one of your retro games without lag or issues. The RetroBlox Modular Retro Game Console aims to do just that by way of Element Modules that swap out various modules each compatible with old school cartridges — as well as controllers and other hardware — from the NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis, amongst others. An included CD/DVD optical drive also handles disc-based games like those from the PlayStation and Sega…

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Gamevice Controller

Gaming on an iOS device has its perks over traditional handhelds like the GameBoy and the PS Vita, namely a much better display and greater performance. But it lacks tactile buttons and often enough that makes all the difference. The Gamevice Controller equips your device with what you’ve been missing, adding dual joysticks, a D pad, four A/B/Z/Y buttons, triggers on either side, plus bumpers, basically turning it into a Nintendo Switch of sorts. It clips…

GET IT: $100

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Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s next generation console — the Nintendo Switch — is finally here, and it’s trying its hand at being both a gaming handheld and a dedicated television-connected console. The core device is more tablet than set top box but you wouldn’t know that until removing it from its television stand, with two Joy-Con controllers that convert from the console’s wireless controller to halves that slide onto either side of the tablet for on-the-go gaming. It won’t…

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8Bitdo NES Classic Retro Receiver

The NES Classic is the hottest gamer gift this holiday season. Problem is Nintendo cursed its controllers with cables one-third the length of the original’s, which unsurprisingly complicates gaming on the device. 8Bitdo’s NES Classic Retro Receiver addresses the issue by cutting the cord entirely and letting you use one of a myriad of wireless controllers, with one NES30 controller included. Setup is as simple as plugging it in and pairing a controller to it. It’ll…

GET IT: $40

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Sega Genesis

Missed the boat the first time around due to something trivial like not yet being born the year it was released? Now’s your chance since the Sega Genesis is back in production, albeit for a limited release. Officially licensed by Sega and produced by TecToy, the 16-bit console looks very similar to the original, still plays all the same games, and includes one controller. There’s no HDMI port so you’ll still need to plug…

GET IT: ~$120

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Razer Blade Pro Gaming Laptop

Gaming on a laptop? You’d better believe it. Razer’s Blade Pro handily outdoes all portable computers before it. This notebook is decked out with a quad-core Intel Core i7, two identical SSDs in RAID 0 (from 256GB each to 1TB each), and 32GB of DDR4 RAM, for starters. Importantly, Razer managed to squeeze in a desktop-class Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, which supplies ample graphics power to play the latest titles on ultra-high and…

GET IT: $3,700+

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PlayStation 4 Pro

We don’t have a 4K TV just yet, but we don’t need one to appreciate the shame of playing 1080p games on such a capable display — and worse, having to wait until the next generation consoles to do so. But if you do have one, the PlayStation 4 Pro is the answer. While it unfortunately won’t play 4K Blu-ray disks (normal Blu-ray works) it will support sharp 4K gaming as well as 4K streaming….

GET IT: $400

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Playstation Now For PC

Playstation Now lets you stream PS3 games — but up until now you’ve needed to own a modern and pricy Sony console. Playstation Now For PC does away with all that extra hardware, instead letting you use your computer to play. You’ll need a compatible Windows PC with some half decent specs as well as fairly fast internet (5Mbps+) and a DualShock 4 controller that can either plug in via a…

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Nintendo NES Classic Edition

Finding an original NES is rare. One that still works flawlessly, a little rarer. But if your primary goal is to play the classics without fiddling around with and blowing dust out of fickle cartridges, the Nintendo NES Classic Edition is the plain logical choice. Styled like the original but smaller, this system features modern amenities like HDMI and mid-game suspend points (to save your game and continue later),…

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Xbox One S

It’s not revolutionary, but Microsoft’s Xbox One S is pure refinement of the company’s current-gen console. First off it’s 40% smaller despite managing to squeeze its power supply into the case for a quieter console (and cleaner wiring). It’s also newly equipped with high dynamic range for richer contrasts and more vivid colors, plays and streams 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and compatible Netflix/Amazon Instant Video content, respectively, and boasts an IR blaster to…

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Analogue Nt 24k Gold Plated Edition

Like the cartridge of the original Legend of Zelda but instead plated in actual real gold, the Analogue Nt 24k Gold Plated Edition commemorates this classic’s 30th anniversary — and comes with an original cartridge copy of it to boot. Its enclosure is plated inside and out in pure 24k gold and complemented by a transparent baseplate on the underside that lets you have a look at the gold PCB board within just by flipping the console over….

