Was the final level of Super Mario Land 2 unfair?

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins is quite possibly the best Mario game to have appeared on Game Boy back in the 90’s. Not only was Super Mario Land 2 one of the easiest Mario installments within the series but the world got to see the debut of Wario who appeared game as the main antagonist back in ’92. Despite, how successful Super Mario Land 2 became following its initial release the game has often been the subject of criticism as it pertains to its final level inside Wario’s Castle. As we all know a majority of Mario games back in the day had Bowser’s Castle as the final level but they were not nearly as difficult to complete as Wario’s Castle was in Super Mario Land 2. There were countless obstacles thrown at the player who controlled Mario included moving spikes along with statues that spit fire along with the entire stage being filled with lava. The absence of save checkpoints in Wario’s Castle made the level unbearable to some people; while the final boss battle with Wario himself was interesting yet more complex than anything you would see Bowser in some of the older NES/SNES Mario games.

If players screwed up once in Wario’s Castle they had to start all the way from the beginning making this level very unforgiving for such an easy game in Super Mario Land 2. While many people around the world have made more difficult levels using Super Mario Maker 1 & 2 since 2015 Wario’s Castle was by far one of the most difficult video game levels in history during Nintendo’s Game Boy era. For such a difficult level in Wario’s Castle the ending seemed underwhelming considering all of the trouble players had to go through in order to complete the entire game. To say that the final level of Super Mario Land 2 would be an understatement at this point; but seeing that Wario became more popular as a anti-hero from Super Mario Land 3 onwards its not a big deal for so many people who were fans of the series.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Duke Nukem 3D: (1996)

When it comes down to popular first person shooter games from the 90’s one of the few titles that people think aside from Doom ’93 and GoldenEye 007 is Duke Nukem 3D from 1996. As many people already know the Duke Nukem series began back in ’91 on MS-DOS and was followed by a sequel entitled Duke Nukem II released in ’93. The first two Duke Nukem games ended up becoming solid first person shooter titles in a era of gaming were the genre itself was not too popular. Following the release of Duke Nukem II we got Duke Nukem 3D created by video game developer 3D Realms. Duke Nukem 3D had multiple publishers since it was released on various game consoles such as MacSoft, GT Interactive Software, Piko Interactive and others depending on system it was ported to. The initial publisher for Duke Nukem 3D was MacSoft when it first appeared on the MS-DOS during ’96 and was a game that was critically acclaimed by many fans of the series. In Duke Nukem 3D players were responsible for destroying various types of enemies such as aliens & mutants while having access to a variety of weapons.

The type of weapons that players could acquire included pipe bombs, landmines, shotguns, pistols and even shrink rays while plowing through enemies in consecutive non-linear levels; each with ending with boss battles at the end of each episode. Similar to the Doom game from ’93 Duke Nukem 3D consisted of episodes that contained a set of levels such as: LA Meltdown, Lunar Apocalypse and Shrapnel City; for those who had access to the Atomic version of Duke Nukem 3D they could also The Birth episode as well. Aside from the gameplay one of the aspects of Duke Nukem 3D that people found intriguing was how the setting of the game was constantly changing. Players had travel to many places such as: space stations, military bases, cities and deserts to complete their missions while appreciating how some of the in-game level designs reflected real-life locations within the world. In addition, to having a variety of weapons to choose from players also had numerous accessories they could utilize that would help them complete each level with ease. Accessories featured in Duke Nukem 3D included jet packs, steroids, portable medkits, night vision goggles and even scuba gear in order to breathe underwater. In terms of quality Duke Nukem 3D was arguably a better game than Doom ’93 but not necessarily more popular.

