I’ve been playing video games since I was a 5 year old little girl, I was even lucky enough to have a BBC Micro at my school and some of my friends had games consoles I didn’t own so we’d go around to each others houses just to play a variety of games. But that was over 20 years ago and over that time I’ve played some amazing gets as well as some not so great games. So I thought I’d make a list of five retro games that I think everyone should at least have a go at playing. I’m going to keep away from Mario and Sonic games because they are already pretty well known and played by most people so here we go!
Alex Kidd in Miracle World (SEGA Master System)
This has to be my most loved retro game out there. Alex was originally the mascot for SEGA, well unofficially as mascots weren’t even considered back then. He could pack a punch and people knew it too, with one French magazine giving this video game a 99% rating and Sega Pro giving it a 95%. Not bad for Alex’s first video game. This game was put in as a built-in game for the Master System 2 and would easily become the first video game many children would play in the late 80’s and early 90’s. However this changed when Sonic was given the mascot crown and Alex was taken out of future Master System 2 consoles and replaced with the Sonic the Hedgehog built-in instead. It is still a worthwhile video game to play with a very catchy theme song, fun levels and interesting baddies.
Kirby’s Adventure (NES)
I love Kirby and all the Kirby games, infact my first Gameboy game was Kirby’s Dreamland which I was going to put on this list but I wanted to keep this as consoles and perhaps do a handheld list another time. Kirby is adorable, you cannot ignore that. But don’t let the cuteness fool you for Kirby can fight back and save the day. Kirby games are usually fairly similar in some way and often include eating, food and sucking up baddies. Basically Kirby’s power is his mouth. This game was out on the NES and a late-generation game for the system. This meant to used the power of the NES to it’s full potential and for a game on the NES it looks pretty darn good! It was awarded Best NES Game of 1993 and reviewers loved it. And you will too so give it a try!
Super Bomberman 3 (SNES)
Now this is an interesting one because for those of you in America you’ll be weeping because this game never made it over there. Sorry! I did play many of the Super Bomberman games (yes Super Bomberman, I didn’t get to play the original Bomberman games) but this one always grabbed me. Perhaps it’s because of the cute Louies that caught my interest. But if you are unable to get hold of this game then I’d say Mega Bomberman for the Mega Drive/Genesis is just as enjoyable. And I don’t just mean because it never came out in America, but also because Super Bomberman 3 can sell for stupid amount of money on eBay whilst Mega Bomberman sells for a lot less, so don’t pick what you can afford! Also if you got friends who are in to retro games as well this is a great game to get them together and have a good time.
Mortal Kombat 3 (Various)
This is on my list for a few reasons. For one it’s a game that came out on so many platforms can so pretty much anyone could buy it whether they owned a SNES, Mega Drive (Genesis) or were just handheld owners, anyone could play this game pretty much. But that’s also another reason I have this on my list. Anyone could play this no matter what age you were. My friend had this on his SNES (American cartridge, which I thought was amazing and mind blowing) and there was a lot of blood, awful fatalities and pretty nasty stuff that kids of our age probably shouldn’t be seeing or playing. And this game is why we have our rating system, in the UK and Europe we have the PEGI rating whilst in the USA they have the ESRB. These were pretty much created thanks to the home console version of Mortal Kombat (and a few other games but this was brought up in court a lot) and so I think it is well worth playing as it’s part of video gaming history. And trust me, the pixelated blood and gore doesn’t make you want to kill people. Because blood isn’t made of little squares, funnily enough.
Disney’s Aladdin (SNES/Mega Drive)
This was really hard as I was stuck between this and The Lion King, but there had to be at least one Disney game on my retro list. Both are awesome Disney games but there’s some levels in Aladdin that just stand out more compared to The Lion King. Now I played the Mega Drive version (Sorry I was a SEGA gal) and having seen the SNES version I kinda have to say the Mega Drive is way cooler. But I know Nintendo fans prefer the SNES version, so I’d suggest you look them up first or just get the one for the console you already own. This is the Virgin Games one I’m talking about, who also made a bunch of other Disney games which were also pretty fantastic. Remember the movie? Remember the main scenes of the movie? Picture yourself being part of those moments and playing them as a levels in a game. That is how Virgin Games got this game so perfect. There’s a level made out to “You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me” scene and the music (whilst limited to what the consoles could play back then) was amazing! Remember when Aladdin rides Carpet away from the rushing lava? That’s a level and oh my god it’s intense! Seriously why are you still reading this, go find this game and play it. Now!
So there you go, those are my five retro games that I think you should go and play. I tried to pick a mixture of games although several are platformers because that was what was popular back then. But I hope you like my choice of games and if you have played any of these what were your thoughts? Do you have five you would recommend? Comment below, would love to hear them!