TMNT: Turtles in Time (1991) vs X-Men Arcade (1992) which Konami game was more popular?

As many people know the best em up genre of gaming was very popular back in the late 80’s and the early 90’s . But when it came down to big beat em up arcade titles from the early 90’s both TMNT: Turtles of Time and X-Men arcade were among two of the most memorable games that comes to mind. X-Men Arcade game was quite unique especially considering the fact that it was probably the only title in arcade centers to feature multiplayer gameplay that could allow up to six players simultaneously. Despite, having very basic gameplay is a title that is considered to be a classic especially considering how popular the X-Men series would become during the first half of the 90’s.

Even though, X-Men was very popular between 1991-1995 The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series was still big back in the early 90’s. The soundtrack along with the different stages which included four person multiplayer gameplay was amazing for those who played TMNT: Turtles in Time back in arcade centers during the early 90’s. In terms of which Konami game was better overall really depends on which series you were more a fan of back in the day. But in terms of being a more adventurous beat em up game with a higher replay value most people would be more inclined to choose TMNT: Turtles in Time over X-Men Arcade.

Retro Gaming- Fatal Fury 2: (1992)

When it comes down to fighting games of the early 90’s Fatal Fury 2 was very popular in arcade centers worldwide.  However, despite how popular the game was Fatal Fury 2 was still overshadowed by games like Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat.  Flat all Fury 2 arguably had better gameplay than both Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat especially with the inclusion of the two plane battle system which made battles more realistic.


Not only was the gameplay in Fatal Fury 2 impressive this game is where Mai Shiranui made her debut in the series.  Ever since Fatal Fury 2 was released back in the early 90’s Mai Shiranui has been generally regarded as arguably the most popular character in the series.  Along Mai Shiranui people had the opportunity of playing as various characters in the series including Andy Bogard, Terry Bogard, Kim Kaphwan, Joe Higashi and others.  Out of the entire Fatal Fury series the second game is probably the most popular one and it’s a classic that would be diff into find in used video game stores today because of its high replay value.  

Should there be an HD Remake for Top Gear?

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The original Top Gear game was probably one of the most exciting titles for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System when it was first released back in 1992.  When it comes down to 2.5D gaming the original Top Gear title was so much fun to play along with one of its sequels entitled Top Gear 3000 which was released by Kemco and Gremlin Interactive.  As much as many people would love to see a remake of the original Top Gear there is a less than likely chance that it will ever happen.  Gremlin Interactive had closed down in 2003 and its unlikely that Kemco going to do anything with the Top Gear series.

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When it comes down to classic racing titles from the 90’s we got to witness game series such as Sega Outrun come back to life when Outrun 2 was released for the original Xbox Console.  It would be interesting to see the old Top Gear series make a return on the Nintendo Switch preferably as a downloadable software game that could be through the Virtual Console gaming network.  If the Top Gear series was ever revived one of the main questions would include whether or should be released as a 2D or 3D game?

Does Top Gear for the SNES deserve more credit?

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When many people look at Top Gear for the SNES they view it a a generic racing gaming that came out during the early 90’s.  However, the original Top Gear title was one of the coolest racing titles for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System during the early 90’s with the likes of Super Mario Kart and F-Zero.  The gameplay and graphics for Top Gear were both impressive and the soundtrack pretty much made the game itself memorable.   While its unfortunate that Gremlin Graphics went out of business back in 1999 many people still remember how they made multiple 2D games for the SNES during the early 90’s.  In terms of soundtrack the first Top Gear title was arguably the best will the second installment had better game mechanics than the first.

When it came down to the futuristic racing game known as Top Gear 3000 it was generally regarded as a fun game by some who owned an SNES.  Top Gear 3000 had included a series of races throughout the game that took place on different planets rather than countries like the first two Top Gear titles.    Even though, the science fiction concept of Top Gear 3000 was very interesting it along with the other two SNES games none of them got  the type of recognition they deserved.  It would have been interesting to see how well each Top Gear game would have done if they all featured on arcade systems around the world prior their respective releases during the early 90’s.

Was Mai Shiranui SNK’s version of Chun-Li?

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After the Street Fighter II series started to become popular in 1991 there were many other fighting titles that began to emerge afterwards that were quite impressive.  One of the games that many people got to see in arcade centers was Fatal Fury back in 1992.  When it comes down to the Fatal Fury one of the most popular characters in the entire series was Mai Shiranui.  In terms of popularity some would argue that Mai Shiranui was SNK’s version of Chun-Li.  During a time period where there were hardly any female characters featured in fighting games Mai Shiranui was one of the first recognizable names in the genre during the early 90’s along with Chun-Li.

