Which decades had better Mario games (80’s-90’s) or (00’s-10’s)?

The Super Mario Bros series has been around since the mid 80’s during the NES days of gaming. When it comes down to popularity the very first Super Mario Bros game is quite possibly one greatest video games of all-time not only because it helped shape the platform genre of gaming but it was also very successful as well. The original Super Mario Bros game has reportedly sold over 40 million worldwide since its original release and the series itself had only grew in popularity as time passed. While Super Mario Bros 2 was a pretty fun game that allowed players to choose multiple characters including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad it was not as successful as its prequel. Despite, the improvements in gameplay featured in Super Mario Bros 2 it sold less than both its predecessor and successor and was often seen as the black sheep of the trilogy. While the original Super Mario Bros 2 game reach over 7.4 million in sales since ‘88; Super Mario Bros 3 managed to reach over 13 million in sales and was almost every bit as popular as the very first installment within the series. Super Mario World from 1990 which appeared on the SNES was arguably the best game within its series during the 90’s in general.

Super Mario World had a beautiful overworld along nice looking 2D sprites, stages and animation with the inclusion of Yoshi. Players could spend days, weeks or even months trying to complete Super Mario World since the game itself had multiple overworld maps and became more challenging towards the end of the game. Super Mario World ended up reaching over 20 million in sales since appearing on the 16-bit SNES console and is considered to be of the greatest installments within the entire series. We then got Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES which was a 16-bit remastered collection of the first three NES Mario games from the 80’s; with the addition of Mario Lost Levels. Super Mario All-Stars was a huge success sales wise and sold over 10 million copies worldwide since ‘93. We also got to see other 2D classics on the SNES & Game Boy throughout the 90’s such as Super Mario Land 1 & 2, Yoshi’s Island and Super Mario RPG which were all critically acclaimed classics that sold millions worldwide as well. The Super Mario Kart game from ‘92 was a nostalgic classic where players were introduced to iconic stages such as: Koopa Beach, Choco Valley and Rainbow Road. By the mid 90’s the world got to see Super Mario 64 & Mario Kart 64 two games that are legendary among the gaming community. While Super Mario 64 managed to sell roughly under 12 million copies for the N64 Mario Kart 64 arguably had the best soundtracks that one would ever hear in a racing game.

While the Mario games from the 90’s were more iconic there was no doubt that in terms of quality the titles we have seen from the 00’s onwards were far more superior games in comparison. In fact, the 00’s was the decade where we got to see the releases of titles such as Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario Bros, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Mario Kart Wii along with Super Mario Galaxy. The New Super Mario Bros series was like a breath of fresh air to many people during the mid to late 00’s because the 2D gameplay was reminiscent to the older installments within the series from the mid 80’s-early 90’s. However, the New Super Mario Bros games provided players with 2D gameplay with 3D visuals in a addition to simultaneous multiplayer mode which not he done on the NES/SNES during the 80’s or 90’s. The New Super Mario Bros game from ‘06 along with its Wii sequel from ‘09 sold over 30 million copies individually and are among the best selling titles within the entire series. We also got to see the release of Mario Kart Wii in ‘08 which became the second best selling Mario game of all-time reaching over 37 million in sales. While Mario Kart Wii might not be the most memorable installment within the Mario racing series it was highly successful due to popularity of Nintendo’s Wii console from late 2006. Prior to the release Mario Kart Wii Nintendo released Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii console in November 2007; Super Mario Galaxy was a critically acclaimed 3D platformer with a fantastic soundtrack and a and a solid plot where the setting takes place in multiple galaxies opposed to Mushroom Kingdom. Super Mario Galaxy had reached roughly under 12 million copies in sales since its Wii release back in late ‘07 is considered to be one the best 3D platformers within the series along with Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Odyssey.

