25 heart-warming retro references in 3D Dot Game Heroes

The load screens alone will validate your entire existence!

Regardless of what we gave3D Dot Game Heroesin our review today, it%26rsquo;s a 10 or 11 in terms of raw nostalgia! Yes, most of you probably know that the game is steeped in Dragon Quest and Zelda, but Atlus%26rsquo; new throwback also contains about a billion other nods to all those games you%26rsquo;ve loved before. Hell, the load screens alone are enough to get lawyers%26rsquo; spidey senses tingling.

Above: Seriously, ain't these precious?!

There are over a hundred, in fact, and they all lovingly reference famous box art from the US and Japan. Below you%26rsquo;ll find our personal favorites (or at least the ones we recognized,)but know thatthere are still plenty of others for you to unlock and decipher using obscure knowledge your parents saidyou%26rsquo;d never use. Enjoy!

Above: Castlevania

Above: Dragon Warrior

Above: Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest

Above: Final Fantasy III

Above: Final Fantasy IV (JP)

Above: Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

Above: Street Fighter II

Above: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Click to the next page for precious parodies of Contra, Mega Man, Doom and more!


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