For many people around the world, the golden age of video games didn’t arrive in the ’70s; It emerged in the 1980s. During that decade, the Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System, and Nintendo Gamy Boy were all released.
The arcade games of the 80’s produced some of the best arcade games, many of which continued to produce sequels decades later. These 10 games are among the most important games of all time because their influence didn’t just affect the ’80s; It built the video game industry.
Before gamers had the chance to play Final Fantasy, they had several options when it came to role-playing games. After all, it was a relatively late entry in the genre, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t important. In fact, many gamers would argue that it’s the most important RPG to come out on the NES and possibly, the 1980s as a whole.
In the game, four young Light Warriors, each representing one of the world’s four elements via elemental crystals, must restore their light. The crystals were darkened by the four Elemental Fields, and the quest to defeat them takes the player all over the world.
Final Fantasy featured some innovations in the genre, but that’s not why it’s so important. The year before Final Fantasy dropped for the NES, Dragon Quest smashed records in Japan with more than two million copies sold. The game was titled Dragon Warrior for the North American market, but it didn’t make much of an impact.
Conversely, Final Fantasy absolutely killed it in North America, as it managed to draw in American players far better than its predecessors. Final Fantasy helped popularize RPGs outside of Japan, and the impact of that can be seen in every RPG released in the past 30 years.