Old Franchises, New Experiences: Classic Games Make the Jump to Mobile Devices with a Fresh Coat of Paint

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The video game industry is no stranger to innovation. Originally conceived as a few pixels displayed on gargantuan CRT televisions, games have since evolved into full-scale, 3D, mobile and online experiences. 

With the advent of smartphones over the past decade, video game developers have done everything in their power to capitalize on the mobile landscape’s massive user base. Some of them have even chosen to go back and reinvent classic titles for mobile platforms, enticing an entirely new generation of gamers. If you’re looking to add an extra dose of nostalgia to your routine, here are four major titles to get you started.

“Super Mario Run”

Due to the fact that most smartphones lack physical controls such as buttons and control sticks, “Super Mario Run” took Nintendo’s flagship series in a slightly different direction. Instead of controlling Mario’s movement directly, players simply tap the screen to make him jump while he constantly runs forward. Imagine games like “Temple Run” and “Subway Surfers,” but with a lovely Nintendo twist. This sounds simplistic on the surface, but quick decisions are necessary to help Mario collect coins and avoid certain doom.

“Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition”

Smartphones aren’t quite able to run the full version of “Final Fantasy XV,” so Square Enix released the pocket edition to provide a similar experience to a wider audience. With a simplified art style and a streamlined plot, the game provides an RPG experience specifically tailored to mobile devices. Fight monsters, upgrade your abilities and encounter lovable characters in this faithful contribution to a classic franchise.

“The Elder Scrolls: Blades”

In Todd Howard’s eternal quest to bring the “Elder Scrolls” series to every platform in existence, “The Elder Scrolls: Blades” marks the franchise’s mobile debut. The game provides an experience that fans would expect from an “Elder Scrolls” title, complete with dungeons, vast outdoor areas, town construction and character customization. This title is even playable in portrait mode, just in case a player only has one hand to spare.

“Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp”

While the “Animal Crossing” franchise usually allows players to simulate life in a town filled with friendly, anthropomorphic animal townsfolk, “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp” instead puts players in charge of, well, a camp. The app has no shortage of the series’ mainstays, from pleasant conversations with villagers to relaxing chores like fishing. Continued gameplay allows players to see their campsite and their list of friends grow and evolve. Whether you’re an aspiring decorator or a natural explorer, this title offers something addictive for everyone.