Nintendo DS ranked as the top console gamers most want to see make a modernised comeback

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A new study by Hyperoptic delves into gaming nostalgia, revealing the retro consoles gamers most want to see make a comeback
Almost two-thirds (61%) of gamers want the Nintendo DS to return, making it the most sought-after console, followed by the PlayStation 1 (60.6%) and 2 (57.9%)
The study also taps into the most in-demand retro games, with the 1991 version of Sonic the Hedgehog taking the top spot (38%)

Over the last year or two we’ve seen new consoles and games launch such as the Nintendo Switch OLED, PS5, and Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. But with search interest for ‘retro gaming’ on the up, it seems many are currently looking for a hit of gaming nostalgia.

Hyperfast broadband provider, Hyperoptic has delved into the world of gaming nostalgia, to uncover the most sought-after consoles and games that players would most like to see make a comeback, or be modernised. Not only that, but the study also unveils just how much money players would spend to get their hands on the consoles.

Based on the percentage of gamers that most want the console to make a comeback or be modernised, the top 10 desired consoles and how much gamers would be willing to pay are:

Console
% of gamers that want the console to make a comeback/be modernised
The average price gamers are willing to pay

Nintendo DS
61.0%
177.21€

PlayStation 1
60.6%
187.01€

PlayStation 2
57.9%
196.84€

SEGA mega drive
57.0%
172.07€

Nintendo Game Boy
56.8%
165.85€

The Commodore 64 Games System
53.5%
191.28€

Nintendo 64
53.0%
180.85€

Nintendo Game Boy Colour
52.3%
181.70€

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
51.8%
188.72€

Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP
51.2%

 

191.05€

Nintendo consoles are leading the way, with six consoles making up the top 10. Taking the top spot is the DS. Released globally between 2004 and 2005, gamers would be willing to spend over 177€ to purchase the handheld console. The PlayStation 1 and 2 make up the top three.

However, considering the consoles that didn’t make the top 10 most desired list, it seems gamers would be willing to spend the most money, overall, on the Xbox One console – 236.45€ to be precise. Over two-fifths (44%) chose this as one of the consoles they’d want to see make a comeback/be modernised, making it the 20th most desired console.

Now we know the most sought-after consoles, looking at the nostalgic games gamers would most love to see make a comeback or be modernised, without further ado, the top 10 gems are:

Game
% of gamers that would love to see the game make a comeback/be modernised

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
38.0%

Super Mario Kart 64 (1997)
33.4%

Space Invaders (1978)
28.3%

Tetris (1984)
25.8%

Super Mario Bros (1985)
25.3%

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992)
24.3%

Donkey Kong (1981)
21.4%

Crash Bandicoot (1996)
20.3%

Tekken (1990)
13.0%

The Legend of Zelda (1986)
12.8%

1991’s Sonic the Hedgehog claims the top spot, with almost two-fifths (38%) of gamers opting for the game. Other classics on the list include Taito’s 1978 Space Invaders, and Tetris, a game focused on finding the best way to arrange coloured blocks – who would’ve thought this would still be as popular today? Nintendo’s 1981 arcade hit, Donkey Kong, is also another classic game that over one in five (21%) players want to see modernised. We can only dream…

For more information on the top consoles and games, head across to: https://hyperoptic.com/blog/the-most-sought-after-nostalgic-consoles-and-games-revealed/

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