The 1990s were a time of remarkable change in technology that allowed millennials to be the first generation to enjoy video games and gaming consoles like PlayStation and Game Boy. For those who are nostalgic for that era, the epic video games listed here will take you back to that time.
The face of Nintendo, Mario has appeared in video games since the 1980s and continues to create revenue for the company today. With video games becoming more widespread in the 90s, Mario was a sign of a quality game, even if he was not essential to the plot, including his role as the chair umpire in Tennis (1985) and the golfer in Golf (1985). Mario got so popular all over the world that gaming translation services created different versions, like Japanese or Spanish localizations of this game.
The Contra franchise has faded from the mainstream in the last 20 years, but in the 90s this video game was legendary, with run and gun action game that was extremely challenging to win. To get a feel of the game, try Contra 4 for Nintendo released in 2007 as a retro game that is also difficult to win.
Street Fighter was published in 1987, but it was the sequel in 1991 that became a global phenomenon in the world of fighting games and lead to a movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Kylie Minogue. Street Fighter IV has updated the series with 3D graphics and a retooled 2D fighting system based on Street Fighter II that has created renewed interest in the genre.
Shooting down ducks to feed your dog never felt this good. Nintendo has the most iconic lineup of first-party characters in video game history, including its oldest character the duck in Duck Hunt. The light gun shooter video game has players shooting down ducks to feed your dog. The game was so popular the dog was a character in the movie “Pixels” that rated poorly but made USD150 million profit.
Electronic Arts’ Road Rash franchise combined traditional racing with bike-to-bike violence, and was one of the company’s most exciting titles back in the early 90s, launched on Sega Mega Drive before making the transition onto what were then the next generation consoles. In July 1994, Road Rash arrived in 3D.
Aladdin had two releases, one on the Sega Genesis and one on the Super Nintendo, two completely different, classic games. The Sega version was visually better, but the Nintendo version had some of the best controls ever seen in a game, being hair-trigger responsive, with realistic jump mechanics that made Aladdin feel like a tough street kid. This game launched the adventure genre leading to more modern games Uncharted and Tomb Raider.