Every once in a while you hear an old song, or someone's joke that you remember from a long time ago, or even smell something akin to your uncle's awful farts, and nostalgia kicks in. Good or bad, we have nostalgia about many things. Even video games give us this sense of timelessness, of being pulled back into yesteryear.
Here are five video games you didn't know you missed:
5. ___ Grade Adventures
Whether its anywhere between 3rd grade to 6th grade, I remember these games taking hours and hours of my computer time, trying to solve various puzzles and stop the nefarious villain. Have any of you readers played these games or know someone who did? What do you remember? I vividly remember a colored beetle wall I had the hardest time "climbing" in 3rd Grade Adventures.
4. Oregon Trail
Let's be real. This was the most frustrating use of our limited computer time at school, but it was the challenge that kept bringing us back only to die of dysentery. This game is harder than Dark Souls. It's not what I remember that makes this game sticks out, but the fact that I can't remember anyone ever beating this game in grade school. Do you?
3. Star Wars Battlefront
Alright, so we're getting a little older at this point in the list, but this game may have been the reason I went to my friend's house everyday after school (and haven't completed a homework assignment on time to this day). Even the new Battlefront game can't hold a candle to the glory of the original battlefront.
2. Super Mario 64
Ushering us into the realm of 3 dimensional games was usually the frustrating camera and wonderful maps of Super Mario 64. Even if Nintendo's controller was a little unorthodox (still is, honestly), the treat of exploring Peach's castle and the hidden worlds therein was more than enough for my young mind. Just don't ask me how the camera was supposed to work 'cause I still don't know how.
1. Goldeneye / Halo 2
Finally, we have a tie for the top most nostalgic game. If you were really into the Nintendo 64, then Goldeneye was your go to game, I'm confident in that. BUT if you were on the Xbox, Halo 2 was your bread and butter for years, I'm sure. Either way, these multiplayer shooters demanded a lot of attention, and perhaps even a microphone. And guess what? You could actually kick people out of their vehicles in the Halo 2 game, just like this poster below!
Call of Duty
Never played this one, sorry, but I do recognize that it is a nostalgic video game and the beginning of a never ending franchise.
This was my jam, but more so in high school than in elementary or middle school. A salute to the last good Metroid game. Prayers go out for the next one.
Again, a game I've never played and wish I had. Same goes for the Nintendo 64's Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.
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