When we think about some of the greatest crossover fighting video games from the 90’s decade one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind is X-Men vs Street Fighter. After X-Men vs Street Fighter appeared in arcade centers during the later part of 1996 many people were blown away by the Capcom’s game especially since it seemed like something that nobody expected at the time. It was no secret that the Street Fighter series was extremely popular following the initial release of SF II back in ’91. Also, X-Men has seemed like it was just as popular as the Street Fighter series considering how successful the 1992 animated series had become along with the series of video games we got to see during the early to mid 90’s.
We got see games such as X-Men Arcade (1992), X-Men Mutant Apocalypse (1994) along with X-Men: Children Of The Atom (1994) which were considered to be very good games prior to the release of X-Men vs Street Fighter in ’96. While Street Fighter Alpha 2 which also came out in ’96 was considered to be one of the best fighting games of that year X-Men vs Street Fighter took the gameplay to whole another level. X-Men vs Street Fighter had characters such as Ryu, Wolverine, Ken, Cyclops, Storm, Chun-Li, Rouge, Magento, Gambit, Cammy White, M. Bison along with having Apocalypse as a boss character. X-Men vs Street Fighter was probably one of the first major crossover fighting games that the gaming world had seen at the time and it eventually lead to the creation of the Marvel vs Capcom series which began back in 1999.
The arcade & Sega Saturn versions of X-Men Street Fighter were considered to be masterpieces the PS1 port that came out in ’98 was generally criticized due to the limitations of 32-bit console. While the PS1 version of X-Men vs Street Fighter had a crossover mode players were limited to mirror matches which ultimately ended up detracting from the overall quality of the game itself. Despite, the inferiority if the PS1 version of X-Men vs Street Fighter the arcade version was great. Players could perform special attacks, double team special attacks and numerous partner assists throughout each battle until there was one team left standing. As an arcade classic X-Men vs Street Fighter will never get old to retro gamers who were huge fans of 2D fighting games during the mid to late 90’s.
As far as gaming is concerned today is a very special day especially for those who have been long time fans of the Final Fantasy series since the late 90’s. It was on February 11th back in 1999 where Final Fantasy VIII was released on the PS1. Final Fantasy VIII was the highly anticipated sequel of the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy VII game Square Enix released for the PS1 console that was released back in 1997. While Final Fantasy VII ended up becoming the second best selling PS1 title reaching over 9.7 million units worldwide Final Fantasy VIII was not quite as popular as its predecessor. However, Final Fantasy VIII was still very successful and managed to reach over 7.8 million units in sales on the PS1 while becoming the seventh best selling game on the 32-bit console during the late 90’s.
The multi-disk FFVIII game is one that many people have wanted to see receive an HD remake for two decades now and its uncertain on whether or not Square Enix plans on making it a reality. While a series of Final Fantasy games are expected to on the Nintendo Switch including FFVII, FFX, FF Crystal Chronicles and FFXII there has been no talk of FFVIII being ported to the Nintendo Switch. Hopefully, Square Enix will do something special with Final Fantasy VIII within the next year or so especially since the demand of a remastered version of the game is high among those who are huge fans of the series in general.
As far as upcoming releases for the PlayStation 4 is concerned there are so many cool titles that people are looking forward to seeing. Also, it was recently Ann that the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection which was published by NIS America and released for the Nintendo Switch back in November 2018 will soon be available on the PS4. For those who own a PS4 you will have the opportunity to enjoy several such as Crystalis, Ikari Warriors I & II, Psycho Solider, Alpha Mission, Vanguard and many more SNK favorites that were popular back in the 80’s. The SNK Collection contains at least 20 classic titles and is something that would definitely be an attraction on the PlayStation 4 owners who are huge fans of retro gaming in general.
As it currently stands the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is set to appear on the PlayStation 4 this upcoming March and will be one of the many high profile titles to look forward to one that console. It will be interesting to see how popular the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection becomes on the PS4 in the near future.
