Will King Of Fighters XV surpass its prequel in popularity?

King Of Fighters XV is one of the highly anticipated fighting games that is expected to appear on game systems such as PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows sometime in 2020. As many people already know King Of Fighters XV was announced at EVO 2019 and since then we have not received too many details about the upcoming fighting game. We have not seen any games or learned about new features to expect for King Of Fighters XV. Seeing how many people enjoyed King Of Fighters XIV was well received by critics following its release in 2016 bring back some features from that game and improving upon them extensively would definitely be something that people would like to see. Despite, receiving great reviews from various gaming publications such as IGN, Eurogamer and GameSpot the 3D character models used in KOF XIV was subjected to criticism. Long time fans of the series were not too thrilled about SNK moving away from highly refined 2D sprites in favor of 3D character models and gameplay resembling that of Super Street Fighter IV.

While we have no idea what kind of art style to expect in King Of Fighters XV many people are anxious to know what potential new characters will be included in the game. Also, there has been speculation on what the story for the game will revolve around. Hopefully, the cutscenes feature from KOF XIV will remain in King Of Fighters XV since it adds life to the story mode in general. While there is still no official release date for KOF XV its almost that we should see the release of this game before the end of 2020.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Marvel Super Heroes: (1995)

When we think about some of the most popular arcade games to come from the 90’s one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind is the 2D fighting game developed and published by Capcom known as Marvel Super Heroes. For those who are unaware Marvel Super Heroes was released back in ’95 and was basically the arcade sequel to Capcom’s X-Men Children Of The Atom game from ’94. The gameplay & visuals presentation of Marvel Super Heroes were among the game’s strong points while including popular larger than life superhero & supervillain characters for players to choose from. Marvel Super Heroes included characters such as: Wolverine, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Psylocke, Spider-Man and others. It should also be noted that Thanos was the final boss and main antagonist for Marvel Super Heroes considering the fact that he wanted to utilize the Infinity Stones in order to take over the universe. The idea of using different stones such as: Time, Power, Space, Soul and Reality to battle opponents throughout the game was very intriguing. As far as gameplay was concerned many people would argue that the Sega Saturn port was more superior than the PS1 version of the game; the Sega Saturn port of Marvel Super Heroes came much closer to the arcade version of the game despite the console itself not being nearly as popular as the PS1.

The gameplay for Marvel Super Heroes is considered to be legendary by most gamers because it seeming pushed 2D fighting gameplay to its limit prior to the releases of X-Men vs Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter and Marvel vs Capcom in arcade centers between ’96-’99. As a 2D head to head fighting game Marvel Super Heroes was very basic yet very impressive due to its art design and addictive gameplay which was a unique improvement from its spiritual successor X-Men: Children Of The Atom from ’94. Despite, the fact that Marvel Super Heroes was released about 25 years ago the game itself has aged very well and looks as fresh as it did back in 1995. Marvel Super Heroes was arguably one greatest CPS-2 video games of all-time and is a game that does not get talked about nearly as much as it should. As far as 2D fighting games are concerned it seemed like almost everything Capcom produced during the 90’s was special and had lasting appeal them; Marvel Super Heroes just so happen to be one of those timeless classics that the world got to see from the arcade era of gaming.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Virtua Fighter 2: (1994)

When we think about some of the most popular 3D fighting games to come out of the early 90’s one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind is Virtua Fighter 2 from 1994. Virtua Fighter 2 was developed and published by Sega and was the direct sequel to the very first game within the series which was initially released back in November ’93. The arcade version of Virtua Fighter 2 came out in Japan in late ’94 before appearing in America early in 1995. Virtua Fighter was then ported for the Sega Saturn between December ’95 and January ’96 before it became big on Microsoft Windows during ’97. Strangely, after becoming big in arcade centers and on Sega Saturn Virtua Fighter 2 was eventually ported for the Sega Genesis between ’96-’97 despite the console declining in popularity by that time period. Virtua Fighter 2 was a game that saw graphical improvement in comparison to its predecessor saw each character possessing a greater number of attacks than the prequel. Also, Virtua Fighter 2 saw the introduction of brand new gameplay mechanics which involved counter-attacks adding more realism to each fight within the game. This installment of Virtua Fighter saw to inclusion of two new characters in Shun Di and Lion Rafael who both had their own respective fighting styles.