We then look at the 10’s decade and Nintendo gave us some outstanding games such as: Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Maker along with Super Mario Odyssey. Despite, being exclusively on the Nintendo DS Mario Kart 7 reached over 11 million units in sales following its release in 2011. It was also in ‘11 where Super Mario 3D Land was released for the Nintendo 3DS and managed to reach roughly under 13 million in sales. Super Mario 3D Land in some ways felt like a prelude to Super Mario 3D World which included multiplayer gameplay where players could select Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. Super Mario 3D World was the type of platform multiplayer game that Nintendo fans wanted to see in the Super Mario series since 90’s. Despite, being an incredible 3D platformer Super Mario 3D World had only reached over 5.8 million in sales which overall is pretty good. However, the Wii-U console was considered to be a flop sales wise in comparison to its competitors along with previous consoles that Nintendo had released with the exception of GameCube. Super Mario Odyssey from ‘17 was without a doubt the best Mario platform game that we got from Nintendo during the 10’s decade. Super Mario Odyssey felt like the 10’s version of Super Mario 64 and included cinematic cutscenes and soundtracks that made the game feel somewhat like a kids movie. Super Mario Odyssey not only received praise from various gaming publications but it also managed to reach over 18 million units in sales since its release in late 2017.

While the 80’s & 90’s may have been the period where Nintendo released its most iconic Mario games the overall quality of the titles that came out during the 00’s-10’s decade was without a doubt more superior. In fact, many would probably agree that the Mario series has aged like fine wine since the 80’s. It seemed like Nintendo has released more successful Mario games within the past two decades than they did in the 80’s & 90’s. Despite, Nintendo producing more successful Mario games during the 00’s & 10’s decade the very first game from ‘85 is still the most popular game within the entire series after being around for 35 years. While everyone has their own respective opinions on which decade was the best for in relation to the Mario series; everyone can agree that Nintendo has done an incredible job on the series fresh for over three decades which is an incredible milestone within the gaming world.

The Batman Arkham Collection now available for the Xbox One!!!

As the year comes to a close we have recently received some great news regarding that of the Xbox One. For those who are huge Batman fans and have missed out on some of his most popular titles from ’09-’15 you will be happy to know that the Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has released the Arkham Collection in the Xbox Store today. The cool thing about this release is the fact that Batman: Arkham Asylum & Arkham City have both been remastered to meet the standards of the Xbox One. Batman: Arkham Knight obviously will remain exactly the same way that it was following its release for the Xbox One in 2015.

While many people are absolutely excited about the Batman Arkham Collection being available for the Xbox One it should be noted that it will be available for $59.99. While some might argue that $59.99 is an unreasonable price for Batman Arkham Collection you have to remember how much mainstream attention each game attracted prior to their respective releases. Also, these three Batman games were all critically acclaimed and two of them are being remastered so $59.99 does actually sound like a reasonable price.

Nintendo Entertainment System (1983) vs Game Boy Advance (2001) which was more popular?

When it comes down to popular video game consoles from the past there are so many systems that comes to mind. As far as Nintendo is concerned game systems such as the NES along with the Game Boy Advance are considered to be legendary today. When the NES was initially released in countries such as Japan, America and Europe between ’83-’86 it ended up becoming the most popular video game console of that decade. The NES was the console that saw the start of popular video game series such as Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, Castlevania and others. Since its release back in the early 80’s the NES has managed to sell at least 61 million units worldwide while contributing to the popularity of 8-bit chiptune music which is still somewhat popular to this very day.

As big as the NES was following its release the Game Boy Advance at ended selling more than the NES mainly due to the popularity of the Pokémon series back in the early 00’s. Since its initial release the Game Boy Advance has managed to reach over 81 million units in sales worldwide and was the close thing that we had to a handheld SNES game system back in the first half of the 00’s. Despite, being more superior in quality and selling than the NES the Game Boy Advance is not quite as iconic as the 8-bit console. So in terms of which game systems was more popular many would probably argue in favor of the NES especially since it helped shape the landscape of gaming going into the 90’s.

Would Zelda II: Adventure of Link be considered underrated?

When it comes down to the action adventure genre of gaming Zelda II: Adventure of Link was definitely one of the coolest games for consoles he NES back in the 80’s.  Even though, Zelda II: Adventure of Link was very difficult and was very different from just about every other game in the series it was probably the only time Nintendo had ever made a game in the series with 2D side scrolling levels.

Also, Zelda II: Adventure of Link gave us the legendary Palace theme which is considered to be one of the greatest BGM’s that one will ever hear on the NES or other games that features the remix of the song such as Super Smash Bros Melee.  Zelda II: Adventure of Link by no means was a bad game it just wasn’t quite as good as Lino to the Past or the original Zelda game for the NES.

