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Dec 22, 2016
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Just when you thought these characters would remain dust-covered remnants of your childhood (along with bad clothing choices), and then they suddenly blow up in the scene. Say hello to these old-school faves that return to entertain a whole new generation of gamers.

Pikachu (1996)

Some of us couldn’t keep pets in the house, so the next best thing was playing Pokémon, where virtual critters beat each other up. Both 90s kids and actual kids alike were playing PoGo in hopes

of becoming the very best trainer. Due to its increased popularity, Pikachu’s cheeky grin was plastered on every item imaginable including bootleg products and underwear (to cradle your Poké balls).

Crash Bandicoot (1996)

The awesome thing about Crash is that he’s not as clean-cut as the other mascots (ahem, Mario) and looks lit AF. He acts like a damn fool but he means well and even saves the world a few times. We haven’t heard from him in years until a certain Easter Egg popped up in Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4. Crash also became a playable character in the popular toy-to-life Skylanders series. He even makes an appearance in the cartoon series with a—wait for it—Aussie accent. Then, Sony announces that a remake is in the works for 2017. Yep, Crash isn’t going anywhere.

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)

We love Sonic because he had the kind of rad, wise-cracking attitude that made him #goals for teens in the 90s. The blue blur celebrated his 25th anniversary with an art book spanning the whole history of the Sonic series. Plus, announcement trailers of Sonic Mania, a remake of the original game with additional retro stages and Project Sonic 2017, an all-new game where modern and retro Sonic team up. 

Lara Croft (1996)

Sure she’s the polygonal poster girl for every gamer nerd’s wet dream, but she is first and foremost one hell of a kickass archaeologist. The rebooted series not only features more action scenes but also showcases Lara’s survival skills in the harshest conditions. To celebrate the 20th year since this action chick first burst into the scene, a special edition video game collection was released this year that includes DLCs, previous installments, and extra content. Yasss!

Link (1986)

This kid (he was 10 years old in the first game) has been tirelessly protecting Hyrule for two decades now—maybe even more than that considering the time-traveling aspect of The Legend of Zelda series. Next year, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild will definitely be breathing new life into the franchise with its new open-world exploration feature.

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Special Mention: Video games that will make a comeback in 2017

Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite

The trailer may have been released at the tail end of 2016 but it still brought about much hype for the classic arcade brawler.

Just seeing Iron Man, Miss Marvel, Mega Man, and Ryu battling it out gave us all the geeky feels.

PaRappa The Rapper: Remastered

“I gotta believe!” No pup will ever be as dope and hip-hop happening as PaRappa The Rapper, star of the self-titled old-school PS1 game. A remastered version was announced this month and will hopefully be coming out soon.

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