Millennial Gamers are ecstatic after the announcement of Tony Hawk 1&2 remastered, but it’s Nintendo who’s long scratched this writer’s itch for nostalgia with Sonic, Spyro and Mario games.

The Nintendo Switch eShop offers nostalgia in the form of retro, affordable Mario games.
Nintendo Switch has games on the eShop both new and old.

The Nintendo Switch eShop has games from the 8-bit era for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. There are games that were released for the subsequent Super Nintendo. Any generation of gamer can experience nostalgia on the Switch, and for this gamer, games released for the original PlayStation.

PlayStation games on the Switch? Yes you read correct. My first system was a PlayStation 1 and lately I’ve been enjoying those video game roots with the games available on the Nintendo Switch eShop.

Spyro: Reignited Trilogy

For $40 Nintendo Switch gamers can own all three classic PlayStation games.
Spyro games were a personal favorite growing up with a PlayStation, now they’re back for Nintendo Switch.

Spyro games were perfect for an adolescent boy and his new PlayStation. The campaigns were always full of fun characters; they were intricate yet easy to understand. Spyro never runs out of fire and he can sprint forever without getting tired.

Spyro: Reignited Trilogy offers the first three Spyro games in a little compact game card. It’s also available on the eShop for $40. I personally couldn’t put it down, finishing each of the games in about 2 days.

Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

PlayStation has always had a leg up on Nintendo where Star Wars games are concerned.
Nintendo owners have missed out on games like Star Wars Battlefront.
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Jedi Outcast was first released in 2002. It’s a challenging game, and the archaic programming doesn’t make it any easier. As I made my way through this game, I was a little disappointed at the beginning when Kyle, our POV character, wasn’t a Jedi. But my two pieces of advice are this. Don’t give up. Kyle will get a lightsaber and force powers in just a brief time. He’ll get them soon if a second, you save the game frequently. It’s easy to die in this game, and the checkpoints are few. You can save the game at any point and load it to that exact spot. If you forget to do this, it might frustrate you how much you must redo.

Sonic the Hedgehog 

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is a great game for Nintendo Switch owners to add to their game library. And be sure to check out all the Sonic games on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
Sonic games sold by Sega are now sold for Nintendo and Playstation systems.
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Sega still maintains ownership of Sonic, but when they stopped producing gaming consoles after the 1998 Dreamcast, they started making Sonic games for other companies like PlayStation and Nintendo. Nintendo is having a clearance on Sonic games, from the latest, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog, modeled after the original 1991 game.

  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020–$39.99 (previously $59.99)
  • Team Sonic Racing–$19.99 (previously $39.99)
  • Sonic Forces–$9.99 (previously $19.99)
  • Sonic Mania–$9.99 (previously $19.99)
  • SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog–$5.99 (previously $7.99)
  • SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog 2–$5.99 (previously $7.99)

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 comes with this writer’s highest recommendation. The campaign will take you through all Olympic games, with extra challenges along the way. The campaign parallels a retro, 1964 Mario vs Sonic Tokyo Olympic Games, featuring Mario and Sonic in their original Nintendo and Genesis forms.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 really shines when using multi-player. Dozens of Olympic games with motion sensor gameplay make it like the ultimate Wii Sports but with your favorite Mario and Sonic characters. And with online gameplay, you can take the competition from your home to the world. If you own a Nintendo Switch, you’re lucky considering how hard they are to find right now, and you really ought to buy this game now while it’s still on sale.