80s Video Games
The 80s are often referred to as the Golden Age of video games, and for good reason.
The hottest arcade games became hot 80s video games that you could play in the comfort of your own home, helping you save your quarters.
As simple as these 80s video games may seem by today’s standards, they were innovative for the 80s.
Most games were two-dimensional and used very simple graphics and trackball controls, but they were the newest, coolest games around.
The Atari 2600 was one of the first video game consoles, and brought a slew of great games into the home. Most popular arcade games made it to the console and stayed popular for a long time.
Of course there was Pac Man, a classic at the arcade, followed by Ms. Pac Man. Asteroids, Centipede, Pitfall, Frogger, and Donkey Kong. They were now available in console form.
They all had an addictive quality to them that kept us playing for hours. They could also be played over and over without getting boring.
Because of Nintendo’s fierce marketing in the States, Sega was often overlooked, but it was a great console with its own great games.
A main character for Sega was Alex Kidd, who served as Sega’s unofficial mascot until Sonic the Hedgehog came along. He was a boy from the planet Aries and had large hands and ears, a red jumpsuit and some awesome sideburns. He was on a mission to find his family and restore peace by destroying evil.
The first in the series was Alex Kidd in Miracle World, and four more followed – Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars, Alex Kidd BMX Trial, Alex Kidd: High-Tech World, and Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle.
Phantasy Star was another great game, and it was one of the first RPG’s for a console. Immersed in sci-fi, Alis was a girl on a mission fighting evil to restore justice.
Starting in 1980 with the Game & Watch video games, Nintendo started taking the gaming world by storm. In 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES, blew the competition away.
When ‘Jumpman’ from the mighty arcade game Donkey Kong was transformed into Mario, a powerful franchise was launched. Super Mario Bros was a great scrolling platform game that introduced us to Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, and the entire Mushroom Kingdom.
Super Mario Bros was one of the bestselling video games of all time, and was the starting point for a lot of great games.
The NES had another hit with the Legend of Zelda franchise, and another awesome character; Link. Navigating dungeons and searching for the eight pieces of the tri-force provided hours of entertainment.
Some other great NES games were Duck Hunt, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, Marble Madness, and plenty of sports games, including golf, baseball, basketball, and hockey.
These totally rad consoles and 80s video games gave us some timeless characters while providing us with hours of entertainment. The two-player games were perfect for cruising through levels together in a platform game, defending a high score, or showing off some serious button-pushing skills.