Best Old-School Nintendo Games of All Times, Because Nostalgia Exists
Thirty-five years ago, Japanese brand Nintendo released a console which came to be a household necessity for gaming families – hence, being heralded as “family computer” — beating its then competitor, Sega. Called Nintendo Entertainment System and simply known as NES, it reached the United States just a few years after its initial launch in Japan, after which, it gained worldwide popularity.
Its Classic Edition, a miniaturized modern version that’s complete with the classic gray controller, was recently released and is still gaining fans, proving its vast influence since it was introduced in the ‘80s. The sudden hit in demand of the NES may be attributed to those who want to feel nostalgic of playing the retro games as well as the younger generations that want to know what the hype back in the days was all about.
During the time, role-playing games (RPGs), which means the player assumes the role of the character in the program, were incomparable. Associating with a superhero or a leader made the experience more fun, which explains the numerous games that surely made anyone hooked in.
Despite this game having one of the most advanced graphics among other RPGs today, its earlier version remains a classic among NES fans. Final Fantasy was far from the sprawling franchises kids have now known, the original game easily became the backbone of the adventure of the fan-favorite game.
At the time, it was one of the greatest games of Nintendo, with the Japanese company giving it a much-needed promotion. There were far lesser commands and less complicated battles, with details like upgrades and elemental crystals a few reasons Final Fantasy was loved.
One thing remained constant all throughout the years, Final Fantasy’s twisted plot. The original game consisted of a boss that you need to fight, which will be the final boss in the end thanks to the time loop.
Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda is probably one of the most iconic games of the NES. It came out on a gold cartridge, something unusual back in the days, but it still amassed quite a following. Sure, its graphics aren’t as perfect as now, but judging it for its release at the time with the modern criteria would be unfair.
To the avid fans of the Legend of Zelda, Link had already encapsulated gamers even with his limited movements that were subject to cardinal directions. The game relied on pure luck as a player try to find secret chambers and dungeons. Most of the time, finding these would result in being bombed, so players in the ‘80s spent quite some time finishing and figuring out the discovery.
The story line of Faxanadu revolves around a nameless wanderer who returned to a hometown. Once home, you discover that the place is a mess – Elves and Dwarves are at odds after the Evil One turned the latter into monsters.
Despite all the adventures and things to be handled, you can’t level up. The only reward is that you get to purchase better tools as you progress. Faxanadu, a Dragon Slayer spin-off game, revolved around a lengthy story which made players busy for hours.
StarTropics revolved around Mike Jones who visited his uncle Dr. Steven Jones in the South Seas, only to find him mysteriously missing. The protagonist then sees himself in the middle of an alien invasion and he must fight and win against Zoda.
Like Zelda, the character explores the vast land and is able to go to dungeons, where the battles await him. In these places, Mike can acquire items like a baseball bat and slingshots which will add to his original equipment, a yo-yo.
Dragon Warrior 4
The fourth of one of the most influential RPGs of all time, this version may arguably be the best as developers have smoothened out the kinks from the earlier franchises. Dragon Warrior 4 allows players to visit town where they can engage in battles, which is turn-based style.
Although the enemies are controlled by the CPU which means the move will totally be unpredictable, players have the advantage of choosing the perfect action. What’s more is that, players get to travel the mysterious story behind the man that seeks revenge.
More in Retro Games
Celebrating 36 Years of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Album
Michael Jackson was arguably one of the most talented singers and dancers of all time, evident from his works that still...June 20, 2020
The Beatles’ Animated Series that Everyone Almost Forgot
Everything about The Beatles is celebrated – from their undying music to the talented individuals that made up the team –...June 19, 2020
Balloonfest 1986, a Publicity Stunt That Turned into Cleveland’s Horror Story
Balloons are generally nice to look at – they are like colorful floating balls that easily attract everyone’s attention. But believe...June 5, 2020
Top ’80s Classic Video Games You Totally Miss
One of the best ways to entertain yourself is playing video games since advanced technology took over the world. These addictive...June 4, 2020
This Photographer Has The Best Way Of Recreating Throwback Photos
We capture precious moments of our lives every day in the form of still photos and moving videos thanks to the...June 3, 2020
Why Burning Spear’s ‘Marcus Garvey’ Is a Classic That Can Never be Forgotten
For those unfamiliar with reggae music, there’s more to this wide-ranging genre than Bob Marley, who became iconic because of the...June 3, 2020
Craziest Pokémon Toys Ever Created – Which Ones Do You Remember?
Growing up, everyone loved the Pokémon franchise. After all it is one of the oldest and most popular monster series to...June 2, 2020
Top 5 Games from 1998 Which Make it the Best Year in Gaming History
The year 1998 was a huge turning point for the gaming community, with some saying that it was the best one...May 25, 2020
The Bizarre History of ‘Amazing Grace’ Documentary on Aretha Franklin
Almost four months after her death, iconic singer Aretha Franklin’s much lauded gospel performance captured in a documentary film titled Amazing...May 15, 2020