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Top Retro Gadgets Making a Comeback

Ever get all misty-eyed when you remember what life was like in the 80s and 90s? Well, you can indulge your nostalgia all you like, because some of the best retro gadgets ever are making a comeback.

Tech such as the Nokia 3310, Kodak analogue film cameras, and the NES were among the must-haves of their decades. They were some of the most powerful symbols of a technological revolution that changed the world as we knew it, and are still regarded with a sort of reverence by those who were around to enjoy them.

Thanks to their re-releases, many more can experience what they had to offer, and so much more – if they can cough up the money. Rather than being mere re-issues of now-out-dated gadgetry, they have been updated to reflect where we are today, prices included. If you can’t afford any of it, you can always treat yourself to a few spins of a retro-style 3-reel online slot. Who knows? You may even win enough to afford one of the hot new gadgets that are making their presence felt once again!

A Piece of Mobile Magic

Nokia’s 3310 reinvented and re-released
Source: PCMag.com

Launched in 2000 as one of the first Nokia mobile phones without an external aerial, the style and functionality of the 3310 made it an all-time best seller. Everyone simply had to have one.

17 years later, it had a re-vamp and a re-launch. It now boasts a custom-designed interface, a 2.4” curved, polarized screen, a long-lasting battery, a 2MP camera with LED flash, a headphone jack, and an updated version of the beloved game, Snake.

As Seen On TV

Kodak super 8
Source: The Verge

Kodak by-passed not only the 80s and 90s, but the 70s too, when it opted to re-launch its iconic Super 8 film camera, first released in 1965. The imaging technology giant stated the move was part of an analogue renaissance; something that had, in fact, been spurred on almost a decade ago by the popularity of Lomography film cameras.

The new version of the Super 8 features a 4” swivel LCD viewfinder, C-mount lens support, speed control, digital connectivity, versatile handling, and easy film loading. Films can be processed by mailing them to Kodak. Once developed and scanned, the files will be sent digitally to users’ Darkroom accounts.

Classic Gaming Consoles

NES makes a comeback
Source: Retromagia

Launched first in Japan in 1983 and then in the US in 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES became one of the most sought-after gaming consoles. 7 million had been sold by 1987, and by 1990, it had made its way into 30 per cent of American households. That year also saw the release of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System or SNES, which went on to sell 49.10 million units around the world, until its 2003 retirement.

Realising there is no beating a classic; the company whose name became synonymous with video gaming re-released its classic consoles in 2016. Retaining the distinctive look of the originals, they are now a much handier size, and come with games pre-loaded. The NES boasts 30 titles such as Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong Jr, while the SNES features 21 games.

Typewriter-Style Keyboards

Typewriter-Style Keyboards
Source: Por Homme

One of the more unusual pieces of vintage tech to inspire a comeback was the mechanical, typewriter-style keyboard. Thankfully, the designers of Lofree’s Four Seasons Retro Mechanical Keyboard seem to remember just how uncomfortable those clunky old keyboard were, and made sure to design a product that is not only ergonomically-sound, but compatible with Mac as well.

Critics might be tempted to say these companies are re-inventing the wheel. Even if they are, they are making sure to pimp their resultant rides to offer their customers more than before.

90s Gadgets, Games and Shows We Miss

Nintendo GameBoy nostalgia
Source: Pixabay

If you’re old enough to remember what things were like in the 90s, you’ll attest to the fact that things in general back then were totally radical. The toys were awesome, the TV shows were cool, and don’t even get us started on how way out the gadgets we could get our hands on were.

Time has marched on, and things are considerably less rad these days, but 90s kids will still have the privilege of looking back, and enjoying a bit of post 90’s nostalgia. Let’s take a look at just some of the cool things we miss…

Nintendo

The popularity of the NES and SNES console systems has endured astonishingly, with an abundance of YouTube channels dedicated to the hundreds of games. But once again, it just isn’t like it used to be. It’s sad to think that in another generation or two, the NES will be nothing more than a museum piece. Don’t fret too much though; retro games have made something of a comeback, and there are several new or reworked versions of old favourites available. Plus, if you claim a casino bonus and hit the jackpot you could land up with enough money to buy a retro NES and a stack of games, just for kicks!

Pokémon Cards

There was an era in the 90s where Pokémon dominated just about everything. It’s still popular today, make no mistake, but back then it seemed like you couldn’t walk 5 steps without something Pokémon related hitting in you in the face. The TV show was on daily, snack packets had those little cardboard Tazos in them, and everyone you knew coveted their own collection of cards. And there was always that one kid that seemed to have better cards than you.

Johnny Bravo

Johnny Bravo is perhaps the quintessential 90s cartoon. It’s loud, silly and outrageous, and features a guy with hair that defies gravity. Sure, it’s about a dude who is an insane narcissist and also somehow supposed to be lovable, but damn – if he wasn’t also hysterical. Let’s all just admit it, we miss the days when Johnny Bravo was one of the most popular shows on TV.

VCRs

God bless VCRs, and the giant chunks of plastic you needed to make them work, VHS tapes. The picture quality was awful, the things took an age to rewind, and the remote controls were so bulky you could brain a man with them. How awesome they were.

VCR a 90s gem
Source: Pixabay

56k Internet

Remember wanting to download a single 40-megabyte file, and the process lasting until the sun came up, and the birds were tweeting outside? Yes, it was outrageously inconvenient, but boy was it like Christmas every time the file finished, without failing somewhere along the line and needing to be restarted. It taught us appreciation, patience, and humility.

The Discman

Although it first came out in the 1980’s, it was only by the 90s that the Discman made it big. It was portable, played a CD, and was about as cutting edge and radical as could be asked for. Also, if you moved it even a little while playing, the song skipped, stuttered, and the CD was scratched beyond repair. Did we mention – radical!

Rollerblades

Unbelievably, doing things that could potentially result in broken wrists, scarred knees, and missing teeth was the norm back in the 90s. Today, parents would shriek blue murder at the sight of such injury hazards, but the 90s knew that rollerblades were the mark of true fun. The kind that could put you in hospital, or give your hours and hours of fun!

Slang

Finally, the slang. Radical, fresh, word, cool, way out, all that, and righteous. Yes, there’s more, but we just don’t have enough space. Fly, yo, bust a move, boom-shaka-lak. It’s hard to imagine how we said these phrases with a straight face, isn’t it?