Retro Gaming: A Trophy-less Pastime

Jan 22, 2015

Here at Geeks With Wives we have a fair share of gamers that still love to play the retro games we grew up with as kids. Games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Super Metroid, and many more great titles. Our very own Joe Barhoum even replayed the first two Zelda titles last summer. He graciously shared his most recent experience with these titles here and here, take a look when you finish reading this article.

I can’t remember the exact number of times I’ve rescued the Princess, defeated Bowser and his clones, saved the galaxy from Space Pirates & Mother Brain, or the amount of hours I’ve spent cutting grass for rupees, but I do know that these actions, among others, have created levels of enjoyment that never get old even though I’m getting older.

Has the thought of playing these retro games with the inclusion of trophy support entered your mind? If so you are not alone. If thereRT1 had been trophy support for Super Mario World we could have seen trophy titles like Hungry Hungry Yoshi, The Road to Stardom, or even Exit Strategy. Perhaps if other Mario games had trophy support we would have earned them by reaching the top of the flagpole 50 times (Top of the World), using 50 potions (Do you believe in Magic?),  matching three end level cards (Hat Trick), or finishing the game in less than 20 minutes (Speed Trophy).

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What about Super Metroid for the SNES? We could have seen these titles: How does she do that? Achieved by morphing into a little ball 30 times; Ice Ice Baby for unlocking the Ice Beam; Lets Suit Up for unlocking all in game suits; Super Speed Samus for destroying 50 speed blocks. These wouldn’t be the only RT4trophies in the game but I believe the ones I listed would have appeared on the list, even if the trophy names were different.

In The Legend of Zelda for NES I believe adventurers would have loved to see trophies for finding secret locations with bombs, and by burning bushes. Finding all of the dungeon maps & compasses would have most definitely unlocked at least two trophies. I’m quite certain that other trophies would have been achieved for finding all of the heart pieces, getting healed by the lake fairies 25 times (Healing Waters), and amassing a total of 500 or more rupees (Deep Pockets).

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I enjoy playing these timeless classics. Sometimes I find myself creating challenges in my head as I’m playing. I find that doing this gives me new levels of enjoyment that are different yet similar to my childhood gaming moments.

If you have any would be trophy suggestions for some of your favorite retro video games feel free to leave a comment below. I’d love to read them. Keep on Gaming!


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