The 10 Best Retro Castlevania Games You Need to Play Today

Any time a series inspires an entire genre of games, you know they’re doing something right. One half of the inspiration behind the ever-popular Metroidvania genre of games, Castlevania does a lot of things well and arguably includes the most battles against Count Dracula featured in any gaming series. Any game that makes you beat Dracula that many times deserves a place in history, wouldn’t you agree? Castlevania’s gaming catalog includes a few misses, but there are plenty of all-time classics to make up for them. Today, let us take a look back at the best vampire-hunting, ghoul-slaying, whip-brandishing series in gaming history. Castlevania – NES, 1986 Castlevania would mature as a franchise over the years and add a lot of technological wizardry to its arsenal, but the heart and soul of the game has always been horror.  The original Castlevania is a classic side-scrolling beat-em-up platformer that has you adventuring...

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Console Wars, PlayStation 1 Vs Nintendo 64 Launch Titles

It's been a couple of years since the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and the Nintendo Switch release. Which has brought the video game industry fully into the eighth generation of console gaming. This 8th generation of console wars has settled into a battle for exclusives, price differences, and online and social gaming advantages. Which is fine, anyone looking to buy a video game console this year will have more games and better prices (and fewer bugs) than last year's early adopters. PS1 Vs N64 All the same, a few new games is never as exciting as a launch system, so since the 2020s isn’t offering us that kind of fun, I thought I’d return to the console launch of yesteryear. Today, I bring you retro Launch Wars: The Fifth Generation. To review, the major players of the fifth generation of the gaming industry were the Original PlayStation,...

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Super Mario Bros Everything You Need to Know & Didn't Know

Are you a fan of Super Mario Bros, then you got to check out the history and what made this such an epic gaming Franchise.  This article was written by the nice folks over at GamesMojo.com, so head over and check them out!  They are a great spot for reviews, news and fantastic gaming blogs!

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Light Guns, Zappers, Phasers, Not HD Compatible - Here's Why

nintendo light gunThe reasons why this is the case have been covered extensively in other online posts. However, for the purposes of this column, it makes sense to eschew the tech jargon and explain the issue in ways that any non-gear head can understand. So here’s a breakdown.

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Playing Old School Games is that Considered a Retro Gamer?

Usually, when technology becomes outdated, people stop using it. That’s why no one watches movies on beta cassettes anymore. In fact, most of you probably don’t even know what beta tapes are. That’s the point. Beta cassettes are so inferior to modern video formats that they’re not even worth remembering. And yet, retro gamers spend $200 million a year (collectively) on obsolete, primordial technology. In fact, used copies of classic games often cost more than brand-new games. How is this explained? Just what is a retro gamer, and what drives them to pay such high prices for old stuff? Furthermore, do they play old games exclusively, or are they also invested in new games? Exactly what is considered retro gaming? To answer these questions, this guide explains the origin of old-school gaming and what it means to be a modern retro gamer. Read all about it below. So what Is a...

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Video Games of 80s - That defined a Generation of Gaming

The 1980s was a great decade because it aspired to that which it was not. It thought it was the future, and it wasn’t; it claimed the stock market would make everyone rich, and it didn’t. And after all the promises of wild monetary wealth and servant robots, all the 1980s mostly delivered were a bunch of “Rocky” sequels and a plasma globe from the Sharper Image. But aside from the kitsch—and the ‘80s produced a substantial amount—it will go down as a period of time notable for great optimism, great music and, of course, great video games. This was the time of the arcades and the rise of the home video game console; and for those of us who grew up during this era it was our decade, rendered in 8 bits. With that in mind, here is a list of games that defined a generation. Pac-Man There isn’t much...

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Three Retro Nintendo NES Games to revisit Today!

In a previous post, I discuss some classic games that you know and probably played, but that you should give a second look in the 2020s. Here I’ll discuss a trio of all-but-forgotten retro video games.  You may well have missed these games the first time around, but fear not! They’re all worth a play even today – read on to find out why. 3. Ikari Warriors Have you seen a Rambo movie? Okay, then you get the idea. Like the probably more famous NES game Commando, Ikari Warriors is a top-down, vertically scrolling shoot-em-up about foot soldiers. Unlike that game, your character in Ikari Warriors has a bandana and a friend. Co-op! On the NES! Co-op games were a rarity, and that makes Ikari Warriors a lot of fun if you’re looking for an 8-bit shmup fix. Ammo was limited, which is an interesting twist for the genre, plus you can...

