When it comes down to classic 2D JRPG titles from the 90’s one of the many titles that comes to mind is Tactics Orge. This JRPG classic was first released exclusively in Japan on the SNES back in 1995. Shortly after its release for the SNES Tactics Orge was eventually ported for the Sega Saturn in ’96 and the PS1 during 1998. Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was a pretty unique JRPG which was developed by Quest Corporation back in the mid 90’s mainly due to the isometric perspective that the game utilized.
It was pretty interesting seeing an isometric game on the SNES when it first came especially since those were rare on that 16 bit console at the time. In fact some could argue that Tactics Orge was one of the many games that inspired Square Enix in terms of gameplay for Final Fantasy Tactics which was originally released in Japan back in the summer of 1997 before coming to America in 1998. Along with the strategy based gameplay the soundtrack for Tactical Orge: Let Us Cling Together stands out most. There are numerous VGM’s such as Avilla Hanya, Fog of Phantom, Air Island, Limitations, Passing Moments and others that are musical masterpieces.
Also, Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together has so many cool aspects including its cutscenes along with the game’s class system for each character. Another interesting feature that Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was the Warren Report which provided players with all the info they needed to know in relation to Valeria. The alignment of each character along with the level system made Tactics Ogre: Ket Us Cling Together even more exciting especially since those things all depends on how one plays the game. Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was so popular as a JRPG that it was eventually re-released for the PSP back in the early 10’s. It would be pretty cool this game was ported for the PlayStation 4 or even the Nintendo Switch sometime in the near future.
When it comes to big action adventure Nintendo titles in the Legend of Zelda series both Link to the Past and Twilight Princess are two big titles that goes to mind. The 2D graphics and visuals of Link to the Past was very impressive considering the fact that it was s huge step up from its prequel Zelda II: Adventure of Link which was released back in 1987. Ever since it release back in 1993 Zelda Link to the Past has done great sales and reached over 4.6 million units worldwide on the SNES.
Zelda: Twilight Princess on the other hand was considered to be a 3D action adventure masterpiece following its initial release for the Nintendo GameCube back in 2006. Since its release Twilight Princess has managed to sell over 8.8 million units worldwide. Not only that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess received perfect scores from various gaming publications such as GamePro, GameSpy, GameInformer and GamesRader+. Also, Twilight Princess had attracted more mainstream during the mid to late 00’s than Link to the Past did during the early 90’s. If fans of the Zelda series had to choose one game over the other then Twilight Princess would mostly likely be the choice that most people would go with.
When it comes down to Nintendo games in general two of the most popular games in the Metroid series that comes to mind are Super Metroid for the SNES and Metroid Prime which came out on GameCube. It’s debatable among many fans of the series on which games was more popular. Super Metroid for the SNES was met with critical acclaim and received strong reviews from various gaming publications such as IGN, Nintendo Life and others as being one of the best 2D action adventure of the 90’s. The visuals, graphics along with the atmosphere of Super Metroid has a lot to do with its appeal.
Metroid Prime which was released exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube back in 2002 was the long awaited sequel of Super Metroid. Since its release Metroid Prime has won a few “Game of the Year” awards from gaming entities such Edge, EGM, GameSpot and Nintendo Power in 2002. If one had to choose between the two games mostly Metroid Prime would have advantage of being a better game all around.
We all remember how legendary to the console wars were back in the 90’s between the SNES along with the Sega Genesis. Both consoles gave us the 16 bit era of gaming during the early 90’s which was one of the most exciting time periods to be a fan of video games. When it comes down to which console was more popular back in the early 90’s many people have different preferences between the SNES and the Sega Genesis. However, in terms of which console was more successful in terms of sales many would probably give the slight edge to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Since it’s release back in 1990 the SNES has managed to sell 49 million units throughout the 90’s decade. The Sega Genesis has only managed to sell over 30 million worldwide since its release with its best selling game being the original Sonic the Hedgehog game which was released back in 1991. As far as memorable games are concerned some would argue that the SNES has more high profile titles than the Sega Genesis. During the 90’s we got to see games such as Super Mario World, Star Fox, Super Mario Kart, Final Fantasy V & VI, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past and many others which were greater 16 bit attractions back then. SNES seemed to have way more RPG’s such as Chrono Trigger and the Secret of Mana which the Sega Genesis was highly deficient of back in the 90’s. Nintendo’s partnership with companies such as Square Enix and Konami really helped them out a lot during the console wars against Sega during the early 90’s.
When we think about classic SNES titles that deserved a 2D sequel one of the many games that comes to mind is Super Metroid. In terms of 2D side scrolling action adventure titles for the SNES Super Metroid arguably the best game that Nintendo has ever made for the 16 bit console. As badly as people wanted to see a 3D Metroid game for the N64 another 2D title for the SNES would also have been very interesting.
In fact some people wonder if Metroid Fusion could have had more success on the SNES than it did when it was released during the early 00’s for the Game Boy Advance. On one hand a second Metroid game for the SNES could have been a big deal. On the other hand 2D gaming was starting to decline during the mid to late 90’s so a SNES sequel to Super Metroid May not have been as popular outside of Japan back then.
When it comes down to Dragonball Z titles from the 90’s the Butouden series stands out to many people. For whatever reason none of the Super Butouden games for the SNES were never released in America back in the 90’s which many people would find strange. The Dragonball Z anime had started to become popular during the 90’s and it seems like would have been a perfect time to release DBZ: Super Butouden 3 for the SNES in America.
However, during the early 90’s the Dragonball Z series was not quite as popular as it would eventually become during the late 90’s and early 00’s when it was aired on Toonami. In fact most of the story in Super Butouden 3 takes place after the Cell Saga in Dragonball Z and during the start of the Buu Saga which started to air in America around the early 00’s. If anything that may be one of the many reasons why DBZ: Super Butouden 3 was never released in America. along Also, 2D fighting games from the DBZ series was nowhere never as popular as the likes of Mortal Kombat or the Street Fighter II series in America.
It seems like what is old is now new again in this day and age considering how successful the SNES Classic and the NES Classic has been following their respective releases. Not only will we be seeing a Mega Drive & Neo Geo Mini released in the near future but it also seems like we will be getting an PS1 Classic soon. In fact Sony’s CEO John Kodera has mentioned that possibility of seeing a PS1 Classic not to long ago.
While the idea of a PS1 Classic sound marvelous the question would be what games will be included on the retro based console. Also, many would question how many game would be on the PS1 Classic if Sony’s decides to make it a reality. If Sony does go forward with creating the PS1 Classic some of the top games that many people would love to see includes the Tekken Trilogy, Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy VII, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon and more.