With the weekend coming up, many people will be looking for ways to have some fun. If you’re a gamer, one option is to gather your friends and play on gaming consoles. Here are nine of the best ones to choose from.
1. Playstation 4
The Playstation 4 is one of the most popular gaming consoles around, and for good reason. It has a wide selection of games available for it, as well as some great features that make multiplayer gaming more enjoyable. One such feature is the ability to share video clips and screenshots of your gameplay with others online.
2. Xbox One
The Xbox One also has a wide selection of games available for it, as well as several features that make multiplayer gaming more fun. One of these features is the ability to play some games with others who are using an Xbox 360 console if you have both of them set up with your home Wi-Fi router.
3. Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is a console that can be played both in single-player mode and with friends via multiplayer options. Its unique feature allows you to pop it out of its dock and take it on the road, so you can play it wherever there is a TV available for use (note: this does mean you will need two TVs when playing locally). For example, if three people each buy the Nintendo Switch, they could bring their consoles together at one house and play local co-op on one TV screen.
4. Nintendo 3DS/2DS
If you are interested in playing with friends but don’t want to be limited by the number of controllers available (because the Switch only comes with one controller), then consider getting a game console like the Nintendo 2DS or 3DS. These devices feature local multiplayer options that allow several players to play simultaneously on one screen. One popular game for these consoles is Mario Kart 7; up to four people can race together using their handheld devices.
5. Wii U
The Wii U has some great games available for it which make it particularly fun to play with friends. A few examples are “Super Smash Bros” and “Mario Kart 8”. One unique feature is the off-TV mode, which allows you to play the Wii U using only the gamepad while someone else uses a TV for something else.
6. Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
For retro gamers, there are options like the Sega Genesis and Mega Drive (or their Japanese equivalent consoles). These devices will allow you to play several multiplayer games such as “NBA Jam”. They aren’t well known today but can still be found in good condition at a reasonable price.
7. PlayStation 3/Xbox 360
If you have a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 console lying around, then there’s no reason not to dust it off and bring it back into use. Both of these consoles have been discontinued, but they’re great for playing with friends locally thanks to their support of up to four controllers. Some games available for these consoles include “Call of Duty” and “Guitar Hero”.
The Gamecube is another retro console that can be fun to use with friends, thanks to its unique controller design and the availability of multiplayer games such as “Super Smash Bros Melee” and “Mario Kart: Double Dash”. It’s also a good console for children due to its smaller size and easy-to-use gamepad.
9. Atari 2600
For those who want an option that goes back even further in time, consider the Atari 2600 console which was released during the early days of video gaming history. Many games are available for this device, including both single-player options and multi-players ones such as “Combat” and “Space Invaders”. There are even some game compilations available which allow you to play the original game plus its sequel on one device.
Overall, trying out any of these consoles will provide players with hours of entertainment playing games with friends in their homes or other locations. If none of these options appeal to you, check your local electronics store for other consoles that could be compatible with your TV setup.