13th Nov2017

Retro Games won’t leave Modern Games alone – and Fans can’t get Enough

by James Smith


If you are a child of the ’80s or ’90s, you will undoubtedly recall the infancy of home video gaming. Whether you were rolling around as Sonic on a Sega or curling up in bed with Tetris on a Gameboy, the memories are enough to give you bouts of nostalgia, and even a longing, for those old games. Almost 20 years into this new millennium, the console market has continued to grow, with tech companies around the world vying for their share of this incredibly large pie. Technology may have evolved in leaps and bounds in that time, but those games of old just refuse to go away.

Zerodiv answers fans’ calls for re-releases

While the Switch remains one of the most popular consoles for gamers, there are currently no Virtual Consoles. However, there remain a few choices for anyone seeking gaming thrills of yesteryear, including Namco Museum, along with a number of Neo Geo ACA titles. Now Zerodiv has listened to those Switch owners who are asking for more retro games by making numerous classic arcade titles from Psikyo’s back catalogue available in the eShop.

Strikers 1945 reminiscent of 1984 game

Strikers 1945 is among the first batch of re-releases from Zerodiv. The vertical shooter game was originally found in arcades in 1995. At first glance, the game conjures up memories of 1942, bearing a similar name and being in the same genre. The first selectable aircraft certainly conveying a familiar look to any gamer who has ever played Capcom’s 1984 game. As could be expected, however, coming all these years later, the visuals offer far more detail, and the gameplay features more variety. Further, while there is undoubtedly a visually similar setting, Strikers 1945 quickly takes the player into science-fiction territory, with the attackers being joined by alien craft; the later stages take the user into space to fight a battle on the moon.

The internet is a paradise for classic arcade gamers

There are endless volumes of classic arcade games online from CPS-1, CPS-2, Capcom, and SNK Neo-Geo arcade boards. Street Fighter, Pac-man, they’re all available to those craving some retro fun.


Another way that gamers are getting their nostalgia fix is through retrogaming. Modern retrogaming can sometimes be applied to games featuring reimagining and retro-style designs with modernised graphics. These remakes include 3D Dot Game Heroes, Super Mega Worm, Space Invaders Extreme, and Pac-Man: Championship Edition.

When remakes are developed by individuals or groups of enthusiasts without any commercial gain to be had, the titles are sometimes referred to as fangames. The motivation behind these games is often a phenomenon known as abandonware, which is basically the discontinuation of sales and support by the game’s original producers. Examples of fangames include the re-imagined versions of Sega’s classic adventures King’s Quest I: Quest for the Crown and King’s Quest II: Romancing the Stones.


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