There is no doubt about it, retro video gaming is where it is at. Modern gaming fans will probably disagree with that statement with all their power, but back in the day graphics were not at the forefront of gaming. Instead, developers focused on in-game content. What this provided were the most enjoyable games possible. If you want to be a true nostalgia goof, then you should track down the consoles that the games were originally made for (as most of these games are available on virtual consoles). For an extensive guide on these types of systems, you should check out http://www.retropool.com/.
Super Mario World
Till this day, there has not been a better masterpiece of a creation than Super Mario World. What you will learn right away from this list is that platforming video games (which is what Super Mario World is) were dominant back in the day. Released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), this entry in the franchise had large shoes to fill after the critically acclaimed Super Mario Bros 3. It is safe to say that it not only lived up to the hype, it exceeded it. The inclusion of a more interactive world map, the debut of Yoshi and the creation of the greatest power-up in video game history (the Cape Feather) all put this entry over the top.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Staying with the SNES, another platforming masterpiece was Donkey Kong Country 2. Although another platformer, this game is very different from Super Mario World. If you have ever played a Donkey Kong game, then you know how different the atmosphere is from other games. On top of that, this entry required you to gather multiple collectible items. This kept you on your toes and forced you to explore every part of each level. However, the true reason to why this game is so fantastic is because of the soundtrack. Each song adequately represents each area and it is heaven to your ears.
Twisted Metal 4
Alright, you may not enjoy platforming games. How about a vehicular combat game in which the goal is to eviscerate every other opponent to be declared the winner? Before Twisted Metal was revved up for mature audiences with its sickening themes, it was a classic staple for the PlayStation. Perhaps the best entry in the series was Twisted Metal 4. As the series went on, the games become less susceptible to lag. Out of the early entries, this one seemed to have the smoothest gameplay. If you were going to play one of them, this would be the one.
Super Mario 64
Yes, this is another platforming video game. But, this is a 3-D version and it happens to be one of the most popular games ever created. Chances are, you have heard someone mention how great Super Mario 64 is. Though it was not the first 3-D game ever released, it set the precedent and proved that platforming games could excel in the third dimension. If you can ever get your hands on a Nintendo 64, then this is the first game you should play. Over time, it has not aged the greatest but it is still an absolute blast.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
During the 1990’s, Sony had to find an answer for Mario. Their solution was a crazy orange bandicoot named Crash. Although many people will tell you that the third game is the best, the second one is better. Right away, when playing, you will notice it is a limited 3-D experience. This means that you can walk around in 3-D, but there is a limited space to do so. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most unique platformers that you will ever play and was another reason the PlayStation was such a great console.
Mario Kart 64
Gee, you think Mario is the king of retro gaming? The third inclusion on this list should be enough to convince you, but this time it is not a platformer. Instead, it is one of the best Mario Kart games ever made, the Nintendo 64 version. While the new versions focus on how appealing the tracks look, Mario Kart 64 focused on giving you a thrill ride with friends. Much like Super Mario 64, in a lot of ways, it has not aged well. Though, that does not detract from how entertaining this game can still be with all your friends.
This list could go on and on; that is how good retro gaming is. If you are looking to reach into your childhood again, though, then these games are a great start. Afterward, you will find yourself searching for more classic games.