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The gaming sector has been booming for generations, but many still consider the golden age of gaming to have come over 20 years ago. It would be hard to argue with that stance, given the number of popular retro bars that are opening around the United Kingdom.
One of the newest came in the form of NQ64 in Birmingham, where many of the most beloved titles can be played. But, what are some of the timeless games that players still enjoy to this day?
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. 3 remains one of the most popular titles from the Mario franchise, which is an astonishing achievement given that it was initially released on home consoles in Japan back in 1988. Unfortunately, the rest of the world needed to wait a further two years before getting their hands on the title, which sees players control either Mario or Luigi and are tasked with saving Princess Toadstool.
The game’s success is still seen today, as it is the third-best selling NES game of all, with over 17 million copies sold around the globe. Its success also led to a remake in 1993 as part of the Super Mario All-Stars in 1993. Players can still enjoy the title to this day, as it can be downloaded on the Nintendo Switch Online.
Another hugely popular title developed and published by Nintendo is The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. This title was first released in Japan in 1991 before hitting the shelves in Europe and North America the following year. It was the third game in the series, but the story is set many years after the original two games in the series. Players pick up the role of Link as he looks to defeat the demon king Ganon and rescue members of the Seven Sages in the process.
The title is still regarded as one of the best video games of all time and is still considered to be a landmark game for Nintendo. Its success has continued over the years, as it was available to purchase on Game Boy Advance and later the Nintendo Wii and Switch. The game enjoyed great success on the Game Boy Advance, as it sold over 6.5 million units by 2004.
One of the most addictive games that are still enjoyed by millions across the world is Tetris. The title was first released in the late 1980s across North America and Europe on the PC before Nintendo picked up the rights in the 1990s. The puzzle-solving game sees players attempt to move different shaped pieces appearing from the top of the screen to complete the block. It quickly became one of the best-selling early video games due to how simplistic the game was.
Statistics showed that by December 2011, the title had sold over 202 million copies and was downloaded over 132 million times on mobile devices. The title on the Game Boy remains one of the best-selling games, as it sold over 36 million copies.