There are few people in the world that wouldn't recognize the original beep, boop, bop sounds of the 1980s Super Mario Brothers game. As exciting as the world of gaming is today, some retro games will never go out of style. 

Rewind two or three decades from now when video games were in their infancy and we see basic graphics and not a lot of choice. But the entertainment and satisfaction they gave were no less than the games we have today.


Retro games remain loved and people are now going back to them to revisit a piece of their childhood. Many games are gone for good, but there are few games that people believe will never go out of style. Let’s see what those are.

The Best Retro Games That Will Never Go Out Of Style
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Super Mario Bros. 3

Princess Toadstool must be saved and brothers Mario and Luigi are on the quest against Bowser to make it happen. What's special about this version? Nintendo introduced new powers of flight and slide for the brothers. 

Many new versions of the game were launched following this, but Super Mario Bros. 3 will always have people’s hearts. There is no better game to start this list with than this game! 


First released in 1988 in Japan, the game soon became a sensation across the world! Over 17 million copies of the game were sold and it is listed as one of the greatest video games of all times

I mean who wouldn’t like to stomp on their enemies to save a princess? You can do it today through Nintendo Switch Online.

Street Fighter II 

Remember those days? You walk into an arcade and find some machines with not just the player but a crowd watching the game. The chances are it was Street Fighter that was being played. 


Life or death battles between amazing fighters like Blanka, Ken, and Ryu kept the players and audience tense and excited. 

Can you believe this game was launched almost 3 decades ago in 1992 by Capcom! Street Fighter II’ Turbo: Hyper Fighting was particularly awesome. With increased fighting speed and new moves for characters, players were addicted.

Standing in the arcade and fighting the computer or other player all day long is still one of the best childhood memories for many. 

Space Invaders

How can I not add the highest-grossing and best-selling video game of its time to the list? Space Invaders was the first of its kind in the cover shooter genre. 

It was released in 1978 as an arcade game and within four years it grossed a whopping $3.8 million. The game was not just loved by the players but was also an inspiration for all the other game creators.

Aliens are coming to invade us and you have to blast them to stop it. As the levels become harder, the music quickens and so does our pulse along with it. 

Shooting the never-ending wave of alien invaders is as cathartic as it was exhilarating.


If Pac-Man did not come to your mind when you read the title of this article, then something is wrong with you! Pac-Man is one of the most recognizable gaming characters in the world. Released in 1980, the game was a super-hit and appealed to a larger crowd than any other games. 

The secret behind the game’s success was its simplicity. There is a maze with dots and colorful ghosts, and you need to guide Pac-Man to eat all the dots and avoid bumping into ghosts. 

It is as simple as that and sometimes you get a big blinking dot to make your ghosts edible too! 

As the levels increase, so does the speed of Pac-Man and the ghosts. People have stood hours in front of the arcade game to make the top-score. 


We have seen many nail-biting games, so let’s finish the list with a soothing and satisfying game. Tetris has the Guinness world record for being the most ported video game title and is available on over 65 platforms! 

It was created by Alexey Pajitnov way back in 1984. Even today, there are so many variations of this game, and it is still widely played. 

The idea behind the game is straight forward. There are blocks with different shapes entering the screen and you need to arrange them to create complete horizontal lines. 

Once you fill a line, it disappears to allow more space for the next set of blocks. The more such lines you make, the longer you can last without filling the screen. 

The Best Retro Games That Will Never Go Out Of Style
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Playing any of the above games will get you in your feels for sure. The sounds and simple graphics will literally transport you back in time. 

And the funny thing is that even kids today love these retro games so they'll never go out of style.