Facts About Classic Video Games (19 pics)

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Journey back to the golden age of gaming with our post on facts about classic video games! Discover intriguing tidbits, hidden secrets, and nostalgic trivia about your favorite retro games. From development tales to gameplay quirks, this collection will delight and surprise every gaming enthusiast.



1 Facts About Classic Video Games (19 pics)

Every time Pac-Man eats a regular dot, he stops moving for one frame (1/60th of a second), slowing his progress by roughly ten percent. That’s just enough for a following ghost to catch him.


2 Facts About Classic Video Games (19 pics)

Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the Super Mario Bros franchise, considers the characters to be actors playing different roles in each game. Hence why Bowser will be kidnapping the princess in one appearance and playing sports with Mario in another.


3 Facts About Classic Video Games (19 pics)

The first character on screen in Super Mario 64 is Lakitu, Mario’s camera operator. Because the 1996 game was the first in the series to have 3D gameplay, the developers needed to teach players that they were controlling both Mario and the camera.


4 Facts About Classic Video Games (19 pics)

Super Mario 64 was potentially created due to a failed pitch that would later seperately become Croc: Legend of the Gobbos.


5 Facts About Classic Video Games (19 pics)

A study conducted at the University of Montreal showed that young people who played the 1996 game Super Mario 64 for just two months had increased spatial and episodic memory, which improves brain capacity and helping to forestall dementia.


6 Facts About Classic Video Games (19 pics)

Donkey Kong got his name because Miyamoto thought ‘donkey’ meant ‘stupid’ in English.


7 Facts About Classic Video Games (19 pics)

The Donkey Kong character who was featured in the original 1981 arcade game is not the same Donkey Kong with the red necktie that we know of today. The original Donkey Kong is in fact Cranky Kong.


8 Facts About Classic Video Games (19 pics)

Eminem’s high score in Donkey Kong put him in the top 30 of all time in 2010.


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The makers of Donkey Kong Country wanted the Kongs to be voiced by actual gorillas and spent hours recording some at a zoo, only to realize that gorillas are actually very quiet. Finding themselves without sounds to work with, they had a programmer do gorilla impressions instead.


10 Facts About Classic Video Games (19 pics)

Creator of Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, and many more… Shigeru Miyamoto, is forbidden to go to work on a bicycle because his safety is too valuable.


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Pac-Man grossed $1 billion in quarters in its first year of release. In the following year, 1982, it earned $6 billion in quarters, which was more than the combined amount of money spent in Vegas casinos and US movie theaters that year.


12 Facts About Classic Video Games (19 pics)

The 1982 video game Ms. Pac-Man was created as a response to the fact that a majority of Pac-Man players were female.


13 Facts About Classic Video Games (19 pics)

The creators of Pac-Man did not now how the game ended as it was designed to run indefinitely. It was only when Billy Mitchell finished the game, after all its internal storage ran out, that they saw how it ended.


14 Facts About Classic Video Games (19 pics)

Link, from The Legend Of Zelda, was originally intended to have a button nose similar to Mario, but the wife of game designer Yoshiaki Koizumi convinced him to change it to a sharper one because she thought Nintendo didn’t have enough handsome characters.


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Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda was named after Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.


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The Triforce symbol from The Legend of Zelda is the symbol of the Hojo clan in Japan.


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The entire game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is less than 1MB in size.


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When Alexey Pajitnov invented Tetris in 1984, he earned no royalties for it due to living under the Soviet government. It was only in 1996, after he moved to the United States and founded The Tetris Company, that he started making money off of it.


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Game Boy was the first video game console to be played in space by Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Serebrov. The game he played was Tetris.


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