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Retro Games That Remain Popular Today

Retro Games That Remain Popular Today

Modern gamers are spoilt for choice in terms of the range of titles they can play. On the PlayStation 5 alone, there are around 550 games already released, with many more already on the way. That also doesn’t include any titles that are exclusive to the PlayStation VR2, which is expected to grow in the coming months.

However, despite there already being more PS5 games than anyone could conceivably play, many players choose to look into the past at older titles. This has helped to create a massive market for retro releases, with many publishers remastering and re-releasing their back catalogue of content to give it a new lease of life.

While the list of retro games that are in demand today is just as long as the titles available for the PlayStation 5, there are some that stand out as being particularly popular.


You would struggle to find someone who hasn’t played Pac-Man at least once. Released first in Japan as “Puck Man” in 1980, Pac-Man soon made it into video arcades in the United States and Canada with the name changed to prevent amateur comedians from altering the text on the cabinet to something a little less innocent.

It’s easy to see where the original name comes from. Pac-Man is a yellow disc, closely resembling a hockey puck, albeit one that has a taste for blue ghosts and random fruits.

There have been many sequels to this original maze game, including several Pac-Man games that deviated entirely from the original title, such as Pac-Land, a Mario-inspired side-scrolling platformer.

Today, Pac-Man is available on most major platforms, including the PlayStation 5 thanks to the release of Pac-Man World Re-Pac which went on sale in August 2022. However, you can also enjoy a free version created by Google to celebrate the 30th anniversary in 2010.


While Pac-Man is old (for a game) at 43, it’s a spring chicken in comparison to poker. This popular card game has been around for several centuries, with a fragmented history that can be traced back across most continents.

This fragmentation lives on today, with dozens of different variants played by people right across the globe. However, Texas Hold’em continues to be one of the most popular options, thanks to TV broadcasts of live tournaments and major online card rooms.

This variant has been around for quite some time. Officially, it began in Robstown, Texas some time in the early 20th century, though this story isn’t universally accepted. But while the Lone Star State gets credit for its creation, Las Vegas was the city that made it popular thanks to the World Series of Poker.

Today, it’s possible to play poker on just about any device with an internet connection, though playing on the PS5 is a little more complicated than on a PC or smartphone.


Mario is another video game that first appeared in the 1980s but has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon. The moustachioed plumber that we’ve come to know and love today began life as “Jumpman”, an otherwise unnamed tradesman who has had the misfortune of having his girlfriend kidnapped by a gorilla.

Also, like Pac-Man, Mario has moved from his original 2D platformer genre to just about every other possible type of game imaginable. This allows Mario and his friends to appeal to almost every demographic of gamer, creating the huge popularity enjoyed by the franchise.

There are more than 200 games that feature Nintendo’s biggest character, though some stand out as spectacular, including Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Smash Bros.

These games, in particular, remain popular today. This is partly down to clever marketing by Nintendo, which has only sold Super Mario 64 and some other retro versions for short limited periods with gaps in between to create scarcity and demand.

Even without this, however, many players love the simplicity and fun of older Mario platformers, making them some of the most-played retro games around.