Retro Gaming 00’s- Super Mario Sunshine: (2002)

When we think about classic Mario games from the past titles such as the original Super Mario Bros Trilogy along with Super Mario World and Super Mario 64 all come instantly to mind. The games just mentioned from the 80’s and 90’s time period all had very high replay values and are classics that longtime fans of the Mario series still play to this day. However, when it comes to Mario games from the 00’s such as Super Mario Sunshine they do not get mentioned quite as much as various other titles from the series despite its critical acclaim. As many people know Super Mario Sunshine was initially released for the Nintendo GameCube back July 2002 in Japan before coming to America in August of that same year. One of the most interesting things about Super Mario Sunshine was its plot especially since it was somewhat different from what people were used to seeing within the series prior to 2002. While Bowser is normally the main villain in most Mario games the main antagonist in Super Mario Sunshine was character by the name of Shadow Mario. In Super Mario Sunshine Shadow Mario was responsible for kidnapping Princess Peach while vandalizing Isle Delfino with graffiti.

The funny thing about the plot for Super Mario Sunshine was that Mario himself was framed for the crimes committed on Isle Island whole being on vacation with Princess Peach and a couple of Toads and was forced to clean up everything which was somewhat interesting. Older installments within the Mario series emphasized level completion by outmaneuvering various monsters such as Goombas and Koopa Troopers in order to reduce to the Princess. However, in Super Mario Sunshine Nintendo managed to keep elements of older Mario titles while adding new ones without drastically changing the formula of what made the series a huge success in the first place. While players were required to collect 120 stars in Super Mario 64 for game completion Super Mario Sunshine has them gather Shine Sprites after they completed various objectives. The FLUDD game mechanic along with the inclusion of Yoshi in Super Mario Sunshine were strong positives especially since the green dinosaur was not a playable character back in Super Mario 64 when he should have been.

While the gameplay and graphics for Super Mario Sunshine were great by standards relating to the early 00’s one of the main drawbacks of this game was its lack of multiplayer gameplay. Some people believe Luigi should have been a playable character in Super Mario Sunshine. However, Luigi had his own big game which came out back in September 2001 and its possible that Nintendo felt that there was no need to include him in the Super Mario Sunshine. Super Mario Sunshine managed to reach approximately 6.3 million units in worldwide sales since its release while Luigi’s Mansion did roughly around 3.6 million. Despite, the praise that Super Mario Sunshine has received from various gaming publications since its release in the early 00’s its shocking that Nintendo has never made any plans to create a remastered version of it for the Switch console. If the fan support is high its possible that Nintendo might consider bringing Super Mario Sunshine to the Switch console within the next few years or so. After all, Super Mario Sunshine was the third best selling video game for GameCube and was a huge attraction on a console that performed poorly in sales compared to the likes of the Wii console.

Gaming Systems 80’s- Commodore 64: (1982)

When we think about popular gaming systems from the 80’s decade many people instantly think about the Nintendo Entertainment System. After all, NES without a doubt dominated the 80’s as far as popularity is concerned since the 8-bit console did not have any major competition until Sega’s 16-bit Mega Drive console came along in 1988. However, before the world got to see the release of the Mega Drive console during the late 80’s one of the alternate game systems that people had a choice to play aside from the NES was the Commodore 64 from 1982. The Commodore 64 was arguably the most successful game systems that Commodore International had ever produced considering the fact that it reached over 12 million units in sales. While the exact sales figure of the Commodore 64 is one that remains unknown it was definitely more successful than preceding game systems within its family.

There were game systems such as Commodore VIC-20 & MAX Machine which came out between ’80-’82 that were inferior in quality compared to the Commodore 64 and were not quite as popular. But to be fair the Commodore VIC-20 was still successful in its own respect since it managed to reach over one million in sales. Also, the Commodore VIC-20 was also a worthy competitor to the TRS-80 Color Computer manufactured by Motorola and developed by Tandy Corporation from 1980. The VIC MAX Machine was discontinued the same year it was released back in ’82 due to low sales despite being more superior in quality than the VIC-20. While the Commodore 64 sold more worldwide than than its predecessors some might find it hard to believe that the console was initially priced at $595 during its release in August 1982. It should be noted that $595 was a ton of money back in the early 80’s and was probably the equivalent of over $1,000 today. In fact, $595 would be considered very expensive in relation to video game consoles during this day and age.

