What are the best websites to play retro video games online ?

asked by Daniel Molina
373 contributors
22 solutions
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    #1My Emulator Online

    My Emulator Online

    My Emulator Online is a website for playing all the oldies but goldies video games of Super Nintendo and Nintendo NES. You will find a huge catalog of retro games for playing completely for free. 

    Websites

    Bobby Andrews
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I found this website recently and love it. It takes me back to the games I played as a kid. If you grew up with the old Nintendo games, this site has them all and they play smoothly on my PC and phone."
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    #2Emulator.online

    Emulator.online

    Emulator.online is a website where you can find and play all Super Nintendo (SNES), Sega Genesis (Mega Drive), Game Boy (Color and Advance), and NES games online for free.

    Websites

    Free

    Ralph Snyder
    Written on August 3, 2017
    "It looks like there's a lot of game options. Once you picked the game system, it had displayed the game selections. It was fairly easy to navigate. "
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    #3Game Oldies

    Game Oldies

    Game Oldies is an online emulator website and community that lets you play your favorite childhood classic, and simply enjoying the experience, They support games for NES, SNES, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, and much more.

    Websites

    Free

    Bruce Henderson
    Written on February 14, 2017
    "I love playing classic games. From really old 8-bit games to the great 16-bit games! If you didn't play through a game, are looking to play something you didn't get to play,or just want to play an old favorite over again, this is the place to go."
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    #4Emulator Games Online

    Emulator Games Online

    Emulator Games Online is a website wherein users can play retro GameBoy games in their browsers with an online gaming emulator for each game. Some games available on Emulator Games Online are Pokemon, Super Mario, Zelda, Tetris, and more.

    Websites

    Free

    James Nagel
    Written on May 22, 2019
    "My favorite site with NES games. Before I found it I use an emulator to play nintendo games. I no have NES console at home :( But now. I play the best arcades ever in my browser! No need any software or roms! BTW when you open a page with the game you choose, you will see complete controller manual, and that's really cool! Thank you, guys, and, I hope, girls ;)"
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    #5Retro Games Online

    Retro Games Online

    Retro Games Online is an online emulator website and community. They support most of the 8-bit and 16-bit systems, including popular ones like Nintendo NES & SNES, Sega Master System, and Genesis.

    Websites

    Free

    James Stevens
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "I think that Retro Games Online is an awesome website for playing retro video games. It has a very large selection of all types of retro systems. I love the layout and ease of picking games, the load times are quick and the quality of play is great. "
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    #6Internet Archive

    Internet Archive

    Internet Archive is a website that aims to build a digital library of sites on the internet and other digital cultural artifacts. The website can be accessed by users for free.

    Websites

    Free

    Juan Phillips
    Written on June 2, 2017
    "I really don't see Internet Archive as a good option for websites to play retro games. I like it more for other types of software and things. I know it does have games but just not the largest selection and it is not the best navigation to find them."
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    #7itch.io

    itch.io
    itch.io is a simple way to find, download and distribute indie games online. Users can browse through itch.io's extensive catalog of indie games. If you're a game developer, you can create a page where people can download or buy your game.
    Websites

    Free

    Navya Singhal
    Written on October 13, 2017
    "This is a great site for indie games, and while it has a good selection of retro STYLE games, it's not the best for actual retro games. Something like the SNES classic mini would be better for getting your retro gaming on."
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    #82600 Online

    2600 Online

    2600 Online is a website dedicated to the Atari 2600, its games and their creators. Many popular Atari 2600 games can be found there. Just browse the game list to the left and click on a game name to play.

    Websites

    Free

    Nathan Price
    Written on March 31, 2017
    "This is a pretty cool site that allowed me to play the games that I grew up with. I forgot some of these games even existed. The graphics are pretty rough and the stories are cheesy but that's what makes it so cool. It took me back to my younger days when they were so cool and cutting edge! This is definitely a play to get lost for a few hours. It's like a time machine to our youth!"
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    #9Virtual Apple

    Virtual Apple

    Virtual Apple is a website where you can select the disk from the menu, click on Yes to automatically download the ActiveGS emulator and disk images in Internet Explorer or click on Install Add-Ons when prompted in Mozilla's Firefox Browser or Safari to play a variety of retro games.

    Websites

    Free

    Jesús Vera
    Written on April 13, 2017
    "Virtual Apple is not a site that I would go to for playing retro games but it looks like it a decent option with a few games that are not available on other sites that I know of. I don't see it as one of the best but it is a viable option. "
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    #10SSega

    SSega

    SSega is a website where you can find Sega Genesis/Mega drive, Game Gear, Master, Atari 2600, Super Nintendo, Nintendo, SC-3000, MSX, DOS, Atari 800 games, and play them online.

    Websites

    Free

    Vicente Villa
    Written on May 31, 2017
    "I love SSega for playing retro video games, fast loading times, large selection of games, and a nice layout. Takes me back to a time when I had to look through a dozen of game cartridges just to find the right game to play til the sun came up."
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    #11Free 80s Arcade

    Free 80s Arcade

    Free 80s Arcade is a website where you can find arcade games from the 1980's that people used to play in the Pong Console, Atari 2600, Colecovision, Intellivision, and the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). 

    Websites

    Free

    Anika Sengupta
    Written on May 15, 2017
    "I figured I'd just check out this website and see what it was about and then get back to work. Next thing I know, I've been playing legend of zelda for 20 minutes! Fantastic site, I can't wait to find more time to play on it!"
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    #12Mario Games

    Mario Games

    On this site, you can find a lot of funny fan-made games. Play the best free online Mario games, Sonic games, Pac Man games and other great video game icons. 

