Retro Gaming 00’s- Dr Mario 64: (2001)

When it comes down to slightly underrated games for the N64 one of the few titles that some people might think of is Dr Mario 64 from 2001. As many people know the very first Dr Mario came out back in 1990 for the 8-bit NES and was considered to be a critically acclaimed puzzle game at the time. The original Dr Mario game was ported for multiple game systems throughout the 90’s decade including Game Boy and Super Nintendo. The plot for the original Dr Mario game was basic and involved players utilizing colored capsules to kill viruses which was a pretty interesting concept. The plot for Dr Mario 64 from ‘01 was a bit different and also involved one of Mario’s arch-rivals known as Wario. While Wario attempted to steal multivitamins from Mario he eventually fails and ends up forming an alliance with him to deal with mutual enemies. The main antagonists for Dr Mario 64 included Rudy The Clown and Mad Scienstein who end up being the ones who actually steal the multivitamins; leading to players having to battle multiple foes from the Wario Land 3 game which was pretty interesting.

While Dr Mario 64 was a pretty coolest puzzle game it did not sell an enormous amount of copies following its release mainly due to the year that it was released. Dr Mario 64 came out the same year that the Nintendo GameCube was released which was 2001; by this time people had already lost interest in the N64 and were focusing on the PlayStation 2 which was released back November 2000. Puzzle games like Dr Mario 64 were not too common on the N64 between the ‘96-‘01 time period especially since there was more emphasis on 3D gaming with a few exceptions such as Capcom’s Magical Tetris Challenge from ‘98. Dr Mario 64 has to alternate endings depending on how players completed the game which gave it a higher replay value than the NES Prequel from 90’s which was seen a positive to some critics. If Dr Mario 64 came out a few years earlier than it did somewhere between ‘96-‘98 it college have been a slightly bigger attraction than it was in ‘01.

Will the PS1 Classic have more success than the SNES Classic?

As of right now one of the hottest topics within the gaming world right now involves the upcoming release of the PS1 Classic in December. The announcement regarding the release of the PS1 Classic by Sony caught many people by surprise but has everyone excited. The PS1 Classic will include at least 20 pre-loaded games such as Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3 and many more that were best sellers for the original back in the mid to late 90’s. As many people in terms of sales the PS1 clearly had more success than the SNES. Since it initial release back in 1994 the PS1 has managed to sell over 102 million units worldwide while the the SNES had managed to reach slightly over 49 million since its release back in 1990.

While the SNES Classic has been a success since September 2017 and reaching over 5.2 million units worldwide in terms of sales there are many who are speculating whether or not the PS1 Classic will surpass it in term if sales. Seeing that Black Friday is coming up in November along with Christmas in December there is a pretty good chance that the PS1 Classic can possibly rival the SNES Classic in terms of sales. In fact, its almost guaranteed that the PS1 Classic will sell more than one million units worldwide within month.

Could Super Mario Land have been a success on the SNES?

There have been countless Super Mario titles that have been very successful for over the past 25 years that are seen as Nintendo classics to this very day. Back in the 80’s we got the Super Mario Bros Trilogy for the NES which was later re-released under Super Mario All-Stars in the summer of 1993. Also, we got see the release of Super Mario World for the SNES back in 1990. Super Mario World was the best selling game on the SNES and sold over 20 million units worldwide since its release.

If With the success of games such as Super Mario World, Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Kart there was no need to have Super Mario Land on the SNES. In fact Super Mario Land stood out more because it was an exclusive on the original Game Boy system. On the SNES Super Land definitely would have been overshadowed by countless other RPG’s and platform titles that were also on the 16 bit console during the early 90’s. Super Mario Land could have definitely sold over one million units on the SNES but it may not have been as successful as it was on the original Game Boy console.

Should Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door ported to the Nintendo Switch?

When we think about top RPG titles from the early 00’s that were on the Nintendo GameCube Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is one of the main titles that instantly comes to mind. Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door was initially released in July 2004. Since its release Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Over 2.2 million units worldwide along with receiving praise from gaming websites such as IGN and GameSpot.

Also, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is probably the closest we are going to get to the original Super Mario RPG title in terms of creativity within the role playing particular genre of the series. As of right now it does not seem like Nintendo has any plans on making s new Mario RPG title for the Nintendo Switch. Bringing back the Mario RPG title from the Nintendo GameCube would definitely be something that many people would love to see in the future.

Would Super Mario World have been a success on the NES?

