One of my favorite parts of EGLX, the game expo Rachel and I visited in Canada in 2018, was the aisles of arcade cabinets that were set up in the middle of the main room for guests to enjoy. Those retro games were some of the most popular attractions throughout the weekend.
What do you consider to be a retro game? Is there a universal threshold that games have to pass until they are considered retro? Do you consider games from certain consoles as retro, or is any game older than ten, fifteen, or twenty years retro?
Retro games are held up as a pinnacle of gaming, games that were classics or are ripe with nostalgia for gamers of today’s day and age. While mechanics and graphics are outdated, retro games still find enthusiastic players. Emulators, virtual consoles, mini classic consoles, and even the original consoles and games are played to keep those retro games alive.
There are even games that emulate the retro style. Despite how far graphics have come in the past several years, the success of games mimicking the 16-bit art style have been a hit. Take a look at Cuphead and its old-school art style resembling cartoons from decades ago.
To me — if we’re talking in Nintendo terms — retro games are probably games from the Nintendo 64 era and before, maybe even the GameCube games. There are definitely some favorites from the SNES console that I bought several times over on various virtual consoles so I can continue to experience them again. Over on our Twitch channel, Rachel and I had played the SNES version of Disney’s The Lion King from Steam as one of the first games we were attempting, and I’m currently in the middle of playing Donkey Kong Country on the SNES Classic. Those to me are retro games just as arcade cabinets are nowadays.
I wonder how long it will take before Nintendo Switch games are considered retro?
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Since Kris and I went through all the video games we own recently, I realized that I still have two copies of Pokemon Black for the Nintendo DS. I laughed at seeing the second copy and I decided to write a blog post about it.
Of course, now I’m wondering if I’ve already shared this story. I’m sure I have at one point or another, but maybe it wasn’t through the blog.
I babysit a lot and the first family I ever babysat for had three kids. They were all avid gamers and their middle child was especially into gaming. As much as I love gaming, we often fought because he wasn’t allowed to be playing video games all the time. He had an hour a day and that was it because he was so addicted.
We had a lot of fun playing games together though – from Smash Brothers to Mario Kart and everything in between. Pokemon was another game we played together a lot. We’d trade Pokemon cards and I’d often bring my DS or 3DS so we could battle against each other or simple continue our journeys together.
Fast-forward seven or eight years later and I ducked out. They were a lovely family to work with but I needed to move on and so did they. Their oldest was going to be 17-years-old and their middle child was going into high school. Despite their disabilities, it was time for me to leave so they could have more independence.
It wasn’t until a year or two after I stopped babysitting for them, I realized I had two copies of Pokemon Black. I had assumed one was Kris’s so I gave one to her. But then she checked her bucket of DS games and had one in there. She turned on her game and sure enough, it was her profile. I turned on one of the games I had and it was my profile.
I turned on the third cartridge and guess who’s name was on the profile? Yep, the kid I used to babysit for.
I remember when he lost his game. He spent a while looking for it and I even spent a great deal helping him look for it. These kids lost everything too and their bedrooms were a mess, so I wasn’t surprised when he lost the small DS cartridge. We never found it.
Until I stumbled upon it in my own bucket of handheld games.
I have no idea how it made it home with me. I assume I saw the cartridge on the kitchen table or something and, thinking it was mine, I took it. Or maybe he had put it in my bag or DS thinking it was mine. Whoever thought it was mine though, never thought that maybe I had brought it home with me through those many weeks of us searching high and low for his game.
It’s been three or four years since I’ve stopped babysitting for them. I’ve forgotten about it here and there. I think, at this point, the game is mine. I don’t think I’ll get the chance to give it back to him and honestly, he’s probably long forgotten about it by now.
If I talk to him again in the near future, I’ll try to remember to tell him I have it. But I probably won’t remember I have it until I decide to play that game again or I go through my bucket again.
Are there any games you have multiple copies of? Have you ever borrowed a game – on purpose or by accident – and forgotten to give it back? Let me know in the comments below and if you enjoyed this post, please share it around.
So, last week I wrote up a post of games from 2018 that I want to finish this year, and I’m going a step further with this week’s post. When we were cataloging our games, we’ve realized that a couple of games are still wrapped up. It’d be nice if, at some point this year, we opened them to give them a try!
We still have the original variety kit box hanging out in our den, still unopened. It’s become great friends with the floor plant. It was definitely a novelty when it first came out in the middle of April last year, and maybe Rachel and I will actually open it this year and try to put some of the cardboard things together.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
I haven’t heard anything bad about this game at all, but it has yet to be opened, waiting patiently until we give it a try. Not only that, but we don’t even have it for the Nintendo Switch… We have the Wii U version still unopened.
