Old School Gamer's Quiz

Do you consider yourself a knowledgeable old school gamer? Then this quiz is for you - have a go and see if you really are as well-wandered in the 80's classics as you think!

This 15-question quiz ranges from chiptunes to tech-savy questions about your favourite retro gaming classics and consoles. To get to the top, you have to be a retro-gaming guru!

Created by: johsbond

  1. The NES: This popular console was launched in 1985 in Europe, North America and Australia. What does the acronym NES stand for?
  2. Nintendo's mascot is Mario, who is probably known to almost every gamer. In 1991 Sonic the Hedgehog was released for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, and Sonic quickly became Sega's mascot. Before this Sega had a lesser-known front figure - who was that?
  3. In Super Mario Bros. 3 you could choose to skip large parts of the game to get to Bowser faster. This required you to find a special item - what item was that?
  4. Many gamers rate the Contra (the original game known as Gryzor in Europe) franchise as one of the hardest game series ever, citing the one-hit kills and the shortage of lives as the biggest frustrations. Luckily, there's a way to expand your number of lives to 30 in the original Contra/Gryzor. What's the code?
  5. Most games' quality from the 1980's relied not only on graphics and gameplay, but also on catchy chiptunes, since the sound equipment in consoles was very simple. A very recognisable tune is the Super Mario Bros. Overworld Theme. What musical key is it in?
  6. When all hope was lost and the game you were playing was just too hard and frustrating, you could opt to use the easy way out and cheat by using the Game Genie. How many characters for inputting codes was there on the NES?
  7. Totaka's Song is an easter egg featured in many games with music written by Kazumi Totaka. In the ill-fated game Virtual Boy Wario Land, at which point can you wait 1 minute and 15 seconds to hear this little tune?
  8. In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, you can travel to Ruto. In this village there is a large house (although seemingly small from the outside), where an old man lives. What hint does he give you?
  9. What is the resolution of the NES?
  10. The original Metroid enjoyed quite a lot of succes and gamers were shocked to see, that Samus was actually a woman, especially because...
  11. The game Double Dragon is a tough-as-nails fighting game, where you can play alongside a friend as the to protagonists. What are their names?
  12. Another real challenge for any old school gamer is Battletoads, one of Rare's (of Goldeneye fame) older games. This game is considered by most players to be extremely difficult. What is the name of the three Battletoads?
  13. In Super Mario Bros. 3 you have to journey through eight worlds, each of which have had their king transformed into an animal. You rescue these kings by defeating king Bowser's children, the Koopalings: Larry, Morton Jr., Lemmy, Ludwig von, Iggy, Wendy and...
  14. The NES had an extremely profitable market span and a rather large library of games. How many licensed games were released?
  15. Collecting NES cartridges can be an expensive hobby, especially if you want to buy some of rarest cartridges ever released. These are cartridges only pressed in few copies and therefore extremely rare. The one usually regarded as the collector's 'holy grail' is the 1990 World Nintendo Championships: Gold Edition - there were ever only 26 copies in total! What is the price for this game (as seen on eBay)?

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