10 of The best NES RPGs Ranked - The Old School Game Vault


For those of us who were young when the Nintendo Entertainment System first hit markets, it represents a childhood filled with countless gaming memories. Finally beating the last level on Super Mario Bros, giggling maniacally as we shot down ducks in Duck Hunt and nearly tossing the controller after a single bullet grazed my leg and killed me in contra.

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What it is, & How to Find the Elusive NES Famicom Adapter


Scour the furthest reaches of cyberspace, and you’ll find blog posts covering just about every video game accessory and piece of hardware there ever was. But one piece of console lore that remains woefully underreported is the NES Famicom Adapter.

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Here's Why Retro Gaming is Harder, Than playing Modern Games


I remember a time in about 1991 playing one of my favorite childhood video game, Super Mario Brothers 3. That I borrowed from a friend for a weekend. I wanted to beat it before I gave it back, but this being the relatively early days of console gaming, 

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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.

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Explore the History of the Legend of Zelda NES Video Games

The Legend of Zelda

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?

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The Best NES Games for your kids to Experience & Play

Super Mario Bros 3

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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Games That Are Hilariously Different From the 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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What Are The Expansion Ports Under A NES And N64 Used For?


These days, game systems come with all kinds of I/O ports—USB, HDMI, Ethernet, Optical Audio and more. These portals are used to do everything from log online to connect digital cameras.

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An inside look at one of the best video games series in Castlevania


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.

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Classic Video Games - 3 Retro Game That Need to be Replayed

classic video games

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? 

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The Cream of the Crop! 5 more Retro Gaming Beat'em ups

Retro Gaming Brawlers

In the previous article, we covered five of the best retro gaming beat-em-up games from yesteryear. We had horse-riding knights, wrestlers-turned-mayors and genetically modified turtles.

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 (A Quarter Century Ago) Video Games Taught Me.....

Retro Gaming

A couple of years back, while visiting with family over Thanksgiving, my cousins and siblings and I started playing the card game we call King Peasant (though it’s also called a lot of other things around the world). 

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Here is Why We are in the Golden Age of Retro Gaming

Retro Gaming

For a while there, in the 90s and 00s, it looked like video games would be a medium in which you could never look back. Video games are a medium tightly bound to its underlying technologies, and with those technologies improving in leaps and bounds, playing a three-year-old game, let alone a ten-year-old game,

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Metroid and The Last of Us - Has a strong Bond!

The Last of Us and Metroid NES

Spoiler warning: This post contains spoilers for The Last of Us (little ones), the Left Behind DLC for The Last of Us (big ones), and, well, 1987’s Metroid.

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Three Retro Nintendo NES Games to revisit Today!

Retro Nintendo NES

In a previous post, I discuss some classic games that you know and probably played, but that you should give a second look in 2020. Here I’ll discuss a trio of all-but-forgotten retro video games. 

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

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For fans of retro gaming, few things are more fun than firing up an old console system on a modern flat-screen TV. Seeing how games of yesteryear look in stunning 1080p high definition is a goal unto itself. 

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Retro Gaming Beat'em ups - A Few Brawlers You Gotta Play!

Retro Gaming Beat'em ups

Ahh, the good ol’ Retro Gaming Beat'em ups.

The joys of punching, chopping, slapping and uppercutting a bunch of thugs to high heaven, the way it’s supposed to be done.

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Vintage Video Games! That helped shape gaming in the 80s

Vintage Video Games

In a previous blog post, we touched on five of the most iconic video games of the 1980s. This wasn’t necessarily a compilation of the greatest games (although some, like Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. will always have re-playability), but rather those vintage video games that defined a decade.

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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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The Complete Original Nintendo NES Label / Seal Guide


The late 1970s saw the release of the Atari 2600 and the rise of the home gaming console. But by the early 1980s, it crashed and burned. This was due mostly to gamers’ frustration at sub-par games (“E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” anyone?). The sentiment effectively killed the home-console market.

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