Throwback Games That Would Be Perfect Christmas Presents

Imagine opening up your presents and getting a collection of all the games you used to spend so much time playing on your own or with friends. These 15 throwback titles would be dream gifts to receive this Christmas.

 

15. Mario Kart 64

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Few things could be more entertaining this holiday season than sitting by the fireplace with friends, wearing your new Christmas sweater and blasting a fellow ‘Mario Kart’ racer with a well-timed red shell.

14. Streets Of Rage 2

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This Sega Genesis classic was sidescroller brilliance back in the 90s. When you stop rocking out to Bing Crosby Christmas songs, perhaps this old school video game soundtrack will help you beat up bad guys on the streets.

13. Halo: Combat Evolved

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It is weird to call the original ‘Halo’ a throwback game, but things have changed quite a bit since this original Xbox release. Maybe the ghost of Christmas past will help you enjoy the early days of fighting other Spartans in the game’s addictive multiplayer.

12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time

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This game was so in your face that you could actually throw Foot Soldiers towards the screen. After singing about two turtle doves, enjoy what the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ bring in the form of retro love.

11. NBA Jam

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You could either watch chestnuts roasting on an open fire or actually be on fire by making those big shots count in ‘NBA Jam’. This basketball classic brought plenty of fun to the world of 2-on-2 arcade gaming.

10. Aladdin

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Back in the day, Disney films made for great video games. ‘Aladdin’ was tough as nails, but getting the film’s new Blu-ray for Christmas could provide fond memories of trying your best to beat the video game that went with it.

9. Sonic The Hedgehog 2

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‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ may have been the game that delivered a ‘Super Mario Bros.’ with edge, but the sequel expanded upon things greatly and added a sidekick (Tails) for good measure. No need for a Christmas turkey when you can run around with a cool, blue Hedgehog.

8. GoldenEye 64

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A great representation of the film and a fantastic multiplayer mode makes this throwback treasure one of the finest items you could find as a present under the tree. James Bond may have looked better, but he’s never played better.

7. Donkey Kong Country

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Getting a Christmas tree from this jungle would be a great way to revisit ‘Donkey Kong Country’ and have a blast doing it. Donkey Kong finally got to be the good guy and this game served him and Diddy Kong well.

6. Mega Man X

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Ten installments in and ‘Mega Man X’ was truly the game deserving of the most holiday love. Sip on some hot chocolate and dive into this classic sidescroller for a good time.

5. The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past

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If you are in need of an adventure this winter, it would be hard to go wrong with ‘A Link To The Past’, one of the strongest entries in the ‘Zelda’ series.

4. Street Fighter II

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The holidays have always been about bringing people together, even if it means hitting them with a hundred hand slaps from Honda or knocking them over with a hurricane kick from Ryu.

3. Tetris

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If you enjoy all the Christmas light decorations this is a great game to revisit. ‘Tetris’ is simplicity at its finest, as far as participating in a colorful puzzle challenge.

2. Super Mario Bros.

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Having a chance to go back to the beginning could certainly inspire warm thoughts on the holidays. ‘Super Mario Bros.’ has always been a fun game, even as things have changed. Here’s the throwback that could maybe help many by way of fond memories from the past.

1. Pong

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Perhaps it really comes down to pure, simple pleasure. ‘Pong’ has no frills and may not excite the newer generations of gamers, but it certainly meant the world to those who got a taste of it back in the old days.

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