When it comes down to classic GameCube titles that deserves to be on the Nintendo Switch one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker. Since its release back in late 2002 Zelda: Wind Waker has reached over 3 million copies in sales and ended up becoming one of the best selling GameCube titles of the 00’s. As popular as the Zelda: Wind Waker game was in the early 00’s some would argue that porting it for the Nintendo Switch would be pointless. After all, Zelda: Breath of the Wild would easily overshadow the Wind Waker game even if it were available on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
Beside games such as the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword are titles that people would probably prefer more than Wind Waker since they were more recent entries within the series. There no doubt that the Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker has the potential to be an attraction for the Switch console but its unlikely the Nintendo will ever make that a reality anytime in the future.
When it comes down to crossover fighting games that would be considered a dream come true one of the many concepts that people have dreamed of since the 90’s is the possibility of a Street Fighter vs Mortal Kombat game. In theory, a Street Fighter vs Mortal Kombat sounds like it has the potential to be a huge attraction along with becoming one of the greatest crossover fighting video games of all-time. However, the question would be would the gameplay be closer to that of Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat in a potential crossover fighting title between the two. It’s quite possible that the gameplay that we saw for DC Universe vs Mortal Kombat in 2008 would be most fitting in relation to a crossover game between Street Fighter and MK.
Despite, both the Street Fighter and the Mortal Kombat series being popular for over the past two decades its surprising that a crossover game involving characters from both series has never happened. Also, it seems like Capcom, NetherRealm Studios and Activision has no plans on making a Street Fighter vs Mortal Kombat game a reality anytime soon. However, a crossover game between Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat would be very interesting especially if there was a captivating storyline behind it.
As far as main characters from the Final Fantasy series are concerned there is no doubt that both Tifa Lockhart Heart from FFVII along with Lightening from FFXIII are both huge names. Some would argue that Tifa Lockhart was as popular in the Final Fantasy series back in the 90’s as Lightning was during the early 10’s in Final Fantasy XIII. But to be honest Final Fantasy VII was probably the best game in the entire series and since its release managed to sell over 11 million units worldwide since its initial release for the PS1 back in 1997. The popularity of Final Fantasy VII along with its story and being affiliated with characters such as Cloud Strife and going against Sephiroth made Tifa Lockhart a more memorable character than many other female protagonists who have appeared in the FF series throughout the past 30 years.
While Tifa Lockhart was and still is well liked by fans and critics alike Lightning from FFXIII was never on the same level of popularity. Not only was Final Fantasy XIII considered to be one of the less popular entries within the entire series but many would argue Lightning’s cold, detached and bland personality was something that fell below the expectations of many people; especially since more could have been done to make her character even more appealing. While Lightning may have been more skilled at combat than Tifa Lockhart while sharing personality traits of Cloud Strife many would most likely choose Tifa Lockhart over her as being a more popular FF character in general.
When we think about some of the toughest boss characters in fighting games particularly Street Fighter names such as M. Bison, Shin Akuma and Seth instantly comes to mind. While M. Bison was not a problem to defeat for those were veterans of the Street Fighter series the likes of Shin Akuma was almost impossible to defeat no matter how many times you fought him in SF Alpha 2 & 3. But when it came down to having the deck stacked against you in relation to boss battles within the Street Fight series Gill from SFIII was a perfect example of just that. Not only did Gill’s attacks take a significant amount of damage from players who battled him but he also had the ability to resurrect himself after being defeated in battle which would completely restore his health bar.
While Gill’s resurrection technique takes uses up his entire Super meter many people to this day believes that it gave him an unfair advantage in Street Fighter III: Double Impact and Third Strike. As far as Gill being considered the hardest boss character within the Street Fighter series is something that is debatable. However, Gill was without a doubt one of the most bizarre yet underrated boss characters that ever appeared in the Street Fighter series in general.
What we think about legendary boss characters in the history of fighting video games MK characters such as Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn instantly comes to mind. When the very first Mortal Kombat game was released back in ’93 Shang Tsung was always considered to be an intestinal but not necessarily difficult boss. The amount of battles including the endurance matches and the fight with Goro all seemed tougher than the encounter with Shang Tsung in the end. It was Shang Tsung’s shapeshifting ability along with his ability to steal souls and his rivalry with Liu Kang which made him an interesting character.
However, if we are being honest about which boss character had a greater impact in the Mortal Kombat series then most people would most like choose Shao Khan over Shang Tsung. Not only was Shao Khan considered to be the emperor of Outward but he was a much tougher boss to defeat in games like Mortal Kombat II, III and IX. In fact, after Mortal Kombat II was released in ’93 Shang Tsung had went from being the main villain to being Shao Kahn’s right hand man and simply just another playable character in just about every MK game going forwards. Also, during and after battles a CPU controlled Shao Khan would always taunt players which made them want to defeat him even more so than the likes of Shang Tsung or even Shinnok. While it might be debatable on which boss character was better between the two there is no question that Shao Kahn was bigger villain in the series than Shang Tsung was.
When it comes down to underrated side scrolling shooter titles of the early 90’s one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is Gley Lancer. For those who do not know Gley Lancer was developed by a video game company known as Masada and was released exclusively In Japan for the Sega Mega Drive console back in 1992. Since its release Gley Lancer has been seen as one of the best side-scrolling shooters to have never been featured in arcade centers during the early 90’s. After all, we got to see games such as R-Type and Thunder Force III in arcade centers between the late 80’s-early 90’s time period.
While Gley Lancer was a solid side scrolling shooter game it never reached the same level of popularity as the R-Type series which started in 1987 or Thunder Force which began in ’83. There is no doubt that Gley Lancer has the potential to become a video game series but by the time it was released in ’92 the side scrolling shooter genre of gaming was starting to decline in popularity. While having Gley Lancer in arcade centers in the early 90’s would have sounded like a great idea in the theory the truth is it may have ended up being overshadowed by countless fighting and beat em up titles that emerged due that time such as Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Final Fight and many others.
When we think about popular video games that has appeared exclusively on the Nintendo Switch within the past two years Xenoblade Chronicles 2 & Octopath Traveller are two titles that instantly comes to mind. Both games are arguably two of the best RPG’s that we have seen on the Nintendo Switch since the console first appeared in retail back in March 2017. Since its release Xenoblade Chronicles 2 had reportedly managed to sell over 1.5 million copies worldwide since its release back in December 2017. Also, Octopath Traveller which came out back in July had managed to reach over one million copies worldwide and was awarded “Best RPG” at the 2018 Game Critics Awards.
Both RPG’s are still very impressive and are deserving of a PS4 port. However, Octopath Traveller along with Xenoblade Chronicles 2 were both published by Nintendo. The likelihood of seeing either game in the PlayStation 4 seems very slim especially since having Octopath Traveller & Xenoblade Chronicles 2 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch added to their appeal. But if one game had to be chosen over the other in relation to a PS4 port many would probably lean more towards Xenoblade Chronicles 2 especially since it was at least seven years in the making following its initial release for the Nintendo Switch.