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Thanks to Xbox Live Arcade and iOS as well as other platforms to a lower degree, there is a wonderful range of retro or retro styled gaming on newer devices. It's been mentioned recently and in the past that these sorts of things can get lost in the mega threads about those general platforms, so a dedicated thread for such things seems like a good idea to prevent people missing out.

This is a work in progress :coffee:

Playstation 3

The Japanese store is filled with PS1 ports of arcade games. Unfortunately you need to use Japanese prepaid PSN cards to buy the games, but they are playable on your regular account as long as your Japanese account in on the system. The list of games is too large to list, but SNK, Capcom and the other large publishers of arcade titles are well represented. I think Games are ¥600 each, about £4.50

Pc Engine games are available, but I'm not sure if this is Japan only or not. SNK have also published some Neo Geo titles on the American and European services.

Xbox 360

I'm sure those who have owned Xbox 360's for a few years will know about the wealth of arcade ports on the service, but after 5 years and at least 1 game a weak, it's easy to not realise just how many games there are that fit that description.

SNK have ported multiple Metal Slug's, King of Fighters, and a selection of other titles.

Capcom have published some Street Fighter games

Sega have a couple of early Naomi/DC shooters (Ikaruga, Trigger Heart) as well as Mega Drive (live arcade and retail) and Dreamcast ports.

Thats without all the 80s arcade games released earlier in the service and the few since.

The list is long, so it's been divided up

Arcade ports

Altered Beast



Bubble Bobble

Centipede and Millipede


Crazy taxi


Dig Dug

Fatal Fury

Final Fight/Magical Sword



Garou Mark of the Wolves

Golden Axe




King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited match

King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match

Marvel vs Capcom 2

Metal Slug 3

Missile Command

MS Pac-man

New Rally-X


R-Type Dimensions

Rush'n Attack

Samurai Showdown II


Sega Bass Fishing



Street Fighter II' HF

Super Contra

Super Street Fighter 2 HD


Time Pilot

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

Track and Field



Yie Ar Kung-Fu

Console, Micro and PC Ports



Beyond Good and Evil

Bionic Commando Rearmed

Bionic Commando Rearmed 2

Castlevania:Symphony of the Night

Comix Zone

Duke Nukem 3D

Earthworm Jim Hd

Ecco the Dolphin

Gunstar Heroes


Monkey Island

Monkey Island II

Perfect Dark

Phantasy Star II

Prince of Persia

Serious Sam

Serious Sam II


Sonic Adventure

Sonic 2

Sonic 3

Sonic and Knuckles

Space Channel 5

Streets of Rage 2

Sensible World of Soccer

TMNT Turtles in Time


Worms 2

New games from old franchises

Arkonoid Live

Hard Corps:Uprising

Lode Runner

Metal Slug XX

Pac Man Championship Edition

Pac Man Championship Edition DX

Puzzle Bobble

Rainbow Islands

Rocket Knight

Sam and max Rule the World

Sam and Max Time and Space

Space Invaders Extreme

Space Invaders Infinity Gene

Sonic 4


Scott Pilgrim (very much like Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari/River City Ransom/Street Gangs)


The easy entry into the service has benefitted from a wealth of official ports, clones and games inspired by the games of yore. Prices are usually very low and often free. Frequent special offers and sales make it easy to build up a small collection for only a few quid.

Hudson have an official Pc Engine/TurboGrafx emulator. The app is free, and you then pay £1.50 per game. Each day a random game is available to play for 3 minutes for free. The app has a range of options over display and control configurations as well as save states. With the control configurations you can play say, Soldier Blade with floating controls, but play Bonk with an on screen stick.


The current list of 21 available games is:

World Sports Competition by HUDSON SOFT ★Free Game★

- Bonk's Revenge by HUDSON SOFT

- Detana!! TwinBee by KONAMI

- Double Dungeons by NCS/extreme

- Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman by NCS/extreme

- Benkei Gaiden by SUNSOFT

- Gradius by KONAMI

- Salamander by KONAMI


- Bonk's Adventure by HUDSON SOFT

- Bomberman '94 by HUDSON SOFT

- New Adventure Island by HUDSON SOFT

- Vigilante by Irem

- Ninja Spirit by Irem

- Military Madness by HUDSON SOFT

- Victory Run by HUDSON SOFT

- Soldier Blade by HUDSON SOFT

- Jaseiken Necromancer by HUDSON SOFT

- Dungeon Explorer by HUDSON SOFT

- World Class Baseball by HUDSON SOFT

- China Warrior by HUDSON SOFT

Capcom have ports of Ghosts and Goblins, Mega Man II, and an emulator.

Sega have some Mega Drive ports as well as a double pack of Columns and Puyo Puyo.

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There's a C64 emulator on iOS, with a bunch of legally licensed titles to download as in-app purchases (you can also add your own roms via a back-door method). Also a ZX spectrum emulator. An Amiga emulator is in the works, but as yet it's not known for definite whether Apple will approve it, what games will be available, and whether there'll be a back door.

Personally I find touch-screen controls a bit of a nightmare for emulation, I'll stick to non-official emulators on modded consoles beneath the telly most of the time. (That I never, ever get to play with :( )

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Nice idea for a thread. :) I've been very tempted by manomio's C64 emulator for iDevices due to the irresistible prospect of Iridis Alpha on the move. That said, my new year's resolution (buy no more than 12 games in 12 months) may get hammered thanks to the freebie games. Unless I can get away with it on a technicality... ;)

EDIT: the PSP also has PC-Engine games for sale on the Japan store, and of course all stores have a selection of PSOne games for those who aren't interested in CFW shenanigans...

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Android has emulators for many old consoles. Some of them are even free! I have a SNES emulator, for example, that works perfectly and was free. (It's called Tiger SNES.)

True what someone said above about controls though - they are a bit shit TBH, though I guess maybe some types of games might be ok.

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If we're talking handheld emulation devices, the GP2X Wiz is the best. Pin-sharp 4:3 AMOLED screen, good (real!) controls and lots of great emulators.

What's the battery life like on that? I had a GP2X F200 and it was almost unuseable.

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What's the battery life like on that? I had a GP2X F200 and it was almost unuseable.

I had a F200 also, the battery's better than that. Probably about 4 hours on full screen brightness and overclocked. Most emulators don't need overclocking though, so 5-6 hours.

Controls are much better too, a proper d-pad instead of an analogue stick. Stupidly for the successor (Caanoo) they went back to the analogue stick and LCD screen.

It plays loads of different systems too, Mega Drive/Mega CD and MAME are particularly good. Here's a list:


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