In my eyes these are some of the best websites on the Internet!
The #1 site for translations and ROM hacks! This site is so critical to the ROM hacking scene that it is the very backbone of it, housing the largest repository of ROM hacks. It's been around for many years.
Contains a vast collection of NES, SNES and PSX sprites! The webmistress is a dear online friend I've known since the late 90's. Her website is awesome! By the detail you can tell she poured her love into it.
I've always considered this website somewhat of an affiliate because they've been around a long time and their style is similar to mine. They only cover RPGs and they do so with a shrine system.
This is the oldest & best Shining Force series fan site! It's truly a labor of love. This site offers anything and everything Shining Force, supported by a dedicated community.
Anime News Network - This is probably the #1 site for anime news.
AnimeNation Blog - Great place for anime news.
MangaDex - Currently, the top manga site.
The Anime Index - Good manga sites seemingly go down every other month, so it can be a challenge to keep track of them. This website aims to make this easier by providing you with lists of the best sites to find manga, anime, and more.
Nyaa.si - This is a massive anime torrent site. You can download almost any anime from here.
Live-Evil - They have a large repository of anime downloads via torrents. Not as large as Nyaa.si, but they tend to have more of the rare, fan-subbed options.
Toonami Aftermath - This is a live streaming site dedicated to the old Toonami program on Cartoon Network. It's not spammy and full of ads either.
Netflix - You probably know this already, but Netflix is excellent for anime. They keep picking up exclusives of top anime that you can't watch anywhere else. The only catch is that you need to pay to subscribe. They don't offer a free ad-supported option like Hulu or Crunchyroll.
Crunchyroll - This is the #1 site for anime streaming from Japan! They also have an app for mobile devices, set-top boxes, and video game systems.
Funimation - This isn't as good at Crunchyroll, but they have lots of anime favorites that you won't find elsewhere (for streaming). Like Crunchyroll, they have an app for mobile devices, set-top boxes, and video game systems.
Hulu.com - If you don't mind commercials, Hulu has tons of big name anime up like My Hero Academia, Naruto, Baruto, Attack on Titan, Bleach, Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh, Inuyasha, Fairy Tail, Fullmetal Alchemist, Hellsing, Full Metal Panic, and more.
Sites with a have ROMs for every 8-bit/16-bit video game system. That includes NES, SNES, Genesis, Game Boy/Color/Advance, Game Gear, Sega Master System, etc. (to save myself from typing that out in every description).
Vimm's Lair - A legendary ROM site that's been around since the 90s! What I love about this website is that ads are minimal, the design is imple, and there's no hassle. Their selection of system offerings is a bit limited, but they offer the best stuff: NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Genesis, Saturn, PS1, PS2, PSP, and all the Game Boys.
Emu Games - Great site with pretty much everything, and no annoying ads! They have all the classics, including: Saturn, Dreamcast, GameCube, Wii, NDS, 3DS, Xbox, MAME, PSP, and PlayStation 2.
Romspure - A good site with a great selection that includes newer systems. They have SNES, Genesis, Saturn, NDS, 3DS, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, Switch, Xbox, PlayStation 1-4, PSP, and Vita.
Internet Archive: Old School Emulation Center - Download massive zip files that contain all games for a given system. They have SNES, Genesis, Sega CD/Mega CD, Game Gear, TurboGrafx16/PC Engine, Turbografx-CD/PC Engine CD, and a whole bunch of retro computers. On a per-game download basis, they include Saturn, PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, Gamecube, and Wii. There are no ads and no nonsense. However, the usability of the site is horrible and it's not easy to find things. It might be easier for you to use Google to find what you're looking for. For example, search Google with phrases like “archive.org super nintendo collection”.
Google + Reddit (ex: PlayStation 2) - This link is an example of how you can use Google to find valuable links on Reddit. People upload large games to Google Drive or other cloud platforms. Large ISOs such as for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, and Switch. You won't find direct links to these cloud repositories on Google, but you'll find them on Reddit. You can use Google to help search Reddit with search phrases like “reddit download playstation 2 isos” or “reddit download nintendo switch games”.
Edge Emulation - This awesome site has pretty much every system up to the 32-bit era. They even have Saturn and Dreamcast; but they don't include PlayStation. They don't bombard you with ads and downloading is easy.
