When it comes down to classic games for the Sega Genesis the Thunder Force series is something that instantly comes to mind when people think about the 16 bit era of gaming. Even though, the Thunder Force series was not as popular as other Sega titles such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Streets of Rage it was definitely a fun title to play if you were a fan of the rail shooting genre of gaming. The last Thunder Force game that we ever got from Sega was back in 2008 when Thunder Force IV was released for the PlayStation. While some people may have good opinions about Thunder Force IV others would agree that the series is better suited as a 2D 16-bit side scrolling game opposed to the utilization of 3D graphics.
Not only that the Thunder Force series had interesting storylines involving the Galaxy Federation and the ORN Empire that really drew people into the game. Looking back at the Thunder Force series now its probably one of those things that many retro gamers took for granted growing up in the 90’s. While the latest game Thunder Force IV did not do too well in terms of sales did does not mean that there are many people who are not interested in the series itself. If Sega wanted to revive the Thunder Force series one of the things they should do includes reverting back to the 16 bit graphics and 2D gameplay that made it popular to begin with. Second, Sega would have to effectively market the game in a way that would grab the attention of both retro and modern day gamers. However, that is a task which is easier said than done considering the fact that the landscape of the gaming industry has changed dramatically since the early 90’s. While rail shooters seem not existent when it comes down to mainstream video games reviving a title like the Thunder Force series would make it stand out from all the other RPG’s and first person shooter titles that are very popular today.
The idea of having Grand Theft Auto V on the Nintendo Switch is something that has been going around in online gaming forums for the past few months. While Grand Theft Auto V has sold over fifteen million units around the world on the PS4 some might argue that there is no need to have it on the Nintendo Switch. Even though, it would still be pretty cool to see Grand Theft Auto V on the Nintendo Switch one must ask themselves how well the game would do in terms of sales. When Grant Theft Auto V was released for the Xbox One its sales had paled in comparison to that of the PlayStation 4 by reaching over 6 million units worldwide. If Grand Theft Auto V was ever released for the Nintendo Switch it would be interesting to see how the game does in terms of sales considering the fact that it came out over three years ago.
Besides, despite how much people like Grand Theft Auto V there could be some concern about the game being overshadowed on the Nintendo Switch by games such as the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe. When it comes down to Nintendo games they are generally family friendly as they seek to target children with their products. In terms of whether or not Grand Theft Auto V will be a big attraction for the Nintendo Switch can be called into question. But since the Nintendo Switch is a brand new console and only has a few games as of right now then there is a good chance that Grand Theft Auto V would do well in terms of sales. However, if Grand Theft Auto V is released for the Nintendo Switch it would most likely average around $59.99 as a brand new game while people can pick up used copies of the game for less money. So if Rockstar has any plans on releasing a GTA title on the Nintendo Switch it would probably be best wait until they develop a sequel to Grand Theft Auto V.
When we think about racing games from the 90’s and the 00’s both decades were great time periods to be a fan of the genre. The 90’s was a good time to be a fan of the racing genre if you were into arcade games like Sega Outrun which is one of the most popular titles of the decade. Along with Sega outrun we saw other cool racing games like Need for Speed the Top Gear series, Sega GT and Metropolis Street racer. While the 90’s had included many exciting racing titles both in arcades and in home consoles the 00’s predominately had more games that were in-depth. When it comes down to racing titles of the 00’s we had so many games were the mechanics were amazing and the single player modes were nothing short of fantastic.
During the 00’s we saw the release of games such as Midnight Club II, Race Driver Grid, Forza Motorsport, Project Gotham Racing, Midnight Club: Los Angeles along with the continuation of the Gran Tursimo series. The racing titles of the 00’s were released mainly on consoles such as PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox and the Xbox 360. Following the release of various racing titles of the 00’s many people were impressed by the visual quality of each game. When it comes down to developing in-depth racing titles the genre has come very far.
In fact one of few games that comes to mind when it comes down to in depth racing titles from the 90’s is Super Monaco GP for the Sega Genesis. When it comes down to the career mode of Super Monaco GP the game felt like it was ahead of its time. However, we did not get too many games like Super Monaco GP back in the 90’s since arcade style racing titles were more popular back then. With games such as Sega Outrun and Daytona USA players were presented with a limited amount of stages and options in terms of what type of car they prefer to drive. On the plus side we had games like Gran Turismo 1 & 2 that gave players many options on what type of cars they wanted to drive. When it comes down to which decade was better for the racing genre its tough to decide because the Gran Turismo series began in the 90’s along with Sega Outrun, Daytona USA and the Sega Outrun series. In the 00’s we got games like Midnight Club, Grid and Forza Motorsport that started in that decade and has also played significant role in helping the genre evolve together as a whole.
