Retro Gaming 90’s- Street Fighter II: World Warrior (1991)

When we think about legendary 2D fighting titles from the arcade era of gaming one of the names that comes to mind is Capcom’s Street Fighter II: World Warrior from 1991. As many people know the original Street Fighter II game is iconic and featured the first eight characters in the series. The World Warrior version of Street Fighter II included playable such as: Ryu, Ken, E. Honda, Blanka, Chun-Li, Zangief, Blanka and Dhalsim. The very first Street Fighter II game also featured unplayable Shadowloo boss characters Balrog, Vega, Sagat and M. Bison; who would eventually go on to be playable characters in later versions of SFII. While Street Fighter II: World Warrior lacked a storyline as it pertained to its arcade mode the game was praised for its gameplay, visuals and gimmicky characters. The bonus mini game levels that involved breaking barrels and vehicular destruction in SFII were also pretty innovative for its time. Street Fighter II: World Warrior May have been the inspiration for creation of popular video games from the fighting genre including Mortal Kombat, Fatal Fury and Killer Instinct between ’91-’94. The success that Street Fighter II had within the fighting genre of gaming is almost unparalleled.

Since its initial release back in ’91 Street Fighter II earning over $10 billion in revenue and has been credited with putting the head to head fighting genre of gaming on the map. Street Fighter II May have been Capcom’s greatest creation in the 90’s considering the fact that the game is considered to be a cult classic that still holds up well today. Street Fighter II has appeared on almost every game console you can think of with multiple versions of the game being playable on game systems such as SNES, Sega Genesis, PlayStation, etc. Street Fighter II was so popular that many people completely ignored the fact that there was ever a Street Fighter I from 1987. If there was ever an arcade title from the early 90’s that deserved to be placed in the category of one the greatest video games of all-time Street Fighter II is definitely one of them.

Could Super Smash Bros have worked in arcade centers in 1999?

The original Super Smash Bros game is considered to be a multiplayer fighting classic fir the N64 from 1999. Ever since its release the original Super Smash Bros game had managed to reach over 5.5 million copies in sales. In fact, Super Smash Bros became the fifth best selling game for the N64 game that Nintendo had made due to its overall popularity between ‘99-‘01. As a fighting game Super Smash Bros was one of the most innovative titles within that genre that Nintendo had ever made. The gameplay for Super Smash Bros looked and felt like something that would have been a huge attraction in arcade around the world in 1999. Super Smash Bros provided multiplayer gameplay that allowed up to four people and included the some of the most iconic Nintendo characters of all-time. The idea of having an arcade release Super Smash Bros in arcade centers prior to its N64 release sounds appealing.

But then again Super Smash Bros being a N64 console exclusive is one of the few factors that contributed to its success following its release. However, the fast paced fighting gameplay and non-stop action along with the chaotic atmosphere in Super Smash Bros made the game seem like one that would have worked in arcade during 1999. An arcade version of the original Super Smash Bros game may not have been as much of an attraction as its successor Super Smash Bros Brawl from ‘01; mainly because Smash Bros Brawl was considered to be more iconic in general. One of the main reasons why Super Smash Bros Brawl would not have worked in arcade centers in the early 00’s is due to how gaming was starting to change. By the early 00’s arcade centers were starting to decline in popularity and online gaming was began to surge in popularity around the mid 00’s. But there is no doubt that not having an arcade release of the original Smash Bros game was a missed opportunity by Nintendo to some extent.

Chrono Cross (1999) vs Skies Of Arcadia (2000) which deserves a sequel more?

When we think about older RPG’s from the late 90’s-early 00’s time period there were many classics from that era of gaming including FFVII, FFVIII, Suikoden II, Xenogears, Grandia II and many others. But when comes down to popular 3D JRPG’s from ‘99-‘00 there were games such as Chrono Cross & Skies Of Arcadia that deserved sequels but never received them. Chrono Cross was first released on the PS1 in Japan back in November 1999 before coming to America in August 2000. Chrono Cross was the critically acclaimed sequel to the iconic 16-bit Chrono Trigger game for the SNES from ‘95. Despite, the Chrono Cross received for its storytelling, visuals and battle battle system Square Co./ Square Enix was unable to produce a sequel. It has been mentioned by Hiromichi Tanaka who worked as the producer for Chrono Cross many years ago that ideas on creating a sequel were tossed around at some point. While the idea for creating a new Chrono game was eventually dropped on the early 00’s Shinji Hashimoto from Square Enix seemingly expresses frustration about the matter at E9 2009. Hashimoto may have believed that the overall sales for Chrono Cross was too low and that the fan support for another installment was not high enough for Square Enix to care.

