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.

Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered announced at E3 2019!!!

At last the world will finally see the JRPG classic from 1999 known Final Fantasy VIII remastered and released for multiple game consoles in the future. As many people know Final Fantasy VIII was released 20 years ago for the PS1 and was the direct sequel to the legendary FFVII game which was released in 1997. While Final Fantasy VIII May not have been quite as popular as its predecessor it still managed to sell at least seven million copies worldwide on the PS1. In fact, Final Fantasy VIII is actually within the top ten in relation to the best selling video games for the PS1. When Square Enix made an announcement about Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Switch many people seemed ecstatic by the news at their E3 conference.

As it currently stands we know of a few features that Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered will include. We are aware of the fact that the remastered version of FFVIII will run cutscenes at least three times faster than that if the PS1 version. There is also improved gameplay which allows players to keep their ATB and HP maximum can perform special attacks at anytime. In addition, the option of turning off random battle encounters in the remastered version of FFVIII is also a feature that will make it stand from the original ’99 version of the game. As it currently stands Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered is expected to appear on the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC sometime later in 2019.

Trials Of Mana Coming to the PS4, Switch and PC in early 2020!!!!

As fas as blockbuster announcements are concerned in relation to Nintendo Switch the reveal trailer for the Trials Of Mana is something that everyone is talking about. The Trials Of Mana is a high definition remake of a JRPG classic known as Seiken Densetsu 3 which appeared exclusively in Japan for the SNES back in 1995. Since its release back in the mid 90’s Seiken Densetsu 3 was never released in America mainly due to how popular 3D gaming was starting to become during that era. Even though, the 2D version of Seiken Densetsu 3 was ported for the Nintendo Switch back in 2017 it was available exclusively in Japan before appearing America in the Collection Of Mana on June 11th this year. Seiken Densetsu 3 is a game that includes multiple characters with their own storylines & endings and is considered to be one of the most underrated Action-RPG’s for the SNES.

There are many people who question how successful Trials Of Mana will be in the future especially after the release Secret Of Mana HD in 2018. The Secret Of Mana HD was a game that was solid but at the same time did not live up to many people’s expectations because it felt somewhat different from the original 16-bit version of the game. Hopefully, Trials Of Mana will not have that same issue especially since Seiken Densetsu 3 was never officially released in American retail stores in the past. As it currently stands Trials Of Mana is expected to appear on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC in early 2020 and will be among the few RPG’s that Square Enix will have to offer better the second half of 2019 & 2020.

Will Google Stadia & Apple Arcade dramatically effect the sales of the PlayStation 5?

As far as the gaming world is concerned the Fall of 2019 looks very promising especially considering the fact that competition is starting to grow between different companies. Since the early 00’s Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have been seen as the top entities within the gaming world and that has also been the case during the 10’s decade. However, the changing landscape within the gaming world is likely to create a significant change especially streaming and downloading video games have become more popular throughout the 10’s decade. In fact, services such as Google Stadia along with Apple Arcade is starting to make people reconsider the idea of purchasing a game console altogether since its more expensive in the long run. In fact, the concept of producing physical games in the forms of CD’s or cartridges seems obsolete at this point which makes people wonder how it’s going to effect the sales of consoles like the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and the upcoming PlayStation 5 console which is expected to be released sometime between 2020-2021.

While the PlayStation 5 has been said to be backwards with older generation PS4 games it has been implied following the Game Developers Conference back in March 2019 that the Google Stadia service might be more cost-effective than buying video game consoles. While Google Stadia has been often referred to as the the next Netflix of gaming Apple Arcade is a subscription service that allows people to enjoy hundreds of exclusive video games that will not be available on any other game system. As far as what type of effect both services while have on Sony’s PS5 in relation to its success or lack of is something that remains to be seen. However, considering the fact that Microsoft & Sony have recently formed a partnership for shared activities involving cloud gaming services in response to the emergence Google Stadia is one that interesting. The console wars has definitely taken an interesting turn to say the least especially since things are likely to become more unpredictable within the couple of years.

Upcoming Games- Kill La Kill IF: (2019)

As far as big fighting games are concerned there are so many hot titles available in retail right now such as Mortal Kombat 11, Dragonball FighterZ, Soul Calibur IV and others which are considered among hot video games out right now. For those who are huge fans of the fighting genre July 25th-July 26th are going to be important dates because Kill La Kill IF will be released on those days in Japan and America. Kill La Kill If is set to be for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows. This game will be developed by A+ games and published by Arc System Works and will feature Satsuki Matoi as the main character opposed to Ryuko Matoi who is generally regarded as the central protagonist. Based on what we have seen in trailer for Kill La Kill If the game will feature 3D gameplay along with cel-shaded graphics and an action-pack Story Mode with amazing cutscenes.

Kill La Kill IF will be the first major game within the KLK series and the price for the Standard Edition of the game is expected to be $59.99. The cost for the Limited Edition Box pictured above will be $99.99 once it hits electronic retail stores in the Summer of 2019. Seeing how popular the first season of Kill La Kill was on Toonami back in 2015 there is no doubt that the game will end up becoming one of the most popular fighting titles of 2019.

PlayStation 5 confirmed to include backwards compatibility!!!

For years now many gamers have wondered whether or not Sony was finished with backwards compatibility in relation to their game consoles. Even though, the PS4 did not have backwards compatibility with older generation games for the PS3 it was still a huge success and ended up becoming the best selling game console of the 10’s decade. While it seems like Sony does not need backwards compatibility they are bringing at back for the PS5 which has many people excited. There are too many PS4 titles such as God Of War, Monster Hunter World, Horizon Zero Dawn and others that people still enjoy and not having backwards compatibility for the PS5 would probably be a mistake.

In addition, to backwards compatibility it has been revealed Sony representatives that the PlayStation 5 will also include features such as split-second loading times along with processing power which will be amplified by “ray tracking” in a recent article published by Wired. The new features that will be included with the PS5 along with the upcoming release of the PSVR 2 is something that people really looking forward to. However, we are still waiting for an official release date for the PlayStation 5 which is something that Sony will hopefully reveal before the end of 2019.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood will only appear digitally for Nintendo Switch!!!!

As many people already know Wolfenstein: Youngblood is set to appear on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch this upcoming summer on July 26th. While Wolfenstein: Youngblood is quite possibly one of the most anticipated first-person shooter games of 2019 and we have recently just learned that it will not be receiving a physical release for the Nintendo Switch. Wolfenstein: Youngblood has been confirmed for a digital only release for the Switch console which is something that is actually more convenient for owners of the hybrid console in the long run. Also, its a well known fact that third-party games are not as popular for the Switch console as games such as Super Mario Odessey, Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and others.

In fact, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Wolfenstein: Youngblood are probably going to sell more than the Switch port of the game. Either way, Wolfenstein: Youngblood will definitely be a success following its upcoming release and the fact that we are even getting a Switch port of the first-person shooter game is cool considering the fact that we do not have too many titles of the genre on that console.