10 Old Video Games Kept Alive By Hardcore Fans

2004 was a better year than 2020 anyway.

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Creating a high quality video game that ticks all the boxes with fans, newcomers and critics alike is not an easy task, and keeping them engaged enough to keep coming back and logging in is no small feat either.

Unfortunately for game companies everywhere, a strong score on Metacritic or IGN and a decent reception from the community isn't always enough to ensure that, with even the most widely praised titles sometimes flopping on the sales front and disappearing from everyone's attention.

However, no one should ever underestimate just how passionately fanbases can feel about the games they love, and just how far they will go to continue playing said games even after their time in the limelight has come to an end. Gamers are skilled, resourceful and know exactly the kinds of mechanics that go into keeping a title afloat after all.

So, through extensive patches to keep things working, a large network of modders that keep delivering fresh content, or simply packing out livestreams or huge events to show the world how beloved a title is, here are ten old video games that are still being kept alive because of their active player bases.

10. Mario Kart Wii

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The Mario Kart series is one of those gaming franchises that will always boast a strong player base, no matter how old the titles get. The ultimate party game for groups of families and friends to lose their minds over, it's amazing how many people have a copy of Mario Kart Wii lying around their place ready to pick up and play.

The second best selling game on the console that blew up in the late 2000s with 37.34 million sales and later becoming the highest selling game in the entire franchise, there's plenty to suggest that the game isn't even done yet either. Nintendo is still shipping out thousands of copies of this iconic title to retailers around the world, and sales of Mario Kart Wii are continuing to rise.

On top of that, the game's legendary online modes have helped birth an active modding community of players who have kept the game alive by creating new courses and porting over both classic and newer tracks from other titles in the franchise.

Why bother buying any other Mario Kart title when there's an active community building everything in one place?


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