10 Games That Came Out Way After a Console’s Death

Do you find yourself missing the good old days of gaming when you didn’t need a high speed Internet connection and a skin thick enough to deal with being cursed out by a poorly supervised 6-year-old? Retro gaming (or as we old fogies call it, “gaming”) is all the rage these days thanks to gamers who have grown tired of the endless stream of violent shooters and MMOs that required four months of paid vacation to play. 

The great thing about firing up your old video game consoles is that you don’t have to just settle for the games that were originally sold with it. The homebrew movement has a growing community of entrepreneurs who not only create their own games but they also put them on cartridges so you can play them on those classic consoles that stopped becoming the must have Christmas gift a long time ago.

1. Larry and the Long Look for a Luscious Lover for the NES 

The “Leisure Suit Larry” games weren’t just ways for prepubescent boys to gawk at poorly animated pictures of hot women. It was also a hilarious, point-and-click adventure series that brought a much needed dose of genuine humor to PC gaming. Unfortunately, they never got a chance to find an audience on the non-PC gaming market thanks to their rather raunchy nature because families are somehow OK with games where you can rip off a guy’s head or stuff a gun in someone’s mouth and pull the trigger until it goes “click” but not ones with boobies in them. So Khan Games produced a NES remake of the game and put it on a NES cartridge the way the gaming gods intended. 


2. Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril for the NES 

Every child of the 80s and 90s had a game that frustrated them to no end and still makes them feel like a failure in life because of their inability to beat it. A new title from Sivak Games makes the game that made your childhood a living hell look like a game of “Chutes and Ladders” without the ladders. It features what feels like a never ending stream of impossible levels that take forever to defeat and the weird part is that it gets more fun the longer you try to defeat them. 

3. Oh Mummy for the Sega Genesis 

The reason that most retro gamers miss the golden days of gaming is the simplicity. You didn’t need a keyboard with an endless list of commands or the knowledge of an army general to generate strategies in order to enjoy a game. You could just pick it up, learn the concept in a second and spend a joyous number of hours trying to master it. 1985 Alternativo put a new spin on the classic maze race games with this update of an Egyptian themed arcade game called “Oh Mummy!” that has a hapless explorer running around a pyramid as a mummy stalks his footprints. 

4. Pier Solar for the Sega Genesis 

Modern role-playing video games have become something of a beast that cannot be tamed. They have a long, long list of possible attacks, weapons and defenses with a zillion different combinations and outcomes, which is pretty amazing since the most a real warrior could do is block, stab and carry up to three weapons depending on if they remembered to wear a pair of cargo pants before they set off on their quest. If you miss the days of RPGs that didn’t require you to be a real wizard to master them, VVAA brought us a new one that takes you back to that magical time with this old school, turn based adventure game. 

5. Astrohawk for SNES 

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Modern gaming has almost eradicated the top down shooter ever since they figured out a way to turn the camera on a different axis. This homebrew of a game that almost made it to the shelves in the 90s brings it back with this space game that builds on a space shooting classic. It’s a revamped version of “Asteroids” that puts players behind the stick of a spaceship that can travel through a massive stretch of galaxy and shoot up all sorts of enemies and floating obstacles with a wider array of weapons.

6. Fix It Felix Jr. for the Sega Genesis 

The Disney movie “Wreck-It-Ralph” brought back an appreciation for the waning arcades community that seems to get smaller and smaller every time we reach a new plateau for video game consoles. They also created an original game that not only serves as the central story for the movie but also plays on the principals that made most retro games so much fun to play. Disney gave us a stand-up arcade machine of the game but a homebrew studio produced 25 copies of a cartridge version for the Sega Genesis. 

7. Assimilate for the NES 

We don’t mean to imply that all retro games are automatically better than every modern game. For instance, there weren’t a lot of titles on the NES that let you be the bad guy. Nessylum Games brought us the earth destroying game we all wished we could play back in the day with “Assimilate,” a flying game that puts you at the controls of a UFO where you must dodge missiles and projectiles in order to kidnap humans with a tractor beam and assimilate them to your intergalactic race. 

8. Nomolos: Storming the CATsle for the NES 

Pretty much every old school game is a platformer of some kind. Modern gaming hasn’t completely abandoned the format in an age when open worlds let you go pretty much anywhere you want and first person shooters let you kill everything standing around you. However, it would be nice if there were a few more of them. Infinite NES Lives created an original platformer about a cat whose friend is dragged through a portal and can only save him by hacking and slashing anything that moves with his trusty sword. 

9. Atlantean for the TurboGrafx 16

Who doesn’t like flying games where the only goal is to shoot everything out of the sky? We don’t know and we probably don’t want to know because those people must be more boring than a 7 a.m. economics lecture. Aetherbyte revisited this addictive game style by delivering the first, new TurboGrafx 16 cartridge in almost 20 years that challenges players to save what’s left of the lost city of Atlantis from a race of evil machines. 

10. Downfall for the Atari Jaguar 

The Atari Jaguar failed to launch as a console and it doesn’t take an economics, technical or marketing expert to figure out the reason. The games sucked and it barely worked. Reboot attempted to bring at least one good game for this pixel producing failure with a simple platformer that delivers frantic gameplay, slick graphics and a robotic voice that praises your successes and mocks your failure. Unfortunately, the few remaining copies sold out quickly because we’re sure that anyone who still owns an Atari Jaguar would like to experience at least one happy memory with it before they die. 


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