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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.
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.
Winged, usually flying creatures, many of which enjoy perching on branches and defecating on unfortunate victims below.
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.
The Classic NES Series of games were re-released versions of NES games for the GBA. Also known as Famicom Mini and NES Classics in Japan and PAL regions respectively.
Climbing is a common tradition in games, particularly platformers. There is often a particular type of surface that can be climbed, and it has a recognizably different look than other surfaces in the game. Climbing ladders or stairs doesn't count.
Cooperative play in games allows humans to play together as a team to accomplish a task. Instead of playing against a human opponent, the team must defeat an AI.
Cooperative Play in some games also means 2 human versus 2 human, this occurs in some Billiards games. (Scotch Doubles / Doubles)
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.
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.
Multiplayer on Nintendo DS and 3DS but only one person has to own the game.
A peripheral for the Game Boy Advance that allowed players to scan in cards for extras in various games, or even to play classic NES games.
As part of the Switch Online subscription, Nintendo offers a selection of Famicom games through the downloadable Famicom Computer application.
This concept is for games where at least one of the main characters is female.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
Frozen water. Ice can be slippery and it can be fun for ice skating.
A common type of stage featured in many games. Slippery ice, avalanches, and freezing water are some of the unpleasantries to be had when visiting these cold arctic regions.
It's arguably the one move that symbolizes the medium to those outside it. The ability to jump, be it onto a building, a platform, or a skull, is one of the all time most important abilities ever put in a video game.
Games released coinciding with new hardware.
The concept of lives in video games evolved to let the player get a second chance after failing once. The most recognizable symbol is the heart.
Platforms conveniently moving you towards your destination to allow the crossing of large expanses which would otherwise be impossible to cross.
When Nintendo dropped the price of the 3DS a couple months after release, those early adopters who bought the system before the price drop and registered it by signing into the eShop became the Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors.
As part of the Switch Online subscription, Nintendo offers a selection of NES games through the downloadable Nintendo Entertainment System application.
Pixel art refers to digital images composed of visible pixels, drawn with individual pixel-level intent and precision.
The world's largest land-bound carnivore, a bear species native to the lands around the Arctic Ocean. Known to occasionally wear speedos and sunglasses.
These games take the select button literally. Pushing up and down (or any other button) to select an option will do nothing.
A carnivorous semiacquatic marine mammal.
Crunchy frozen water fallen from the sky. Many games feature a snow world, a snow level, or otherwise-connected regions of wintery landscapes.
A two-dimensional image or animation overlaid into a scene. The foundation of early 2D games, making up everything from props to the player-controlled character.
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.
Yetis are a race of mythological creatures. They are typically large, white-furred humanoids with sharp teeth and claws.
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