Could Marvel vs Capcom 3 have been popular in arcade centers?

As many people know Marvel vs Capcom 3 was one of the most popular crossover fighting games of the 10’s. Ever since its release Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds has remained exclusively on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Unlike, its predecessors Marvel vs Capcom 3 never received an arcade release and was still a huge success in countries such as America and Japan due to the fact that the game was at least a decade in the making. If Marvel vs Capcom 3 was released in arcade centers back in the early 10’s the game could have definitely been somewhat of an attraction.

But ever since online multiplayer gameplay became popular back in the mid to late 00’s it almost seemed like there was no point whatsoever on having an arcade version Marvel vs Capcom 3. The arcade era of gaming ended a long time ago somewhere between the late 90’s and the early 00’s. As popular as Marvel vs Capcom 3 was in the early 10’s an arcade version of the game would not have been as exciting as the online multiplayer experience that people had for the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Metroid II: Return Of Samus (1991)

As far as retro games are concerned in relation to the early 90’s a lot of people think about titles that appeared for the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis mainly because they were both considered consoles. However, there were several games that appeared on Nintendo’s first ever hand handheld known as Game Boy during the early 90’s that are considered to be classics to this very day by retro gamers. Metroid II: The Return Of Samus which was initially released back in November 1991 was one of the most high profile titles for Game Boy in the early 90’s along with the likes of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Super Mario Land 2. Metroid II: The Return If Samus was considered to be the direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Metroid title for the NES which was released in 1986. The story for Metroid II: Return Of Samus followed the events from its predecessor where bounty hunter Samus Aran stopped the Space Pirates from using the power of Metroid creatures for their own person agenda. This game sees players controlling Samus while she is on a mission to destroy as many Metroids as possible. The battle that Samus eventually has with Queen Metroid is both interesting and somewhat dark considering what happens afterwards.

After destroying Queen Metroid Samus decides to spare an egg that hatched before her eyes with the creature thinking that she is the mother. In fact, was never made clear in the game on whether or not Queen Metroid was the true mother of the egg but it has definitely been implied to be the case. There were some improvements Nintendo made in Metroid II: Return Of Samus in relation to gameplay since players could save their progress by using various save modules throughout the planet something that was absent in the ’86 prequel for the NES. Metroid II also provided players with some powerful new weapons such as the Plasma and Spazer Lazer Beams in addition to allowing Samus to take different forms while maneuvering through different parts of the game using Morph/Spider mode. Many would argue that Metroid II: Return Of Samus could of been way more popular than it was if it were released for the NES instead of Game Boy. However, the NES was starting to decline in popularity during the early 90’s and could of been overshadowed by 16-bit games from the SNES and Sega Genesis. Either way, Metroid II: Return Of Samus served as an excellent prelude to the legendary Super Metroid game that came out for the Super NES in ’93 and was one of the most memorable Game Boy titles ever made.

Retro Gaming 80’s- Metroid: (1986)

As far as classics for the NES compare concerned one of the most popular 8-bit games to have come out of the 80’s was the original Metroid title which was initially released in Japan during August 1986. Sometimes its hard to believe that the Metroid series has been around for over 30 years now especially considering the fact that nobody knew how popular the original game was going be following its release. The original Metroid title was where the adventure began regarding the Galactic Federation and where Samus Aran made her video game debut. In Metroid Samus had to destroy Mother Brain after landing on Zebes where she also does battle with Ridley and Kraid who are two other key antagonists of this game both affiliated with the Space Pirates. One of the few things that added to the overall replay value of the original Metroid title was the fact that it had multiple endings which made people want to play through it more than once.

The original Metroid game was considered to be so legendary to a point where a genre was named after it. The metroidvania genre of gaming had remained popular throughout the 90’s and has still been somewhat of an attraction throughout the 10’s decade. As popular as the original Metroid game was for the NES Super Metroid for the Super NES was considered to more popular following its release in 1993. As far as Metroid II: Return Of Samus is concerned it was a game that could have been a bigger attraction on the NES than it was for Game Boy in 1991. The original Metroid game for the NES that deserved a 16-bit port for the SNES during the early 90’s but it was something Nintendo never had any plans on doing back then. Either way, the original Metroid game is still one of the best non Mario games of the 8-bit era.

