Why Retro? This is a question that I get asked all too often. People are fascinated that I prefer to play games that were released over 30 years ago when I could be playing the latest game that was released 3 days ago.

The Rainbow Road from Super Mario Kart on the Super Nintendo

There are a lot of contributing factors as to why I prefer retro gaming to modern gaming with nostalgia being my first drawing point. Nostalgia is what initially brought me back to the games of my childhood, it was the gift of a Super Nintendo with a copy of Super Mario Kart that kicked things off for me. Firing up that console and taking off down the Rainbow Road felt as if I had fired up the flux capacitor and drove the DeLorean back to 1992. I have so many fond memories of playing Super Mario Kart as a kid and getting to relive those memories over 20 years later is a glorious feeling.

Exploring the large world of The Legend Of Zelda on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

There is more to retro gaming than just nostalgia, after all, it’s new to some people. Some classic game series’ from Final Fantasy to The Legend Of Zelda have large open worlds and deep story lines that you can get lost in. I have spent many hours wandering around Hyrule searching for new and undiscovered secrets without even making a dent in the main story line. Some of these worlds might seem primitive to modern gamers but once you have been encapsulated by the story, your imagination can take over and you start to create your own vision of what you are playing. The way I look at it is, when I was a kid and playing The Legend Of Zelda on the Nintendo Nes, I was picturing the equivalent of Breath of The Wild on the Nintendo Switch, the imagination can be a magical thing.

Some simple side scrolling action with Sonic The Hedgehog.

As well as great story lines and vast open worlds, the game play for retro games is very simplistic in a lot of cases. Retro video games have a great “Pick up and play” aspect to them, almost anybody can start playing Super Mario Bro on the Nintendo Nes and figure out the simple controls within seconds. This pick up and play aspect would appeal greatly to the casual gamer who just wants to play for a bit of fun every so often. Side scrolling games are great for this, the likes of Sonic The Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros, Streets of Rage and many others would be ideal for the casual gamer. There is also an appeal for hardcore gamers who can loose themselves in the more difficult of games that will take a lot of time and effort to master.

Mega Music from Mega Man.

Another great factor to the old school games is the music. The Mega Man games are well known for having some very impressive soundtracks. Then there are other games which get you to play the music yourself like Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker. Street Fighter is another game that has a great variety of music as each character has a different theme tune for their own stage and some of these are absolute classics.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is still considered by many, the best video game ever created.

Last but not least I have to mention the games themselves and not just their appealing qualities. Some retro video games are still to this day considered some of the best ever made, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time being one of the highest rated games of all time. Some of my favorites and games that I would highly recommend would be Pokémon Blue or Red for the Game Boy, Super Mario World on the Snes, Goldeneye for the N64 and there are so much more that I could go on for ages.

The Atari 2600, a console I hope to own one day.

There are still so many more retro games that I have yet to experience and this is yet again another reason why I love retro games, there are so many out there. I hope if you decide to try some retro video games for yourself that you enjoy them as much as I do. Be sure to check out my collecting tip on Emulators if you want to try out games but don’t have any consoles yet.

These are just a few of the many reasons why I play retro video games. Thanks for reading, happy gaming and as always, good luck on your journey along the retro road.


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