10 Nostalgic Video games from the Mid 90s

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Here are 10 video games released between 1994 to 1996 which should induce nostalgia for gamers who grew up in the 90s.

Although this list is subjective, depending on what game console you had, there should be at least one game featured on this list which should take you down memory lane.

10. Donkey Kong Country (1994)

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Donkey Kong and his chimpney sidekick Diddy would take on King K Rool and his scaly henchmen to retrieve their stolen banana hoard in what is arguably one of the best platformer games of all time. 

The game is your typical side-scroller platformer which has players exploring levels as they leap between platforms, defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. However DKC was more than a cookie cutter platformer. 

Not only are you jumping around like a monkey, but you can also collect items, ride wild animals through the jungle, take on tough bosses and discover secret bonus stages.

9. Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996)

The highly controversial fighting game which popularized gory violence is still a thing today, however the most iconic iteration was Mortal Kombat Trilogy, an update to MK3 which included all the Mortal Kombat characters from previous games.

While this fighting game didn't have cinematic character endings. MK Trilogy made up for that with outlandish fighters with larger than life moves, bone crushing fatalities, voice acting so bad it's good and a classic ladder mode to test your might.

8. Mario Kart 64 (1996)

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The successor to Super Mario Kart once again had Mario and his buddies jumping in go-karts and racing throughout the Mushroom Kingdom in utter mayhem, however the major difference this time was that it was recreated in glorious 3D.

Mario Kart 64 was by no means the best kart racing game on the Nintendo 64, however that doesn't take nothing away from it's charm. Players could take control of eight Mario characters who raced around 16 tracks and could pick up items to help them win.

7. Tomb Raider 1 (1996)

Long before Uncharted's Nathan Drake, Lara Croft was the it girl of plundering treasure. Tomb Raider is an action-adventure game which follows the archaeologist-adventurer who is on a mission to find a historical artifact for her business associate. 

Gameplay sees the young explorer exploring various rooms while taking on death defying enemies, avoiding traps and solving puzzles to progress.

6. Crash Bandicoot 1 (1996)

While Nintendo had Mario, the titular hero Crash Bandicoot became Playstation's mascot and starred in a memorable platform game that stood the test of time.

 The story follows Crash who is on a mission to foil Dr Neo Cortex's world domination plans and save his girlfriend Tawna. Majority of the game is played from a third-person perspective, and sees the bandicoot spinning and jumping across 32 levels.

5. Tekken 2 (1996)

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There was something special about Tekken 2, a fighting game which included 25 unique martial artists fleshed out with their individual background stories and ridiculous gimmicky moves that packed a punch.

The heart pumping soundtrack while you performed realistic to nonsensical martial arts moves with your favorite Tekken characters was always an adrenaline rush. Though the most unforgettable moments in the game were the character's cheesy yet memorable cinematic endings.

4. Super Mario 64 (1996)

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The Italian plumber would have to save Princess Peach from evil king Bowser's clutches once again in his first 3D outing. The game has all the basic fundamentals of a traditional Mario platformer, only with more freedom in a large open world. 

Super Mario 64 essentially saw Mario collecting Power Stars which were hidden by Bowser in various different worlds inside magical paintings throughout Princess Peach's castle, in order to rescue the damsel in distress.

3. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)

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As a child there was something fascinating about watching an emotional baby riding a green dinosaur in a bright colorful world inhabited by stylized enemies. Yoshi's island is a prequel to Super Mario World and stars the dynamic duo of Yoshi and Baby Mario.

Yoshi's task sees the popular Mario character carrying baby Mario across Yoshi's Island to save baby Luigi from baby Bowser and his caretaker Magikooper.

Unlike your traditional Mario platformer, Yoshi uses his tongue and eggs to overcome obstacles. While a time-based health system replaces hit points, which sees baby Mario floating away in a bubble if the player is hit by an enemy.

2. The Lion King (1994)

Based on Disney's 1994 animated film The Lion King, this side-scrolling platformer still holds up as one of the best licensed video games ever created.

Starring the protagonist Simba, The Lion King sees him exploring artistic levels inspired by scenes from the film. As a young cub Simba defeats enemies by jumping on them, while his roar stuns enemies and can solve puzzles. 

When Simba becomes an adult, he gains access to superior combat abilities like scratching, mauling and tussling. In both forms Simba can also collect bugs throughout levels which restore his health. 

1. Sonic and Knuckles (1994)

Sonic games had young people in a tight grip in the 90s and for good reason. The iconic platform game series which featured a lighting quick blue hedgehog as it's protagonist and rivaled the likes of Super Mario, defined cool for many adolescent gamers.

Riding the coattails of Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Sega released Sonic and Knuckles in 1994, which introduced Knuckles the Echidna as a playable character alongside Sonic. The unlikely duo pair would team up to stop Dr Robotnik dead in his tracks.

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