10 Video Games Millennials Probably Forgot About
Many of the video games we grew up with stick in our memories because they went on to become classics, or they’re a part of an ongoing franchise that’s still popular today. We’re talking games on the level of Halo, Tomb Raider, and Smash Bros. But not all games are lucky enough to enjoy such long lives in the collective memories of millennials. Some video games millennials played in the ‘90s and early 2000s seem to have vanished, never to be heard from again.
It’s time to put a stop to our slowly fading memories. It’s time to bring these games back into the conversation. Here are 10 games many millennials played when they came out, but have probably forgotten about in the years since.
1. WCW/nWo Revenge
It’s an understatement to say that wrestling was popular in the late ‘90s. Thanks to the competing wrestling promotions WCW and WWE (then WWF), both organizations had to operate at the top of their game week after week to attract viewers. Not only did they compete for fans on TV through the “Monday Night Wars,” but they also competed for attention in the realm of video games.
WCW/nWo Revenge was an amazing Nintendo 64 wrestling game that starred all of the famous larger-than-life wrestlers of the WCW. The roster included the villainous “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan as well as his classic good-guy persona, plus the likes of Sting, Goldberg, Kevin Nash, Harlem Heat, and Chris Jericho. Each grappler came with his own special move, like Sting’s Stinger Splash and Diamond Dallas Page’s Diamond Cutter. Oh man, was that game fun.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go binge watch some clips on YouTube and relive my fading youth.
2. Jet Force Gemini
Developer Rare was operating at the peak of its powers during its Nintendo 64 heyday. One of the killer games it released was 1999’s Jet Force Gemini, a sci-fi themed third-person shooter. No sequels ever came out, and Rare faded into relative obscurity when Microsoft bought the company in 2002. But if you played Jet Force Gemini, you probably enjoyed it — even if you forgot all about it.
3. Pokémon Snap
There have been, oh, let’s say 12 quadrillion Pokémon games since the franchise’s inception, but you might have forgotten about this one. Pokémon Snap is one of the best-selling Nintendo 64 games, but it’s often overlooked nowadays, probably because it’s not very much like a Pokémon game at all. It’s basically an on-rails shooter, meaning you’re conveyed through the levels automatically. But instead of a gun, you have a camera that you use to take pictures of the Pokémon you encounter. Come to think of it, it’s kind of like an early version of Pokémon GO.
4. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
When we talk about early first-person shooters, we often overlook Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, a Nintendo 64 game from 1997. This blocky game doesn’t look like much now, but it was a ton of fun back then to run around shooting everything from humans and deer to dinosaurs and aliens. Most fans of early shooters talk about games like Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, and Goldeneye 007. Isn’t it about time we put Turok back in the conversation?
5. SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals
The modern shooter has gone through many iterations, with many franchises popping up, seeing success for a few years, and then fading away. SOCOM is one of those. In the PlayStation 2 era, SOCOM was a big deal. This 2002 military game came with 12 campaign missions, plus an online mode you could play if you had the PS2’s network adapter. The series continued through the PS3 era, but by then the popularity of shooters like Call of Duty had skyrocketed, so sales fell flat, leaving SOCOM to become a fading memory.
6. Dino Crisis
Most millennial gamers remember Resident Evil, but some of us might have forgotten another series Capcom put out around the same time: Dino Crisis. It plays just like Resident Evil, complete with “tank controls” and enemies that can make short work of you if you’re not quick with your firearm. It’s still available to download on the PlayStation Network, but nobody seems to talk about it anymore.
Only time could fade a memory like the unique experience of playing Seaman. That’s because once you play Seaman, it’s hard to get the image of its horrific characters out of your head. The game is like an aquarium occupied by a fish with the head of a man, who you’d talk to through a microphone peripheral that plugged into your controller. Come to think of it, if you have forgotten about it, that’s probably for the best.
8. Super Mario Sunshine
Probably because it’s so different from the rest of the series, Super Mario Sunshine has slipped the mind of many a millennial. Sure, players wondered why Mario was suddenly wearing a funky water-shooting backpack in this game, but it provides a whole new set of fun things to do for the mustachioed plumber. While Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy have lived on in our collective memories, Sunshine hasn’t been quite so lucky.
Nowadays just about every blockbuster action movie ends with the destruction of one major metropolis or another, but Rampage was doing that way back in the 1980s. This game, which appeared on a whole mess of platforms through the years, was all about giant monsters knocking down skyscrapers, eating people, and generally having fun at the expense of wimpy humans. Destroying stuff in games is always fun. Isn’t it about time for a reboot?
Two years before Nintendo whipped up Mario Kart, it released a different racing game for Super Nintendo. The F-Zero franchise is a series of futuristic racers that date back to 1990. The idea here was that jet-powered hovercrafts would race along tracks in a neon-colored world. Races weren’t as dynamic as in Mario Kart, which is probably why that series continues to this day, while F-Zero has been mostly forgotten about, unless you count Captain Falcon’s presence in Super Smash Bros.