Should there have been more Mario Kart games in arcade centers?

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When it comes down to racing games the Mario Kart series is very popular.  We have seen numerous Mario Kart games released on various Nintendo consoles from the SNES all the way down to the Wii-U.   In terms of Mario Kart games one of the most popular titles that we have seen released worldwide was Mario Kart Arcade GP DX which came out in 2013.  Even though, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX was a fun game to play at entertainment centers some people who are retro gamers cannot help but feel that we should have seen more older Mario Kart titles released in arcade centers.  Imagine what it would have been like to play titles such as Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart Double Dash in arcade centers in the late 90’s or the early 00’s.  Ever since Mario Kart 64 was released for the Nintendo 64 in 1996 the game had managed to sold close to 10 million units worldwide.  Also, Mario Kart Double Dash has sold close to 7 million units worldwide since its release for the Nintendo GameCube back in 2003.

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As of right now Mario Kart Deluxe 8 is off to a good start in terms of sales since it already sold over one million units worldwide since its release back in April 2017.   When we look at the sales of past Mario Kart games its obvious that frequent  arcade releases were not necessary to increase the popularity of the series itself.   However, the idea of having more Mario Kart games in arcade centers sounds great both in theory and in practice.   If players wanted to do a playthroughs on a particular cup such as Mushroom, Flower, Star or Special cup in arcade centers Nintendo could have found a way to have made it work.

Should Top Gear have received an arcade release during the 90’s?

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When it comes down to racing games the Top Gear series is one of the most well known titles of the early 90’s.   The original Top Gear game was so much fun to play for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and many people feel that the series itself was underrated.  In terms of worldwide sales the Top Gear games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System did  not do to well.  Some people would probably argue that the original Top Gear game should have received an arcade release before it was released for the SNES.   During the early 90’s we had so many cool racing games in arcade centers worldwide including Sega Outurn, Daytona USA and Cruis’n USA that eventually received various ports to different game consoles.

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Some would argue that if the original Top Gear game for the SNES was featured in arcade centers first the game would have been much bigger than it was during the early 90’s.  However, it quite debatable on whether or not Top Gear would have been big as Sega Outrun or Daytona USA back then.  It also debatable on whether or not it would have lead to more worldwide sales for the Super Nintendo.   But the original Top Gear game had the potential to be an arcade classic considering the fact that you had a limited amount of cars to choose from along with a few stages similar to most arcade racing games.

Should Mario Kart games include story modes?

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The Mario Kart series has been around since the early 90’s and almost every game that has been released since then has been considered a classic.  When it comes down to racing titles the Super Mario Kart series is the best in regards to Nintendo based game consoles.  The Grand Prix and the Battle modes for various Mario Kart games were exciting which contributed to the replay value of many titles in the series.  Despite, the Mario Kart series being around for a very long time some people cannot help but notice that Nintendo has never developed any type of story mode for any of the games.  Some would argue that the lack of story modes contained in the Mario Kart games contributes to appeal of the series since Grand Prix mode gives players more freedom opposed to being forced to choose certain characters in a campaign mode.

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When it comes down to racing titles there have been some from the past  such as Sonic Riders that were able to successfully develop interesting stories along with having a variety of different game modes to choose from.    The original Sonic Riders game allowed players to complete the Heroes and the Babylonian story arc with characters from each group.  In addition with completing the story mode of Sonic Riders players had the ability to unlock more hidden characters along with bonus racing items which felt very rewarding afterwards.   Many people would agree that there is nothing wrong with the formula that Nintendo has used for many years to make the Mario Kart series appealing in regards to game modes and gameplay.  However, if future Mario Kart games featured story modes with cinematic cutscenes in addition to the usual Grand Prix and Battle Modes it would look amazing especially on the Nintendo Switch game console.

Did the Forza Motorsport series reach its peak in early 10’s?

 

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The Forza series has arguably the most popular set of games in the when it comes down to the racing genre for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  While the Forza Motorsport series is still very popular many people have their preference in terms of which game they like the most.   But in terms of sales Forza Motorsport 3 & 4 had sold the most worldwide since their respective releases.   Since 2009, Forza Motorsport 3 had managed to sell over 5 million units worldwide for the Xbox 360.   The sales for Forza Motorsport 3 was actually an improvement from the numbers regarding the prequel which did over 4 million worldwide following its release back in 2007.  One of the coolest things about Forza Motorsport 3 included an all new singe player season mode along with flashback feature which originally became popular on the Race Driver: Grid game released back in 2007.

