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Spice Up Your Gaming Habits with These Old Games

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2016 has me feeling a bit nostalgic. With so many new games like Super Smash Brothers and Pokken Tournament, I can’t help but think of all of the games that proceeded them. There are old games that have left huge impacts on the gaming community, both for the players and developers. If you have some extra time in between playing all of the new games you’ve just purchased, then I recommend playing some of the titles I’ve listed below. If you’ve already played them, then check out some ways you can approach the games to make them feel brand new!

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

With the recent release of the newest Star Wars movie and its scheduled DVD release coming soon, why not explore the Star Wars universe and its lore? You do not need to have seen any of the movies to understand this game. It takes place thousands of years before the first episode of the Star Wars saga. As someone who has never seen a single Star Wars movie, I can confidently say that you will not feel lost playing the game. BioWare has created a game with high replay value, and the story more than makes up for the outdated 2003 graphics. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic influenced several popular RPG games after it, including the massively popular Mass Effect series. Get it on Steam here.

How to spice up the game:

  • Play the side opposite of what you’ve already done before.
  • Choose a different gender, and see how the game changes.
  • Switch up the team you take during missions to see what new dynamics they bring to the game.
  • Choose a different class.
  • Romance a character. It’ll add some more depth to the game.

Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Pokemon. What better time is there than now to revisit the games that started it all? Nintendo has just released the three iconic games to the Nintendo E-Shop, each priced at around $10. The graphics are true to the originals with the game being in black and white. However, Nintendo has added some new features, such as being able to trade with your friends who also have the Nintendo E-Shop version of the game. If the pixelated graphics are too old school for you, you can pick up Pokemon Fire Red or Leaf Green for the Game Boy Advance (if you still have a system that can play it).

How to spice up the game:

  • Breed some Pokemon for competitive battling.
  • Try the Nuzlocke Challenge, in which every time your Pokemon faints, you must release it into the wild.
  • Set some kind of limit on the type of Pokemon you can have in your party.

Kirby’s Nightmare in Dream Land

One of Nintendo’s most notable characters is the fluffy, pink creature whose power is stealing other people’s powers. The original game came out for Gameboy Advance in 2002. It’s a remake of the original 1993 classic, Kirby’s Adventure. There is a plethora of Kirby games out on the market, some even still being produced today for big systems like the Wii U. But none, at least in my eyes, can hold a candle to Kirby’s Nightmare in Dream Land. I remember fondly playing the game on my brother’s Gameboy Advance trying the same few levels over and over again. You can find several Kirby games, including Kirby’s Nightmare in Dreamland in the Nintendo E-Shop.

How to spice up the game:

  • Play with only one power throughout the entire game and see how long you can last.
  • Play a challenge where you’re only allowed to suck up powers of the same kind throughout the entirety of the game (Ex: you can only use the sword power up).
  • Play the game with no powers at all and see if you can beat it.

Super Mario Bros

This game changed the course of gaming history. Everyone knows about Mario and has at least seen the original game somewhere. With so many spin offs and updates to the game, it’s easy to forget the original that skyrocketed Nintendo’s fame. The game was hard, and there was no option to save. If you have the time, put down Super Mario Maker for a few hours and play the original game. Good luck getting to the end! You can pick up the game at the Nintendo E-Shop.

How to spice up the game

  • If you’re playing the virtual console version, avoid saving and see how far you can get.
  • If you’re playing the virtual console version, try to make it to the end of the game without using any shortcuts. (For an added challenge, don’t save.)
  • Once you beat the game, try it all over again with the unlocked version of the game. (Goombas are replaced with enemies that you can’t squish by jumping on them.)

Do you have any games that you’d add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!