Retro Gaming 00’s- Perfect Dark: (2000)

As far as classic first person shooter games are concerned in relation to the 2000’s one of the most pop games that we saw on the Nintendo 64 was a title known as Perfect Dark. For those who do not know Perfect Dark was developed by Rare and published by Nintendo and was initially released for the N64 during the Spring of 2000. Perfect Dark was a game that had an interesting plot that was set in early 2020’s and involved players controlling the main protagonist Joanna Dark as she attempts thwart a conspiracy by a rival corporation known as dataDyne. One of the cool things about the storyline for Perfect Dark is the fact that it takes place in the midst of interstellar warfare between two different races known as the Skedars and the Maians. Also, as players progress throughout the game they eventually see unexpected twists and revelations regarding the story. Players eventually see Daniel Carrington get captured by dataDyne and learn about the corporation’s plans about capturing the United States President in hopes of accessing the Pelagic II. The depth of the story for Perfect Dark was something that many people liked in addition to the gameplay which was similar to that of GoldenEye 007 which was released for the N64 in 1997.

In addition to having a captivating storyline, nice graphics and gameplay that was on par with 007 Perfect Dark also had three multiplayer game modes that could allow up to four players which added to the game’s overall replay value. As far as sales is concerned Perfect Dark managed to reach at least 2.5 million copies and was considered to be one of the best first- person shooter games of the early 00’s. Despite, not being nearly as successful as GoldenEye 007 many would argue that Perfect Dark was a game that felt like it was ahead of its time. Perfect Dark was released right before the first person shooter genre of gaming started to very popular. Since its initial release in 2000 Perfect Dark was remastered and re-released back in 2010 and since then people have wondered whether or not there would be a direct sequel to the game as well.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Tekken Tag Tournament: (1999)

As far as arcade classics are concerned in relation to the late 90’s-early 00’s Tekken Tag Tournament is a game that instantly comes to mind. Those who are retro gamers are probably well aware of how popular The Tekken series was in the 90’s especially following the arcade release of Tekken 3 back in Spring 1997. Tekken 3 ended up becoming the fourth best selling game for the PS1 following after it was ported for that console in ’98. There were fans who wondered whether or not Namco could possibly top Tekken 3 in relation to gameplay during the time and we eventually ended up getting Tekken Tag Tournament. Tekken Tag Tournament was initially released in Japanese arcade centers during the Summer of 1999 before it was ported for the PlayStation 2 in the year 2000. In a sense Tekken Tag Tournament did top Tekken 3 in relation gameplay especially since it was one of the first major 3D tag-team fighting games ever.

Tekken Tag Tournament was a title that could compete with the likes of Marvel vs Capcom 1 & 2 which were both games released between 1999-2000. Depending on who you ask Tekken Tag Tournament was arguably the best fighting game to have been released in the year 2000 next to Marvel vs Capcom 2. Despite, Tekken Tag Tournament not being nearly as popular as its successor Tekken Tag Tournament 2 from 2011 its still a game that many people still consider to be legendary to this day. Tekken Tag Tournament featured popular characters from the first three installments of the series such as Jim Kazama, Michelle Chang, Paul Phenoix, Eddy Gordo, Heihachi Mishima, Nina Williams and many others making Am the title w huge attraction at the time. We have only seen two installments of Tekken Tag Tournament within the past twenty years and hopefully there will be a Tekken Tag Tournament 3 sometime in the future.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Paper Mario: (2000)

When it comes down to memorable classics that appeared on the Nintendo 64 there are many who instantly think about Nintendo’s Paper Mario game that was released back in August 2000. For those who do not know Paper Mario was an RPG which was considered to be the closest thing to a sequel that we got following the release of Super Mario RPG back in March 1996. As far as visuals and gameplay are concerned Nintendo had to go in a different direction with Paper Mario especially considering the fact that they collaborated with Square Enix for the development Super Mario RPG. The fallout that Nintendo had with Square Enix in the mid 90’s forced the company to use Intelligent Systems as the developer for Paper Mario while Shigeru Miyamoto remained a key producer for the game. Aside from the fact that Bowser was the main antagonist along with the setting being in the Mushroom Kingdom Paper Mario was a very interesting game because we got to see something new. While players controlled Mario for a majority of the game in his quest to rescue Princess Peach and the Seven Star Spirts they also have the option to partake in optional side-quests as well. In some of the side-quests players had the ability to control Princess Peach in certain parts of the game which some people might have enjoyed.

Nintendo’s idea of making characters enemy-like characters such as Parakarry and Goombarino into allies to assist Mario in quest was pretty unique and it made for interesting gameplay while try to compete it. Since its release back in August 2000 Paper Mario managed to reach over one million copies in sales and has been widely regarded as one of the best JRPG titles for the Nintendo 64. Despite, not being in the top 25 in relation to best selling video games for the Nintendo 64 Paper Mario was still a title that seemed like a decent follow-up to the Super Mario RPG game that came out in 1996. After all, the sequel that we got in 2004 known as Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door became even more successful on the Nintendo GameCube. Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door reaches over 2 million copies in worldwide sales and ended up becoming the ninth best selling title for GameCube in general. The Paper Mario series has been around for over fifteen years now with five main installments and the series is still an attraction to Nintendo fans to this day.

