Which decades had better Mario games (80’s-90’s) or (00’s-10’s)?

The Super Mario Bros series has been around since the mid 80’s during the NES days of gaming. When it comes down to popularity the very first Super Mario Bros game is quite possibly one greatest video games of all-time not only because it helped shape the platform genre of gaming but it was also very successful as well. The original Super Mario Bros game has reportedly sold over 40 million worldwide since its original release and the series itself had only grew in popularity as time passed. While Super Mario Bros 2 was a pretty fun game that allowed players to choose multiple characters including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad it was not as successful as its prequel. Despite, the improvements in gameplay featured in Super Mario Bros 2 it sold less than both its predecessor and successor and was often seen as the black sheep of the trilogy. While the original Super Mario Bros 2 game reach over 7.4 million in sales since ‘88; Super Mario Bros 3 managed to reach over 13 million in sales and was almost every bit as popular as the very first installment within the series. Super Mario World from 1990 which appeared on the SNES was arguably the best game within its series during the 90’s in general.

Super Mario World had a beautiful overworld along nice looking 2D sprites, stages and animation with the inclusion of Yoshi. Players could spend days, weeks or even months trying to complete Super Mario World since the game itself had multiple overworld maps and became more challenging towards the end of the game. Super Mario World ended up reaching over 20 million in sales since appearing on the 16-bit SNES console and is considered to be of the greatest installments within the entire series. We then got Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES which was a 16-bit remastered collection of the first three NES Mario games from the 80’s; with the addition of Mario Lost Levels. Super Mario All-Stars was a huge success sales wise and sold over 10 million copies worldwide since ‘93. We also got to see other 2D classics on the SNES & Game Boy throughout the 90’s such as Super Mario Land 1 & 2, Yoshi’s Island and Super Mario RPG which were all critically acclaimed classics that sold millions worldwide as well. The Super Mario Kart game from ‘92 was a nostalgic classic where players were introduced to iconic stages such as: Koopa Beach, Choco Valley and Rainbow Road. By the mid 90’s the world got to see Super Mario 64 & Mario Kart 64 two games that are legendary among the gaming community. While Super Mario 64 managed to sell roughly under 12 million copies for the N64 Mario Kart 64 arguably had the best soundtracks that one would ever hear in a racing game.

While the Mario games from the 90’s were more iconic there was no doubt that in terms of quality the titles we have seen from the 00’s onwards were far more superior games in comparison. In fact, the 00’s was the decade where we got to see the releases of titles such as Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario Bros, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Mario Kart Wii along with Super Mario Galaxy. The New Super Mario Bros series was like a breath of fresh air to many people during the mid to late 00’s because the 2D gameplay was reminiscent to the older installments within the series from the mid 80’s-early 90’s. However, the New Super Mario Bros games provided players with 2D gameplay with 3D visuals in a addition to simultaneous multiplayer mode which not he done on the NES/SNES during the 80’s or 90’s. The New Super Mario Bros game from ‘06 along with its Wii sequel from ‘09 sold over 30 million copies individually and are among the best selling titles within the entire series. We also got to see the release of Mario Kart Wii in ‘08 which became the second best selling Mario game of all-time reaching over 37 million in sales. While Mario Kart Wii might not be the most memorable installment within the Mario racing series it was highly successful due to popularity of Nintendo’s Wii console from late 2006. Prior to the release Mario Kart Wii Nintendo released Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii console in November 2007; Super Mario Galaxy was a critically acclaimed 3D platformer with a fantastic soundtrack and a and a solid plot where the setting takes place in multiple galaxies opposed to Mushroom Kingdom. Super Mario Galaxy had reached roughly under 12 million copies in sales since its Wii release back in late ‘07 is considered to be one the best 3D platformers within the series along with Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Odyssey.

