Ridge Ridge 8 Cancelled for the Nintendo Switch?

If you are currently a Nintendo Switch owner and have been a huge fan of the Ridge Racer series since 1993 then you will be disappointed to know that the rumored RR 8 schedule to appear on the hybrid console had been cancelled. As to why Ridge Racer 8 has been cancelled is unknown but its one of the titles that was canned around the time when the initial development for Metroid Prime 4 was dropped. It turns out that Bandi Namco was going to utilize the Unreal Engine 4 for Ridge Racer 8 similar to how Nintendo was going to do the same thing for Metroid Prime 4. The information regarding the cancellation of the Ridge Racer 8 game as a Switch exclusive was confirmed by a YouTuber known as Doctre81. Its a bit surprising yet interesting that we were supposed to get Ridge Racer 8 as a Switch exclusive mainly because a majority of the games within the series normally appears on PlayStation consoles.

The last major Ridge Racer title that we got to see on a Nintendo based console was RR 3D which appeared on the handheld 3DS game system back in February 2011. Aside from that we got see a RR game for the PlayStation Vita along with Ridge Racer Unbounded for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in ’11. Just because Ridge Racer 8 will not be appearing in the Nintendo Switch it does not close the possibility of the game appearing on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. But then again Bandi Namco had cancelled the development of Ridge Racer 8 all together and there has been no announcements made about the game being released on any console in the future. Its almost certain that Bandi Namco will definitely produce another installment within the series sometime in future but the main question is when?

Retro Gaming 90’s- Mario Paint: (1992)

When we think about SNES games that were both very different and unique as relates to the early 90’s Mario Paint from 1992 is a title that instantly comes to mind. For those who do know Mario Paint was basically a single-player art tool game that allowed players to engage in a variety of activities. The creation of custom stamps by utilizing pixels was something special because was something that people hardly saw in Super NES titles back in the early 90’s let alone a Mario game. Also, the endless fly swatting game with three looping levels and a final boss was one that seemed like it did not belong in a Mario game at all. But considering the fact that Mario Paint was not your typical platform title the fly swatting mini-game made players feel as if they were playing a non-Mario game and was interesting in that respect. One of the main features that Mario Paint has to offer as far as gameplay was concerned was the the music generator. For those who were very creative and were fond of composing music in some way Mario Paint has provided talented individuals to make their own songs using 16-bit sounds.

The music generator feature in Mario Paint is one that has remained popular since the early 90’s and people have often used it within the 10’s decade to remake famous songs from the past couple of decades on the internet. As popular as Mario Paint was back in the early 90’s the game never received a direct sequel for Super Nintendo, N64 it GameCube which was something that was always questionable. Some people find it bizarre that Nintendo never created another art-tool based Mario game since ’92. In fact, following the release of Mario Paint during the Summer of ’92 the game was critically acclaimed and received praise from various publications. Mario Paint was unlike anything that the world had every seen on the Super NES and it was something that was never seen on consoles like the Sega Genesis which made it so special.

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.

Video Game Developer Alpha Dream files for Bankruptcy!!!!

The recent news concerning famous RPG developer Alpha Dream filing for bankruptcy was probably one that nobody expected to hear this year. For those who do not know Alpha Dream has been around since 2000 and has worked on various Mario & Luigi RPG titles since 2003. Alpha Dream had developed games such as Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga (2003), Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (2009), Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (2013) and Mario & Luigi Paper Jam from 2015. Basically all of the Mario RPG titles outside of the Paper Mario series that appeared on handheld consoles such as Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS and the Nintendo 3DS was developed by Alpha Dream and they were all pretty enjoyable titles following their respective releases. It recently been revealed that Japanese Vice game developer Alpha Dream was in crippling debt which amounted to 400 million yen. It turns out that 400 million yen is equivalent to $3.7 million in America and its seems like the company’s expenses has been very costly over the past couple of years.

As far as Mario related RPG’s are concerned the games developed Alpha Dreams were pretty cool despite not being quite as popular as the Paper Mario series which started on the Nintendo 64 back in 2000. As far as RPG developers are concerned Nintendo can always find another company to work on Mario related within that genre. In fact, since Nintendo and Square Enix are apparently on good terms again it would be awesome if both companies collaborated again to make another Mario RPG title in the future. As far as Alpha Dream is concerned it’s sad to see the company go but the past games that they worked not during the 00’s and 10’s decade were enjoyable and will not be forgotten.

SNES Switch Controllers now available in electronic retailers!!!!

