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2012-11-08 12:32:43 PM
Not a bad list....I wouldn't consider all of those "retro" though.

Gauntlet - hell yes. I dropped a ton quarters into that game in the 80s. I think it was the first (or one of the first) > two-player games. The best part was trying to make it through the "Death" level. "The Wizard needs food badly!"

And Super Mario 3. I still have that on NES ROM and play it every now and then. One of the best 8-bit NES games evar.

List is missing (to name a few) -

Marble Madness
Smash TV
1942 (I was God on this)
Star Wars
After Burner
Spy Hunter
Ninja Gaiden (arcade)
 
2012-11-08 12:39:30 PM
Why did my phone just download a .txt file when i clicked the headline?
 
2012-11-08 12:41:13 PM
Warrior needs food badly
 
2012-11-08 01:51:18 PM
Fail for "Streets of Rage 2". Streets of Rage was better.
 
2012-11-08 01:52:54 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Warrior needs food badly


Heh...I have my email alert set at "the valkyrie is about to die!"

And of course, the obligatory "where's my favorite game?"

www.2d-x.com
 
2012-11-08 01:55:44 PM
Glad to see sensible soccer on there. That was such fun either single or two player mode. The throw in cheat pissed off no small numbers of people.
 
2012-11-08 01:55:49 PM
Here I was, just wondering what I would do this week without a Top x retro game list.
 
2012-11-08 01:58:46 PM
No River City Ransom. List is utter fail.
 
2012-11-08 01:59:26 PM
No love for bubble bub and bobble bob :(

1.bp.blogspot.com

And what about

cache.kotaku.com
 
2012-11-08 01:59:28 PM
Apparently the author never owned a computer before 2005. There are many older PC games that buried their console and arcade equivalents.
 
2012-11-08 02:00:40 PM
Hate to be the "list sucks without" guy, but Megaman 2 and/or 3 should be on there. A Link to the Past gets lost in the Ocarina talk, but it is an excellent game and thats one I still own the cartridge for (or as we used to call them, Nintendo Tapes) and play it once every 18 months or so. Playing a game like that is like watching a movie over and over. Even after youve played through it several times, there is always something new you realize and come to appreciate. I do think that Super Mario Bros 3 is the best game of all time.

/of all time
 
2012-11-08 02:01:52 PM
I just realized that it doesn't even specify arcade games, in which case, there's no possible way to make a top 20 list because there were just too many games that were at equivalent levels of awesomeness.

I mean, come on.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-08 02:02:40 PM
Fails without Miner 2049'er for the Atari 8bit, and Road Rash on the Sega.
 
2012-11-08 02:07:46 PM
How retro is retro, and how great is great? On one hand, I know people who'd call the PS2 ancient history. On the other, "Pong" dominated the video game world in its prime more due to lack of competition than anything else. (When the Model T is the only car on the road, the fastest car on the road is a Model T. . .)

I have my list of favorites, but I'm sure most of them will be covered downthread.
 
2012-11-08 02:11:29 PM
No cave story?
Meh.

/Granted its not exactly retro, but it is a blast to play.
 
2012-11-08 02:12:19 PM
"Retro" does not mean the same thing as "Classic", which is just a way of saying "old and popular".

Still, an excellent list of classic games.
 
2012-11-08 02:13:01 PM
Look we can at least all agree that SMB3 was awesome.

I have to agree with walkerhound on contra as well. I still remember beating that game for the first time I was so excited and frustrated that nobody understood just how awesome I felt for beating Contra until my older brother came home from hockey practice. He understood all too well. Hell he called one of his friends to brag that his little brother just beat Contra. To a young kid having your older brother proud of you is pretty awesome.
 
2012-11-08 02:15:03 PM
I see super metroid and immediately begin whistling the soundtrack.

Is one of the best games ever made.
 
2012-11-08 02:17:13 PM
www.smackmobile.com
 
2012-11-08 02:17:42 PM
Gauntlet, hell yes...

and this:

i2.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-08 02:20:54 PM

Caelistis: Apparently the author never owned a computer before 2005. There are many older PC games that buried their console and arcade equivalents.


codesmedia.ign.com 

/Same year as SMB3
 
2012-11-08 02:22:52 PM
Outrun? I mean it's a good game, but #3 best ever?

/Yar's Revenge
 
2012-11-08 02:23:27 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

/same year as A Link to the Past
 
2012-11-08 02:24:03 PM
Needs more arcade games.

