Games That Made It Famous: Kid Icarus, Castlevania, Paper Boy
Not Being Able To Save
You've been playing for 8 hours straight, and your nearing the end of the game, then your console freezes. You throw your controller to the floor and rip out the game cartridge, desperately blowing to get whatever speck of dust caused your precious system to hiccup. You slap the game back in and...you're back at the beginning. This problem is long gone, but the grind was part of what made those games great. The challenge of completing the game in one go was the whole point.
Games That Made It Famous: Every NES game.
Games That Made It Famous: Asteroids, Pac-Man, Frogger, Space Invaders,
Games That Made It Famous: Super Mario Bros., Joust, Sonic the Hedgehog, Gauntlet, Duke Nukem, Tomb Raider, Mega Man
Enemies Moving in a Pattern
Ah, this used to be a staple in video games, predictability. Screw AI, we want our enemies to be predictable, and follow the same back and forth pattern. It doesn't matter if they see you or not, they will just keep walking, back and forth, back and forth. Bosses need to follow the same pattern of attacks, so we know when to dodge, and when to go for the flashing weakspot on their stomach.
Games That Made It Famous: The Legend of Zelda, Super Metroid, Super Mario Bros., Mega Man, Castlevania, Sonic the Hedgehog
Heroes and Enemies That Made No Sense
A plumber that fights turtles? Turtles who fight humans? A hedgehog that fights a doctor? A little yellow circle that runs away from and eats ghosts? Sorry, but none of the famous early games really made sense, but they were fun and that's all that matters, right?
Games That Made It Famous: Kirby, Crash Bandicoot, Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, Battletoads, Pac-man
Games That Made It Famous: Super Mario Bros., Pacman, Kirby, Mario Kart
Honestly I don't understand the physics of some of these games. How come random platforms can just hang in the air,well not only hang, but move in different patterns?
Games That Made It Famous: Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, Jak and Daxter, Contra, Donkey Kong Country
Games That Made It Famous: Pretty much every early game.