We then look at the 10’s decade and Nintendo gave us some outstanding games such as: Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Maker along with Super Mario Odyssey. Despite, being exclusively on the Nintendo DS Mario Kart 7 reached over 11 million units in sales following its release in 2011. It was also in ‘11 where Super Mario 3D Land was released for the Nintendo 3DS and managed to reach roughly under 13 million in sales. Super Mario 3D Land in some ways felt like a prelude to Super Mario 3D World which included multiplayer gameplay where players could select Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. Super Mario 3D World was the type of platform multiplayer game that Nintendo fans wanted to see in the Super Mario series since 90’s. Despite, being an incredible 3D platformer Super Mario 3D World had only reached over 5.8 million in sales which overall is pretty good. However, the Wii-U console was considered to be a flop sales wise in comparison to its competitors along with previous consoles that Nintendo had released with the exception of GameCube. Super Mario Odyssey from ‘17 was without a doubt the best Mario platform game that we got from Nintendo during the 10’s decade. Super Mario Odyssey felt like the 10’s version of Super Mario 64 and included cinematic cutscenes and soundtracks that made the game feel somewhat like a kids movie. Super Mario Odyssey not only received praise from various gaming publications but it also managed to reach over 18 million units in sales since its release in late 2017.

While the 80’s & 90’s may have been the period where Nintendo released its most iconic Mario games the overall quality of the titles that came out during the 00’s-10’s decade was without a doubt more superior. In fact, many would probably agree that the Mario series has aged like fine wine since the 80’s. It seemed like Nintendo has released more successful Mario games within the past two decades than they did in the 80’s & 90’s. Despite, Nintendo producing more successful Mario games during the 00’s & 10’s decade the very first game from ‘85 is still the most popular game within the entire series after being around for 35 years. While everyone has their own respective opinions on which decade was the best for in relation to the Mario series; everyone can agree that Nintendo has done an incredible job on the series fresh for over three decades which is an incredible milestone within the gaming world.

Is Tetris the best puzzle game of all-time?

As many people know the series Tetris has been around since the 80’s following the inception of its very first game back in 1984. The legendary tile matching puzzle game was developed by Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov and is a game that has been released for multiple game systems around the world such as the Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy and the SNES under the name Tetris & Dr Mario in ’91. Since its inception Tetris became a game that became easily accessible through iOS mobile devices throughout the 00’s and 10’s decade as more remastered versions of the game was released. While the 2D tile matching puzzle genre is not as popular today as it was back in the 80’s & ’90’s some of the most recently installments within the Tetris series would not even exist with the original game from ’84. Between late ’18-early ’19 we got to see the release Tetris Effect for the PlayStation VR and Tetris 99 for the Nintendo Switch. Both Tetris that were recently released gain mainstream attention and were praised for being innovative by fans and critics alike. While Tetris VR offered players a more atmospheric yet sensational experience pertaining to gameplay Tetris 99 introduced a multiplayer Battle Royale mode which was addictive.

It should also be noted that at least one Tetris game has appeared on just about every major game console that ultimately became successful in terms of sales for over the past 30 years. There have been a few Tetris games that has involved iconic cartoon or video game characters such as Mickie Mouse and Super Mario mainly during the 90’s. Also, puzzle games such as Puyo Puyo, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Kirby’s Avalanche and Super Puzzle Fighter II: Turbo were all titles inspired by Tetris following their respective releases between ’91-’96. However, the Tetris series had always remained a top attraction within the puzzle genre of gaming as it continued to appear on younger generation game systems while still appealing to gamers from 80’s & ’90’s. It was reported back in 2018 that Tetris was one of the best selling games ever with at least 170 million copies sold since its ’84 release. Without the original Tetris game where would the puzzle genre of gaming be today in terms of popularity? Tetris pretty much put the puzzle genre of gaming on the map and is quite possibly more of an attraction today then it was during the 80’s and 90’s.

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?

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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.

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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.

TMNT (1989) vs Battletoads (1991) which game was more successful?

When it to NES video games Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles along with Battletoads are considered to be among the hardest titles from the 8 bit era of gaming. In terms of which game was more successful overall really depends on how you compare the two games. While Battletoads was more of a beat em up Ninja Turtles felt like a complex platform game.

Even though, Ninja Turtles was arguably at its peak in terms of popularity during the late 80’s-early 90’s the NES game was almost impossible to beat. Battletoads on the other hand had a two player mode which made completing the game in its entirety somewhat possible. While Konami has made various cool games during the late 80’s-early 90’s TMNT for the NES is a game that some would agree could have been much better than it was. In this case many would probably give Battletoads the slight edge over the NES Ninja Turtles game in general.