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.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness (2003)

As far as top RPG’s from the 00’s are concerned one of the few high profile titles from that decade that the world got a chance to see outside of the Final Fantasy series was Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness which was released back in 2003. Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness was developed and initially published by Nippon Ichi Software in Japan before being released in other countries such as America and Europe between 2003-2004. As far as tactical role-playing games are concerned Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness was arguably one of the most creative titles within in its genre in the 00’s especially considering the robust in-game mechanics that it had. Players had the opportunity of controlling both monsters and humanoids while capturing their enemies and destroying their units on grid-like maps. The Geo Panel game mechanic was something that people were definitely intrigued by especially since they were generally simple for the most part.

The chaining of aspect of the Geo Panels had added an element of excitement to the game since it offered fortunate rewards for players who successfully completed the puzzles. The story for Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness started of tragic as players discovered main protagonist Laharl who is the son of King Kercheskoy had passed way following his battle with Baal The Lord Of Terror. Players also find out that another key character in the game known as Flonne is sent by one of antagonist’s named Sepraph Lamington to assassinate Kercheskoy before she herself learned about the King’s death. Following the death of his father Laharl loses his mother and Flonne eventually joins him on his quest to become a King.

Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness not only had creative yet somewhat tedious gameplay but the inclusion of multiple endings was something that added to the overall replay value of the game itself. The storyline for Disgaea: HOD was not only dark but the main character Laharl had attributes that made him appear more like an anti-hero opposed to a traditional & virtuous hero. Laharl’s arrogant demeanor and his distain for love due to how he lost his mother. Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness seemed like it was more of an attraction in Japan for the PlayStation 2 than it was in countries like America despite the game being considered an RPG masterpiece by fans and critics. Since its release back in the early 00’s Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness has went on to appear on various game consoles such as the PSP, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch within the past 15 years of its release. Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness is considered to be legendary since its the first game within its series. Also, as a tactical role-playing game some would argue that it was the best game to have been released in the early 00’s since Final Fantasy Tactics came out for the PS1 in 1997.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)

As far as classics from the early 00’s are concerned in relation to gaming its almost impossible to talk about high profile games from that time period without mentioning Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. For those who do not on GTA: Vice City was developed and published RockStar and was initially released for the PlayStation 2 in October 2002. One of the things that made GTA: Vice City appealing was the fact that the plot of the game was set in the 80’s. In fact, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City reminded many people of the Scarface movie which came out back in 1983. GTA: Vice City is played from a third person perspective as players control the main character Tommy Vercetti who is an ex-convict. As Vercetti players had to complete various missions in order to progress throughout the game in order to control the underworld drug trade in Vice City. GTA: Vice City was a game that impressed many people following its release for a variety of reasons including its visuals, gameplay and storyline which arguably stands out more than anything within the game. There were some interesting twists and revelations in GTA: Vice City from the discovery of Tommy setting up Sonny leading to his arrest to Lance double-crossing Tommy and being in cahoots with Sonny.

The gameplay itself for GTA: Vice City was also something that people who were new to the series could easily get into. Players could engage in various activities such as purchasing weapons and real estate along with getting their cars spray painted. Also, like most GTA titles there was a crime meter which was measured in stars with six being the most severe depending on how wanted the player is by police whether it be dead or alive. Vice City was an action-adventure game that was considered to be somewhat controversial due to its excessive violence and mature content. However, GTA: Vice City was one of the most popular video games on the PlayStation 2 in the early 00’s and ended reaching over 9.6 million copies in worldwide sales. In fact, Gran Theft Auto: Vice City ended becoming the fourth best selling game for the PS2 and is considered to be one of the best action-adventure games of the 00’s decade. Despite, seeing an HD intro of GTA: Vice City back in 2015 using the GTA V game engine having an official modernized version of the ’02 classic on current generation consoles such as PS4 and Xbox One would be sweet.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Nights Into Dreams: (1996)

As far as retro games for the Sega Saturn is concerned there is no doubt whatsoever Nights Into Dreams was one of the most high profile video games for that console during the mid 90’s. There were many people who were highly impressed by various aspects of the game such as graphics, level design gameplay along with the inclusion of a creative storyline. Nights Into Dreams had seven different levels that players could earn grades on upon completion which was considered to be unique at the time. In fact, some might argue that the grade concept following the completion of different levels from Nights Into Dreams provided Sega with the idea to include it in both Sonic Adventure 1 & 2. As far as 3D action-adventure type games are concerned many would argue that Nights Into Dreams was the most popular title on the Sega Saturn during the mid 90’s and deserved to be ported for Dreamcast between ’98-’99.

