Old games hold a special, warm and fuzzy place in the hearts of most gamers old enough to remember them. While most of them haven't aged particularly well, there are a number of classics, however, that transcend time. They're still better investments of both time and money than most of today's video games
Here are ten such titles that are at least a decade old (or close to it) and still represent the best in their respective genres. This list is by no means comprehensive; if there are any glaring omissions, please let us know!
There's no nostalgia involved. Each of these games have been replayed recently, and have been found to be every bit as enjoyable as they were when they were first released. While these games probably don't have the high-tech graphics or online multiplayer that their modern counterparts have, they're still guaranteed to deliver a superior experience.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
Released On: July 24, 1992 (18 years old)
With arcade classics like The Simpsons and X-Men on its resume, Konami is the undisputed king of side-scrolling beat-'em ups. Their best work, though, came in the form of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time, when the popular Saturday morning cartoon heroes, the Ninja Turtles, stormed arcades in 1991.
Turtles in Time stays true to its Ninja Turtles branding by including tons of fan favorite characters, and it also features an action-packed, four-player multiplayer mode that allows gamers to control their favorite Ninja Turtle. A year later, Turtles in Time was ported over to the Super Nintendo where it received substantial upgrades, including improved graphics, music, new levels and modes, making it not only the definitive version of the fearsome foursome's finest moment in video game history, but also the crown jewel of a genre that includes fierce contenders like Battletoads, Final Fight 3 and Golden Axe.
Since Turtles in Time, no cooperative beat-em up has managed to topple Konami's masterpiece. Behemoth's Castle Crashers was a solid attempt, but Ubisoft's attempt to remake Turtles in Time fell flat on its face. While not quite as disastrous as some make it out to be, it is nowhere as good as the original. Then again, recreating perfection is never very easy.
Mario Kart 64
Released On: February 10, 1997 (13 years old)
The Gamecube, Wii and Nintendo DS all have a version of Mario Kart to call their own. But despite featuring better graphics, more complex gameplay mechanics and even online multiplayer, none of them have come close to rivaling Mario Kart 64.
The key to the success of this 64-bit go kart racer is its simplicity. You choose your racer, you collect items to help you out against the competition and then you race, race and race some more until you've mastered each and every of its iconic race tracks. Unless, of course, you're going to play the insanely addicting Battle Mode instead.
Unburdened by Double Dash's gameplay gimmicks or Mario Kart Wii's numerous vehicles and insipid rubber band AI, Mario Kart 64 focuses exclusively on ensuring that the actual art of racing is as flawless as possible. And flawless it is.
While today's kart racing games have enjoyed varying degrees of success, none of them have managed to rival Mario Kart 64 in the gameplay department. ModNation Racers has more options, Diddy Kong Racing, but when it comes down to the core mechanics, all pale in comparison. The only game that comes close is Mario Kart DS which is more or less a port of Mario Kart 64. Even then, most gamers will agree that the original is still the preferred racer.
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