Will Multiplayer Gameplay add to the appeal of Stardew Valley?

As many people know Stardew Valley is probably one of the most popular farm-simulation games of the 10’s decade. Since its initial release back in February 2016 the game has managed to be a success across multiple consoles including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. Not only has Stardew Valley managed to sell over 3.5 million units worldwide but it has also made millions of dollars in revenue for the game’s publisher Chucklefish within the past few years.

As popular as Stardew Valley has been so far the addition of a multiplayer mode will only add to the overall replay value of the game itself. The multiplayer mode will enable players to recruit up three friends who can help each other manage their farm along with various crops & livestock. Also, the multiplayer mode will add a touch of realism as players will be able to get married within the game. Also, players will be able to share messages through chat boxes which is vital to effective communication in regards to working together. The multiplayer update is expected to launch on August 1st and is a feature that will make Stardew Valley more appealing than ever.

Should the NES Ninja Turtles game have been remade for the SNES?

There is absolutely no question that the Ninja Turtles game for the NES is quite possibly one of the hardest video games of all time. As challenging as the Ninja Turtles was for the NES it definitely was not a game that many people would have wanted to see a remake on for the SNES.  If the original Ninja Turtles game for NES was remade for the SNES but with reduced difficulty then maybe it could have worked out.  

However, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time for the SNES was still a way more popular title than the original Ninja Turtles game for the NES.  The beat em up genre suited Ninja Turtles games much more than platformer ever did. 

Retro Gaming- Soul Blazer: (1992)

If you are a retro gamer from the early 90’s than Soul Blazer must be a title that instantly comes to mind in relation to the 16 bit era of gaming.  Soul Blazer was an Action RPG that was developed Quintet and released exclusively for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1992.  The plot for Soul Blazer is interesting since its about a warrior from the heavens who is sent by the Master to the Freil Empire to defeat all types of monsters while freeing numerous people from lairs after being captured.  

As players progress throughout the game they find themselves in numerous dungeon crawling style battles where each victory over a monster leads to the liberation of a soul along with the reconstruction of various town that were destroyed.  Since its release for the SNES Soul Blazer has managed to sell over 290,000 million units worldwide and was considered to be one of the best Action RPG titles of the early 90’s.  Many people are probably shocked by the fact that Soul Blazer was ever re-released on the Game Boy Advance or even featured on the SNES Classic.  Either way the game is still considered an SNES Classic from the 16 bit era.  

Could there have been a Ninja Turtles game for Nintendo 64?

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When we think about classic games for the Nintendo Entertainment System along with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System we think about many game such as the Ninja Turtles series.  The Ninja Turtles series was very popular in the  80’s and early 90’s and the games that were made by Konami were very fun in general.   One of the better TMNT games that Konami had produced was the arcade title known as Turtles in Time which allowed up to four players on a single cabinet.  Even though, many people were satisfied with the fact Turtles in Time was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  However, the Super Nintendo console had only allowed multiplayer gameplay which could only include two people.

If Konami wanted to make a 2D arcade style video game for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the Nintendo 64 or Gamecube were the perfect consoles to do so.  The thought of the Nintendo 64  not having a Ninja Turtles game was just at puzzling as the TMNT Gamecube title from 2003 having a two player co-op mode instead of four.  While the Ninja Turtles titles were better in 2D with colorful sprites and graphics Konami could have released a game similar to Turtles in Time for the Nintendo 64 or even Gamecube.  When it comes down to 2D gameplay with the inclusion of colorful sprites and graphics Konami could have definitely pulled it off especially since they did it with Mortal Kombat Trilogy during the mid 90’s.  Looking back at things down Konami had probably missed a chance on delivering an arcade quality Ninja Turtles game for the Nintendo 64 that could of allowed four player gameplay.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (1991)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project is another popular game within the series which was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System by Konami in late 1991.  This game just like many of the other Ninja Turtles titles involved all four brothers Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo mission to stop Shredder.  In this game Shredder kidnaps April O’Neal again while the turtles are on vacation in Florida;  just like many TMNT games the gang has to travel to Manhattan to save April.  Some people who had played The Manhattan Project would probably argue that it was more fun the original TMNT game for the NES which is highly debatable.  However, many can agree that the Manhattan Project was definitely easier because it included a co-op mode in which two players can complete the game together.  Also, similar to other NES co-op games such as Double Dragon players have the option of selecting the mode which can enable or disable them from attacking one another.