Retro Gaming 00’s- The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (2000)

As far as classic action-adventure titles from the 2000’s are concerned one of the more memorable titles that we got to see for the Nintendo 64 was The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask which was released back in Spring 2000. The cool thing about Zelda’s Majora’s Mask was the fact that the gameplay was similar to that of Ocarina Of Time but slightly more advanced. Also, Majora’s Mask has a darker tone in comparison to that of its 1998 predecessor Zelda: Ocarina Of Time which made for a more interesting installment at the time. In Majora’s Mask players were able to collect over twenty different mask’s and had the ability to transform into various different creatures in order to complete certain parts of the game which was interesting especially since that was never common Zelda titles prior to Majora’s Mask. The introduction of a new antagonist was something else that was refreshing especially considering the the fact that Ganon is normally the main villain in Zelda games. In this game Majora who possesses the Skull Kid with the intent of destroying Termina considered to be the central antagonist. The visuals for Majora’s Mask were just as good as Ocarina Of Time and it was a sequel to that game that no one really expected which added to its appeal.

Since its release Zelda: Majora’s Mask managed to reach at least three million copies worldwide on the Nintendo 64. Despite, its level of popularity for the N64 Majora’s Mask did not sell nearly as much as Ocarina Of Time which sold roughly under 8 million units worldwide. However, Zelda: Majora’s Mask was still very popular to a point where its was re-released for the Nintendo 3DS back in February 2015. The Nintendo 3DS port of Majora’s Mask managed to reach at least two million in sales before the end of that year. Majora’s Mask is still one of the best action-adventure games to appear on a Nintendo console within the past 20 years and is a title that retro gamers still consider a classic for the Nintendo 64.

Retro Gaming 10’s- Super Mario 3D World: (2013)

As far as men games from the early part of the 10’s decade is concerned one of the few titles that came out for the Wii-U console deserves a direct sequel is Super Mario 3D World. For those who do not know Super Mario 3D World was released back in November 2013 and was a multiplayer co-op platformer which was considered to be one of the best selling titles for the Wii-U following its release. One of the cool things about Super Mario 3D World was the fact that it had similar gameplay to that of Super Mario 3D Land from 2011 for the Nintendo 3DS. However, Super Mario 3D World allowed players to choose from Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad similar to that of Super Mario Bros 2 which was initially released for the NES back in 1988. If anything Super Mario 3D World was arguably the best multiplayer installment within the entire series and a dream come true to those who were huge fans of gamers such as Super Mario Bros 2 because it should have happened sooner than it did.

Similar to various other video games within the Mario Bros series Bowser was the main antagonist but the in game mechanics for Super Mario 3D World along with its quality and visuals were amazing. Smuttiest Super Mario Bros 2 Luigi can jump higher than other characters while Peach can float in the air with Mario being the fastest character of them all. Players had the ability access various stages throughout the game with different world maps while collecting green stars and battling countless foes such as Goombas, Koopa Troopers, etc. Also, players have the opportunity to unlock Rosalina who is a hidden character in Super Mario 3D World and also has similar attacks to the ones she had in Super Mario Galaxy. Along with being praised by fans and critics alike Super Mario 3D World managed to reach close to 6 million copies in worldwide sales and ended up becoming the second best selling game for the Wii-U following its release. If there is any game from the Wii-U that deserves to be ported to the Nintendo Switch or deserves a direct sequel its Super Mario 3D World.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (1997)

As far as first person shooter game me are concerned in relation to the Nintendo 64 Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was one of the most popular games for that console during the mid to late 90’s. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was a game developed by Iguana Entertainment and published by Acclaim Entertainment and was initially released in March 1997. This was a game that some people would consider ahead of its time especially considering especially since the first person shooter genre was not nearly as popular in the late 90’s as it was during the 00’s & 10’s decade. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter had some of the visuals that one would ever see on a Nintendo 64 video game and a basic plot involving Turok’s mission to stop the main antagonist Campaigner from gaining access to pieces of a historic artifact known as the Chonospecter. While searching for keys and pieces of the Chonospecter artifact in various levels players are faced with constant threats such as dinosaurs, demons, insects, mercenaries, etc. While destroying enemies players will have the opportunity to collect and utilize different weapons throughout the game such as the Pulse Gun, Assault Rifle, Fusion Cannon, Tek Bow and a Pistol.

As a first person shooter game Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was not only considered to be a success but the game managed to sell at least 1.5 million copies worldwide following its release. In fact, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was one of the most popular titles within its genre for the N64 next to the likes GoldenEye 007 & Perfect Dark. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was a classic that some people are still nostalgic about today and was a title among many others that made the Nintendo 64 worth having during the mid to late 90’s.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Space Channel 5: (1999)

As far as memorable games for the Sega Dreamcast is concerned there are some people would recall Space Channel 5 as being few titles that stood out with the likes of Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi. Space Channel 5 was a music game developed by Grounding, Inc released in late 1999 that had a futuristic theme interesting plot that was set approximately 500 years in the future from that year. The idea of various interstellar stations competing in a ratings war was something that seemed very creative from a fictional standpoint. The plot saw players trying to rescue hostages who were kidnapped by an alien race known as Morolians along with controlling Ulala a news reporter and the main character of the game. The idea of using dance moves to progress throughout the game may have reminded some people of Dance Dance Revolution which between ’98-’99 when the first game it appeared in arcade centers.

As far as popularity is concerned Space Channel 5 was not quite in the same level as DDR but it was one of the more unique Sega titles that we have ever seen. In fact, Space Channel 5 is still considered to be popular today especially since we are supposed be getting a VR version of this game sometime in 2019 on a date that has yet to be revealed. Sometimes its hard to believe that it has been almost 20 years since Space Channel 5 was released for Dreamcast. As a title within the music genre of gaming Space Channel 5 is one that could still hold up in 2019.