What's old is new again; rediscover retro video games and explore vintage-inspired reboots of the all-time classics.
Most Difficult Retro Games
Is it just me, or are retro games much, much harder than modern games? Today's improved graphics probably help, as I find it hard to even figure out what's going on in some super-vintage arcade games. Another consideration is the fact that arcades wanted kids to keep pumping quarters into the machines, so quick game-overs were profitable. Regardless of the reasoning, I have definitely noticed that we, as gamers, are drawn to punishing difficulty within games. With that in mind, here are some of the most difficult retro games to ever appear in old arcades, as well as on early home consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis.
The History of Chess
A game of strategy, chess is, no doubt, one of the most well-known games in the world. It may also be able to claim itself on of the oldest.Sapphire Ravenclaw
'ActRaiser' on the SNES
The year was 1991. The SNES had only recently been released in North America. I had been playing the NES for five years. My uncle bought the SNES, and with it, the only game he purchased was ActRaiser.
Best Gifts for Retro Gamers
From Legend of Zelda to Pac-Man, the games of our childhood hold up as timeless classics, taking a prominent place in pop culture that we would never have dreamed of as kids playing around at the arcade. Today, there's no denying the draw and appeal of those simpler, highly pixelated times of our lives. Because of this, we look back at the days of old, seeking out the perfect gifts for retro gamers who would truly appreciate a fun, useful gift without having to resort to purchasing and playing some of these retro games on the Nintendo Switch. With all the gaming options out there these days, none are better than those that stir up feelings of nostalgia.Nicola P. Young
Retro Games That Need to Be Remade
Old school gamers rejoice: Retro video games rule once more! For the longest time, the video game industry was singularly obsessed with the most modern gaming technology and software in a race to produce the most advanced consoles and games. It hasn't been until recent years that some game developers have realized the nostalgic power of their greatest hits from years past. While some producers, especially Nintendo, have re-released some vintage games, they tend to ignore the cult hits in favor of popular franchises. In addition, seldom do any developers release remakes or remasters of their classic games. While I'm happy to play any re-releases of my favorite vintage games, the untapped potential for graphical reworking and bug-fixing is immense. Here are just a few of the many retro games that need to be remade.
'The 7th Saga' for the SNES
The 7th Saga is a turn based JRPG released for the SNES in 1993. The 7th Saga…? What happened to the first six sagas? Did I miss them? Were they on the NES? I’m kittening, of course….
Top 10 Retro Games on Switch
According to a comment from Nintendo to Kotaku, "There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner[,]" on the Nintendo Switch. Many fans, including myself, were disappointed by this news. The Virtual Console has been an excellent service that's been around since the Wii era, and it let fans play some of Nintendo's best retro games on modern systems.Katie Marchbank
Mike Tyson's 'Punch-Out'!
Released in 1987 after the success of the arcade game in America and Japan, Punch Out was a very addictive game which was brought to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
My Top 5 Underrated NES Classic Games
In late 2016, I bought an NES Classic and was eager to play on it. For me, playing retro games brings back so many childhood memories. Once you are hooked to them, they pretty much stick with you for life. I'm going to share my top five underrated NES Classic games that deserve praise and recognition.
Probably one of the best games ever brought out for the Playstation 2 console; Yakuza combined all the classic elements from previous Sega titles. You had the role playing from 'Shenmue,' the arcade beat 'em up style of 'Dynamite Cop' and the fighting controls of a Virtua Fighter. Indeed the game can fetch a heavy price online now but if you happen to find it cheap in a charity shop, then pick it up!
'Street Fighter 2 Turbo'
Recently, I had the privilege of playing an original version of the world famous beat 'em up game; Street Fighter 2. The first time I played this game was originally for the Amiga 700 computer system. Even at eight years old I did find it a bit slow and was yet to find an appreciation for such classic games. Yet playing Street Fighter 2 Turbo about 26 years after it was originally released, I can see why it was so popular. Producers Capcom sped the action up (hence the name Turbo) to create probably the world's most popular fighting game. Since that time the game has been ported to over six different consoles and is still enjoyed by gaming enthusiasts like myself today.
'Mario Bros.' Review
Mario Bros., not to be confused with the 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game Super Mario Bros., was a platform game developed for arcades and by Nintendo in July 1983. I wasn't born around the time it was released. In 2016, Mario Bros. was one of 30 games included in the NES Classic. When I first played it, it was so much different than the other Mario games I've played in the past. It was not an easy game and the phases got difficult as the game progressed.