Retro Video Games That Have Aged Well & Some Not So Well

As we look forward to a generation of consoles that will not be backwards compatible with older game discs, it’s gotten me thinking about the different ways in which old games have proven to have a variety of extra lives. We replay them on enduring or refurbished original platforms We constantly buy video games and sell them all the time, we download them digitally through current-gen marketplaces, and we discover and enjoy them as in-game Easter eggs (playing Maniac Mansion in its sequel, Day of the Tentacle, for instance, Zork and Dead Ops Arcade in Call of Duty: Black Ops III, or several Atari games in Black Ops 2). In a broader sense, old games live on through sequels (Thief 4!) or reboots (Tomb Raider), in the futuristic yet 80s-game-obsessed novel Ready Player One, and as the subject of more and more movies (from The Wizard and Super Mario Brothers to...

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The Best NES Games for your kids to Experience & Play

Long before Will Smith was slapping grown men on live television, he and Jazzy Jeff taught us that “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” And it’s true. There's always an unavoidable gap between one generation and the next. Those who grew up in the 80s played Nintendo and wondered why their dads were so fascinated by baseball. Kids today watch TikTok videos and wonder why parents do anything that requires more than 34 seconds of their attention. But, once in a while, we find those rare activities that both generations can enjoy together. Case in point, the following guide lists the best NES games to share with your kids. These games nourish your child’s mental development (seriously) while bridging the generation gap. Plus, they’re addictively fun for all ages. Enjoy these games together for some glorious, 8-bit family bonding. 1. Super Mario Bros 1-3 You can’t go wrong with a classic. And few...

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The Cream of the Crop! The Best Marvel Video Games

Black Panther Wakanda Forever just hit theaters, and it’s a joyous, fun-filled big screen experience, like all the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s a great time to be a comic book fan, with several lesser known comic book characters getting their own movies. But, Marvel isn’t stopping there. With the announcement of several AAA video games that will accompany future movies, Marvel is looking to reestablish its presence in the gaming world. But this isn’t the first time the studio is stepping into the video game markets.   Let’s take a look at the best Marvel video games of all time. X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse – 2005 X-Men Legends 2 builds on the original’s team up formula and pits our favorite mutants against their deadliest foe – Apocalypse. The game features a massive roster of characters, each with their own unique abilities and unlockable costumes and artwork....

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The 10 Most Popular Retro Game Consoles & Where to Find Them

Retro gaming has become a popular hobby for all kinds of gamers. Some want to revisit classic video games from their youth to relive the nostalgic magic. Others want to play these video games they've never had the chance to play before. Whichever way, it's now easier than ever to buy these games & retro gaming consoles online and enjoy some of the most amazing games from the past.  From decades past and present from Atari to Nintendo, these consoles and games make for great buys for a gaming enthusiast, but they can also make for unique Christmas gifts for anyone in your life that loves gaming. If you want to enjoy some retro goodness, here are 10 of the best retro game systems you can buy & enjoy right now. Before We Start, Let's Define: Retro Gaming & What defines it Retro gaming has been around for a long time,...

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We All Want More Exciting Retro Video Game Sequels!

A gloriously old school trailer was recently released for Strafe, a Kickstarter first-person shooter set in space that insists that upon its 2016 release it will be by far the best game of 1996.  Strafe harnesses modern computing power To (partially) procedurally generate FPS levels that look and feel like Doom (or Halo if it was made by id Software in the mid-90s). Whether Strafe ultimately hits its Kickstarter goal, it is representative of the continuing expansion of retro indie games that mix nostalgia with modern conveniences and flourishes. Strafe’s blood and gore are persistent, for example, so you know if a corridor isn’t covered in guts, that you probably haven’t been there yet. That’s a trick based on modern processing power in a game designed to look twenty years old. And it illustrates the great trick of good retro design: figure out what aspects of the old games are worth honoring and recreating,...

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How to Start Collecting Old Video Games

If you're wondering whether it's worth it to get into the world of collecting video games — of course it is! There's a reason (besides gaming nostalgia) that retro consoles have stood the test of time and are still played today. In olden times, games were created from passion and, more importantly, desperation. That is, a game had better be good, or its creators went bankrupt. (fun fact: this is the actual reason why Final Fantasy was named Final Fantasy.) Today, though, if Nintendo's 371st Mario game is a pile of garbage, Nintendo will survive just fine. And by "survive," we mean that the game will probably still make billions, anyway. Even if it doesn't, Shigeru Miyamoto can use all his other billions to wipe away his tears (from laughing so hard about all the billions he has). The real question is, how best to build your video game collection? You'll...