Rom Hustler - Includes Sega CD/Mega CD, N64, Saturn, and arcade. There are tons of ads, too.
Planet Emulation - It's a foreign site. They have a good collection of ROMs including N64, Saturn, and MAME (arcade).
My Abandonware - A humble archival site that focuses on providing roms for Sega systems (Master System, Genesis, Game Gear, 32X, Sega CD), PC Engine, classic Windows & Mac, and other retro computers.
Zophar's Domain - A great place for video game emulators, music (SPC, PSF, GYM, GBS, etc.), emulator save states, cheat files, and more!
Internet Browser ROMs
It's possible to play ROMs in the Internet browser! This is awesome if you want to play games on a work computer, public computer, or on a Chromebook.
Afterplay.io - Play NES, SNES, GameBoy/Color/Advance/DS, N64, and PlayStation 1 games. This platform is designed for mobile so there are touchscreen buttons. Bluetooth controllers are supported. Signing up is free. It auto-saves your game progress. The catch is that only SNES and Game Boy/Color/Advance are free. The other systems require you to pay their $5/month subscription.
SnesFun - Play SNES games. Supports save states.
SSega - Play Genesis games. Supports save states.
Hardcore Gaming 101 - As the name implies, hardcore gaming has extensive reviews covering games of every genre and era. What's most interesting about this site is that the majority of its review sections covers the entire game series.
Sega-16 - They have tons of game reviews and interesting articles about all sorts of Sega-related things.
DJ Pretzel's Overclocked Remixes - An excellent site jam-packed full of video game MP3 remixes.
Zophar's Domain: Music - The music section in Zophar's Domain has virtually every soundtrack for every classic game up to the 32-bit era, downloadable as MP3.
Video Game Museum - A huuuge archive of video game screen shots, box scans, ad scans, game endings, music, sprites, and more!
Replacementdocs - Contains thousands of video game manuals from various systems of classic and recent ages.
Retromags - This is an amazing website!! You can download any issue from nearly every classic gaming magazine! From the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s.
Vimm's Lair - Another site with thousands of game manuals form various systems. Click on “Manual Project”.
VideoGameSprites.net - My friend's site. She has a vast collection of NES, SNES and PSX sprites! Her SNES collections are THE BEST on the net!!
The Spriters Resource- An excellent, massive sprites site; contains thousands of video game sprites and from many systems!
Video Game Maps
VGMaps.com - The #1 website for video game maps. They're so good they crushed all their competition!
MacScene - An excellent website and community for those who are into Mac video game emulation. They have all of the available emulators.
Macintosh Garden - This place distributes great classic games for the Mac. Doom 2 and SimCity 2000 are two examples of what they have.
Mac Game Files - A good Mac gaming site. Has up-to-date news, reviews, demos, tools, and more.
RPG Classics - They're like GameFAQs, but they only focus on RPGs and their walkthroughs are organized in a website layout. It's an excellent website with a strong fan base that has been around since '97! They have other stuff like a community, fan art, fan fics, fan music, and more.
Shining Force Central - The #1 fansite for the Shining Force series!
The Phantasy Star Pages - My favorite fansite for the Phantasy Star series! This site, unfortunately, went offline. The link I have here leads to the archive.org backup, so it may load a slow.
Icy Brian's RPG Page - This website is beyond excellent. It's been around since '97! Unlike all those other fancy smansy RPG sites, Icy Brian's page has a strong fan base. It's probably most well known for its massive archives of quality fan fics and fan art. There's also game reviews, an IRC chat, forums, and more!
The RPG Site, RPGamer, RPGFan - Excellent sites dedicated to reviewing RPGs of all kinds.
Eyes on Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Extreme - Excellent sites dedicated to reviewing every Final Fantasy.
Romhacking.net - This is the #1 site for translation news and ROM hack news! They're the most up-to-date with all the juicy translation news out there.
Aeon Genesis Translation Proclamation - This is the domain of the almighty Gideon Zhi! He's one of the most active rom hackers in the translation scene.
Translation Corporation - These are the people who translated Dual Orb 2! Now they're working on Emerald Dragon, WOZZ, and others.
Dynamic Designs - This group has been around for a while. They're translating a nice collection of games.