It's testament to the creativity and story telling ability of gaming developers past and present that have managed to keep some of video games' oldest franchises relevant in the public eye. And are we better off for it? Most definitely, especially with the majority of classic IPs being resurrected for today's market, and actually turning out to be great games.
With a new Doom on the way, as well as a jaunt back into Hyrule, and the worlds of Pokémon and Final Fantasy, let's have a look at how 12 of the most famous gaming franchises have changed over the years:
Did you know that many of the Castlevania franchise's enemies and bosses were inspired by beasts and horrors from Western and Japanese mythology? And, even wonderfully, novels by Kurt Vonnegut!
2. Super Mario Bros.
Did you know the Mario franchise is essentially an allegory of Biblical tales? Some of the iconic games' levels have been said to reference 'Dante's Inferno', and the Old Testament. You can even find a secret Christian cross floating in the sky of World 6.4 in SMB 3.
3. Final Fantasy
Did you know Final Fantasy VI has the longest ending of all SNES games, with the closing coming in at a fairly beefy 30 minutes.
4. The Legend of Zelda
Did you know that The Legend of Zelda's first 5 dungeons of the 2nd quest actually spell the word Zelda?
5. Donkey Kong Country
Did you know that DK Country started life as a boxing game? Rare's dimension bending tech (turning 3D objects into 2D sprites) impressed Nintendo so much, the go ahead was given to create a game from this new visual awesomeness. And that game became DKC.
6. Grand Theft Auto
Did you know GTA 5 was the highest fastest selling game of all time? Unsurprisingly, but still an amazing feat, the game sold 12m units within its first day of release.
Did you know that 20th Century Fox gave Alien: Isolation devs, Creative Assembly, 3TB's worth of archived data pertaining to Ridley Scott's Alien? This included the original score, set design, props and original sound recordings, amongst other awesome stuff.
8. Metal Gear/Metal Gear Solid
Remember the battle against Psycho Mantis in MGS? Obviously, right? Well if you were to enter first person mode at any time during the boss fight, you would see the world through Mantis' eyes in yet another great Easter egg from that fight.
Did you know that if you listen very carefully to the marching band theme of the Terran Academy unit, you can hear the famous Wilhelm Scream bellowing?
Did you know that Rhydon was actually the first Pokémon ever created, as in drawn. The oldest Pokémon in Pokélore is Arceus. Or it could be argued that that title falls to Mew...
Did you know that Doom's shotgun and chainsaw were inspired by The Evil Dead franchise. Well yeah, that makes complete sense now.
Did you know Diablo was originally intended to use claymation. But thanks to some bright spark at Blizzard, the game ended up looking like the Diablo we know and love now, rather than a Ray Harryhausen fever dream. Not that a Ray Harryhausen fever dream would ever be a bad thing.