Retro Gaming 10’s- Mario Party 9: (2012)

When we think about classic party games for the Nintendo Wii one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind is Mario Party 9 developed by NDCube and published by Nintendo in 2012. While Mario Party 9 May not be the most popular installment within its series it was a game that was memorable in terms of gameplay since players had to utilize the Wii Remote & Nunchucks to make thing happen within the game. Mario Party 9 was also memorable because it was the final game within its series to appear on the Wii console since Mario Party 8 appeared on Nintendo’s some console during May 2007. Also, Mario Party 8 had a different developer prior to its release in Spring 2007 since Hudson had worked on it before ultimately going defunct in March 2012. In fact, Hudson Soft had been the developer for just about every Mario Party game since the late 90’s when the first installment had appeared in the Nintendo 64 back in December 1998. Seeing that we had a new developer for Mario Party 9 there were some interesting changes that people saw in comparison to what we got from some of the previous installments within the series.

Along with impressive visuals we got to see improvements with mini games with more emphasis on gameplay. In addition, to better gameplay in relation mini games the idea of having boss boss battles halfway through each board definitely made Mario Party 9 more interesting than its predecessor. The new features in Mario Party 9 were pretty cool especially considering the fact that its possible that we would have not seen those elements within game if Hudson Soft had remained the developer for a few more years. The inclusion on twelve different characters with two bonus villain characters Shy Guy and Kamek as unlockables was something that people definitely found interesting. There were various playable characters in Mario Party 9 including popular characters such as: Mario, Luigi Princess Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Princess Daisy, Yoshi, Waluigi and others that made Mario Party 9 enjoyable despite not being the best installment within the series. In fact, Mario Party 9 had managed to sell at least 2.7 million copies on the Nintendo Wii since its release on the Nintendo Wii back in 2012. Mario Party 9 managed to be within the 25 best selling video games for the Wii console despite not selling as much as Mario Party 8 which sold at least 8.8 million copies worldwide since its release in ’07. While Mario Party 9 was mainly criticized for elements such as predictably many would still consider it to be a pretty decent game overall.

Amazon’s Prime Video application discontinued for the Wii-U!!!!

It was recently not too long ago that Amazon has decided to do something which arguably should have been done years ago. For those who currently own a Nintendo Wii-U and still like to utilize various online applications the console has to offer unfortunately you will no longer be able to access Amazon’s Prime Video App for that console. For those who are unaware the Wii-U console was first released back in late 2012 and eventually discontinued back in early 2017 prior to the release of the Nintendo Switch. Some would probably argue that Amazon should have discontinued their application service on the Wii-U sometime between 2016-2017 especially since it was clear that the console ended up flopping in sales during its lifespan.

The discontinuation of Amazon’s Prime Video service is expected to occur this upcoming Fall on September 26th. However, the discontinuation of Amazon’s Prime Video service on the Wii-U is not such a big deal especially since there are various other platforms that people can use to access it. As it currently stands Amazon’s Prime Video application has not yet been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch but seeing how popular the console has been since Spring 2017 its like to appear on the hybrid console sometime in the future.

Nintendo Switch named the best selling game console of 2018!!!

As many people know this past year was a very enjoyable time period within the gaming world and there is no doubt that things will be much better throughout 2019. But as far as game consoles are concerned it has recently been revealed that the Nintendo had managed to outsell its competitors Microsoft and Sony in 2018. It has recently been reported that the Nintendo Switch at managed to sell approximately 8.7 million units in the United States while reaching over 22 million worldwide.  It should not come as much of a surprise that the Nintendo Switch was the best selling game console of this past year especially considering the fact that the game system is still con to be new following its release back in March 2017.

However, some might be surprised by the fact that the Xbox One managed to sell more than the PS4 did overall this past year since Sony is still technically has the lead over Microsoft and Nintendo in relation to the console wars. But than again the Xbox One X came out back in November 2017 and it was a console that is not only more fresh on the market than the PlayStation 4 Pro from 2016 but its also a huge attraction due to its optimal visuals and its backwards compatibility with older generation Xbox video games. But as it currently stands the Xbox One X was and still is priced at $499 in America while the Nintendo Switch averages around $299. While the PlayStation 4 Pro averages around $399 its not too surprising to know that the Nintendo Switch ended upcoming the best selling console of 2018.

Should Nintendo consoles be available in retail for longer periods of time?

