Vote For the Best Old-School Games of 2008


As another year winds down, it’s time to take a look back at some of the retro/old-school releases that 2008 has brought us.  Overall, we’ve seen a great deal of variety on a number of different platforms and distribution models.  We’ve seen a number of old franchises returning — both in remastered form and brand new installments.  We’ve also been treated to a number of completely fresh games that take concepts or graphical styles from games of old while adding a modern flair.

To determine our list of candidates, I turned to the forum to nominate their favorites.  Below is the result — if something you think it worthy is not listed below, (first of all, shame on you for not being active in the forum 🙂 ) please mention it kindly in the comments below and I may add it.

Anyway, please vote for your five favorites of the year, and we will see who comes out on top!

What Are Your Top 5 of 2008?

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27 Comments

  1. RyaNtheSlayA says:

    I had to go w/ World of Goo although Soldner X: Himmelsturmer was in a close second

  2. d.d.d. says:

    I voted for Space Invaders, Arkanoid, Castlevania but the one that really hit the home run was Mega Man 9! All ol’skool with the flavor of MM2; how much better can it get? 😀

  3. Aleanil says:

    Hey, what about Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer for DS? I’d say that’s pretty retro, since it’s a remake of an SNES game, same as Chrono Trigger DS. Plus it’s a great game 😛

  4. Ryan says:

    Where oh where is Bangai-O Spirits? This is one of my absolute favourite DS games this year, and I don’t think anyone can argue it isn’t “old-school”.

  5. greenenergy says:

    Megaman and Castlevania ftw!!!

  6. d.d.d. says:

    As much as I love Chrono Trigger, it shouldn’t be considered for retro of the year as virtually nothing was changed from the original.

  7. geozeldadude says:

    i would’ve voted for toki tori.

  8. mase says:

    Strong Bad’s Cool Games for Attractive People

    Not because I actually enjoyed the game, but because of the harilious title. hahaha

  9. William says:

    In my opinion, Chrono Trigger is the best game on this list, but it’s been around for a long time; it has an unfair advantage over the other games. That’s why I voted for Mega Man 9.

  10. d says:

    Ketsui Death Label (2%, 4 Votes)
    Battle Fantasia (2%, 4 Votes)
    GTI Club+ Rally Cote D’Azur (2%, 4 Votes)
    Street Fighter IV (20%, 52 Votes)
    forget the rest.
    Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix BLOWS, well on the ps3 anyway, 360 version is apparantly very awesome.

  11. Sturat says:

    I’m glad someone agrees that SSF2THD is bad. The art style is game-breakingly ugly and the new voices are ridiculous. This is one of those cases where the game shouldn’t have been made at all if it wasn’t going to be made by a qualified company. I hope Capcom never works with Backbone and Udon again.

  12. Josh (otaku) says:

    Many of these I haven’t played yet (pier solar I have on preorder) and I need a Ps2 with mod chip for those shmups. SF4 isnt out yet as are several others on the list.

  13. bobbynewmarkiii says:

    ^^^ SSF2THDR rules FTW! dunno what the two of you are going on about – it’s Super Turbo with HD graphics, online play and the gameplay subtly tweaked… what did you expect, and what’s not to love? It does exactly what it says on the tin as much as this. The art style is pure SSF2, and therefore awesome, and the voices are just as ridiculous as in the originals, and all the more awesome for it. I own the PSN version, but have played the Xbox demo, and they’re identical. Retards…

  14. discoalucard says:

    I’d like to stick in a write-in vote for Fantasy Zone II DX, as found on the Fantasy Zone Complete Collection for the PS2. An awesome, awesome game.

  15. noobtastor says:

    Bangai-O Spirits isn’t on the list?? That game single-handedly got me back into shmups, and is the reason I had enough interest in 2d gaming to wind up on this website.

  16. racketboy says:

    It’s on the list — I added it a while back

  17. noobtastor says:

    oh wait, it is there…

  18. boringsupreez says:

    Bionic Commando was my number one choice.

  19. fastbilly1 says:

    Go Subterranean Animism

  20. denpanosekai says:

    The majority of this list is awesome and reason alone to call 2008 a great year.

  21. Lico says:

    Wings of Fury 2 rocks!

  22. bawitback says:

    Bangai-o Spirits for me. The only game purchase I made last year, well worth it.

  23. exelin says:

    what about king of fighters 12?

  24. Js says:

    This is the stupidest thing ever.

    Why is it that games like the Cave STGs are considered old-school, whereas the latest Call of Duty isn’t? To anybody that actually PLAYS shooting games, Dodonpachi Dai-Fukkatsu is far more removed from Space Invaders than the latest Call of Duty is from Wolfenstein 3D (or Maze War, for that matter).

    You should’ve named this list “Best Fighting, Shooting, 2D Platforming, Adventure, Puzzle and Misc. Games of 2008”. It’s more fitting, and even then, this list would be incomplete.

  25. Js says:

    Also, to exelin:

    KoF XII isn’t out yet! You should research these things before making stupid comments like that!

  26. Note says:

    Racketboy, I’ve been trying to register for the forum but the registration e-mail just won’t go through. Tried re sending it multiple times with no luck.

    Is there anyway you could activate the account on your end or change the registered email address? Let me know.

  27. crux says:

    I agree with Js’s point here. A primary qualifier for the games on this list seems to be 2D gameplay or by having a low, independent budget (which is the only way I can explain World of Goo, Wind and Water, or N being on the list). While some games (Mega Man 9, Pier Sol, some remakes on the list, etc.) obviously attempt to pay homage to their old-school predecessors, many games on the list are simply sequels that haven’t strayed radically far from their roots. It’s as if entire genres are labeled as “old-school” regardless of the advances made.