Sinistar
Pole Position
Time Pilot
Defender
Spy Hunter
Zaxxon
Tail Gunner
Star Wars


I'm sure there are more that I am missing...
 
2012-11-08 02:25:33 PM
list fails without Bionic Commando and FF1
 
2012-11-08 02:31:02 PM
Link to the Past should be 1.
 
2012-11-08 02:33:21 PM
The only reason I'm not having a fit over not seeing my favorite game on the list is because I'm hesitant to call the PSX 'retro'

upload.wikimedia.org

/hot
 
2012-11-08 02:37:07 PM
Asteroids
Centipede
Moon Patrol
Battlezone
Zaxxon
Burgertime
Tempest
Crystal Castles
Galaga
Frogger

I think the thing I miss about those early gaming days, was how different the games were from each other. Pac-Man was nothing like Donkey Kong. Asteroids was nothing like Tempest. Each game was a unique experience.

Nowadays you have "shooting simulator" and "car simulator" and "sports team simulator" and that's about it.
 
2012-11-08 02:37:07 PM
Retro? None of these are retro. They're actual old games.
 
2012-11-08 02:38:54 PM
Good to see some love for S.C.U.M. games like DotT!

I loved me some Zach McKracken.
 
2012-11-08 02:39:11 PM

PluckYew: Needs more arcade games.

Sinistar
Pole Position
Time Pilot
Defender
Spy Hunter
Zaxxon
Tail Gunner
Star Wars


I'm sure there are more that I am missing...


Tempest? My favorite. I also like Satan's Hollow.
 
2012-11-08 02:39:14 PM

Caelistis: Apparently the author never owned a computer before 2005. There are many older PC games that buried their console and arcade equivalents.


Oh stfu...
 
2012-11-08 02:40:43 PM

bloobeary: Asteroids
Centipede
Moon Patrol
Battlezone
Zaxxon
Burgertime
Tempest
Crystal Castles
Galaga
Frogger

I think the thing I miss about those early gaming days, was how different the games were from each other. Pac-Man was nothing like Donkey Kong. Asteroids was nothing like Tempest. Each game was a unique experience.

Nowadays you have "shooting simulator" and "car simulator" and "sports team simulator" and that's about it.


Amen brother!
 
2012-11-08 02:41:44 PM

Egoy3k: I'm hesitant to call the PSX 'retro'


Well when is the cutoff for 'retro'

shiat, the graphics alone can consider it retro. 1996 was 16 years ago...
 
2012-11-08 02:45:44 PM

stupiddream: PluckYew: Needs more arcade games.

Sinistar
Pole Position
Time Pilot
Defender
Spy Hunter
Zaxxon
Tail Gunner
Star Wars


I'm sure there are more that I am missing...

Tempest? My favorite. I also like Satan's Hollow.


I initially had Tempest, Asteroids and Centipede but my list was Atari heavy. Forgot Frogger, Galaga and Moon Patrol.
 
2012-11-08 02:46:30 PM
TMNT the Arcade Game was frigging awesome. Also nods to TMNT 3 and Turtles in Time.
 
2012-11-08 02:55:23 PM
Prince of Persia on the Mac LCII.
 
2012-11-08 02:56:00 PM

UberDave: Not a bad list....I wouldn't consider all of those "retro" though.

Gauntlet - hell yes. I dropped a ton quarters into that game in the 80s. I think it was the first (or one of the first) > two-player games. The best part was trying to make it through the "Death" level. "The Wizard needs food badly!"

And Super Mario 3. I still have that on NES ROM and play it every now and then. One of the best 8-bit NES games evar.

List is missing (to name a few) -

Marble Madness
Smash TV
1942 (I was God on this)
Star Wars
After Burner
Spy Hunter
Ninja Gaiden (arcade)


you weren't shiat on 1942. GET SOME!!!!!
 
2012-11-08 02:58:20 PM

lordargent: No love for bubble bub and bobble bob :(


YES YES YES.
Came here to say this. My friend Matt and I spent LOTS of money on Bubble Bobble. We knew where every 7-11 was that had one in it.
I always tell this story when discussing Bubble Bobble.
The ports of the game to the consoles and even the ROM that is floating around isn't the same as the original stand up game. There were secret boards that do not exist in any of the ported versions that I have played. To get to them neither player could die until you got a key that was on like board 80 (but it wasn't an even number board like that) - after someone got the key, one of you could die, but the other one couldn't. If you did get this key and not die, a door just like the diamond boards (that you get for not dying on the board's 20 40 and 60) would appear on board 99 in the "box" that is in the middle of the board. This door would take you past 100 to boards 01 through F which if you got through then you would get board 100 and the true happy ending for beating the giant drunk.

