retro games


The Apple II Edutainment Game 'All About America' Was Cracked Just in Time for the Midterms

Brush up on some mostly-accurate US history with a game that came on floppy disks.
Samantha Cole
Sonic Mania

The Genesis Cover for 'Sonic Mania Plus' Celebrates 90s Sega Box Art

The physical re-issue of 'Sonic Mania' has a reversible cover and mini artbook that both tug on the nostalgia strings.
Danielle Riendeau
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What’s a Game That You Heard About As a Kid, But Didn’t Play Until Later?

Most of my early Resident Evil experiences were… extremely vicarious.
Danielle Riendeau

'ActRaiser’ Was More Than an SNES Classic, It Was a Leap of Faith

A one-of-a-kind 16-bit adventure led a push toward meaningful topics in the Nintendo era.
Jeremy Parish
point-and-click adventure games

Parsing the Secret History of Adventure Games and Sierra

A new paper takes aim at our assumptions about Sierra On-Line and what the adventure game genre looked like in the 1980s.
Cameron Kunzelman
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I Miss How Weird Games Used to Be

The best part of retro games is how different they are from each other.
Austin Walker
Super Mario Galaxy

'Super Mario Galaxy' Was Brilliant, But Motion Controls Ruined It

The Wii was ostensibly designed to be more accessible to more kinds of players. But motion controls don’t work for everyone.
Danielle Riendeau

Five Years Later, 'Dishonored' is Still a Revolutionary, Nasty Game

Happy Dishonored Halloween!
Danielle Riendeau
Animal Crossing

15 Years Later, Why Animal Crossing Has Always Felt Like Home

The original game launched 15 years ago today, in North America.
Danielle Riendeau
Street Fighter

'Street Fighter 2' Is Back, Sold out, Might Set Your SNES on Fire

M. Bison says: “Only (shor)yuken prevent SNES fires.”
Jordan Mallory
super mario sunshine

15 Years Later, 'Super Mario Sunshine' Still Makes Me Smile

Mario’s first GameCube outing turns 15 this week.
Danielle Riendeau
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

In 'Mario + Rabbids,' Banjo-Kazooie's Composer Has Another Great Soundtrack

It sounds just like the beloved N64 games and for good reason—they have the same composer.
Danielle Riendeau