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Beat’EM Ups, What are They & How they came to be?

A couple of decades ago, arcade games were all the rage. And one genre of games that were as ubiquitous as any were brawlers, button mashers, otherwise known as “beat em ups.” These games made a seamless transition to consoles, offering home gamers the opportunity to take out relentless hordes of oncoming villains.  And in the recent past, beat ‘em ups were reborn with the help of Xbox Live Arcade, allowing older players to rekindle their love for the button mashing genre while making some new fans in the process. So in the interest of nostalgia, here is everything you need to know about retro gaming brawlers. The origin of beat ‘em ups Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, arcade games were manufactured for one purpose: getting kids to feed quarters into machines with reckless abandon. There were few better ways to achieve this goal than by designing games with high...

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The Best Video Games of 1996! Our Picks Of the Top Titles

A massive number of classics were released in 1996 across a wide variety of platforms, and in this article, we are going to talk about some of our favorites from 1996. And yes, we might miss some of your favorites because picking 10-12 games out of so many good ones was literally a Sophie’s choice. Without further ado, here are the best video games from 1996 (in no particular order) Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 was one of the flagship titles for the Nintendo 64, and it is a brilliant showcase for both the power of the console, and the creative brilliance of Shigeru Miyamoto and the development team. This is virtually a perfect platform title. The graphics are brilliant, the gameplay is silky-smooth, and the sheer sense of joy you feel while playing this game is incomparable. Making the jump from 2D to 3D for one of gaming’s most...

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3 Classic Video Games That Need to be Replayed

You’ve heard of the classic video games on this list. You’ve probably played at least a couple of them. But have you played them recently? In this millennium?  If not, you should! The three classic video games profiled below deserve a replay, so dust off your cartridges, Blow into your NES, and let’s talk about some great classic video games. 1. Street Fighter II I should preface this entry by noting that I’m not a big fan of fighting games. I’m not arguing that it’s a bad genre; it’s just not one I often choose to play. THIS game, on the other hand, was responsible for a marathon New Year’s Eve/Day session at a friend’s house that had me returning home so addled from non-stop gaming and lack of sleep that the next morning. I wandered around the house half-dreaming that I was in the game and mumbling incoherent to the point...

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Why Sega Saturn Is the Greatest of All Failed Sega Consoles

In 1995, console gaming was on the cusp of a new era. 16-bit systems went the way of the buffalo as 32-bit became the new standard. Suddenly, home gaming could become so much more than side-scrolling platformers. Naturally, the console wars of this era were as brutal as a cannon fight between rival pirate ships. Each new console that came out was either a huge success or a complete failure. At this time, Sega released the Sega Saturn console—their 32-bit successor to the Sega Genesis. Sadly, due to some horrible marketing decisions by Sega, the Saturn crashed and burned right out of the gate The real tragedy is that Sega had an incredible selection of Saturn games already in development. Some of these are the best 90s games ever, and they’re not available anywhere else. To prove that Sega Saturn is the best failed console, we’ve listed the best Sega Saturn games...

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Super Nintendo Console - A True Retro Gaming Legend

The Super Nintendo Console, more popularly known as the SNES, was released in 1990. It quickly became one of the most popular gaming devices of its time, partly defining the fourth generation of video game consoles. The consoles shipped with a number of games, including the major hits Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country. To this day, their characters remain among the most well-known icons of video gaming. More than two decades later, many of the classic games of the Super Nintendo are still popular, largely thanks to emulator software for Windows as well as many other operating systems, including mobile ones.  Not only are SNES games available through emulation, but you can also buy Super Nintendo games, accessories and consoles here on our website. The SNES was the successor to the Nintendo Entertainment System The popular 8-bit console launched in the mid-eighties around the world. It introduced greatly improved...

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Why The Neo Geo is Rich-Man Retro Gaming?

Over the last 40 years, dozens upon dozens of home video game consoles have been released across the globe. Some, like the NES, retailed for affordable prices ($89.99), while others, like the TurboGrafx-16, were prohibitively expensive ($399.99).  Then there’s SNK’s Neo Geo system Which was in a league of its own. The machine’s exorbitant $649.99 price tag (and this was in 1990 dollars) ensured that the only folks who could get their hands on it likely wore monocles and smoked cigarettes out of ivory holders fashioned from African elephant tusks. However, even after its release, the Neo Geo didn’t depreciate all that much in price. Today, gamers can still spend hundreds of dollars on an original system, and its used games are some of the priciest around. So what’s responsible for this gouging? Here are some reasons why the Neo-Geo and its catalog of titles was, is, and will always be...

