Nostalgia is a powerful force in gaming, especially since the technology moves so rapidly. Game genres and design techniques can quickly be rendered obsolete in such a fast-moving industry, making it no surprise that the vast majority of games from 20+ years ago look positively archaic by today’s standards. It takes a lot of skill and luck to make a game that will stand the test of time. Luckily, while a sizable portion of old games are not even worth the cartridges (remember those?) they’re stored on, there are a good number of retro games that are still totally worth seeking out, with the following 10 titles representing some of the best of pre-3D game design.
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
One of the most popular arcade genres from back in the day was the side-scrolling beat-em-up – they were easy to pick-up and play, and ate a lot of quarters. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property was a huge seller in the early 90s, so it’s rather fitting that one of the best beat-em-ups was a Turtles title. Turtles in Time was an arcade game released in 1991 and ported over to the SNES the next year. The console port had a few differences, but it still retained the feel of the arcade original. The great thing about Turtles in Time is that it can be easily obtained, as a remake was released on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network in 2009 with full 4 player support. The game is a bit simplistic by today’s standards, but it still plays solidly and remains arguably the best 2D beat-em-up of its era.