For gamers of a certain age that grew up in the era of 2D pixel-based platformers and action titles, there are a lot of happy memories of one simple activity: running to the right. Yes, a lot of games did involve some backtracking in the other direction, but the main task was to keep moving right until you'd reached the goal or defeated all of the enemies. Simple, but brilliant.

Courtesy of Nintendo and other like-minded developers, younger gamers have experienced their fair share of 2D titles in recent years, ensuring that this style of gaming continues into the next generation. For those who prefer the old-school though, we encourage you to watch the video below from YouTube user RockyPlanetesimal. With the backing track of A Wild And Distant Shore by Michael Nyman, this montage is guaranteed to prompt some serious nostalgia for gamers of the 80s and 90s.

Even if you weren't around for that era, this sequence demonstrates that when it comes to epic adventures, video games are in a class of their own.