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.

Could Skies of Arcadia have worked on the PS2 in the early 00’s?

As many people know one of the most popular role-playing games to have been featured in the Sega Dreamcast during the early 00’s was Skies of Arcadia. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Skies of Arcadia was quite possibly one of the best role-playing games to have never received a sequel. Skies of Arcadia was also one of the best RPG’s to have never appeared on the PlayStation 2 back in the early 00’s as well. Some wonder whether or not Skies of Arcadia would have been a success for the PS2 back in the early 00’s especially considering the fact that games such as Final Fantasy IX along with FFX were very popular during that time period.

When it comes down to developing RPG’s no one does it better than Square Enix and its questionable whether or not Sega could have competed with them on the PS2 during that time period. Considering the fact that the Dreamcast console was discontinued in 2001 some believe that having Skies of Arcadia on the PS2 opposed to the Nintendo GameCube would have been better in the long run since the console ended up becoming more successful overall. In theory, Skies of Arcadia could have worked on the PS2 between the ’01-’02 time period but it may not have stood out as much as it did on either the Sega Dreamcast or the Nintendo GameCube.

Retro Games -Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight (1990)

When it comes down to NES classics from the 80’s games such as the Super Mario Bros Trilogy, Zelda, Metroid, Castlevania and many others are titles that instantly comes to mind. As far as forgotten and possibly underrated titles are concerned some would that games such as Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight would be one that fall within that category in relation to the NES back in the early 90’s. This game was basically a 80’s sci-fi spin-off of the 1987 Street Fighter game with Ken as the main character according to the English localization. While the game has a somewhat of a bizarre plot some would argue that Street Fighter 2010: Final Fight wS without a doubt one of the most hardest NES games from the 8-bit era along with the likes of the TMNT that came out in 1989.

While Street Fighter 2010: Final Fight was a solid yet nearly impossible platformer to beat it was a title that could have definitely been more popular than it was if it were released a few years earlier in the mid to late 80’s opposed to 1990. In fact, if Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight has been released for the SNES it could have possibly been more popular than it was especially since the 16-bit console was initially released that year and had more Super graphics than its 8-bit predecessor. While a direct sequel to Street Fighter 2010 would have her pretty cool its well known that in the early 90’s the Street Fighter II series became an arcade hit and eventually when on to become one of the most legendary fighting games of all-time.

Is Mario the best video game character ever?

As far as video games characters are concerned Mario has been the most recognizable name in gaming since the 80’s and is still the big attraction today especially since Nintendo has developed so many high profile titles involving him. There are games such as Super Mario Bros (1985), Super Mario Bros 3 (1988), Super Mario World (1990), Super Mario 64 (1996), Super Mario Galaxy (2007) and countless others that are all considered classics and are considered among the best ever in relation to the platform genre. Not only that Mario is a character that has managed to be an attraction in various different game genres other than platformers.

There are games such as the Mario Kart along with the Mario Party series which both originated in the 90’s that proves that Nintendo knows how to take character and use him in genres that were considered to be out of his element. We have seen other characters like Sonic the Hedgehog and Crash Bandicoot utilized in their own racing games such as Sonic R and Crash Bandicoot: Crash Team Racing such games have not reached the same levels of popularity as titles such as Super Mario Kart (1992), Mario Kart 64 (1996), Mario Kart 7 (2011) and most recently Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (2017). Mario is a character that can be utilized in almost any genre and still achieve a considerably decent amount of success. Also, it seems like Mario is more popular today than he was back in 80’s despite how much the landscape of gaming has changed with the rise in popularity of RPG’s and shooter video games. While saying Mario is the best video game character ever is a big of a stretch since everyone has their own preferences he is considered to be the biggest most recognizable name in the gaming world in general.

Streets of Rage 4 will be playable in late March at PAX East!!!

Its about 24 years since Street of Rage 3 was released for the Sega Genesis and after two decades many people throughout that we would never see a direct sequel for the game itself. When Streets of Rage 4 was announced back in 2018 by Lizardcube and Guard Crush it was considered to be earth shattering news and ended up becoming one of the most anticipated games of 2019. Recently, we have learned that Streets of Rage 4 will be playable for the first time at the PAX East event which will take place in Boston, Massachusetts between March 28th-March 31st. As it currently stands we still do not have an upcoming release date for the 2D beat em up game as of yet.

Its possible that Dotemu could reveal the official release date of Streets of Rage 4 at the PAX East event in Boston. Since Streets of Rage 4 will be playable soon its probably save to say that the beat em up game will be released sometime in the near future. We are still in the dark about the plot for Streets of Rage 4 other than the fact that the setting takes place 10 years following the events of SOR3. Hopefully, more information about Streets of Rage 4 will surface this month until then the PAX Event looks like it will be very exciting overall.

Will Assassin’s Creed III: Remastered be a huge success on the Nintendo Switch?

As far as upcoming games in relation to Spring 2019 is concerned one of the few titles that everyone is talking about right now regarding the Nintendo Switch is Assassin’s Creed III: Remastered which is set to be released on May 21st. For those who do not know Assassin’s Creed III was originally released back in 2012 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 along with the Nintendo Wii. Since its release roughly over five years ago Assassin’sCreed III managed to reach over 12 million units worldwide in sales and was arguably the best action-adventure, stealth game of 2012. While Assassin’s Creed III is set to appear on the Switch console in May the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One port will be available this month on March 29th.

As it currently stands its hard to see the Switch version of Assassin’s Creed III Remastered having more successful than the PS4 or the Xbox One port of the game in the future. Despite, the Nintendo Switch being the most popular game console of 2018 its no secret that action-adventure and stealth games tend to be bigger attractions on the PlayStation and the Xbox consoles especially when it pertains to the Assassin’s Creed series in general. Also, third party video games tend to get overshadowed by first party Mario titles on Nintendo consoles in general. However, it would still be interesting to see how successful Assassin’s Creed III becomes on the Nintendo Switch this Spring following its release on May 21st.

Kid Icarus and Star Tropics for the NES added to Nintendo Switch Online!!!

As far as the Nintendo Switch is concerned there has been more interesting news about hybrid console has been revealed as of late besides the Mario bundle deal that lasts from March 10th to March 16th. For those who are fans aloof retro gaming you will be happy to know that two NES classics from the 80’s Kid Icarus along with Star Tropics are now playable on Nintendo Switch Online. Despite, either game being as popular as Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda or the MegaMan series they are both games that some would say have high replay values. There is no doubt that retro 2D games are still somewhat of an attraction today seeing how indie video game developers come out with titles such as Celeste, The Longest Five Minutes and more.

While its possible that StarTropics and Kid Icarus could end up being overshadowed by indie games as far as the Switch console is console. Either way, seeing classic NES games on the Switch is good especially since it will attract more fans of retro gaming in general. Hopefully, Nintendo releases more NES and SNES games for Nintendo Switch Online in the future.