Skies Of Arcadia which was developed by Overworks initially appeared on Sega Dreamcast in ‘00 was quite possibly the best RPG to have appeared on that console. Initially, a sequel for Skies Of Arcadia was planned around ‘03 but apparently it never materialized. Back in January 2020 one of the developers Kenji Hiruta who worked on Skies Of Arcadia had expressed interest on Twitter in developing a direct sequel to the ‘00’s RPG classic. The likelihood of seeing a sequel for Skies Of Arcadia is not too different from the possibility of Square Enix producing another Chrono game. Following the 90’s the Chrono series has seemingly lost its appeal with Chrono Trigger from ‘95 being the most high profile game in the series. Skies Of Arcadia was one of the most captivating RPG’s of the 00’s decade and at this point it seems like the only way will get a sequel is through a Kickstarter campaign. As far as which game is more deserving of a sequel between Chrono Cross & Skies Of Arcadia is definitely one that is open to debate.

Metal Gear: Tactical Espionage Action remake coming soon for PS5?

As far as big rumors within the gaming Siri’s concerned there have been rumors floating around about Konami doing something big with the Metal Gear Solid series. Recently, there has been a claim from a YouTube gaming channel called RedGamingTech that Konami plans on remaking the original Metal Gear Solid from ‘98. As many people know the original Metal Gear Solid title that appeared on the PS1 during the late 90’s was considered to be one of the greatest games of the 32-bit era. Also, the Metal Gear Solid game from ‘98 was considered to be one best installment within the entire series and earned over $51 million shortly after its release. Metal Gear Solid is considered to be legendary as a action-adventure stealth game and received universal praise following its release. There were minor issues that people had with the game includes me rate issues along with a somewhat complicated storyline.

However, if the rumors of a remake for the ‘98 Metal Gear Solid game are true this is Konami’s chance to fix the issues that existed in the original version of the game. Also, as far as Metal Gear Solid receiving an in-depth remake is concerned opposed to simply being remastered it will be interesting to see what Konami plans on doing in terms of gameplay. According to RedGamingTech the Metal Gear Solid remake is supposed appear on the PS5 along with PC quite possibly next year. The same source also claimed that Konami plans on remastering Metal Gear Solid 2,3 and 4 in high definition with the release dates of those games being unknown as well. Hopefully, Konami reveals more information about the claims made by RedGamingTech if they are indeed true. The idea of seeing classic Metal Gear Solid games on PS5 is one that would appeal to long time fans of the series. A series of old Metal Gear Solid games would also be one of the many big attractions for the PS5 if they were re-released sometime between 2021-2022.

Should Capcom develop a MegaMan X9?

As many people know over the past three years or so the Mega Man series has somewhat been in the spotlight as of late. Back in the Summer 2018 Capcom released the Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 which included just about every game with the MMX series from ‘93-‘04. The Mega Man Legacy Collection series was met mainly with positive reviews from gamers and critics alike following its release back in 2018. We also got to see the release of MegaMan 11 back in September 2018 which also received mainly positive reviews as well due to the improvements in visuals and gameplay in comparison to its 2010 predecessor Mega Man 10. There are many people who believe that if Capcom is capable of creating a sequel to a game like Mega Man then surely at some point we will get one for MegaMan X8 which came out back in ‘04. As many long time fans of the Mega Man series are aware the MMX series began to lose its appeal somewhere during the start of the early 00’s; quite possibly following the release of Mega Man X5 in the year 2000. MegaMan X6-X8 are not installments that standout as our as much as the first three entries for the SNES or MMX4-MMX5 for the PS1.