Are the use of gaming cartridges more helpful or harmful to Nintendo?

When it comes down to video games Nintendo became very popular during the 80’s and the 90’s by developing game consoles such as the NES, SNES and the N64 that were cartridge based.  When it comes down to sales Nintendo consoles they are probably the best in the gaming industry when it comes down to producing console based games.

The N64 had managed to sell over 32 million units worldwide since it was first released back in 1996.  Even, though it did not sell quite as much as the Sony PlayStation which hit close to 39 million units worldwide in terms of sales the N64 had still sold more than Dreamcast.

The  Super Nintendo Entertainment System had managed to sell over 49 million units worldwide since its release back in 1990 which is very impressive.   Some people would argue that cartridge based games can produce the same type of visual quality that CD ROM do and they are absolutely right.  Even though, the Nintendo Switch plays cartridge based games the console itself has managed to do great in the gaming market.  While the Wii utilized CD ROMs for their games it was also one of the best selling consoles ever produced by Nintendo and managed to sell over 101 million units worldwide.  

Which Nintendo console had the best control pad?


Since the 80’s Nintendo consoles have evolved greatly in terms of hardware.  This is especially true when it comes down to control pads.  We went from the rectangular NES control pads all the way down to the joy cons for the Nintendo Switch.   In terms of which Nintendo consoles had the best control pad is something that is debatable among retro gamers to this day.  The Super Nintendo control pad had a unique look to it and was fun to play with back in the early 90’s.  In comparison to the NES control pad the SNES controller was a huge improvement because it had more than just two buttons making it easier to play various types of fighting games which were popular back in the early 90’s.


By the time we got to the control pad for the Nintendo 64 some people were impressed by its design while others thought it looked strange.  Either way we got to see so many cool games for the Nintendo 64 such as Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, Zelda Ocrana of Time and more.  Not only did the N64 controller have a unique design but the Nintendo 64 console itself had allowed but to four players and had a cool rumble pak feature which added to the realism to whatever game you were playing.    While some people might think that the design for the Nintendo 64 controller was strange others would say that it was probably one of the most innovative designs for a control pad that they have ever seen.  Compared to the SNES and the Gamecube controllers the Nintendo 64 control pad stood out more.

Wii Remote

The Wii controller along with the nunchuck   was also something that people enjoyed back in the 00’s.  The Wii controller and nunchuck increased the amount of interaction that players had in certain video games such as Mario Kart Wii and Zelda: Skyward Sword.  The latest controllers for the Nintendo Switch are also special as well but arguably very expensive.    Nintendo always finds a new way to reinvent themselves when it comes down to gaming products.  Sometimes it’s hard to choose which Nintendo control pad was the overall best.

Which Super Mario game was the hardest during the 90’s?

When it comes down to Super Mario games from both the 8 bit and 16 bit era its hard to determine sometimes such games were the best and the most difficult.  In terms of which Super Mario games was the best from the 90’s many people would probably go with Super Mario World for the SNES since it managed to sell over 20 million units worldwide since its release back in 1990.

Just because Super Mario World was one of the best selling games of the 90’s it does not mean it was the hardest.  Many people have various opinions on which 2D Mario games were the most difficult.  When it comes down to Mario games that make you want to slam your controller the titles that come to mind would probably Super Mario Bros Lost Levels or even Super Mario Bros 3.  

Super Mario 64 can also be one of the many Games in the series that would be considered hard to beat since players were required to complete certain levels multiple times in order to progress throughout the game.  Despite, how tough Super Mario 64 seemed more people had fun with the game opposed to being upset about the fact that they could not complete it.  Some people would agree that Super Mario Bros 3 was no as difficult as it seemed because players had the option of using the warp whistle.  In Super Mario Bros Lost Levels players had to make to certain stages in order to access warp pipes in order to appear in different worlds.  Despite, how difficult each game was they were still fun to play and have high replay values to this day

Were NES games too hard in the 80’s?

Street Fighter 2010 NES

When it comes down to video games the 80’s had arguably produced some of the most difficult games that anyone could have played.  For the NES we had games that seemed impossible to complete such as Street Fighter 2010, Battletoad, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ninja Gaiden and others.  There were many games for the NES that were unforgiving especially since players generally had three lives to complete them. 