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Console Wars: The Sega 32x One of the Worst Game Consoles

Probably, no console manufacturer lost the initiative worse than Sega did after it slayed the dragon known as the Nintendo Entertainment System. In 1992, on the heels of a gambit that saw Sega bundle the Genesis system with Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Five Moments in Time that Revolutionized the Gaming Industry

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Video games date back long before the days of the arcades, to the 1950s when scientists were developing sports simulators on oscilloscopes. But there’s no need to go back that far—there have been plenty of moments in recent history that have shaped the way the last few generations have enjoyed their digital entertainment. Here are just a few of these watershed moments.

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Why Sega Failed, The Rise & Fall of The Video Game Behemoth

In the summer of 1991, at the Summer Consumer Electronics Show, video-game behemoth Nintendo revealed the follow-up to their much-adored NES console. The Super Nintendo would improve on the original in every way, featuring 16-bit system with phenomenal graphics and capacity for some 32,768 colors. And they had Mario. But a little system called the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive in Japan) was determined to play David to Nintendo’s Goliath. With the same processing powers but just 512 colors, the Genesis previewed a game with an obscure blue protagonist no one had ever heard of. And Sonic the Hedgehog killed. To follow up on the buzz, Sega of America president proposed a wild idea—drop the console price to $149 while bundling it with Sonic. Sega Japan was vehement in its opposition, but after a chaotic board meeting that involved chair throwing, the American got his way. The gambit paid off: the Sonic...

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What Makes Shopping at The Old School Game Vault So Great?

Dear reader, since you are on this page, allow us to make a few assumptions about you. You are a connoisseur. Your childhood was awesome because you spent it with Mario, Zelda and games without 15-minute cinematics. You are tired of the escalating graphics and shaders arms race and long for a simpler time when games were about gameplay and fun. You are a gamer of exquisite taste and aren’t easily swayed by marketing hyperbole. Your prowess with a Nintendo or Atari controller is legendary.  You drive the gaming conversation in your circle, often interjecting to point out where a popular game mechanic originated back in the day.  You want the best retro gaming experience money can buy.  Well, you’re in luck because we have exactly what you need. Let’s talk a little bit about why you should buy used video games online from The Old School Game Vault. 1. Authenticity There’s...

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5 Terrible Nintendo NES Games, That should never be Played

Everyone loves a classic. There are games, movies and other pieces of pop culture that have stood the test of time and have been enjoyed and cherished by many a generation. Just the same, there is a strange kind of enjoyment that can be derived from watching a movie or playing a game that is just a failure on several fronts. In a weird way, some games are so bad that they’re good. Over the years, we’ve enjoyed many a game that makes you throw up your hands and ask yourself “Why? Why did they do it like this? What were the developers thinking?” Let's have some fun and point out some of the huge turds from the NES Library. Let us begin. King of Kings This game really exemplifies the premise of this article in that it is difficult to understand who this game is meant to serve. Is it...

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6 Fantastic Reasons for Gaming Behind the Times

Aside from my first console and first computer, falling a console generation behind in the mid-nineties was the best thing that ever happened to me as a gamer.  In the early nineties, I missed the fourth generation of consoles (SNES, Sega Genesis, etc.) completely while getting into PC gaming (I played on my friends’ systems but never owned one). I’m thrilled to say that I’ve never caught up since. I love being a console generation behind because it means that for the last thirteen years, I’ve only paid 1/4 to 1/3 of the initial retail value for my consoles and games, so even when finances have been tight, I’ve been able to enjoy console gaming on the cheap—and the games I play are still new to me. With the holiday season now upon us, I recommend that you follow my example. I got my NES three years after release, a hand-me-down PlayStation...

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5 Simple Tips to Sell Video Game Consoles Online with ease!

It should be easier than ever to sell video game consoles online, as retro gaming has enjoyed a huge resurgence in recent years. As adults who grew up in the 80s and 90s look back wistfully on their pre-smartphone, pre-social media childhoods. In those days, Facebook and the iPhone were a long ways from defining an era, but what you can bet on is that most kids had some kind of video game console sitting on top of their old tube TV. And while retro video games are all the rage on the second-hand market, the video game consoles themselves often fetch a pretty on bidding sites too. When You Sell Video Game Consoles: The better the condition, the more you’ll earn We all know the general rules for getting the most for your used goods on the second-hand market: make sure the product is as close to new as possible. That means...

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