Retro Gaming 00’s- Need For Speed: Underground (2003)

When it comes down to high profile racing games from the early 00’s it’s almost impossible to have a conversation about that topic without discussing Need For Speed: Underground from 2003. Need For Speed: Underground was developed by EA Black Box and published by EA Games and was released for multiple systems including PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox and was considered to be one of the best racing video games of ’03. Need For Speed: Underground has a variety of offline game modes including Drifting, Circuit, Knockout, Sprint along with Drag Racing which added to its overall replay value. The car customization mechanic was also something that was praised by many fans and critics as well. While Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 from ’02 was praised by critics NFS: Underground had more game modes opposed to players simply trying to evade the police which made for a worthy successor. However, despite how popular Need For Speed: Underground became many would argue that its sequel NFS: Underground 2 was the best entry in the series as it pertains to the 00’s. Need For Speed: Underground was one of the few high profile racing games that stood out within the 00’s decade along with the likes of Race Driver: Grid, Project Gotham and Forza Motorsport all can with Midnight Club II & III.

The visuals for Need For Speed: Underground looked good for its time and the gameplay seemed balanced especially since a player’s performance depended on how they customized their cars prior to races. Even though, Need For Speed: Underground came out in ’03 some might argue that the game deserved to be remastered between the late 00’s-early 10’s time period for either the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360; seeing how popular the series had become especially during the mid 00’s onwards. Need For Speed: Underground was not quite as popular as NFS: Most Wanted from ’05 but then again it was the first installment within the series to include a storyline within its Career Mode which was groundbreaking at the time. There were stages in the game that looked very impressive considering the fact that they mirrored real-life cities such as: New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco in terms of looks. Need For Speed: Underground was a memorable racing classic from the 00’s; despite not being the most popular game within the series it was still highly successful reaching at least 7 million in sales by ’04.

Outrun confirmed for Sega Ages on the Nintendo Switch

There are so many big games that the world is looking forward to seeing on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One along with the Nintendo Switch. But as we finish up the remainder of this year retro gamers will be happy to know that the classic 80’s arcade racing game Outrun has been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch version Sega Ages. This is big news because many people have wanted to see Outrun on the Nintendo Switch since the console was first released back in March 2017. It should be noted that the Switch port of Outrun will be widescreen and run at 60 fps highly resembling the arcade version of the game.

While the exact release date for the Switch version of Outrun for Sega Ages have yet to be revealed there are still other titles such as Space Harrier, Virtua Racing and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 that the world is waiting to see on the Switch but currently has no official date in terms of when they will show up. Hopefully, the rest of the Sega Ages titles will appear on the Nintendo Switch domain December or in the early part of 2019.

Could the Top Gear series have worked on the Sega Genesis?

When it comes down to racing titles of the early 90’s the Top Gear series was enjoyable for the SNES during that time period. Even though, the replay value of the first three were decent the games themselves did not sell as much in comparison to titles like the original Mario Kart game for the SNES. Some wonder whether or not Top Gear could have ended up selling more than it did if was released for the Sega Genesis instead.

However, when it came down to the Sega Genesis the console arguably had better racing titles in general than the SNES. On Sega Genesis we had games such as Virtual Racing, Out Run, Super Monaco GP, the Road Rash series and many others. In fact the Top Gear series could have easily been overshadowed on the Sega Genesis. The sprites and graphics used for Genesis games were not quite as good as the SNES depending on who you ask. While it would have cool to see the Top Gear series on the Sega Genesis it stood out as much as it did mainly because they were released as SNES exclusives during the early 90’s.

Ridge Racer 7 (2006) vs Race Driver: Grid (2008) which game had more success?

When it comes down to interesting racing titles of the 00’s Ridge Racer 7 and Race Driver: Grid were two impressive games outside of the Gran Turismo series that some people might remember. There were many things about Ridge Racer 7 that many people found impressive such as the quality of the game itself. Ridge Racer 7 ran at 1080p on the PS3 which made the game itself look very appealing when it was first revealed in the E3 of 2006. Also, Ridge Racer has various multiplayer game modes such as Team Battle, Pair Battle, Standard Race, Global Time Attack and others. Also, if people were by themselves there were various single player gameplay modes that would keep them busy from Arcade to Ridge State Grand Prix Mode.