Rodea The Sky Soldier
Like Tropical Freeze, this is a Wii U game that we had gotten on a little spending spree before getting our Nintendo Switch. We had never heard of it before, but the cover art looked pretty and it seems like you can fly with the main character, so I was sold. Aaannnnd then the game sat on the shelves right next to Tropical Freeze, still looking pretty in the shrinkwrap.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
Out of this list, this particular game is the most likely to be unwrapped and played this year. I was always interested in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, but we’ve never had the consoles for the games. We’ve had a Playstation 3 from our brother-in-law for years, a hand-me-down most likely after he got the Playstation 4, and we have very little games for it. I got the Kingdom Hearts game not only as an excuse to turn the PS3 on at some point, but also due to Kingdom Hearts 3 coming out this month. Considering the series’s story is so convoluted, figured I may as well start at the beginning!
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Something we’ve been meaning to do for a while, that we finally did, was take stock of the video games we have. Between the consoles, handhelds, and PC, we have so many games and too many to keep track of. I wanted a list where we could remind ourselves of what we have, what we’ve played, and what we’ve reviewed. We finally got around to it and it took longer than I thought it would.
It took a shorter amount of time than I thought it would, haha. We have a few shelves of our physical games in the closet of the den where we keep our consoles. Rachel typed up the titles while I shouted them out. There were quite a few that baffled us, wondering why we had the games or when we had gotten them. A couple of Xbox One games were on the shelves, for example, that apparently an old friend had given to me within the past year. It made me question whether or not we accidentally stole them.
I don’t think we stole those. You guys were talking about them and I think he gave them to you to try. Whether it was to keep or to borrow, I have no idea. We also went through all the handheld games we have too. Each of us has a bucket filled with the small cartridges. We dumped them out and took stock of them all… even the Rugrats Gameboy Color games.
We have a lot of really old Gameboy Color games, some of them making us laugh, such as Nickelodeon’s Rugrats games and too many games related to the Disney franchise which were definitely just money-making games. Seriously, we have about three different games based on Disney’s Tarzan for different systems. Aside from those, there were also games that were still shrink-wrapped.
Shrink-wrapped games included some Wii U games. We had bought them before the Switch came out because we realized we didn’t have that many Wii U games. Then the Switch came out and we never got the chance to play them. Then we looked at the games we have on our PC, Steam, and the Epic Games Store. Expanding our PC game collection is something I want to do.
I’d still like to play those Wii U games someday, but our gamepad for that system does not last without being on the charging stand any longer. We have a few regular controllers, but a couple had to be tossed because of corroding batteries. One day those games shall be opened and played! Our PC game library isn’t too bad at all, definitely one of the smallest libraries in our collection, though. Still, they’ve had some of my favorite games from last year on them.
We have quite the collection of games that just keeps on growing. We have a good amount of digital games as well. We even turned on the Wii and Wii U to see what we had for the virtual console games. I wonder how much money it would all equal out to… but at least we have the list now. Now we just need to remember to keep it updated!
We still have to finish up the list. While we have everything cataloged, our next step is to determine what’s been played and what’s been reviewed on here, if it’s going to be reviewed at all. Having to keep up with a list of video games by playing them isn’t the worst chore!
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Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! Here’s hoping everyone had a wonderful holiday filled with good times, good family and friends, and presents. This was a pretty low-key Christmas for us, our immediate family opting to just exchange a few gifts together.
We always look forward to Christmas, but we all know the best day of the year is December 26th. It’s great to see everyone, but it’s nice to have that calm when it’s all said and done. Plus, we can play with our new toys. My mom loved how I’m 25-years-old and she was still wrapping up “toys” for me from “Santa.”
The main video game I had received was the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy for the Xbox One. The Spyro trilogy was one of the few games I had for our old original Playstation years ago, so it’ll be fun to go back to that world and see how well it’s been remastered. I haven’t heard anything bad yet about the new game. I was also surprised with the complete soundtrack of Octopath Traveler, imported from Japan. Thankfully the little booklet inside the cover has the English names of the songs, as they’re all listed in Japanese on the back cover!
I’m excited to get back to Spyro as well. Plus, listening to the soundtrack, there are four CDs to it! The main video game I got was the Lego Harry Potter Collection for the Nintendo Switch. This game came out in October and I’ve never played any of the Lego Harry Potter games before. Having all seven in one game will be a treat and I can’t wait to finally go to Hogwarts. I also got two packs of Pokemon cards – one had a jumbo Tsareena card, which I was excited about. Tsareena was on my main team in Pokemon Sun & Moon. The other pack had a Pokeball card holder to go along with Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee. I also got the game guide to those games as well.