    Websites

    Free

    Michael Stephens
    Written on October 21, 2017
    "I tried out a couple of games from MarioGames, and I didn't think they were very good. There were a lot of kind of janky fan versions using the original Mario palette and sprite set, but the gameplay really wasn't up to par. "
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    #13Retro Games

    Retro Games

    Retro Games is a website for playing the most popular retro games of all time. You can play all your favorite games from decades ago. Nintendo, Arcade, Sega... all of them have a place in here. 

    Websites

    Free

    Virginia Chen
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "Such an awesome sit to play old school games. Can't wait to play my favorites this weekend."
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    #14RetroGames.cz

    RetroGames.cz

    RetroGames.cz is an amazing website to play retro video games online. Contains emulators for operating system MS-DOS and classic consoles as Atara 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System or Sega Genesis. You can be found legends as Donkey Kong, Super Mario, Sonic, Pac-Man and many others.

    Websites

    Free

    Judy Woods
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "Wow, RetroGames.cz is a walk into my teenage years! These games might be called Retro, but I remember when they first came out. They were great fun then and even more fun now! Reminds me of a simpler, happier time when games were not about violence but simple mazes and collecting coins. This website provides so many game options that I know I won't get bored."
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    #15My Abandonware

    My Abandonware

    My Abandonware is one of the largest abandonware sites on the internet, with more than 13,000 games from the 80s and the 90s to download for free. The site contains games mainly from the DOS era.

    Websites

    Free

    Pranav Chauhan
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "this website is a excellent resource for finding and playing old video games, and for the games they can't give you free legally they have links to stores where you can get them. "
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    #16retrogames online

    retrogames online

    Retrogames is a great way to play old school games completely online and without downloading. Here you will find a lot of different games, from almost any platform like SEGA, NEO-GEO, PSX, Mega Drive, Atari, SEGA CD...

    Websites

    Free

    Anton Tonskiy
    Written on January 29, 2018
    "Multiple game systems emulator for play in browser. Game systems: 3DO, PlayStation, Nintendo, SEGA, Atari, MSX, Neo-Geo, Arcade, TurboGrafx. 926 games for play in browser."
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    #17Pogo games

    Pogo games
    Pogo is a free online gaming website that offers over 100 casual games like chess, checkers, and hearts as well as Poppit! Word Whomp.  It also contains Bingo Luau with a unique Pogo twist. 
    Websites

    Free

    Humberto Madrigal
    Written on November 10, 2017
    "It feels like Pogo's been around in one form or another now for decades. I'm still addicted to the chess games, though in my old age, I find myself drawn to the card games more and more. The wife, too, borrows my phone to play, and sometimes won't give it back for hours, even when the kids are calling from college. She just gets so into her bingo that she doesn't even hear the ringer! Definitely a popular game site in this household!"
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    #18Retrogames.cc

    Retrogames.cc

    Restrogames.cc is a website where you can play many different retro games like Super Mario Bros, Pokemon Emerald, Marvel vs. Capcom, Contra, Metal Slug 6, Aladdin, Megaman VII, Super Contra, Gals Panic, and many more.

    Websites

    Free

    Jerry Mendoza
    Written on December 3, 2017
    "Brings back memories for sure. Spent hours flipping through games I use to play as a kid."
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    #19Loveroms

    Loveroms

    Loveroms is a website where users can play a huge selection of retro video games for free. The site works as an emulator for several game consoles and platforms as well. *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Websites
    Terry Morris
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I love playing retro games. With this website, I can replay all of my favorite classics."
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    #20ArcadeSpot

    ArcadeSpot

    In ArcadeSpot you can play a lot of retro and new games for free without downloading them. You have a huge selection to choose from: Super Mario, Pokemon, Sonic, Zelda games and much more.

    Websites

    Billy Payne
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "If you're as 90s kid like me, you're really going to enjoy this website. It features classics from all sorts of consoles. The only downside to this website is that there are a lot of ads and they want you to install their specific version of flash to play."
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    #21Emulator Online

    Emulator Online

    Emulator Online is a website which offers you a large collection of retro video games to play for free. The site is an emulator which let you play games for SNES, NES, SEGA, GBA, GBC, N64, and NDS consoles.

    Websites

    Free

    Christopher Foster
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my 9 year old twin sons. I was looking for a well designed video game emulator that kids can use for enhancing their creativity by playing exciting and magical games while I hang out with them at night. I found this amazing Emulator Online at Emulatoronline.com that has tons of video games that were previously released on the market for SNES, NES, SEGA, GBA, GBC, N64, and NDS consoles.. My boys love the Emulator Online and it is keeping them occupied for countless hours. Thank you!"
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    #22Classic Reload

    Classic Reload is a website which allows users to pick from over 6000 retro Windows/DOS and console games and play them for free. The site requires players to use either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for the games to work smoothly.

    Websites

    Free

    Oren Vardy
    Written on December 10, 2018
    "one of the best retro sites I've found, tons of games, runs pretty fast and great support"

Summary

Best What are the best websites to play retro video games online
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1My Emulator OnlineWebsites 48 Paid
2Emulator.onlineWebsites 39 Free
3Game OldiesWebsites 31 Free
4Emulator Games OnlineWebsites 28 Free
5Retro Games OnlineWebsites 25 Free
6Internet ArchiveWebsites 24 Free
7itch.ioWebsites 22 Free
82600 OnlineWebsites 22 Free
9Virtual AppleWebsites 21 Free
10SSegaWebsites 18 Free
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