The best thing about video games in the 2020s is that the era has something for everyone. Players craving the most advanced, visually stunning experiences can check out the latest computer games or try out some virtual reality headgear. On the other hand, consumers with more nostalgic tastes can easily get reacquainted with their old favorites.
For Millennial consumers, there is still something magical about playing forgotten, decades-old titles on Stream. Even better, it is remarkable to see old consoles, beloved games, and dependable time-wasters reborn in a contemporary context. Especially childhood favorites that seemed like they would be lost forever because of intractable rights issues.
Here are seven video games that died but found a new life online or were reinvented for the 21st century.
7. Nokia’s Reincarnated “Snake”
Nokia’s late 1990s feature phones are notable for two reasons: they were seemingly indestructible and came equipped with an all-time classic mobile game. In the years before micro-transactions and app stores, “Snake” ruled the roost.
Despite its simple concept and minimal control scheme, “Snake” served as a fun distraction for an entire generation. Unfortunately, time passed, and Nokia and its signature mobile game lost ground to newer handsets with more elaborate offerings.
However, the Finnish telecom company reincarnated its iconic team with the Nokia 3310. The throwback mobile device had no touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, or selfie camera. But it did feature a revamped and colorful version of “Snake” that is as captivating as its predecessor.
Thanks to the internet, gamers can now play the original “Snake” without downgrading their smartphone.
6. Google Chrome-based “Solitaire”
Windows 10 might be the finest operating system Microsoft has ever released in terms of stability and features. However, the multiplatform operating system does have one major flaw: it features a freemium version of “Solitaire.”
Technically, users could still play the casual title they had known for 25 years without paying a subscription fee. But the modern iteration of the digital card game now bothered the player with advertisements. Since one of the most enjoyable things about classic “Solitaire” is its calming repetition, its ad-laden new iteration had strong “Monkey’s Paw” associations.
Thankfully, Google stepped in and unveiled a free online-based take on the beloved casual game. Users can recapture the feeling of procrastinating at the office anytime and anywhere by typing “solitaire” into Google Search.
5. “Sonic the Hedgehog” on Android or iOS
As opposed to its old rival “Mario,” “Sonic the Hedgehog” has not evolved seamlessly with the times. In the ‘90s, the energetic platformer made the Sega Genesis a must-own gaming console. Though the series produced several notable entries back in the 16-bit era, its leap into the 3D generation proved ill-fated.
In 2001, Sega exited the console business due to tumbling sales and now exists as a software company. Since then, the firm has released several “Sonic” games, but few offer the simple pleasures of its Genesis generation installments. However, the franchise came roaring back to life in the 2010s as a remastered version of the original came to both the Google Play and Apple app stores.
Playing classic “Sonic” on a modern handset is an incredibly potent and uncannily familiar experience.
4. Nintendo Switch’s Retro Game Library
Although it has produced many contemporary successes, Nintendo understands the power of nostalgia.
The corporation found massive success in releasing new versions of legacy titles like “Super Mario” and “Animal Crossing” on the Switch. However, the firm has also made an effort to port many of its ‘90s hits to its hybrid console. Today, nostalgic gamers can access NES and SNES cult favorites like “Rygar” and “Breath of Fire II” through its online store.
As a bonus, Nintendo modernized its back catalog with online multiplayer functionality and a rewind feature that makes its most daunting titles less frustrating.
3. ‘Pac-Man’ Eats More Than Dots These Days
Another fantastic aspect of being a gamer this decade is how multifaceted the hobby has become. Large corporations are currently happy to license their legacy franchises to companies to provide enjoyment for a range of age groups. For example, Bandai Namco’s trailblazing “Pac-Man” has been reborn in the 21st century in multiple ways.
In 2010, Google celebrated the beloved maze title’s 30th anniversary by making it an interactive Google Doodle.
More recently, Bandai Namco licensed the franchise to slot machine manufacturers. That means Millennials and Gen Xers who went through endless quarters playing the game in dimly lit arcades can recreate their youthful experiences in bright casino corridors.
For older gamers, playing a “Pac-Man” slot machine can be a deeply satisfying experience. Winning money instead of points with each victory makes defeating the ghostly horde even more satisfying. With both the gaming market and online slots market becoming saturated, providers entice their players by offering nostalgic themed games like Pac-Man as well as providing various promotional deals for new and existing players.
2. Atari Hotels
The boldest resurrection of a seemingly dead video game brand has to be Atari’s expansion into the hospitality sector. In January, the firm announced its plans to launch a series of hotels across the United States starting in 2022. The company noted its temporary lodgings would honor its legacy while also providing new reality blurring experiences.
Atari’s announcement stunned many consumers because the firm had not made any big moves in the field for many years. Back in the early ‘70s, the firm pioneered the idea of gaming at home with its line of dedicated consoles. But the company had not been a significant player in the video games industry since the early ‘90s.
Despite its protracted dormancy, Atari’s hotel sounds undeniably intriguing.
1. Hasbro’s Tiger Electronics Handheld Consoles
Hasbro’s revival of the Tiger Electronics handheld LCD games is not the most impressive or audacious item on this list. But for consumers who lived during the line’s ubiquity in the 1990s, it might be the most emotionally satisfying.
Although they do not look like much in the electronics landscape of 2020, Tiger’s single-title consoles were incredibly popular in their day. Their affordable price points, inescapable marketing campaign, and third-party licensing agreements made them massively appealing to their target audience. Because of their intense popularity and subsequent decline, they feel like a quintessential part of the ‘90s youth experience.
To paraphrase Don Draper, these handheld games aren’t gaming consoles; they’re time machines.
Because of their status as a Millennial generational touchstone, Tiger LCD products probably have little appeal outside their core demographic. But that is one of the great things about video games in 2020, everything old is new again. And the modern market is wide and diverse enough to accommodate nostalgia-driven titles alongside brand new games and hardware.