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When Forza Motorsport 4 was released the season mode was similar to its sequel which added to the game’s appeal.   Along with having a nice season mode there were multiple race options including autocross, drift and multiple heat races.  The Kinect feature for Forza Motorsport 4 was something that was interesting yet expensive since it was released a year before the game was released back in 2010.   Some would say that one of the reasons why recent Forza Motorsport games has dipped in sales in comparison to the early 10’s was due to the development of the Horizon series which started in 2012.  Despite, the fact that recent Forza Motorsport games have not sold as much as their predecessors the sales for some of the latest titles still remains in the millions.  Also, the gameplay for Forza Motorsport 5 & 6 seem fantastic and received praise from critics fans alike following their respective releases.

Is Forza Motorsport Microsoft’s version of Gran Turismo?

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At this point it would be safe to say that Forza is quite possibly the best racing series to be featured on Xbox consoles as of right now.  But when it comes down to racing titles for the Xbox consoles we have seen so many cool games over the past decade including Project Gotham, Race Driver:Grid, Forza Horizon and Burnout Paradise.   When it comes down to the Forza series most of the games had looked impressive on consoles such as Xbox 360 and the Xbox One.  When it comes down to the Forza Motorsport series some people would look at the game like its Microsoft’s version of Gran Turismo.  When it comes down to sales on an international level the results are generally impressive considering the fact that numbers exceed one million units worldwide following the release of each game.  In terms of which game in the Forza Motorsport series was the overall best is usually debatable but some people are inclined to agree that the second third and fourth game were fantastic.

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While Forza Motorsport II, III and IV were great games they also did the best in terms of worldwide sales.  Forza Motorsport III which was released back in 2009 had sold over 5 million units worldwide since its release.   Even though, the sales for Forza Motorsport III pales in comparison to Gran Turismo 5 which has sold over 10 million units worldwide in 2010 it was still highly regarded as an impressive title.   Since the start of the Forza Motorsport series as a whole back in the mid 00’s  it had managed to earn over one billion dollars in retail while selling at least ten million copies in games overall.  While competition among different games in the racing genre makes things interesting many would probably agree that the Forza series is the best thing going for the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 right now in terms of the racing genre.  Also, while many people are enjoying Forza Motorsport 6 many people are anticipating the release for a potential sequel quite possibly for the Xbox Scorpio in the future.

Will Gran Turismo Sport surpass its predecessor in sales?

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The Gran Turismo series has been around for quite some time and rarely falls to disappoint when it comes down to brand new games.  Both Polyphony Digital and Sony Interactive rarely have both played a significant role in making Gran Turismo one of the best racing game series of all time in the video game industry since its inception back in the 90’s.  When it comes down to some of the best games in the Gran Turismo series some people would argue that the series was at its peak during the 00’s while others would agree that it has improved dramatically since then.  In terms of visuals and gaming mechanics the Gran Turismo series has definitely improved over time.   Ever since, Gran Turismo 6 was released back in late 2013 the game has went on to sell over three million units worldwide.  However, the quantity of sales that Gran Turismo 6 did worldwide pales in comparison to that of Gran Turismo 5 which was also released for the PlayStation 3 as well.

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Since its release in Fall 2010 Gran Turismo 5 had managed to sell over ten million units worldwide which was surprising less than what Gran Turismo 3 & 4 sold worldwide for the PlayStation 2.  While Gran Turismo 4 sold over 11 million units worldwide since its release in 2005 Gran Turismo 3 had sold over fourteen million units worldwide since 2001.  When it comes down to the racing genre of gaming the 00’s was simply incredible.  In fact, many people will argue that in terms of sales the Gran Turismo series had reached its peak during the early to mid 00’s.  In terms of whether or not Gran Turismo Sport could surpass Gran Turismo 6 in sales is debatable.  But many people would probably agree that Gran Turismo Sport will not come close to the amount of sales that Gran Turismo 3 & 4 had back in the 00’s.

Which decade was best for the racing genre 90’s or 00’s?

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When we think about racing games from the 90’s and the 00’s both decades were great time periods to be a fan of the genre.  The 90’s was a good time to be a fan of the racing genre if you were into arcade games like Sega Outrun which is one of the most popular titles of the decade.  Along with Sega outrun we saw other cool racing games like Need for Speed the Top Gear series, Sega GT and Metropolis Street racer.  While the 90’s had included many exciting racing titles both in arcades and in home consoles the 00’s predominately had more games that were  in-depth.   When it comes down to racing titles of the 00’s we had so many games were the mechanics were amazing and the single player modes were nothing short of fantastic.

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During the 00’s we saw the release of games such as Midnight Club II, Race Driver Grid, Forza Motorsport, Project Gotham Racing, Midnight Club: Los Angeles along with the continuation of the Gran Tursimo series.  The racing titles of the 00’s were released mainly on consoles such as PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox  and the Xbox 360.  Following the release of various racing titles of the 00’s many people were impressed by the visual quality of each game.  When it comes down to developing in-depth racing titles the genre has come very far.