There is no doubt that Super Mario World is one of the best selling games ever made for the SNES. In terms on whether or not Super Mario World would have been a success on the NES is very doubtful. The graphics along with the visuals that the SNES produced for Super Mario World were among some of the main things that made the game stand out from the first three NES games.

Even though, Super Mario World managed to sell over 20 million units since its release in 1990 there is absolutely no way that Super Mario World would have been as successful on the NES especially since it would have been too similar to the first three games in the series. During the early 90’s people were starting to get sick of 8 bit gaming and started to embrace 16 but games after the emergence of the Sega Master System in the late 80’s.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992) vs Zelda: Link’s Awakening (1993) which game was more successful?

When it comes down to Game Boy titles of the 90’s both Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening are considered to be classics. While both titles differ in genre both Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Link’s Awakening were both challenging games that required trail and error in order to complete them both in their entirety. Both Super Mario Land 2: Golden Coins and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening looked like they had the potential to work on the SNES back in the 90’s since the quality of both games were great during the early 90’s.

Also, both games felt somewhat different from what we would normally see in Mario and Zelda games. Unlike, most titles in the Mario series Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins had Wario as the main antagonist instead of Bowser. In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins players have to defeat Wario to help Mario regain control of his castle.

In Zelda: Link’s Awakening the game felt different due to the fact that the setting takes place outside of Hyrule along with the exclusion of Princess of Zelda. Despite, how different both games where from their NES/SNES prequels in terms of plot and setting both games were very successful on Game Boy. In terms of which game was more successful during the 90’s is highly debatable but some might give the slight edge to Link’s Awakening to being the more memorable of the two the titles.

Final Fantasy VII vs. Xenogears which RPG was better?

When it comes down to RPG titles of the 90’s both Final Fantasy VII and Xenogears are regarded as two of the best games of that genre. But in terms of which game was better really depends on who you ask. But for the most part many people would probably agree that Final Fantasy VII was the edge over Xenogears as an RPG 90’s classic.

In terms of sales Final Fantasy VII reportedly sold over 11 million units worldwide since its release. Also, Final Fantasy VII has been remade due to popular demand and is expected to be released sometime in 2018. While Xenogears is considered to be legendary Final Fantasy VII was one of the best selling games for the PS1 next to the original Gran Turismo title. Also, Final Fantasy VII had more mainstream attention back then and even right now in comparison to Xenogears. While Xenogears is considered to be a top tier RPG title that deserves some type of remake it was not on same level as Final Fantasy VII in terms of popularity.

Luigi’s appearance in Super Mario Odessey

As many people have heard the latest update in Super Mario Odessey involves an add on that involves a new hide and seek mode after completing the main story within the game. The cool thing about this new addition is that Luigi finally makes an appearance in Super Mario Odessey. However, there are many who probably expected Luigi to have a bigger role within the game itself.

The idea of not having Luigi apart of the main story for Super Mario Odessey is one that is questionable. But on the other hand in terms of single player gameplay Super Mario Odessey is really no different from past titles in series such as Super Mario 64. Both Super Mario 64 and and Super Mario Odessey has been very successful since their releases where players are only allowed to play as Mario. Even though, Luigi is not a playable character in the Super Mario Odessey there are still many people who are happy that he was at least included in the game at all.

Why are the Joy Con’s and the SNES Classic roughly around the same price? 

There are some people who might find this a bit strange but for some read the SNES Classic and the Joy Con’s for the Nintendo Switch are approximately around the same price which is $79.00 plus tax in retail stores. Even though, the Nintendo Switch is a brand new console prior to its release in early March 2017 some people thought that the release price of the Joy Con’s was a bit absurd.

However, having the SNES Classic with 21 of the best games from the 16 bit era included for for just $79.99 was like a dream come true.  The Joy Con controllers are unlike anything that we have ever seen for a Nintendo based console so in some ways its price can be arguably justifiable in the long run.  

Should Super Mario Odessey have also been on the Wii-U?

Ever since it release in countries like America and Japan Super Mario Odyssey has been seen as the fastest selling game on the Nintendo Switch.  One of the main reasons why Super Mario Odyssey is considered to be one of the fastest selling game for the Nintendo Switch is mainly because the game was released exclusively for that console.

If Super Mario Odyssey was also released for the Wii-U most people would probably just buy the Wii-U version of the game since the console itself is less expensive.  But at the same time the Wii-U is something that many people would probably trade in for the Nintendo Switch in a heartbeat.