Retro Gaming 00’s- Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2004)

As far as popular games from the 00’s are concerned everyone has there list of favorites in terms of what they consider to be top games within that decade. For those who owned a Nintendo GameCube back in the early 00’s and was a huge fan of the Metroid series in general then there is absolutely no question that you are a huge fan of the Prime series from 2002-2007. While Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was a fantastic first-person action-adventure title some would put its ’02 prequel or even its ’07 sequel above it in terms of quality. However, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was still one of the best GameCube titles of the mid 00’s. In this game players got to see the official debut of Dark Samus after she made a cameo in the original Metroid Prime game. Also, players had the opportunity to explore two different parallel dimensions after Aether is divided into two when a comet hits the planet splitting the planetary energy two creating a Dark Aether in the process.

There where various aspects about Metroid Prime 2: Echoes that people admired including the platform and puzzle solving elements of the game. Also, unlike its 2002 predecessor Metroid Prime 2: Echoes had a multiplayer mode that could allow up to four people with games such as Bounty and Deathmatch which added to its overall replay value. The plot for Metroid Prime 2: Echoes felt like it had a dark tone especially considering the demise of the marines who were attacked by creatures called Ing’s along with the threat that the Luminoth’s faced throughout the game. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was without a doubt a critically acclaimed first-person action-adventure title for GameCube which was eventually ported for the Wii console back in 2009. Since then we have not seen any Wii-U or Switch ports of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes but hopefully the game will be remastered in HD on a current generation console sometime in the future.

Retro Gaming 00’s – Devil May Cry: (2001)

When it comes down to top action-adventure titles of the early 00’s there are many people who would argue that the original Devil May Cry game very popular on the PS2 following its initial release back in the summer of 2001. The Devil May Cry game from ’01 was where the series got started and it was a game that was interesting to many people due its plot where the main protagonist Dante seeks to avenge his deaths of his relatives. Following a brief encounter with Trish who was another key character in DMC Dante sets out to take revenge on the main antagonist Mundus and is eventually betrayed by Trish despite his trust in her towards the beginning of the game. Even though, Trish had betrayed Dante and supposedly working for Mundus he saves her when dealing with Mundus and vice-versa which something that may have caught some people by surprise when they played the game for the first time.

As far as gameplay is concerned there were various aspects about Devil May Cry that stood out aside from the hack n’ slash combat system utilized throughout the game. The idea of solving puzzles along with the inclusion of the Stylish gauge and the “Devil Trigger” mechanic which allowed Dante to become a demon for a short period of time were all impressive. On top that players were generally ranked on each mission with a letter grade while having the option of engaging in “Secret Missions” as well.

After thwarting Mundus plans to rule earth and defeating him with Dante players had nothing left to do but wait for the direct sequel Devil May Cry 2 which eventually came out in January 2003. Also, since ’01 the original Devil May Cry game was re-released in HD for the PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2012. In fact, this past year an HD remake of the original Devil May Cry game came out for the PS4 and the Xbox One in March 2018. There is no question that the original Devil May Cry game was one of the best action-adventure titles to have ever been produced by Capcom and remains a classic in the eyes of many people to this day.

Devil May Cry 5 reaches over 2 million in sales!!!

As far as popular games in the month of March is concerned there is no question that Devil May Cry 5 has been on a huge role in relation to success. Since its initial release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows back on March 8th Devil May Cry 5 has managed to reach over 2 million units worldwide in sales in less than a month which is very impressive. The gameplay, storyline and visuals for Devil May Cry 5 is to die for and is already considered to be one of the best action-adventure games of 2019. Devil May Cry 5 is the first main entry within the series that Capcom has produced since 2008 and there are fans & critics who believe that its a better game that DMC 4.

Seeing how popular Devil May Cry 5 has been thus far many people are speculating how much the game will sell before the end of 2019. Devil May Cry 4 was a game that managed reach approximately 3 million units worldwide in sales by 2014. As it currently stands Devil May Cry 5 will definitely surpass its predecessor in sales and will most likely sold more than double of what DmC 4 did before the end of 2019.

Konami Anniversary Collection coming soon to multiple game systems!!!

