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Older Toys and Game Characters Kids Still Find Cool

Sean McDermott

Posted on November 13, 2020 05:01

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As decades-old toys are being recreated and video game characters are still appearing in modern games, parents can have some nostalgic bonding moments with their kids.

Parenting can be so fulfilling and sentimental. Every day there are memories being created before your eyes watching kids play and grow. As in each generation, there are plenty of things being created for children that their parents simply did not have. Kids nowadays are playing with electronics one quarter of an inch thick that have more computing power than anything a child 30 years ago would have played with. Despite the tablets, phones, and other mediums children of today are playing on, parents nowadays can get a flashback in time bonding with their kids over toys/games featuring the same characters from their own childhood video games and figurines.

It's been almost four decades, but anyone young enough to remember their emergence and popularity could be elated to know Hasbro has recreated a Ghostbusters toy line similar to their original (some say the best toy line ever.) In addition to the proton packs fitted to children's backs like book bags, the hand-thrown ghost traps, and the figurines like one depicting the epic Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, a remastered version of a Ghostbusters' video game was recently released on the Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch consoles.

"Daddy!" yells a young boy across an empty living room. "Can you come and type Tails into my Roblox game so I can look for a game with Tails in it?"

The boy requesting assistance on his tablet happens to be the very four-year-old son of this column's author, and the character "Tails" he is searching for is the sidekick of the 90's video game sensation, "Sonic the Hedgehog." The youngster caught a liking for Sonic's sidekick as he is part of the still-productive cast of "Sonic the Hedgehog" characters from the Google Play hit, "Sonic Dash 2"; a game Daddy was well-obliged to assist with because Sonic and Tails dashed, spun, and flew across Daddy's childhood televisions thanks to the Sega Genesis. 

What is remarkable about this is the array of "Sonic" characters survived the slow collapse of Sega consoles in the 90s, badly marketed releases on the Playstation and Xbox 360, and nearly being forgotten by the creation of other anthropomorphic game characters like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, etc. Despite the adversity, Sonic, Tails, and the host of other characters created along the way remain popular enough that amateur game creators today are making their own renditions of a Sonic (or Tails) game on platforms like the aforementioned Roblox.

Nintendo penned the rights to Sonic in 2013, and later released a notable collaboration with another hero of more than three decades: Super Mario. They released "Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games," and it has gotten great reviews. It's likely a great game for today's little game players, but if you want to give youngsters an idea of where the characters came from, do what this author did:

Download Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2. Show these kids how they got started.

Sean McDermott

Posted on November 13, 2020 05:01

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