/We did it at the 7-11 at the mouth of Big Cottonwood canyon
 
2012-11-08 02:58:36 PM

Mog32Kupo: Egoy3k: I'm hesitant to call the PSX 'retro'

Well when is the cutoff for 'retro'

shiat, the graphics alone can consider it retro. 1996 was 16 years ago...


Wiki says (I know...) that retro "generally implies a vintage of at least 15 or 20 years. For example clothing from the 1980s or 1990s could be retro."

So, looks like anything before 1998...

/PC Games ruled the 90's
 
2012-11-08 03:03:20 PM

MattMillerTime: UberDave: Not a bad list....I wouldn't consider all of those "retro" though.

Gauntlet - hell yes. I dropped a ton quarters into that game in the 80s. I think it was the first (or one of the first) > two-player games. The best part was trying to make it through the "Death" level. "The Wizard needs food badly!"

And Super Mario 3. I still have that on NES ROM and play it every now and then. One of the best 8-bit NES games evar.

List is missing (to name a few) -

Marble Madness
Smash TV
1942 (I was God on this)
Star Wars
After Burner
Spy Hunter
Ninja Gaiden (arcade)

you weren't shiat on 1942. GET SOME!!!!!


1942 was lame. Time Pilot was badass and I was king of that game. I set records at the beach that still stood years later. I used to walk away from games with high score on the machines and 7 lives left.
 
2012-11-08 03:07:18 PM
Amen, dude. I'm also sad that Tron and Joust didn't make the cut, but whatever. Nintendo bought that list.

UberDave: Not a bad list....I wouldn't consider all of those "retro" though.

Gauntlet - hell yes. I dropped a ton quarters into that game in the 80s. I think it was the first (or one of the first) > two-player games. The best part was trying to make it through the "Death" level. "The Wizard needs food badly!"

And Super Mario 3. I still have that on NES ROM and play it every now and then. One of the best 8-bit NES games evar.

List is missing (to name a few) -

Marble Madness
Smash TV
1942 (I was God on this)
Star Wars
After Burner
Spy Hunter
Ninja Gaiden (arcade)

 
2012-11-08 03:07:42 PM

PluckYew: Needs more arcade games.

Sinistar
Pole Position
Time Pilot
Defender
Spy Hunter
Zaxxon
Tail Gunner
Star Wars


I'm sure there are more that I am missing...


Ninja Warriors, Tecmo Football, Twin Tigers, Captain America and the Avengers, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Rygar
 
2012-11-08 03:08:39 PM
Congo Bongo, Mr. Do...
 
2012-11-08 03:08:42 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com

t0.gstatic.com

t2.gstatic.com

t2.gstatic.com

These took up waaaaaaaaaay more time than they should have. Seriously great memories.
 
2012-11-08 03:13:05 PM
Shadow Dancer, Gladiator (you could knock people's clothes off) Discs of Tron, Rush 'n attack.... x-wing, deathtrack, 7th guest, Colonels bequest... this thread could go for quite some time.
 
2012-11-08 03:15:13 PM
Not sure if 1985 is retro enough but this is my all time favorite

i406.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-08 03:17:47 PM

Caelistis: Apparently the author never owned a computer before 2005.


Manic Miner and Sensible Soccer are both on the list.
 
2012-11-08 03:20:07 PM
Some people above have added some great arcade games already so I will stick to retro computer games:

M.U.L.E. (awesome multiplayer)
Lode Runner (could create your own levels)
Seven Cities of Gold (one earth based world or random maps and open world to boot)
Ultima 1-5 (1-3 very retro dungeon crawling, 4 was awesome and 5 let you load from 4)
Pools of Radiance (sweet rpg beginnings)
Zorks (less was more)
Carmen San Diego (when learning games ere fun)
Tecmobowl (way better than the soccer listed)
 
2012-11-08 03:20:07 PM

Gordon Bennett: Caelistis: Apparently the author never owned a computer before 2005.

Manic Miner and Sensible Soccer are both on the list.


And Day of the Tentacle.
 
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