There has been so much big news within the gaming world so far in relation to upcoming releases. One of the latest announcements that we have received involves the upcoming release of the Konami Anniversary Collection. For those who do not know next month on April 18th Konami will release a bundle of classic arcade games including Gradius, Gradius II, Life Force, Haunted Castle, Thunder Cross, Scramble, TwinBee and Typhoon. The games just mentioned will be known as Konami’s Arcade Anniversary Collection which will give both retro and contemporary gamers a chance to enjoy some classics from the 80’s and the 90’s.

Speaking of classics Konami will also release Castlevania & Contra Anniversary Collection sometime in the Summer of 2019. So far four out of eight Castlevania games have been confirmed to appear in this upcoming bundle and it includes Castlevania (1986), Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (1987), Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (1989) along with Super Castlevania IV (1991) from Super NES. As far as Contra Anniversary Collection is concerned titles such as Contra (1987), Super Contra (1988), Contra III: The Alien Wars (1992)are the only confirmed titles thus far. It will be interesting to see what other games appear on both the Castlevania and the Contra Anniversary Collection in the future. But as it currently stands this is wonderful to retro gamers who were huge fans of Konami during the 80’s and 90’s especially considering the fact that the company will be celebrating its 50th birthday.

Nintendo Labo VR designed only for children?

As many people know the Nintendo Labo VR will be available this upcoming month in April 2019. Since the announcement regarding the upcoming release of the Nintendo Labo VR there have been many people who have been speculating on what type of video games we will see on it in relation to the future. There were games such as Doom: Eternal along with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus that people were anxious on seeing for Nintendo’s new Virtual Reality gaming kit. However, Nintendo has recently made it clear that the are looking to target children who are the ages of 6+ years old in relation to the Labo VR Kit.

However, it does not come as a surprise that Nintendo seeks to target children with the Labo VR Kit especially since most of their games like Mario, Kirby and Zelda are family friendly. For those who are into first person shooters you will probably be unhappy to know that we will not be seeing games like Doom on the Nintendo Labo VR. Hopefully, Nintendo will still be able to console provide the best possible gaming experience in relation to the Labo VR. In terms on whether or not the Nintendo Labo VR will be able to compete with Sony’s PlayStation VR is something that remains to be seen in the future.

The 25th Anniversary of Super Metroid!!!

When it comes down to classic action-adventure titles from the early 90’s Super Metroid which was released for the Super NES in 1994 is a game that many retro gamers instantly think about. It’s hard to believe that March 19th of this year marked the 25 year anniversary of Super Metroid which was initially released in Japan before eventually appearing in America during April of 1994. To this day Super Metroid is seen as one of the best entries within the series and was a huge improvement from its prequel Metroid II: Return of Samus which was released for Game Boy back in 1991. The gameplay graphics along with the atmosphere in Super Metroid was incredible and had received praise from fans and critics alike following its release. In some ways Super Metroid had brought new life to the series with its 16-bit artwork prior to eight year hiatus that occurred between ’94-’02.

If anything Super Metroid was definitely the most popular action-adventure game for the SNES depending on who you ask and definitely deserved some type of 2D sequel within the 90’s. Either way, Super Metroid is considered to be legendary 16-bit masterpiece within the gaming world and the fact that it’s now 25 years old is simply incredible.

Virtua Racing comes to the Nintendo Switch this Spring!!!!

When it comes down to legendary 3D racing games one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is Virtua Racing which initially appeared in Japanese arcade centers back in 1992. Since its initial arcade release over 25 years ago Virtua Racing has been ported to various game systems including the Sega Genesis, Sega 32X, along with the Sega Saturn between ’94-’95. Since then Virtua Racing was never ported for any other game system until now. It has recently been revealed that Virtua Racing will indeed be appearing on the Nintendo Switch this upcoming Spring on a date that has yet to be revealed. As, far as visuals are concerned the visuals and the gameplay for Virtua Racing will have more resemblance to the arcade or the Sega Saturn version of this game.

As far as top racing games for the Switch console is concerned Virtua Racing is definitely going to be an attraction to retro gamers who own the console despite how basic the 3D graphics for this game looks in comparison to titles such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and Fast RMX. It should also be noted that the Switch version of Virtua Racing will include online races along with a local multiplayer that can feature up to eight different people. It will be interesting to see how successful one of Sega’s most legendary racing titles becomes on the Nintendo Switch following its release this upcoming Spring.