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Sure, these days have almost every game sporting the newfangled 3D, but way back when, everyone had to live with plain old 2D. 2D, or two dimensions, limit the game to scrolling backgrounds, but some games even now make use of this basic concept.
The Virtual Console is a platform service that first appeared on Nintendo's Wii and later on the 3DS and Wii U. Games from past consoles are emulated to run on the new hardware with the added benefits of system-level save states and other features.
Special codes or button combinations used to gain powers or advantages in a game. Generally hidden.
In many games there is a ranking system, the players with the highest point value are listed in a "high score" table.
Digital Distribution is the concept of purchasing digital media via the internet and having it sent to the user directly via the internet. No physical representation of this content is given but the content resides on the users hard drive and is legally owned by them.
Puzzles may need to be solved before the player can progress to the next section of the game. Often it may not be clear to players exactly what the puzzle is, or whether the an in-game items needs to be attained before it is even possible to solve it.
A sub-genre of adventure games, visual novels are a form of interactive fiction that usually have very little in terms of gameplay but often focus more on extensive storytelling, character interactions, decision-making and branching narratives.
Gravity is a physical phenomenon, specifically the mutual attraction between all objects in the universe. In a gaming setting, gravity determines the relationship between the player and the "ground," preventing the player or game objects from flying off into space, and hopefully acting in a predictable/realistic manner.
Originally created in China, mahjong is a draw-and-discard game using a vast assortment of special tiles. It is popular throughout Asia and has many regional rule variations.
Shellcreepers are the turtle-like enemies from Mario Bros., and precursors to the Koopas.
Bonus levels, rounds, or stages give players a chance to gain extra points, powerups, or lives. Occasionally bonus stages will play completely different than the rest of the game, like as a slot machine or pinball minigame.
These games take the select button literally. Pushing up and down (or any other button) to select an option will do nothing.
Passwords are codes used to save a player's progress, primarily during the 8-bit era and, to a lesser extent, the 16-bit era.
Japanese PC online digital distribution service for emulated retro games, launched on 24 November 2001, years before similar services from Steam, Virtual Console, or XBLA.
A mechanical system designed to capture or cause harm. Either the player can set traps for their enemies or others set them for the player.
The main line of distinction between victory or failure in video games, death is the process of a biological being ceasing to be alive.
A door that players must go through to exit the level
Anthropomorphism is the concept of an object, concept or character that has human qualities or traits, such as speech, a level of intelligence similar or higher than a human's and self consciousness. "Anthro" means "of human" and related to the concept of humanity.
Cheating is the act of creating an advantage by using methods beyond the normal means of the game.
A game perspective that views the action from above, commonly at a fixed position and/or rotation.
Any person that is in an Army.
8-bit can be a reference to actual computing power, or it can be a retro look for videogames that want to recall a bygone era.
Characters controlled by the game for players to interact with, as opposed to player characters which are controlled by whomever is playing the game.
Enemies in RPGs that are visible on the overworld map and that are engaged in combat when touched. Examples include Earthbound and Paper Mario.
Digging is a strategic mechanic of many games. Digging allows the ability to unearth valuables and strategize pathways.
Plants that have at least some rudimentary thoughts or intelligence. They may be rooted or mobile, beneficial or dangerous.
Famicom Disk System games that were only available via a disk writing service available in many Japanese game stores. As such, they have no official box art and are harder for collectors to find.
Any character you can control in a game is a Player Character (PC), as opposed to a non-player character (NPC), which is a character that can only be controlled by the game.
Many games allow you to add characters to your playable group upon fulfilling certain conditions. This is a central mechanic of many RPG franchises, including Fire Emblem and Suikoden. These can be NPCs or even enemy characters that the player persuades to join their cause, through sidequests or dialogue options.
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