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In terms of sex appeal both Mai Shiranui & Chun-Li were evenly matched and they were both interesting characters that people could easily get into.  One of the main differences between the two characters iwas the amount of mainstream exposure they both had. While Chun-Li was more of a mainstream character in the fighting genre Mai Shiranui along with the rest of the characters in the King Fighter series  felt like they represented the underground circuit of the same category.  The same thing can be said for other characters like Morrigan Aensland from DarkStalkers when people think about the game she is probably the very first person that comes to mind.  Similar to Morrigan Aensland the amount of popularity that Mai Shiranui had in the Fatal Fury & The King of Fighters series makes it appear as if she is the overall main character of the series.  In regards to the  King of Fighters series Mai Shiranui might easily be seen as the Chun-Li of SNK even though many people would argue that she was not quite as popular as her.

16-Bit Gaming- Batman Returns: (1992)

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We all remember the famous movie Batman Returns which was released in theaters worldwide in 1989.  While the movie for Batman Returns was well liked by many people following its release the video game was also considered to be very popular along with being one of the 16-bit titles of its time.  When video game movie of Batman Returns was developed in 1992 it was released for a variety of game consoles including the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Mega-CD,  NES and Game Gear.  Out of all of the video game releases many people would argue that the Super Nintendo version of Batman Returns was probably the best.  The Super Nintendo version of Batman Returns not only had detailed graphics but it also included special gameplay which facilitated between beat em up and 2D side scrolling action.  While the beat em up levels of Batman Returns looked pretty cool and resembled games such as the Final Fight series the 2D side scrolling stages seemed somewhat constrictive since players were more limited in their actions.

The 2D side scrolling levels were tough to complete since players could only attack using weapons like the batarang and smart bombs.  Also, the battle against the Penugin is very difficult since players were limited in their actions along with the fact that almost every boss in this game seemed tough to defeat.  Some people might argue that Catwoman was easier to defeat than the Penugin which is saying a lot.   Even though, Catwoman is a difficult boss in this game that players must battle more than once she is probably easier to defeat than the Penugin since Batman is with more freedom to move around the level.  When people start playing Batman Returns for the first time they are most likely to be impressed by numerous aspects of the game from the intro all the way down to the character and stage designs of this title.  Batman Returns for the SNES is probably one of the coolest games that Konami has made among many in the early 90’s.  While the NES and the Sega Genesis versions of Batman Returns are cool in their own respective ways many would argue that the SNES version was the most superior version of the game overall.

Classic Gaming- Mortal Kombat: (1992)

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When it comes down to memorable fighting games of the 90’s it almost impossible for anyone to forget about the original Mortal Kombat game that was released during the early part of that decade.   When the original Mortal Kombat game received it arcade release in 1992 many people were both impressed and shocked by the level of violence included in the game.  While games like the Street Fighter II series were popular throughout most of the 90’s the Mortal Kombat series in many ways rivaled it.  While the Street Fighter II series had great gameplay, character designs and cool mini games Mortal Kombat had also included those same elements.   One of the key elements that Mortal Kombat had that made it stand out from the Street Fighter series was the use of fatalities after players win using their respective character.  Not only was Mortal Kombat one a groundbreaking fighting game but it also introduced some of the most legendary characters in the gaming world today such as Liu Kang, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Johnny Cage, Kano, Raiden and Sonya Blade.

Mortal Kombat one also features two boss characters known as Goro and Shang Tsung along with a hidden character named Reptile.  Along with having cool characters the plot for Mortal Kombat was also interesting since it involved a deadly fighting tournament in the Earthrealm which Shang Tsung was seeking to control for centuries. Even though, Shang Tsung is the final boss in this game players have to complete an entire arcade ladder full of fighters to get to him.  The arcade ladder in Mortal Kombat may appear easy to some people towards the beginning but slowly becomes more difficult as players reach the endurance battles before battling Goro and Shang Tsung.   Playing the original Mortal Kombat games in arcade centers was fun depending on how many quarters people had on them.  While the home console versions for Mortal Kombat was also exciting for many people opinions may vary on whether Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo had a superior port in comparison to each other.  Even though, the Sega Genesis version of Mortal Kombat allowed players to perform fatalities some would argue that the SNES version had better graphics.  Despite, which version of the game people have played a majority of them can agree that the original Mortal Kombat game was definitely one of the most revolutionary fighting games to have ever been released in general.