The Commodore 64 included features such as a built in sound generator chip known as 6581/8580 Sound Interface Device along with a microchip used to create Y/C video signals known as Video Chip Interface II. This version of Commodore was known as C64 because it featured 64 kilobytes of memory and was fair popular as a home computer up until the early 90’s. Eventually, the Commodore 64 was discontinued in April 1994 due to Commodore International Corporation filing for bankruptcy. As a home computer the Commodore 64 was a huge attraction back in the 80’s and for the most part outshined its competition during that decade. There were home computers from Apple, IBM PC Compatibles along with the 8-bit Atari Family during the 80’s that the Commodore 64 had to compete with and it still sold roughly around two million units each year since ’82 before it was ultimately discontinued in ’94. The Commodore 64 is considered to be a legendary home computer from the 80’s and while it may not have been as popular as NES in relation to gaming the C64 was definitely one of the best systems quality wise during that decade.

Super Metroid Remake Coming Soon to Nintendo Switch?

One of the hottest rumors right now as it pertains to the gaming world involves the possibility of receiving a Remastered Switch port of Nintendo’s Super Metroid from 1993. For those who do not know Super Metroid was one of the most high profile Super Nintendo titles from the 90’s and is a game that has been critically acclaimed since its release back in ’93. The news regarding the possibility of receiving a Switch version of Super Metroid is one that has yet to be officially confirmed by Nintendo. In fact, there has also been rumors regarding the Metroid Prime Trilogy from 2009 being ported for the Nintendo Switch sometime within the next year or two as well. The idea of having four older Metroid titles on the Switch console is one that sound fantastic especially since we all know the Metroid Prime 4 is not coming out anytime soon. A Twitter user by the name of LeakyPandy who has a track record of accurately predicting some of Nintendo’s past Direct Presentations made these claims regarding the possibility of older Metroid titles coming to the Nintendo Switch.

It has been suggested that the potential remake for Super Metroid will resemble that of Metroid: Samus Returns which appeared on the Switch console back in 2017. The reimagining of Super Metroid for the Switch console would be very interesting especially considering the fact that the game itself is about 26 years overdue for a remake in general. If these rumors are true hopefully Nintendo will most likely confirm this within the next couple of months or so because its something that long time fans of the series definitely would love to see.

The Success Of Pokémon Sword & Shield

The level of success that Pokémon Sword & Shield has achieved since its release on November 15th is something that his currently a hot topic within the gaming world. It was reported that within 72 hours of its release Pokémon Sword & Shield has sold approximately two million in Japan while also having a successful launch in America as well. During its first week following its launch Pokémon Sword & Shield has managed to sell at least two million copies within that time period which is also pretty solid as far as progress is concerned. It should be noted that development for Pokémon Sword & Shield began the following year after the release of Pokémon Sun & Moon from November 2016 and the success each title had on the Nintendo 3DS. Despite, the Dexit controversy which drew a lot of heat towards Nintendo and The Pokémon Company the game itself was really impressive as far as gameplay is concerned. The co-op battles during raids along with the designs of the Pokémon in relation to Gigantamaxing and Dynamaxing are concerned to be strong positives in Pokémon Sword and Shield along with streamline encounters.

As far as negatives are concerned aside from “Dexit” there was definitely criticism about the lackluster quality in relation the the Pokédex in Pokémon Sword & Shield. Sone people believe that Game Freak should have spend more time creating a refined Pokédex compared to what they got in Sword & Shield but its a drawback that seems minuscule compared to all of the strong points of the game. It has recently been revealed that Pokémon Sword & Shield has reached at least 6 million copies in worldwide sales and its only bed available for a short period of time. With the holiday seasons Black Friday & Christmas coming up sales are definitely going to increase dramatically within the next month or so.

