Super Smash Bros Melee not appearing at EVO 2019 event?

As many people know the EVO 2019 event is set to take place this upcoming summer between August 2nd-August 4th. While there so many people who are excited about this upcoming gaming event there are some people who are a bit bummed by the fact that a multiplayer fighting classic known as Super Smash Bros Melee which was released back in ’01 for GameCube will not be appearing at EVO 2019. However, it should be noted that Super Smash Bros Ultimate which came out for the Nintendo Switch back in December 2018 will be at EVO 2019 along with a couple of other titles that has been confirmed for the three day event this upcoming summer.

There are games such as Dragonball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11, Samurai Showdown, Soul Calibur VI, and Blaze Blue Cross Tag Battle that are very popular within the fighting genre that has been confirmed to appear at this year’s EVO event. Despite, being a favorite at EVO events for a few years now its time to move on as far as Super Smash Bros Melee is concerned.

Could Sonic Adventure 2 have been a success on the PS2?

There is no question that Sonic Adventure 2 was probably one of the biggest action-adventure platform titles to never have appeared on the PlayStation 2 back in the early 00’s. Despite, being a huge attraction for the Nintendo Gamecube and the Xbox consoles between ’01-’03 it would have been interesting to see how well Sonic Adventure would have done on the PS2 would have done during that time period. While its possible that Sonic Adventure 2 could have been overshadowed by games such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Turismo 3 during the early 00’s there is no doubt that Sonic Adventure 2 could have stood on the PlayStation 2 to some extent.

After all, Sega eventually ported Sonic Adventure 2 to the PlayStation 3 during the mid 00’s. Besides the shooter genre of gaming was starting to become more popular towards the mid 00’s and as we saw 3D Sonic games started to become less popular on PlayStation consoles throughout the 00’s decade in general. Not having Sonic Adventure 2 on the PS2 did not make the game less popular than it was since it still managed to be a success along with becoming arguably the best 3D title in the series.

Would Fighting Vipers 2 be considered underrated?

When it comes down to underrated fighting titles from the early 00’s one of the many games that comes to mind is Fighting Vipers 2 which was released for the Sega Dreamcast back in 2001. Its not too surprising that many people have never heard of this game especially considering the fact that it was released the same year Sega discontinued the Dreamcast console. If Fighting Vipers 2 was released a year or two early then it was it could possibly have been more popular than it was. But then again with games like Soul Calibur along with Tekken 3 for the PS1 Fighting Vipers 2 could have still ended up being overshadowed anyways.

Despite, have solid gameplay and visuals Fighting Vipers 2 did not have memorable characters like Soul Caliber or Tekken 3 did and was seen as a rather generic fighting game for the Sega Dreamcast. However, it may be one of the best 3D fighting games that Sega has ever made next to the Virtua Fighter series. It would of been cool to see a Fighting Vipers 3 for either the PS2 or even Xbox back in the early to mid 00’s but the series was never really that popular to begin with.

Retro Gaming- X-Men Mutant Academy 2: (2001)

X-Men Mutant Academy was a 3D fight game that was developed by Paradox Development and released for the PS1 back in 2001.  It was actually surprising to see X-Men Mutant Academy 2 on the PS1 considering the fact that the PS2 was released in the Spring of 2000.  When it comes down to underrated fighting titles for the PS1 X-Men Mutant Academy 2 would probably be on the top 25 list of many retro gamers from the 90’s.  


X-Men Mutant Academy 2 features some of the most popular characters in the series including Cyclops, Wolverine, Beast, Storm, Rouge, Psylocke,  Spider-Man, Magneto and others.  This game also featured some interesting game modes such as Arcade, Academy, Survival and Versus mode which all contributed to the replay value of the game itself.  Since its release for the PS1 the X-Men Mutant Academy 2 had reportedly came close to selling over one million units worldwide which could might have happened if the game was released for the PS2 instead during the early 00’s.  

Retro Gaming- Unreal Tournament: (1999)

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When it comes down to first person shooter games the Unreal Tournament may possibly be one of the most recognizable titles in the history of that genre.  Before we had the Halo series for Xbox there was the Unreal Tournament which was developed by Epic Games & Digital Extremes.  In the late 90’s the original Unreal Tournament was released for Microsoft Windows in 1999 along  being available for consoles such as the PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast during the early 00’s.  The graphics for the Unreal Tournament at the time was great and seemed like it was ahead of its time considering the fact that it had utilized the original Unreal Engine developed in 1998.  The Unreal Tournament was a game that many people may have  preferred for Microsoft Windows over the console versions since it provided exclusive features such as level editing feature.  Along with being a pretty cool 3D first person shooter title the Unreal Tournament had an interesting plot that took place around the 24th century.

