Retro Gaming 80’s- Metroid: (1986)

As far as classics for the NES compare concerned one of the most popular 8-bit games to have come out of the 80’s was the original Metroid title which was initially released in Japan during August 1986. Sometimes its hard to believe that the Metroid series has been around for over 30 years now especially considering the fact that nobody knew how popular the original game was going be following its release. The original Metroid title was where the adventure began regarding the Galactic Federation and where Samus Aran made her video game debut. In Metroid Samus had to destroy Mother Brain after landing on Zebes where she also does battle with Ridley and Kraid who are two other key antagonists of this game both affiliated with the Space Pirates. One of the few things that added to the overall replay value of the original Metroid title was the fact that it had multiple endings which made people want to play through it more than once.

The original Metroid game was considered to be so legendary to a point where a genre was named after it. The metroidvania genre of gaming had remained popular throughout the 90’s and has still been somewhat of an attraction throughout the 10’s decade. As popular as the original Metroid game was for the NES Super Metroid for the Super NES was considered to more popular following its release in 1993. As far as Metroid II: Return Of Samus is concerned it was a game that could have been a bigger attraction on the NES than it was for Game Boy in 1991. The original Metroid game for the NES that deserved a 16-bit port for the SNES during the early 90’s but it was something Nintendo never had any plans on doing back then. Either way, the original Metroid game is still one of the best non Mario games of the 8-bit era.

Castlevania II Simon’s Quest (1987) vs Mega Man II (1988) which game was more popular?

There were so many cool games that appeared on the 8-bit NES during the late 80’s that are considered to be memorable classics to this day. When we think about retro games that were big back during that time period titles such as Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest along with Mega Man II instantly come to mind. While Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest is considered to be arguably the most popular NES game within its series. Same thing can be said in about Capcom’s Mega Man II game which has been considered a cult classic since it appeared on the NES back in the late 80’s. The run and gun platform title was considered to be one of Capcom’s best games for the NES; since its release in ’88 MegaMan II had managed to sell over 1.5 million copies worldwide surpassing its prequel in terms of of sales.

The gameplay along with the difficulty level of MegaMan II added to the the game’s overall replay value for the NES. Konami’s Castlevania II game was also very unique especially in relation to its day/night system which would effect the difficulty of the game to some extent and added a touch of realism. The inclusion of Metroidvania & RPG like elements in Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest showed that Konami was much more creative in the game’s development than they were with its predecessor. In terms of which game was more popular between two titles some might give the slight edge to Capcom’s fast paced MegaMan II game due to how much cartridges it sold during the late 80’s-early 90s time period.

Did Konami have better games than Capcom between the late 80’s-early 90’s?

As many people know Konami and Capcom have produced so many cool titles during the 8 & 16-bit era of gaming. Konami has produced games such as Castlevania I-III, Castlevania: Dracula X, TMNT: Turtles in Time, Contra I-III. Capcom had produced classic games such as the Final Fight I-III Mega Man I-III along with MMX. Also, Capcom created the Street Fighter II series which ended up becoming legendary within the fighting genre of gaming.

In terms if which company had better games between the late 80’s and early 90’s is generally debatable. But as far as titles that had mainstream success is concerned some might argue that Capcom may of had the slight edge. But if we are talking about the 90’s in general some of Capcom’s best work did not come until later on in the decade. In 1997, Konami had released Castlevania: Symphony of the Night while Capcom came out with Resident Evil 2 for the PS1 the following year during 1998. While Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was seen as arguably the best game within its series Resident Evil 2 sold roughly under 5 million units worldwide on the PS1. Its tough to choose which company had better games back in day. While Konami did have many enjoyable classics between the late 80’s and early 90’s some might give the slight edge to Capcom as far as popularity was concerned.

Could Zelda: Link’s Awakening have been a success on the NES?

