Video games have come a long way from those 8 bit systems from Nintendo and other gaming systems. But for those of us who grew up on those gaming system that seem so obsolete to the gamers of today, there is no comparison. Below are the top 10 retro video games that will forever hold a special place in our hearts, starting at number 10 and going to number 1.
10. Alex Kidd
Coming in at number ten is this unforgettable game from Sega. Released in 1986, Alex was Sega’s original face but he found himself decommissioned once Nintendo came out with Mario.
9. Street Fighter II
Street Fighter’s sequel came out in 1991 from Capcom, and it was the first game to offer the characters their own moves. It also introduced grappling attacks and most of the characters had 2 or 3 moves that were unique to them.
There have been many new versions released of this game, but for many people nothing beats the original. This 1984 release still is played by many people all over the world.
7. Sonic The Hedgehog
Not too many people know that the codename of Sonic was Mr. Needlemouse. The beloved hedgehog took over when Alex Kidd was removed as Sega’s face in 1991. This game was designed as competition for Mario.
6. The Legend of Zelda
This unforgettable game combined adventure, action, and puzzles and took the world by storm in 1986. It was based on helping Link rescue the beautiful Princess Zelda. Shigeru Miyamoto, the genius behind Mario, also produced Zelda.
5. Mario Bros
This was the original game in the franchise and it came out in 1983. It was also the first game where Mario had been introduced as his character, although his first appearance was in the Donkey Kong game with a name of Jumpman. He was christened Mario because of the designer’s landlord’s Italian-American heritage and because he reminded the designer of Jumpman.
Who could forget this Atari classic? Asteroids was released more than 30 years ago in 1979 during arcade games’ golden age and it is fondly remembered by many. Because of its popularity bigger coin holders needed to be installed in the machines to keep up with the demand.
3. Super Mario world
This game was released back in 1991 for the newest console from Nintendo, the SNES. It provided the template that would be used for all of the future worlds of Mario. It also introduced Yoshi and a flying Mario.
2. Space Invaders
This 1978 release was a favorite for many space cadets. Even though a Japanese company originally made and sold it, it later was licensed to be made in the United States thanks to midway.
And now…for the number one retro video game…..drum roll please….
This 1980 Namco release broke the video games out of the mold of space shooters. It was the only game that offered anything like it, and it introduced a brand-new genre to the market. The reason that Pac-Man is so amazing is that it’s is simple. In spite of the similar releases and spin-offs, the original is still the best. The character even made it into the world records book back in 1989 as being the character that people recognize the most.
So there you have it, folks, the 10 best retro video games. Are any of your favorites on it? Chances are that if you are a child of the 80s, you played and loved every one of them. Yeah, the new ones may have cooler graphics but these will always live on in our hearts and memories of childhood.