Upcoming Games- Tales Of Arise: (2020)

As far as upcoming games are concerned in relation to next year there are several big titles that many people are looking forward to seeing on various consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. As far as the action-role playing games are concerned an upcoming title developed and published by Bandi Namco Entertainment called Tales Of Arise is expected to appear ob Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One on a date that has yet to be revealed in 2020. Based on what we know Tales Of Arise is a title that will be utilizing the Unreal Engine 4 will successor to Tales Of Berseria which was released back in 2016. Unlike previous installments Tales Of Arise is expected to have a darker tone than what fans of the series are used to seeing as the game centers around two main protagonists. As far as the setting is concerned emphasis is placed on the fictional world of Rena over Medieval Dahna while exploiting its people and resources.

It should be noted that in both areas of magic and technology that Rena is more advanced than Dahna as the divided setting makes for a very intriguing plot. Its should be noted that basic elements of the traditional Tales battle system will be included in this upcoming which is something that long time fans of the series might appreciate. As far on how successful Tales Of Arise will become is something that many people are anxious about especially since the action-role playing genre seems more popular nowadays than its ever been.

Should Nintendo have made Super Mario Galaxy 2 a Wii-U exclusive?

As far as high profile video games for the Nintendo Wii is concerned we saw a lot of big titles released for that console between 2006-2012. We got to see the release of games as Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros Brawl, The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess along with the first Super Mario Galaxy game. As far as the first Super Mario Galaxy game is concerned it was one that was very successful on the Wii console following its initial release back in 2007. Since its release Super Mario Galaxy had managed to reach over 12 million copies worldwide and ended becoming the ninth best selling video game on that console. A few years later we got to see the release of Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the Wii console in 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 was a huge success as well and managed to reach over 7.4 million copies in worldwide sales since its release. While Super Mario Galaxy 2 did not sell as much as its predecessor many people would argue that the game could have possibly stood out more if it were released as a Wii-U exclusive.

Even though, the Wii-U console was not released until late 2012 if Nintendo had saved Super Mario Galaxy 2 for that console its possible that it could have sold more in the long run. In fact, the Wii-U in general could have sold more than it did if Super Mario Galaxy 2 was saved for that console seeing how much it sold for the original Wii system. The best selling game for the Wii-U was Mario Kart 8 which reached over 8.4 million copies in sales. The second best video game in relation to sales was Super Mario 3D World which reached over 5.8 million copies following its release in 2013. There is no doubt that Super Mario Galaxy 2 could have definitely been a bigger attraction on the Wii-U console between the 2013-2014 time period than it was 2010. Despite, the expensive price of the Wii-U console along with its accessories Super Mario Galaxy 2 could have still ended up becoming one of the top selling titles for that console during the early to mid 10’s.

Could Blood Roar have worked on the Sega Saturn?

As far as underrated fighting games are concerned one of the few titles that some people might remember is the original Bloody Roar game. The first Bloody Roar game was released back in arcade centers in ’97 before it was ported to the PS1 later that same year. Despite, the positive reception that Bloody Roar received from fans and critics alike it was a game that was definitely overshadowed by 3D fighting titles such as Tekken 3 & Mortal Kombat 4 for the PS1 console. In fact, some believe that Bloody Roar could have definitely stood out more the Sega Saturn due to the fact that the console had packed high profile fighting titles in general. But then again the Sega Saturn did not sell nearly as much as the PS1 did as far as overall sales within its life span between ’94-’00. The Sega Saturn managed to reach over 9.2 million units in sales since its release while the PS1 reached over 106 million between ’94-”06.

While there may have been less competition in relation to third party games on the Sega Saturn during the mid 90’s its quite possible that Bloody Roar could of ended up becoming a forgotten title altogether if it appeared exclusively for that console. Also, considering the fact that Sony Interactive Entertainment was the publisher for the American port of Bloody Roar the game was pretty much guaranteed to be a PS1 exclusive following its release in 1997.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Sonic Triple Trouble: (1994)

As far as classic Sonic games are concerned many people instantly remember the trilogy that appeared on the Sega Genesis between ’91-’94 since they are considered to be the among best in the entire series. A lot of people probably never owned a Game Gear console around the mid 90’s especially considering the fact that the handheld console did not sell as much as Sega had hoped it would. One of the few big titles that appeared on Game Gear was Sonic The Hedgehog: Triple Trouble which was developed by game developer known as Aspect which recently became defunct back in October 2018. Sonic The Hedgehog: Triple Trouble had impressive visuals and an interesting plot which involved collecting all seven of the Chaos Emeralds. Players had the option of choosing either Sonic or Tails as they try to collect the Emeralds before Dr. Robotnik, Knuckles The Echidna and Nack The Weasel who rarely appeared in Sonic games in general and was more popular in comics.