More details on Google Stadia emerges!!!!

As far as big news is concerned in relation to technology one of the many things that everyone is talking about right now is Google Stadia. A couple of months ago the Google Stadia was announced at the Game Developers Conference back in March 2019 and since people have been very anxious to learn more details about this new gaming platform. After the reveal trailer that we got at GDC 2019 it was being described as the “Netflix of Gaming” and had people wondering how it would work and what price would be. We have recently learned at Stadia Connect on August 19th that the Google Stadia will be launched in November 2019 on a date that has yet to be revealed. People will have access to various games such as Destiny 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Tomb Raider Trilogy and many others through Google’s upcoming streaming service. Players will be able to access these games through the Google Stadia’s subscription service that provides them with optimal quality in relationtion to streaming.

For those who seek better quality in relation to visuals the Google Stadia Pro subscription provides 4K HDR and will cost $10 each month. For those who decide to purchase the Stadia Pro plan you will be happy to know that Destiny 2 has been confirmed as a free game. Also, players have the option on pre-ordering the Google Stadia Founder’s Edition for $130 which includes the Chromecast Ultra, a Stadia Controller along with a three month buddy pass. We also learned that the cost of a Google Stadia controller comes to $70 along with the fact that the Google Stadia Base will not be released until 2020. The Google Stadia Base will provide subscribers with high quality visuals where games run at 1080p 60 FPS. The whole concept of the Google Stadia seems very innovative and it will be interesting to see how things play out following its upcoming launch.

Ori And The Blind Forest Coming Soon to the Nintendo Switch!!!

As far as big news in relation to the gaming world is concerned it was recently learned that Ori and the Blind Forest a platform metroidvania game from 2015 will soon be ported for the Nintendo Switch. For those who do not know Ori and the Blind Forest was developed by Moon Studios and published by Microsoft Studios and originally appeared on the Xbox One and Microsoft Windows following its release approximately four years ago. Ori and the Blind Forest had a pretty basic but interesting storyline along with incredible visuals due to the use of the Unity game engine. Since its release Ori and the Blind Forest had been critically acclaimed for various things including its soundtrack, plot twists and visual quality making it one of the best games within the platform genre from 2015. As many people know the latest installment in the series Ori and the Will Of The Wisps is set to be released for Xbox One & Microsoft Windows in February 2020.

There is no word on whether or not Ori and The Will Of The Wisps will eventually be ported for the Nintendo Switch as well but its something that would be interesting. Ori and The Blind Forest is scheduled to be released for the Switch console this upcoming Fall on September 27th. As a platform-adventure title its possible that Ori and The Blind Forest will be more of an attraction on the Switch console than it was on the Xbox One a few years ago. As far as genres are concerned variety seems to stand out more on the Nintendo Switch than it does on Xbox One since shooters and RPG’s tend to be bigger attractions on that console.

Will Trials Of Mana be more successful than the Secret Of Mana HD Remake?

As many people already know Trials Of Mana was announced early this year for a release sometime during the first half of 2020. Trials Of Mana is basically the high definition remake of the 16-bit SNES JRPG classic known as Seiken Densetsu 3 which came out exclusively in Japan in 1995. Seiken Densetsu 3 was considered to be the direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Secret Of Mana game from 1993 and was considered to be one of the greatest action role-playing games of the 16-bit era to have never been released in America during the 90’s. As far as the Secret Of Mana is concerned the game received a high definition remake with the use of 3D graphics and visuals which appeared in Microsoft Windows and the PlayStation 4 back in February 2018. While some people thought that the remake of the classic JRPG was neat retro gamers who were big SNES fans during the 90’s were not too impressed. In fact, the 2D visuals & sprites along with the real-time battles associated with the original 16-bit Secret Of Mana game is what made it very appealing in the first place.