When we think about some of the most popular video games consoles produced by Nintendo over the past fifteen or so names such as Wii, Wii-U and GameCube comes to mind. For whatever reason Nintendo has decided to shorten the length of time their consoles are available in retail and it seems like on average they last about six years in stores before the company releases their next generation game system. Game systems that have bee produced by Nintendo that has lasted in retail for approximately a decade included the likes of the NES along with the SNES and the 3DS. But then again all of those game system were popular and still are to some extent and has done extremely well in relation to sales.

Ever since, the NES was released by Nintendo back in 1983 the game system has remained an attraction in Japan until it was ultimately discontinued in 2003. There are game consoles like GameCube and the Wii-U that were not nearly as popular as the NES or the SNES which is probably why they did not last as long as they did. As far as whether or not the Nintendo Switch will remain in retail longer than the likes of the Wii-U or GameCube is concerned we will just have to wait and see as time passes.

Mario Kart Wii (2008) vs Mario Kart 8 (2014) which game was more popular?

When it comes down to popular racing titles produced by Nintendo in relation to the past decade there is no question that Mario Kart Wii along with Mario Kart 8 stands out more than almost anything. Ever since, Mario Kart Wii was released for the Nintendo Wii back in 2008 the game managed to sell over 37 million copies worldwide and is considered to be the best selling title within the Mario Kart series in general. Despite, being the best selling Mario Kart in entire series some would argue that MK Wii not exactly the most popular entry the Nintendo has ever made. For the most part Mario Kart Wii sold more than Mario Kart 8 mainly because the Nintendo Wii was far more successful than the Wii-U.

Despite, not sell as much as Mario Kart Wii its a fact that Mario Kart 8 was the best selling game for the Wii-U reaching over 8.4 million units worldwide in sales. In fact, the Nintendo Switch version of the game Mario Kart 8: Deluxe is one of the most popular video games for that console right now. In fact, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe has managed to read over 10 million units worldwide in sales since its release back in April 2017. So in terms of which games is more popular overall Mario Kart 8 would definitely have the edge over Mario Kart Wii as far as popularity in relation to this past decade is concerned.

Was the 2000’s a better decade for Nintendo than the 80’s?

As many people know the 1980’s was a big decade for Nintendo seeing that it was the year that the company released its very first home console known as the Nintendo Entertainment System. Also, during the 80’s we got to see the beginning of popular gaming series such as Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong and Metroid on the 8 bit NES console as well. If anything the NES was the most popular game console during the 80’s following the video game crash of 1983. Seeing how successful Nintendo has been during the 1980’s there are many would probably argue that the 2000’s was a much better decade for the company financially.

In fact, some of Nintendo best game systems emerged during the 00’s such as the Nintendo Wii along with the Nintendo DS. Ever since, the Nintendo DS was first released back in late 2004 the console has managed to reach over 154 million units worldwide in terms of sales. That alone vet impressive especially considering the fact that it surpassed the Nintendo Wii released back in 2006 which hit over 101 million units in sales between the mid 00’s and the early 10’s. Not to mention the Game Boy Advance was also very successful and reached over 81 million in sales surpassing the Nintendo GameCube. As far as best selling game consoles of all time are concerned the Nintendo DS and the Wii are currently ranked in the top five which is something many people never expected. While more memorable video game titles may have appeared back in the 80’s there is no question that the 2000’s was probably the best decade Nintendo has ever had.

Was the Nintendo Wii a better game console than the PS3?

As many people know both the Nintendo Wii and the PlayStation 3 were two of the most poorly game consoles of the 00’s. In terms of sales both game consoles did great and sold more than the likes of the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64 and the PS1. However, when we look at the numbers the Wii had definitely sold more than PlayStation 3 ever since both game consoles were released back in late 2006. Some might at that the Nintendo Wii was more successful than the PlayStation 3 because it was more innovative it included a remote and nunchuck.

Also, the Nintendo Wii was much cheaper than the PS3 since it was priced at $249.00 following its initial release. The PlayStation 3 had prices that ranged from $499 to $599 depending on how much gigabytes the console had. Since its release the PS3 has reportedly sold at least 80 million units worldwide. The Nintendo Wii had reportedly sold over 101 million units worldwide since its release which made it seem like Nintendo had took the lead over Sony during the consoles wars during the time. While the PS3 arguably had more superior graphics and gameplay than the Wii it definitely fell below Sony’s financial expectations since it did not sell as much as the PlayStation 2.