As far as potential future release of MegaMan X9 is concerned it’s unlikely to happen in the future especially since Capcom has no plans to do so. In fact, the producer of Mega Man 11 Kazuhiro Tsuchiya had shot down the online rumors regarding the development of MegaMan X9 back in 2018. While there are many people who would love to see a MegaMan X9 game sometime in the 2020’s decade the fan support among the gaming community specifically those who are long time MM fans is not strong enough. If Capcom ever decided to develop a MegaMan X9 the idea of utilizing 2.5D gameplay and visuals similar to that of MegaMan 11 would be appealing. If Capcom really wanted to try something new and innovative comic book styled artwork & visuals similar to that of Comix Zone or Viewtiful Joe would look pretty cool for a potential MegaMan X9 game.

10’s Gaming- Child Of Light: (2014)

As far as 2D platform RPG’s are concerned one of the few titles that Ubisoft developed back in the mid 10’s that many people were impressed by was a game called Child Of Light. This title was released for just about every game system you could think of including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii-U, PS3, PSVita along with Microsoft Windows. There were critics who were fans of various aspects of Child Of Light including the visuals and the ability to swap characters in the game. While the story for Child Of Light was pretty basic it had a female protagonist named Aurora who had a dark yet strange backstory prior to waking up in Lemuria following her death. One of the more interesting aspects of Child Of Light is that the setting for game takes place in the later part of the 19th century. Players take control of the princess named Aurora in the year 1895. Throughout the game players eventually come in contact with other playable characters who joins Aurora on her quest to defeat the main antagonist Umbra also known as the “Queen Of The Night”. There were some shocking revelations within the story for Child Of Light such as Umbra being Norah’s mother and Aurora’s stepmother.

Players also discovered details regarding the connection between Aurora’s world and Lemuria and how Umbra stole the mirror which connected two after rescuing Lady Of The Forest from imprisonment. In her search to retrieve Lemuria’s light in order to utilize the mirror she is searching for Aurora eventually crosses paths with several playable characters with diverse backgrounds. Aurora aligns herself with Rubella, Finn, Norah, Robert, Genovefa and Tristis characters whose stories are all connected the main plot in some way. The frequent visions that Aurora had throughout Child Of Light definitely made the story itself more intriguing; opposed to your average 2D platform game with a basic plot with little to no story depth. While many people would live to see a direct sequel to the Child Of Light game from ‘14 Ubisoft creative director Patrick Plourde has confirmed that there will be none.

Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media good or bad?

One of the things that has captured the eyes of many people within the gaming world as of late involved the news regarding Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media. Based on what we know tech giant Microsoft will be purchasing ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion; giving the company ownership of some of Bethesda’s most famous video games including the likes of the Elder Scrolls, Doom and the Fallout series. One of the reasons why Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media is such a big deal is because its probably the most expensive purchase in gaming history. Its common knowledge that Microsoft has been working more closely with one of its former competitors Sony in the midst of the ongoing gaming war with the likes of Google & Apple. Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media is definitely a strong positive for the company because that is more future revenue that the corporation will be earning; if the deal regarding the purchase closes during by the first half of 2021.

The interesting thing about Microsoft’s purchase is the fact that its comes about two months before the company releases its next generation console known as the Xbox Series X which is expected to be released on November 10th of 2020. Its quite possible that one of Microsoft’s motives behind the purchase is to prevent upcoming games within the Wolfenstein, Doom and Elder Scrolls series from appearing on game systems such as Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia or iOS devices. If you are and have been a huge Xbox gamer for over the past decade or so then Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda’s parent company is both big and exciting news. However, Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media could be a threat to the likes of Google especially since the Stadia mainly relies on the streaming of third party games. Microsoft has a lot going on right now with the latest release of their xCloud streaming service along with the Xbox Series X set to appear in retail in November 2020. Based on how things look right now next year onwards seem very promising for the tech giant that now owns Bethesda; which will be unfortunate for some of the company’s major competitors.

Would a Mario Kart 3D All-Stars game be a huge attraction?