I also got Rachel a Mimikyu doll that the dog thought belongs to her, haha! Aside from those games, we’ve also each gotten an eShop gift card which I’m planning on using to download Gris on the Nintendo Switch. I’ve had my eye on the game for a while, so it seems like the perfect game for the end of the year. Our grandparents gave us some cash, and I already spent mine on the new expansion pack — Get Famous — and a couple of stuff packs for the Sims 4. We have plenty of games to keep us occupied for a little while… At least until the new year!
I also got a new Monopoly game, the Cheater’s Edition. The point is to cheat and not get caught… but I kind of do that in regular Monopoly anyway. So I’m hoping the game will be a blast. However, I know people are expecting me to cheat, so it’ll be more of a challenge. We do have plenty of games to keep us busy for the new year and I know so many new games are going to come out in 2019. I can’t wait to dive into our new games!
Did you have a good holiday? Any new games on your list? Let us know in the comments below!
This was a game for the Xbox One that Kris and I played with two of our friends. We didn’t get the chance to beat the game, but it was a 4-player co-op game and it was a lot of fun to play with others. It was stressful but we had a good time.
I had a lot of fun playing this game. Miles & Kilo are trying to fix their ship. Kilo, the dog, automatically runs at top speed and you have to jump a precise moments. It’s a fun, satisfying game and harder than it seems.
This is another game Kris and I love to play with our friends. We love the first game and a lot new mechanics were added to the second game. This game is so frustrating and stressful, but it’s a good one.
A point-and-click sort of game, The Lion’s Song tells a wonderful story through the eyes of four different characters. Each character is a creative – an artist, musician, mathematician, and a writer. Each of their stories are told within the same world and they all intertwine. It’s a great story-telling game and I hope there’s more some day.
Kris and I streamed this Gamecube game on our Twitch channel. It’s a game we played a long time ago and it was awesome to get the chance to play it again. It’s no secret we love The Legend of Zelda so having a co-op Zelda game is great.
This is one of my favorite games. I was able to get the Gamecube going and play the game again but also having the ability to play it on the 3DS was a treat. I enjoyed the updated graphics and just getting the chance to play the game again regardless of whether I was able to get the Gamecube to work or not.
This is a game that I had been looking forward to for a long time. I was so excited to finally get the chance to play the game when it came out. I don’t normally pre-order games for myself, but I did with this one. It was a nice change of pace from the typical Pokemon games. I love Pokemon and mysteries, so it was so much fun to experience this one.
I mean, I don’t know if I need to explain this one. This is another game that I have been eagerly awaiting for a so long. There were some things, such as the Spirit mode, that I was iffy about, but now that I’ve played the game, I’ve fallen in love with every bit of it.
Let’s Go Pikachu goes along with this one, but I technically haven’t played the Pikachu version yet. I’m so happy to have the chance to visit the Kanto region once again. I love having my Pokemon follow me around and I can ride and interact with them. It’s awesome to see Kanto in a new light and I can’t wait to complete my Pokedex and go shiny hunting!
What are some of your favorite games that you’ve played in 2018? Have you played any of the games I listed? Let me know in the comments below!
It’s the end of the year, and what a great year it has been for video game nerds like us! Today I’m sharing my list of games that I enjoyed playing the most this year. While some of them came out in 2018, others were old favorites that I’ve played for the first time, either ever or just in a long while.
10. Harvest Moon: Light of Hope
This is not the greatest Harvest Moon game in existence, but it went back to simpler mechanics and a quick, but cliche, story from old-school Harvest Moon games. It was a calming game with cute graphics that relaxed me after long days at my day job.
9. Sonic Forces
This wasn’t the greatest game by far, but… I did have fun with it. It was quirky for a Sonic game, I was amused at the avatar inclusion, and I enjoyed most of the levels, as well as the music.
8. Overcooked Duo
We’ve played the two Overcooked games for the first time this year and we had a blast playing them with our cousins and friends! The puzzles, teamwork, and all of our characters running around like headless chickens against the time was awesome!
7. Batman: The Telltale Series
I love Batman. He was one of my first introductions into the world of superheros and comics, and he’s been one of my favorites ever since. The Telltale Series episodes bring a great experience as an action, visual novel game staring the Dark Knight.
6. Octopath Traveler
This game is so pretty! Having a brand new RPG is always a treat to me, and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve played of Octopath Traveler so far. The graphics, the music, the characters, the battle mechanics, I like it all.
5. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
Along with starting Twitch streams this year, Rachel and I were able to get the necessary accessories in order to hook up and play our GameCube games again, including this Legend of Zelda title. One of the true co-op Zelda experiences, Rachel and I have had a great time reliving this adventure again.
While I also played Undertale this year for the first time and was introduced to most of the characters that were featured in Deltarune, I enjoyed Deltarune’s game mechanics much more. Of course, they’re a polished version of Undertale’s mechanics, and I enjoyed seeing how Toby Fox grew as a creator.
3. Game Dev Tycoon
One of my all-time favorite games, this business simulator was completely addicting to me when I first started playing it. I’ve gone back to it quite a few times throughout the year as well, picking it over even newer games at times.
2. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
One of the most anticipated games of the year, Smash Ultimate did not disappoint. Rachel and I have been having a fantastic time unlocking the characters, exploring the different modes, and hearing how much fun everyone else is having with the game.
1. Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee
This game is just freaking adorable and I absolutely love it. Pokemon Yellow was one of my first forays into the gaming world and, while Let’s Go is like “easy mode” when it comes to Pokemon RPGs, the sheer amount of nostalgia this game gives me makes it one of my favorites.
What were your favorite games that you played this year?
I’m amused at all the “classic” editions of consoles popping up. Miniature versions of the original consoles, these classic ones are more Rachel’s and my size!
So. The PlayStation Classic. It’s coming out December 3rd for about 100 bucks with 20 games, two wired controllers and an HDMI cable to connect the console to the television. It does not include a USB AC adapter to, you know, power the console on.
(Which I really don’t understand? Nintendo’s NES Classic also didn’t include an AC adapter, which baffled my mind. Granted, we have the SNES Classic’s adapter, but still. Did Nintendo assume everyone would already have that? Does Sony assume everyone would have that? I’m not even sure if the SNES Classic’s adapter would work with the PlayStation Classic–and I’ll stop ranting about this.)
We actually had an original PlayStation when we were younger — and still do, actually, it’s chilling in a storage box with a few other decades-old consoles — but it wasn’t a console we used too often.
Our collection of PlayStation games wasn’t that extensive. I’m certain the games we mostly played were the Spyro trilogy (and Peter Pan: Return to Neverland… I seem to remember that one). Taking a look at the list of 20 games that will be on the PlayStation Classic, there’s not much there for us. While there are plenty of titles I recognize — rather, I’ve recognized the titles of their sequels or spiritual successors — the only game on the Classic that I’ve actually tried playing before would be Final Fantasy VII.
We’re pretty certain this is a classic console that we’ll skip. I wonder, how much nostalgic does it have for people who regularly played the original?
Are you interested in the PlayStation Classic? Is it worth it to you?
Being a gamer is an expensive hobby. It doesn’t help that, sometimes, awesome games are available in multiple platforms, either as updated versions or just ported to a system that may be better suited for it.
Do you have any games on multiple platforms?
We have Stardew Valley, Death Road to Canada, and Undertale on the PC through Steam, but all three of those games are available for the Nintendo Switch as well. Fortnite is available on all consoles of the current generation (and all of them can now play together, finally). PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is also another game that crosses platforms.
Then there are ports of games — such as the Legend of Zelda: Windwaker and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — that get updated for the next generation console.
Assuming you enjoyed the original game, are you the type to buy games for multiple platforms, if you have them? Or the updated ports when they are released?
We have gotten Death Road to Canada for the Nintendo Switch when it came out, mostly to make it easier to play with friends. However, we’ve been toying with getting Undertale and Stardew Valley for the Switch as well, especially since the Switch makes it a little easier to take those kind of games on the go. To be honest, if Undertale came to the Switch before PC, we probably would have just gotten it for the Switch. Stardew Valley is in the same boat, but the PC version does have the co-op mode…
With that said, there are so many other games that we wish to play and buy that are already stretching our wallets thin. I suppose if a game we own is ported to another platform, we’d prefer if it was substantially updated to make it worth buying again.
Any games that you’ve bought multiple times for different platforms?
Those of us who love to play video games not only have thin wallets, but also tend to have a ton of games on the back burner. With so many fantastic developers and publishers, dozens of video games can be released monthly and it can be difficult to keep up with all of them. Joining Rachel and me in venting about our giant backlog of games is our good friend Justin over at TWOTALL4UFOOL, a fellow gaming and tech site as well as one of the hosts of the Game N’ Watch Podcast. Justin, thanks so much for joining us!
My pleasure. Thanks for having me.