Similar to the Doom game from ’93 Duke Nukem 3D had a basic plot that involved saving the earth. However, opposed to fighting off demons from the underworld players had to deal hordes homicidal aliens which made for a great science-fictional first person shooter game. Since its initial release on MS-DOS during the mid 90’s Duke Nukem 3D has appeared on various game console including the PS1, Nintendo 64, Sega Saturn, Sega Genesis, Xbox 360 along with Android Mobile devices which is a testament to how popular the was. While its debatable on which version of Duke Nukem 3D was the best everyone can definitely agree that it was one of the few first shooters games from the 90’s that helped put the genre itself on the map going into the 00’s decade.

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.

Will Streets of Rage 4 be as successful as SOR 2?

As maybe know a few months ago Streets of Rage 4 was announced for a 2019 release. Ever since, we saw the reveal trailer for Streets of Rage 4 back in August we have learned that the game will be developed by Lizardcube and Guard Crash Games and published by DotEmu. We also learned that the plot and the setting for Streets of Rage 4 will take place 10 years following the events of SOR III which was released for the Sega Genesis back in 1994. While Streets of Rage 3 was a solid beat em up game during the early 90’s it was not nearly as popular as SOR 2 which came out in 1992. In fact Streets of Rage 2 is often regarded as the most popular game in the Streets of Rage trilogy from the early 90’s.

Everything from the gameplay & graphics all the way down to the soundtrack produced by Yuzo Korshiro was perfect on SOR 2 and its hard to tell whether or not Streets of Rage 4 will achieve as much success as the legendary 16-bit beat em up title from ’92. Also, its no secret that the 2D side scrolling beat em up genre of gaming had declined in popularity back in the mid 90’s and now first and third person shooters are big attractions today on various game consoles. As far as details are concerned in relation to Streets of Rage 4 there is still a lot we have yet to learn such as whether or not Yuzo Korshiro will return to work on the soundtrack for this game. But from the looks of things right now Streets of Rage 4 is unlikely to be as popular as SOR 2 was in the early 90’s.

Ridge Racer (1993) vs Gran Turismo (1997) which racing title was more popular?

When it comes down to legendary racing titles from the 90’s two very big titles that instantly comes to mind are Ridge Racer along with Gran Turismo. While both games were very popular on the PS1 it seemed like Ridge Racer was a bigger game following its arcade release which made many people want to purchase it for the 32-bit game system. Despite, how great the quality for Ridge Racer was back in the early 90’s there is no question that Gran Turismo was a better game overall. Not only did Gran Turismo have a greater role in revolutionizing the racing genre of gaming but also managed to be the best selling title on the PS1.

Since its release Gran Turismo managed to sell over 10 million copies worldwide becoming the best selling game on the PS1 during 90’s. The inclusion of 140 different cars along with an arcade and simulation mode made the original Gran Turismo game very interesting even more so than Ridge Racer. Also, Gran Turismo games in general seem to attract more mainstream attention than Ridge Racer and with out the original title from ’97 the landscape of the racing genre could have been completely different from what it was during the 00’s and what we have to today.

Could Thunder Force IV have been a success in arcade centers during ‘92-‘93?

As many people know the Thunder Force has been around since 1983. Since then we have seen multiple entries within series and some of them received arcade releases such as Thunder Force III which was came back in 1990. Shortly, after the release of Thunder Force III we got a chance to see the Technosoft and Sega put out Thunder Force IV between ’92-’93 which remained exclusively on the Sega Genesis until ’96 where it was it came out on the Sega Saturn in Japan. Since its release Thunder Force IV was critically acclaimed for Gavin some of the best visuals that one would ever see in a side-scrolling shooter title.

However, Thunder Force IV was never released in arcade centers which makes retro gamers wonder if it could have worked at all. It’s no secret that during the ’92-’93 time period the fighting genre of gaming was beginning to become more popular with the rise of games such as Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter II. Also, side scrolling shooter titles was starting to lose its appeal following the early 90’s so having Thunder Force or even R-Type titles in arcade centers would not have been as big of attractions as they would have been in the late 80’s.

