The Definition of Retro Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

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 While mechanics and graphics are outdated, retro games still find enthusiastic players.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?

What do you consider retro games? Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting [Game Review]

Video Game Review: Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting | SNES | Capcom | Gaming |

Title: Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Arcade (Nintendo SNES)
Release Date: 
December 1992
How we got the game: 
We got it on the Nintendo SNES Classic

This game is older than me! Our grandparents used to have a copy of the game at their house, with their SNES and our uncles’ other video games, and Street Fighter was one of those games that Rachel tended to pick up rather than me.

I don’t know why, but I remember always playing this at my grandparents’ house. I always picked Chun Li to play and had such a great time. Maybe it was because I just enjoyed button mashing?


Street Fighter is a fighting game (duh). Players pick a character, each with their own unique looks and fighting styles. Characters move left to right on the fighting stage and can duck or jump if the D-Pad’s down or up directional is pressed. The rest of the buttons enable the characters to kick or punch, with combos being possible.

The gameplay really is as simple as it sounds. Of course, there are combos to be created, though Kris and I aren’t that good. We tend to just button mash and whoever manages to hit the other one first, wins.

After every couple of matches, there were also these bonus stages to rack up more points, with the three being about destroying objects. The first was busting up a car, the second was a stack of bricks, and the third was going against rolling barrels, of all things.

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I dominated in the rolling barrels one since I kept hitting Kris instead! Still, the bonus stages were quick, easy, and totally random. It broke up the battles a little bit though.


The graphics for the game aren’t too bad. The stages are simple enough with the backgrounds decorated to resemble the part of the world that the characters are fighting in. The movement of your characters is fairly well done, the graphics responding smoothly to the controls.

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The backgrounds are actually my favorite aspect of the game. They aren’t stiff, things are happening and moving in the background and it’s pretty cool. I especially loved India because the elephants cheered when someone was declared the winner.

The music was fun as well, the tunes getting you pumped up for the fights. The music wasn’t overpowering, however, allowing you to focus on the fight without getting too distracted. Rachel and I did find ourselves bobbing along every once in a while, of course.

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I was bobbing along with the theme on the main menu of the game. I did enjoy the music, but I’ll admit I didn’t hear too much of it during the battles. I was too focused on battling and… well, I was shouting most of the time.


Street Fighter is one of those games that you may pick up once in a while just for fun, with it being one of the simplest fighting games in the genre. It’s pure button-mashing at its finest, with the rounds being quick enough to play a few matches during some downtime.

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It was certainly a great game to get back to. I’m not sure if I’ll pick it back up again anytime soon, but it’ll be something quick and fun when I need something mindless.

Street Fighter gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

Have you played this game? What did you think? Let us know in the comments! 

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Friday Favorites: Arcade Games

Double Jump Kris MiiWith all the new consoles, games, and technology in general being thrown at us, let’s take a step back in time, shall we?

A video-game arcade was the kind of hangout that I wish I had around me as I was growing up. There used to be a few arcade consoles at our local movie theater, the bowling alley, and our dentist’s office when we were kids, but no true arcade dedicated to these classic video games. Still, I have some memories of a few of them, and many of them have been remastered for later generations. For this Friday Favorites, here’s a list of my favorite old-fashioned arcade games!


Frogger was about controlling a little frog from one end of the screen to the other, all while avoiding obstacles that would kill you. It was a very simple premise, but it was the challenge of keeping your little frog buddy alive that made it so enjoyable.


This is the kind of game that gets you stressed out in a good way, especially if you’re playing with another person, haha! The faster the game got, the more accomplished you felt when you finally won!


Puzzles are one of my favorite aspect of video games, and with Tetris being one giant puzzle, it was always fun. The music was wicked catchy, too!

What are some of your favorite arcade games? Did you ever play any while growing up?

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