As time has gone on, gaming has changed immensely. Whether this is implementing virtual reality or turning consoles into glorified PC’s, gaming is not what it used to be. Sometimes, people forget just how awesome the consoles were before the 21st century. Today, you will be reminded of just how great it was to be a gaming fan in the past. Before long, you will find yourself hunting these systems down.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
In case you did not know, Nintendo once was the most dominant video game company in the world. One of the many reasons why was the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The number of classics that this system produced is awe-inspiring. To this day you can still have a blast playing games such as Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, Mega Man X, Super Metroid, F-Zero, Star Fox, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Mario Kart. The SNES is perfect for those of you who love 2-D platformers; as no other system did them as well.
The Nintendo 64 is one of the most revolutionary video game consoles of all-time. Of course, this all starts with Super Mario 64; which was one of the first 3-D platforming games. Past that, you can play classics such as Banjo-Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. For many people, the granddaddy of them all, though, was the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Arguably the most popular video game of all-time, you will see it on everyone’s top lists. If you can get your hands on one, you can truly experience the start (relatively speaking) of the 3-D era in gaming.
Nintendo was not the only company that produced classics in the past; Sony got in on the fun as well. Their first major release was the PlayStation, and it is still arguably their greatest creation. Many of you probably own a PS3 or PS4, but you are missing out if you do not have the original. Just like Nintendo had Mario, Link, and Donkey Kong, Sony had Crash and Spyro. Both mascots led the PS1 with their own separate platforming trilogies (Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon). However, you can still partake in classic RPG’s that have stood the test of time (The Legend of the Dragoon and Final Fantasy VII).
If you are strictly a modern gaming fan, then you may not even remember Sega. Though they are a shell of what they once were, back in the day they were competing with Nintendo. The Genesis was unquestionably their greatest creation and it showed that gaming could be for mature audiences. Much like playing the Nintendo 64 nowadays, playing the Genesis gives you a chance to experience some of the early, mature-rated games (such as Mortal Kombat). It also gives you the opportunity to play Sonic when he was in his prime; not the modern version.
You could argue that the PlayStation 2 (PS2) is not a retro game console. Sure, it was not released in the 1980’s and 1990’s. But, it was released one year after in 2000. Thus, for all intents and purposes, it is a retro console. Outside of the games on the console, the PS2 is well noted for being one of the first video game systems to play DVD’s. Past that, its gaming collection was impressive. Amazingly, because Sony released games for the system until 2013, you can still play modern games on it. If you go back several years and dig up some classics, though, you could enjoy the Ratchet & Clank, Jak and Daxter and Sly Cooper series.
Nintendo Entertainment System
As gaming truly took off with the Nintendo Entertainment System, it is only fitting to save it for last. If for no other reason, it is worth your time to get your hands on this console to relive what gaming started out like. It was not about graphics or visual appeal; it was simply about entertainment. Oh, yeah, you will also find out how difficult games were in the 1980’s. Games such as Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden and Battletoads will make you want to yank your hair out. As this is the oldest console on this list, it can be very difficult to find. In case you did not know, Nintendo decided to release a mini-version of the NES with 30 built-in games. Is it worth your investment? Retro Pool goes in-depth to help you answer that question.
As a gaming fan, you cannot let retro video games die in the dust. Whatever way you can, you should work your hardest to track these tremendous consoles down.