- A new study by Hyperoptic delves into gaming nostalgia, revealing the retro consoles gamers most want to see make a comeback
- Almost two-thirds (61%) of gamers want the Nintendo DS to return, making it the most sought-after console, followed by the PlayStation 1 (60.6%) and 2 (57.9%)
- The study also taps into the most in-demand retro games, with the 1991 version of Sonic the Hedgehog taking the top spot (38%)
Over the last year or two we’ve seen new consoles and games launch such as the Nintendo Switch OLED, PS5, and Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. But with search interest for ‘retro gaming’ on the up, it seems many are currently looking for a hit of gaming nostalgia.
Hyperfast broadband provider, Hyperoptic has delved into the world of gaming nostalgia, to uncover the most sought-after consoles and games that players would most like to see make a comeback, or be modernised. Not only that, but the study also unveils just how much money players would spend to get their hands on the consoles.
Based on the percentage of gamers that most want the console to make a comeback or be modernised, the top 10 desired consoles and how much gamers would be willing to pay are:
|Console||% of gamers that want the console to make a comeback/be modernised||The average price gamers are willing to pay|
|SEGA mega drive||57.0%||172.07€|
|Nintendo Game Boy||56.8%||165.85€|
|The Commodore 64 Games System||53.5%||191.28€|
|Nintendo Game Boy Colour||52.3%||181.70€|
|Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)||51.8%||188.72€|
|Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP||51.2%
Nintendo consoles are leading the way, with six consoles making up the top 10. Taking the top spot is the DS. Released globally between 2004 and 2005, gamers would be willing to spend over 177€ to purchase the handheld console. The PlayStation 1 and 2 make up the top three.
However, considering the consoles that didn’t make the top 10 most desired list, it seems gamers would be willing to spend the most money, overall, on the Xbox One console – 236.45€ to be precise. Over two-fifths (44%) chose this as one of the consoles they’d want to see make a comeback/be modernised, making it the 20th most desired console.
Now we know the most sought-after consoles, looking at the nostalgic games gamers would most love to see make a comeback or be modernised, without further ado, the top 10 gems are:
|Game||% of gamers that would love to see the game make a comeback/be modernised|
|Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)||38.0%|
|Super Mario Kart 64 (1997)||33.4%|
|Space Invaders (1978)||28.3%|
|Super Mario Bros (1985)||25.3%|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992)||24.3%|
|Donkey Kong (1981)||21.4%|
|Crash Bandicoot (1996)||20.3%|
|The Legend of Zelda (1986)||12.8%|
1991’s Sonic the Hedgehog claims the top spot, with almost two-fifths (38%) of gamers opting for the game. Other classics on the list include Taito’s 1978 Space Invaders, and Tetris, a game focused on finding the best way to arrange coloured blocks – who would’ve thought this would still be as popular today? Nintendo’s 1981 arcade hit, Donkey Kong, is also another classic game that over one in five (21%) players want to see modernised. We can only dream…
For more information on the top consoles and games, head across to: https://hyperoptic.com/blog/the-most-sought-after-nostalgic-consoles-and-games-revealed/
Authentic Artists Accepted into The Sandbox’s Game Maker Fund to Build Generative AI Music-driven WarpSound Experience
Authentic Artists has been selected as a recipient of The Sandbox’s Game Maker Fund, an exciting development as they continue to create the sound of the metaverse under their WarpSound brand. The funding will be used to build a new music experience powered by Authentic’s industry-leading generative AI music platform.
Expansion to The Sandbox opens up a new world of music play and creativity opportunities for WarpSound’s interactive music experiences. It will also become the home venue for WarpSound’s virtual artists Nayomi, Gnar Heart, DJ Dragoon and GLiTCH who have performed on Twitch, Decentraland, Crypovoxels, Stageverse, as well as IRL events at Tribeca Film Festival and NFT.NYC.
