How The 90s Platformer Could Dominate Gaming All Over Again

Crash and Spyro are leading the charge, but what now?


VCRs, Blockbuster and platform heroes walking the earth are just three things "only 90s kids will remember". Except, maybe not for long.

Don’t expect rewinding your tape of The Lion King to make a return anytime soon, but with the recent state of the gaming market, could platformers soon be back for good?

Technology has improved, shifting towards ultra realistic graphics for sports sims, racers and shooters, but this left the genre in a muddle. Their cartoonish look didn't fit with modern ideals; not when Mortal Kombat had updated splashes of red pixels for gore-tastic shots of entrails being ripped from defeated fighters.

Today, consoles no longer have that need for a Sonic, Crash or Spyro as their system seller. Instead, exclusives come in all shapes and sizes, with the game itself doing the marketing, rather than a cuddly cartoon rodent.

Could a return to the glory days be on the horizon? These things tend to move in cycles, and with N. Sane Trilogy and the soon to be released Spyro: Reignited giving us serious 90s flashbacks, we might just be witnessing the birth of a new dawn.


Stacey Henley is a published author, avid gamer and all-round nerd. She can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home.