Eight classic retro video games that make great Christmas presents

IMG_7184Retro video games make thoughtful and nostalgic Christmas presents. Get them pre-owned and they’re also more affordable than the next gen games that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo want you to splurge on.

Have a scroll through this list of timeless titles; you’re bound to find one that will make a killer stocking filler for the gamer in your life.

1. Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped

crash3Travelling through time, Crash rides dinosaurs and battles giant space robots, encountering iconic bosses like Dingodile and Dr N. Gin along the way.

2. Mario Kart 64

mariokart64The spiny blue shell: a blessing when you’re in last place, a curse when you’re winning.

3. Pokémon Red and Blue

pokemonscreenshot1Beating the heck out of Gym Leader Brock with your newly acquired Squirtle never gets old.

4. Rayman

raymanaltOne of the first games everyone had for Playstation, and one of hardest games to complete without cheating.

5. Croc: Legend of the Gobbos

crocHelp to save the pompom-like race of Gobbos from sadistic green-skinned baddie Baron Dante and his annoying underlings. How? By storing everything in a tardis-like backpack and smacking everyone in the face with your tail.

6. Lylat Wars

rsz_1lylatwarsOr Starfox 64 if you’re American. Choose your path through the solar system to stop the evil monkey overlord Andross from taking over. Your teammates are a sassy falcon, a reckless toad and a repetitive rabbit. DO A BARREL ROLL!

7. Spyro The Dragon

rsz_spyro-artisanMy all time favourite game! Spyro’s mission is to save 80 other dragons who have been trapped in crystal by Gnasty Gnorc, a gnome/orc hybrid with a bad attitude.

8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Zelda2Widely considered the best Nintendo game ever, take control of Link and travel around the enchanting kingdom of Hyrule, learning songs on a magical ocarina to change the course of time and defeat the evil Ganondorf.

I know I’ve missed loads of incredible old games off this list, so if there’s one you think deserves to be on here, be sure to leave a comment below or tweet us @Creative_Hacks!



4 thoughts on “Eight classic retro video games that make great Christmas presents

  1. If I see Rayman or Croc as a Christmas gift I swear I will beat the gift giver with them, the former being a hard as hell platformer and the former being a mildly entertaining game with controls that haven’t aged well at all….the others are all good though~


    • I do agree about the controls (and camera) on Croc, but I still enjoy it. Can’t fault Rayman – it’s very hard, but that has kept me playing it to this day. The levels and character designs are pretty cool too!


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