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5 Retro Games That Need Online Play

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Nintendo announced a few months ago that their paid online service is going to come with 1 NES or SNES game a month. As an added bonus, those games will include newly added online play.   To a retro gamer and Nintendo fan like myself, this is more exciting than the free games offered through PS+ and XBox Gold.

Now as we wait for Nintendo to roll out the details, I have begun imagining what games I want to play online the most.  I am currently more interested in competitive multiplayer than co-op or leaderboards.  I feel with competitive multiplayer you can get more replay value and varied results than online 2player co-op.

Before we get into the 5 I want to see the most, let me quickly go over a few that I disqualified.   The main reasons for disqualifying some titles was because of licensing issues or that there is already an updated equivalent around that won’t want old school competition.   So here we go:


Disqualified Contenders:

  • Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers (NES) – Capcom recently released this in the “Disney Afternoon Collection”, it’s doubtful they’d release this again with online play)
  • Tetris (NES) – Puyo Puyo Tetris is already out on the Switch and it does a great job of filling the need for online Tetris
  • Kirby’s Avalanche (SNES) – This is a Puyo Puyo clone that I used to play on Super Nintendo, it also is not necessary for online additions since the release of Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • TMNT 2: The Arcade Game (NES) – I love this game, but I don’t see it coming ever to the Switch as an online NES port.  Maybe as a complete remake or an actual arcade port though.  
  • Street Fighter II (SNES) – With Ultra Street Fighter II on the Switch I don’t see any need for a Street Fighter II online port.  
  • Killer Instinct (SNES) – I don’t think Nintendo owns the IP anymore as they haven’t released it on Virtual Console before and Microsoft released a newer version on XB1
  • NBA Jam (SNES) – I know EA owns the rights to NBA Jam, but I don’t know if they can re-release the originals. Anyhow, this would be better served as an all new release like the XBLA/PS3 “On Fire Edition”

Ok, now onto the 5 (sorry I know Top 5 lists can be a pain in the ass)

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Believe it or not, this game used to actually be online for the Super Nintendo through the XBand service.  This was my favorite baseball game of the era and possibly my favorite baseball game of all-time.  I don’t think most people have as much of a desire to play this online as I do, but I really want to relive the online XBand matches from my childhood.


Ken Griffey is currently on the cover of MLB The Show ’17, so there might be some issues with him being the face of another game at the same time (this might have to wait until 2018).  But Nintendo shouldn’t have an issue acquiring the MLB rights since they are not exclusive to Sony, however if Nintendo wants to avoid the licensing they should be able to edit out the MLB and MLBPA properties fairly easily.   Read the rest of this entry

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NFL Retro Week 13 -Chiefs vs Falcons

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Retro Football Week 12 – ABC’s Monday Night Football

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Retro Football Week 11 – Emmitt Smith Football

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SNES Retro Mix Vol. 1

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The first mix was a 5 game series: Dino City, Stunt Race FX, The Rocketeer, Super Mario RPG and Super Adventure Island II.

Dino City (Platformer)– This is a somewhat forgotten platformer, and it’s actually a pretty good one too.  It has a good challenge to it, as I got wrecked by the boss to the 2nd Stage.   That’s as far as I played, but I did walk away with a Password: 4K1XTƎK3HN4M

Stunt Race FX (Racing) – This is one of the few SNES games that uses the Super FX Chip.  Nintendo has yet to make a sequel or re-release this game (speculation is because of legal issues with the Super FX Chip), but this was a very fun game.  I only played the Stunt Mode this time, and it was still fun, will play some races another time.

The Rocketeer (Adventure) – When I first got a SNES game as a kid this was a game I got with it (alongside Super Mario World), I believe it was part of a Price Club Bundle.  This was always very difficult and frustrating, the first stage is a flying stage and I think I only made it past there a couple of times, I’m not sure if I ever made it pass the next stage in the hanger.  Revisiting this as an adult was pretty fun because I was able to actually make it much further than I ever had before.  Unfortunately/fortunately I discovered that I didn’t miss out on anything as a kid.  I’m skeptical to ever play this again.

Super Mario RPG (RPG) – I love this game, I think everyone does.  When I was a kid I rented this game and played it all weekend and beat it, it was awesome!  I’ve revisited this a couple of times in the past 15 years with my wife, but we always get side tracked before we can reach the end.  Playing this time we didn’t get very far, but we at least got past the beginning, got Mallow in our party and beat the Purple Croc thief Croco.  We hope to pick this back up again and actually make it through the end.  *This was actually played/streamed  on the Wii U instead of the SNES

Super Adventure Island II (Adventure Platformer) – I was pleasantly surprised by this game.  I am a fan of Adventure Island as it is, but this one was different as it had RPG elements to it, allowing the player to equip different items and talk to people in cities.  Instead of just playing through a series of stages, you had to navigate and overworld map.  The design is similar to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link but the action is more traditional Adventure Island type.   I definitely plan on coming back to this

Retro Football Week 9 – NFL Quarterback Club ’96

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My Favorites of 2016

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I didn’t play everything this year, I didn’t play every game of every genre on every platform.  I don’t even play PC games.  I know I missed out on some of the highest praised games of the year.  But out of the games that I did play, I had some favorite ones and found some memorable ones.  Some of the games might be leftovers from 2015 that I didn’t play until 2016. Hell, I even included some retro games in My Favorites of 2016.

This is what I played, and this is what I enjoyed. But to get a feel for my taste in gaming, I thought you might be interested in seeing what it is that I liked.  If you enjoy or have interest in the same kind of games, then you might want to keep checking back here on thegamerpad.com or on my twitch channel (twitch.tv/thegamerpad) because I might be covering the exact kind of games that you want to see covered.

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Retro Football Week 6 – Troy Aikman Football

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GSFN – Retro World Series Game 1

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