As many people know it was confirmed back in 2018 that multiple Final Fantasy games were set to appear on the Nintendo Switch sometime this year. In fact Final Fantasy X/X-2 was one of those games that has been confirmed for this year and it has been recently revealed that its set to appear on the Nintendo Switch on April 16th. For those who do not know Final Fantasy X/X-2 are two popular RPG titles that appeared on the PlayStation 2 back in the early 00’s before the remastered versions of both games appeared on the PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4 between 2013-2015.
Back in the 00’s nobody ever thought that we were ever going to see Final Fantasy X/X-2 on a Nintendo console. This is especially exciting since the Nintendo Switch is definitely in need of more solid RPG’s and with Final Fantasy X/X-2 are titles that will probably become one of the big attractions on the hybrid console throughout 2019. It will be interesting to see how popular Final Fantasy X-X-2 becomes on the Nintendo Switch as we progress throughout 2019.
When it comes down to retro game systems produced by Nintendo both the N64 and GameCube are considered to be legendary. While the Nintendo 64 ended up reaching approximately 33 million in sales since its release back in ’96 GameCube managed to hit roughly under 22 million worldwide. Also, when it came down to non-Mario video games the Nintendo 64 seemed like it had more memorable titles than GameCube such 007 GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie and Pokémon Stadium. Aside, from those games we also got Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the N64 which was perhaps the greatest Zelda game ever created.
Even though, we got Zelda: Twilight Princess for GameCube the game was more of an attraction on the Wii console but we still got games such as Super Mario: Double Dash, Metroid Prime, F-Zero GX that stood out for GameCube during the early 00’s. As far as which console had more success overall many people would be inclined to argue in favor of the Nintendo 64 over GameCube in general.
As far as retro video games for the Nintendo GameCube is concerned one of the many titles from the early 00’s that comes to mind that many people talk about is F-Zero GX. It is definitely one of the few GameCube racing titles that deserved a direct sequel especially considering the fact that it rivaled the likes of Mario Kart: Double Dash in terms of popularity following its release in 2003. The F-Zero series has been dead for at least 15 years now and it seems like Nintendo has no plans whatsoever on reviving it despite how successful F–Zero GX was. While we did get a chance to see the F-Zero game from ’91 re-released for the SNES Classic last year seeing F-Zero GX ported for the Nintendo Switch would be epic in general.
However, the chances of getting a Switch version of F-Zero GX seems slim to none as of right now especially since we have racing titles such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Fast RMX already available for that console along with an upcoming title Grid: Autosport which is expected to appear sometime in 2019. In theory it would be nice to see F-Zero GX on the Nintendo Switch in the future but in reality it may fall below desired expectations in terms of sales especially will all the the games that are currently available for the hybrid console right now.
When it comes down to popular video game consoles ever created by Nintendo aside from the NES the SNES along with Wii console are two systems that comes to mind. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System has many classics such as the Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario Kart, Mega Man X, Contra: Alien Wars and many others that are considered to be 16-bit gems to this day. Since its initial release back in 1990 the SNES has managed to sell over 49 million units worldwide. Also, most recently the SNES Classic which was released back in September 2017 managed to reach over 5 million units in just a year which is a testament to popular the 16-bit console was and still is to this day.
The Wii console on the other hand is considered to be one of the best selling systems that Nintendo has ever developed. Since its release back in November 2006 the Wii has managed to reach over 101 million units worldwide in sales due to the popularity of games such as Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda: Twilight Princess and more. Not only was the Nintendo Wii one of the best selling game consoles of the 00’s but it also managed to surpass the likes of the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 between 2006-2012 overall. While the SNES May of had more memorable games back in the early to mid 90’s the Nintendo Wii had far more success in retail overall between the mid 00’s and early 10’s.
For those who grew up back in the 00’s and owned a Xbox or Xbox 360 console at the time you might be familiar with the Fable series which started back in September 2004. The Fable series was developed by British video game developer Lionhead Studios and was considered to be very popular within the Action-RPG genre of gaming during the 00’s and the early 10’s. As many people know Lionhead Studios dissolved back in 2016 which was shame because the world was looking forward to seeing a direct sequel to Fable III which was released for the Xbox 360 back in 2010. Its very likely that we will never see another Fable game ever again.
However, if Lionhead Studios did not dissolve two years ago its very likely that we would have seen a Fable IV by now. Despite, Fable III not being quite as popular as the first two games the series was still interesting and many people would have paid good money to see and play Fable IV had Lionhead Studios were still around. Its always possible that Fable IV can return through Kickstarter if enough people support it financially along with finding the right video game developers to work on making it a reality.
As many people know Super Mario Galaxy along with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess were two of the most popular video games to appear on the Wii console back in the 00’s. Since both their respective releases Super Mario Galaxy along with Zelda: Twilight Princess have sold millions and achieved mainstream popularity along with high praises from fans and critics alike. Since its initial release back in ’07 Super Mario Galaxy has reportedly sold over 12 million units worldwide. Ever since The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was released back in ’06 the game managed to reach over 8.8 million copies in sales and becoming one of the best selling titles within the entire Zelda series. Even though, Super Mario Galaxy sold more than Zelda: Twilight Princess that was something that was expected between the mid to late 00’s since Mario is Nintendo’s main mascot.
To choose game over the other is tough especially since one was a platformer while the other one was action-adventure title. While a HD version Zelda: Twilight Princess was eventually ported to the Wii-U back in 2016 Super Mario Galaxy was not and its uncertain on whether or not Nintendo plans on bringing the game to the Switch console in the future. While Super Mario Galaxy obviously sold more since its release Twilight Princess was definitely more popular.
When it comes down to Action-RPG’s of the 00’s Phantasy Star Online is arguably one of the most underrated titles from that decade. Phantasy Star Online was among one of the first RPG titles that the world has ever seen that utilized internet connection in relation gameplay. This game was unique because back in the early 00’s online gaming had yet to achieve mainstream popularity like did from the mid 00’s onwards. Despite, Phantasy Star Online being one of first RPG titles to utilize internet connection the series itself arguably began to decline in popularity following the early 90’s after the release of games such as Phantasy Star III and Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium.
As far as the concept of creating an online RPG is concerned there is no doubt that Phantasy Star Online was ahead of its time. In fact, if Phantasy Star Online was initially released a few years later sometime between 2005-2010 it could have been much more popular than it was on Dreamcast or even the Nintendo Gamecube .