As many people know the Super Mario 3D All-Stars game was released on September 18th of 2020. Prior to its release it was something that long time fans of the series have fantasied about for many years prior to its release. Mario 3D All-Stars included some of three of the best installments within the entire series including Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine along with Super Mario Galaxy. The idea of including bundle of some of the best Mario games from ‘96-‘01 was one that was well received by many people following Nintendo’s announcement about it. In fact, some people wonder whether or not Nintendo should do the same thing with few of the Mario Kart games. The idea of a Mario Kart 3D All-Stars is one that sounds very appealing considering how successful certain games within the series were. While Mario Kart 64 from 1996 was legendary Mario Kart: Double Dash from ‘03 was very unique;especially with the concept of being able to select two drivers for one kart. The Mario Kart Wii game from ‘08 ended up becoming one of the best selling video games of all-time reaching over 37 million copies in sales. If those three Mario Kart games were included in a bundle similar to that of Super Mario 3D All-Stars it would definitely be a huge attraction among Nintendo gamers past and present.

As it currently stands Mario Kart 8: Deluxe is still a big attraction on the Nintendo Switch and will most likely remain that way for the next few years or so. If Nintendo did something different with a game like Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo Switch that would possibly turn heads. If Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS was remastered in high definition for the Switch it could possibly perform well in terms of sales. A remastered version of Mario Kart 7 would probably more interesting than the Mario Kart Tour mobile game that Nintendo released in September 2019. A Mario Kart 3D All-Stars game would definitely be far more interesting than Mario Kart Tour because of nostalgia. But since Nintendo has no plans to make a Mario Kart 3D All-Stars game whatsoever its unlikely that it will ever happen.

Will we ever get a Super Mario Odyssey 2?

As many people know Super Mario Odyssey was released for the Nintendo Switch back in October 2017. Since then Super Mario Odyssey has ended up becoming one of the most successful video games on the Nintendo Switch. Since its release Super Mario Odyssey has reached over 18 million copies in sales and has become the sixth best selling video game on the Nintendo Switch. In fact, Super Mario Odyssey right now is the 10th best selling Mario game of all-time which is very impressive since the series has been around for about 35 years now. Seeing how successful Super Mario Odyssey has been since its initial release along with the strong critical reception the game has received; many people are anxious to know whether or not Nintendo plans on producing a direct sequel for Super Mario Odyssey. The gameplay involving Cappy while collecting Power Moons in various kingdoms and transversing throughout various levels both 2D & 3D made Super Mario Odyssey an memorable experience. The plot for Super Mario Odyssey included the same formula that you would normally see in Mario games with Bowser kidnapping Princess Peach but with new settings and a slight twist at the end of the game.

Super Mario Odyssey has managed to surpass the likes of Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 64 in terms of sales since its release. It would be surprising if Nintendo did not have any plans to make a direct sequel to Super Mario Odyssey with similar gameplay along with a different that follows the events of this game. As it currently stands Super Mario Odyssey has been around for a few years now and is still a huge attraction in retail for the Nintendo Switch. Its hard to predict whether or not Nintendo will make a direct sequel for Super Mario Odyssey but there are many people who hope that it becomes a reality.

PS5 release date revealed, Final Fantasy XVI Confirmed!!!

We finally learned more information regarding the PS5 in relation to its upcoming release in Q4 2020. It has recently been revealed that the PS5 will be released on November 12th in the countries of Japan, America, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. The Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc drive version of the PS5 will also appear everywhere else around the world on November 19th with the release price being $499.99. For those who want purchase the Digital Edition of the PS5 they will be able to do so for $399.99. The pre-orders for the PS5 start on September 17th and can be done through local retailers or the PlayStation website. The inclusion of features such as Blu-ray tracing, haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and lightning fast loading speed seems very appealing to those who are looking forward to the next generation of gaming. There are upcoming titles for the PS5 that the world is looking forward to seeing including GodFall, Spider-Man Miles Morales along with Final Fantasy XVI.

The world recently got to see a reveal trailer Final Fantasy XVI and it was confirmed to appear on PS5 & PC. The official release date for Final Fantasy XVI has yet to be revealed but many people are speculating that it will come out sometime in 2021. While Final Fantasy XV from 2016 was a huge success reaching at least 8.9 million in worldwide sales; many question how good FFXVI will be since director and producer for FFXV are not working on this upcoming installment. In fact, Naoki Yoshida who worked on FFXIV will be the producer for FFXVI along with Hiroshi Takai being the director. The details involving Final Fantasy XVI such as the plot and gameplay are vague as of right now. However, Square Enix is supposed to reveal more information about FFXVI sometime next year; hopefully explaining the plot in depth along with what to expect terms of gameplay.