Mario Party vs. Sonic Shuffle which game was better?

Back in the 90’s and early 00’s we did not get to many party type games so it was pretty cool that we got to witness the emergence of the original Mario Party game back to in late 1998-early 1999. Mario Party was so creative and idea of having mini co-op games with up to four players was also something that replicated in Sonic Shuffle for the Sega Dreamcast back in late 2000.

In terms of which game was better many people would agree that Mario Party was more of a success since the original game has spawned at least nine sequels with everyone currently waiting for the release of Mario Party. Even though, Sonic Shuffle was not as successful as the original Mario Party game seeing a direct sequel for that title on the PS2 or Xbox on the early 00’s would have definitely turned heads.

Should the Mortal Kombat Trilogy have been re-released on the Sega Dreamcast? 

The Mortal Kombat Trilogy series was very popular back in the 90’s since it was released for multiple game including Nintendo 64, PS1 and Sega Saturn.  Despite, how much fun Mortal Kombat Trilogy was there are some who are interested on why it was never released for the Sega Dreamcast.  To be honest it would not have made to much sense to release Mortal Kombat Trilogy for the Sega Dreamcast.  


Mortal Kombat Trilogy was released on multiple game consoles back in 1996 and by the time Dreamcast was released in 1998 we already had Mortal Kombat 4 which was a 3D title that everyone was interested in since 2D gaming was starting to become stale around that time.  Besides Mortal Kombat Gold was released for the Sega Dreamcast back in 1999; if Mortal Kombat Trilogy was released on the Sega Dreamcast cast it could have easily have been overshadowed by 3D titles that were in high demand.  

Should Sega release a mini Dreamcast console?

It seems like retro gaming is starting to become popular again with the releases of the NES Mini, Sega Genesis handheld and the upcoming SNES Classic Edition.  However, when it comes down to retro video game consoles the Sega Dreamcast was probably one of the best game systems of the 90’s.  In fact the Sega Dreamcast was the first 128 bit console to be introduced into the gaming world.  Also, some might argue that in some ways the Sega Dreamcast was a pioneer when it comes down to online gaming with titles such as Phantasy Star Online.  
When it comes down to video game titles for the Sega Dreamcast there were countless games that many people consider classics.  Games such as Sonic Adventure 1 & 2, Crazy Taxi,  Power Stone, Skies of Arcadia, Shenmue and other titles would be something many people would love to see if there is ever a Dreamcast Mini.  

Was the Sega Dreamcast the best game console of the 90’s in terms of quality?

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The Sega Dreamcast is truly one of the few game consoles that does not get the type of credit that it deserves.  When it came down to the console wars of the 90’s the Sega Dreamcast was the very first 128-bit  console ever made.  In fact, the concept of online gaming started off with the Sega Dreamcast and the Dream Arena back in 1999.  Even though, the Sega Dreamcast did not sell as many units worldwide as the PS1 or the Nintendo 64 it was able to play arcade quality games along with being able to have up to four players on a single console without the use of a multi-tap.  With titles such as Sonic Adventure, Shenmue, Skies of Arcadia, Crazy Taxi, Marvel vs Capcom and others the Sega Dreamcast was a console that many people definitely wanted to buy during the late 90’s.

However, it seemed like the PS1 more games in general such as Final Fantasy VII & VIII, the Tekken series, Gran Turismo, Crash Banicoot, Metal Gear Solid and others.   If some of the same games that were released for the PS1 had been featured on the Sega Dreamcast then the console itself could have possibly have sold much more than 9 million units worldwide.

Retro Gaming- NFL Blitz: (1997)

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Back in the 90’s Midway has produced many interesting games in genres such as fighting, sports and racing.  One of the more memorable games that Midway has produced back in the 1990’s was NFL Blitz.  When NFL Blitz was first released in arcade centers in 1997 many people enjoyed the fun and brutality that it had to offer.  With football teams such as the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers this game was addictive once it was ported to multiple home consoles during the late 90’s.  After its arcade release we got to see NFL Blitz ported to game systems such as PS1, and the Nintendo 64 While its debatable among fans on which version of the game was the best it was still pretty cool to have a console version of this arcade classic.