Games from the 90’s- Shining Force: (1992)

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When it comes down to popular RPG titles of the early 90’s some of the games that comes to mind involves the Shining series for the Sega Genesis.  Shining Force was not only the direct sequel to Shining in the Darkness released in 1991 but the game itself seemed very different from the prequel in some aspects as well.  Unlike Shining in the Darkness this game does not utilize the dungeon crawler format of gameplay but instead movement throughout the game in between battles are generally grid based similar to that of Final Fantasy Tactics.  In order for people to master the game they must be good strategists and know what to do when battling opponents prior to approaching them.  The story of Shining Force focuses on the main character named Max who must lead the Shining Force against Dark Sol who plans on resurrecting the Dark Dragon in order to send the Land of Rune into darkness.

While some people may have found the plot to be interesting others would probably argue that it seemed generic in comparison to many other RPG titles that came out in the 16 bit era during the early 90’s.  Along with the grid based movement of characters in this game some of the coolest features in Shining Force involved the battle sequences.  During battles people got to see how great the artwork and graphics of the game truly was.   The graphics for Shining Force was nothing short of spectacular and in some ways looked better than anything one would see on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  Since most of the popular RPG titles were featured on the Super Nintendo during the 16 bit era it was also interesting to see games like the Shining Force series on the Sega Genesis.  When it comes down to RPG titles for the Sega Genesis the Shining Force series is considered to be among the best along with being a game within its genre if one did not own the Super Nintendo Entertainment System during the 16 bit era of gaming.

Classic Gaming- Contra III: Alien Wars (1992)

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When we look back at gaming specifically for consoles such as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System sometimes its hard to believe how many great titles were released during the early to mid 90’s.  When it came down to side scrolling run and gun games Contra III: Alien Wars was probably one of the coolest titles available for the SNES along the Mega Man X series during the first half of the 1990’s.   Contra III: Alien Wars was not only the third installment within its entire series but it was also the first game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System as well.  When the Contra series first started in the late 80’s many people were impressed by the 8 bit gameplay that Konami had produced for the first two games.   Contra III: Alien Wars was a game that exceeded the expectations of many people who were fans of the series because there were countless improvements that this game had in comparison to its last two predecessors.  The graphics for Contra III: Alien Wars was simply fantastic.  The opening intro along with various cutscenes in the game really added to the quality of Contra III.  Also, the in game mechanics for Contra III was amazing because it allowed players to witness first hand how innovative Konami was in terms of level design throughout the game.

When it comes down to stage design levels two and five stood out the most mainly because of the overhead gameplay the Contra III provided with the utilization of Mode 7.  Not only was the overhead feature included for single-player gameplay but it also worked if there were two players as well.  While some might argue that completing levels two & five in multiplayer mode is tough due to the split screen feature many can also agree that most of the stages in general is very hard.   Speaking of difficulty Contra III: Alien Wars was one of those games that challenged players to complete the game on the hardest level possible in order to get the best ending.  The best thing about playing through this game multiple times  was that it allowed players to get better on levels such as easy or normal before completing it on hard.  This 16 bit classic which was set in the 27th century allows players to enjoy an exciting adventure while defeating the Red Falcon and its forces in six different levels.  When it comes down to classic games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Contra III: Alien Wars is generally one of the top games that many people who grew up in the 16 bit era of gaming think about.

Sega Mega Drive Games- Thunder Force IV: (1992)

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When it comes down to retro gaming there was no time period that was more exciting for many people than the early 90’s.  To retro gamers who are in their mid twenties or early thirties the 90’s can easily be considered the golden era of video games since there were many exciting titles that were developed on various game consoles like Super Nintendo & Sega Genesis.  One of the most popular rail shooting titles of the early 90’s included the Thunder Force series which originated during the early 80’s.  When Thunder Force IV was released for the Sega Genesis in 1992 many people were impressed by the sequel to part 3 which was released back in 1990.  Unlike Thunder Force III which was released under different names for various game consoles Thunder Force IV was a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive exclusive that featured impressive visuals and gameplay.  The story for Thunder Force IV focuses on the ongoing saga between the Galaxy Federation and the ORN Empire.  After defeating the ORN Empire the Galaxy Federation seeks to eliminate a new threat known as “Vios”.

Some may argue that one of the best things about this game other than the graphics was the concept of the story.  The fact that a large part of the ORN Empire was destroyed along with having ally forces that posed a serious threat to the Galaxy Federation was interesting.  Another aspect about Thunder Force IV that was interesting included the soundtrack.  While the soundtrack on Thunder Force IV was good some would probably prefer TF III over this game.  Some of the best soundtracks featued on Thunder Force IV included “Metal Squad” on stage 8 along with “Space Walk” on stage 2.  Speaking of stages Thunder Force IV had at least 10 stages which made this game seem very long but exciting if you were a fan of rail shooting games along with series.  While Thunder Force IV does not get mentioned as much many people who are familiar with the game would consider it to be a  unforgettable classic for the Sega Genesis.