Retro Gaming 80’s- Donkey Kong Jr. (1982)

As far as Nintendo based arcade classics are concerned one of the few titles that retro gamers think about in relation to the 80’s is Donkey King Jr from 1982. Donkey King Jr was the highly anticipated sequel to its 1981 predecessor that was also popular in arcade centers which placed emphasis on Mario being the main villain of the game. In fact, Donkey Kong Jr was probably the only game where Mario played the role of a villain as he captured Donkey Kong for revenge in relation to what happened in the original Donkey Kong game. In the 1981 Donkey Kong game DK was the main villain because he captured Mario’s ex-girlfriend Pauline and made him go through various obstacles & stages in order to get her back. Some would argue that Mario was justified for his actions in this game especially since he ended up presented as hero in just about every other game that Nintendo has developed since 1982. In this game Donkey Kong’s son has to rescue him after he is captured by Mario and as he makes his way through each stage in this vertical platformer. The stages become more challenging as players progress throughout the game requiring them to be more strategic then they would in side-scrolling platform games.

Since its arcade release Donkey Kong Jr was ported for the NES and release in various different countries throughout the 80’s. Donkey Kong Jr. also appeared on other consoles such Atari 2600 and Atari 7800 and is a platform classic that is still somewhat popular to this day. As a platformer some might argue that Donkey Kong Jr was more difficult than most Mario and Donkey Kong games from the 80’s and early 90’s. While the plot for Donkey Kong Jr. was very basic the fact that Mario was casted as a villain opposed to that of a hero will always be considered one of the most aspects about this game in particular.

Sega reveals ten additional titles for Mini Mega Drive console!!!

As far as upcoming games is concerned many people are looking forward to the future release of the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Mini which is currently scheduled to appear in retail in Fall 2019. While many people have been excited about Sega’s upcoming Mini console since 2018 there had been a ton of speculation about what games would appear on the retro-based 16-bit console. As far as classic 16-bit titles are concerned Sega had recently revealed an additional list of games including Mega Man: Willy Wars, Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition, Phantasy Star IV, Beyond Oasis, Sonic Spinball, Ghouls n’ Ghosts, Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Vectorman, Golden Axe along with Wonder Boy in Monster World. These games will definitely be attractions for the Sega Mega Drive Mini especially Mega Man: Willy Wars since many people in America never got a chance to play during the mid 90’s.

As far as whether or not the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Mini will have much success as the SNES Classic remains to be seen. Since its release back in late-September 2017 the SNES Classic managed to reach roughly over 5 million units in worldwide sales and is still considered an attraction among gamers to this day. The Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Mini will be priced $79.99 in America and £69.99 in the United Kingdom when it appears in retail in Fall 2019. It will be interesting to see how much of a success the retro 16-bit Mini console becomes following its upcoming release.

Retro Gaming 90’s- X-Men vs Street Fighter: (1996)

When we think about some of the greatest crossover fighting video games from the 90’s decade one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind is X-Men vs Street Fighter. After X-Men vs Street Fighter appeared in arcade centers during the later part of 1996 many people were blown away by the Capcom’s game especially since it seemed like something that nobody expected at the time. It was no secret that the Street Fighter series was extremely popular following the initial release of SF II back in ’91. Also, X-Men has seemed like it was just as popular as the Street Fighter series considering how successful the 1992 animated series had become along with the series of video games we got to see during the early to mid 90’s.

We got see games such as X-Men Arcade (1992), X-Men Mutant Apocalypse (1994) along with X-Men: Children Of The Atom (1994) which were considered to be very good games prior to the release of X-Men vs Street Fighter in ’96. While Street Fighter Alpha 2 which also came out in ’96 was considered to be one of the best fighting games of that year X-Men vs Street Fighter took the gameplay to whole another level. X-Men vs Street Fighter had characters such as Ryu, Wolverine, Ken, Cyclops, Storm, Chun-Li, Rouge, Magento, Gambit, Cammy White, M. Bison along with having Apocalypse as a boss character. X-Men vs Street Fighter was probably one of the first major crossover fighting games that the gaming world had seen at the time and it eventually lead to the creation of the Marvel vs Capcom series which began back in 1999.

