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.

Upcoming Games- Rivals Of Aether (2019-2020)

As far as upcoming games for the Nintendo Switch is concerned one of the few titles that will be appearing on the hybrid console in the near future is Rivals Of Aether. For those who do not know Rivals If Aether is a fighting game that was developed and published by Dan Fornace and initially released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One back in 2017. As far as gameplay is concerned Rivals Of Aether feels similar to that of a Smash Bros game but with a few minor differences. Some examples would be various characters within the game representing different elements along with their ability to change the complexion of the stages they battle on with their moves. Also, as far as gameplay is concerned the combo system seems to be a lot faster in Rivals Of Aether opposed to that Super Smash Bros games.

As it currently stands an official release date for Rivals Of Aether has yet to be confirmed and we do not know if it will appear in the Switch console this year or during 2020. There is no doubt that Rivals Of Aether will be a bigger attraction on the Switch console than it was on the Xbox One or Microsoft Windows. For the most part RPG’s and shooter games stand out more on consoles like the Xbox One and there is a good chance that Rivals Of Aether will standout more on the Switch console in general.

Upcoming Games- Minecraft Dungeons: (2020)

As far as upcoming role-playing games are concerned one of the few big titles that people are talking about in relation to next year is Minecraft Dungeons. This game will be developed by Mojang and published by Xbox Game Studios and will feature both single and multiplayer gameplay and be available for various game consoles. The game systems that Minecraft Dungeons will appear on includes the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows. Minecraft Dungeons will be utilizing the Unreal Engine 4 and is expected to be released sometime during the second quarter of 2020. The date regarding the official release of Minecraft Dungeons has yet to be revealed. The Minecraft series has been around for approximately ten years now and this upcoming installment is one that seems very promising.

This upcoming action role-playing game seems more like a dungeon crawler than anything and players will have the opportunity to journey throughout random levels while encountering various monsters in the game. Unlike, various traditional RPG’s Minecraft Dungeons will not have a class system which is cool because players have more freedom in relation to the weapons and armor they choose in the game. Hopefully, Xbox Game Studios will reveal more information about Minecraft Dungeons as we get closer to the second quarter next year. There is no doubt that Minecraft Dungeons has the Po to be one of the top action role-playing titles of 2020.

Upcoming Games- Tales Of Arise: (2020)

As far as upcoming games are concerned in relation to next year there are several big titles that many people are looking forward to seeing on various consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. As far as the action-role playing games are concerned an upcoming title developed and published by Bandi Namco Entertainment called Tales Of Arise is expected to appear ob Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One on a date that has yet to be revealed in 2020. Based on what we know Tales Of Arise is a title that will be utilizing the Unreal Engine 4 will successor to Tales Of Berseria which was released back in 2016. Unlike previous installments Tales Of Arise is expected to have a darker tone than what fans of the series are used to seeing as the game centers around two main protagonists. As far as the setting is concerned emphasis is placed on the fictional world of Rena over Medieval Dahna while exploiting its people and resources.

It should be noted that in both areas of magic and technology that Rena is more advanced than Dahna as the divided setting makes for a very intriguing plot. Its should be noted that basic elements of the traditional Tales battle system will be included in this upcoming which is something that long time fans of the series might appreciate. As far on how successful Tales Of Arise will become is something that many people are anxious about especially since the action-role playing genre seems more popular nowadays than its ever been.

Should Nintendo have made Super Mario Galaxy 2 a Wii-U exclusive?

As far as high profile video games for the Nintendo Wii is concerned we saw a lot of big titles released for that console between 2006-2012. We got to see the release of games as Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros Brawl, The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess along with the first Super Mario Galaxy game. As far as the first Super Mario Galaxy game is concerned it was one that was very successful on the Wii console following its initial release back in 2007. Since its release Super Mario Galaxy had managed to reach over 12 million copies worldwide and ended becoming the ninth best selling video game on that console. A few years later we got to see the release of Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the Wii console in 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 was a huge success as well and managed to reach over 7.4 million copies in worldwide sales since its release. While Super Mario Galaxy 2 did not sell as much as its predecessor many people would argue that the game could have possibly stood out more if it were released as a Wii-U exclusive.

Even though, the Wii-U console was not released until late 2012 if Nintendo had saved Super Mario Galaxy 2 for that console its possible that it could have sold more in the long run. In fact, the Wii-U in general could have sold more than it did if Super Mario Galaxy 2 was saved for that console seeing how much it sold for the original Wii system. The best selling game for the Wii-U was Mario Kart 8 which reached over 8.4 million copies in sales. The second best video game in relation to sales was Super Mario 3D World which reached over 5.8 million copies following its release in 2013. There is no doubt that Super Mario Galaxy 2 could have definitely been a bigger attraction on the Wii-U console between the 2013-2014 time period than it was 2010. Despite, the expensive price of the Wii-U console along with its accessories Super Mario Galaxy 2 could have still ended up becoming one of the top selling titles for that console during the early to mid 10’s.

Could Blood Roar have worked on the Sega Saturn?

