As many people know the NES along with the SNES are two of Nintendo’s most popular game consoles ever. While neither game system sold nearly as much as the Nintendo Wii did between 2006-2012 they are both considered to be legendary within the gaming world. While the NES had 8 bit graphics and catchy chip tune music the SNES had games that had arguably the best 2D graphics that anyone would ever see on a game console back in the early 90’s. Despite, having more superior graphics than the NES the SNES did not sell as much as the 8-bit console did overall.
The SNES managed to sell over 49 million units worldwide since its initial release back in 1990. The NES on the other hand had reached over 61 million units worldwide in relation to sales since its initial release back in 1983. There are many people who can make the argument that the NES sold more in the 80’s due to the lack of competition during that decade until Sega released the Master System back in 1986. In the 90’s competition started to become more stiff with the release of consoles such as the Sega Genesis, Neo Geo, Sega Saturn and the PS1. In fact, if the SNES was released back in the early 80’s it could have been just as success or even more than NES was. While the original NES console may have sold more than the SNES did during its time in retail its generally debatable on which game console is more popular.
As many people know Konami and Capcom have produced so many cool titles during the 8 & 16-bit era of gaming. Konami has produced games such as Castlevania I-III, Castlevania: Dracula X, TMNT: Turtles in Time, Contra I-III. Capcom had produced classic games such as the Final Fight I-III Mega Man I-III along with MMX. Also, Capcom created the Street Fighter II series which ended up becoming legendary within the fighting genre of gaming.
In terms if which company had better games between the late 80’s and early 90’s is generally debatable. But as far as titles that had mainstream success is concerned some might argue that Capcom may of had the slight edge. But if we are talking about the 90’s in general some of Capcom’s best work did not come until later on in the decade. In 1997, Konami had released Castlevania: Symphony of the Night while Capcom came out with Resident Evil 2 for the PS1 the following year during 1998. While Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was seen as arguably the best game within its series Resident Evil 2 sold roughly under 5 million units worldwide on the PS1. Its tough to choose which company had better games back in day. While Konami did have many enjoyable classics between the late 80’s and early 90’s some might give the slight edge to Capcom as far as popularity was concerned.
As many people know there were so many cool games that appeared on Neo Geo game systems back in the early to mid 90’s. We got see titles such as the King of Fighters , Samurai Showdown and the Metal Slug series which are still popular to this day. However, most of SNK’s most popular titles were within the fighting genre of gaming. When we look back at some of the most popular games to appear on the Neo Geo there are hardly an RPG’s or even memorable racing titles that comes to mind. While Sega has games such as Outrun, Virtual Racing, Super Monaco GP Nintendo has titles like Top Gear, F-Zero along with Super Mario Kart.
Some would argue that SNK having more racing titles for the Neo Geo MVS could have made the console more popular. Also, in terms of 2D graphics and gameplay there was no question that the original Neo Geo console was more superior than the SNES and the Sega Genesis during the early 90’s. But when it came does to first party games SNK was more interested in fighting and run & gun titles. Also, SNK did not seem too interested in having third party games for any of their consoles along with the fact that the Neo Geo MVS was priced at $649.99. When the Neo Geo was released in America which many people considered it to be too expensive. Even if, the Neo Geo MVS did have more interesting racing games it still could have ended up being a flop in America due to high pricing and lack of mainstream games in several countries back in the early 90’s.
As many people know the best em up genre of gaming was very popular back in the late 80’s and the early 90’s . But when it came down to big beat em up arcade titles from the early 90’s both TMNT: Turtles of Time and X-Men arcade were among two of the most memorable games that comes to mind. X-Men Arcade game was quite unique especially considering the fact that it was probably the only title in arcade centers to feature multiplayer gameplay that could allow up to six players simultaneously. Despite, having very basic gameplay is a title that is considered to be a classic especially considering how popular the X-Men series would become during the first half of the 90’s.
Even though, X-Men was very popular between 1991-1995 The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series was still big back in the early 90’s. The soundtrack along with the different stages which included four person multiplayer gameplay was amazing for those who played TMNT: Turtles in Time back in arcade centers during the early 90’s. In terms of which Konami game was better overall really depends on which series you were more a fan of back in the day. But in terms of being a more adventurous beat em up game with a higher replay value most people would be more inclined to choose TMNT: Turtles in Time over X-Men Arcade.
As many people know the Final Fight series is considered to be legendary as far as the 2D beat em up genre of gaming is considered. Back in the early 90’s the Final Fight series competed with the likes of Street of Rage, TMNT: Turtles in Time, Battletoads and Double Dragon in relation to the beat em up genre of gaming. The last time that Capcom released a game within Final Fight series was back in 1995. While the very first Final Fight game received an arcade release the second and third game were SNES exclusives. Ever since, Final Fight 3 Capcom released a direct sequel for the game entitled Final Fight: Streetwise for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox back in 2006. Final Fight: Streetwise was not well received by fans or critics and the world has not seen a major game within the series since then.
In fact, there are many people who want to pretend that Final Fight: Streetwise never happened and would prefer to see a 2D successor to Final Fight 3. After all, we are getting a new Battletoads game along with a Streets of Rage IV in the near future. Seeing another Final Fight title would be something that would shock many people especially retro gamers within the gaming world. However, there has been no talk about Nintendo making another Final Fight game in future and it seems like the company currently lacks interest in reviving the series.
As of right now one of the biggest games that the world is looking forward to seeing next year is the Resident Evil 2: Remake which is set to appear on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One on January 25th. The Resident Evil 2: Remake is a game that about two decades in the making considering the fact that the original game was released for the PS1 back in January of 1998. Right now, it looks like the Resident Evil 2: Remake will be one of Capcom’s most popular games since Monster Hunter: World was released earlier this year January. Ever since, Monster Hunter World was released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows the game has managed to sell over 8.3 million units worldwide in less than year.
In fact, Monster Hunter World has recently become the best selling game that Capcom has ever made surpassing the likes of surpassing the likes of Resident Evil 5, 6 and 7. In terms of best selling Capcom games in general both the Resident Evil and the Monster Hunter series have remained within that category throughout a majority of the 10’s decade. Seeing how Monster Hunter: World has not been available in retail for a full year just yet its safe to say that sales for that game will continue to climb for next couple of years. But as of right now its hard to predict whether or not The Resident Evil 2: Remake will surpass Monster Hunter: World in sales following its release in 2019.
When it comes down to big SNES titles of the early 90’s one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is the original Final Fight game which first appeared in arcade centers in 1989. Ever since, Final Fight became a smash hit in arcade centers the game quickly became popular for the SNES between 1990-1992 and eventually developed into a series. The 16-bit graphics and gameplay of the original Final Fight game were things that made it appealing for those who were fans of the beat em up genre of gaming between the late 80’s and early 90’s.
If Final Fight first appeared as a 8-bit NES game the game would not have had nearly as much appeal as it did back in the late 80’s. While games such as Double Dragon were fun to play on the NES console its hard to imagine what an 8 bit version of Final Fight would look like. Final Fight was a game that was made specifically for 16 bit gameplay and nothing else. Having Final Fight as an 8 bit or 3D game would look strange in practice and its a good thing that it was released for the SNES opposed to the NES back in the early 90’s.