Retro Gaming 90’s- X-Men 2: Clone Wars (1995)

As far as old school platform games for the Sega Genesis are concerned there were quite a few titles that stood out back in the 16-bit era including the Sonic the Hedgehog series Dynamite Headdy along with Disney’s Aladdin. However, a platformer from Sega’s 16-bit console that does not get talked about as much is game known as X-Men 2: Clone Wars from ’95. Similar to that of X-Men Mutant Apocalypse from ’94 for the SNES the game allows players to choose multiple characters as they progressed throughout various stages including Wolverine, Psylocke, Beast, Cyclops, Gambit and Nightcrawler. One of the coolest things about the character selection is the fact that players can also unlock and play as Magneto who is generally a villain within the series. In X-Men: Clone Wars 2 Magneto is an ally to the group of mutants as they try to stop alien race known as Phalanx from destroying the Earth. In X-Men 2: Clone Wars the Phalanx are responsible for spreading a virus as they were eventually traced to Apocalypse’s facility. Not only to do players have to during one of the boss battles Apocalypse but they also encounter Deathbird as well; before dealing with the Phalanx clones of themselves.

In terms of visuals & gameplay X-Men 2: Clone Wars was quite possibly one of the best games within the series prior to anything that appeared on the PS1. Also, unlike X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse it should be noted that Clone Wars included two-player gameplay. While having co-op gameplay seemed like a step forward from X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse from ’94 it was generally criticized since the Clone Wars 2 looked like it was designed to be a single-player only game. Which characters had their own attributes and special abilities which would give them certain advantages over their enemies in terms of attacking and maneuvering throughout different levels. Clone Wars was a game that came out during the time period between ’92-’97 where the X-Men animated series was very popular making it an huge attraction mainly among children. Even though, Clone was not quite as successful as the X-Men game from ’93 that appeared on Sega Genesis those used to be fans of the series found it to be a pretty decent platform title overall. While it might the most high profile X-Men game from the 90’s Clone Wars had an intriguing plot and was much easier to beat than its ’93 prequel for the Sega Genesis.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: (1994)

As far as fighting games from the early 90’s are concerned one of the few titles that appeared for the Sega Genesis back in the day was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from ’94. The cool thing about the Power Rangers fighting game from ’94 was the inclusion of various characters from the show along with some of the most popular villains from the show such as Goldar and the evil Green Ranger. As a fighting game MMPR for the Sega Genesis was nothing too special but at the same type it was challenging enough for casual gamers who were fans of the genre itself. Also, considering how popular Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was during the early 90’s the game that appeared on the Sega Genesis ended up becoming one of the top fighting titles for the 16-bit Genesis console. In fact, the MMPR game for the Sega Genesis reached at least one million in sales within America and was arguably one of the most popular games within the series as it relates to the 90’s. While there was another Power Rangers game for the SNES in ’94 it was more of a platform beat em up.

However, MMPR: Fighting Edition which came out for the SNES in ’95 was quite possibly the only game within series that was better than the Sega title from ’94 despite not having a storyline. The MMPR game actually had a storyline outside of versus mode which covered some of the most important parts of the first season; including the two battles the Rangers have with Cyclopsis. Along with being able to control all five Rangers for certain battles players could also unlock the Green Ranger along with Dragonzord within the story mode making for a pretty cool gameplay experience. Its hard to believe that the MMPR fighting game for Sega Genesis came out over 25 years ago while becoming one of Banpresto’s most high profile games outside the Puyo Puyo titles from the early 90’s. The MMPR title that we got for Sega Genesis definitely could have been more popular if it received an arcade release prior to appearing on the 16-bit console considering how big the show was back in the day.

Should Nintendo have made more games that used Super Scope?

There are many retro gamers who remember the Super Scope 6 and how cool it was for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System following its release in 1992. Despite, having a limited number of first person shooter games for the SNES the Super Scope 6 was considered to be a worthy successor to the NES zapper which was initially released in Japan for Famicom back in 1984. Super Scope 6 literally had six games players could choose from with three of them being Lazerblaster two consisting of Blastris titles and the final one being Mole Patrol. While the games for the Super Scope 6 are titles that many people can barely remember they were much better than the games we got for the NES terms of visuals. However, the first person shooter genre of gaming was not nearly as popular in the early 90’s as it was during the 00’s-10’s decade. Even though, we got to see first person shooters like Doom for the SNES during the early 90’s Nintendo seemingly had the intention of making the Super Scope 6 exclusive for first party games back in the day.

If the Super Scope 6 received updates that added more games even if they were only first party titles the accessory could have been more valuable than it was while standing out more for the SNES. While there were certain games for the SNES outside of the standard six that were compatible with the Super Scope such as: X-Zone, Tin-Star, Yoshi’s Safari and Battle Clash; the inclusion of compatibility as it related to third party games for the Super Scope would have been great hindsight. However, making more games for the Super Scope would not have made a significant difference on the level of success that the SNES has during 90’s. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was mainly created for platforms, RPG’s, puzzle along run and gun games.

Was Injustice 2 the best fighting game of the late 10’s?

