Should Sega focus more on 16-bit gaming in the future?

The Sega Genesis was one of the best game systems of the late 80’s-early 90’s. Since its release back in ‘89 the Sega Genesis had reached over 30 million units worldwide in terms of sales. Despite, not selling quite as much as its competitor the 16-bit SNES the console itself is iconic. The Sega Genesis is the console that introduced Sonic the Hedgehog to the world and gave us games such as GunStar Heroes, Streets Of Rage 2 along with the Shining and Phantasy Star series. In fact, Sega is known more their 16-bit video games than anything the company had produced on the Sega Saturn or Dreamcast between the mid early 00’s. While Dreamcast did have a few games such as Shenmue, Crazy Taxi, Power Stone & Sonic Adventure 2 that stood out the console itself did poorly in comparison to the Sega Genesis from a sales standpoint. Its not that Sega generally make terrible 3D games the issue is more rooted in the fact that console wars have become more competitive. The products that entities such as Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo produce seems to evolve with each passing generation.

While Sony & Microsoft have systems that feature some of the best 3D video games ever made Sega is not known for producing high definition three dimensional titles that reached astronomical numbers in sales. Some would argue that Sega would be better off producing more 16-bit games in the future similar to Sonic Mania became it appeals to retro gamers more their 3D titles. The idea of seeing more games on the Retro Engine sound very cool especially considering how polished Sonic Mania looked following its release in 2017. Sonic Mania had also been one of Sega’s more high profile games that attracted mainstream attention within the past few years. If Sega decided to return their roots and focus more on creating 16-bit video games it would be a breath of fresh air within the gaming world. There have been pixal art titles such as Stardew Valley & Shovel Knight from the 10’s decade that appeared on various game systems and were big attractions because of their retro-like appeal. If Sega decided to focus more on producing pixel art titles similar to how they did with Sonic Mania it would be to the delight of many people within the gaming world.

Upcoming Games- Cris Tales: (2020)

As far as upcoming games are concerned there are plenty that people around the world is looking forward to seeing between the rest of year and 2021. One of the few games that people are talking about right is a JRPG with unique artwork published by Modus Games entitled Cris Tales. It has been said that Cris Tales will be released for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Google Stadia; right now there is currently playable demo version of Cris Tales on Steam which will give players an idea on what to expect from the full version of the game. Based on what we know the full version of Cris Tales is expected to be released during Q4 2020 on November 17th. We also know that Cris Tales will be a game that places emphasizes on female protagonists as their as they travel to Past with the ability to shape the future with their actions.

This JRPG will see players control a Time Mage by the name of Crisbell along with her friends who will attempt to stop Time Empress from bring destruction to Crystallis along with four other Kingdoms within the region. The animation for Cris Tales looks very impressive for an indie JRPG and despite its basic plot it seemingly as the potential to be something special. If Cris Tales becomes popular enough following its upcoming release it could potentially have a sequel or quite possibly its own series all together. Cris Tales will be developed by Dreams Uncorporated & SYCK and will be single-player only as you adventure throughout the game to stop the Time Empress. It will be interesting to see how successful Cris Tales will become following its release in November 2020 especially since the game will be featured on multiple platforms.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Mega Man Legends: (1997)

Mega Man Legends was a game that stood out within the series back in the 90’s especially since it was the first 3D entry Capcom had ever made. For those who have been fans of the Mega Man series since ’87 they were surprised about Capcom’s idea of making a 3D installment; while others felt like the gameplay was too far removed from the look and feel of most the 2D entries from the late 80’s-early 90’s. It should also be noted that Mega Man Legends had a plot that was completely different from anything that was seen in MegaMan X or the MM main series. While Dr. Wily was generally the primary antagonist for the Mega Man main series Sigma was generally the key villain for the MMX games. Mega Man Legends was a game where the plot focused on searching for a power source known as Quantum Refractors through ancient ruins of the Earth. Mega Man Legends is definitely a spin-off game from the original series since the main character Mega Man Volnutt is basically spiritual successor of the original Mega Man; also Roll Caskett who was Volnutt’s girlfriend was a spin-off version of Roll from the main Mega Man series.