In addition, to being one of the more memorable action-adventure games for the Sega Saturn some would argue that Nights Into Dreams was more popular on that console than any Sonic title that came out between ’95-97. Nights Into Dreams was a game that seemed ahead of its time following its release ’96. In fact, Nights Into Dreams is considered to be a better title than its 2007 Wii sequel known as Journey Of Dreams despite having more inferior graphics.

Will There Ever Be a Sonic Adventure 3?

When it comes down to high profile 3D platform video games of the early 00’s there is absolutely no question that Sonic Adventure 2 is a memorable title from that particular time period. Not only was the reception for Sonic Adventure 2 generally positive but its arguably the best 3D installment within the Sonic see that Sega has ever made. There were various aspects of Sonic Adventure 2 such as visuals and gameplay that were way better than what we got in the original Sonic Adventure game that was released for the Sega Dreamcast back in 1998. Also, the introduction of Shadow the Hedgehog and Rouge the Bat made Sonic Adventure 2 memorable especially since they both ended up becoming playable characters in the Dark Story Mode which also featured Dr. Eggman. The Hero Story Mode allowed players to complete various missions on different stages with Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails Prower and Knuckles the Echidna.

After defeating the Finalhazard using Super Sonic and Super Shadow towards the end of game players are left with a rewarding climax which seemed like the perfect way to end the Sonic Adventure series. Ever since ’01 the world has wondered whether or not Sega or the Sonic Team would ever develop a sequel to Sonic Adventure 2. As much as many people would love to see a Sonic Adventure 3 it would be very difficult to try and top Sonic Adventure 2. There are characters such as Shadow the Hedgehog whose popularity has dramatically declined since Sonic Adventure 2; mainly due to his panned self-titled video game from 2005. However, Sega could always add new characters or even bring back older ones if they do decide to make a Sonic Adventure 3. But as we have seen throughout the 00’s almost every 3D Sonic game that was released during that decade was not nearly as popular as as Sonic Adventure 2.

The closest that we probably got in relation to seeing great 3D Sonic games that were on par with Sonic Adventure 2 was Sonic Colors (2010) and Sonic Generations (2011). The more recent 3D Sonic titles such as Sonic: Rise of Lyric (2014) and Sonic Forces (2017) were not as successful as Colors or Generations which makes some people skeptical on whether or not Sega could actually create a worthy sequel to Sonic Adventure 2. As it currently stands there has been no plans among Sega or the Sonic Team to develop a Sonic Adventure 3 and its quite possible that it may never happen. Trying to capture the same type of magic that the world saw with Sonic Adventure 2 is something that would be very in this day and age which is why that game will always be considered a classic as far as action-adventure platformers are concerned.

Will hardware games become obsolete in a few years?

There is no secret that the gaming world has heavily evolved since the 8-bit NES days of the 80’s. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s people had generally utilized cartridges before moving on to CD’s from the mid 90’s all the way up to the 10’s decade. However, in this day and age it seems like streaming and downloading video games has become more popular in general. This makes people wonder whether or not Sony, Microsoft or Xbox has any plans whatsoever on moving way from developing consoles that accepts hardware games in the near future. Streaming & downloading video games seems more convenient for customers on the face of things but at the same time Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo generally have different long term goals in relation to their consoles.

Over two years ago Sony had placed heavy emphasis on the PlayStation VR for it was officially released in retail back in October 2016. Also, there had been speculation that Microsoft was eventually going to focus more on streaming services following the release of the Xbox One X back in November 2017. It was also revealed back in the Spring of 2018 by Nintendo’s new president Shuntaro Furukawa that the company wanted to focus more on mobile gaming especially since the market itself is looking right now. Due to how popular mobile gaming has become during the 10’s decade along with streaming services it would not be a surprise if hardware video games stopped being developed altogether. However, if companies such as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft eventually stop making consoles that accepts hardware video games it would probably occur a lot later down the line such as the late 2020’s or so.

Upcoming Games- Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince: (2019)

There are so many games that people are looking forward to seeing on multiple game systems as we progress throughout this year. When it comes to action role-playing puzzle games of 2019 one of the few titles that has everyone talking is Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince developed by Frozenbyte Inc and published by Modus Games which is set to appear on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows along with the Nintendo Switch this upcoming Fall. For those who do not know Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will be the direct sequel to Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power which was released back in August 2015 and is considered to be the fourth major installment within series since it began a decade ago in 2009. It should be noted that has far as gameplay is concerned Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will not be fully 3D like it’s predecessor and will revert back to a 2.5 dimensional perspective.

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will have multiple characters that players can choose from including a thief named Zoya a knight named Pontius along with a wizard named Amadeus as they solve various puzzles throughout the entire game. As it currently stands there is no official release date for Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince but there is no question that the game will definitely be a attraction big attraction in Fall 2019.