Retro Arcade Game of the Day – Raiden

One of the things that was cool about video games back in the early years of gaming was the ability to just enter a game and start playing. No muss, no fuss. No long intro story lines, no boring tasks to complete before it got interesting, just sit and start blasting. Great to relieve some stress in the middle of the day. 

Raiden was one of those games. The arcade version was released in 1990 and is a classic scrolling shoot em’ up game. Easy to control with only two options, shoot or bomb. Nice and simple yet loads of fun. Enjoy ! 

Arrow Keys – Movement
Space key – Select
Enter key – Start
“Z” key – a
“X” key – b
“A” key – x
“S” key – y
“D” key – l
“C” key – r

To save your game: hover over the emulator screen and use the icons to save your progress.
Down arrow icon (save), Up arrow icon (load).

Retro Arcade Game of the Day – Duck Hunt

Many modern video games today center around blasting the bajeezus out of some poor soul, be it human or zombie. Back in 1984, Nintendo released Duck Hunt that had players blasting the bajeezus out of ducks. Same bajeezus, different targets.

Duck Hunt was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and players used a NES Zapper which was basically a light rifle. Ducks appeared one or two at a time and players shot them for points and the admiration of their faithful canine which for some reason was officially nameless. They name plumbers, hedgehogs, ghosts, goblins and countless other mind numbingly dumb characters but a cute dog with an annoying laugh……….nada. Can’t think of a thing. I’m sure nobody noticed. Players also had the option of shooting clay pigeons in another mode that got increasingly difficult as you moved up the levels.

Today’s retro arcade classic won’t be a popular one amongst PETA pals though I can say no video ducks were actually hurt during the making or playing of this game. Enjoy.


Retro Arcade Game of the Day – Super Mario Brothers

Before Wii Sports became the best selling console game in the history of video games, there was Super Mario Brothers that was released by Nintendo in 1985. This game was the sequel to the very popular Mario Bros. game and has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.

This game helped put Nintendo’s gaming console on the map and was a major factor in the recovery of the video game industry after the crash of 1983. It’s inspired many clones, sequels, cartoons and spin offs but Mario remains one of the most popular and recognizable video game characters ever created. Many non gamers also know who Mario is – not too many characters can make that claim. Italian plumbers everywhere burst with pride on that thought.

Check out the flash version below!


Retro Arcade Game of the Day – Pac Man

One of the all time greatest arcade classics, Pac Man brought the video games out of the arcades and into the public consciousness. Even though it was critically not well received, it was the hottest selling game for the Atari 2600 and one of the biggest games in terms of revenues at the arcade for it’s time.

The simple game play yet challenging levels meant hours of fun for people of all ages and was simple enough for anyone to play. Here it is again in the original arcade version. Just click start to begin and use the arrow keys to control the little yellow quarter bandido.