Today it seems like all the fuss is around the latest, most advanced graphic cards, frame rates per second, and fancy, quadruple monitors. But let's take a second to reminisce about all the games that once made our childhood.
No matter how much we grow up and what new games come our way, there will never be an experience like the one we had playing these old games as a kid.
Do these graphics compare? No chance. Were the graphics jazzy? More like pixelated. But you know what? I know I'd enjoy every second of it if I was to play them again today. Let's take a trip down memory lane and explore 10 old games from the past.
1. Street Fighter
This was one of the first games I ever played on Super Nintendo. When it comes to fighting games, this one takes the trophy. From Ryu's iconic Haduken to his flaming Shoryuken, lets face it, we all pretended to do this at least once in our lives.
2. Mortal Kombat
Right behind Street Fighter was Mortal Kombat. This was the best game to beat the heck out of your friends and siblings. Even though you probably couldn't fight in real life, you were able to be an animal by knowing how to press a few buttons.
Sidenote: Subzero is still my guy in Mortal Kombat.
Contra will forever be the game that made my childhood. My fondest memory is my cousin and brother getting the very last round and my accidentally tripping over the remote wire and resetting the game. I'll leave you with this:
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Select, Start.
#4. Wolfenstein 3D
I can't remember what was more frustrating - getting onto the elevators, having to keep an eye on your ammo count, the dogs that would come out and attack you, or all of the above.
No explanation needed for this absolute legendary game. I'll just leave this here and let you reminisce about the good times eating mushrooms and saving a princess that wanted to keep getting kidnapped.
No matter how many times I remember playing this game, I will never forget not being able to beat the boss in the final round. Besides the fact that his guy updates in real-time as you get shot and beat up. Oh, good times.
#7. Mega Man
One robot man against the world. Mega man was one of my absolute favorite games. The older Mega Man on NES didn't have capsules (I think), but I remember loving how he was able to absorb the powers of all the bosses that he defeated. You'll forever have a special place in my heart Mega Man.
#8. Ninja Gaden
This game intro will forever be embedded into my head. Although I can't remember too much of the game play, this was one of the first games I had in my NES collection that I'll never be able to forget.
#9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Here's another classic from the NES console - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Who was your favorite Turtle?!
#10. 3D Pinball
My early days as a certified gamer began with 3D Pinball, the stock game that came with your Windows installation. I mean, what else did we play before we had dial-up internet?
If you want to relive your childhood, you can download these and play them online.
In the age of crystal clear graphics and cutting edge displays, these old, pixelated games will always be near and dear to me and bring back moments from my childhood that I'll never forget. Maybe its the nostalgia talking or maybe, they were just that good.