As far as underrated fighting games are concerned one of the few titles that some people might remember is the original Bloody Roar game. The first Bloody Roar game was released back in arcade centers in ’97 before it was ported to the PS1 later that same year. Despite, the positive reception that Bloody Roar received from fans and critics alike it was a game that was definitely overshadowed by 3D fighting titles such as Tekken 3 & Mortal Kombat 4 for the PS1 console. In fact, some believe that Bloody Roar could have definitely stood out more the Sega Saturn due to the fact that the console had packed high profile fighting titles in general. But then again the Sega Saturn did not sell nearly as much as the PS1 did as far as overall sales within its life span between ’94-’00. The Sega Saturn managed to reach over 9.2 million units in sales since its release while the PS1 reached over 106 million between ’94-”06.

While there may have been less competition in relation to third party games on the Sega Saturn during the mid 90’s its quite possible that Bloody Roar could of ended up becoming a forgotten title altogether if it appeared exclusively for that console. Also, considering the fact that Sony Interactive Entertainment was the publisher for the American port of Bloody Roar the game was pretty much guaranteed to be a PS1 exclusive following its release in 1997.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Sonic Triple Trouble: (1994)

As far as classic Sonic games are concerned many people instantly remember the trilogy that appeared on the Sega Genesis between ’91-’94 since they are considered to be the among best in the entire series. A lot of people probably never owned a Game Gear console around the mid 90’s especially considering the fact that the handheld console did not sell as much as Sega had hoped it would. One of the few big titles that appeared on Game Gear was Sonic The Hedgehog: Triple Trouble which was developed by game developer known as Aspect which recently became defunct back in October 2018. Sonic The Hedgehog: Triple Trouble had impressive visuals and an interesting plot which involved collecting all seven of the Chaos Emeralds. Players had the option of choosing either Sonic or Tails as they try to collect the Emeralds before Dr. Robotnik, Knuckles The Echidna and Nack The Weasel who rarely appeared in Sonic games in general and was more popular in comics.

As a side-scrolling platformer many people would argue that Sonic Triple Trouble could have definitely be a bigger attraction on the Sega Genesis. However, it would have been unlikely that Sonic Triple Trouble would have been popular as Sonic The Hedgehog 3 which was also released early in ’94. Also, the world got to see the release of the Sega Saturn in ’94 which is something that definitely overshadowed the release of titles such Sonic Triple Trouble for Game Gear with the Sega Genesis still being somewhat popular between the ’94-’95 time period. Sonic Triple Trouble is quite possibly one of the most underrated installments of the series from the 90’s and could have possibly been more popular than it was on a home console such as the Sega Saturn back in the day.

Retro Gaming 90’s- WCW Nitro: (1998)

As far as pro wrestling is concerned in relation to the 90’s WCW Nitro was one of the most popular television shows of that time period along the likes of Monday Night Raw. As far as ratings were concerned WCW Nitro was many people who were fans of pro wrestling between 1997-1999 were on the edge of their seats during the Monday Night Wars. Between ’97-’99 Monday Nitro was considered to be very popular especially after the formation of the nWo in July 1996 consisting of Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. As the nWo stable became more popular ratings started to skyrocket on WCW Monday Nitro which was broadcasted on TNT during late 90’s. As far as viewership is concerned many people would argue that 1997-1998 was the best years that WCW had. For a majority of ’98 WCW Monday Nitro had higher ratings than WWF Raw Is War up until around November of that year.

The WCW Nitro video game was pretty cool despite not being quite as popular as WCW/nWo Revenge for the Nintendo 64. WCW Nitro had a stacked all-star roster with big names such Hollywood Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Bret Hart, Scott Hall, Diamond Dallas Page, Lex Luger, The Giant, Eddy Guerrero and many others. The inclusion of game modes such as single player tournament and a versus mode were features that people liked along with the fact that each character had their own move set. The ability to unlock secret characters by utilizing cheat codes or playing through tournament mode was also added to its replay value despite the not having entrances for any of the wrestlers. The characters rants from the top wrestlers in the game were also quite entertaining possibly even more than the WCW/nWo Thunder game which came out for the PS1 and the N64 in 1999. When it came down to pro-wrestling games in general THQ had produced many memorable titles and some would definitely argue that WCW Nitro was one of them.

Grandia HD Collection Coming Soon to the Nintendo Switch!!!

As far as exciting news in relation to gaming is concerned for August 2019 we have recently discovered that two classic games will be appearing on the Nintendo Switch in the very near future. For those who were huge fans of the Grandia series between the late 90’s-early 00’s you will be happy to know that remastered versions of Grandia I & II will soon be ported for the Nintendo Switch. Both games were RPG classics that are considered to be underrated especially since both games were overshadowed following their respective releases. The first Grandia game had initially appeared on the Sega Saturn in December 1997 as a Japanese exclusive before coming to America on the PS1 in 1999. During that time period Final Fantasy VII & VIII were both huge attractions for the PS1 and were considered to be the most successful RPG’s to have appeared on that console during the 90’s.

Also, the Sega Saturn was not as much of an attraction in countries like America in comparison to the likes of the PS1 or the Nintendo 64 which a majority of people had owned between the mid to late 90’s. While Grandia II did stand out on the Sega Dreamcast as a solid RPG in 2000 the Sega Dreamcast ultimately ended up selling under 10 million units worldwide. Grandia II was ported for the PS2 in 2002 but was also overshadowed by popular games that appeared on that console during that year such as GTA: Vice City. The Nintendo Switch could definitely be a game console that the first two Grandia games could standout one especially for retro gamers who never played either one of them back in the day. As it currently stands the Grandia HD Collection is expected to appear on the Switch console on August 16th . It will be interesting to see how much of an attraction the first two Grandia games will be in the year 2019.