When we look back at all of the games that Square Enix has produced for over the past two years sometimes its hard to believe that the company hardly ever did business with Sega. After Square Enix had its fallout with Nintendo around the mid 90’s many people believe that it would have been a perfect time for the company to stick to Nintendo by working with Sega in relation to releasing more video games. The only problem was that Sony’s PlayStation was more popular then the Sega Saturn which seemed under-marketed in countries like America. If Square Enix had decided to collaborate with Sega around the mid 90’s that would have been a gamble which could have came back to bit them in the future. While the Sega Saturn was not nearly as popular as the Sony PlayStation the 128 bit Dreamcast console seemed just as popular as PlayStation and Nintendo 64. The Sega Dreamcast was a console that high quality games in comparison to Nintendo 64 and Sony PlayStation. However, by 1998-1999 PlayStation was already too popular and it had seemed like Sony was starting to dominate the gaming industry.
Besides Square Enix had released some of their best games on the Sony PlayStation such as Final Fantasy VII & VIII which went on to sell millions of copies around the world. While some people might argue that having Final Fantasy IX for the Sega Dreamcast would have been very cool to see it could have been easily overshadowed by games such as Phantasy Star Online and Sonic Adventure which were also big games that were feature on that console as well. Even though, the Phantasy Star series has been competing with the likes of Final Fantasy since the late 80’s some people believe that Phantasy Star Online would not have posed a serious threat to Square Enix if they had decided to release their for the Sega Dreamcast. However, some might believe that Square Enix collaborating with Sega on more games back in the 90’s would have put Nintendo in jeopardy during the console wars back in the day.
With games like Final Fantasy VII- IX the Sega Dreamcast could have sold more units worldwide as a game console. Also, Sega could have earned more revenue than it did during the late 90’s. However, Square Enix never had much of a history working with Sega prior to the release of the Sony PlayStation since they generally did business with Nintendo. In fact, some might argue that Nintendo played a significant role in the Final Fantasy series obtaining the level of popularity it did. While its true that Nintendo helped the Final Fantasy series become very popular others would agree that Sony had took the Final Fantasy series to the next level following their partnership with Square Enix.
Arcade centers used to be very popular back in the mid to late 80’s and 90’s. When new games were released prior to being ported to home based game consoles the arcade center was the very first place to play a new title. When it came down to playing video games in arcade centers people had so many options to choose from in regards to genre. In arcade centers people had the option to play racing, beat em up, fighting, first person shooter along with many other types of games. When it comes down to the decline in popularity of arcade centers many people wonder when the trend started. While many people are unsure about when and why arcade centers started to decline in popularity over time some people would speculate that the trend had began sometime in the early 00’s.
It was around the mid 00’s when online gaming started to become more popular along with the fact that old school arcade games were being released for consoles such as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Some people might even agree that the decline in arcade centers started when online gaming networks started to take over the video game industry. With the rise of online gaming people no long had to visit arcade centers to play video games with other people which was something that was convenient. While some people may argue that the cost of online gaming is more expensive then putting coins and quarters inside arcade machines true is that people would have to pay to drive or take to bus to go to different entertainment venues to play video games. Even though, there are a decent amount of arcade centers in America today people generally seem to visit them on special occasions rather than general ones.
When the Super Nintendo was released in the early 90’s many people were very impressed by the visual presentation that the console had produced for various games that was released during that time period. We had games such as Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, Super Metroid and many other titles that looked amazing on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Even though, Nintendo released a handheld console called Game Boy back in 1989 it seemed inferior in terms of quality in comparison to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
The original Game Boy handheld console felt like a black and white version of the 8 bit Nintendo Entertainment System which was released in back in 1983. When the Game Boy Advance consoles were released in the early 00’s it looked and felt like you were playing a portable version of the SNES. After there were many classic Super Nintendo games that were remade into Game Boy Advance titles such as Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past and more. If Nintendo had released the Game Boy Advance in the early 90’s it would have definitely destroyed its competition in Sega along with earning more revenue in the 90’s. The Game Boy Advance was a console that literally felt like a handheld SNES game system similar to how the Nintendo DS was similar to that of a handheld N64. Having the Game Boy Advance or the Advance SP around during the 90’s could have given Nintendo a significant edge over Sega despite the fact that they won the console wars anyways.
We all know that for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System there were many games that were released in Japan that never made it to America. It would be great to have many Japanese exclusives from the 90’s featured on the SNES Mini. While many people are unaware of games like Seiken Densetsu 3 the introduction of the SNES Mnin would be a great way to introduce American games to the series while reviving the series in the process. Even though, games like the Secret of Mana series were not as popular in America in comparison to Japan bring back games like Seiken Densetsu 3 would probably add to the appeal of the SNES Mini since they are games that have never been released in America before.
When it comes down to exclusive Japanese games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System there might be some type of debate in regards to whether or not they will help boast the sales of the SNES Mini in America. While sticking with popular games such as The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Super Mario World, Super Metroid and the Mega Man X series seem like a more rational approach to selling more mini consoles in America adding a few Japanese exclusive titles would be very interesting to say the least.