The Best Retro Gaming Devices in Alternative UK Console Top Ten Lists

Nintendo Game & Watch Super Mario Bros.

Want to start retro gaming but don’t know what the best retro gaming system is? GfK has compiled a list of the most popular UK alternative consoles, and provided data on the fastest selling micro, retro, and TV console systems.

The data compiled relies on figures from traditional retailers (e.g. Argos, GAME, Amazon, Tesco, etc.) and as such omits direct-to-market manufacturers. Consequently, devices like the Steam Deck and Playdate may not have the correct representation.

But of the consoles included in the list of 150+ tracked devices, 1.5 million were sold since 2005. While not a volume comparable to the Nintendo Switch, it is about the same as the Nintendo 64.

The UK’s best-selling retro, micro and TV consoles

Wth the Nintendo classics at the top of the list, it is interesting to note that only limited numbers of both systems were released in the UK. They’re essentially the best retro gaming systems released to date, based on this.

TitleCompanyYear
Nintendo Classic Mini: SNESNintendo2017
Nintendo Classic Mini: NESNintendo2016
Sony PlayStation ClassicSony2018
Sega Megadrive MiniSega2019
Game & Watch: Super Mario BrosNintendo2020
Sega Megadrive Flashback HD (85 Games)AT Games2018
Namco 5 in 1 Stick TV Games SystemJakks Pacific2005
PlayStation TVSony2014
Namco Ms Pac-Man Plug N Play GamesJakks Pacific2005
Steam LinkSteam2015

The UK’s fastest-selling (week 1 sales) retro, micro and TV consoles 

Meanwhile, the fastest-selling retro gaming list, based on week 1 sales, makes for interesting reading. Not only does it point to the best retro gaming consoles, but also the best retro gaming computers.

TitleCompanyYear
Nintendo Classic Mini: SNESNintendo2017
Sony PlayStation ClassicSony2018
Nintendo Classic Mini: NESNintendo2016
Game & Watch: Super Mario BrosNintendo2020
Sega Megadrive MiniSega2019
The A500 MiniRetro Games/Koch2022
The C64 MiniRetro Games/Koch2022
PlayStation TVSony2014
Game & Watch: The Legend of ZeldaNintendo2021
OuyaOuya2013

Amiga A500 Mini: best retro gaming home computer remake

Of particular interest in the above features is the sub-set considered “home computer remakes.” Of these, the A500 Mini – the Amiga emulation system that has set the retro internet alight over the past few weeks – is the fastest selling based on week 1 sales, and the number 2 all-time seller. Both of these facts bode well for the possibility of a full sized A500 system.

Interestingly, the C64 Mini is the second fastest-selling computer remake in the list, and leads the all-time selling list in the category. And good news for Retro Games Ltd – the full-sized C64 is number 3 in the all-time seller and fastest selling lists.

(Note that these figures exclude traditional home consoles and console handhelds.)