Along with the two new characters that added to Virtua Fighter 2 we saw many returning characters from the original game such as: Akira Yuki, Jacky Bryant, Pai Chan, Lau Chan, Wolf Hawkfield and others that people got a chance to play as which was also pretty cool. Despite, not having any modes that would make it standout from any other 3D fighting game Virtua Fighter 2 was still ahead of its time. Virtua Fighter 2 was released right before the original Tekken game which came out for the PS1 in December ’94. The Virtua Fighter series was still fairly new by ’94 and 3D gaming had yet to evolve to the level where innovative game modes outside of arcade, versus and practice were utilized. Since its release for the Sega Saturn back in the mid 90’s Virtua Fighter 2 ended up becoming one of the best selling games for that console. It was reported that the Sega Saturn version Virtua Fighter 2 sold at least 1.7 million copies in Japan and was praised by critics and players alike for its overs improvement over its predecessor. As good as Virtua Fighter 2 was during the mid 90’s sadly the game did not get as much recognition as the likes of Tekken 2 & 3 because it appeared on the Sega Saturn a game system that flop in sales in comparison to other game systems from that era of gaming.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Gradius V: (2004)

When we think about popular Konami games that came out between the 90’s-early 00’s titles such as Contra III: Alien Wars, Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night, Dance Dance Revolution and others. It seems like most of Konami’s best video games came out during the 99’s which is a statement that many would agree is accurate. However, in the early 00’s we did get to see some cool games that Konami was involved with such as: Silent Hill 2 and Gradius V which were titles that both appeared on the PS2. Gradius V was considered to be the sequel to Gradius IV which was an arcade exclusive in Japan following its release in February 1999. As people know the Gradius series started back in 1985 back when the scrolling shooter of genre was more popular. The side-scrolling shooter genre started to decline in popularity around the mid 90’s onwards and it a bit surprising that Gradius games were still being made between the late 90’s-early 00’s. Gradius V was an arcade line shooter with optimal visuals that allowed both single and multiplayer gameplay. Throughout, the game power-ups can be acquired through destroying enemies in game modes such as Score Attack.

The Weapon’s Array Screen allowed players to choose what type of power-ups they could utilize throughout different levels; players also had the option of customizing the Vic Viper ship using various different weapon combinations which made Gradius V intriguing. As far as sales were concerned Gradius V obviously did not do too well since the scrolling shooter genre of gaming had declined in popularity by the early 00’s. If Gradius V were released a few years earlier sometime around the mid 90’s between the ’94-’97 Time period it could have possibly of been a much bigger attraction than it was on the PS2. As a side scrolling intergalactic shooter game Gradius V was praised by various gaming publications including GamePro & IGN and was seen as game that looked like it belonged in the 90’s decade

Could Midnight Club II have been an attraction for GameCube?

When we think popular racing titles from the 00’s decade there are various titles that come to mind such as Mario Kart: Double Dash, Mario Kart: Wii, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spect, Grand Turismo 4, Race Driver: Grid and many others. While Mario racing games were Nintendo exclusives Grsn Turismo titles were generally games only to be featured for either the PlayStation 2 or PS3. Installments within the Midnight Club series which originated back in late-2000 were mainly published by RockStar Games; as far as third-party racing games were considered games like Midnight Club II from ’03 was almost as popular as titles such as Need For Speed: Most Wanted from ’05. While Midnight II was critically acclaimed by fans following its initial release in ’03 the and the game only appeared for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. If Midnight ClubII appeared on the Nintendo GameCube back in the early 00’s some believe that could have stood out more than it did on the PS2 or Xbox. However, GameCube was not as popular as most of Nintendo’s other game systems and ended up becoming one of the lowest selling consoles that the company had ever produced.