The arcade & Sega Saturn versions of X-Men Street Fighter were considered to be masterpieces the PS1 port that came out in ’98 was generally criticized due to the limitations of 32-bit console. While the PS1 version of X-Men vs Street Fighter had a crossover mode players were limited to mirror matches which ultimately ended up detracting from the overall quality of the game itself. Despite, the inferiority if the PS1 version of X-Men vs Street Fighter the arcade version was great. Players could perform special attacks, double team special attacks and numerous partner assists throughout each battle until there was one team left standing. As an arcade classic X-Men vs Street Fighter will never get old to retro gamers who were huge fans of 2D fighting games during the mid to late 90’s.

The 25th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog 3!!!

Sometimes its hard to believe how old the Sonic the Hedgehog series especially since the game had arguably reached its peak in popularity back in the 90’s. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is a 16-bit platformer that is considered to be legendary for its visuals, sprites, soundtrack and storyline. It was 25 years ago on this day that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was released for the Sega Genesis and one of the few 2D games within that has remotely resembled it in terms of replay value is Sonic Mania which was released for multiple game consoles back in 2017. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was the game that saw Knuckles the Echidna make his debut in the series as somewhat of a rival to Sonic & Tails before eventually becoming allies with them throughout most of the series.

Despite, not selling quite as much as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 which reached at less 6 million copies worldwide Sonic 3 still managed to sell over one million in America and is still considered to be one of the best selling titles for the Sega Genesis in general. Even though, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is 25 years old its still a 16-bit classic that many people still play to this day. For those who have been fans of the Sonic the Hedgehog series since the early 90’s you already know how historic this day is and must feel kinda old realizing that Sonic 3 was released 25 years ago today.

Was the SNES Classic a bigger attraction than the Wii-U during the 10’s decade?

Aside from the Switch sone of the most popular game systems that we have seen from Nintendo this decade includes the SNES Classic along with the Wii-U. While many people would argue that the SNES Classic was more popular than the Wii-U before and after its release there is no question that it definitely did not sell quite as much. While the SNES Classic managed to reach at least 5 million units worldwide in sales the Wii-U reached over 9 million. Its possible that the SNES Classic could have eventually surpassed the amount that the Wii-U has sold worldwide within four years if Nintendo had decided to continue the production of the retro mini 16-bit console.

While the Wii-U was a console that fell well below Nintendo’s expectations in relation to sales the SNES Classic exceeded the company’s expectations in roughly over a year. While the Wii-U has incredible games such as Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land, Zelda: Skyward Sword, Bayonetta 2 and others that were big during the 10’s decade the 16-bit classics from the 90’s were almost just as popular on the SNES between late 2017 and the present. In terms of which console was a bigger attraction during the 10’s decade is debatable especially since more people are focusing the Nintendo Switch right now.

Celeste reportedly reached over 50K in sales during 2018!!!

There is no doubt that this year has been wonderful in relation to indie gaming in general. This is especially true with games such as Celeste which is an 8 bit like platformer which managed to win two honors at the 2018 Game Awards such as “Games for Impact” and “Beat Independent Game”. Since its release back on January 25th the Celeste instantly received universal praise from gamers and has appeared on multiple consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The fact that Celeste has managed to reach at less 50K in sales is something that does not come as much of a surprise to many people.

At this rate Celeste can possibly reach over 100,000 units in sales if it maintains its popularity throughout 2019. As a single-player indie platformer this game is worth checking out on multiple game systems if you have not yet played it.

Upcoming Switch Games- Degrees of Separation: (2019)

There are so many interesting games that the world is looking forward to seeing on the Nintendo Switch next year such as Bayonetta 3, Mana Spark and others that will definitely be an attraction on the hybrid console. Also, title that has not been talked about as much entitled Degrees of Separation a 2D puzzle game developed by Moondrop and published by Modus Games which is set to appear on the Nintendo Switch on February 2019. Along with having single-player gameplay it should be noted that Degrees of Separation will include local and online co-op gameplay.

Degrees of Separation has an interesting plot that involves two souls named Ember & Rime who fall in love but are separated. Both characters have to use their powers to progress throughout the game making for an interesting indie adventure title for the Nintendo Switch. There is no doubt that Degrees of Separation will be an attraction for those who are huge fans of indie games in general as it makes its way to the Switch console in 2019.