With the recent release of the Next-Gen PlayStation and Xbox, we as gamers tend to be in awe with the future of gaming but forget the consoles and games that paved the way for this generation to exist and be successful. Let us gander into the abyss of videogames for the month of January.
– Ms. Pac-Man (Atari)
Released January 1982 by Midway, Ms. Pac-Man became one of the most popular Atari and Arcade games following in the footsteps of its predecessor Pac-Man. While the home videogame console moved on in technology, Ms. Pac-Man the Arcade game became the most successful ever made.
Both Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man have stood the test of time over the last 32 years, still available for retail purchase, still in arcades (the few that are left) and available for flash online.
– WWF WrestleMania (NES)
Named after it’s most popular annual PPV, WWF WrestleMania was released January 1989. This classic game had a handful of characters available such as Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage. Pit one another against another in a classic matche with the classic bar health system.
WWE (WWF at the time) had also released Steel Cage Challenge and WrestleMania Challenge for the NES. It is amazing to think that this game opened up the doors for a game like WWE 2K14, that even without gameplay can offer 6 hours to create your wrestler and another few months to create your Universe.
– Joe Montana Football (Sega Genesis)
Through the eyes of the helmet, Joe Montana Football was released January 1991 as a part of the sports boom in videogames. Not as successful as Madden and slightly more simplistic, Joe Montana Football still had cool features that other games didn’t. Such as the helmet view at the top of the screen and the 3-D view of the ball during kick off.
Joe Montana Football wasn’t commercially successful along side Madden but did and still does have a cult following.
– Alien 3 (Original Gameboy)
Released in January 1993 following the release of the 3rd Alien movie installment, Alien 3 showed up on Gameboy. Similar to this generation in gaming, Alien only got better through new releases, but because Gameboy was a hand-held gaming device the expectations were not as high as they are now.
Although it was not highly successful, it reminds us of a time where playing a videogame from a movie was fun and not a waste of time like most are now.
– The Last Blade (Neo Geo)
The Last Blade was released in January 1998 by SNK who created the Neo Geo family. The Last Blade was simply a re-creation of Street Fighter, Samurai Showdown, so on, and so on, but for the Neo Geo system.
That being said for its time, it was still visually pleasant and user friendly. The game franchise was also received very well by gamers and is said to be one of the games that kept this style of fighting games alive.
– Duke Nukem 64 (N64)
Released January 1996, Duke Nukem returned in 3D, first person shooter style still kicking ass. Duke Nukem had been reinvented with the N64 and PlayStation version which paved the path for the recent 2012 release on PS3 and Xbox 360.
This foul mouth bad ass has had a place in everyone’s hearts since.
What were your favorite games that you felt opened the gaming up to new and better ideas?