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RetroEngine Sigma Continues the Trend Towards Nostalgia

Say Hello to the RetroEngine Sigma

Doyodo, a company founded earlier this year by members of the media and games industry, have announced their first console: the RetroEngine Sigma.

This retro gaming console was launched earlier this week on Indiegogo, and at this moment has brought in 858% of its original $20,000 goal. Its ability to run games from systems like Atari, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, and PlayStation 1 guarantee that it will be a hit with gamers who want to scratch that retro itch.

RetroEngine Sigma
Photo credit – Univision

Back to the Past

If the success of the Nintendo Classic Mini is anything to go by, retro gaming is something a lot of gamers are looking for. Nintendo’s version of the retro console was sold out within days of its release. In some cases, it was being resold for up to five times its original cost. All of this, despite only having 30 pre-loaded games, and no option for later additions.

This is a testament to the desire for all things retro not just in games, but in consoles as well. Companies like Nintendo can exploit this, and fill the gap in the market.

Consoles like Doyodo’s RetroEngine and the Nintendo Classic Mini allow younger gamers to play classic games like Super Mario Bros, Metroid, and Space Invaders . They can experience these seminal titles, perhaps for the first time, and see the influence these games have had on subsequent releases.

Donkey Kong
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Remasters and the Cult of Retro

The growing trend of remastered games is further proof that nostalgia has taken over. Developers and publishers can wring as much money as possible from franchises by presenting gamers with a newer, shinier version of the game they loved.

Bethesda’s Skyrim has been a consistently popular game since its release in 2011. A remaster was seemingly inevitable, and launched on 28th October this year.  Skyrim is a more recent game compared to the offerings on the RetroEngine Sigma. But the popularity of remasters for games like Skyrim, Grim Fandango, and Resident Evil show the demand for that nostalgic experience.

Titles some people might never have had the chance to play are now playable on their current console. In addition, remakes of games like Final Fantasy VII are generating huge amounts of interest. By remaking popular games like this, developers have a chance to expand on their original concepts and make improvements.

Grim Fandango
Photo credit – Almost Above Average

In With the Old and in With the New

Nostalgia is a powerful force. Gamers are already seeing remasters, remakes, and retro games coming back onto the scene. But with this pull towards the past, there’s also an equally strong push towards the future. The recent release of the Xbox One S and the PlayStation Pro are steps towards that future.

With headsets like the Oculus Rift, the Vive and PlayStation VR, gamers can now experience virtual reality in their own living rooms.

Franchises like Call of Duty and Battlefield reflect the move towards both past and present. COD’s most recent offering took the series even further into the future, with a science fiction setting. In contrast, DICE went into the past with their recent release, taking Battlefield back to World War I.

This dichotomy between old and new shows the diversity of the gaming industry.  The variety of what’s on offer to gamers is impressive. Embracing the past and simultaneously looking to take the next step means that gamers get the best of both worlds.

Jess Barnes
Jess is a gamer and a writer with an alarmingly large book collection, and is addicted to all things Sci-Fi. She's also started a novel, because she's mad and apparently hates free time.

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