Retro Gaming 90’s- Streets Of Rage: (1991)

As far as beat em up classics from the 90’s are concerned one of the most popular titles that we got to see back in the day was the Streets Of Rage from 1991. The original Streets Of Rage game was developed and published by Sega and was one that competed with Nintendo’s Final Fight series back in the early 90’s. As far as quality and overall lasting appeal is concerned many people would argue that it was not quite as popular as its ’92 successor Streets Of Rage II. Unlike, sequel the original Streets Of Rage game had 8-bit like graphics that looked that looked inferior but nonetheless had a basic but interesting storyline. Players have the option of choosing three ex-police officers Adam, Blaze Fielding and Axel Stone in order to combat chaos in a unnamed city taken over by criminal syndicate lead by Mr. X. One of the most memorable aspects that Sega presented in Streets Of Rage was its soundtrack which was produced by the legendary Yuzo Koshiro. There were songs such as Fighting In The Street, Moon Beach, Violent Breathing that were included in certain stages and added life to the game itself and are still somewhat popular to this day.

Also, the fact that Street Of Rage had included multiple endings was something that added to the game’s overall replay value. The original Streets Of Rage game gave players the option of defeating Mr. X towards the end versus having both players fight against each other within its co-op mode. If the player who joins Mr. X defeats the one who does not they get the bad ending. The player who refused to join the crime syndicate had to defeat the disloyal protagonist along with Mr. X in the end thus making the good ending even more difficult to achieve. In fact, as players progress towards the end of the game each became increasingly more difficult which made Streets Of Rage a more exciting beat em up title altogether. As far as Mega Drive classics are concerned Streets Of Rage is a title that within the top ten of many people’s list in relation to 16-bit games from the early 90’s.

Upcoming Games- Mario Kart Tour: (2019)

As far as upcoming titles are concerned one of the few titles in relation to mobile gaming that has been making headlines as of late is Mario Kart Tour. This title is one that has been confirmed for iOS & Android devices and is set to be released this upcoming month on September 25th. The interesting thing about Mario Kart Tour is that fact that some of the stages in the game are based off of real-life cities such as New York and Tokyo. Also, there will be stages featured in this upcoming game that were popular in previous installments such as Luigi’s Mansion, Toad’s Circuit, Choco Island, etc. In Mario Kart Tour players will have to choose a driver along with a Kart and a glider before being matched up against seven players in the online multiplayer game mode. As far being an entry within the Mario Kart series is concerned this upcoming title looks promising. However, its unclear whether or not Mario Kart will eventually be ported for the Nintendo Switch in the future.

Also, its unclear in whether or not Mario Kart Tour is considered to be the Mario Kart 9 a title that people have been waiting to see since 2014 following the release of MK 8. Either way, its pretty cool to see Nintendo do something a bit different with this Mario Kart title and it will be interesting to see how successful Mario Kart Tour becomes on mobile devices. As it currently stands the beta version of Mario Kart Tour is now available for Android owners giving those who are long time fans of the series to check out one of Nintendo’s hottest mobile games in relation to Fall 2019. U

Upcoming Games- MegaMan Zero/ZX Legacy Collection (2020)

As far as bombshell announcements are concerned in relation to the gaming world we just learned that Capcom has more big plans for the MegaMan series as it pertains to the future. Capcom has recently revealed that they will re-releasing old MegaMan titles from the 00’s that appeared on the Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo DS between ’02-’07 for multiple game consoles in January 2020. While there are some retro gamers who are fans MegaMan Zero series there are a lot of people who many not be familiar with it especially considering the fact that the series was not as popular in the 00’s as it was during the 80’s and 90’s. In fact, The MegaMan Zero series had pretty cool gameplay and more challenging boss battles than what was seen within the older MegaMan X titles. Despite, how popular both the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS were during the 00’s the Mega Man Zero was definitely overshadowed during that decade especially considering how big the Pokémon series was back then in addition to Mario & Zelda games being big attractions for each console.

Based on what we know the MegaMan Zero Legacy Collection is expected to appear on game systems such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. Its tough to speculate on how successful the MegaMan Zero Legacy Collection will be following its upcoming release next year on January 21st. However, the nostalgia for the MegaMan series has growing for many years now. Seeing how popular the MegaMan X Legacy Collection was last year along with MegaMan 11 its safe to say that the series has made a solid comeback and has attracted many gamers from older generations. Hopefully, Capcom can continue the momentum that the MegaMan series has going with the MMZ/ZX Legacy Collection in 2020.

Ashen coming soon to PS4 Steam & Nintendo Switch!!!!

As far as big games are concerned in relation to the remainder of this year we have recently learned that an action role-playing game released for Xbox One will soon be making its way to the PS4 along with the Switch console in a few months. For those who do not know Ashen is a title that was developed by video game developer A44 and published by Annapurna Interactive which came out back in December 2018. Ashen is considered to be a rather interesting game especially since the plot focuses on the player who is homeless in a world without sunlight and has to do everything he can in order to survive. The gameplay for Ashen is presented in a third person perspective with cel-shaded graphics and a open world where players engagement various battles with different monsters throughout the game.

One of the coolest things about Ashen is the multiplayer mode where players can interact with other players along with the fact that the game itself was designed using the Unreal Engine. Also, Ashen emphasizes character development based on the equipment players have opposed to stats which diverts from what we normally see in traditional action role-playing games in general. Ashen looks like a game that definitely has the potential to be an attraction on the Nintendo Switch outside of first party games featured on that console. As far as the PlayStation 4 is concerned Ashen would probably be better fit for that console overall despite the fact that it could potentially be overshadowed by many other big action role-playing titles for that system. The expected release date for Ashen for each console is later this year on December 9th.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Super Smash Bros Melee: (2001)

When it comes down to video game classics from the early 00’s its almost impossible to have a conversation with someone without talking about one of the most high profile fighting games of that time period Super Smash Bros Melee. For those who do not know Super Smash Bros Melee was released for the Nintendo GameCube back in November 2001. Super Smash Bros Melee was the direct sequel to the original game which was released back in ’99 for the Nintendo 64. Similar to its predecessor Super Smash Bros Melee had a Star-studded roster of popular Nintendo characters such as Mario, Link, Donkey Kong,Samus Aran, Kirby and many others that players could choose from for multiplayer action which allowed up to four people during battles. In addition, to the fast-paced gameplay we got to see a single-player arcade mode with a final boss along with various mini-games which added to the overall replay value of Super Smash Bros Melee. One of the more challenging game modes in Super Smash Bros Mello included All-Star Mode where players had to defeat each character in the game with limited supplements during battles. Whether, you played Super Smash Bros Melee alone or with friends it was a blast regardless and ended becoming the most popular video game fir the Nintendo GameCube during the 00’s.

In fact, since its release in Fall 2001 Super Smash Bros Melee managed to reach over seven million copies in sales and is considered to be a cult classic by many gamers. In fact, there have been Super Smash Bros Melee tournaments held over the past couple of years which shows how popular the game still is within the 10’s decade. While its debatable on which game in the Smash Bros series is the best many people would probably argue that Melee is definitely ranked in the top three. As far as overall popularity is concerned some might put Super Smash Bros Melee on the same level as Ultimate which was recently released back in December 2018. Despite, the game being eighteen years old Super Smash Bros Melee is a title that is still a big attraction within the gaming community to this day.

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.