For the 90s kids: Video games that defined our childhood

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For the 90s kids: video games that defined our childhood
16 Mar 2019

The glorious 90s were loaded with some equally glorious video games.

From the signature music of Super Mario Bros (is it playing in your mind right now?) to the 'S' power-up of Contra, and the combos of Tekken 3, everything related to 90s games takes us down the memory lane.

Here are some of the most popular video games that made our childhood amazing.

What doesn't kill him, makes him...smaller!
Super Mario Bros

Super Mario Bros is special because it introduced most of us to the world of video games.

As Mario (or Luigi, in case you were the younger sibling) we ran, jumped, stomped, found shortcuts, and tried our best to save Princess Toadstool/Peach by defeating the turtle king, Bowser.

This game taught us the importance of mushrooms, shortcuts, glitches and trolling our younger siblings.

Run and Gun, pure fun

Contra had a charm of its own. The Konami bestseller was aggressive, wild, and unlike Mario, allowed co-op gameplay.

As Bill and Lance, players had to storm an island and kill thousands of invading aliens, saving themselves from countless dangers. The sheer thrill of victory against all odds made this game a delightful experience.

Contra was brutally difficult and used some beautifully surreal imagery.

The game that introduced Indian kids to Arcade gaming
Tekken 3

Buying coins, playing in arcades, and paying extra for selecting 'Gon': Tekken 3 brings back a lot of memories for Indian kids. It was a rage back then and in small towns, you can still see kids playing the game.

With over 8 million copies sold all over the world, Tekken 3 enjoys a cult following that only few other games can match.

Duck Hunt AKA How-does-this-gun-work?
Duck Hunt

Imagine being an 8-year-old and getting a toy gun that can 'kill' a flying bird on your TV screen! Well, you don't have to imagine because I'm sure most of you have played Duck Hunt.

90s kids have collectively spent zillions of hours on this little gem of a game.

They have spent more hours thinking about the science behind it though!

The game that made you adore your school's computer lab
Dangerous Dave

Popularly known as Dave, this game was basically Mario, but with better graphics.

Because one needed a PC to play this, a lot of kids started spending more time in their school's computer lab (after removing their shoes, obviously) just to play Dave.

It was way advanced for its time and would go on to inspire a number of adventure games we play today.



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