Ten Games with Milestone Anniversaries in 2016

New video games are fun and sometimes the sheer announcement or teaser of a new game is enough to get fans excited, but classic games can be just as entertaining despite being so out of date. 2016 is set to mark important anniversaries for a number of popular titles. Perhaps hitting such a big number is enough to bring us some sort of announcement, but we’ll probably have to wait months before hearing anything. If anything, this list will help make you feel old. Take a look at some iconic games celebrating big in the new year.

Metroid- 30 years old (August 6, 1986)

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Nintendo is responsible for creating some of the most iconic video game characters. Samus Aran made her debut in Metroid and has luckily stuck around and stood the test of time. While it has been revealed a new Metroid title will be coming to the 3DS, it was met with negative reaction by fans, but perhaps an even bigger announcement is waiting in the wings.

Castlevania- 30 years old (September 26, 1986)

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One of the most popular NES games of all time is celebrating the big 3-0. Castlevania debuted in Japan back in the day and has had several ups and downs throughout its history but we’re hoping for something big to be announced soon. The latest release in the series was lackluster so here’s a brand new start in 2016.

Sonic the Hedgehog- 25 years old (June 23, 1991)

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The Blue Blur shows no signs of slowing down. Sure he’s in his mid-twenties and gone through some crazy teenage years, but he’s still on a roll. Sonic’s upcoming 3DS title’s release date has been pushed back to allow more time for development. Maybe this means fans will finally receive a stellar Sonic title. Being over two decades old, you’d think the series can strike gold once more.

Duke Nukem- 25 years old (July 1, 1991)

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The badass cigar-chewing dude is certainly older than 25, at least within the video game world. It’s been a few years since we’ve seen Duke Nukem kick some alien butt. There’s also been quite a bit of legal troubles that is all hopefully in the past. We can’t wait to hear from Duke when decides to save everyone from another extraterrestrial invasion.

Pokémon- 20 years old (February 27, 1996)

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Yes, Pokémaniacs, it’s hard to believe our favorite creature collecting/battling game is already this old. It debuted in Japan in 1996 and has remained a top-selling series ever since. We think there’s a lot of potential for the future of the series, but just how many more Pokémon will there be? What we can almost guarantee, however, is Pokémon and Game Freak will announce something big this year. It’s only a matter of time.

Quake- 20 years old (June 22, 1996)

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It’s been twenty years since the first Quake game was released and nearly ten since the latest. We’re completely overdue for a new entry in the series. We’d be happy with practically any sort of announcement…maybe even a remastered version of the original. A couple of years ago, John Carmack said the team is tossing a few ideas around. We just hope there’s something revealed soon; a lot of time is passing since we’ve heard anything.

Crash Bandicoot- 20 years old (August 31, 1996)

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PlayStation’s premiere mascot, Crash Bandicoot, has long since seen the spotlight. He’s appeared in a couple of mobile games in recent years, but nothing has been announced for the main series of video games. There have been some games cancelled that possibly could have brought Crash Bandicoot back to popularity. Fans haven’t given up hope yet, though, as a recent fan-made game using the Unreal 4 Engine proves the potential for a new entry in the series.

Conker’s Bad Fur Day- 15 years old (March 5, 2001)

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Sure, this isn’t the first game in the Conker line, but it is his most infamous title. Conker’s Bad Fur Day was going to have a sequel attached to it, but Rare remade the original instead. And giving us a teaser in Project Spark is downright unethical. We want another gross, disgusting, immature squirrel game and we want it soon.

Golden Sun- 15 years old (August 1, 2001)

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This game debuted for GBA fifteen years ago then came to the Wii U virtual console only a couple of years ago. The most recent Golden Sun game was a Nintendo DS exclusive and that’s not going to fly. Nintendo needs to take advantage of the 3DS and bring this series back to life. Perhaps we’ll see more in an upcoming Nintendo Direct.

Prey- 10 years old (July 11, 2006)

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Prey 
is the baby of this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of something new. It’s a game that took a while to get its feet off the ground and was actually well received. Prey 2 would never live up to the original’s success because it was cancelled a few years ago. With Bethesda’s Fallout 4 cash cow, however, perhaps some more funding will be put into a sequel.

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  • HoistDude

    Am I the only one who expects Nintendo to release a new Metroid for the Wii U before the end of the year?

  • DORG

    Legend of Zelda released in Japan in 1986 as well, making its 30th anniversary.