Resident Evil 3: Remake coming in 2020?

If you have been a huge fan of the Resident Evil series since the 90’s and were a huge fan of the trilogy of games that Capcom had released from ’96-’99 then you will be happy to know that a remastered version of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is now currently in development. Based on what we know online rumors have been circulating as of late of a remastered version of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis being released sometime in 2020. The idea is that that the Resident Evil 2: Remake which came out back in January 2019 was highly successful and ended up becoming one of the most popular video games of this year. Since its release Resident Evil 2: Remake had reportedly sold at least 4.7 million copies worldwide by September 2019 and is a game that people still right now. As far as Residents Evil 3: Nemesis from ’99 is concerned many would argue that quality wise it was as good as Resident Evil 2. However, one of the main drawbacks from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis included it short length in comparison to its ’98 predecessor which is not surprising since it came out less than two years later from that time.

While Capcom’s development regarding a high definition remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is still considered to be a rumor it would not be surprising if it were true. Following the release of the Resident Evil 2: Remake back in January 2019 Capcom producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi had mentioned the possibility of remaking Resident Evil 3: Nemesis if the fan support was high enough. Also, it was reported by popular YouTuber named Spawn Wave that Resident Evil 3: Nemesis would be on the horizon next year; multiple gaming websites have alluded to the fact that Capcom is indeed working on the game as we speak. Hopefully, we will learn more details about the Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake from Capcom within the next few weeks. If Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake is currently in development right now and is scheduled for a release next year then its possible that we might see it sometime before or during E3 2020.

Granblue Fantasy Versus to receive worldwide release in 2020!!!

If you are a fan of fighting games in general then Granblue Fantasy Versus an upcoming title that is worth checking out in 2020. For those who do not know Granblue Fantasy Versus is a game that was developed by Arc System Works and published in Japan by Cygames, Inc. It has been revealed that the American version of Granblue Fantasy Versus have a different publisher by the name of Xseed Games prior to its upcoming worldwide release for the PlayStation 4. For those who do not know Granblue Fantasy Versus is a 2.5D fighting game that will utilize the Unreal Engine 4 and features anime-like visuals. Granblue Fantasy Versus is a special type game mainly because its story mode has more action role-playing elements along with including beat-em up gameplay. While everything else outside of the story mode for Granblue Fantasy Versus features head to head fighting additional gameplay elements from different genres makes it very unique.

Based on what we know Granblue Fantasy Versus will have eleven different characters while the main story mode has been confirmed to have co-op gameplay. Each character within the game has special abilities known as Skybound Arts which can be triggered from s simple button press following certain periods of time. As it currently stands Granblue Fantasy Versus is set to be a PS4 exclusive with no word on whether or not it will eventually appear on the Nintendo Switch sometime in the future. While its possible that Granblue Fantasy Versus May not be a high profile title in countries like America it will still appeal to those who are huge fans of the fighting genre of gaming.

Alien Isolation Coming Soon to Nintendo Switch!!!!

As far as upcoming Switch games are concerned as it relates to the remainder of this year some will probably be happy to know that Alien Isolation will finally be ported to the hybrid console in December. For those who do not know Alien Isolation was an action-adventure, survival horror stealth game that was initially released back in 2014 for multiple game consoles. Following its release Alien Isolation has appeared on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows and was a game that many people loved especially since the game felt like a sequel to the Alien movie which was released back in 1979. In fact, the setting for Alien Isolation takes place fifteen years following the events from the ’79 film where the main character Amanda Ripley searches for answers regarding the disappearance of her mother Ellen Ripley the protagonist from the movie. The game itself was critically acclaimed and praised by many for its futuristic art design. Along with the visuals Alien Isolation has many strong positives including the sci-fi atmosphere which the video game developer known as Creative Assembly was able make.

