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Classic Gaming Consoles - How To Save A Few Bucks On Your Child's Video Games With Alternatives Like FC Twin
To some of you it may come as no big surprise that the Mrs. and I are expecting a little bundle of joy. As you may also realize, I am trying to be very frugal so I can concentrate on thing that really matter such as kid don's education, and being able to spend time with the little guy without worrying about finances. I might be jumping the gun a bit here, but I'm concerned with things that I probably should not be at this point like what will my kid play with? Growing up both of my parents worked very hard to provide what they could for both my sister and I , and that included things to keep us entertained. The technology may have changed a bit, but lets face it, there is always a nice new gaming console not he horizon that costs around $200 or more and games are usually around $35 - $55 bucks or so. So how can I cut down these expenses?
Well I was thinking, kids often times will be very entertained with low tech stuff. Remember the stories about getting a brand new toy, and all you wound up playing with is the actual box? I'm thinking along those same lines. As it turns out, there are tons of low tech gaming options that can be quite entertaining without breaking the bank. Remember the of the Nintendo? Although there are quite a bit of newer game consoles on the market, I challenge you to go to any Flea Market in America and not find a few of the games for this system. Especially for younger children sometimes realistic violence and graphics are certainly not the best solution. If you're from my generation, you can remember spending hours trying to beat levels of Super Mario Brothers or even the Adventures of Lolo! Why wouldn't kids still be entertained with this technology? Especially if they have not been introduced to the brand new X-Boxes or Wii systems out there?
So where do the savings come in? Many of the game cartridges that cost upwards of $50 or so are now available at Flea Markets or online for pennies on the dollar! Even though Nintendo doesn't make the NES console or SNES console any more, you can still buy them online for relatively little money. If you happen to have an old one in your attic, you can refresh it with readily available parts online. Don't want to go through all the hassle of this? No worries! There are a few alternatives out there that can take the place of your beloved video game console that are brand new!
So you're telling me I can get a brand new Nintendo? Even better! There is a console called the FC Twin that does one better, it plays the old school Nintendo Cartridges as well as the Old Super Nintendo Ones! Available on eBay and Amazon for around $50 or so, you can get a brand new system that is really to hookup to your modern TV. There is even a shop at our local Flea Market that sells them as a bundle. Get the console and get a few games free sorta deal. This could potentially save you hundred of dollars as well as give you something bond with your kiddo.
Remember the days when you just couldn't beat that super hard level and you had to run out to grab that really expensive hint book or Nintendo Power magazine? Well another great benefit is that since these games have been around over 20 or so years, is that most of the tips and hints are readily available online. There are many classic gaming sites that will walk you through beating one of these games, or showing you the tips you need to complete a level. No more rushing out to buy a manual, that is fee too!
Another interesting thing that I have encountered are classic games on your PC. There are multiple ways to be able to play your Nintendo games on your PC, but nothing beats using a gamepad controller to do it. You can purchase USB adapters to use your old school Nintendo or Super Nintendo controller on your PC or Mac, or even use your Playstation controller! I bough an adapted for around $3 that allows me to use an old playstation controller and it works beautifully!
While kids will certainly want that brand new shiny video game console, there is no reason to run out and buy one for them when there are plenty of alternatives available. Who says that you need to be on the "bleeding edge of technology" anyway? Kids will play with what they know. Sure they will inevitably go to a friends house and play the latest and greatest, but entertainment is entertainment! Another great benefit of older gamin systems is that most of the games were rested E for everyone. Ok so these games pre dated the ratings system, but it's difficult to get blood and guts on an 8 or 16 but gaming system, but you get my point. In addition, there are a ton of educational games available as well, so that's one less thing you need to worry about when it comes to keeping your kids entertained.