Retro Gaming 90’s- WCW Nitro: (1998)

As far as pro wrestling is concerned in relation to the 90’s WCW Nitro was one of the most popular television shows of that time period along the likes of Monday Night Raw. As far as ratings were concerned WCW Nitro was many people who were fans of pro wrestling between 1997-1999 were on the edge of their seats during the Monday Night Wars. Between ’97-’99 Monday Nitro was considered to be very popular especially after the formation of the nWo in July 1996 consisting of Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. As the nWo stable became more popular ratings started to skyrocket on WCW Monday Nitro which was broadcasted on TNT during late 90’s. As far as viewership is concerned many people would argue that 1997-1998 was the best years that WCW had. For a majority of ’98 WCW Monday Nitro had higher ratings than WWF Raw Is War up until around November of that year.

The WCW Nitro video game was pretty cool despite not being quite as popular as WCW/nWo Revenge for the Nintendo 64. WCW Nitro had a stacked all-star roster with big names such Hollywood Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Bret Hart, Scott Hall, Diamond Dallas Page, Lex Luger, The Giant, Eddy Guerrero and many others. The inclusion of game modes such as single player tournament and a versus mode were features that people liked along with the fact that each character had their own move set. The ability to unlock secret characters by utilizing cheat codes or playing through tournament mode was also added to its replay value despite the not having entrances for any of the wrestlers. The characters rants from the top wrestlers in the game were also quite entertaining possibly even more than the WCW/nWo Thunder game which came out for the PS1 and the N64 in 1999. When it came down to pro-wrestling games in general THQ had produced many memorable titles and some would definitely argue that WCW Nitro was one of them.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Jet Force Gemini: (1999)

When we think about classic video games that appeared on the Nintendo 64 between the mid to late 90’s various titles come to mind such as Mario Kart 64, Super Mario 64, Zelda: Ocarina Of Time and many others. However, titles such as Jet Force Gemini which many retro gamers were fans back in the day does not get talked about as much. For those who do not know Jet Force Gemini was developed and published by Rare and initially released in America during October 11th of 1999. When it comes down to action-adventure their person shooter games Jet Force Gemini was ahead of its time especially since that genre did not achieve mainstream popularity until around the mid to late 00’s . Jet Force Gemini had a decent story that involved trying to defeat the main antagonist Mizar and his group of drones as they have enslaved a race of people known as Tribals. The visuals for Jet Force Gemini was probably among the best that we had seen in any N64 game during the 90’s.

As far as top-tier shooter games for the N64 is concerned some would put Jet Force Gemini on the same level as GoldenEye 007 from 1997. However, GoldenEye 007 sold at least eight million copies worldwide in the Nintendo 64 while Jet Force Gemini managed to reach over one million. Despite, not being within the top ten in relation to best selling games for the N64 it was a game that deserved some type sequel either on GameCube or Nintendo Wii during the 2000’s. Either way, Jet Force Gemini will always be remembered as a classic by retro gamers in relation to the Nintendo 64.

Cyberpunk 2077 vs Metroid Prime 4 which upcoming game will be a bigger attraction?

When it comes down to big upcoming titles as it relates to the future two of the hottest games that everyone is talking about right now are Cyberpunk 2077 and Metroid Prime 4. While we have yet to see gameplay or screenshots as it relates to Metroid Prime 4 we have more details on what Cyberpunk 2077 looks like. We know that Cyberpunk 2077 will be utilizing the RedEngine 4 and will be a first person RPG with advanced customization features as it relates to the main character. Ever since 2013, many people within the gaming world have been very anxious to see the release of Cyberpunk 2077 especially since it turned heads at the Golden Trailer Awards after being honored for “Best Video Game Trailer” that same year.

As it currently stands Metroid Prime 4 is probably the most anticipated Nintendo Switch right now especially since we have not seen a home console game from the Metroid series since the Other: M which came out for the Wii console back in 2010. In terms of which game will be a better attraction between Cyberpunk 2077 and Metroid Prime 4 is a tough call in general. We will just have to wait and see what the gameplay for Metroid Prime 4 looks like before making any type of prediction on whether or not it will be a bigger attraction than Cyberpunk 2077 in the future.

