Whether you are an avid collector or have a stack of old cartridges and discs in the attic, Polymega can pique your interest. Designed as one retro console to manage all, this modular system has additional add-ons for NES, SNES, Genesis (Megadrive) or TurboGrafx that can accommodate original cartridges and controllers from these systems. The large black base unit Polymega also plays Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Sega CD, TurboGrafx-CD and Neo Geo. The controller is most reminiscent of the DualShock platform, but each of the modules comes with a true version of the original gamepad – they even offer a lightweight gun.
The build quality is excellent, and the software emulation is impressive, with time savings and screen filtering options. I tested the Super module after brushing the dust off my old one The world is super Mario and Country Donkey Kong strollers and it was very interesting to introduce my kids to this classic. When you first insert the Recycle Bin or Drive, you get the option to run it or install it in internal storage (it has 32GB out of the box, but you can expand the SD or SSD card), which is great for enthusiasts who want to keep their collections. The carousel menu is sleek, with screenshots, screenshots and descriptions for each game. Real estate under the TV is expensive, so replacing multiple systems with one box is attractive. It comes with a few pre-set obscure titles, but now it only makes sense for gamers with a large physical game library.
The Playmaji developer found it difficult to implement this console, and sending orders can take some time. What is already here is impressive, and there is an N64 module. If Playmaji can work out a way to offer its library of classic titles for purchase and download, it may be the best retro console, but it’s certainly not cheap.