Retro Gaming- NFL Blitz: (1997)

NFL Blitz

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.

Will Mario Kart 8 Deluxe become the best selling racing game for the Nintendo Switch?


As of right not Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of the few big racing games that is currently featured on the Nintendo Switch.  When it comes down to sales Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold over 1.7 million units worldwide since its release back in April 2017.    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe one of the best selling games on the Nintendo Switch right now which is not much of a surprise since the original Mario Kart 8 game was a huge success following its release on the Wii-U back in May 2014.  Since its release the original Mario Kart 8 game had managed to sell over 8.3 million units worldwide within a few years which is nothing short of impressive.

While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is doing well in terms of sales in the gaming market many people are still wondering whether or not we will ever get a Mario Kart 9.    The high quality visuals and the replay value of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is good enough to keep gamers waiting for the next 2-3 years while Nintendo develops another game for either the Nintendo Switch or the New Nintendo 3DS XL similar to how did with Mario Kart 7.  As far as whether or not Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is going to be the best selling game for the Nintendo Switch or not is something that is too early to tell as of right now.

The Monster Boy series returns

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Its been a very long time since we have seen a Monster Boy game for any console but at some point in 2017 the series will return to the Nintendo Switch.  The Monster Boy series was very popular back in the early 90’s for the Mega Drive and the Sega Genesis.   Seeing the Monster Boy series come to the Nintendo Switch is something that many people who were fans of the series probably thought would never happen in a million years.  The Monster Boy series was an exciting action adventure platform title back in the early 90’s and since then many people thought the series itself was dead.   The last time we saw a major title in the Monster world series was around 1994 when Monster World IV was released in Japan for the Sega Genesis.  Ever since Monster World IV was released exclusively in Japan we never got the chance to see a direct sequel throughout the 90’s or the 00’s.

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In terms of games for the Nintendo Switch its good that Game Ateller and FDG Entertainment is bring back a Sega classic like the Monster World series back.  As of right now the Nintendo Switch needs as many new games as it could possibly get since the console is brand new and desperately needs more games in order to make people want to buy the console itself.   Even though, the platform genre of gaming is not the most popular genre right now there is a good chance that Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom will do well in terms of sales on the Nintendo Switch considering the fact that its a classic that will gain the attention of retro gamers who were fans of the series back in the early 90’s.  Also, since platform titles are generally more popular on Nintendo based consoles opposed to Xbox and PlayStation consoles there is a fair chance that people who are unfamiliar with the Monster Boy series will become interested if the game is marketed the right way.

Should Contra Hard Corps: Uprising be ported for the Nintendo Switch?

Contra Hard Corps Uprising

The Contra series is considered a classic in the world of gaming and its impressive to see how far the series has come since it first started on the Nintendo Entertainment System back in the 80’s.  The latest Contra game entitled Hard Corps Uprising was released back in early 2011 and since then not much has been said about it.  Back in the 80’s and early 90’s the Contra series felt like it was at its peak in terms of popularity.  The older games in the Contra series were so much fun to play on both the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis.  When it comes down to run and gun titles Contra Hard Corps and Contra Alien Wars were among one of the best games within its genre during the early 90’s.

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Some of the coolest things about Hard Corps: Uprising along with its high quality visuals and fast paced gameplay includes the fact that the plot for this game takes place about two decades before the events of the original Contra game which was released for the NES back in 1988.  The idea of the Contra series making a return to the Nintendo Switch is something that many people would probably interested in.   Ever since, the Contra series has moved to PlayStation and Xbox consoles the series has not been as popular.  Many people would argue that the series would probably would have stood out more if it was released on Nintendo based consoles instead.

Should World Tour Mode return to the Street Fighter series?

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As many of us know World Tour Mode was something that was included in Street Fighter Alpha 3 following its release for the Sony PlayStation and the Sega Dreamcast in the late 90’s.  In terms of offline single player gameplay World Tour mode was probably one of the most innovative features that Capcom has ever included in a Street Fighter game.   The concept of having to fight different opponents around the world while defeating them under special conditions was something that contributed to the overall replay value of Street Fighter Alpha 3.  In fact, players were lucky if they even completed World Tour mode since it was tougher than it looked.

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In addition to the online multiplayer battle modes where players can fight other people online the World Tour mode would make an excellent addition to single player modes that are normally featured in Street Fighter titles.   Generally, when it comes down to Street Fighter titles players have limited options in terms offline game mode which  was a trend that might have possibly started following the release of SFIV.   The Street Fighter Alpha 3 game had so many offline gameplay options that players would definitely think twice before selling their game.  With game modes like World Tour and Dramatic Battle the Street Fighter Alpha series was one that was unforgettable.  The idea having having game modes like World Tour and Dramatic Battle along with an action pack story/arcade mode and multiplayer online gameplay is something that many fans of series have been craving for and hopefully it will be something Capcom might consider doing in the future.

Could there have been a Ninja Turtles game for Nintendo 64?

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When we think about classic games for the Nintendo Entertainment System along with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System we think about many game such as the Ninja Turtles series.  The Ninja Turtles series was very popular in the  80’s and early 90’s and the games that were made by Konami were very fun in general.   One of the better TMNT games that Konami had produced was the arcade title known as Turtles in Time which allowed up to four players on a single cabinet.  Even though, many people were satisfied with the fact Turtles in Time was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  However, the Super Nintendo console had only allowed multiplayer gameplay which could only include two people.

If Konami wanted to make a 2D arcade style video game for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the Nintendo 64 or Gamecube were the perfect consoles to do so.  The thought of the Nintendo 64  not having a Ninja Turtles game was just at puzzling as the TMNT Gamecube title from 2003 having a two player co-op mode instead of four.  While the Ninja Turtles titles were better in 2D with colorful sprites and graphics Konami could have released a game similar to Turtles in Time for the Nintendo 64 or even Gamecube.  When it comes down to 2D gameplay with the inclusion of colorful sprites and graphics Konami could have definitely pulled it off especially since they did it with Mortal Kombat Trilogy during the mid 90’s.  Looking back at things down Konami had probably missed a chance on delivering an arcade quality Ninja Turtles game for the Nintendo 64 that could of allowed four player gameplay.

Should the FIFA series return to Nintendo?

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Sometimes its hard to believe that the FIFA series has been around since the early 90’s.  When the very first game in the series entitled FIFA International was released for multiple consoles such as Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis it was probably one of the most interesting sports titles of 1994.   Normally when it comes down to releasing soccer based video games Electronic Arts has generally released FIFA games multiple for multiple consoles including PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One Nintendo Wii and the PlayStation 4.   But as many of us know EA has released FIFA 16 & 17 for almost every console except the Nintendo Wii-U.

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When EA had released games prior to FIFA 16 they were featured on multiple game consoles including the Nintendo Wii.  However, the Nintendo Wii version for some of the older FIFA games had paled in comparison to the likes of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in terms of sales.  Ever since, FIFA 15 was released in the Fall of 2014 the sales for the Nintendo Wii version were relatively low in comparison to other game systems.  The PlayStation 3 version of FIFA 15 had reached over million units worldwide in terms of sales while the Xbox One version had reached over two million.  The PlayStation 4 version of FIFA 15 was the absolute best in terms of sales since it reported sold over six million units worldwide since its release. In fact, comes down to overall sales for the Wii-U console it had paled in comparison to that of the Nintendo Wii.   The Nintendo Switch on the other hand has got off to a great start in terms of sales after being made available in retail stores around the world in early March. 2017.  If EA had ever decided to bring back the FIFA series to a Nintendo console in the future then the Switch would probably be perfect for the next game FIFA 18.