When we look at top Zelda games from the past three decades there are many titles that comes to mind. Games such as Zelda: Link to the Past, Majora’s Mask, Ocarina of Time along with Twilight Princess were all great. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was one that was also legendary considering the fact that it was the first handheld game within its series. Zelda: Link’s Awakening was released the same year as Link to Past and the series began to skyrocket in popularity going into 1998 the same year Ocarina of Time was released. Seeing how popular Link’s Awakening was for Game Boy some question whether or not the game could have been as popular for the NES during that time period.

During the early 90’s the NES was starting to become old news and more people began purchasing the Super NES or the Sega Genesis during the 16-bit console war that took place at the time. However, if Link’s Awakening was released sometime in the late 80’s and took the place of Zelda II: Adventure of Link in 1987 it definitely could have been more successful than it was early 90’s on the NES. The only downside is that if Zelda: Link’s Awakening was on the NES we could have possibly ended up with more inferior graphics. Either way, Zelda: Link’s Awakening deserved to be released for either NES or the SNES during the early 90’s opposed to Game Boy despite its level of popularity.

The 33rd Anniversary of Super Mario Bros

As many may already know today marks the 33th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros game which appeared on the Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1985. The original Super Mario Bros game is one of the most popular video games of all time. Since its on the NES back in the mid 80’s Super Mario Bros has managed to sell over 40 million units worldwide and is seen as one of the few games that helped put the 2D platform genre of gaming on the map. To this day Super Mario Bros is seen as a classic by many people within the gaming world and would be considered a game that has helped shape the landscape of the gaming between the mid 80’s and early 90’s.

Super Mario Bros has spawned a series of 2D sequels such Super Mario Bros 2, 3 for the NES which were all very successful. We also got to seeSuper Mario World for the Super NES which was probably the best selling game console for that system back in the 90’s. Without Super Mario Bros in the mid 80’s it would be hard to imagine what the gaming world would be like today. Its incredible to think that legacy of arguably the most popular video game character of all time started 33 years ago today. Super Mario Bros is still one of the greatest platform titles of all time and without its hard to see where Nintendo would have been without it.

Would the NES be a successful if it was first released in the 10’s decade?

As many people know the Nintendo Entertainment System is one of the most legendary game consoles ever made. Since its initial release back in July 1983 the Nintendo Entertainment System has managed to sell over 61 million units worldwide. Not only that it was reported that the NES Classic was so popular that it managed to sell more than the PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch back in June 2018. Seeing how popular the NES was back in the 80’s and how popular the NES Classic continues to be to this day there many who wonder whether or not the 8 bit console would have been as successful if it was initially released in the 10’s decade opposed to the 80’s.

In this day and age the gaming world is highly advanced in terms in technology. With the introduction of virtual reality gameplay in 2016 along with larger than life video games that utilize game engine such as Unreal it would be tough to argue that the NES would be as popular as it is now as it was on the 80’s if it first appeared within the 10’s decade. In fact, the NES is popular because it was old school and became a success during a time period where the gaming was still underdeveloped in terms of quality during the 8-Bit era of gaming. The appeal of the NES comes mainly from nostalgia similar to that of the SNES and having either game console as a first time release in the 10’s decade opposed to the 80’s or 90’s would not have as much appeal since the element of nostalgia would be absent.

Was Mega Man 2 the best game within its series?


When it comes down to NES platform classics one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind aside from the Super Mario Bros Trilogy is the Mega Man series. However, as far as the Mega Man series is concerned many would argue that the second installment for the NES stands out more than every other game excluding the Mega Man X series. Mega Man 2 had a phenomenal soundtrack along with cool stages and memorable boss battles with the likes of Bubble Man, Heat Man Metal Man Crash Man and others.


Since its release back in 1988 the game has managed to sell over 1.5 million copies worldwide and continues to be a cult classic to this day. While many people have different opinions on which Mega Man game is the best its simply hard to try and choose one. But it would be safe to say out of the first three Mega Man games for the NES the second one stood the most along with being one of the best platformers for the NES during the late 80’s.