I There is no doubt that the Gran Turismo series is legendary within in the racing genre of gaming. Ever since the very first Gran Turismo game was released for the PS1 back the late 90’s it seemed like many high profile racing titles had began to emerge throughout the 00’s. Such games such as the Forza Motorsport series, Race Driver: Grid and the Midnight Club series had emerged in the 2000’s as Gran Turismo continued to grow in popularity. In fact Polyphony Digital best selling game in the series was Gran Turismo 3 which was released exclusively for the PlayStation 2 back in 2001.
Gran Turismo 3 not only managed to be arguably the best selling racing game of its series but it was probably sold more than another racing title during the 90’s & 00’s decade. The fact that Gran Turismo 3 managed to surpass the original game that released on the PS1 is insane especially it was the best selling game on 32 bit console by reaching close to 11 million units in sales. While many people have different opinions about the Gran Turismo series its level popularity is unquestionable and it continues to be one of the biggest racing franchises that the gaming world has ever seen.
There is no quest that the Nintendo Switch has managed to become a huge success since its release over a year ago in March 2017. It was recently announced that the Nintendo Switch is starting to get close to reaching over 20 million units worldwide in sales which is an impressive feat. Not only has the Nintendo Switch managed to surpass the the Wii-U in terms of sales but it seems like me it might eventually top the Nintendo GameCube. Ever since the Nintendo GameCube was released back in 2001 the console managed to sell over 22 million units worldwide.
While GameCube was a success back in the 00’s it still paled in comparison to the likes of the NES, SNES, Nintendo DS and the Wii in terms of sales. It’s hard to tell right now whether or not the Switch will ever sell as much as the Wii since it hit over 101 million units worldwide following its release in 2006. Also, the Nintendo DS hit over 154 million units worldwide since its release back in 2004. As popular as the Switch console is right now it might never break the sales record of the Nintendo DS but it could possibly come close to that of the Wii console.
There are so many games that many people are looking forward to seeing in 2019. Right now, titles such as Kingdom Hearts III, Jump Force along with The Resident Evil 2: Remake is expected to appear on consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Speaking of upcoming titles for next year it was recently announced by Bandi Namco that a new Digimon game will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC along with the Nintendo Switch. This upcoming release will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Digimon anime series which first aired back in 1999.
As of right now one of the many things we know about this new Digimon game is that it will be a survival simulation RPG. Also, players will control an 8th grader named Takuma Monotsuka along with his partner Agumon who is the main character for this game. Its currently unclear right now whether or not online or multiplayer gameplay will be included in Digimon Survive as there is still more about the game that has yet to be revealed. It will be interesting to see how popular Digimon Survive becomes before and after this simulation RPG becomes available next next year.
There has been so many things that have occurred in 2018 from the release of games such as Monster Hunter: World down to this year’s E3 event where we got to see many exciting trailers for upcoming video games. One of the more recent announcements involved the Dragonball Xenoverse series which started back in 2015. Since the release of both Dragonball Xenoverse 1 & 2 on multiple consoles they have become very popular without 3D fighting genre of gaming. In fact both Xenoverse games have become so popular that Bandi Namco has recently announced that both titles have sold over 10 million units worldwide.
As of right now Dragonball FighterZ which was released a few months ago and published by Bandi Namco is one of the hottest fighting games out right now. But despite that both Dragonball Xenoverse 1 & 2 are a bit old both games still manage to be strong attractions to those who are fans of the fighting genre of gaming especially DBZ fans. One the PlayStation 4 and Xbox both Xenoverse games have exceeded the expectations of many people in terms of sales but since both titles have high replay values it does not come as much of a surprise to others.
When it comes down to 3D fighting titles from the 90’s the Tekken series was very big on the PS1. Following the release of Tekken 3 in arcade centers in 1997 the game was extremely popular and it quickly became one of the best selling video games for the PS1 after 1998 reaching over 8 million units worldwide. The visuals, graphics and gameplay seemed ahead of its time during the late 90’s and there are some who believed that it would have looked better on the Sega Dreamcast. However, considering the fact that the Tekken series started out on the PS1 and remained exclusive on that console throughout the 90’s shows how popular Sony’s console was at the time.
In theory Tekken 3 could have been popular on the Sega Dreamcast but Sega’s console was not as popular as the PS1. During the 90’s console wars Dreamcast seemed like it was behind both the Nintendo 64 and the PS1 and some of its biggest fighting titles were 2D games such as Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike along with Capcom vs SNK. The biggest 3D fighting title that we probably got to see on the Sega Dreamcast was Soul Calibur but other then that there were hardly any game on that console that resembled Tekken 3. It’s possible that Tekken 3 could have been a success on Dreamcast but not to the extent that it was for the PS1.
There have been so many exciting games that has appeared in various consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One along with the Nintendo Switch since the start of 2018. There are still more upcoming comes that many are looking forward to seeing as we get closer to 2019. One of the main titles that many people are excited to see in the near future is a first person action simulation game developed by Pentadimensional called Megaton Rainfall. This upcoming science fiction themed action game revolves around thwarting off a global alien invasion with advanced weapons that are powerful enough to demolish buildings in a blink of an eye.
Megaton Rainfall will be available for the Nintendo Switch and is currently on the PlayStation 4. One of the most exciting things about the PS4 version of Megaton Rainfall is the fact that it will include Virtual Reality gameplay. The Virtual Reality gameplay for Megaton Rainfall definitely adds to the first person experience on the PlayStation 4. As of right now Megaton Rainfall is set to be released for the Nintendo Switch on August 9th. For those who are Switch owners that are fans of first person action titles Megaton Rainfall is a title worth checking out on the hybrid console.
As far as 2D RPG’s for the SNES are concerned Romancing SaGa 3 would be considered a forgotten in the eyes of retro gamers. Romancing SaGa 3 was released exclusively in Japan back in late 1995 and for whatever reason the game was never ported to North America during that time period. In fact, Romancing SaGa 3 was never ported to the PS1 which would have made more sense during the time considering how popular the console was becoming during the mid 90’s. But then again Square Enix was starting to focus more on developing 3D RPG’s such as Final Fantasy VII & VIII during the mid to late 90’s.
While the Romancing SaGa 3 could have worked on the PS1 in theory having the game ported to Game Boy Advance during the early 00’s would have also been a great idea. However, Square Enix’s and Nintendo were not on good terms during the early 00’s. Besides its still unlikely that the Romancing SaGa 3 would have been released outside of Japan since it did not become quite as popular as some of the other RPG’s Square Enix has developed on Nintendo such as the Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger along with Final Fantasy IV-VI.