Upcoming Games- Journey To The Salage Planet: (2020)

One of the few titles that we are expecting to see early next year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows is an adventure game called Journey to the Savage Planet. This upcoming title will be developed by Typhoon Studios and published by 505 Games and is set to be released In January 28th. Based on what we know about this upcoming adventure title will have players journey throughout a fictional alien planet full of all kinds of different life forms. While Journey To The Salvage Planet is an adventure title the game includes first person shooter gameplay along with profiling alien flora and fauna to determine its eligibility for human habitation. It turns out that the player is an employee of Kindred Aerospace which is considered to be among the top five interstellar exploration organizations within its galaxy. Along with being able to catalog different life forms on a fictional planet Journey To The Salvage Planet allows co-op gameplay which is something that could add to the appeal of the game.

Based on how it looks the game will be played from a first-person perspective and players will be provided with weapons and other equipment during their adventurous journey. The visuals for this game look very impressive and the gameplay for Journey To The Salvage Planet look just as impressive as any other first person shooter game one has played within the past few years. It will be interesting to see how The Journey To The Salvage Planet will be following its upcoming release in January 2020.

SNES Games Confirmed for Nintendo Switch Online in the near future!!!

If you currently own a Switch console and have a subscription to Nintendo’s Online service you will be happy to know that SNES titles from the 90’s are expected to be available sometime this month. The Super NES games that have been confirmed to appear on Nintendo Switch Online this includes Star Fox 2, Super Punch Out, Breath Of Fire 2 and Kirby Super Star. The games just mentioned were all released between ’94-’96 with exception of Star Fox 2 which was initially released back in 2017. As it currently stands there are only four games announced to appear on Nintendo Switch Online and there is almost no question that more titles will eventually be available to subscribers throughout 2020. It should noted that the SNES Classic was very popular following its release back in late September 2017 and sold out very quickly as it relates to pre-orders. Just about every game featured on the SNES Classic was legendary and many gamers from today’s generation who are Switch owners can enjoy them for themselves if they are interested.

Based on what has been reported the four SNES games announced to appear on Nintendo Switch Online will come on December 12th. In addition, to having SNES title on the hybrid console it has also been confirmed that two classic NES games Journey to Silius, Crystalis will also appear on the Nintendo Switch in a few days as well. These are all titles from the 8 and 16-bit era that will definitely appeal to retro gamers if they do not have the NES or the SNES Classic by now. Hopefully we will see another set of SNES games for Nintendo Switch Online sometime in early 2020.

Dragon Quest Heroes I & II coming soon to western countries?

If you have been a long time fan of the Dragon Quest series since the 80’s or 90’s and still enjoy the set of games that have appeared on various consoles during the 10’s decade then you will be happy to know that some exciting news has recently emerged involving the two Dragon Quest Heroes games. There have been rumors floating around on the Internet that the Dragon Quest Heroes Collection I & II which came out back in 2017 within night possibly be making its way to western countries like America sometime in the near future. Both Dragon Quest Heroes I & II were released separately between 2015 & 2016 . While the Dragon Quest Heroes I & II received average reviews following their respective releases its possible that the game could definitely be somewhat of an attraction on the Nintendo Switch in America. In fact, if Dragon Quest Heroes I & II appeared as a Switch exclusive opposed to be released for consoles such as the PlayStation 4, PS Vita it could have been more of an attraction.

While the PlayStation 4 is more superior than the Nintendo Switch quality wise the Dragon Quest series made a name for itself mainly on Nintendo based consoles dating back to its inception from 1986. Even though, Dragon Quest Heroes I & II might be popular in Japan it might not be as big in countries like America because the western culture is so different. America is a country where violent first and third person shooter games are popular along with action-adventure and action role-playing games. Dragon Quest Heroes I & II might be a game that would appeal to children under the age thirteen or long time fans of the series. Aside from appealing to a certain group or demographic of people in America Dragon Quest Heroes I & II might not be as much of an attraction in America as it was in Japan. If the rumors regarding the western release of Dragon Quest Heroes I & II are true it will be interesting to see how successful they would become in 2020 or 2021.

YouTube’s New Policy On Violent Gaming Content

One of the hottest topics within the gaming world that has been receiving mainstream attention as of late involves changes that YouTube has recently made as it relates to producing violent video game footage. In turns out that those who have YouTube channels and produce violent video game content will have too worry less about age restriction gates. It turns out that YouTube’s new gaming policy went into effect the other day on December 2nd. As of right now violent gaming will be open to everyone opposed to those who claim they are above the age of eighteen which is something many teenagers are probably in favor of. Also, YouTube’s new policy will favor the production of scripted and simulated violence while doing everything it can to reduce the possibility of allowing any that would lead to real world brutality. While many are probably in favor of YouTube’s new policy some are probably against it especially considering the high level of mass shootings that has occurred in America over the past couple of years from 2016-2019.

While arguments have been made by parents and conservatives across America that violent video games are responsible for the high level of violence in America games such as Battlefield V, Mortal Kombat 11, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Call If Duty: Modern Warfare are very popular within the country. It would not be fair to content creators to be hit with age restriction gates especially since most of them have monetized their YouTube accounts for profit and rely on them to make a living. Despite, how people might feel about YouTube’s new gaming policy is one that is definitely interesting and will prove to be beneficial to those who are producers of edgier content and previously ran the risk of having their accounts demonetized for not being family friendly.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Sparkster: (1994)

During the console wars between Nintendo and Sega that took place throughout the 90’s there were so Man big titles that appeared both on the SNES and Genesis that were classics. Sparkster a game that was both developed and published by Konami and released in ’94 may not necessarily be considered a classic by many people ; but it was still a solid platform shooter game during its time on the SNES. Sparkster was considered to be the direct sequel to Rocket Knight Adventures which came out back in ’93 exclusively for the Sega Genesis. As far as visuals and sprites were concerned many people would argue that Sparkster was more superior than Rocket Knight Adventures was on the Genesis console. Also, the soundtrack from Sparkster was pretty good especially the first stage which was arguably one of the most underrated 16-bit theme songs from the early 90’s. The plot for Sparkster was pretty basic and involved the Rocket Knight known as Sparkster trying to rescue a princess by the name of Flora within the kingdom of Eginasem.