Outrun confirmed for Sega Ages on the Nintendo Switch

There are so many big games that the world is looking forward to seeing on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One along with the Nintendo Switch. But as we finish up the remainder of this year retro gamers will be happy to know that the classic 80’s arcade racing game Outrun has been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch version Sega Ages. This is big news because many people have wanted to see Outrun on the Nintendo Switch since the console was first released back in March 2017. It should be noted that the Switch port of Outrun will be widescreen and run at 60 fps highly resembling the arcade version of the game.

While the exact release date for the Switch version of Outrun for Sega Ages have yet to be revealed there are still other titles such as Space Harrier, Virtua Racing and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 that the world is waiting to see on the Switch but currently has no official date in terms of when they will show up. Hopefully, the rest of the Sega Ages titles will appear on the Nintendo Switch domain December or in the early part of 2019.

Super Mario Kart (1992) vs Mario Kart 64 (1996) which game was more popular?

When it comes down to popular racing titles of the 90’s both Super Mario Kart along with Mario Kart 64 are two big games that comes to mind aside from the likes of Gran Turismo, Ridge Racer, F-Zero and Top Gear. Super Mario Kart was legendary because it was the very first game within its series. Also, the gameplay for Super Mario Kart highly resembled that of Top Gear which was also released for SNES back in ’91. Since its release Super Mario Kart has managed to sell close to 9 million units worldwide on the SNES. As much of a success as Super Mario Kart was for the SNES Mario Kart 64 was an even bigger following its release for the N64 in 1996.

Following its release for the Nintendo 64 Mario Kart 64 had managed to sell close to 10 million units worldwide. In fact, Super Mario 64 had better gameplay, soundtracks and level design level than Super Mario Kart and is considered one of the best 3D racing titles within the Mario Kart series in general. In terms of which game was more successful Mario Kart 64 will most likely get chosen over the Super Mario Kart game from ’92 all the way around.

X-Men: Arcade (1992) vs X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (1994) which game was better?

When it comes down to classic titles from the early 90’s everyone remembers some of the X-Men titles from that time period. While X-Men: Arcade was a multiplayer beat em up title that allowed up to six players Mutant Apocalypse was a single player platform like game for the SNES. In terms which game was better really depends on who you ask. While the visuals for X-Men: Arcade were amazing the game itself was pretty simplistic yet difficult when trying to combat numerous enemies in each level. The same thing can be said for X-Men Mutant Apocalypse in terms of difficulty how the game had a more memorable sound for various different levels that involved the likes of Cyclopss, Wolverine, Psylocke, etc.

In fact, X-Men Mutant Apocalypse was a game that challenged players to use logic and strategy more than X-Men: Arcade. In fact, X-Men: Arcade May be one of the very few games that people would have lived to see on the PS1 back in the 90’s opposed to being available exclusively for the SNES. In terms of which game out of the two was better many would be more inclined to choose Mutant Apocalypse over X-Men: Arcade in general.

Should Batman: Arkham Origins be ported for the Nintendo Switch?

When it comes down to popular action-adventure titles of the 10’s decade one of the most popular titles that we have seen in relation to superheroes was Batman: Arkham Origins which was initially released for the Wii-U, Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 back in October 2013. Despite, there being technical is with the Xbox 360 version of Arkham Origins the game was still praised by fans and critics of the series for features such as side quests that allows Batman to help police solving crimes while using creative detective skills and advanced gadgets for combating foes. As popular as Batman: Arkham Origins was for the last generation consoles during the early 10’s there are many people who would love to see this game ported to the Nintendo Switch or even the PlayStation 4.

As many people know Batman: Arkham Origins utilized the Unreal Engine 3 so the game could definitely work on the Nintendo Switch since it can run titles that uses the Unreal Engine 4. However, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has never announced any plans on bringing Batman: Arkham Origins to the Nintendo Switch. A game like Batman: Arkham Origins could possibly standout more on the Nintendo Switch than the PS4 especially since there are many big upcoming releases in the future such as Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy VII: Remake which can potentially overshadow potential a re-release if this action-adventure title.