Would Zelda: Breath of the Wild be considered a better game than Ocarina of Time?

As many people know the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild made history not too long ago by becoming the best selling Zelda title of all-time. Since its release back in March 2017 Breath of the Wild has reach approximately 10 million units worldwide in sales surpassing the likes of other 3D installments Twilight Princess and Ocarina of Time. While Zelda: Twilight Princess reached approximately 9 million copies in sales since its release in ’06 it should be noted that Ocarina of Time had reached over 7 million copies following its initial release in the Nintendo 64 back in 1998. Despite, Breath of the Wild becoming the top selling game with the Zelda series some would argue that its not the best game overall.

There are many people who believe to this day that Ocarina of Time was and still is the best Zelda game of all-time. The transition that Nintendo made from 2D to 3D gaming with the release of Ocarina of Time was astounding. In Ocarina of Time you had amazing 64-bit visuals along with an open world environment a robust combat system (Z-targeting) along with optional side quests and elements of Time travel after gathering three Spiritual Stones in Link’s quest to thwart Ganondorf. Despite, being released 20 years ago Ocarina of Time is a game that retro gamers who grew up in the 90’s would still play to this day. However, in terms of whether or not Ocarina of Time is a better game than Breath of the Wild in relation to storytelling is one that is highly debatable.

The 20th Anniversary of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

In relation to this history of gaming November 21st is a very special day. Along with being the 28th Anniversary of Super Mario World today also marks the 20th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. While Super Mario World was the best selling game for the SNES The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ended up becoming the fourth best selling game for the Nintendo 64 by reaching over 7 million units worldwide in sales following it release in November 1998. Since its release Ocarina has been widely regarded as the best Zelda video game of all-time.

The visual presentation along with its gameplay surpassed the expectations of many retro gamers who fans of the series back in the 90’s. In fact, despite Twilight Princess and Breath of the Wild selling more copies worldwide some would argue that Ocarina of Time was better game than those two especially since it was the first ever 3D Zelda game ever made. Despite, getting a remake of Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 3DS back in 2011 there is no doubt that the game should be ported or remastered for the Nintendo Switch sometime in the future especially since we are two years away from the game’s 30th Anniversary.

Super Mario Kart (1992) vs Mario Kart 64 (1996) which game was more popular?

When it comes down to popular racing titles of the 90’s both Super Mario Kart along with Mario Kart 64 are two big games that comes to mind aside from the likes of Gran Turismo, Ridge Racer, F-Zero and Top Gear. Super Mario Kart was legendary because it was the very first game within its series. Also, the gameplay for Super Mario Kart highly resembled that of Top Gear which was also released for SNES back in ’91. Since its release Super Mario Kart has managed to sell close to 9 million units worldwide on the SNES. As much of a success as Super Mario Kart was for the SNES Mario Kart 64 was an even bigger following its release for the N64 in 1996.

Following its release for the Nintendo 64 Mario Kart 64 had managed to sell close to 10 million units worldwide. In fact, Super Mario 64 had better gameplay, soundtracks and level design level than Super Mario Kart and is considered one of the best 3D racing titles within the Mario Kart series in general. In terms of which game was more successful Mario Kart 64 will most likely get chosen over the Super Mario Kart game from ’92 all the way around.

N64 Classic not coming anytime soon?

For months now there has been talk on whether or not Nintendo will ever release an N64 Classic game console sometime in the future. Seeing how successful both the NES along with SNES Classic was between 2016-2018 many believed that the N64 Classic should become a reality especially since the PS1 Classic is expected to be released by Sony this upcoming month in December 2018. But it has been recently announced by the President of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime that the M64 Classic will not be happening soon especially since retro-based consoles are considered to be limited time opportunities in the eyes of the company. While games such as Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64 and GoldenEye 007 are games to die for on the N64 Classic it seems like the Nintendo is focusing more on the success of the Switch console along with titles that are and will be featured on that game system.

The fact, that Nintendo will not be releasing a N64 Classic anytime soon is somewhat of a downer. But its always possible that classic N64 titles could always appear on the Nintendo eShop for the Switch console. However, there has been no talk as of late of Nintendo bringing classics like Ocarina of Time to the Switch eShop so it seems unlikely that it will happen anytime soon.