Kris and I have been meaning to go through our video games and organize them. There are a lot we haven’t played yet, some of them we’ve had for a few years. These are games old and new. One that especially comes to mind is Has Been Heroes. It came as a bundle when we got our Nintendo Switch back in April 2017. We still haven’t had a chance to play it even though we’ve been close to starting it quite a few times.
That poor game, yes. Another Switch game that has been stuck on the back burner, surprisingly, is Octopath Traveler. It’s still fairly new, but with how much we enjoyed the game when it first came out, I feel bad that we haven’t finished the stories just yet. Justin, wasn’t the oldest game on your backlog list? Or is there a game you’ve been anxious to play but just haven’t gotten the chance yet?
For me I’m stuck right now on Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4. So everything I’ve been playing before that is either on the back burner or I haven’t opened up. God of War is on the back burner. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is also on the back burner. Mario Is Missing…. I mean Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is on the back burner. Sometimes I tend to start games and just not finish them. But right now in terms of games that haven’t even been taken out of the plastic are Octopath Traveler, and believe it or not a PS3 game. Assassin’s Creed Rogue. It’s pretty old now. But I really wanted to play that game but I got in around the time I got my PS4. Kind of bad timing but I hope to get to it soon. Too bad the PS4 doesn’t have backwards compatibility. LOL!
Wow, you’ve got a lot. I can’t believe you haven’t played Dark Moon . Though I can’t say anything because my backlog is just has big. It’s partly why I’ve been reviewing Nintendo DS games lately. I’ve been trying to catch up with games I’ve never played – even though I’ve had them for years – or games I started a long time ago and just never finished. We too had a couple of PS3 games that haven’t been opened… in fact, we haven’t even turned on our PS3. The backwards compatibility is the same problem we have with our Xbox One. All our 360 games that we haven’t touched can’t be played now.
Glad we’re not the only one with PS3 games on our backlog! Backwards compatibility was always something I appreciated from Nintendo and, despite how awesome the Switch is, I’ll admit that I was disappointed when I first heard the Switch would not have backwards compatibility. Now there are a quite a few Wii U games that were ported to the Switch, which is great, but I’m not willing to spend money to buy a second copy of them just to play on the Switch. New consoles don’t seem to help our backlogs, haha!
So will you two be picking up New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe? I know that this month is going to be a nightmare and just add to my backlog. There are so many fantastic games coming out. Super Mario Party, WWE 2K19, Red Dead Redemption II, Mega Man 11. The list goes on and on.
I would personally love to pick up New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. I love those games and they haven’t come out with them in a while. However, it probably won’t be the first thing we pick up. October and beyond is going to be rough – on the backlog and on the wallet. I’m waiting for Super Mario Party and Luigi’s Mansion 3DS for this month. There are a few others I’d love to try but know I won’t get to right away.
I’m not too excited about New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, I’ll admit. Those games are fun with company, but they don’t hit any of my top video game lists. Super Mario Party is what I’m mostly looking forward to this month. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey seems interesting too. It’s a series I’ve wanted to try, and we do have a few titles that were on our backlog for our Xbox 360. We never got a chance to try the games before our 360 got the red ring of death. I have to double check and see if any of the titles are backwards compatible now. If they are, our backlog list will grow!
Those Assassins Creed games on the last gen consoles are amazing. You should definitely check them out. Sorry about the red ring of death by the way. I have a road map of games I would like to buy from now to end of the year. They include Mega Man 11, WWE 2K19, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I feel bad I will be playing more games before I even get to Octopath Traveler. Smh.
As mentioned, Octopath Traveler is a game that we’ve started and reviewed but we haven’t had a chance to finish the game. There are so many we own and want to play, let alone the games coming out in the next few months. Octopath is definitely one I want to get back to soon though. I also have a few older games on my backlog that I want to try to work my way through. Games such as my DS and 3DS as well as the NE and SNES Classics.
That’s the same problem I’m having with God of War right now. I’m more than half way through Spider-Man so I hope to get back on it soon. If WWE 2K19 doesn’t take up too much of my time. Too bad playing video games isn’t my day job. LOL!
I remember you talking about God of War when it was first coming out. I’m sorry you haven’t gotten the chance to get back to it! There’s just so many games and so little time to play them all. I love how we talked about a lot of games not only on our backlog but games that will probably end up on our backlogs because of future games coming out, haha! Thank you again, Justin, for joining us on this post! Please go and visit Justin’s blog and be sure to give his podcast a listen! You can also find him on Twitter and Twitch!
Thank you two sistas for having me. It’s good to know I’m not the only gamer out there with a full backlog of games they’re trying to get through.
It was our pleasure! We’ll definitely have to have you back again.
How many games are on your backlog? Don’t forget to give Justin’s blog come love!