Retro gaming has surged in popularity over the last two years, and as people are spending more time at home, playing games that evoke nostalgia has become a source of comfort amidst challenging times. Indeed, gaming has become a coping mechanism for many individuals across the world, and people reportedly spent $1.6 billion on gaming hardware, software and accessories during the first quarter of 2020, which is up by 35 percent from last year. Apart from being an enjoyable way to pass the time, gaming can also help to reduce anxiety and stress, and some of the most popular games from your childhood can evoke feelings of calm, familiarity and happiness as they take you back to a simpler time. Check out these retro video games that are making a comeback.
Pokemon Red and Blue
The Pokemon game series continues to captivate gaming fans of all ages, and it’s not unusual for adults to decorate their homes with items and toys related to the series or give them as gifts to their loved ones who are fellow Pokemon fans. While some of the newer titles such as Pokemon Sword and Shield and Pokemon Go are undoubtedly hot right now, fans can’t still get over Pokemon Red and Blue, which is the first installment in the gaming series. The game was released in 1996 for the original Gameboy, and it was known for being the game that introduced popular characters such as Pikachu and Charizard. The game, which is rendered in black and white, is now available on the Nintendo 3DS.
Super Mario Bros.
If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, then you probably spent a massive chunk of your childhood playing Super Mario Bros. This classic game set the standard for future games in the Mario series, and it was beloved by kids and adults for its engaging visuals and ever-increasing challenges as you go through eight “worlds” to rescue Princess Toadstool. It was first released for the Nintendo Family Computer in 1985, and was the highest-selling game for three decades before Wii Sports came onto the gaming scene. You can play this game on the official Nintendo website, but it’s also available on the Nintendo 3DS and Switch.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
This PlayStation game celebrates the skater culture of the 90s and early 2000s, and it’s touted to be the best skateboarding game of all time. With its energetic punk rock music, it’s definitely one of the most fun titles around as you collect points with each unique skateboard trick. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 was released for the 1st generation PlayStation back in 2000, but you can get the remastered version of the game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 starting this month for the PS4, XBox One, and Microsoft Windows.
Final Fantasy VII
The seventh installment in the Final Fantasy gaming series was released in 1997, and the game’s epic plot, twists, gorgeous imagery, beautiful music, and funny moments have made it an instant fan-favorite. Final Fantasy VII also made it easy for gamers to relate and form attachments to different characters, which is why those who played the game can vividly recall spending hours on it every day. It was released for the PC and PlayStation, but fans of the game can now play the remastered version on the PlayStation 4. Final Fantasy VII Remake was released in March 2020, and the timing of its release made it easier for older gamers to fall in love with the game all over again.
The video games that we loved from our childhood are making a comeback, and it’s expected that other titles from the 80s and 90s will be remastered in the coming months. Escape to a more carefree time by playing these games, or dust off the titles from your retro game collection and have a great time gaming with your family and friends.