The Power Of Video Game Nostalgia

Today media outlets have announced that two of my favourite childhood video games have been re-released on new platforms. Needless to say, I can see why Video Game Publishers are buying in on the power of nostalgia.

Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic, Nostalgia At It’s Finest

Roller coaster Tycoon: Classic - Nostalgia

Roller Coaster Tycoon is probably the game I have wasted the most time playing during my childhood. Today it was re-released on iOS and Android by Atari. The game has been wonderfully developed to work well with touch controls. Additionally the game has had some minor, yet effective tweaks including being able to fast forward time.

Normally I do not respond well to micro-transactions for paid games. Especially since you pay a fair amount for compared to other mobile games. However, they have given the ability to buy an additional two expansion packs that give you the ability to play a total of 31 extra parks to play through. This is on top of the astounding amount of parks that you were able to play from the original RCT and RCT2 games that are included in this mobile version. They’ve also released another DLC that allows you to create your own scenarios on your phone and be able to import and export these scenarios to the PC versions of the game.

There are a few bugs that I have noticed however. Firstly, over the original version of the game their seems to be more vandalism in the game. This is probably something overlooked when balancing the game, however their is a magical button that helps fix vandalised objects. Another thing I have noticed is that you can’t charge for admission to the park. Finally, I’ve noticed that a few Six Flags scenarios are missing from the game (Alton Towers, Heide Park, and Blackpool Pleasure Beach). However, the RCT2 recreations can be imported into the game using the Toolkit IAP. Alot of these issues raised are likely to be fixed in future patches of the game. Personally, I do not think these bugs detract from the games value at all.

Pokémon Snap

Also announced was that the N64 game, Pokémon Snap, is to be released on the Wii U in the next few days. This has gotten me very excited to hear. I do have to admit that I did not play this game as much as a kid. I was too busy playing the original Pokémon Yellow on the Gameboy Colour. However, this has made me reconsider getting a Wii U in the near future. Mario Kart was the only game I saw much worth to buy the console but with the addition of Snap this has made it a no-brainer.

This was a perfect time to announce the release. Since Pokémon Go, Nintendo has been pumping out the franchise and it seems to be working in their favour. I’m not quite sure if the fact that I’ve been playing tons of Pokémon Moon has added to my excitement of this release, but either way it’s great to hear.