By now, it’s become very apparent that retro-themed games are quite the trend in the gaming scene, with many exploding in popularity seemingly overnight (Dead Cells as an example). This is truly a very positive sign because it goes to show that games don’t need to wear excessive makeup in order to look beautiful, and when done right it outshines even the most sophisticated titles on the market. The term retro is likely to ring a different tone for a lot of people since it really all depends on your generation, and what you grew up with. For us, retro are things like the regular Nintendo (NES/Famicom), Game Boy (Game Boy Color, Advance), Super Nintendo (SNES/Super Famicom), Sega Game Gear, Sega Genesis, and well you get the point. In addition, we can even tack on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and hell even the PlayStation 3 as retro consoles, since it’s been more than a decade that all of these have been released. However, when talking about real retro most are likely to think about the 8-bit and 16-bit era, which took the world by storm when they were first introduced and their visual appeal continues to attract attention well after 2 decades. With a plethora of titles that many companies have sitting in their company vault, the question donned upon us, which is, why not take some of those rich IPs out of hibernation and redo them for the 2020 crowd?! It’s about time we see some popular retro titles make a comeback!
For Nostalgic Purposes
It’s obvious that nostalgia is a very powerful psychological aspect of the human makeup, allowing for us to re-explore our childhood memories and recreate those experiences as more mature (and still childish) adults. We’ve seen companies time and time again, release classics back onto the market for fans to rejoice over, with some examples such as Panzer Dragoon: Remake, Streets of Rage 4, and then, of course, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which went on to sell millions in just a few days of its release. This is proof alone that retro games, no matter how long it has been, still resonate with a lot of people and deliver on such a large scale. Streets of Rage 4 is a fantastic example of taking a retro game, and still retaining that retro feel without compromising any of its gameplay options for the modern age. It looks and plays great albeit a bit short for our liking, but it’s still a ton of fun and that’s why more retro titles need to make a return. Flashback to the SNES and Genesis days where you had super classics like Ghosts N’ Goblins, Kid Icarus, Paperboy, Earthworm Jim, Vectorman, and more than we count on both of our hands. A lot of these games simply disappeared off the face of the Earth, never to be seen again, and that makes us sad because now with retro games seeing a resurgence it’s time to dig up those boxes from the archeological site and reboot them in some way or another. Which now brings us to our next point...
Technology is Now More Advanced
Back in the late 80s to the mid-90s technology, admittedly, just wasn’t anywhere near perfect. For us kids at the time, sure, it was like looking at a Da Vinci masterpiece, but fast forward now to 2020 and you’d think you were on some kind of drug back then (a very powerful one at that). The rose-colored glasses are off and we can clearly see that technology wasn’t as sophisticated as it is today but that’s more than enough reason to reach into that cookie jar and grab some classics to perhaps give them a nice makeover. We’re now seeing a ton of games receiving the remaster treatment such as Square Enix releasing Final Fantasy VII Remastered, so why don’t other companies follow along? Mind you, a lot of the companies that were running in the ’90s (anime fans should know this reference) are now either extinct or have likely changed direction and moved onto other ventures, so that creates a problem. Be that as it may, there are still a lot of companies that are around such as Nintendo, Konami, and Sega, that can easily wipe the rust off their classics and create that shine once again. A new Bomberman would be cool, or F-Zero, Breath of Fire, Demon’s Crest, Power Stone, Lufia, damn we can go on for hours!
You can see why we feel the need for these great titles to make a comeback in some way because they mean a lot to people, and if Final Fantasy 7 Remake can bring grown men and women to tears 23 years after its initial release, then the sky’s the limit at this point. We’d do questionable things just to see a new Banjo Kazooie, Battletoads & Double Dragon, or even Earthbound (which apparently is happening by the way)..Well, anything is very possible at this juncture and so we can only pray to see more titles rise from the grave and surprise us once again.
What about you folks out there? Do you have any retro titles that you’d love to see make a comeback on the more current consoles? Personally, I’d even be happy with some sort of collector’s package that contains a list of classics, but being able to see an old game remade would be even greater and so I continue dreaming.