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Deal: SNES30 Controller & Mount

Swiping away on a shiny piece of glass just isn’t the same gaming experience as frantically jabbing at tactile plastic buttons. The SNES30 Controller & Mount combo gets you a Bluetooth-enabled Super Nintendo-style controller, complete with a button layout identical to that of the original, as well as an 8Bitdo expandable mount that’ll perfectly angle virtually any smartphone to the controller regardless of screen size, including smaller devices such as the iPhone 4 up…

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NES30 Pro Bluetooth Game Controller

Playing old school games on your modern day devices doesn’t quite feel the same, probably in large part due to the lacking tactile response that comes with using a glass touchscreen display as a controller. So try 8Bitdo’s NES30 Pro Bluetooth Game Controller instead, compatible with both mobile devices — iOS and Android — as well as Mac and Windows personal computers. It’s about the size of a SNES controller and connects via Bluetooth,…

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Razer Blade Stealth

What if a gaming laptop could be made that didn’t weigh 15 pounds and measure in at two inches thick? That’s the idea behind the Razer Blade Stealth, which leaves all the heavy duty lifting to a desktop-grade graphics card — essentially any you want — inside the accompanying Razer Core, a GPU bay that also doubles as a sort of hub and dock. A single Thunderbolt 3 handles the connection between the two…

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ScreenStick Joystick

We won’t deny the flexibility of touchscreen displays, but for gaming tactility is still a must. So if your mobile gaming could benefit from better controls give the ScreenStick Joystick a go. This joystick sticks onto your tablet or smartphone using two suction cups on the screen’s bezel and grants far more precise control for first-person shooters, racing games, platformers, and any other gaming situations that require fast reflexes and quick reaction times. They’ll…

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Polycade

The classic arcade system: it’s undeniably awesome but also bulky, square-ish, and usually capable of playing only one game. Polycade was designed to address these issues, notably the aesthetics: its shapely wooden cabinet is constructed by professional cabinet makers and painted using a professional spray gun or wrapped with high quality printed vinyl graphics. Standard 8-way two player controls as well as 4-way single player controls cover the wide variety of games that it ships…

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Battlecade

Battlecade isn’t Love Hulten’s first stab at a retro-inspired gaming system — far from it, actually — but it’s definitely the most unique. Instead of putting competing players side by side where they can peek at each other’s controls and strategies, Battlecade boasts a Battleship-inspired form factor, down to the two folding halves for packing it up to take it on the go. Key difference: it’s gorgeous, and covered in American walnut…

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Woodlands: Hyrule Wooden Map

We’d like to say we knew the streets of our city as well as the intricacies of Hyrule, but we’d be lying. And frankly, considering how much time we spent exploring this fictional land, it’s hardly surprising. Neutral Ground’s Woodlands: Hyrule puts a laser-etched map of Hyrule, inspired by Ocarina of Time and drawn by Alex Griendling, on a beautiful piece of hand-selected maple ply that’s outfitted with a keyhole slot…

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Nvidia Shield Console

Any new console hitting the market has one main concern: playable games. That already seems to be a non-issue with the Nvidia Shield, an Android TV console that’ll play big name, Android-ported games and stream 4K shows and movies without so much as a hiccup. The angular device packs a 256-core Nvidia Maxwell GPU, an Nvidia Tegra X1 processor, and 3GB of memory. More interestingly, the Shield is compatible with Nvidia’s Grid, a…