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One of the coolest things about NFL Blitz was that players were allowed to get away with more during gameplay since the rules deviated from the  traditional NFL format.  It could also be considered a title that casual gamers could get into simply because the violence included in NFL Blitz made people feel like they were playing a fighting game a times.  Since its release in the late 90’s both the PS1 and the Nintendo 64 versions of NFL Blitz had managed to sell over 1 million units worldwide which was impressive.  If NFL Blitz was not a hit in arcade centers before being released for the PS1 and the N64 then it would be questionable on how the game would have done in worldwide sales in regards to home consoles.

What was the best CPS II game of the 90’s?

Generally when it comes down to CPS II games of 90’s it tough to decide which one was the very best.  When it comes down to 2D CPS II arcade titles there were games such as Marvel vs Capcom,  X-Men Vs Street Fighter and Marvel Super Heroes vs Capcom which many people considered to be addictive.

We also had titles such as X Men Children of the Atom which was probably one most popular arcade one on one arcade fighting games next to the Street Fighter series.  When it comes down to worldwide games titles such as Marvel vs Capcom and X-Men Children of the Atom did not do as well as some people would expect.  In fact, some of those games fell below the one million mark for separate consoles such as Sony PlayStation, Dreamcast and the Sega Saturn.


Ever since Street Fighter Alpha 3 was released in the late 90’s it had managed to sell over one million units worldwide for the Sony PlayStation.  This was an impressive feat considering the fact CPS II gaming was starting to become obsolete going into the new millennium.  Since the mid 90’s more people started turning to 3D gaming for popular fighting titles such the Tekken and Soul Calibur series.  While many people have their own respective opinion on which CPS II fighting game was the best the truth is they were all great making it very to choose one.

Was Dreamcast a more superior console than the N64?

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When it comes down to game consoles we all remember how cool the Sega Dreamcast and the Nintendo 64 was back in the 90’s.   The 3D graphics that we saw for games on the Nintendo 64 and the Sega Dreamcast was incredible at the time.   While the N64 was a 64 bit console the Dreamcast was actually the first 128 bit console to had ever been released in gaming markets.  Despite, the Sega Dreamcast having better graphics than the Nintendo 64 it seems like the N64 did better in terms of worlwide sales.

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Since its release back in 1996, the Nintendo 64 has managed to sell over 32 million units worldwide mainly because of great games such as Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Bros, Star Fox 64 and many others.  When it comes down to worldwide sales the Sega Dreamcast hit over 10 million units worldwide between 1998 and 2001.  Even though, the Nintendo 64 might have done well than Dreamcast some would argue that it was not the most superior console.  Unlike the Sega Dreamcast Nintendo 64 did not allow people to play video games such as Phantasy Star Online through dial up connection.   The Sega Dreamcast was a pioneer when it came down to online gaming which has shaped the landscape of the gaming industry.  The Sega Dreamcast also had more detailed graphics that could play arcade quality games much better than the Nintendo 64.

 

 

Which decade was the best for platform games?

Super Mario Bros (2).jpgThe platform genre of gaming has been around since the 80’s and since then many people have wondered which decade was the best for that particular genre.   The original Super Mario Bros game is quite possibly the most popular title ever in the platform genre of gaming.  While the 80’s included mostly 8-bit gameplay for various Mario games we eventually got titles like the Sonic the Hedgehog series during the 16-bit era in the of gaming. 

As the Super Mario Bros series was slowly transitioning into the 16-bit Super Nintendo game console the Sonic the Hedgehog series was starting to become increasingly popular for the Sega Genesis.  Not only was the gameplay for both the Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog series impressive but the colorful graphics led and sprites used in most of the titles added to the appeal of those games.

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 By the time we reached the mid to late 90’s we got games like Super Mario 64 and Sonic Adventure which introduced players to a whole different style of platform gaming.  The concept of a 3D open world environment was something that many people were amazed by when Super Mario 64 was released.  Instead of simply just running and jumping Mario could utilize various attacks against his enemies.  While Sonic Adventure was similar Sega had decided to Main the fast paced run and jump formula that was popular in the older Sonic games.  

