Retro Gaming 90’s- MegaMan & Bass: (1998)

When it comes down to underrated games within the MegaMan series one of the few titles that comes to mind is MegaMan & Bass from the late 90’s. For those who do not know MegaMan & Bass was initially released for the Super Nintendo a Entertainment System back in April 1998 as Japanese exclusive. MegaMan & Bass did not come to America until August 2002 when it was ported for the Game Boy Advance. The interesting thing about MegaMan & Bass water fact that the game could have been very popular in America if it were released for the SNES anytime between the ’94-’96. Also, MegaMan & Bass saw the introduction of a new villain by the name of King while allowing players to play as either character in order to compete the game. In some ways Capcom’s MegaMan & Bass was a bit similar to Sega’s Sonic & Knuckles in the sense where players had the opportunity to select the main character along with his rival in order to fight against a much bigger threat. As far as replay value along with overall quality is concerned many would probably argue that MegaMan & Bass was a better game than MegaMan 7 from 1995.

In MegaMan & Bass players had the freedom to choose the which Robot Masters they wanted to fight in the beginning between which unlocked other bosses as they progressed throughout the game. Completing certain stages ultimately lead to players gaining access to the security room where players must destroy eight crystals collected by Robot Masters in order to unlock fortress stages. One of the downsides of MegaMan & Bass was that players could not switch back and forth between either character. Once a player had selected MegaMan or Bass they were locked as either character for the rest of the game. Despite, the improved gameplay that MegaMan & Bass has in comparison to MegaMan 7 the MMX series seemed way more popular during the mid to late 90’s. In fact, MegaMan X4 was released worldwide back in ’97 for the PS1 which became a way more popular game system than the Super NES. While its a shame that MegaMan & Bass did not receive a SNES release in America back in the late 90’s many people believe that the visuals we got to see on the Game Boy Advance in the early 00’s was more superior. As a action/platform game MegaMan & Bass was well received by fans and critics alike and felt more memorable than the MegaMan Zero series from ’02-’05 depending on who you ask. As far as underrated 2D platform classics from the 90’s are concerned MegaMan & Bass was definitely a game that should have been ported for PS1 during the late part of that decade. While the MegaMan X series was a blast from ’93-’00 MegaMan & Bass deserved an American release for the SNES despite how old the console had become by 1998.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Aero The Acrobat: (1993)

There were various 16-bit platform games from the early 90’s that were considered to be memorable classics for the Super NES. For those who are retro gamers titles such as Super Mario World, Mega Man X, Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood, Donkey Kong: Country and many other 16-bit platformers instantly comes to mind. One of the few classic 16-bit platform games that may have bee overshadowed back in the 90’s was a game known as Aero The Acrobat. There is no doubt that Aero The Acrobat was a pretty unique platform game developed by the now defunct Iguana Entertainment and published by Sunsoft. Aero The Acrobat was released for both the SNES and the Sega Genesis. As far as the plot for Aero The Acrobat was concerned it was a bit more intriguing and somewhat darker than other popular platforms such as the Sonic The Hedgehog Trilogy or Super Mario World. The story saw Aero The Acrobat who was a top level circus star trying to thwart the plans of the main antagonist Edgar along with his Psycho Circus gang. In the process Aero The Acrobat has to resuce his girlfriend known as Aeriel along with the other circus performers captured by Edgar.

As far as Edgar’s backstory is concerned he becomes a malevolent industrialist following his banishment from Funpark and The World Of Amusement Circus. The gameplay in Aero The Acrobat involved maneuvering throughout various levels by jumping through hoops using roller coasters, etc. When it came down to fighting off enemies Aero had about two basic offensive attacks which blended well with his character. Also, the setup for Aero The Acrobat was different from what you would normally see in other platformers since the game only had four worlds that consisted of five levels. Aero The Acrobat was eventually re-released for the Game Boy Advance in ’02 while receiving a direct sequel for both the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis the following year during 1994. As a platform game Aero The Acrobat was one that stood out from other platform titles since the main character seemed more like a darker protagonist opposed to being a traditional hero with strong”moral” and “values”. While it may not have been the most high profile platform titles to have come out of the 16-bit era it was a game that is still considered to be memorable to those who have owned it.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Harvest Moon: (1996)

When we think about legendary yet underrated SNES games from the mid 90’s that may have been overlooked one the few titles that instantly comes to mind is Harvest Moon. For those who do not know Harvest Moon was the first ever installment of the Story Of Seasons series and was initially released in Japan back in August 1996. Harvest Moon had different publishers depending on what country it was released in. The Japanese publisher for the original Harvest Moon game known as Pack-In-Video had became defunct the same year it was released in October 1996; while Natsume became the publisher for the American port. Harvest Moon was very special for the SNES especially considering the fact that the world had never seen a game like it before. Farm-simulation RPG games were not too common back in the early or mid 90’s and Harvest Moon seemed liked somewhat of an attraction because it was something different. However, Harvest Moon was a title that could have definitely been more successful than it was if the game was released a few years earlier than it was. By the mid 90’s consoles such as PlayStation and Nintendo 64 were turning heads especially since 3D gaming was starting to become more appealing during that time period.

Despite, Harvest Moon being overshadowed the game had an interesting plot that saw players control a young man who attempts to restore and maintain his grandfather’s farm which he gains through inheritance. Throughout, Harvest Moon players engage in various activities that include planting crops, raising livestock, selling harvests along many other things. Harvest Moon had realistic aspects that involved the players responsibility as pertained feed livestock on a daily basis along with water crops. As realistic as Harvest Moon was the game was somewhat forgiving since crops never died from lack of water. However, if the livestock that players owned were not given proper care they would ultimately perish. The Story Of Seasons series is one that has become legendary within the world of gaming and has been around for approximately over 22 years now. Even though, Harvest Moon was not to big in sales following its release the game was still critically acclaimed and is considered to be somewhat of a hidden gem for the Super NES.

Upcoming Games- Journey To The Savage 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 Savage 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 Savage 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 Savage 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 Savage 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.