There is no question that Dragonball FighterZ was one of the most popular games of 2018. Since its release it ended reaching over 3.5 million copies worldwide in relation to sales and is still a huge attraction in retail right now for various game consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. Along with having its own World Tour involving various countries around the world Dragonball FighterZ has attracted a ton of mainstream attention along with the fact that Dragonball Super is becoming very popular as an anime on networks such as Toonami. Speaking of which it has recently been revealed that one of the most popular characters and Dragonball Super known as Jiren will be included in FighterZ as s DLC character.
For those who do not know Jiren is a member of the Pride Troopers who shows up during the Tournament of Power in Dragonball S while trying to track down the Super Dragon Balls. As far as details are concerned it has been said that more information will be revealed about Jiren on January 26th-27th at the upcoming Dragonball FighterZ world tournament event. It will be interesting to see what additional characters will be added to Dragonball FighterZ as we progress throughout 2019.
When it comes down to popular female characters within the fighting genre of gaming both Sakura Kasugano from the Street Fighter series along with Morrigan Aensland from DarkStalkers are two big names that comes to mind. Back in the 90’s both characters were seen as unique attractions within their own respective series and were both eventually included together in games such as Super Puzzle Fighter Turbo II, Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix along with Marvel vs Capcom 2 between 1996-2000. Morrigan Aensland first appeared in DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors back in ’94 and was considered to be the most popular character within the series ever since then due to her strength and sex appeal. Sakura Kasugano made her first video game appearance in Street Fighter Alpha 2 and was considered to be one of the most popular characters within the game due to her personality along with the fact that she is considered to be a female version of the game’s main protagonist Ryu.
In fact, Ryu is considered to be Sakura Kasugano’s main love interest which is something that Capcom still plays out to this day in games such as Street Fighter V. While Sakura is still a considered to be a top character within the Street Fighter series Morrigan Aensland has been apart of almost every Marvel vs Capcom game that has been released between 1999-2017. As far as which character was more popular back in the 90’s is debatable among many people. But as far as in-game debut’s are concerned Sakura Kasugano would probably have the edge over Morrigan due to the fact that Street Fighter Alpha 2 in general was a bigger attraction than DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors was in arcade centers back in the mid to late 90’s.
There is no question that the Super Mario Bros series has been legendary since the NES days of the 80’s. Both Mario and Luigi are considered to be an iconic duo in relation to platform adventure games and things have been this way over 30 years now on Nintendo based game consoles. However, some wonder how different the Mario series could have ended up becoming if Luigi started off as a villain before joining his brother Mario. On one hand starting off as a villain could off helped Luigi’s popularity in major way. The idea of having Luigi as a video game boss in one of the first three Super Mario Bros titles would have been very interesting and would of made people look at him much differently then they currently do right now.
As it currently stands characters such as Yoshi are considered to be more popular than Luigi especially considering how many games there has been within the Yoshi series since the early 90’s. Also, Wario was more popular than Luigi at some point especially when he started off as the main villain for Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins for Game Boy back in 1992. Wario was originally a villain before becoming a anti-hero and if Luigi had a similar role within the Super Mario Bros series it could of ended up making him a somewhat cooler than Mario who is often portrayed as a clean cut hero that rescues Princess Peach from the clutches of Bowser. In theory, having Luigi as a short term villain who transitions into becoming an anti-hero who works alongside Mario could have worked but Nintendo never intended on making Luigi a more edgier character than his brother.
As many people know Master Blaster was among one of the NES that was recently announced for a release on the Nintendo Switch Online Shop on January 16th. Master Blaster will be available on the Nintendo Switch Online Shop alongside Zelda II: Adventure of Link another game that were released back in the 80’s. For those who do not Master Blaster was a run and gun platform title that was originally came out in 1988 and since then has spawned a series of sequels throughout the 90’s, 00’s and the 10’s decade on various different consoles.
Blaster Master for the NES was considered to be one of the best Metroidvania titles of time and is considered to be one the most memorable games late 80’s. There is no question that Master Blaster will definitely be an attraction on the Nintendo Switch Online Shop alongside Zelda II: Adventure of Link but we are still unsure about what the prices for both games are going to be.
As far as exciting news for Switch owners are concerned you will be happy to know that the 8-bit classic known as Zelda II: Adventure of Link will be released for the console’s online shop in the near future. The inclusion of Zelda II: Adventure of Link on the Nintendo Switch Online Shop is one that caught many people by surprise along with the addition of Blaster Master which are both expected to appear on January 16th of this month. For those who do not know Zelda II: Adventure of Link is very especially considering that its the only side-scrolling game within the entire series. Since its release initial release for the NES the game has generally received mixed reception since it deviated from the traditional top-down overhead perspective utilized in other 2D installments within the series.
For kids of this generation who are huge fans of the Zelda series and never got a chance to play Zelda II: Adventure of Link they will finally ave the opportunity to enjoy this 30+ year old classic in less than week. Hopefully, Nintendo will bring more classics from the mid 80’s- early 90’s to the Nintendo Switch Online Shop as we progress throughout 2019.
There is no question that streaming has become very popular throughout the 10’s decade. Despite the fact that Steam was launched back in 2003 it seems like Value Corporation’s platform has received more mainstream attention in the 10’s than it did in the 00’s and has often been the go to site for those who want to play demos for upcoming video games prior to their respective releases. In fact, majority of indie games have become noticed on through streaming and it seems like something that has and will only continue to increase in popularity as we move into the 2020’s decade.
In relation to streaming services its a well known fact that Microsoft wants to focus more on streaming services in the future meaning that we might not see another game console following the Xbox One X. In fact there has recently been talk about Nintendo possibly moving away from the development of game consoles in favor of streaming while focusing more on mobile gaming in the future. Its quite possible that the console era of gaming will eventually come to an end during the 2020’s due to the advancement of technology and the rise of streaming; but hopefully that will not be the case since video game consoles are still considered to be huge attraction in retailers worldwide. However, there is no doubt that streaming will continue to increase in popularity throughout the 2020’s decade.
When we think about popular arcade styled crossover fighting games of the 10’s decade that has been very popular both Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds along with Dragonball FighterZ are two titles that instantly comes to mind. Back in February 2011 many people were very excited about the fact the MvC series made its big return and since its release on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 Marvel vs Capcom 3 had managed to be named the”Best Fighting Game” of that year. The characters included in Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds saw the return of popular characters such as Ryu, Wolverine, Hulk, Chun-Li, Morrigan while seeing the introduction of new characters such as Deadpool, Chris Redfield, Albert Wesker and others which made the game more exciting than people expected. In fact many would argue that Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds was a way better game than its sequel Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite which came out in September 2017.
In fact, many people believed that Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite was going to be the best fighting game of 2018 until Dragonball FighterZ arrived in retail during late-January of that year. Dragonball FighterZ was not only twice as better than Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite but many people argue that the story mode for the game puts it a step above MvC 3: Fate of Two Worlds. Since its release this past January Dragonball FighterZ has managed to reach over 3.5 million units in worldwide sales within a year. In terms of which game is better between Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Dragonball FighterZ is a bit tough especially since both were huge attractions within the fighting genre during the 10’s decade.