When retro gamers give their take on what the best Mortal Kombat game of the 90’s was opinions normally vary. But as far as gameplay & graphics are concerned many would argue in favor of MK II. While the original Mortal Kombat game from ’92 was where it all started MK II more memorable because we saw the return of characters such as Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, and Scorpion along with seeing the debut of Kitana, Milenna, Kung Lao and Jax. We also got to witness the debut of Shao Kahn who is considered to be one of the greatest boss characters in fighting games in general.
While Mortal Kombat III had fast paced gameplay in relation to its combo system Mortal Kombat 4 which came out in ’97 was the first ever 3D title within the series and is often overlooked by many people in general. During the 90’s decade the peak of the Mortal Kombat series in relation to popularity was between ’93-’95. While Mortal Kombat II May have peaked to MK III & IV in relation to gameplay it was quite possibly the most popular entry in the series in general.
Today, is a very special day for those who were retro gamers that grew up on the SNES console back in the early 90’s. On this day 25 years ago Mega Man X was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System by Capcom. Since its release Mega Man X has been viewed as one of the most legendary action-platformer video games of all-time. Everything from the graphics to the soundtrack along with the storyline that involved stopping a deadly foe in Sigma made Mega Man X a 16-bit gem that is still playable to this day. Out of all the Mega Man games ever created since 1987 Mega Man X is probably the most high profile titles within the series.
Since its release Mega Man X has been ported to multiple game systems including the Nintendo Switch back in September 2018 as a part of the Mega Man X Legacy Collection. The is no question that Mega Man X will always hold a special place in the hearts of retro gamers who owned a SNES during the 90’s and will always be looked at as one of the best 16-bit titles that Capcom has ever made.
There have been rumors swirling around on the internet in relation to a possible re-release of an remastered version of the Mortal Kombat Trilogy game which was initially released back in ’96 for the PS1 before it was ported for multiple game systems such as the N64 and Sega Saturn. Rumors about a potential HD remake of MK Trilogy has been running rampant after a video posted by YouTube user Doctre81 has gone viral. The video suggests that the Mortal Kombat Trilogy HD remake would be handled by a development team known as Blind Squirrel Games. However, the rumor regarding a remastered version of the MK Trilogy has not yet been confirmed by Warner Bros Studios which makes many people wonder whether or not its actually going to happen or not.
If the rumors regarding a remastered version of the Mortal Kombat Trilogy are true then that would be pretty cool especially since the release Mortal Kombat 11 is only a few months away. It will be interesting to see whether or not the rumors regarding the MK Trilogy remake will be confirmed by Warner Bros Studios in relation to next year.
When it comes down to legendary racing titles from the 90’s two very big titles that instantly comes to mind are Ridge Racer along with Gran Turismo. While both games were very popular on the PS1 it seemed like Ridge Racer was a bigger game following its arcade release which made many people want to purchase it for the 32-bit game system. Despite, how great the quality for Ridge Racer was back in the early 90’s there is no question that Gran Turismo was a better game overall. Not only did Gran Turismo have a greater role in revolutionizing the racing genre of gaming but also managed to be the best selling title on the PS1.
Since its release Gran Turismo managed to sell over 10 million copies worldwide becoming the best selling game on the PS1 during 90’s. The inclusion of 140 different cars along with an arcade and simulation mode made the original Gran Turismo game very interesting even more so than Ridge Racer. Also, Gran Turismo games in general seem to attract more mainstream attention than Ridge Racer and with out the original title from ’97 the landscape of the racing genre could have been completely different from what it was during the 00’s and what we have to today.
As many people know the Thunder Force has been around since 1983. Since then we have seen multiple entries within series and some of them received arcade releases such as Thunder Force III which was came back in 1990. Shortly, after the release of Thunder Force III we got a chance to see the Technosoft and Sega put out Thunder Force IV between ’92-’93 which remained exclusively on the Sega Genesis until ’96 where it was it came out on the Sega Saturn in Japan. Since its release Thunder Force IV was critically acclaimed for Gavin some of the best visuals that one would ever see in a side-scrolling shooter title.
However, Thunder Force IV was never released in arcade centers which makes retro gamers wonder if it could have worked at all. It’s no secret that during the ’92-’93 time period the fighting genre of gaming was beginning to become more popular with the rise of games such as Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter II. Also, side scrolling shooter titles was starting to lose its appeal following the early 90’s so having Thunder Force or even R-Type titles in arcade centers would not have been as big of attractions as they would have been in the late 80’s.
When we think about underrated titles from the late 90’s that did not get as much attention as it should have one of the many games that comes to mind is Metal Slug 2. As people know the Metal Slug series originated back in ’96 and started during a time where gaming was starting to evolve with the masses beginning to favor 3D gameplay over 2D video games which were popular years prior. Metal Slug 2 was initially released in arcade centers during February 1998 in Japan and since then the game was ported for the Neo Geo along with the Neo Geo CD that same year. Some might find it strange that Metal Slug 2 never appeared on game systems such as the PS1 or Sega Saturn especially considering the fact that its ’96 predecessor appear on those same consoles.
What was even more mind blowing was the fact that Metal Slug 2 never appeared on the Sega Dreamcast in ’98. The Metal Slug series was almost as popular as King of Fighters and we got to see KOF ’98 on the Sega Dreamcast back in ’99. Metal Slug 2 could have definitely stood out more on the Sega Dreamcast than it would have on the PS1 between 1998-1999. But since the Sega Dreamcast was not quite as popular as the PS1 or the N64 during the late 90’s it may not have done too well in relation to sales.
When it comes down to classic racing titles of the early 90’s one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is the F-Zero game for the SNES. Despite, how popular F-Zero became of the SNES the game never received an arcade release and makes people wonder if it could have been more successful if it had actually happened in the early 90’s. After all, we did get to see F-Zero AX released in arcades centers back in the early 00’s and was a racing title that many people were impressed by during that time period. While an arcade version of the original F-Zero could have definitely elevated its status on popularity during the early 90’s it would have been in competition with more popular racing titles such as Sega Outrun.
Besides the original F-Zero game was very difficult on the SNES and one could only imagine how tough it would have been to beat it in arcade centers. The F-Zero title from ’91 could have definitely been an attraction in arcade centers but having the game as a SNES exclusively added more value to it overall.