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retro gamesRe-live the thrill of playing retro games like Mario, Sonic and Megaman for the first time – thanks to fan creations. If you want to play new versions of your favorite retro game classics – but don’t want to wait for the company behind them to put something out – it’s time to dig into the vast array of fan-made, free to play retro remakes from around the web.

It’s hard to describe, now, just how exciting retro gameplay was in its time. Try as modern remakes do, many fail to capture the charm of the original games – graphical updates leave something missing. If you want to play brand new games that capture the old feeling of playing a retro title for the first time, then, you may need to turn to fan creations.

So it’s a good thing there are so many: the Internet is nothing if not collaborative and an array of people have used it to collaborate – or at least share – re-imagined versions of retro classics. Even better: they’re almost all free for you to play.

Mario Fan Games

It’s no secret that I’ve got a soft spot for a certain Italian plumber from Japan – as a kid I drove my family nuts with my fandom. I’m not alone: tons of people commit a lot of free time to bring unofficial Mario games to the web.

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  • Were you hoping for a more traditional Mario experience? Check out Super Mario Bros. X for Windows. There are plenty of levels built-in, and you can download even more online. Sure, some are better than others, but if you want more Mario it’s a great place to start.
  • Looking for something darker, and crazier? Check out Mushroom Kingdom Fusion, a Mario game combining charactesr and elements from pretty much any game you can imagine – from Kirby to Wolfenstein Zelda to Halo to so-much-more. Expect weirdness.
  • One more and I’ll move on: I promise. Wonder what Super Smash Bros would look on the original Game Boy? Stop wondering and play Super Smash Land. Now.

Tetris

We’ve shown you the best Tetris clones to play online Fall Head Over Heels With The Best Tetris Clones To Play Online [MUO Gaming] Fall Head Over Heels With The Best Tetris Clones To Play Online [MUO Gaming] Tetris is fast approaching its 30th birthday, having originally been released in the USSR in 1984. What's absolutely amazing is that Tetris has lost none of its appeal in those three decades, gaining new fans... Read More , so check that list of retro games out if you want a quick list. There are some surprising remakes out there, though.

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Want to explore more alternative versions of Tetris? Check out these cool Tetris spinoff games, then 3 Cool Tetris Spin-Off Online Games 3 Cool Tetris Spin-Off Online Games Read More .

And a Host Of Others…

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Conclusion

Of course, fan-made remakes aren’t the best way to experience the best of yesterday. There are a variety of ways we preserve the fading games of yesterday The Fading Games Of Yesterday, And How We Preserve Them [Feature] The Fading Games Of Yesterday, And How We Preserve Them [Feature] What is your favorite video game of all time? If you’re in your twenties, or older, there’s a good chance that you answer to this question isn’t a recent title. It may be a classic... Read More . But fan games reflect the depth of love fans feel for these classics – a love official, modern remakes can’t capture.

Have any of these games reminded you why you love a classic? Let’s talk below.

Oh, and I just feel like I should mention Cave Story. This one isn’t a remake of any particular game – more like the embodiment of an entire era of gaming. But if you have happy memories playing 8-bit games, and want to relive them, check this one out. You won’t regret it – this game masterfully combines elements from a number of classic games, and it’s completely free for PC, Mac and Linux game enthusiasts. It’s the closest thing you’ll find to that childhood feeling you had playing games as a kid.

  1. Deon Deon
    May 20, 2013 at 7:43 am

    mega man link isnt working

    • Justin Pot
      May 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Not sure what happened here, but we'll get it back up in no time.

      • Deon D
        May 22, 2013 at 6:40 am

        gotcha

        • Justin Pot
          May 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

          Fixed, by the way.

  2. macwitty
    May 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Mario bring back funny memories - maybe time to buy some sweets and do a Mario evening.

  3. Faizan Ali
    May 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Thnx for sharing :)

  4. Md Mukhtar Mohsin
    May 3, 2013 at 10:48 am

    OH !! refrshed my memory , i used to play both these games 6 years ago from today .Mario was my favorite ,used to play with my elder brother he used to become mario and i second player Luigi.Still love those memories.Surely gonna download the game.Sir Justin Pot thnaks for this article.

  5. Shaun Campbell
    May 3, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Nothing like a blast from the past

  6. null
    May 2, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    okk

  7. Akira Michael Sato
    May 2, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    FF7!

  8. mieszko200
    May 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks for that. I really liked old = classic games. Maybe I am old but there are new modern game not that good the old ones.

  9. Nikita
    May 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks! That Cave story is quite something.

    • Justin Pot
      May 3, 2013 at 12:46 am

      Simply amazing...

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