Within a year of its initial release Alien Isolation managed to reach over two million copies in sales and ended up becoming one of Sega’s more memorable titles of the 10’s decade. As it currently stands Alien Isolation is set took be ported for the Nintendo Switch in December 5th and as a survival-horror action adventure stealth title it could definitely be a huge attraction for that console. For those who were huge fans of the Alien movie from 1979 Alien Isolation is a game that is definitely worth checking out if you have not already played it by now.

New gameplay features added to Steam!!!

There are so many people in this day and age who are huge PC users and prefer Microsoft Windows overs over the likes of PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Steam is definitely one of the best platforms for online gamers to enjoy themselves and the gaming experience that it has to offer is very rich. For those who are huge fans of video games that emphasizes online multiplayer gameplay you will be happy to know that cross-play between PC, iOS, Linux and Android devices is now possible. This comes after Valve had recently enabled Steam’s Remote Play Together feature which has not been highly tested among many games as of yet. There is still doubt on whether or not network latency will be an issue with Steam’s Remote Play Together feature. However, as far as connection with other devices are concerned the process is said to be relatively simple and only requires the host to own the games for the Remote Play Together feature to work.

It only makes sense for Steam to have elements of cross-play for mobile devices in relation to its gameplay especially since the PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch have the same features with each other. While its quite possibly that the Remote Play Together feature will make Steam somewhat more of an attraction on PC than Google Stadia its still relatively new and its not promised that it will make the online platform more popular among gamers.

New Crash Bandicoot game coming in 2020?

One of the biggest rumors that has been flying around as of late pertaining to gaming involves the potential release of a new Crash Bandicoot game in 2020. The last main installment that we got to see in the Crash Bandicoot series was the N. Sane Trilogy which appeared on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows back in 2017. Since its release over two years ago the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has mainly received a good reception from fans and critics alike; the visuals and refined gameplay in comparison to the original titles released between ’96-98 for the PS1. As far as rumors concerning a new Crash Bandicoot installment is concerned it has been recently reported that the game is currently in development under Vicarious Visions and Toys for Bob. It has been hinted that this upcoming installment will be entitled Crash Bandicoot Worlds” but we have no idea about on what the game’s concept or storyline would be.

In fact, we have no idea on whether or not Crash Bandicoot Worlds will be a completely new game opposed to being remastered versions of older games within the series. The most striking evidence of the possibility of a new Crash Bandicoot game came during the PS4- Time To Play video from PlayStation Europe where a bizarre floating head was spotted around the eleven second mark which was something many fans of the series was not familiar with. Despite, the video itself not confirming a future release of a new Crash Bandicoot game its one that has many people talking and hopefully its a sign that we will see another entry within the series next year.

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Confirmed for 2020!!!

One of the few things that has been a hot topic within the gaming world as of late is the upcoming release of Street Fighter V: Champion Edition next year. For those who do not know Street Fighter V: Champion Edition is another version of the original game which was initially released almost four years ago. Since its release back in 2016 Street Fighter V has become one of the most popular fighting games that we have seen within the past few years. The inclusion of classic characters since the SFII era from the early 90’s such as Ryu, Guile, Chun-LI, Ken, Bison along with new characters definitely got older fans of the series interested in Street Fighter V. Also, the inclusion of a story mode with cinematic cutscenes is one that was a first in the Street Fighter series and it had added to the game’s overall quality. The addition of various DLC characters also added to the appeal of Street Fighter V and many people will be happy to know that Capcom has decided to bring back another classic character in Street Fighter V: Champion Edition in 2020.

If you were a huge fan of Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact and Street Fighter III: Third Strike from ’97-’99 then you will be excited to know that the final boss from each game known as Gill will be returning to Street Fighter V: Champion Edition. Gill is a character that has god-like powers and was the main villain of Street Fighter III as the leader of the Secret Society which consists of humanity’s elite. There is absolutely no question that Gill was possibly the hardest boss in Street Fighter history and has been absent from the series since the late 90’s. Gill is expected to make his return as a playable character when Street Fighter V: Champion Edition is released on February 14th next year.