Retro Gaming 90’s- Twisted Metal: (1995)

As far as memorable games from the 90’s are concerned in relation to violence and mayhem one of the few titles that the world got to see during that decade was Twisted Metal. For those who do not know Twisted Metal was published by Sony Interactive Entertainment and initially released back in November 1995 for the PS1. In countries such as America Twisted Metal was very popular among teens and young adults for its addictive gameplay involving vehicular combat where players have to struggle to stay alive in the streets of Los Angles. The plot for the game takes place in 2005 and centers around competition held by Calypso where participants go through various levels and try to destroy each other in order to stay alive. The concept of the Twisted Metal competition was very creative but some people have criticized the game on the past for having a weak single-player mode. Despite, some of the game’s drawbacks there were more positives than negatives in the first Twisted Metal game such as the arsenal of weapons players were provided. In the games players had the ability to carry over 20 different weapons giving players numerous options on how to destroy their enemies.

Also, the co-op story mode was interesting as well since players had to share six lives which really forced people to strategize as the difficulty of the game increased during progression. The idea of sharing lives during co-op gameplay can be seen as a negative in the eyes of some people since it was somewhat similar to the NES Battetoads game where two players had to share lives in a game that can be difficult. Various stages in game where the competition took place included skyscrapers, freeways, warehouses and even the suburbs which made Twisted Metal even more interesting. The graphics for Twisted Metal were pretty decent by mid 90’s standards especially since 3D gaming was still considered to be new during that time period. The original Twisted Metal game ended up spawning two successful sequels between ’96-’98 which both sold over one million copies worldwide on the PS1. As a vehicular combat game Twisted Metal was one of the most innovative titles the gaming world has seen and its a title that is still somewhat popular to this day. The latest entry that we got to see in the Twisted Metal series was back in 2012 and for the most part fans and critics were fond of that game. Hopefully, sometime in the future we will get a chance to see another Twisted Metal title for a current generation console such as the PlayStation 4 or even the upcoming PS5 game system.

Upcoming Games- Mario Kart Tour: (2019)

As far as upcoming titles are concerned one of the few titles in relation to mobile gaming that has been making headlines as of late is Mario Kart Tour. This title is one that has been confirmed for iOS & Android devices and is set to be released this upcoming month on September 25th. The interesting thing about Mario Kart Tour is that fact that some of the stages in the game are based off of real-life cities such as New York and Tokyo. Also, there will be stages featured in this upcoming game that were popular in previous installments such as Luigi’s Mansion, Toad’s Circuit, Choco Island, etc. In Mario Kart Tour players will have to choose a driver along with a Kart and a glider before being matched up against seven players in the online multiplayer game mode. As far being an entry within the Mario Kart series is concerned this upcoming title looks promising. However, its unclear whether or not Mario Kart will eventually be ported for the Nintendo Switch in the future.

Also, its unclear in whether or not Mario Kart Tour is considered to be the Mario Kart 9 a title that people have been waiting to see since 2014 following the release of MK 8. Either way, its pretty cool to see Nintendo do something a bit different with this Mario Kart title and it will be interesting to see how successful Mario Kart Tour becomes on mobile devices. As it currently stands the beta version of Mario Kart Tour is now available for Android owners giving those who are long time fans of the series to check out one of Nintendo’s hottest mobile games in relation to Fall 2019. U

Trials Of Mana Coming to the PS4, Switch and PC in early 2020!!!!

As fas as blockbuster announcements are concerned in relation to Nintendo Switch the reveal trailer for the Trials Of Mana is something that everyone is talking about. The Trials Of Mana is a high definition remake of a JRPG classic known as Seiken Densetsu 3 which appeared exclusively in Japan for the SNES back in 1995. Since its release back in the mid 90’s Seiken Densetsu 3 was never released in America mainly due to how popular 3D gaming was starting to become during that era. Even though, the 2D version of Seiken Densetsu 3 was ported for the Nintendo Switch back in 2017 it was available exclusively in Japan before appearing America in the Collection Of Mana on June 11th this year. Seiken Densetsu 3 is a game that includes multiple characters with their own storylines & endings and is considered to be one of the most underrated Action-RPG’s for the SNES.

There are many people who question how successful Trials Of Mana will be in the future especially after the release Secret Of Mana HD in 2018. The Secret Of Mana HD was a game that was solid but at the same time did not live up to many people’s expectations because it felt somewhat different from the original 16-bit version of the game. Hopefully, Trials Of Mana will not have that same issue especially since Seiken Densetsu 3 was never officially released in American retail stores in the past. As it currently stands Trials Of Mana is expected to appear on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC in early 2020 and will be among the few RPG’s that Square Enix will have to offer better the second half of 2019 & 2020.

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.

The Nintendo Switch bundle deal from March 10th-16th!!!!

As far as interesting gaming deals are concerned the one that Nintendo has come up with for the Switch console is definitely something that will attract many people who are huge fans of the Mario series in general. For those who are unaware Nintendo has a deal which started on March 10th which allows people to purchase the Nintendo Switch along with one of five Mario games for a reduced price. Those who purchased he Nintendo Switch along with Super Mario Odessey, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Party, Mario Tennis Aces or New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will receive $30 off on their purchase which will bring the overall price to approximately $330. The cool thing about Nintendo’s bundle deal is that people get a chance to mix and match whatever Mario game they want with the hybrid console while this week long sale lasts.

The only drawback is that people will not be able to purchase non-Mario games like Super Smash Bros Ultimate on this deal where they can receive the 50% off reduction. Despite, still being expensive since the bundle with any of the five listed Mario games will average approximately $330 it’s still a good deal especially since each game is worth around $59.99 by themselves. For those who do not own a Nintendo Switch and are huge fans of the Mario series this deal is worth taking advantage of while it lasts.

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- Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled (2019)

There are so many upcoming games that the world is looking forward to seeing this year on various game systems such as the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One. As far as remastered games are concerned One of the biggest titles of this summer is Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled. For those who do not know Crash Team Racing was a game that was originally released for the PS1 back in ’99 which was roughly twenty years ago and was developed by Naughty Dog as the fourth installment of the Crash Bandicoot series. Crash Team Racing was a game that well received by fans and critics alike and many people are happy that we are finally going to see a remastered version of this game in 2019.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled was announced at the 2018 Game Awards and unlike the original PS1 game it will be developed by Beenox opposed to Naughty Dog. It should also be noted that Crash Tea. Racing: Nitro Fueled will be published by Activision opposed to Sony Computer Entertainment and it will be appearing on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch on June 21st. The is no question that Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled will be a huge attraction on multiple game systems this upcoming summer.