2020 is over, but if you’re like us, you’ve still got a ton of games to catch up on. If you’re lucky and have everything in your collection beat, you’re definitely in need of some new titles to play. Check out our exclusive list below for some fun, retro-inspired games from 2020, you may have missed.

Shoot 1UP DX: This may be the best game on this list. This enhanced port of the original is a wonderful bullet-hell shooter that is an absolute feast for the eyes.

Fatal Fury: First Contact: The Switch is hungry for great fighters and this Neo Geo Pocket Color title has aged wonderfully. Thanks to beautiful sprites and fast and frenetic gameplay, it’s great for the old-school fighting fan.

Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles: If you’re a fan of the original Resident Evil games, you’ll absolutely find something to love here.

WWE Battlegrounds: Sure, it’s supposed to be a next-generation title, but the cartoony visuals and old-school game mechanics make it a fun couch co-op title that definitely got a bad rap from critics. It still needs work, but it’s great in short doses.


9th Dawn III: Shadow of Erthil:
9th Dawn III is a 2D open-world RPG and dungeon crawler with more than 270 monsters, 300 weapons and 550 armor types and accessories. Because of that, it’s a game you can spend a ton of time on. The retro-inspired sound and visuals will definitely connect you with the Dragon Warrior fan from your childhood.

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Patrick Hickey, Jr., is the founder and editor-in-chief of ReviewFix.com and a lecturer of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, his video game coverage has been featured in national ad campaigns by top publishers the likes of Nintendo, Deep Silver, Disney and EA Sports. His book series, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Game Developers," from McFarland and Company, has earned praise from Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Daily News and MSG Networks. He is also a former editor at NBC and National Video Games Writer at the late-Examiner.com