Video games have come a long way! Graphics as well as gameplay have improved as consumers evolve with them. And there are some people that have been with them since the very beginning.
I’m a 90’s kid, and I remember very well that Christmas morning where I got my first console: Nintendo 64. I had to share it with my brother and we didn’t have the accesory that let us save the game but we still had a great time playing some memorable games in it.
Speaking of which, here it is a list of 7 of the most popular retro games ever. Let’s go back in time!
7. Street Fighter II
This video game was originally launched back in 1987. Considered to be the ultimate fighting game of all time, Street Fighter II is arguably that smash up combat struggle to succeed. For the first time, it gave you the opportunity to indulge in head to head fighting like never before. Each individual character offered their own distinctive move as well as a number of different attacks. In fact some had two or three unique moves with which they pulverised their opponent into submission.
From parents to tiny toddlers, everyone has had a go on Tetris. The brainchild of computer engineer, Alexey Pajitnov, the Russian was to change the face of our computer screens in 1984. The Russian unleashed the most popular problem solving tile matching puzzle game of all time. It is actually derived from the Greek term for tetra. This is where each of the pieces contained in the game had four specific segments as well as Pajitnov’s love of tennis. It’s still one of the most popular games there is; developers always taking it as inspirations for the creation of their games or simply updating the popular game to the current generation of consoles. There’s even an online version!
5. Sonic the Hedgehog
This spiky contender burst onto our screens back in 1991. His emergence from the shadow of Alex Kidd has ensured he is one of the most loved gaming characters in history. The special two act levels gained plenty of loyal followers thanks to its colourful backgrounds not to mention its conclusion. This usually involved Sonic facing off in a climactic final showdown with none other than the dastardly Dr. Robotnik.
A timeless classic in its own right, Pac-Man features highly on the list. This simple yet elegant maze game kept us on our toes for hours on end. What could be better than this bright yellow ball of fun chasing and chomping ghosts to win tonnes of points and level advances? Pac-Man was originally released back in 1980 by developers Namco. This revolutionised the gaming sector for many kids and adults alike who just could not get enough of this little critter. Pac-Man’s charm was its simplicity and functionality and is even a record breaker. In 1999, Guinness officially recognised Pac-Man as being the world’s most identifiable video game character. There’s even a new version of this timeless game.
3. Donkey Kong
Spawning what was to later become the Super Mario series, Donkey Kong was yet another favourite for gamers in the 1980’s. Under the Nintendo family, this 1981 classic was instrumental in the consoles success. In addition to this, with no joy in the US market, Nintendo’s president at the time Hiroshi Yamauchi was responsible for instructing designer Shigeru Miyamoto with the design of a new game. This led to what was known at the time as Jumpman who was later to be renamed Mario.
2. Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat was another fighting game that captured many gamer’s imaginations. Developed in 1992, there were a wealth of key aspects contained in the game and the series. This included the special controls and the signature finishing moves which at times were extremely gory. Based on Liu Kang who was sent to save Earth, Mortal Kombat became one of the best-selling video games in history. This led to numerous spin off games and even a movie in 1995. Nonetheless, it did court a lot of controversy for its graphic violence and human like imagery which was a first in video games.
1. Mario Bros
There really is only one leader in the retro video gaming stakes and that is the one and only Super Mario. Introduced in 1983, this Italian plumbing superstar is still going strong today. With Luigi as his brother and partner in crime, this platform game has gone on to amass more than an incredible 260 million copies sold around the world.
Did I miss a game? Let me know in the comments. See you soon!
Angelica Lora / GamersRD