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Holiday Gift Guide 2010 – Classics Video Games for Plug-n-Play


Plug-n-play games connect right to your TV via standard RCA cables and are preprogramed with loads of classic games. Even better these are from the original software so your playing the authentic classic console and coin-op arcade games, not a port or recreation.


Although this sounds like new technology Plug-n-Play dates back to the early video game consoles of the 70s and 80s; refered to as "dedicated consoles" the games were pre-programmed instead of using cartridges or discs.

For cost, convenience and fun, you can't beat Plug-n-Play systems. Below are the very best picks for the 2008 holiday season!

Arcade Gold Featuring Pac-Man

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A classic arcade joystick controller on a circular base featuring an embossed Pac-Man and the Ghost Monsters. Forget those remakes and ports, this special plug-n-play is loaded with eight classic Namco coin-op arcade games, some of which are super rare!
  • Pac-Man - The Original
  • Pac-Man Plus - Making its home system premiere
  • Super Pac-Man
  • Pac & Pal
  • Galaxian
  • New Rally-X
  • Bosconian
  • Dig Dug

For more on Pac-Man games check out Ghost Monster Autopsy – A History Pac-Man and his Undead Enemies

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Ms. Pac-Man And Friends Plug & Play TV Games

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The classic arcade shaped joystick on a base designed to look like a pseudo-arcade cabinet features Pac-Man’s best (and more popular) gal as the centerpiece to five extremely popular Namco classic coin-op arcade games!
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Galaga
  • Mappy
  • Pole-Position
  • Xevious
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The Coleco Sonic

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The ultimate hybrid of handheld video game system and a plug-n-play! Loaded with a huge mix of 20 classic SEGA Master System and SEGA Game Gear titles. Not only does the system plug right into your TV, but it doubles as a portable, allowing you to play all the games via a built in mini-screen. The boatload of titles include...
  • Alex Kidd in High-Tech World
  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World
  • Altered Beast
  • Assault City
  • Astro Warrior
  • Aztec Adventure
  • Bomber Raid
  • Columns
  • Ecco II: The Tides of Time
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Fantasy Zone: The Maze
  • Global Defense
  • Kung Fu Kid
  • The Ninja
  • Penguin Land
  • Quartet
  • Snail Maze
  • Sonic Drift 2
  • Sonic Triple Trouble
  • Super Columns

Play TV Legends Sega Genesis

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Six authentic 16-bit SEGA Genesis titles in one Genesis style controller. All the top classics that allowed SEGA to make its mark in the annals of video game history.
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Golden Axe
  • Flicky
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  • Altered Beast
  • Kid Chameleon

Play TV Legends Outrun 2019

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The original SEGA Genesis classic futuristic racing game is back. Not only does this plug right into your TV, but it comes with the added bonus of a built-in steering wheel controller. The complete game is here with all 5 levels consisting of 25 routes. Although this plug-n-play only contains one game, the steering wheel makes it all worth it.
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Atari Plug it in and Play TV Games

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A perfect recreation of the classic Atari 2600 joystick controller with 10 built in classic Atari games. Each title is a major milestones in the world of gaming.
  • Pong
  • Breakout
  • Real Sports Volleyball
  • Centipede
  • Yar's Revenge
  • Missile Command
  • Atari Circus
  • Gravitar
  • Adventure
  • Asteroids
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Atari Paddle Controller TV Video Game System

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There are numerous ways to play classic Atari 2600 games on modern day systems, but this Plug-in-Play shaped as a classic Atari Paddle Controller is the only way to play these classics the way they were intended.
  • Pong
  • Breakout
  • Super Breakout
  • Casino
  • Warlords
  • Steeple Chase
  • Nightdriver
  • Canyon Bomber
  • Demon to Demand
  • Video Olympics
  • Atari Circus
  • Streetracer
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Activision 10-in-1 Plug-n-Play Video Game System

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This oddly shaped controller with the "V" from the Activision logo emblazoned across its top contains 10 classic Activision games made for the Atari 2600. Activision was formed by some of Atari's top programmers in the 80s who jumped ship to start their own company, so you better bet these games are top notch. Surprisingly the system does not include Activisions most popular 2600 game, the original Pitfall, however it does feature a game many retro aficionados consider to be superior, Pitfall 2: The Lost Caverns.
  • Pitfall 2: The Lost Caverns
  • Chopper Command
  • Kaboom!
  • Barnstorming
  • Spider Fighter
  • Fishing Derby
  • Pressure Cooker
  • Frostbite
  • Seaquest
  • Robot Tank

For more Activision classics check out Activision Hits Remixed – PSP Game Review

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EA Sports Plug and Play TV Games: Madden 95 and NHL 95

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Two incredible EA Sports 16-bit games from the mid-90s in one plug-in-play unit:
  • Madden 95, the game that shot Madden Football into the all time most popular sports game franchise in history.
  • NHL Hockey 95, the first hockey game that allows you to play a full season, plus numerous features that set the standard for all future NHL Hockey games to come.
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