As far as big news in relation to gaming is concerned the news has recently broke about the release of SNES styled controllers for the Nintendo Switch. Seeing that the Super Nintendo Entertainment System is still very popular among many retro gamers there a lot of people who are thrilled about its release. However, it should be noted that the SNES controllers for the Switch console are best for those who are monthly payers of the online subscription service. Those who are paying $4 each month for the Nintendo Switch Online service will benefit the most from using the SNES-style controllers since they have access to older 16-bit titles through it. It has been said that the SNES controllers are pretty much useless for modern day Switch games since joy-cons provided with the console were made specifically contemporary titles.

As far as the pricing is concerned the Super Nintendo control pad is set at $29.99 which reasonably fair since it still costs less than the Joy-Cons for the Switch console. The Joy-Con bundle for the Switch come was initially priced at $79.99. Also, for a left or right Joy-Con customers are expected to pay $49.99. It only makes sense for the SNES controllers to be priced less than the standard controllers used for the Switch console considering the fact that the SNES is almost 30 years old now. The SNES themed Switch control pad is now available in electronic retail stores and the price itself is almost too good to turn down if you are a Switch owner.

Upcoming Switch Games- Moon: Remix RPG Adventure: (2019)

As far as classic RPG’s from the 90’s are concerned there are many titles that instantly comes Mind such as Chrono Trigger, Secret Of Mana, Earthbound, Final Fantasy VI-VIII and others that were very popular. Most of those RPG’s were titles that the whole world got to see back in the 90’s especially since they all appeared in other opposed to being Japanese exclusives. When it comes down to JRPG exclusive market one of the many titles that never appeared outside of Japan was a game developed by Love-de-Lic and published by ASCII Entertainment known as Moon: Remix RPG Adventure from 1997. Since its release approximately 22 years ago the game has been considered to be a classic by many fans and critics for various qualities such as its soundtrack in which 30 different composers had worked on prior to its PS1 release in October ’97. The graphics and visuals for Moon: Remix RPG Adventure was pretty cool especially since it utilized 16-bit sprites with 3D backgrounds similar to that of Square Enix’s Xenogears game from 1998. In fact, a couple developers who had previously worked with Square Enix in the 90’s prior to their respective departures from the company involved in the development of Moon: Remix RPG Advance.

Video Game developers such as Akira Ueda, Kenichi Nishi and Tarō Kudou had roles in the development of popular RPG’s created by Square Enix such as Super Mario RPG which was arguably one of the best games within its genre to have appeared on the Super NES during the mid 90’s. While Moon: Remix RPG Adventure was not nearly as big as other RPG’s that appeared on the PS1 such as Final Fantasy VII which was also released in ’97 it was a game that could have arguably shine a bit more outside of Japan if it came out between ’98-’99. Lucky, Moon: Remix RPG Adventure will be headed to western countries such as America sometime between now and January 2020. An official release date for Moon: Remix RPG Adventure has yet to be confirmed and hopefully it will be not be delayed until 2020. Based on what we know Moon: Remix RPG Adventure will have a different publisher known as Onion Games opposed to the original one ASCII Entertainment. It will be interesting to see how well this JRPG classic will be received in western countries approximately 22 years following its initial release in Japan.

Retro Gaming 10’s- New Super Mario Bros U: (2012)

When it comes down to the Nintendo Wii-U there is no secret that the console itself was considered to be a flop in comparison to rival consoles such as the PlayStation, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. A lot of people blame the Wii-U’s lack of success on the prices for the console itself along with its accessories but that is debatable. Despite, not being as successful as preceding consoles such as the Wii, GameCube, SNES or the NES one of the few games that was a huge attraction on the Wii-U during the early 10’s was New Super Mario Bros U which was initially released in November 2012. The cool thing about New Super Mario Bros U is the fact that it’s very similar to older installments of the series where players have to reach the flag at the end of each stage while traveling through various worlds. However, New Super Mario Bros U included 3D graphics opposed to 2D and allowed up to five players simultaneously which was one of the defining features of the game itself. Players were also given the option of using the Wii Remote or the Game Pad in terms of how they wanted to play New Super Mario Bros U which was another intriguing feature. The inclusion of a new villain named Nabbit who is known to be a power up thief was something that was also interesting especially since Nintendo usually recycled the same foes that have been popular in the series during the 80’s and 90’s and it was nice to see something new. Aside from the damsel in distress formula that we normally get in Mario games the co-op 2D multiplayer mode was something that really stood out in New Super Mario Bros U shout have been done a lot sooner than it was.

As far as sales are concerned New Super Mario Bros U managed to reach over 5.7 million copies worldwide. In fact New Super Mario Bros U ended up becoming third best selling game for the Wii-U behind Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3D World. New Super Mario Bros U was so popular that it was eventually ported and released for the Nintendo Switch in January 2019. There were various aspects about New Super Mario Bros U that fans and critics had praised from its level design and multiplayer gameplay all the way down to the storyline and has become one of the more memorable installments of the Mario series in relation to the 10’s decade.