Since its release back in ’01 GameCube had managed to sell slightly over 21 million copies during its lifespan within retail which ultimately ended in 2007. Third-Party games for the most part were better of one the PS2 and RockStar Games has released some of their best titles during the early to mid-00’s time period such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Max Payne 2, Grand Theft Auto: III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and many others. RockStar Games had a lot of titles that really shined on the PS2 especially considering how popular the console itself was throughout the 00’s decade. Also, as far as storage was concerned in relation to memory cards the PS2 contained up to 128 MB of space while the maximum you could probably get on GameCube was 64 MB. Since Mario & Zelda Games were the main attraction on the Nintendo GameCube throughout the first half of the 00’s PS2 was definitely a better choice for Rockstar Games overall.

Arcade (80’s-90’s) vs Online (00’s-Present) which gaming era do you prefer?

When we think about how much gaming has evolved since the 80’s its something that seems almost unbelievable. The gaming world has seen various arcade games such as Outrun, Final Fight, TMNT: Turtles In Time, Tekken I-III, Mortal Kombat I-III, Street Fighter II and many others became very popular throughout the 90’s which was followed by the popularity of online gaming which really started to pick around the mid 00’s with the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. When online gaming started to become popular during the mid to late 00’s the shooter genre of gaming became more mainstream with games like Halo II & III, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare I & II and Gears Of War I & II. Also, during the early part of the 10’s decade the MMORPG genre of gaming became popular for a short period of time. We saw games such as Guild Wars II, Final Fantasy XIV Online, TERA, Star Wars: The Old Republic and which were all big MMORPG titles following their respective releases as PC gaming continued to grow in popularity throughout the 10’s decade.

Also online multiplayer gaming has become even more popular in the 10’s decade than it was during the 00’s with games such as Grand Theft Auto V, Fortnite, Red Dead Redemption II and others which were titles that were all considered to be addictive. While online gaming in general is somewhat expensive for those who are heavy users of the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live with inclusion of memberships for access of special features many would agree that its worth the experience. However, some who are fans of the arcade era of gaming would argue video games that heavily emphasize online gameplay loses its appeal after a few years once their servers go down and eventually becomes unplayable altogether. Also, when it comes down to online gaming players are often expected to pay more money for DLC opposed to having every possible unlockable item within a particular game. But then again online networks offered by Sony & Microsoft offers players an unforgettable gaming experience with both modern games and classics that were popular in arcade centers. While retro gamers from the 80’s & 90’s might have enjoyed going out to arcade centers to socialize along with spending endless coins in different machines; online gaming from 00’s-present is so much more convenient as pertains to socializing despite how expensive it might be overall.

Just Dance 2020 Confirmed to be Ubisoft’s Last Wii game!!!

As many people know Just Dance 2020 was released a few days ago on November 5th and has been released for multiple game systems such as: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and even the original Wii console. Speaking of the Wii console we have recently learned that Just Dance 2020 will be the final game within series to appear on that game system. Sometimes its hard to believe the Just Dance series has been appearing on the Wii console since 2009. In fact, the original Just Dance game was a Wii exclusive which was very popular following its initial release a decade ago. The Wii remote and nunchucks really added to the fun factor of previous entries of the Just Dance series and is something that people still enjoy to this day. However, it should be noted that as a game system the Wii is at least two generations old considering the fact that it came out back in November 2006.