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In fact one of few games that comes to mind when it comes down to in depth racing titles from the 90’s is Super Monaco GP for the Sega Genesis.  When it comes down to the career mode of Super Monaco GP the game felt like it was ahead of its time.    However, we did not get too many games like Super Monaco GP back in the 90’s since arcade style racing titles were more popular back then.  With games such as Sega Outrun and Daytona USA players were presented with a limited amount of stages and options in terms of what type of car they prefer to drive.   On the plus side we had games like Gran Turismo 1 & 2 that gave players many options on what type of cars they wanted to drive.   When it comes down to which decade was better for the racing genre its tough to decide because the Gran Turismo series began in the 90’s along with Sega Outrun, Daytona USA and the Sega Outrun series.   In the 00’s we got games like Midnight Club, Grid and Forza Motorsport that started in that decade and has also played significant role in helping the genre evolve together as a whole.

When did arcade centers start to decline in popularity?

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Arcade centers used to be very popular back in the mid to late 80’s and 90’s.   When new games were released prior to being ported to home based game consoles the arcade center was the very first place to play a new title.   When it came down to playing video games in arcade centers people had so many options to choose from in regards to genre.  In arcade centers people had the option to play racing, beat em up, fighting, first person shooter along with many other types of games.  When it comes down to the decline in popularity of arcade centers many people wonder when the trend started.  While many people are unsure about when and why arcade centers started to decline in popularity over time some people would speculate that the trend had began sometime in the early 00’s.

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It was around the mid 00’s when online gaming started to become more popular along with the fact that old school arcade games were being released for consoles such as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.  Some people might even agree that the decline in arcade centers started when online gaming networks started to take over the video game industry.  With the rise of online gaming people no long had to visit arcade centers to play video games with other people which was something that was convenient.   While some people may argue that the cost of online gaming is more expensive then putting coins and quarters inside arcade machines true is that people would have to pay to drive or take to bus to go to different entertainment venues to play video games.   Even though, there are a decent amount of arcade centers in America today people generally seem to visit them on special occasions rather than general ones.

Should Rockstar make another Midnight Club game?

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When it comes down to street racing titles the Midnight Club series was definitely one the best that we have seen during the 00’s.  Since 2008,  many people have been hoping for a potential sequel for Midnight Club Los Angeles since it was arguably one of the best street racing games of its time along with Midnight Club 3: DUB editon.  The home console version of Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition for the  PS2 was impressive with its in depth career mode, visual presentation and overall game modes.  Midnight Club 3 had so many things for players to do whether they were racing online or offline which contributed to the overall replay value of the game itself.   One of the few things that stood out the most in Midnight Club 3 was the in-depth career mode which allowed players unlock various new cars while customizing them to enhance the performance of their respective vehicles.

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Midnight Club Los Angeles was also an exciting title depending on how good you were at racing games. Not only did Midnight Club Los Angeles include smooth frame rates and high quality visuals the artificial intelligence in this game was tough.   Not to mention the GPS system was helpful for navigating through various race areas in the game.  If Rockstar decided to release another game in the Midnight Club series many people would probably be thrilled.  However, the Midnight Club series would have to compete with many other big racing titles such as Forza Horizon, Gran Turismo and Grid in terms of popularity and sales which would prove to be difficult task.

Games in the 00’s- Midnight Club: Los Angeles: (2008)

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When it comes down to racing titles of the 00’s the Midnight Club series has some of the most popular games of that decade.  As many people know Midnight Club Los Angeles was the sequel to Midnight Club 3; DUB Edition and was released for multiple game consoles including the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable in 2008.  When it comes down to street racing games Midnight Club Los Angeles was pretty impressive in terms of visual design and actual gameplay.   In Midnight Club Los Angeles players can engage in various activities from challenging people on the highway to road races to becoming a delivery driver.   When it comes down to the in game mechanics for Midnight Club Los Angeles the gadgetry that players are provided with such as the GPS system looked impressive.  Not only was the GPS system helpful in terms of finding shortcuts throughout the game but the overhead map view that provided during races looked pretty cool as well.

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Even though, the gaming mechanics in Midnight Club Los Angeles were impressive the artificial intelligence in this game seemed very tough.  Midnight Club Los Angeles was one of those racing titles where players were expected to drive a near perfect race.  Similar to racing titles like Race Driver: Grid this game did not allow much room for error when it came down to competing against the CPU.   Once the CPU opponent has gained a significant lead over players in the race its almost impossible to catch up with them.  Also, while racing against CPU opponents dealing with law enforcement becomes very annoying after a while because its impedes the progress that players make during each competition.   The longer people play Midnight Club Los Angeles overcoming these challenges becomes less difficult over time.  Midnight Club Los Angeles was easily one of the most impressive titles that Rockstar Games had made during the 00’s.  Almost everything about it from the smooth frame rates to the in depth gameplay would easily make this game an instant classic in the genre of racing.