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Popular Older Games Getting A Resurgence

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The rise of digital games has changed the way people play. However, there is a growing movement of players wanting to play older games. This has given rise to several older games making a comeback. There are many reasons why this is happening, but do you know what these are? Some of them include the following:

Nostalgia for retro games

Retro games are coming back because of their popularity and the nostalgia associated with them. They are a source of nostalgia for many people, especially those old enough to have played the games at their peak in popularity. In addition, many of these older games have been designed for specific systems and it is not easy to play them on newer systems. For example, Sega's classic game Sonic the Hedgehog has now been remastered and re-released on modern platforms, but it was impossible to play it on a PC or Mac due to the lack of a dedicated version for the platform.

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Cheaper price point

Another factor for the resurgence of older games is that the price of retro games is cheaper than many new releases. Check out The Old School Game Vault and see for yourself. You'll quickly find that staying up to date with the newest games and the latest console can become expensive very quickly.

Simple gameplay

The simple gameplay of many retro games is appealing. In many games, you are limited on how far you can get within the game by the number of lives you have. Typically retro games gave you 3 lives, once they are gone then it's back to the beginning.

Favorite Retro Games

The popular older games that are making a comeback include the following:

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic was Sega's answer to Mario, and this was one of their most popular games. It uses a hedgehog character who needs to collect rings and defeat the enemy by jumping on them. The game has been remastered and re-released for modern audiences. The remastered version has higher resolution graphics, new animations, and added levels to the original game.

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This game was released in 1984 and has also been remastered for modern audiences. In this game, you are a space pilot who needs to fly around and trade goods for profit. Whilst the graphics are basic, the universe is massive and allows players to roam the universe at their leisure.


This is one of the most well-known games of all time. It's a classic maze game where the player has to avoid ghosts while collecting points and trying to collect all fruit on the map. The music, visuals, and gameplay are all classic. Pac-man has even made a cameo appearance in the 1982 film Tron.

GoldenEye 007

Released on the N64 in 1997 GoldenEye 007 still has a place in many people's hearts as one of the best first-person shooter games to have been released. It was a major hit back in the 1990s and many people are still fond of it to this day.

Duke Nukem

This is a first-person shooter in which players are part of a resistance cell fighting against aliens. This game was so popular that there were efforts to make a movie, however, the movie was never made due to licensing issues.


This game was released in 1987 and has an almost instant appeal for anyone playing it. R-Type is a shoot 'em up game where you are part of a space rescue mission. In the game, you control a small fighter ship that is trying to destroy the "mysterious enemy".

Streets of Rage 2

This fighting game was released in 1992 on the Sega Mega Drive. The game is a side-scrolling beat 'em up the game, set in a fictional city where the player has to take on several enemies from an evil syndicate.

Super Mario Kart

The last entry is by no means the worst. Super Mario Kart was launched in 1992 and has spawned 9 new versions of the game, a 1993 movie, and a movie that is planned to launch this year in December. This really proves that retro games may be old but they are still popular and making contributions to modern-day culture.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that older games make for great nostalgia value. In addition to this, many of these retro games are cheaper and easier to play than some of the newer titles.

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