Here's my very small list of games that the VGC should check out. I feel like they do a good job of capturing the essence of the 8 and 16-bit era.
Shovel Knight: A couple of reviewers said that this game is how we remember the 8-bit platformers of our youth. I couldn't agree more. Great controls, style, music, level design and bosses. Grade: A (played on Wii U)
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse: I am about halfway or a little more than that through this one and so far I'm really enjoying it. Take what I just said about Shovel Knight and make it 16-bit and mix it with Metroid. Grade: ? (playing on Wii U)
Hotline Miami: Brutal, fast and fun successor to games like Smash TV, with a bit more emphasis on stealth and improvisation. Amazing soundtrack and extreme gore combine into a hypnotic formula. Difficult but rewarding. Grade: A (played on PS3)
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number: Not as tight as the first, but still contains many of it's strengths. Levels go on too long and are much bigger making it unnecessarily hard. There is also a greater emphasis on guns this time. It's still a blast though. Grade: B (played on PS4)
Axiom Verge: This isn't out yet. All I can say is that I'm anxiously awaiting it's arrival. Looks very promising. Getting the PS4 version.
Any games you guys would recommend?
Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death- cheesy but fun God of War rip-off that heavily evokes 90s action films.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Temple of Osiris- Both are solid adventure spin-offs from the Tomb Raider series.
Dead Rising 2: Case West, interesting epilogue to Dead Rising 2, still retains the fun gameplay.
Shadow Complex: Super Metroid meets Metal Gear Solid (Xbox Live Arcade)
Skullgirls: Quirky fighting game that plays like a cross between Marvel Vs Capcom 2 and Guilty Gear. Beautiful hand-drawn art somewhere between American and Japanese animation in style. Bizarre characters that all play very differently than each other. (currently Xbox Live Arcade and PS3; upgraded version coming to PS4 and Vita soon)
Super Meat Boy: Difficult and extremely fun platformer with great music and a fast-paced, die-and-try-again mentality. (Xbox Live Arcade)
I will add some of my own:
Jamestown+: The lost colony (PS4) - a shmup in the vein of the DonPachi series (the team even thanks Cave in the credits) but looks like a snes game. It's great and the perfect entry point for those wanting to get into danmaku or bullet hells.
Guacamelee (PS3/PS4/Vita) - a metroidvania with insanely addictive combat. A must play for fans of the subgenre.
Hard Corps Uprising (PS3) - Contra in everything but name and beautiful anime visuals.
Rokko Chan (Japanese flash-game tribute to 8-bit Mega Man):
Mega Man 7 Famicom & Mega Man 8 Famicom (8-bit demakes of said Mega Man games):
Wide Pixel Games (Specializes in Toaplan-style STGs, as well as a couple unique games):
Locomalito (Spanish indie developer that specializes in late-1980s arcade game tributes as well as a couple unique games):
Super Mario Bros. X (Super Mario Bros. w/multiple playable characters):
Streets of Rage Remake (Fully fleshed-out remake Streets of Rage using every element of all the games with newer things added in):
Abobo's Big Adventure (Parody game with multiple NES game references):
For flash games and games that don't recognize POV Hats (D-pad) you will need an app called JoyToKey, which allows for your controller to do keyboard inputs.
Here's the link: http://joytokey.net/en/
Really, there are lots of quality indie games out there; no worse than Atari 2600 homebrew development.
From searching around it appears you need a modded Xbox to run this?
It is a lot of fun and has the music and feel of a retro title. Also I see the C64 critic would like it on C64 or at the very least a sequel.
The trailer to whet your appetite. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dofacvjRkc