When we think about big titles from the early 00’s that really shined on the Nintendo GameCube one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is Mario Kart Double Dash which was released back in 2003. Since its release Mario Kart: Double Dash has managed to sell over 7 million copies worldwide making it the second best selling game ever for the Nintendo GameCube. Despite, how successful Mario Kart Double Dash was for GameCube there are some who question whether or not it could have been big in arcade centers worldwide during the early 00’s. After all, we got to see the releases Mario Kart GP 1 & 2 in arcade centers back in ’05 and ’07.
Also, a few years ago we got to see the release of Mario Kart Arcade GP DX back in 2013 which is still popular to this very day. While in theory Mario Kart: Double Dash could have been a huge success in arcade centers back in the day the truth is that it being a GameCube exclusive added to the title’s overall prestige back in the early 00’s. While an arcade release of Mario Kart: Double Dash could have been helpful it was no necessary seeing how popular the MK series had become during the early 00’s.
As many people may already know Nintendo has recently announced the The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword would not be appearing on the Switch console anytime in the near future. Despite, how successful Skyward Sword was for the Nintendo Wii the game was not nearly as popular as Zelda: Twilight Princess which was originally released for the Wii & GameCube console in ’06 and has sold close to 9 million units worldwide since its release. As far as Zelda: Twilight Princess is concerned Nintendo has never officially ruled out the possibility of the game being featured on the Nintendo Switch anytime in the near future. But as it currently stands Twilight Princess might not be coming to the Switch console anytime soon either.
While there is no question that Zelda: Twilight Princess would be a bigger attraction on the Switch console than Skyward Sword everyone currently has their eyes on Breath of the Wild which came out back in March 2017. Since its release Zelda: Breath of the Wild has managed to sell close to 10 million units worldwide in relation to sales and becoming one of the best selling titles within series in general. While having Twilight Princess in the Switch console sounds cool there is a good chance that the game would be overshadowed by many other bestsellers on that console right now such as Super Mario Odessey, Splatoon 2 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and others.
As maybe know a few months ago Streets of Rage 4 was announced for a 2019 release. Ever since, we saw the reveal trailer for Streets of Rage 4 back in August we have learned that the game will be developed by Lizardcube and Guard Crash Games and published by DotEmu. We also learned that the plot and the setting for Streets of Rage 4 will take place 10 years following the events of SOR III which was released for the Sega Genesis back in 1994. While Streets of Rage 3 was a solid beat em up game during the early 90’s it was not nearly as popular as SOR 2 which came out in 1992. In fact Streets of Rage 2 is often regarded as the most popular game in the Streets of Rage trilogy from the early 90’s.
Everything from the gameplay & graphics all the way down to the soundtrack produced by Yuzo Korshiro was perfect on SOR 2 and its hard to tell whether or not Streets of Rage 4 will achieve as much success as the legendary 16-bit beat em up title from ’92. Also, its no secret that the 2D side scrolling beat em up genre of gaming had declined in popularity back in the mid 90’s and now first and third person shooters are big attractions today on various game consoles. As far as details are concerned in relation to Streets of Rage 4 there is still a lot we have yet to learn such as whether or not Yuzo Korshiro will return to work on the soundtrack for this game. But from the looks of things right now Streets of Rage 4 is unlikely to be as popular as SOR 2 was in the early 90’s.
When it comes down to popular fighting titles of the early 10’s along with Super Street Fighter IV one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is Mortal Kombat 9 which was released for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 back in 2011. Since its release Mortal Kombat 9 was praised for its storyline covering the events of MK I-III along with its cinematic cutscenes and in depth roster containing popular characters from the series such as Liu Kang, Raiden, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Johnny Cage, Sonya Kitana, Milenna and more. Since its release Mortal Kombat 9 had managed to set approximately 3 million copies and considered to be a fighting title that everyone has wanted to see on the PS4 and Xbox One for quite some time now.
While Mortal Kombat X was also a great game following its release in 2015 MK 9 was arguably more popular following its release back in 2011. If we do not hear or received a reveal trailer for Mortal Kombat XI anytime in 2019 than re-releasing MK 9 would be the next best thing that NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros Interactive can possibly do at this point.
As far as fighting titles for next year are concerned two of the most anticipated games for 2019 includes Jump Force and Soul Calibur 6. Jump Force is a crossover fighting title featuring characters from the Shonen manga series. For those who are fans of popular anime series such as Dragonball Z, One Piece and Naruto this is a game that you have most likely been waiting for since J-Stars Victory VS which came out back in 2015. Jump Force is a 3 on 3 fighting title that has the potential be game of the year once its released in February 2019. However, there has been speculation on whether or not Jump Force will be more of an attraction on consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One than Soul Calibur 6.
For those who are unaware Soul Calibur 6 is a game that many people have been waiting to see since 2012 when Soul Calibur V appeared on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The graphics for Soul Calibur V looks amazing especially since it utilizes the Unreal Engine 4 similar to that of the Jump Force. Also, Soul Calibur has a Star-studded roster feature the likes of Sophita, Ivy, Nightmare, Siegfried and others that have been around since the original SC title which came out in ’98. It’s hard to tell which game will sell more following their upcoming releases making 2019 a year to really look forward to.
There have seen so many announcements in relation to upcoming video game releases for various systems thought this year. The announcement regarding the upcoming racing title Grid Autosport Mobile for the Nintendo Switch is one that caught many people by surprise. For those who are unaware Grid Autosport was a title developed by Codemasters that was initially released back in June 2014 for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 before appearing on the iOS in 2017. It should be noted that the Switch version of Grid Autosport will be developed by Feral Interactive the same company that also worked on the development of iPhone version of the game as well.
As it currently stands the actual release date for Grid: Autosport on the Switch has yet to be revealed. However, there is no question that aside from the likes of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe Grid: AutoSport will be somewhat of an attraction for the Nintendo Switch next year seeing that the console is lacking high profile racing titles right now.
As many people know rumors have bedeviled going around on the internet for quite sometime regarding whether or not Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword would ever appear on the Nintendo Switch in the future. For those who do not know Legend of Zelda: Skyward was released back in November 2011 for the Nintendo Wii and the Wii-U. Since its release Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has managed to reach at least 3.4 million units worldwide in sales was critically acclaimed by fans and multiple gaming publications for its storyline and soundtrack. As much of an attraction as the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was back in the early 10’s Nintendo has recently stated that they have no plans on porting this title to the Nintendo Switch.
Not having Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on the Nintendo Switch is understandable especially considering how popular Zelda: Breath of the Wild current is on the console right now. As far as sales are concerned the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has now reached over 10 copies in sales since its release back in March 2017. While its a shame that Zelda: Skyward Sword will not be appearing on the Switch console in the near future it’s always possible that Zelda: Twilight Princess can appear on the hybrid console if Nintendo has any plans on making a reality.