Super Mario Galaxy (2).jpgBy the time we reached the 00’s the platform genre started to improve visually with some games such as Super Mario Galaxy.  The 2000’s was a good decade to be a fan of open world 3D platform gaming despite not being the most popular genre during time.  We got so many classics such as the New Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 along with others.

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  When it came down to platform gaming in the 10’s we began to see more creativity develop in this genre.  Super Mario 3D World for the Wii-U was a great example of this.  The idea of having multiplayer open would gameplay with up to four characters was something that many peopl believed should have happened sooner.  Along with Super Mario 3D World we got Kirby’s Return to Dreamland which had  simultaneous multiplayer gameplay which is something that we might start to see more from platform games in the near future.  While many people argue on which decade is better in relation to the platform genre some would say that things are starting get even better going into the 2020’s. 

The evolution of gaming in the 90’s

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In terms of graphics and gameplay there has never been a decade that featured more diversity than the 90’s.  It was during the 80’s where 8-bit games for consoles like the NES were very popular with games such as Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Double Dragon, Metroid, Castlevania and more.  Towards the late 80’s the Sega Master System had introduced 16-bit graphics and gameplay on its consoles which would eventually become popular during the early 90’s.  Following the Sega Master System we got to see the releases of consoles such as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the PC Engine also known as the Turbografix-16.

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The 16-bit Super Nintendo console featured many memorable games including The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, Mega Man X and more.  Shortly, after the 16-bit consoles started to become popular during the early 90’s we briefly got to see some 32-bit style games for systems like Sega 32X, Sega Saturn and the original Sony PlayStation.  The Sega Saturn was released about a year after the Sony PlayStation and the Sega 32X was released during the winter of 1994.   Shortly, after the Sony PlayStation became a commercial success in gaming markets around the world we saw the development and release of the Nintendo 64 in 1996.

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Following, the release of the Nintendo 64  Sega had introduced the 128 bit console known as Sega Dreamcast  in 1998.  The Sega Dreamcast was amazing because it provided people with so many interesting titles including Power Stone, Skies of Arcadia, Sonic Adventure and much more.   In terms of game development the 90’s was arguably a better decade than the 00’s.  During the 00’s we saw gaming evolve due to the development of  online multiplayer gaming along with the inclusion of high definition visuals for consoles like PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.    Overall, the 90’s had more variety in terms of gaming than the 00’s making it a much more memorable decade as far as video games were concerned in general.  During the 90’s we saw the inception of many different gameplay styles such as 32 & 64 bit which would be utilized for handheld consoles such as the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS during the 00’s.  When it came down to creativity and development the 90’s seemed like a much better time period than the 00’s which was also very special as well.

Retro Gaming- Unreal Tournament: (1999)

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When it comes down to first person shooter games the Unreal Tournament may possibly be one of the most recognizable titles in the history of that genre.  Before we had the Halo series for Xbox there was the Unreal Tournament which was developed by Epic Games & Digital Extremes.  In the late 90’s the original Unreal Tournament was released for Microsoft Windows in 1999 along  being available for consoles such as the PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast during the early 00’s.  The graphics for the Unreal Tournament at the time was great and seemed like it was ahead of its time considering the fact that it had utilized the original Unreal Engine developed in 1998.  The Unreal Tournament was a game that many people may have  preferred for Microsoft Windows over the console versions since it provided exclusive features such as level editing feature.  Along with being a pretty cool 3D first person shooter title the Unreal Tournament had an interesting plot that took place around the 24th century.

The formation of a new world government during the war between the humans and Skaarjj had seemed fascinating but at the same time frightening.    Despite, how scary the plot may have seemed the Unreal Tournament had provided people with a series of gameplay options including Death Match, Last Man Standing, Assault, and Dominion.  The original Unreal Tournament had included a variety of game modes that would keep players busy for many hours, months or even years until Unreal II: The Awakening was released between 2003-2004.   When it comes down to first person shooter games the Unreal series was one among many that was popular with teens and young adults during the 00’s.  Even though, the very first Unreal Tournament game was pretty good the series had only improved as time progressed.  In terms of which Unreal game is the best in the entire series is debatable but some would probably consider the second installment to be in that category.