“The Sandbox Game Makers Fund’s goal is to support Creators to work in a creative platform that inspires them, and allow them to truly own their creations while fueling innovative experiences in the open Metaverse. Music is integral to gaming, and WarpSound’s generative AI music capabilities will level up what’s possible for music in The Sandbox,” Sébastien Borget, COO & Co-Founder of The Sandbox, said.
“This is a meaningful win for us, with less than 100 brands and builders receiving this grant. The Game Maker Fund team believes in our vision of awakening a deeper connection with music. Together, we’re setting the foundation for a future filled with new musical adventures made possible by generative AI tools,” Chris McGarry, CEO of Authentic Artists, said.
Past recipients of the Game Maker Fund include Snoop Dogg, deadmau5, Atari, Steve Aoki and more.
“The Sandbox is one of the most significant and innovative players in the open metaverse web3 space. This is incredible strategic validation for our team,” McGarry added.
Festive Frolics Arrive in Gordon Ramsay’s Chef Blast
Outplay Entertainment, the largest independent mobile game developer in the UK, has unveiled a month of festive fun for its culinary mobile puzzle game, Gordon Ramsay’s Chef Blast, including new recipes, kitchen decorations and themed events.
Gordon Ramsay’s Chef Blast’s festive frolics are available now until December 29, giving players access to several festive events. Baking Bingo and Market Day events return with a festive makeover, offering fun and alternative ways to earn coins and win exclusive in-game prizes and seasonal decorations, including a snow globe, Christmas tree, stockings and a festive wreath. Team Trophy Tournament also returns with a seasonal update, giving players the opportunity to work in teams to collect trophies and win some festive treats.
Players can also blast their way through levels for the chance to get their hands on two festive recipes to inspire their own Christmas menu. A Festive Bombe recipe will be available for players with a sweet tooth from December 8, with the addition of an exclusive recipe for Kabocha Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese, available from December 22.
“The festive update to Gordon Ramsay’s Chef Blast is full of seasonal delights and our newest event transports players to beautiful cities around the world – the city of love, Paris, being the first. We wish all our players a fun and relaxing holiday season and hope they enjoy all the seasonal events and content in Chef Blast throughout December, including an exclusive new winter recipe,” Richard Hare, President & Co-founder of Outplay Entertainment, said.
If all that festive fun wasn’t enough, a brand-new Side Map event is live in game now. Running until December 7, the Side Map event gives players the opportunity to escape to Paris and earn exclusive local recipes to impress friends and family with. A brand-new giveaway is also due to be announced soon, allowing players to enter for the chance to travel to an exclusive upcoming Side Map location.
Flexion signs third game agreement with tap4fun
tap4fun chooses Flexion to boost revenue for Age of Apes
Flexion Mobile, the games marketing company has signed an agreement with tap4fun to publish Age of Apes on the alternative app stores. Flexion will distribute the hit game on the Amazon App Store and Samsung Galaxy App Store in Q1 2023. Flexion will also launch the game on the ONE Store once tap4fun launches the title in South Korea.
Age of Apes already generates around US$1 million in monthly revenues on
Google Play according to the developer’s data. Flexion’s distribution services will add revenue and audiences to the game with little work and upfront costs being required of tap4fun. Flexion is currently averaging around 10% extra revenue for Android games it distributes.
tap4fun is also extending its partnership with Flexion to keep Kingdom Guard and Kiss of War on the alternative app stores (Amazon App Store, Samsung Galaxy App Store, ONE Store and Xiamoi’s GetApps Store) until February 2024.
“Alternative app store distribution is our core business so we understand them in depth. Our team has expertise, experience and technology no-one else can offer. We can’t wait to bring a new audience of paying players to Age of Apes,” says Jens Lauritzson CEO of Flexion.
Age of Apes is a multiplayer strategy game where monkeys are at war to launch rockets into space in search of bananas. Players must become part of the strongest clan, create their own gang, go to war with other apes, and be the first monkey to explore the galaxy.
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