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.

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.

Could Mortal Kombat IV have worked on Dreamcast during the late 90’s?

As far as classic 3D fighting games are concerned there are some people who remember the MK IV game that was released in arcade centers back in 1997. While Mortal Kombat IV was one of the best entries within the series as far as gameplay is concerned it was probably the least memorable titles out of the four major installment that we got to see during the 90’s. Following its arcade release in ’97 Mortal Kombat IV was eventually ported for the PS1 along with the Nintendo 64 in 1998. As far as quality was concerned the N64 version of Mortal Kombat IV came closer to the arcade version and was praised by fans and critics more over the PS1 port. Despite, how good the N64 version of Mortal Kombat IV was there have been many people over the years who questioned why the game was never released for the Sega Dreamcast despite the console’s release in ’98. In fact, Mortal Kombat IV had even been ported for the Game Boy Color back in ’98 which seemed pointless look back at it now.

Mortal Kombat IV could have definitely stood out more on the Sega Dreamcast than it would have on the PS1 or the N64. As far as the Nintendo 64 is concerned first party games such as Mario and Zelda were normally the main attractions. On the PS1 there were a variety games such Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3 and others that ended up becoming best sellers for the 32-bit console. While having Mortal Kombat IV Sega Dreamcast would have a lot of sense the console did not sell near as much as PlayStation or the Nintendo 64 during the late 90’s. In fact, the Game Boy Color had higher sales the Sega Dreamcast because for the most part it was more popular. While in theory having Mortal Kombat IV on the Sega Dreamcast would have been a good idea it still may not have sold as much as it did for the PS1 or the N64.

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 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.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Nights Into Dreams: (1996)

As far as retro games for the Sega Saturn is concerned there is no doubt whatsoever Nights Into Dreams was one of the most high profile video games for that console during the mid 90’s. There were many people who were highly impressed by various aspects of the game such as graphics, level design gameplay along with the inclusion of a creative storyline. Nights Into Dreams had seven different levels that players could earn grades on upon completion which was considered to be unique at the time. In fact, some might argue that the grade concept following the completion of different levels from Nights Into Dreams provided Sega with the idea to include it in both Sonic Adventure 1 & 2. As far as 3D action-adventure type games are concerned many would argue that Nights Into Dreams was the most popular title on the Sega Saturn during the mid 90’s and deserved to be ported for Dreamcast between ’98-’99.

In addition, to being one of the more memorable action-adventure games for the Sega Saturn some would argue that Nights Into Dreams was more popular on that console than any Sonic title that came out between ’95-97. Nights Into Dreams was a game that seemed ahead of its time following its release ’96. In fact, Nights Into Dreams is considered to be a better title than its 2007 Wii sequel known as Journey Of Dreams despite having more inferior graphics.