How To Play Super Mario, Street Fighter And Other Old Video Games On Your Browser

Massive throwback.

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Amidst the launch of the latest 'Far Cry' game and next-generation consoles, it's easy for us to forget the video games that started it all

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Ryu isn't pleased, obviously.

Nostalgia-prone gamers, however, can revisit the old days of 8-bit gaming as several well-loved games have been archived and made playable on browsers! Here are the ones we tried out:

1. Sim City (1989)

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The original SimCity was released in 1989. It was one of the most innovative titles of its time, allowing the gamer to plan, build, and maintain a city from scratch.

You start out with nothing but a bit of money, and a piece of land, and it's your job to create and maintain a city. As City Planner, you choose what goes where: residential, industrial, and commercial zoning as well as transit and power. You need to maintain equilibrium to keep your city flowing smoothly; each type of zone relies on the other, and you must create the perfect balance.

You can play Sim City here.

2. Super Mario Bros (1983)

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Super Mario Bros. is one of the most iconic and easily recognized video games of all time. Developed and published by Nintendo in 1985, this classic side-scrolling video game has been played and beloved by countless people in the decades since it's release. The game play is fairly simple, but anyone who has spent anytime playing Super Mario Bros. will tell you that it can be highly addictive. As the protagonist, Mario, your goal is to defeat the various levels and enemies on your quest to save the Princess.

You can play Super Mario Bros here.

3. Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)

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Sonic the Hedgehog is a 16-bit platformer released for the Sega Genesis. It was the first game in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, and also the first game developed by Sonic Team.

In the game, the player takes control of Sonic (the Hedgehog) who is tasked with preventing Doctor Ivo Robotnik. The twist is Sonic's ability to run at extreme speeds which allows him to go through levels with loops, springs, high falls, and extreme slopes; and he must avoid rows of sharp spikes, bottomless pits, enemies, and other obstacles.

You can play Sonic the Hedgehog here.

4. Pac-Man (1983)

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One of the most popular and influential games of the 1980's, Pac-Man stars a little, yellow dot-muncher who works his way around to clear a maze of the various dots and fruit which inhabit the board. Pac-Man's goal is continually challenged by four ghosts: The shy blue ghost Bashful (Inky), the trailing red ghost Shadow (Blinky), the fast pink ghost Speedy (Pinky), and the forgetful orange ghost Pokey (Clyde).

You can play Pac-Man here.

5. Donkey Kong Country (1994)

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Donkey Kong Country is a game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System released in 1994. It is known for being the first game to use pre-rendered sprites, creating a 3D effect throughout the game. It is the first game in the Donkey Kong Country series.

You can play Donkey Kong Country here.

6. Oregon Trail (1990)

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As a covered wagon party of pioneers, you head out west from Independence, Missouri to the Willamette River and valley in Oregon. You first must stock up on provisions, and then, while traveling, make decisions such as when to rest, how much food to eat, etc. The Oregon Trail incorporates simulation elements and planning ahead, along with discovery and adventure, as well as mini-game-like activities (hunting and floating down the Dalles River).

You can play Oregon Trail here.

7. Prince Of Persia (1990)

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Prince of Persia is a 2D platformer that is commonly regarded as a progenitor of the cinematic platform genre. Rather than following the more common jump-and-run mechanics, it focuses on careful advancement through fairly complex levels, emphasizing the protagonist's vulnerability and survival aspect. Rotoscoping technique is used to give more realism to the animation of the characters' movements.

You can play Prince of Persia here.

8. Street Fighter II (1992)

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Street Fighter II is a fighting game. Players select from one of eight characters: Ryu, Ken, Blanka, E. Honda, Zangief, Chun Li, Guile and Dhalsim to do battle with. They must then use their combat strengths to defeat the other seven fighters followed by four boss characters: M. Bison, Vega, Sagat and Balrog. Each character represents a certain country and has his or her own reasons for wanting to win against the others.

You can play Street Fighter II here.

9. Disney's Aladdin (1994)

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The game from Virgin based on the 1992 animated Disney film is a side-scrolling platformer. The player controls Aladdin, who must make his way through several levels based on locations from the movie: from the streets and rooftops of Agrabah, the Cave of Wonders and the Sultan's dungeon to the final confrontation in Grand Vizier Jafar's palace.

You can play Disney's Aladdin here.

10. Mega Man (1990)

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Unique in the franchise, Mega Man begins with an introductory stage. Notoriously difficult, the player must pass toll-booth checkpoint while avoiding a robotic dog to enter a building. Successfully doing so brings up franchise hallmark stage select screen.

You can play Mega Man here.

11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Manhattan Missions (1991)

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Shredder will assume control of New York City in 48 hours. The Ninja Turtles must stop him and at the same time fight even the lesser crimes taking place in New York City. No surprise that each of these crimes leads to Shredder. Along with the standard side scroller, each turtle uses a different weapon (just like in comics, Leonardo has swords, Michelangelo nunchakus, etc.) to fight criminals. Each turtle has stats (strength, speed, energy) that increase the more they fight; furthermore, when they reach a certain level of strength, they gain additional attacks! The player has 48 hours to complete the game.

You can play this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Manhattan Missions here.

12. NBA Jam (1993)

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NBA Jam is a 2-on-2 arcade-style basketball game that features over-the-top gameplay. The exaggerated nature of the gameplay means that players can perform gravity-defying dunks with ease and shove opposing players down without penalty. Each game consists of four 3 minute long quarters, and the team with the most points at the end of the fourth quarter wins the game.

You can play NBA Jam here.

Have fun gaming!

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