We continue delve into the past of video games to find out which were the best (or most representative) titles released each year. In this case, at the stage of the 80s. Today we have to travel to 1986, another great year for video games.

With these lists, we are surprised to see not only the birth of mythical and legendary sagas, but also by seeing to what extent some of them are preserved or how their unique mechanisms are reused.

Alex Kidd dans Miracle World

No user who has had the SEGA Master System has been left without trying the legendary Alex Kidd dans Miracle World, in part because it ended up being included as standard with the 8-bit console. In the same way that all those who have played there remember above all the originality of the duels against the bosses because they were clashes of rock, paper or scissors. And as platforms, aside from this detail, it was also original, having multiple vehicles.

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Defender of the crown

Defender of the crown

The first film from the Cinemaware studio is still an Amiga 500 classic that has not been forgotten and, in fact, was saved a few years ago in its full version for GOG for 5.39 euros, instead to propose the subsequent conversion of MS -Two, much worse graphically and solidly. Defender of the crown it offered a mix of risk strategy with jousting battles and a bit of action at the end with a risky scene as a reward.

THE Legend of Zelda

THE Legend of Zelda

Yes the legendary THE Legend of Zelda The NES was released in 1986, early this year in Japan, in fact, starting an unforgettable journey for Nintendo and any user of any of its consoles with an unmistakably styled adventure that has marked a whole generation of gamers and which has evolved considerably over more than 30 magical years. Courtesy of Super Mario Bros. (1985), the work having had the greatest impact on the NES.

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Ikari Warriors

Ikari Warriors

As emerges from the recent SNK 40th anniversary collection, Shin Nihon Kikaku’s stage in the 80s was not as glorious as his emergence in the 90s with Neo Geo, but that doesn’t mean that in the 80s titles emerged that brought their grain sand, such as Ikari Warriors, improving control over the classic Commando Capcom, like the lever. He enjoyed two more installments and from this saga two characters emerged who were later saved in the king of fighters: Ralf and Clark.

Batman

Batman

As it happened with Crazy in Love the following year, one of the great highlights of 1987, this Batman by Jon Ritman followed the style of Ultimate Play the Game (renowned studio RARE), famous for its filming engine, with that characteristic isometric perspective. He has the honor to be Batman’s first video game and published by Ocean Software.

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Rampage

Rampage

With characters like King Kong and Godzilla in mind, Midway created a game that hit hard in the culture of the time he called it Rampage. Our goal was to destroy buildings with one of its three gigantic monsters, already devouring humans to replenish life. It was not easy, anyway, because there was a strong military presence, even with tanks and helicopter gunships. Dwayne Johnson starred in his eponymous film in 2018 with a surprising result. Who would say …

Army trips

Army trips

It was not the first job of the Ruíz brothers at Dinamic Software, but it was Army trips It was a turning point for the modest Madrid studio when it ended up creating a trilogy (Navy movements and Artic Moves). It is true that its sequel of 1987 was much better, however we prefer to highlight the title at the origin of everything and whose franchise was considered one of the great works of Spanish software in its golden age of years. eighty.

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Wonder boy

Wonder boy

Recently, during the review of the recent Wonder Boy Returns Remix, we said that Wonder boy, the classic from 1986, was in a way a precursor to the endless runner, because the Westone studio offered an almost uninterrupted race in phases where the patterns on the screen varied little. It was about shooting, picking fruit and jumping. And then we could take a skateboard, where there was no stopping, just to slow down a bit. The saga I would hit a drastic change in the year following when introducing RPG elements.

Arkanoid

Arkanoid

Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Atari Breakout, the Japanese studio Taito will release their best clone, where they will perfect the breakout formula. Arkanoid he continues to be his maximum benchmark, despite the fact that his 1987 sequel surpassed him in every way. A game that does not understand ages and that stands out for its variety of tables and power ups.

Smokes

Smokes

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A game that has as its weapon a rotating shield with a chain, which was called Diskarmor, it can’t be bad. For that Smokes It is one of the most memorable classics of 1986. Tecmo created a most iconic arcade which unfortunately did not continue in its time. It was not until the end of 2002 to receive his remake in 3D, the most vindictive Rygar: The Legendary Adventure, precursor of this fashion by God of War.

Metroid

Metroid

Nintendo’s other big release in 1986, with the debut of “The Legend of Zelda”, was Metroid, with this surprise at the end knowing the sex of Samus Aran. Beyond this curiosity, it was a game with a very original style for the time, both for the use of the card and for the gadgets for Samus. This, with Castlevania (also from 1986), gave birth to this term to baptize a genre resulting from this mixture with the RPG: the metroidvania.

Castlevania

Castlevania

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By far one of Konami’s biggest productions to date to be one of its most beloved sagas. Castlevania It was a tribute to the figure of the eternal Dracula and marked the beginning of the Belmont clan through certain adventures that flirted with different genres, but under the principle of “hunting vampires” inside a castle . In 2017, he started his series on Netflix with an anime style. Its future, in its more than 30 years of history, lies in cell phones. Fortunately, this year we received the anniversary collection from Castlevania.

Bubble bubble

Bubble bubble

Bubble bubble This is by far one of the most popular titles in the Taito Corporation’s large catalog of the 1980s. A unique game that put us in the shoes of two very pretty dragons who released bubbles to catch enemies. It was the seed of this fashion for style games Snow Bros. or the recently back-analyzed Tumblepop. This in turn led to one of the best puzzle games in history, the extremely addicting Puzzle Bobble, a game that destroys friendships. And beware, what Bubble bubble It will return in November for Nintendo Switch.

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Out of the game

Out of the game

If you have to think of a speed game of the whole ’80s scene, chances are the vast majority will go for the mythical Out of the game by SEGA. His Ferrari Testarossa is unmistakable, its feeling of speed so refreshing (quintessential summer icon) and how the way of choosing a hot track attracted attention, which led to multiple variations until the end. This formula was taken by Darius.

Space Quest

Space Quest

Sierra On-Line only took two years to take us to space after what was seen in its graphic adventure The King’s Quest 1984. Space Quest it was, anyway, another different saga, despite sharing the Quest moniker. In fact, there was also another saga in 1987: Police Quest. The space adventure was a commercial success and its remake from 1991 It was a total joy to apply a complete facelift to this very limited classic from 1986.

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Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder

As if from a Japanese James Bond anyway, Namco pulled a Arcadien the most direct with Rolling Thunder in which, despite everything, we had to watch the ammunition we had, because it was running out. We had to enter certain doors from time to time, being very careful not to get caught by enemies. It had two suites and currently he is only remembered on the basis of sporadic compilations of Namco Museum.

Kid Icarus

Kid Icarus

Heavily criticized for its legendary difficulty, Kid Icarus It didn’t have the same quality as the rest of the Nintendo-era productions, but it ended up becoming a cult game for its mix of styles (action platforms, especially, but with RPG touches and a bit of kill them in the home straight). After a delivery for the Game Boy in 1991, it had a huge hiatus until 2012, where it returned exclusively to Nintendo 3DS via Kid Icarus: uprising, with this Famitsu 40/40.

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There were more games in 1986, of course. But now it’s up to you. So let us know which other games stood out or that you think should be remembered.

Source : Gadgetsnow