Retro Games Revived by New Technology – Using the Present to Step Back in Time

We love a gaming classic. Yes, Metal Gear Solid V is a visually stunning tactical feast and Diablo III is a soul lifting RPG, but hold these up to old school offerings like Super Mario, Sonic and even Space Invaders and the latter group wins every time.

When a game hits the mark in terms of entertainment, strategy and visuals, it remains a hit regardless of what decade it was made. Indeed, even if a game like Pac-Man looks as though it was designed by a high school student, it survives the test of time because its core elements appeal to gamers of all persuasions.

Because the best retro games just simply refuse to die, it’s little wonder that software developers have worked hard in recent years to bring them back into the spotlight with new technology. From virtual reality (VR) and Bitcoin to Smartphones, you can now enjoy the classics in a new and exciting way.

So, with this in mind, we’ve picked out three of the top retro games you can play using the latest technology.

Duck Hunt VR

Back in the day, Duck Hunt was cutting edge. Instead of players having to take aim and blast virtual ducks out of the sky using the standard NES control pad, Nintendo brought out a gun-shaped controller. The addition of the gun made the game infinitely more interactive and way ahead of its time which, in the end, turned it into a classic.

Today, with VR pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the gaming world, Duck Hunt has made a return thanks to a student from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Ahead of Global Game Jam 2016, Joseph Delgado linked the Razer Hydra controller to his Oculus Rift to turn Duck Hunt into a VR experience in just one day.

Although not on general release (yet), the game allows you to play the Nintendo classic in complete 360 degree glory.

Bitcoin Roulette

There are few games that provide as many thrills and spills as roulette and in 2001, Gameboy Advance released Caesars Palace. The game gave players a starting bankroll of $1,000 and tasked them with bringing down the house across an array of games, one of which was roulette. At around the same time Caesars Palace Advanced was launched, the iGaming industry was exploding into life.

Since that time, real money online betting has become a $41 billion industry and, today, operators are offering roulette in a variety of guises. One of the most innovative options currently on the market is Bitcoin roulette. Available at, the game takes the latest currency technology (Bitcoin) to create a safe, secure and, importantly, realistic gaming experience.

Whether it’s traditional options like European Roulette or one of VegasCasino’s live dealer tables where players can interact with real people, the Bitcoin games bring the retro thrills of Caesars Palace Advanced into the modern day.

Smartphone Sonic

The final classic to be given a new lease of life by modern technology is everyone’s favorite hedgehog: Sonic. The speedy blue ring-lover first caught the attention of the gaming world back in 1991. Developed by Sega in association with a handful of design studios, including Dimps and Sumo Digital, Sonic became the marquee game for Sega and, importantly, a credible rival to Nintendo’s Super Mario.

The platform game became an instant hit with players around the world and in 1991 alone the game sold 15 million copies. Since that time the series has sold more than 150 million games and this popularity has led to the development of several smartphone apps.

Sonic the Hedgehog is now available for iOS and Android, but the most impressive release by many people’s standards is the follow-up: Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The sequel had larger, more interactive worlds, refined control options and, interestingly, 3D stages. In fact, if it was possible to make the screen larger, then this game could actually be better than the original.

Modern technology is a wonderful thing. While it’s great to be moving forward and breaking now ground with the help of VR, Bitcoin and smartphones, it’s also important to remember where we came from. Thanks to the latest tech innovations, we can now relive the games of the past and that’s something we should all be thankful for.

Feature image credit – “Arcade machines” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by liftarn