Race Driver: Grid which was developed by by Codemasters and released back in the summer of 2007 was also an impressive racing game during its time. The career mode in the game allowed players to open their own garage after earning money through jobs where players had to race for others. As players progressed throughout the game they had chances to compete in various different events including Drify, Grand Prix, Open Wheel along with Demolition Derby. Players could also race in the countries of America, Japan and Europe on many different courses while earning prize money and sponsors while building their teams. While both Race Driver: Grid and Ridge Racer 7 were very impressive its debatable on which racing title from the 00’s was very overall.

Upcoming Games- Gravel: (2018)

As of right now it seems like 2018 is going to be a big year for Square Enix. In terms of big releases we are going to get to see blockbuster RPG titles such as Kingdom Hearts III and the Final Fantasy VII: Remake for the PS4. However, outside of the role playing genre of gaming Square Enix along with Italian video game developer Milestone will be releasing new racing game called Gravel.

Gravel is set to be released on February 27th and looks like it will end up being a very interesting racing title. Gravel will include various type of races such as: Speed Cross, Stadium Circuit, Wild Rush and Cross Country. Also, the graphics along with the career mode feature in this game seems very impressive. While racing titles such as Gran Turismo Sport and Forza Motorsport 7 are considered to be the top racing titles in the gaming world right now Gravel is definitely a title worth checking out.

Did Virtual Reality give Gran Turismo Sport the edge over Forza Motorsport 7?

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There is no doubt that Gran Turismo Sport and Forza Motorsport were among two of the biggest racing games of 2017.  The graphics and gameplay of both racing games were amazing but when one compares Gran Turismo Sport to Forza Motorsport 7 there are some major differences that were noticeable between two titles.  Forza Motorosport 7 includes over 700 cars to select from for the Xbox One while Gran Turismo Sport has over 150 cars from players to choose from on the PS4.  Also, the Virtual Reality feature that Gran Turismo Sport has to offer on the PS4 is one of the main things that separates this game from Forza Motorsport 7.

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However, just because Gran Turismo Sport included Virtual Reality support doesn’t automatically mean that it was a superior game.  In fact, Forza Motorsport 7 was named “Best Racing Game” by the Game Critics Awards, The Game Awards of 2017 and IGN in 2017.  Some might say as of right now Forza Motorsport 7 for the Xbox One has the slight edge over Gran Turismo Sport for the PlayStation 4.

Should Rock n Roll Racing be re-released for the SNES Classic Edition?

Aside for the Top Gear racing series from the early to mid 90’s Rock Roll Racing was probably considered one of the most exciting racing games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  The isometric racing game had remixes  amazing soundtracks from popular rock bands.  Rock n Roll racing also had some pretty cool features that dealt with racing for money attacking other vehicles during competitions while traveling to multiple planets.  

As far as racing titles for the SNES Classic Edition are concerned we already have F-Zero and Super Mario Kart for old school based retro game consoles.  Having more old school racing titles for the SNES Classic Edition would definitely appeal to retro gamers of the 16 bit era.  

Should the Top Gear series make a return on the SNES Classic?

When it comes down to 16 bit classics for the SNES one of the many titles that comes to mind is the Top Gear series.  Many people remember the first Top Gear game from 1992 mainly because of its colorful graphics and catchy soundtrack.  The second Top Gear had better in game mechanics while the third title had a creative inter-galactic theme to it.


All three Top Gear games are underrated 16 bit classics that do not get talked about as much as they should.  Also, when it comes down to looking for any of the Top Gear titles at used video game stores you will have a slim chance at finding any of them.  The replay value of the Top Gear trilogy was high back in the 90’s and they are racing classics that retro gamers would love to see re-released for the SNES Classic Edition.

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.