When we think about critically acclaimed fighting games from the 10’s decade its almost impossible to have that conversation without talking about the two Injustice titles released between ’13-’16. While the first Injustice game from 2013 was impressive its ’16 prequel received a ton of mainstream publicity and was very popular among critics from various gaming entities. In fact, Injustice 2 was a game that arguably surpassed the likes of Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V in terms of popularity as it relates to the mid 10’s. Injustice 2 had a storyline that followed the events from the first game and revolves around Batman’s dedication to rebuilding society along with his insurgents following the fall of Superman’s regime. Despite, Superman’s ruthless and dictatorial personality Batman gambles with the idea of freeing him from imprisonment to deal with a new group of super-villains lead by Brainiac known as the Society. Injustice 2 had a captivating storyline with two different endings depending on whether or not Batman defeated Superman or vice-versa after defeating each other’s teammates. In addition to having a great cinematic story mode Injustice 2 included other exciting features included game modes such as Multiverse, Arcade, Online and Verses which added to the overall replay value of the game itself.

Some of the biggest names within the DC universe were included in Injustice 2 such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, SuperGirl, Harley Quinn and many others. While Injustice 2 managed to be a huge commercial success following its release in May 2017 there were definitely fighting games like Dragonball FighterZ from early ’18 a run for its money in relation to popularity as it relates to the late 10’s in general. While most critics and casual gamers believe Injustice 2 was one of the coolest fighting games ever made there are most likely people out there who are not huge DC fans at all. While Injustice 2 may be one of the best fighting games of the 10’s decade everyone as their own personal opinion on which deserved to be named number one overall. As far as the 10’s as a whole is concerned Injustice 2 would most likely be within top ten as far as best fighting games are concerned depending on who you ask.

Upcoming Games- Marvel Avengers: (2020)

One of the few upcoming games that the world is looking forward to seeing as it relates to 2020 is Marvel Avengers; this game is scheduled to be released on September 4th and will appear on multiple game systems including PS4, Xbox and Microsoft Windows. It should be noted that Marvel Avengers will be published by Square Enix and development Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal. Marvel Avengers allows both single player & multiplayer gameplay since the co-op mode allows people to choose a team of superheroes. Players have the opportunity choose the likes of Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, Hulk along with Iron Man. The plot for Marvel Avengers revolves around the death of Captain America following a terrorist stack carried out by Taskmaster; Golden Gate Bridge along with a majority of the city attacked is left in shambles before its all rebuild five years later. A science organization known as Advanced Idea Mechanics aka A.I.M. pretty much controls Golden Gate Bridge years following the city’s destruction. One of the main characters Kamala Khan who is also a playable characters attempts to uncover a suspected conspiracy regarding the rise of power as it pertains to A.I.M.

The Pakistani-American teenager not only discovers her own superpowers in Marvel Avengers she must also gather the other superheroes along with discovering the truth behind the A-Day incident. While players get to control multiple superheroes throughout the game they also have the ability to improve their attributes through the use of skill trees while being able to customize their costumes as well. This open world action-adventure game is expected to appear on multiple game systems on September 4th this year; this comes after the original release date for Marvel Avengers was pushed back since it was supposed to come out in May 15th. As a open world action-adventure game Marvel Avengers looks like it has the potential to be one of the best games within it genre as it pertains to 2020.

Retro Gaming 10’s- Rock Band 3: (2010)

Sometimes its hard to believe that is been about decade since Rock Band 3 was released. Rock Band 3 was arguably the best installment within the entire series since its ’07 inception depending on who you ask. While various people have their opinions on which Rock Band Games has been the best for over the past ten years many critics were highly positive on this particular installment developed by Harmonix and published by MTV Games & Mad Katz. There were several noticeable improvements in Rock Band 3 in comparison to that of its ’08 predecessor including an in-depth career mode along with the inclusion with just as much music on the disc. In addition, to having a more in-depth career mode Rock Band 3 included a multiplayer mode that could feature up to seven players opposed to its prequel which only allowed up to four. Players had several instruments to choose from such as: lead guitar, drums and keyboard along with a variety of different levels to select ranging from easy to expert. Similar to previous installments Ayers were expectedly earn as many points as they possibly could during song while they had their own individual star rating based on their performances following each track.

There were over 80 songs on the disk for Rock Band 3 which included music from various genres including rock, metal, pop with popular tracks from the 60’s-00’s. Players also had the freedom to toggle between having Pro Mode on and off depending on how experienced they were as band which would allow them to improve at their own pace; the Overdrive feature also came in handy within Rock Band 3 as players could double the amount of points their band earned as a whole. Rock Band 3 was music video game that outshined titles such as Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock which also came out in 2010 and even Guitar Hero V from ’09 to some extent. Despite, being released for consoles such as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii Rock Band 3 underperformed in sales. Throughout, the 10’s music genre of gaming has taken a back seat to the likes of RPG’s, first-person shooters and action-adventure type video games which may have impacted the sales of titles such as Rock Band 3. Either way, Rock Band 3 is still a game that deserved the praise that it received back in 2010; since it may have been one of the best titles within its genre as it pertains to the 10’s decade.

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.