The formation of a new world government during the war between the humans and Skaarjj had seemed fascinating but at the same time frightening.    Despite, how scary the plot may have seemed the Unreal Tournament had provided people with a series of gameplay options including Death Match, Last Man Standing, Assault, and Dominion.  The original Unreal Tournament had included a variety of game modes that would keep players busy for many hours, months or even years until Unreal II: The Awakening was released between 2003-2004.   When it comes down to first person shooter games the Unreal series was one among many that was popular with teens and young adults during the 00’s.  Even though, the very first Unreal Tournament game was pretty good the series had only improved as time progressed.  In terms of which Unreal game is the best in the entire series is debatable but some would probably consider the second installment to be in that category.

Games in the 00’s – Luigi’s Mansion: (2001)

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The early 00’s was such a cool time period to be gamer with the release of various consoles such as PlayStation 2, Xbox and the Nintendo GameCube.   When it came down to the Nintendo GameCube one of the most unexpected titles that we got involved the release of Luigi’s Mansion in 2001.  One of the reasons why this game was so significant was because it was the first major 3D game that Luigi has ever had in the entire Mario series.  While Nintendo had the option of using the traditional platform genre in regards to gameplay they decided to make this an action adventure title instead.  The plot for Luigi’s Mansion is basic and involved Luigi winning a contest that he never entered in order to win a haunted mansion that turned out to be invested with ghosts.  Shortly, after learning that the mansion is haunted Mario is eventually kidnapped by ghosts and trapped inside a painting leaving Luigi to rescue him from danger.  Another interesting twist to this story included the fact that the mansion was created by none other than King Boo.

Luigi’s Mansion was unique not only because it placed the spotlight on someone other than Mario but also because it deviated from the traditional platform genre that Nintendo has used in countless Mario games making this title more interesting.  Luigi’s Mansion had great character models and graphics that felt like it was ahead of its time during the early 00’s especially for a console like the Nintendo GameCube.  Since its release Luigi’s Mansion had managed to sell at least 2 million units worldwide which was very impressive considering the fact that Luigi is known mainly as a sidekick character to Mario. Even though, Luigi’s Mansion was not as popular as games like Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy for the Nintendo Wii many people would agree that the game itself was exciting.  Luigi’s Mansion also exceeded the expectations of many people who thought this game would be a flop and proved that Nintendo can be as creative as they want to be in terms of development .

PS2 Games- Virtua Fighter 4: (2001)

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When we talk about some of the best years ever in terms of gaming one cannot help but look back at the early 00’s when consoles such as the PlayStation 2 was released worldwide.  There were so many exciting fighting titles that were released during the early 00’s including Virtua Fighter 4 which was developed by Sega AM4 and released in arcade centers in 2001.  While Namco’s Tekken 4 might have been slightly more popular than Virtua Fighter 4 it was still considered to be a pretty solid fighting title for both the Sega NAOMI 2  system and the PlayStation 2.  Just about everything about this game seemed impressive from the intro to the graphics all the down to the actual gameplay.  Virtua Fighter 4 had featured several top characters from the previous games including Akira Yuki, Pai Chan, Lei Fong, Jeffry McWIid, Sarah Bryant, Jacky Bryant and others.  While many people enjoyed the original PS2 version of Virtua Fighter 4 some would probably prefer the Evolution edition that was released in 2003.

The Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution edition had included an excellent training mode which was very effective in helping players become better at the game.  Also, the Quest Mode in Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution  was probably one of the main features of the game that many people were impressed by.  The inclusion of a  ranking system along with the addition of a currency and an in game item shop were among many things that contributed to Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution being a significant improvement over its predecessor Virtua Fighter 3.  Even though, some people might argue that Virtua Fighter 4 was not quite as popular as Tekken 4 when it was first released they would also tell that it does not take away fact that it was still a great 3D fighting title for the PlayStation 2.  In fact, Virtua Fightter 4 for the PS2 was one of the best 3D fighting games of the early 00’s and would be considered a title that many people would include a classic.