As a side-scrolling platformer many people would argue that Sonic Triple Trouble could have definitely be a bigger attraction on the Sega Genesis. However, it would have been unlikely that Sonic Triple Trouble would have been popular as Sonic The Hedgehog 3 which was also released early in ’94. Also, the world got to see the release of the Sega Saturn in ’94 which is something that definitely overshadowed the release of titles such Sonic Triple Trouble for Game Gear with the Sega Genesis still being somewhat popular between the ’94-’95 time period. Sonic Triple Trouble is quite possibly one of the most underrated installments of the series from the 90’s and could have possibly been more popular than it was on a home console such as the Sega Saturn back in the day.

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.

Grandia HD Collection Coming Soon to the Nintendo Switch!!!

As far as exciting news in relation to gaming is concerned for August 2019 we have recently discovered that two classic games will be appearing on the Nintendo Switch in the very near future. For those who were huge fans of the Grandia series between the late 90’s-early 00’s you will be happy to know that remastered versions of Grandia I & II will soon be ported for the Nintendo Switch. Both games were RPG classics that are considered to be underrated especially since both games were overshadowed following their respective releases. The first Grandia game had initially appeared on the Sega Saturn in December 1997 as a Japanese exclusive before coming to America on the PS1 in 1999. During that time period Final Fantasy VII & VIII were both huge attractions for the PS1 and were considered to be the most successful RPG’s to have appeared on that console during the 90’s.

Also, the Sega Saturn was not as much of an attraction in countries like America in comparison to the likes of the PS1 or the Nintendo 64 which a majority of people had owned between the mid to late 90’s. While Grandia II did stand out on the Sega Dreamcast as a solid RPG in 2000 the Sega Dreamcast ultimately ended up selling under 10 million units worldwide. Grandia II was ported for the PS2 in 2002 but was also overshadowed by popular games that appeared on that console during that year such as GTA: Vice City. The Nintendo Switch could definitely be a game console that the first two Grandia games could standout one especially for retro gamers who never played either one of them back in the day. As it currently stands the Grandia HD Collection is expected to appear on the Switch console on August 16th . It will be interesting to see how much of an attraction the first two Grandia games will be in the year 2019.

King Of Fighters XV teaser trailer revealed at EVO 2019!!!

As far as big announcements are concerned in relation to the gaming world one of the few things that we have recently learned is that SNK plans on releasing a new King Of Fighters game sometime in the near future. For those who saw EVO 2019 the other day there was a teaser trailer indicating that King Of Fighters XV is currently in development. For those who do not know the King Of Fighters series started back in 1994 with various games appearing on numerous consoles over the years. The latest game that we got to see in the King Of Fighters series was KOF XIV which came out back in 2016. While King Of Fighters XIV was definitely an improvement from its predecessor KOF VIII it still did not reach the same level of popularity as the older games from the 90’s such as KOF ’98. However, many people who are long time fans of the King Of Fighters are still both satisfied and impressed that the series has lasted as long as it did.

At this point the King Of Fighters series has been around for approximately 25 years now and is well respected by fans long time fans of the fighting genre of gaming. There is no doubt that King Of Fighters XV will be a huge attraction following its upcoming release. However, as it currently stands we have no idea when King Of Fighters XV will be released while some are speculating that it will be released sometimes in later part of 2020. Most likely popular characters such as Terry Bogard, Mai Shiranui, Kyo Kusangi, Ryo Sakazaki and Geese Howard will make a return King Of Fighters XV. But there many who wonder if SNK will add any new or guest characters from other games to KOF XV. Hopefully, we will learn more details about King Of Fighters XV as the we progress throughout the rest of 2019.