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Does Blowing Into an NES Cartridge Actually Work?

Everyone who grew up playing the NES is familiar with the concept of blowing into an NES cartridge to make it work right? So here is a breakdown of what this looks like, and why or why not it works. You slide in the cartridge, push it down to lock it in place, then power on the system. But the screen is full of glitchy blocks that look like messed up letters and shattered fragments of Mario.  You take out the cartridge, blow into it, put it back in, and turn on the NES. Now the screen is filled exclusively with the color purple. You take it out again, blow into it again, put it back, turn it on, and repress the urge to scream curses at your NES. Nope. Now the screen is flashing back and forth between the purple screen and the first 1.5 seconds of the game intro....

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Your 1990s Guide to The Legend of Zelda games

The Legend of Zelda series epic is one of the most epic game series of all time. With more than 51 million games sold worldwide, it's won a place in the hearts of many gamers. The '90s were an exciting time for Zelda fans, with numerous titles released in this decade. You can find these games, figures, and more on Poggers. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past  (1991-1992) The Legend of Zelda: a Link to the Past is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo entertainment system. It is the third installment in the Legend of Zelda series and was released in 1991 in Japan and 1992 in North America and Europe. The plot of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past centers around Link's quest to rescue Princess Zelda from Ganon's clutches. The gameplay builds upon the exploration elements of its...

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The Best Super Nintendo Games To Play, Hidden SNES Gems

What kinds of Super Nintendo games do you like most? Undoubtedly, you already have a few 16-bit game genres in mind. Of course, there aren’t really many genres to choose from. There are racing, fighting, shooting, puzzle-solving, and adventure games, plus RPGs. That’s pretty much it. Due to its limited capabilities, the SNES could only handle a small list of game genres, right? Well, actually, a lot of game creators have put that theory to the test, creating some of the best Super Nintendo games, ever made. We’ve listed some of our favorites in this guide. Read on to learn all about them. 1. Star Fox Today, hearing that the latest Star Fox game uses 3D polygon graphics is not impressive. But in 1993, it was mind-blowing. In those days, there were no 3D polygonal console games—not one, ever—until Star Fox came out. We had played 3D games in the arcade,...

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The 10 best Turbografx 16 Shmups Ranked - Great Shoot'em Ups

When most people think of the TurboGrafx-16 system—wait, let’s rephrase that. Pretty much no one thinks about the TurboGrafx-16 system, ever. After all, it’s just another console that lost the console wars because it wasn’t good enough, right? Wrong! Sadly, this wonderful console had a lot to offer before it bit the dust. And much of this content was exclusive to the system. Particularly, there are a lot of amazing TurboGrafx shmups that retro game enthusiasts are missing out on. Besides exclusive games, the system offers several arcade ports that are often better than the original. Read on to learn more about the best TurboGrafx shmups ever made. 1. R-Type R-Type is one of the most famous arcade shmups, and one of the earliest to be ported onto home game consoles. Notably, the NES port was an enormous success and is still popular among retro gamers today. Technically speaking, though, the...

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Explore the History of the Legend of Zelda NES Video Games

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link The Legend of Zelda games are seriously one of the best video series ever made. Still, the larger this series gets, the more questions it raises. Are the Zelda games connected and if so, how? And why does Link always start the game empty-handed? Where are the items he won in the previous games? Perhaps the most common question is, “What’s the correct order in which to play the Zelda games?” That’s easy: play them oldest to newest. Honestly, we may never understand the overly complex in-game chronology. But we’ll gladly give you a guided tour through the History of the Zelda Games.  Besides, it’s more fun to see the series progress as you play through in the originally-intended order. Together, let’s explore how it all started with the first 2 classic games in the series. 1. The Legend of Zelda - Nintendo NES The Legend of Zelda original game release...

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Console Wars - SNES vs PlayStation RPGs - Which is Better?

Classic RPG fans, prepare your arguments. We’re about to settle one of the longest-standing console war showdowns of all time: SNES vs PS1 RPGs. It’s quite a bold claim, we know. Both consoles produced numerous titles that are still considered the best RPGs ever made. SNES gave us Earthbound, Final Fantasy II and III (IV and VI in Japan), and Chrono Trigger. PS1 gave us Final Fantasy VII-IX, Final Fantasy Tactics, Legend of Dragoon, Parasite Eve, and more. At this moment, you may find yourself involuntarily screaming at your screen, audibly (and angrily) naming the obvious winner of this showdown. We understand. Some will tell us that Final Fantasy VII is the game that changed the world of RPG gaming forever. If that’s you, you’re right. Alternatively, you may argue that Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy III changed RPG gaming first. You’re right, too. But which console truly reigns supreme in the...