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This game also featured many popular enemies that are included in the animated series such as Krang, Slash, and Leatherhead.  This game consists of eight different stages which players must complete with a limited amount of lives.  Another feature that stands out about this title includes the soundtrack but which is filled with both anticipation and adventure. While the soundtracks for each stage are great some would argue that Stage 7 had the best music and quite possibly the most exciting stage in the whole game.  Many people would probably agree that the final stage was possibly the longest and the most difficult stage whether one played by themselves or with a friend.  But despite how challenging this game was it allowed TMNT fans to spend enough time learning how to complete the game in the most effective way.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project received positive reviews from gamers and critics alike for making various improvements from its predecessor.  This title had received “Game of the Year” awards from both Electronic Monthly Gaming and Nintendo Power in 1992 while becoming one of the best beat em up games made for the NES console.  Even though, this game was very fun to play for the NES game console it would have been interesting to see what this game would have been like for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System or if had received a remake altogether.

Retro Gaming- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (1991)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time was an arcade game that was originally released by Konami  & Ubisoft in 1991.  This title was eventually released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in the countries of Europe, Japan, and America in 1992.  Unlike, the controversial Nintendo Entertainment System game released in 1989 this title was a multiplayer game in which players can control the four turtles Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, or Raphael.  Turtles in Time provides gamers with a more exciting adventure   by letting them play throughout many exciting levels both in past and present timelines ultimately to battle the main antagonist.  The arcade version of this title allows the simultaneous gameplay of four players while the SNES version is only limited to two.

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There are a few noticeable differences between the arcade and SNES version of Turtles in Time including stage addition.  The SNES version of Turtles in Time has an exclusive stage for the Technodrome while making two of the arcade stages bonus levels.  In terms of which stages were the most fun for the SNES version many people would agree that Sewer Surfin and Neon Night Riders were great.  The final boss just like many other beat em up games was the most difficult but this usually depends on the player(s) and how familiar they are with the title.  The gameplay for Turtles in Time among many other features had contributed to this title’s replay value as many people spent countless of coins trying to complete this game.  If anybody had owned the SNES version of Turtles in Time the idea of selling the game would have probably have been the last thing to cross their mind.  Turtles in Time recognized by many critics and gamers as being quite possibly the best beat em up arcade title produced by Konami.  Others would argue that Turtles is probably one of the best beat em up games of all time.

 

 

Retro Gaming- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: (1989)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a single player platform game that was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1989.  After this game was developed by Konami many people were excited about what to expect following its release.  If you were a kid during the 1980’s then you realize how popular Ninja Turtles was back then.  However, following the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES many people were unprepared for how challenging this game would truly be.  Many critics and fans alike argue on how this title was probably the most hardest game in the history of Nintendo if not gaming in general.  There were some stages that many considered almost impossible to compete with the most notable one being the underwater stage.  The underwater stage requires players to deactivate multiple bombs in slightly over two minutes.  While the soundtrack for the underwater level is quite catchy many people also considered it to be very frustrating mostly because there are way to many ways to die.

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This game included many interesting missions in which players can control Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo.  Many people had normally selected Donatello since his attacks were more effective in battles.  However, this game was setup so that players can control each of the turtles after one had been captured.  There were some stages that allowed players to also rescue another turtle after completing them while trying to rescue April O’Neal and Splinter.  The ultimate goal was for players to find the Technodrome in order to defeat Shredder.  While this title was often criticized for being very hard it was one of the best selling games for the NES;  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had reportedly sold over 4 million copies and won the “Game of the Year” award in Nintendo Power’s magazine. This game was the first of many in the Ninja Turtles series that the fans had witnessed and as time passed the games became less challenging and more adventurous making everything more exciting.