198X Nintendo Switch review – pixel arcade overdrive

198X – the 80s as viewed from the 21st century (pic: Hi-Bit Studios) A loving tribute to the decade that brought you Out Run and Shinobi recreates the joys of the arcade and the perils of being a teenager. By the normal rules of nostalgia, the 80s has already […]

By the normal rules of nostalgia, the 80s has already had its time in the sun and interest should be fading. It’s now the turn for people that grew up in the 90s and early 2000s to begin elevating the shows, fashions, and games of their childhood to an unreasonable level of reverence. Anyone that gets misty-eyed about the 80s today has either had their go already or was never even born at the time. And yet there’s something about the decade that keeps everybody coming back for more.

The 80s were the first full decade where video games were a mainstream concern, with the ZX Spectrum and C64 starting out the era, along with the golden age of arcades; followed by the NES, Amiga and Atari ST, and then the Mega Drive and SNES right at the end. To be honest though, the vast majority of 8-bit titles have very little to offer a modern, or even nostalgic, gamer, which is probably why 198X concentrates on the arcade.

198X is essentially a mini-game compilation of five fake games that recall classics Out Run, R-Type, Final Fight, Shinobi, and Phantasy Star. They’re not full games though, just what pretends to be the first few stages of longer titles, with the whole thing wrapped up in a wistful coming of age story. And by wistful we mean vague and unconvincing.

198X was first released on PC and PlayStation 4 last year but, like Stories Untold, its new Switch release is a chance, during this quiet period of the year, to catch up on a game we’d missed out on previously. Except, unlike Stories Untold, not everything we’d heard about 198X was positive, which we found curious because the trailers and screenshots looked very promising and were clearly created by people that had a genuine love for the period…

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