The gameplay for Mega Man Legends was very different from what fans were used to seeing within a MM game which was normally fast paced run n gun gameplay. In Mega Man Legends familiar elements of gameplay had returned such as being able to utilize the Blaster Gun to destroy various types of enemies. The inclusion of stats as it pertained to Volnutt’s Blaster Gun was interesting and gave players the option to increase certain attributes that would affect how much damage their attacks would cause. Players had the ability to increase stats that included Energy, Rapid, Range and Attack level after retrieving Buster Parts from exploring dungeons or visiting shops that sold them. In Mega Man Legends players could also gain access to special weapons as well but the only downside was that only one can be equipped at a time; it should be noted that players can only change special weapons is by talking to Roll Volnutt. The open world 3D gameplay was one that was different from what fans expected from Capcom in a Mega Man game but at the same time it was refreshing. Many people could not imagine how Capcom would be able to pull off a 3D Mega Man but Legends was actually pretty decent for a time period where basic 3D gaming was starting to become mainstream. Completing different missions in ancient ruins while battling pirates and interacting within non-playable characters gave Mega Man Legends its own identity; opposed to being a carbon copy of one of the previous installments within the 2D Mega Man series with added modifications. Despite, not being as popular as the likes of Mega Man II or Mega Man X there no doubt that Mega Man Legends was one of the best 3D installments within the entire series.

Was Streets Of Rage 2 Sega’s best game for the Genesis console?

When we think about some of the best games that came from the 16-bit Genesis console from the early 90’s its almost impossible to have that conversation without thinking about the critically acclaimed Streets Of Rage 2 title from 1992. Streets Of Rage 2 was arguably one best beat em up video games from the early 90’s along with the likes of TMNT: Turtles In Time which was released in arcade centers in ’91 before appearing on the SNES during ’92. Streets Of Rage 2 was a dramatic improvement over its ’91 prequel in terms of visuals and audio since more 16-bit than it was 8-bit. Streets Of Rage 2 was also considered to be a more memorable entry within the series than its predecessor Streets Of Rage 3 which was subjected to criticism due to its level of difficulty and censorship from the original Japanese version of the game entitled Bare Knuckle III. While Streets Of Rage 3 had improved gameplay over SOR II the soundtrack was not nearly as memorable as its predecessor which was also something that was subjected to criticism by fans of the series. There were more people who preferred Streets Of Rage 2 more than any other entry within the series due to its basic plot along with the fact that soundtracks blended very well with each stage within the game.

In fact, there are some people who would argue that Streets Of Rage 2 alone was better than the entire Final Fight trilogy from ’89-’95. Either way, Streets Of Rage 2 is one of Sega’s most high profile games on the Genesis console outside of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. While Streets Of Rage 2 may not have sold as much on the Sega Genesis during the early 90’s its still considered to be a memorable 16-bit gem almost 30 years later. Streets Of Rage 2 without a doubt was the best beat em up game that Sega has ever made; but to proclaim that SOR II video game that Sega has made in general does not seem valid in the eyes of too many people.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Super Smash Bros Melee: (2001)

When it comes down to video game classics from the early 00’s its almost impossible to have a conversation with someone without talking about one of the most high profile fighting games of that time period Super Smash Bros Melee. For those who do not know Super Smash Bros Melee was released for the Nintendo GameCube back in November 2001. Super Smash Bros Melee was the direct sequel to the original game which was released back in ’99 for the Nintendo 64. Similar to its predecessor Super Smash Bros Melee had a Star-studded roster of popular Nintendo characters such as Mario, Link, Donkey Kong,Samus Aran, Kirby and many others that players could choose from for multiplayer action which allowed up to four people during battles. In addition, to the fast-paced gameplay we got to see a single-player arcade mode with a final boss along with various mini-games which added to the overall replay value of Super Smash Bros Melee. One of the more challenging game modes in Super Smash Bros Mello included All-Star Mode where players had to defeat each character in the game with limited supplements during battles. Whether, you played Super Smash Bros Melee alone or with friends it was a blast regardless and ended becoming the most popular video game fir the Nintendo GameCube during the 00’s.

In fact, since its release in Fall 2001 Super Smash Bros Melee managed to reach over seven million copies in sales and is considered to be a cult classic by many gamers. In fact, there have been Super Smash Bros Melee tournaments held over the past couple of years which shows how popular the game still is within the 10’s decade. While its debatable on which game in the Smash Bros series is the best many people would probably argue that Melee is definitely ranked in the top three. As far as overall popularity is concerned some might put Super Smash Bros Melee on the same level as Ultimate which was recently released back in December 2018. Despite, the game being eighteen years old Super Smash Bros Melee is a title that is still a big attraction within the gaming community to this day.

Is Gill the toughest Street Fighter boss character of all-time?

