Nintendo’s Most Successful Game System Of The 90’s?

When retro gamers think about some of the top game consoles of the 90’s systems such as Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, PS1 and Nintendo 64 are all big names that instantly come to mind. Nintendo’s Super NES console had so many high profile gamers which sold millions and became cult classics such as Super Mario World, The Legend Of Zelda: Link To The Past, Super Mario Kart, Star Fox, Super Metroid and others. As far as sales are concerned the SNES console released in 1990 was more successful than the N64 which came out in ’96. While the Super NES managed to reach over 49 million in sales the Nintendo 64 sold close to 33 million. While both the Super NES along with the N64 were both successful in their own right the handheld Game Boy line which started back in ’89 had bigger numbers than both in terms of sales. Since its inception the Game Boy line along with Game Boy Color from ’98 had reached over 118 million units in worldwide sales before it was ultimately discontinued in March 2003. To be fair the Game Boy line did have a longer time span in retail than both the Super NES and the Nintendo 64.

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was released in ’90 and was not discontinued in countries such as America and Europe until ’98-’99. The Nintendo 64 had a shorter lifespan in retail as the console was ultimately discontinued in Spring 2002 since its release in ’96. The Game Boy line had only grew in popularity as the 90’s progressed into the early 00’s especially with the Pokemon series being one of the main attractions for Nintendo’s handheld game systems. Pokemon Red & Blue from ’96 managed to reach over 31 million in sales while Gold & Silver from late ’99 had reached somewhere along the lines of 23 million right before the end of the 00’s decade. There were also classics such as Super Mario Land 2, Zelda: Link’s Awakening along with Metroid II which were all critically acclaimed classics that appeared exclusively on Game Boy between ’91-’93 as well. Back the 90’s Nintendo’s handheld Game Boy system was revolutionary and while rival companies such as Sega and Neo Geo tried to compete they eventually fell short in process. Nintendo’s Game Boy system felt like a handheld version of the NES which heavily contributed to its appeal along with having its share memorable games which were best sellers in retail within countries like America, Japan and Europe. While its debatable which Nintendo based game system was the most popular back in the 90’s there is no denying that Game Boy was the most successful overall from a sales standpoint.

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.

Should Super Mario Galaxy 2 be ported for the Nintendo Switch?

When we think about some of the most popular video games for the Nintendo Wii Super Mario Galaxy 2 is one of the many games that instantly comes to mind. Since its release back in 2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 has managed to sell at least 6 million copies worldwide and won multiple “Game of the Year” awards. If there is any 3D game within the Mario set that deserves to appear on the Nintendo Switch its Super Mario Galaxy 2. However, Nintendo has never announced any plans on bringing Super Mario Galaxy 2 to the Switch console especially considering how old it is along with the fact that Super Mario Odessey is one the main attraction for the hybrid console and has been since October 2017.

If Nintendo does decide to bring it to the Nintendo Switch it will most likely not be anywhere as popular as it was for the Wii console eight years ago. If anything Super Mario Galaxy 2 should be left alone as it would most likely be overshadowed on the Switch console if it were to be released anytime between the 2019-2020 time period.

Was Ocarina of Time the best Zelda game Nintendo has ever made?

When people think about the top five Zelda games that Nintendo has ever made Ocarina of Time is usually included in their respective lists. In fact, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is arguably considered to be the best Zelda title that Nintendo has ever made. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was legendary following its release back in ’98 not only because it was the first 3D game in the series but also due to elements such as excellent gameplay including the game’s soundtrack, lock on feature, time travel and others. Since its release the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time managed to sell at least 7.6 million copies worldwide for the Nintendo 64.

As it currently stands Twilight Princess along with Breath of the Wild are the top two best selling games in the entire Zelda series. Despite, both games having a higher sales volume than Ocarina of Time some would argue that a modern day high definition remake of this title would probably be better than Twilight Princess or Breath of the Wild if Nintendo ever decided to make it a reality. While Ocarina of Time is still considered to be arguably the best Zelda game in the series 20 years later after its release everyone has their preferences on which title stands above the rest.

Will Virtual Reality eventually surpass mobile gaming in popularity?

As many people know Virtual Reality has been one of the many hot topics in relation game since the PlayStation VR was released back in late 2016. Ever since the release of the PlayStation VR it has managed to reach over 3 million units in sales which is actually pretty decent considering the fact that consoles such as the Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch do not have Virtual Reality based features. Following its initial release back in October 2016 the PlayStation VR headset was priced at $399 which is a lot cheaper than the lines of the HTC Vice which was originally priced at $799. While the prices for Virtual Reality headsets and platforms are still expensive there are some who wonder whether or not VR itself will become more popular than mobile gaming.

As it currently stands mobile gaming will remain more popular than Virtual Reality mainly because almost everyone including children have phones in today’s society. Also, in most cases mobile gaming is less expensive then Virtual Reality platforms or headsets which are normally priced at the equivalent or higher than an actual game console such as the PS4, Xbox One or the Nintendo Switch.

Upcoming Games- Digimon Survive: (2019)

There are so many games that many people are looking forward to seeing in 2019. Right now, titles such as Kingdom Hearts III, Jump Force along with The Resident Evil 2: Remake is expected to appear on consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Speaking of upcoming titles for next year it was recently announced by Bandi Namco that a new Digimon game will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC along with the Nintendo Switch. This upcoming release will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Digimon anime series which first aired back in 1999.

As of right now one of the many things we know about this new Digimon game is that it will be a survival simulation RPG. Also, players will control an 8th grader named Takuma Monotsuka along with his partner Agumon who is the main character for this game. Its currently unclear right now whether or not online or multiplayer gameplay will be included in Digimon Survive as there is still more about the game that has yet to be revealed. It will be interesting to see how popular Digimon Survive becomes before and after this simulation RPG becomes available next next year.

Upcoming Games- RPG Maker MV: (2019)

It looks like 2019 is shaping up to be a great year for the gaming world in general. Along with the upcoming releases of highly anticipated games such as Kingdom Hearts III, Cyperpunk 2077 and Shemune III it has been revealed that RPG Maker MV will eventually be released for the PlayStation 4 along with the Nintendo Switch in 2019. As some might know RPG Maker was developed by the Kakokawa Corporation & Yoji Ojima and was initially released back in late 2015 where could access the game on Steam. A few years ago RPG Maker NV looked very impressive and for those are fans of old school 2D RPG games this a a title worth checking out.

Also, for those who are innovative and have always dreamed on being a video game developer RPG Maker MV is a great software program to bring your creativity to life. There is no doubt that RPG Maker MV is going to be a title that will catch the attention of those who have plan of being a video game developer in the future.