The goal of rescuing Princess Flora comes with trying to overcome an onslaught of animal-based soldiers affiliated with the Lioness army; while dealing with a key antagonist known as Rocket Knight Axel Gear who aligned himself to take down Sparkster. The formula used in creating this game seemed intriguing since it took elements from popular platform games if the early 90’s and blended them into one. The damsel in distress element is one that has basically definite Super Mario games since its inception back in the mid 80’s. The idea of having a rival/nemesis to make life more difficult for the main protagonist is somewhat similar to what we got in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 back in ’94 when Knuckles The Echidna made his video game debut. The side scrolling shooter element of Sparkster felt somewhat similar to that of Mega Man X which was released for the SNES back in ’93. Following its initial release the feedback that Sparkster received a positive reception from critics for being an improvement over its predecessor. Despite, Sparkster not being on the same level as games such as Super Mario World, Mega Man X, Super Castlevania IV in relation to the platform genre its still a retro 16-bit that some people are still quite fond of to this day.

Ridge Ridge 8 Cancelled for the Nintendo Switch?

If you are currently a Nintendo Switch owner and have been a huge fan of the Ridge Racer series since 1993 then you will be disappointed to know that the rumored RR 8 schedule to appear on the hybrid console had been cancelled. As to why Ridge Racer 8 has been cancelled is unknown but its one of the titles that was canned around the time when the initial development for Metroid Prime 4 was dropped. It turns out that Bandi Namco was going to utilize the Unreal Engine 4 for Ridge Racer 8 similar to how Nintendo was going to do the same thing for Metroid Prime 4. The information regarding the cancellation of the Ridge Racer 8 game as a Switch exclusive was confirmed by a YouTuber known as Doctre81. Its a bit surprising yet interesting that we were supposed to get Ridge Racer 8 as a Switch exclusive mainly because a majority of the games within the series normally appears on PlayStation consoles.

The last major Ridge Racer title that we got to see on a Nintendo based console was RR 3D which appeared on the handheld 3DS game system back in February 2011. Aside from that we got see a RR game for the PlayStation Vita along with Ridge Racer Unbounded for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in ’11. Just because Ridge Racer 8 will not be appearing in the Nintendo Switch it does not close the possibility of the game appearing on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. But then again Bandi Namco had cancelled the development of Ridge Racer 8 all together and there has been no announcements made about the game being released on any console in the future. Its almost certain that Bandi Namco will definitely produce another installment within the series sometime in future but the main question is when?

Retro Gaming 00’s- Super Mario Sunshine: (2002)

When we think about classic Mario games from the past titles such as the original Super Mario Bros Trilogy along with Super Mario World and Super Mario 64 all come instantly to mind. The games just mentioned from the 80’s and 90’s time period all had very high replay values and are classics that longtime fans of the Mario series still play to this day. However, when it comes to Mario games from the 00’s such as Super Mario Sunshine they do not get mentioned quite as much as various other titles from the series despite its critical acclaim. As many people know Super Mario Sunshine was initially released for the Nintendo GameCube back July 2002 in Japan before coming to America in August of that same year. One of the most interesting things about Super Mario Sunshine was its plot especially since it was somewhat different from what people were used to seeing within the series prior to 2002. While Bowser is normally the main villain in most Mario games the main antagonist in Super Mario Sunshine was character by the name of Shadow Mario. In Super Mario Sunshine Shadow Mario was responsible for kidnapping Princess Peach while vandalizing Isle Delfino with graffiti.

The funny thing about the plot for Super Mario Sunshine was that Mario himself was framed for the crimes committed on Isle Island whole being on vacation with Princess Peach and a couple of Toads and was forced to clean up everything which was somewhat interesting. Older installments within the Mario series emphasized level completion by outmaneuvering various monsters such as Goombas and Koopa Troopers in order to reduce to the Princess. However, in Super Mario Sunshine Nintendo managed to keep elements of older Mario titles while adding new ones without drastically changing the formula of what made the series a huge success in the first place. While players were required to collect 120 stars in Super Mario 64 for game completion Super Mario Sunshine has them gather Shine Sprites after they completed various objectives. The FLUDD game mechanic along with the inclusion of Yoshi in Super Mario Sunshine were strong positives especially since the green dinosaur was not a playable character back in Super Mario 64 when he should have been.

While the gameplay and graphics for Super Mario Sunshine were great by standards relating to the early 00’s one of the main drawbacks of this game was its lack of multiplayer gameplay. Some people believe Luigi should have been a playable character in Super Mario Sunshine. However, Luigi had his own big game which came out back in September 2001 and its possible that Nintendo felt that there was no need to include him in the Super Mario Sunshine. Super Mario Sunshine managed to reach approximately 6.3 million units in worldwide sales since its release while Luigi’s Mansion did roughly around 3.6 million. Despite, the praise that Super Mario Sunshine has received from various gaming publications since its release in the early 00’s its shocking that Nintendo has never made any plans to create a remastered version of it for the Switch console. If the fan support is high its possible that Nintendo might consider bringing Super Mario Sunshine to the Switch console within the next few years or so. After all, Super Mario Sunshine was the third best selling video game for GameCube and was a huge attraction on a console that performed poorly in sales compared to the likes of the Wii console.