When we think about some of the toughest boss characters in fighting games particularly Street Fighter names such as M. Bison, Shin Akuma and Seth instantly comes to mind. While M. Bison was not a problem to defeat for those were veterans of the Street Fighter series the likes of Shin Akuma was almost impossible to defeat no matter how many times you fought him in SF Alpha 2 & 3. But when it came down to having the deck stacked against you in relation to boss battles within the Street Fight series Gill from SFIII was a perfect example of just that. Not only did Gill’s attacks take a significant amount of damage from players who battled him but he also had the ability to resurrect himself after being defeated in battle which would completely restore his health bar.

While Gill’s resurrection technique takes uses up his entire Super meter many people to this day believes that it gave him an unfair advantage in Street Fighter III: Double Impact and Third Strike. As far as Gill being considered the hardest boss character within the Street Fighter series is something that is debatable. However, Gill was without a doubt one of the most bizarre yet underrated boss characters that ever appeared in the Street Fighter series in general.

Will we see a new Pilotwings game for the Nintendo Switch?

When it comes down to popular Nintendo games of the past that people would love to see new title for Pilotwings is one of the many names that comes to mind. As many people know the Pilotwings series first began back in 1999 when was released for the 16 bit Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Despite, how successful the original Pilotwings game was along with its sequel Pilotwings 64 there has not been too many titles within series itself. The latest game within the series entitled Pilotwings Resort released back in 2011 for the Nintendo 3DS which was a pretty cool flight simulation adventure.

Despite, not getting a sequel to Pilotwings Resort it seems like the closest thing that we are going to get to the game is Pilot Sports which will be coming to the Nintendo Switch in the near future. In alm honestly the flight simulation genre of gaming game is underrated and there is no question that Nintendo should make a direct sequel to Pilotwings Resort. But the chances of a new Pilotwings game for the Nintendo Switch happening in the future are slim as of right now.

Will there ever be a sequel to Sailor Moon Another Story?

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When it comes down to underrated 2D role playing video games from the 90’s Sailor Moon Another was considered to be somewhat of a hidden gem for the SNES following its release back in the mid 90’s. For those who do not know Sailor Moon Another Story was developed and published by a video game company called Angel and released exclusively in Japan back in 1995. The game had a storyline involving a sorceress named Apsu along with the Opposito Soldiers as the main antagonists who seek to obtain the Silver Crystal by altering time. The plot for Sailor Moon Another Story was rather interesting not only because it had multiple endings but storyline looked like something that could have worked in the actual anime.

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While many fans of the Sailor Moon series would love to see a direct sequel to this game it seems unlikely that it will ever happen. Ever since Sailor Moon Another Story was released back in 1995 we never saw another game in the SM series like it. In fact, Sailor Moon Another Story was never released in America back in the 90’s despite how popular the show was on Fox Kids and Toonami. While the Sailor Moon series is not quite as popular as it was during the 90’s seeing a direct sewage to SM: Another Story would definitely turn heads within the gaming world.

Will Super Mario Odessey surpass Super Mario Galaxy in sales?

As of right now Super Mario Odessey is one of the hottest games out for the Nintendo Switch right now. Not only is Super Mario Odessey one of the fastest selling games with in the Mario set but it also received very positive reviews from critics and has gained mainstream attention since its release back in October 2017. The sales for Super Mario Odessey is quite impressive especially since it managed to reach over 10 million units worldwide in less than a year. Super Mario Odessey has already managed to surpass the likes of Super Mario Bros 2, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario Kart and Super Mario Galaxy 2 in relation to sales within a year.

Ever since, Super Mario Galaxy was first released for the Nintendo Wii back in November 2007 the game ended up selling over 12 million units worldwide. Super Mario Galaxy was not only a huge success on the Wii but it was also within the top ten for being one of the best selling games for that console. Seeing how the sales for Super Mario Odessey is gradually increasing each month its quite possible that it could surpass Super Mario Galaxy before 2019. In terms of which game is better between Super Mario Odessey & Galaxy is debatable but both titles are among two of the best 3D games within the Mario series in general.

Nintendo Switch reaches over 17 million units in sales

As of late there has been a lot of interesting news in the gaming world surrounding the current status along with the future of Nintendo. As far as the Nintendo Switch is concerned there seems to be both but good news about the hybrid console especially considering the fact that it reached a new milestone. It was announced the other day that the Nintendo Switch has reached 17.79 million units in terms of worldwide sales.

As of right now the Nintendo Switch is arguably the fastest selling game console on the market right now. At this rate the Nintendo Switch May hit over 30 million units in terms of sales before the year is over. With the upcoming coming releases of countless titles for the Nintendo Switch in 2018 there is no doubt that the hybrid console will continue to be a huge success as time progresses.