As it currently stands its hard to tell whether or not Trials Of Mana will be a bigger attraction in 2020 than the Secret Of Mana HD Remake this past year . The character and level designs for the Trials Of Mana look amazing and the battle system from the original Seiken Densetsu 3 title has been refined as well with inclusion of bonus objectives prior to battling different enemies in the game. Despite, the Secret Of Mana HD Remake not being well received by many critics its possible that Trials Of Mana could end up becoming more successful in western countries 2020. This especially true considering the fact that a lot people in America never got a chance to play the original 16-bit version of Seiken Densetsu 3 during the 90’s.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Sonic Battle: (2003)

As far as older games from the 00’s are concerned in relation to Nintendo consoles in general the are some who would argue that the Game Boy Advance has better titles than GameCube for the most part. While GBA having better titles than GameCube is debatable it definitely seemed like the Game Boy Advance has more variety. There were games such as Sonic Battle which was pretty unique following its initial release back in December 2003. Sonic Battle was a title that hardcore fans of the Sonic series might remember because it was one of the few high profile titles that Sega had ever made in relation to the blue hedgehog. Sonic Battle was a fighting game with an intriguing plot that involved Dr. Eggman being one of the main antagonists like usual. The story mode focuses on an ancient weapon known as a Gizoid who is later named Emerl by Sonic who becomes one of the key characters in the game as it copies the abilities for various characters while becoming stronger process. Emerl also became more powerful which each Chaos Emerald that he received and ended becoming the main antagonist of Sonic Battle.

There were various aspects about cool the story mode for Sonic Battle that people like including the cutscenes, world maps along with the fact that people had the opportunity to play as various characters opposed to only Sonic. The story mode gave people the opportunity to play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Shadow, Cream The Rabbit, Rouge the Bat and even Emerl himself. While playing with Emerl in the towards the beginning of the story mode was a huge challenge making progress throughout game was even more rewarding as players watched the story unfold. Sadly, Sonic Battle never received a direct sequel but its still seen as a underrated classic for the Game Boy Advance which does not get talked about as much as it should.

Retro Gaming 10’s- Super Mario Galaxy 2: (2010)

As far as older platform games are concerned in relation to the early part of the 10’s decade one of the more memorable titles that we got to see within that genre was Super Mario Galaxy 2. For those who do not know Super Mario Galaxy 2 was released for theWii console back in May 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 was the direct sequel to its ’07 predecessor Super Mario Galaxy was a title that managed to be a huge success on the Wii console as well. As far as the plot is concerned setting starts off in the same place as the prequel which is Mushroom Kingdom at the Star Festival. We get the same formula similar to that of older Mario games were Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach but with a different story. In Super Mario Galaxy 2 Mario has to stop Bowser from building his empire in the center of the universe while collecting Power Stars throughout the game in the process. One more intersection things about Super Mario Galaxy 2 that was a step up from it predecessor was the inclusion of Yoshi who has been a popular character in the series since he made his debut in Super Mario World in 1990. Also, on this game Mario is given access to a unique Starship which generates its energy from Power Stars in addition to meeting creatures known as Lumas who eventually becomes his allies.

In addition, to befriending Lumas people saw the return of the Toad Brigade from the original Super Mario Galaxy with the inclusion of Mario’s brother Luigi. In Super Mario Galaxy 2 Luigi becomes a playable character after players collect 120 Power Stars and completing the game in its entirety. Despite, arguably being a better game in relation to quality compared to its prequel Super Mario Galaxy 2 ended up selling less overall. Since its initial release back in Spring 2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 managed to reach over 7.4 million copies worldwide which is still incredible. The original Super Mario Galaxy 2 game had ended up reaching over 12 million copies in sales following its release in 2007 and ended the ninth best selling game on the Wii console. Many people would that Super Mario Galaxy 2 should have been saved for the Wii-U console which came out late 2012 because it could have shined more than it did for the Wii. In fact, if Super Mario Galaxy 2 was a Wii-U exclusive the console itself could have possibly been a bigger attraction than it was considering the fact that the best selling game was Mario Kart 8 which reached over 8.4 million copies in sales. Either way, Super Mario Galaxy 2 was still a huge attraction when its was released for the Wii in 2010 and is still considered to be one of the best 3D platformers of the series as far as the 10’s decade is concerned.