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.

Should TMNT: Turtles in Time be re-released for the Nintendo Switch?

When it comes down to popular SNES games from the early 90’s one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is the beat em up classic known as TMNT: Turtles in Time which came out back in 1991. Ever since TMNT: Turtles in Time appears in arcade centers the game had become a smash hit and rivaled titles such as Final Fight, Double Dragon and Streets of Rage 2 in popularity. While it would be pretty cool to have this 16 bit classic on the Nintendo Switch the game has already been re-released for the SNES Classic back in September 2017. The idea of bringing TMNT: Turtles in Time to the Nintendo Switch does not make too much sense in general.

In theory having TMNT: Turtles in Time would be great because it would give people the opportunity to enjoy the multiplayer gameplay that allows up to 4 players similar to the arcade version of the game. However, TMNT: Turtles in Time is not quite as popular in this day and age as it was back in the day due to the fact that beat em up games have slowly lost their appeal since the 90’s.

Will we ever see a Marvel vs DC game? 

Over the years we have seen many cool crossover over video games that featured the Marvel vs Capcom series along with games such as Tekken vs Street Fighter, J Stars Victory VS along with many other 2D and 3D titles for various game systems including PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and others.  While the Marvel vs Capcom series has been quite impressive for over the past decade many people are interested in seeing a Marvel vs DC title in the future. 

A Marvel vs DC Universe game would defy turn the heads of many people who are long time fans of the older games and the comic book series for the past couple of decades.  While the idea of developing a Marvel vs DC Universe game sounds great in theory it would be hard to imagine how it would play out in practice. Multiple things would have to be taken into consideration when developing a Marvel vs DC Universe game such as the plot, characters included along with many other things.  As of right now a Marvel vs DC game is unlikely to happen in the near future but it would definitely be something that millions of gamers would pay to see.  

Retro Gaming- Galaga: (1981)

When it comes down to Japanese shoot em up games Galaga is considered to be a classic from the early 80’s that was very popular worldwide.    As cool as Galaga was back in the 80’s it was a very simple yet cool pixelated 2D game where players had to use their ships to destroy as many aliens as possible to reach the highest score that they possibly could.   

Games such Galaga reminds many people of the old days of gaming where all players had to do was gain the highest score possible in certain games such as Pac-Man, Q-Bert, etc.  Galaga could have been more interesting if there was a deep plot and actual characters in which the game focuses on.  However, the fact that Galaga did not have any of those elements is what made the title enjoyable overall.  

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.  

Retro Gaming- The King of Fighters 2000

There is no doubt at all that the King of Fighters series is highly underrated and deserved more in terms if success.  When King if Fighters 2000 was released during the start of the century many people probably took the game for granted.  After all it was around this time period where 3D fighting titles such as Tekken 3 and Soul Calibur started to become very popular.  

But despite the fact that 2D gaming was started to decline the King of Fighters series still managed to maintain enough popularity to stay relevant throughout the 00’s and even to this day. King of Fighters 2000 follows the story from KOF 99′ and features many characters including Andy Bogard, Terry Bogard, Joe Higashi, Ryo Sakazaki and many others.  Also, each character belongs to different teams similar to some of the previous games. Also, the Active Striker System was one of the in game mechanics that added to the replay value of King of Fighters 2000.   When it comes down to sales King of Fighters 2000 did not do as well as many expected but if the game was marketed more worldwide it could have done great.  Especially, considering the fact that King of Fighters 2000 was released for multiple game consoles such as the Neo Geo and the PS2.  

Should TMNT: Turtles in Time be re-released for the SNES Classic?

As of right now there are so many cool games that are set to be featured on the SNES Classic Edition including Super Mario World, F-Zero, Mega Man X, Super Mario Kart, Star Fox 1 & 2 and more. While all of those games were awesome back in the early 90’s some are wondering if TMNT: Turtles in Time should be re-released for the SNES Classic.

Not only was TMNT: Turtles in Time very popular in arcade centers in the early 90’s but it was probably the best Ninja Turtles game of that decade as well.  Seeing this SNES beat em up title would be something that many retro gamers would love to see for the SNES Classic and would be something that would turn heads as well.

Would TMNT: Turtles in Time have worked on the Sega Genesis? 

Back in the 90’s we got to see the release of so many cool beat em up titles in arcade centers.  When TMNT: Turtles in Time was first released in 1992 it was probably on of the most popular beat en titles of that year. But looking back at TMNT: Turtles in Time some cannot help but wonder whether or not the game could have worked for the Sega Genesis or the Mega Drive back then.

While we did get some pretty exciting beat em up games for the Sega Genesis like the Streets of Rage series some could make the argument that the SNES had better graphics in terms of resemblance to the arcade version of the game.  Even though, the world never got to see Turtles in Time for the Sega Genesis we got to see TMNT: Hyperstone Heist which many people actually enjoyed.  While Hyperstone Heist was a fun beat em up TMNT title for the Sega Genesis it seems like Turtles in Time for the SNES is more popular overall.  

Was Tekken 7 more successful than Street Fighter V?

For over the past few years gamers has the opportunity of seeing some very cool fighting titles released for consoles such as the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.  When it comes down to fighting games between 2015-2017 two major titles that people like to mention is Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V. In terms of which game was more successful in terms of sales many people are likely to say that Tekken 7 had a significant edge over Street Fighter V in countries such Japan.  

However, before Tekken 7 was first released many people knew that it was as most likely going to be the last game in the series.  The fact that Tekken 7 is most likely going to be the final game in the series was probably one of the things that made people want to buy the game despite how expensive the game was during its release.  When Capcom had released Street Fighter V in February 2016 the development of the game itself was not fully complete similar to how Soul Calibur V was back in February  of 2012.  However, after the story mode of Street Fighter V was fully complete along with the addition of more characters it turned out to be a really good game overall.  In terms of which game was successful overall is something that is debatable between Capcom and Namco fans.

Mario Kart GP VR looks awesome

As many of us know Mario Kart GP VR is set to be released on the 14th July in Japan and it looks very impressive.   Not only is Mario Kart GP VR the first Virtual Reality game in the Mario Kart series but its probably one of the first Virtual Reality based ever for Nintendo in general.   While racing through the Mushroom Kingdom seemed fun back in the fun in day for older games in the Mario Kart series it looks both exciting and somewhat frightening for Virtual Reality.

Similar to many Mario Kart games of the past Mario Kart GP VR will include some of our favorite characters such as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser and more.  While Super Mario GP VR going to be released in Japan very soon many people are wondering when there will be an American release for this game.