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The 5 Most Underrated Sega Dreamcast Light Gun Games

Wondering what the 5 best Dreamcast light gun games are? Well, that puts us in a weird position. You see, there are only 5 Dreamcast light gun games altogether: Death Crimson OX, Sega Smash Pack Volume 1, Demolition Racer: No Exit, Confidential Mission, and House of the Dead 2. But no matter. You asked for it (presumably) so we’re giving it to you: a list of all 5 Sega Dreamcast light gun games ranked from worst to best. We’ve researched all 5 titles and reviewed each one in detail below. Which ones are worth buying and which ones are crap? Is it even worth it to get a Dreamcast and light gun peripheral to play these games? (Spoiler: Yes it is.) Find out all you need to know in this buyers’ guide. Just remember, Light Guns only work on Old School Tube TV's and here is the reason why. 5. Death...

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Nintendo World Championships – The History & Explanation

One of the most enduring traditions of video games has been the ‘Nintendo World Championships’ – players from around the world getting together and pitting their skills against each other in their favorite games. Some of the most iconic moments in gaming history have happened at these tournaments.

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Games That Are Joyfully Different From Movies They're Based On

When modern gamers think of video game based movies, they might recall awesome titles like Jurassic World Evolution. Old-school gamers have a different association—namely, a horrible one.

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Got Stuck? The 10 Best NES Games to use Game Genie codes On

Let’s face it. You’re here because you never get sick of playing the same retro NES titles over and over again. And it’s even more fun when you discover new things about these familiar favorites, even after all these years. That being the case, brace yourself. What follows is the ultimate, explorative, mind-blowing excursion into the hidden realms of your favorite NES titles (and one of your least favorites). How many times have you played Super Mario Bros. 3? Answer: Many. And how many times have you done so as a purple-suited Racoon Mario who swims through the air? Answer: Probably 0. But for those of you who own an NES Game Genie, that’s about to change. Without further ado, we give you the best nintendo games for using game genie codes. Experience these 10 familiar classics in wild new ways with these original nes game genie cheats. (Note: we at...

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Games That Different From the Movies They're Based On, Pt 2

In the golden age of retro gaming, merchandisers thought of game consoles as marketing platforms rather than entertainment systems. Their devious plot was to create games that were basically commercials for some beloved franchise.

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10 Facts about the Nintendo GameCube & its Best Games

The Nintendo GameCube debuted in 2001 and sold nearly 22 million units during the lifespan of the console. The GameCube is a great gaming console that is perfect for beginners. It is affordable and has a variety of games to choose from. The GameCube is a great gaming console that is perfect for beginners. It is affordable and has a variety of games to choose from. If you are looking for an amazing gaming experience, a GameCube is a perfect choice for you. With its many features and options, you will be able to find the perfect game to fit your needs. Continue reading our guide to buying the best GameCube for sale for beginners What's the Nintendo GameCube Best Known For? The GameCube has a library of exclusive first-party titles, as well as a number of popular third-party games. It is also recognized for its unique design and controller. The GameCube hit shelves in 2001...

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How To Tell If Your NES Game Is a First Print: The Ultimate Guide

Wondering how to determine whether your NES game is a first print? Not to be discouraging but, uh, good luck with that. There’s no “rule of thumb” when determining the first print status of NES games. The process and details are different for each game. Furthermore, this valuable info may be hard to come by, guarded as trade secrets by shrewd investors. It may also be unknown and/or highly disputed. More importantly, does it even matter if your NES game is a first print? And what is a first print anyway? Ha! We’ve now gone full circle, back to “how to determine if your NES game is a first print.” These points are just a light sampling of the chaos and confusion—the maddening rabbit hole of buying and selling first-print NES games. The good news is, we’ve done our research and compiled all the answers you need to shed some light...

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OMG! The Best SEGA SATURN LIGHT GUN Games Ever!

Light gun shooters have been an arcade staple for as long as video game arcades have been a thing. Strangely, though, most of our light gun experience outside of arcades is limited to Duck Hunt and… that’s it. Well, that changes today. All you need is a Sega Saturn console, the Saturn light gun accessory, an old, CRT TV, and the 5 games listed below. These are the best Sega Saturn light gun games you can buy, and some of the best console light gun shooters period. They are listed from best to worst, and even the worst is worth owning. Read on to see what your console game library is missing. 1. Area 51 In the glory days of arcade light gun shooters, the mid-1990s, there were many options to choose from. Among this plethora, one game reigned supreme: Area 51. And it’s no wonder why. The Ultimate Arcade Shooter...

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