Whether you are an avid collector or you happen to have a pile of old cassettes and discs in the attic, Polymega can pique your interest. Designed as a retro console to manage them all, this modular system has additional add-ons for NES, SNES, Genesis (Megadrive) or TurboGrafx that can hold the original cartridges and controllers of these systems. The large black base unit Polymega also plays Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Sega CD, TurboGrafx-CD and Neo Geo CD. The controller most closely resembles a DualShock pad, but each module comes with an authentic version of the original gamepad – they even offer a light pistol.
The build quality is excellent and the emulation software is impressive, saving time and screen filtering options. I tested the Super module after cleaning my old one The world of Super Mario and The country of Donkey Kong strollers and it was great to introduce my kids to these classics. When you first insert a cart or disk, you get the option to run it or install it in the internal memory (there is 32 GB outside the box, but you can expand with SD card or SSD), which is great for enthusiasts who want to keep their collections . The carousel menu is slippery, with a frame, screenshots and descriptions for each game. Real estate under the TV comes first, so replacing multiple systems with one box is attractive. It comes with a handful of pre-installed obscure titles, but currently only makes sense for gamers with large physical game libraries.
The Playmaji developer had difficulty implementing this console, and it may take some time to submit orders. What is already here is impressive and comes the N64 module. If Playmaji can come up with a way to offer its library of classic titles to buy and download, this may be the best retro console, but it’s certainly not cheap.