The graphics and visuals for the Wii console are outdated and people would most likely prefer the optimal quality of current generation consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One or even the Nintendo Switch to some extent. In fact, its doubtful that a majority of gamers still have a Wii console let alone play games on it in the year 2019. While its a shock that there was even a Wii version of Just Dance 2020 unfortunately this will the last Ubisoft game that will ever see this company at all.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Perfect Dark: (2000)

As far as classic first person shooter games are concerned in relation to the 2000’s one of the most pop games that we saw on the Nintendo 64 was a title known as Perfect Dark. For those who do not know Perfect Dark was developed by Rare and published by Nintendo and was initially released for the N64 during the Spring of 2000. Perfect Dark was a game that had an interesting plot that was set in early 2020’s and involved players controlling the main protagonist Joanna Dark as she attempts thwart a conspiracy by a rival corporation known as dataDyne. One of the cool things about the storyline for Perfect Dark is the fact that it takes place in the midst of interstellar warfare between two different races known as the Skedars and the Maians. Also, as players progress throughout the game they eventually see unexpected twists and revelations regarding the story. Players eventually see Daniel Carrington get captured by dataDyne and learn about the corporation’s plans about capturing the United States President in hopes of accessing the Pelagic II. The depth of the story for Perfect Dark was something that many people liked in addition to the gameplay which was similar to that of GoldenEye 007 which was released for the N64 in 1997.

In addition to having a captivating storyline, nice graphics and gameplay that was on par with 007 Perfect Dark also had three multiplayer game modes that could allow up to four players which added to the game’s overall replay value. As far as sales is concerned Perfect Dark managed to reach at least 2.5 million copies and was considered to be one of the best first- person shooter games of the early 00’s. Despite, not being nearly as successful as GoldenEye 007 many would argue that Perfect Dark was a game that felt like it was ahead of its time. Perfect Dark was released right before the first person shooter genre of gaming started to very popular. Since its initial release in 2000 Perfect Dark was remastered and re-released back in 2010 and since then people have wondered whether or not there would be a direct sequel to the game as well.

Three NES Games Coming Soon to Nintendo Switch Online on April 10th!!!

As the Switch continues to grow in popularity we are fortunate enough to also get to play classic NES titles provided on the console’s Online eShop. We have just learned that on April 10th Nintendo will be adding three more NES titles to the Nintendo Switch eShop including Super Mario Bros Lost Levels (1986), Punch Out (1987) and Star Solider (1986). While the Super Mario Bros series for the NES is very popular and well known throughout the gaming world not everyone is too familiar with Punch Out or Star Solder which were both somewhat addictive 8-bit titles from the 80’s.

While Star Solider is a retro space shoot em up game Punch Out is an arcade styled boxing game that had a high replay value. Punch Out was probably one of the most memorable sports/fighting games of the NES era and is one that would definitely be an attraction to Switch owners who are really into sports such as boxing. It almost certain that Nintendo will add more NES titles to the Switch eShop as we progress throughout the rest of the year and include more classics frond the 8-bit era of gaming.

Will there ever be a Tekken Tag Tournament 3?

As far as big fighting games in relation to the 10’s decade is concerned one of the more exciting titles that we got a chance to see was Tekken Tag Tournament 2 which was released over eight years ago. Not only was Tekken Tag Tournament 2 a memorable fighting game it also managed to reach over 1.5 million units worldwide in relation to sales and was received numerous awards for “Best Fighting Game” of 2012 from the likes of GameSpot, Game Informer and Digital Trends shortly after its release. While there has been a lot of speculation that Tekken 7 from 2015 was most likely going to be the final entry in the series there are still many people who would love to see a direct sequel to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 sometime in the future. As curt stands Namco has no plans whatsoever on developing a Tekken Tag Tournament 3 anytime in the future.

However, it should be noted that prior to the release of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 the first TTT game came out back in 1999. So it basically took Namco over a decade to make a sequel for the original Tekken Tag Tournament game which was actually worth waiting for. In fact, roster for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was arguably the best that we have seen in any game within the entire series since the mid-90’s. If Namco has no plans on making a sequel to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 than having a remastered version of the game for the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One would definitely be something that many people would love to see.