Can the Nintendo Switch bring back the retro gaming market?
The Switch is possibly Nintendo’s best console yet. Since the debut of the NES 34 years ago in North America, the company has been at the forefront of the gaming world. Titles such as Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda have become some of the most popular games of all time. Many retro titles have made it to the Nintendo Switch (including the two aforementioned).
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. will always be the game forever linked with retro gaming. The series has been a major hit for the past 30+ years, so it’s only natural that the title is available on the latest console. Introducing Mario and Luigi to a new generation of gamers has been seamless. Everyone from gamers’ parents to gamers’ kids knows who they are, as well as the extended characters in the universe such as Yoshi, Bowser, Princess Peach, Wario, and Waluigi. The original Bros, Bros. 3, and spin-offs such as Wario’s Woods, Yoshi, and Dr. Mario are also available on the Nintendo Switch.
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The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda is one of the best action RPGs of all time, with these hits being a staple of every Nintendo console since they were released. The most recent The Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, was released on the Switch too, showing that even after 30+ years, these two franchises manage to remain popular and transcend generations. Given these series’ longevity, it may soon be possible to live in a world whereby many people from each generation has played at least one Mario or Zelda game.
Some casino games have also made their way onto gaming machines. This may seem odd at first, but not when you dig a little deeper into the history. That’s because Nintendo is a lot older than most gamers realize. It was originally a playing card company formed in 1889, and they didn’t even start creating games until 1963. One of the most popular casino games released was Vegas Stakes in 1993 for the SNES. This was followed by a Game Boy version in 1995. Vegas Stakes was one of the first casino games for mobile devices.
There are plenty more of those these days, of course! Other titles, such as Casino Kid and Casino Kid II, were released for the NES and SNES respectively. Part of the reason why casino was a rarity for these consoles (despite the company’s history with playing cards) was due to the main target demographic being kids.
Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition
While a Vegas Stakes-type game has not come out for the Nintendo Switch just yet, some other casino games have. One of these is Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition, which blends the card game blackjack with tributes to another retro gaming classic, Street Fighter II Turbo. The game also includes a single-player campaign mode, which is unusual for this genre. In addition, you can play blackjack with three of your friends.
What do you think about the longevity of these titles? Have you played any casino-based games on any console or PC? Let us know in the comments below!