It took a while for the technology to catch up with the concept, but virtual reality gaming is finally (and slowly) become a legit genre. Headsets like the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and the PlayStation VR are bringing fully immersive gaming into living rooms in ways that we’ve never seen before (sorry Nintendo fanboys, but the Virtual Boy was a huge flop).
While developers are working hard at getting the most of the new technology and trying to create truly great games in a brave new world of VR, we think the platform is the perfect place to resurrect some of our favorite retro titles too! While getting some of these games onto an existing VR headset is nothing more than a pipe dream due to licensing issues between Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and hundreds of different game publishers, we are putting on our rose colored glasses and hoping for a miracle.
Here are 15 retro games that would be perfect for the VR revolution.
Let’s start with the most obvious game on the list, the classic NES pack-in Dunk Hunt. Zapping 8-bit ducks with the Nintendo Zapper was great (except when the dog laughed at us), but imagine Duck Hunt in full VR. The player could stand in the middle of a clearing, fully surrounded by ponds, trees, tall grass, and hidden waterfowl. Ducks could emerge behind you, meaning that players would have to constantly be on the lookout, and use their ears to listen for rustling grass or air born quacking. It’s a simple concept, sure, but simplicity is what made Duck Hunt work so well in the first place.