As many people may already know the SupaBoy S is retro based a game system that does not get talked about as much these dats as it should. For those who do not know the SupaBoy S is pretty much the 90’s version of the modern day Nintendo Switch but only with the 16-bit SNES. If a console like the SupaBoy S was released back in the early 90’s opposes to the original SNES game system that we got back in 1990 it could have been groundbreaking. In fact, if Nintendo made a game system like the SupaBoy S back in the early 90’s it could have definitely been more of an attraction than the Sega Genesis. But then again the development and release of the SupaBoy S would probably defeat the purpose of owning a Game Boy back the early 90’s.
What made Nintendo’s Game Boy system an attraction was the fact that it was a handheld console. As far as quality was concerned there was no question that Game Boy was inferior compared to the SNES and that also would have been the case with if SupaBoy S was released 28 years ago. The release of a SupaBoy S console back in the 90’s would probably be as popular as what we have right now in relation to the Nintendo Switch.
As far as underrated fighting games from the past are concerned allot of people know that the Street Fighter EX series was underrated. The Street Fighter EX games that were released between 1996-2000 were not quite as popular as the 2D titles that Capcom released within the SF series but they were definitely interesting. Since the Street Fighter EX series it seems like we have never seen 3D games within Capcom’s legendary franchise since then and its something that the company will most likely never do again. As far as Capcom making HD remakes of the Street Fighter EX games are concerned it seems like something that will ever happen.In fact, most people enjoy the more recent games within the series such as Street Fighter V and are looking forward to seeing titles such as Tekken X Street Fighter in the future. The Street Fighter EX de should be left in the past as some of the most popular 3D fighting games of its time during the mid to late 90’s.
As many people know the Street Fighter EX series which initially started back in 1996 consisted of a trilogy of 3D fighting games within the series which were considered to be underrated. While the first Street Fighter EX Plus game had an arcade release in December ’96 before appearing on the PS1 during ’97 we got see a sequel known as EX 2 Plus 2 during ’98 which also received a positive reception from fans and critics alike. Following its arcade release in ’98 Street Fighter EX Plus 2 was eventually ported for the PS1 the following year in ’99 but was seeming overshadowed by titles such as Tekken 3 and Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes on that same console. While Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes also appeared in the Sega Dreamcast some argue that Street Fighter EX Plus 2 could have definitely stood out more the 128-bit game system back in 1999.
For reasons that many people are unaware of Street Fighter EX Plus 2 was never ported for the Sega Dreamcast which was a shame because Capcom was really making great fighting titles between the mid to late 90’s. But there is no question that Street Fighter EX Plus 2 would have looked far more superior visually on the Sega Dreamcast opposed to the PS1. Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha 2 could have definitely shined on the Sega Dreamcast in 1998 especially since games like Soul Calibur and King of Fighters ’98 did not appear on that console until ’99.
As many people might already know Nintendo will soon be discontinuing the SNES Classic. This comes after the SNES Classic has been available in retail for over a year since its initial release back in late September 2017. Since then, the SNES Classic has gained a ton of mainstream attention and has managed to reach over five million units in sales worldwide. In fact, the SNES Classic was considered to be more successful than the NES Classic and there was speculation on whether or not it could have possibly reached 10 million in sales before 2020 which seems unlikely to happen now that we know that Nintendo will longer produce the mini version of the 16-bit console.
On one hand discontinuing the production of the SNES Classic does not seem like such a great idea considering how popular it still is. However, there is no question that Nintendo wants more people to focus more on the Switch console and the upcoming games that are expected to appear on the hybrid game system such as Metroid Prime 4, Bayonetta 3, Fire Emblem: The Three Houses and others. Besides once Nintendo stops producing SNES Classic Mini consoles it value will most likely increase especially since it was available in retail for a limited time in comparison to the lines of the PS4 and the Xbox One which have both been available for over five years now. U