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.

Persona 5 coming to the Nintendo Switch in the near future?

As far as big rumors within the gaming world are concerned one of the few topics that everyone is talking about right now involves the critically acclaimed Persona 5 game which came out back in September 2016 for the PlayStation 4. It has recently been revealed by a Twitter user by the name of @JaridOhya that a Switch version of P5 which will be entitled Persona 5 S is expected to appear on the hybrid console sometime in Fall 2019. Along with Persona 5 S appearing on the Nintendo Switch we also know that another version of P5 will be appearing on the PlayStation 4 entitled Persona 5 R which Atlus also plans to release in Fall 2019 as well. The fact that we are getting a Persona game for the Switch is huge especially considering the fact that there are not too many big RPG’s on Nintendo’s latest console.

Also, for the most part Persona games have remained mainly on PlayStation consoles since the late 90’s with the exception of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth which was released for the Nintendo 3DS back in 2014. While Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is something that people are looking forward to seeing on the Nintendo 3DS in June 2019 having P5S on the Switch will definitely be a huge attraction to those who are fans of RPG’s and currently own the Switch console. It will be interesting to see how popular Persona 5 S will become on the Nintendo Switch along with how much it will sell on that console following its upcoming release.

Upcoming Games- Tales of the Neon Sea: (2019)

As far as 2019 is concerned it looks like it’s going to be a very promising year for the role-playing genre of gaming with the upcoming releases of big games such as Kingdoms Hearts III, Code Vein, Biomutant and many other titles. In relation to indie RPG’s one of the few titles to be on the lookout for this year is Tales of the Neon Sea. For those who do not know Tales of the Neon Sea is an indie adventure role-playing game developed by Palm Pioneer and published by Zodiac Interactive where the setting of the game takes place in a cyberpunk environment where robots and human attempt to co-exist while tension continually rises between them. In this game players will take the role of a retired police veteran to learn about a killer who has never been bought to justice.

Tales of the Neon Sea makes for an excellent adventure/mystery game especially since players will have to solve various puzzles while being mesmerized by the retro-pixelated visuals of this indie title. As it currently stands Tales of the Neon Sea is expected to appear on Steam sometime this year on a date that has yet to be revealed.

Upcoming Games- Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid (2019)

There are so many big games that are expected to appear on various different game consoles as we progress throughout the year and one of the many titles that has recently been announced for an upcoming release is Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid. This upcoming game will be made by the same developers known as nWay who worked on Power Rangers Legacy Wars which came out back in 2017 and will feature heroes and villains throughout the entire series dating back to the early 90’s when Mighty Morphin Power Rangers had become extremely popular. It should be noted that nWay will be collaborating with Hasbro and Lionsgate for the creation of Power Rangers: Battle of the Grid and that the game is expected to appear on multiple game consoles this upcoming April.

Those who have been longtime fans of the Power Rangers series since the early 90’s who currently owns a PlayStation 4, Xbox One or a Nintendo Switch will be able to enjoy this upcoming fighting game especially since cross-platform gameplay will allowed. Power Rangers: Battle of the Grid will be priced at $19.99 while the special collectors addition with the inclusion of extra skins will be priced at $39.99. It will be interesting to see whether or not Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid will become more popular than the MP: Legacy Wars game that came out back in 2017.

Would Luigi have made a better villain within the Super Mario Bros series?

There is no question that the Super Mario Bros series has been legendary since the NES days of the 80’s. Both Mario and Luigi are considered to be an iconic duo in relation to platform adventure games and things have been this way over 30 years now on Nintendo based game consoles. However, some wonder how different the Mario series could have ended up becoming if Luigi started off as a villain before joining his brother Mario. On one hand starting off as a villain could off helped Luigi’s popularity in major way. The idea of having Luigi as a video game boss in one of the first three Super Mario Bros titles would have been very interesting and would of made people look at him much differently then they currently do right now.

As it currently stands characters such as Yoshi are considered to be more popular than Luigi especially considering how many games there has been within the Yoshi series since the early 90’s. Also, Wario was more popular than Luigi at some point especially when he started off as the main villain for Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins for Game Boy back in 1992. Wario was originally a villain before becoming a anti-hero and if Luigi had a similar role within the Super Mario Bros series it could of ended up making him a somewhat cooler than Mario who is often portrayed as a clean cut hero that rescues Princess Peach from the clutches of Bowser. In theory, having Luigi as a short term villain who transitions into becoming an anti-hero who works alongside Mario could have worked but Nintendo never intended on making Luigi a more edgier character than his brother.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link coming soon to Nintendo Switch Online Shop!!!

As far as exciting news for Switch owners are concerned you will be happy to know that the 8-bit classic known as Zelda II: Adventure of Link will be released for the console’s online shop in the near future. The inclusion of Zelda II: Adventure of Link on the Nintendo Switch Online Shop is one that caught many people by surprise along with the addition of Blaster Master which are both expected to appear on January 16th of this month. For those who do not know Zelda II: Adventure of Link is very especially considering that its the only side-scrolling game within the entire series. Since its release initial release for the NES the game has generally received mixed reception since it deviated from the traditional top-down overhead perspective utilized in other 2D installments within the series.

For kids of this generation who are huge fans of the Zelda series and never got a chance to play Zelda II: Adventure of Link they will finally ave the opportunity to enjoy this 30+ year old classic in less than week. Hopefully, Nintendo will bring more classics from the mid 80’s- early 90’s to the Nintendo Switch Online Shop as we progress throughout 2019.

Could the Hyperkin RetroN 2 have been a major success during the early 90’s?

As far as retro based consoles are concerned many people have heard of the Hyperkin RetroN 2 which is a game system that plays both NES along with SNES titles. As far as popularity is concerned retro based game systems such as the Hyperkin RetroN 2 are not as popular as the likes of the SNES Classic or the PS1 Classic. In fact, some argue that if Nintendo had released a game console like the Hyperkin RetroN 2 back in the early 90’s that could have ended up selling more than the Super Nintendo Entertainment System did following its initial release back in 1990. In total, the SNES managed to sell over 49 million units worldwide throughout the 90’s decade surpassing the Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast and even the Nintendo 64 in sales which was quite impressive.

However, its unlikely that a console like the Hyperkin RetroN 2 could have competed with the lines of the PS1 back in the 90’s which managed to reach over 101 million units worldwide in relation to sales. Either way, seeing the Hyperkin RetroN 2 back in the early 90’s would have been legendary and have definitely been a bigger attraction than simply having the 16-bit SNES console.