Mega Man 3

 Games like the second and third Mega Man titles for the NES were both long and unforgiving while giving players a limited amount of lives to complete the entire game.  While the 8-bit era was known to have some of the most difficult games of all time games such as Super Mario 1-3 can be seen as exceptions.  

NES titles such as Super Mario Bros 3 may have been difficult but for the most part it was forgiving in comparison to titles such as Street Fighter 2010.  Players could at least save their progress in Super Mario Bros 3 opposed to getting to the last level and losing just to start the entire game all over.    Shortly, after the 16-bit era Nintendo has reduced the difficultly of their games during the late 90’s-early 00’s.   While there are still many games for Nintendo GameCube and Wii are difficult they seem easier than older NES titles.  

Which decade was the best for platform games?

Super Mario Bros (2).jpgThe platform genre of gaming has been around since the 80’s and since then many people have wondered which decade was the best for that particular genre.   The original Super Mario Bros game is quite possibly the most popular title ever in the platform genre of gaming.  While the 80’s included mostly 8-bit gameplay for various Mario games we eventually got titles like the Sonic the Hedgehog series during the 16-bit era in the of gaming. 

As the Super Mario Bros series was slowly transitioning into the 16-bit Super Nintendo game console the Sonic the Hedgehog series was starting to become increasingly popular for the Sega Genesis.  Not only was the gameplay for both the Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog series impressive but the colorful graphics led and sprites used in most of the titles added to the appeal of those games.


 By the time we reached the mid to late 90’s we got games like Super Mario 64 and Sonic Adventure which introduced players to a whole different style of platform gaming.  The concept of a 3D open world environment was something that many people were amazed by when Super Mario 64 was released.  Instead of simply just running and jumping Mario could utilize various attacks against his enemies.  While Sonic Adventure was similar Sega had decided to Main the fast paced run and jump formula that was popular in the older Sonic games.  

Super Mario Galaxy (2).jpgBy the time we reached the 00’s the platform genre started to improve visually with some games such as Super Mario Galaxy.  The 2000’s was a good decade to be a fan of open world 3D platform gaming despite not being the most popular genre during time.  We got so many classics such as the New Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 along with others.

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  When it came down to platform gaming in the 10’s we began to see more creativity develop in this genre.  Super Mario 3D World for the Wii-U was a great example of this.  The idea of having multiplayer open would gameplay with up to four characters was something that many peopl believed should have happened sooner.  Along with Super Mario 3D World we got Kirby’s Return to Dreamland which had  simultaneous multiplayer gameplay which is something that we might start to see more from platform games in the near future.  While many people argue on which decade is better in relation to the platform genre some would say that things are starting get even better going into the 2020’s. 

Is Link the best silent protagonist in video game history?

Legend of Zelda majora's mask

When we think about some of greatest video game characters of all time Link from the Legend of Zelda series is one of the first names that comes to mind.  Link has been around since the 1980’s and is considered to be one of the most popular video game protagonists of all time.  One of the things about Link that is special is the fact that he managed retain his popularity for over three decades as one of the key figures in Nintendo along with Mario.   But unlike Mario the role that Link plays in the Legend of Zelda is that of a silent protagonist.  Now when many people think about old school games that feature silent protagonists some titles that comes to mind are Chrono Trigger, Grand Theft Auto III, Bioshock and Halo 3.

Zelda Skyward Sword (2)

Even though, many people may have different opinions on which game has the best silent protagonist many people can acknowledge the fact that Link has to included in the top ten.   When we look at games like The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Majora’s Mask, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword people cannot help but to be impressed by what they see in terms gameplay and storytelling.  One of the most impressive things about the Legend of Zelda series is the overall theme.   The theme about a  kid who grows up to become a legendary hero is something that seemed more common in 80’s and 90’s then what people would see nowadays.   The fact that Nintendo could make the legendary hero theme work in the 10’s and still remain very popular is something that is very impressive.  In fact, if another video game company tried to do the same thing in this day and age with the legendary hero concept it probably would not work since people prefer relatable and edge characters in today’s video games.