As a gamer that grew up playing the Nintendo Entertainment System and owning a Sega Genesis for their first gaming console, I have an extreme appreciation for classic gaming. Looking at my video game collection, a majority of the titles I own are from pre ‘current gen’ consoles. I’ve gone as far to purchase the infamous 3DO system (‘what is that?’ you ask) just for bragging rights. Friends have even associated the word ‘retronaut’ with my passion for all things classic. Case and point: I love classic gaming.
Don’t get me wrong, though – my appreciation for modern day games runs deep, too. Many of the classic gaming franchises I was exposed to as a child still exist today on current generation platforms (i.e.: Super Mario Bros., Metroid), while some have been discontinued due to lack of popularity (R.I.P.: Mystical Ninja, Vectorman). While some of these franchises still stand, few can claim to have created a history that both ‘retro’ and ‘modern’ gamers can appreciate. Franchises that, throughout the test of time, have adapted to rapid technological advancements in programming and design, yet still continue to deliver high-quality gameplay. Franchises that are beloved by gamers from every demographic, despite the growing number of gaming genre segments we see today. Whether you are casual or hardcore, retro or modern – gamers from all walks of life learn to appreciate franchises that exhibit the traits listed above. For myself (in addition to millions of other gamers around the world), The Legend of Zelda is the series that accomplishes all this. Moreover, it is not just the gameplay that is universally accepted among all gamers, but the music as well.