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 many people know the Sega Mega Drive Mini is supposed to be released in retail sometime this year at a date that has yet to be revealed. There are so many classics from the early 99’s such as Streets of Rage II, Golden Axe, Comix Zone along with Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2. However, there has really been no mention on Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being released for Sega’s retro mini console. While there is no official reason on why Sonic 3 might not be appearing on the Mega Drive Mini this year some are speculating that it might possibly have something to do with the fact the late King of Pop legend Michael Jackson had a role in developing the soundtrack for the game.
It should also be noted that Michael Jackson’s: Moonwalker game will also not be included in the set of games that are expected to appear on the Mega Drive Mini possibly due to public controversy that surrounded the late pop singer back in the early 90’s. Instead of Sonic 3 those who purchase the game will only be able to play Sonic & Knuckles which is considered to be part two of that same title unless Sega says otherwise. Its a real shame that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 will most likely not appear on the Mega Drive Mini especially since its considered to be one of the more memorable 16-bit titles that Sega has ever made.
As many people know the Sim City series is considered to be legendary as far as the simulation genre of gaming is concerned and has been around since the early 90’s. While its a known fact that Sim City had initially became popular on the SNES during early 90’s many people do not know that back in 1991 a NES version game was released. In fact, an NES port of Sim City has recently surfaced online thanks to the preservationists from the Video Game History Foundation. It should be noted that once the NES version of the Sim City game which was expected to be released in 1991 was cancelled the Video Game History Foundation what discovered the unfinished 8-bit project and took the time to digitize it shortly after appearing at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo of 2017.
As cool as it would have her to see a NES Sim City game back in the early 90’s the game would most likely have been more successful on the 8-bit console during the 80’s. But for those who are long time fans of the Sim City series the NES version of the game looks impressive despite being unfinished and is reportedly available online for those who want to download it. A
As many people know Nintendo plans on discontinuing the production of the SNES Classic very soon despite the level of success the 16-bit retro mini console has achieved since its release back in September 2017. However, on the plus side the Mega Drive Mini will be available in retail next year and since the SNES Classic will eventually sell out soon it will give Sega’s retro based console the opportunity to shine all throughout 2019. The question is whether or not the Mega Drive Mini will surpass the SNES in relation to sales next year. With games such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star, Streets of Rage II, Golden Axe, Comix Zone and others the Mega Drive Mini is something that retro gamers who grew up in the early 90’s would definitely want to check out next year.
While the SNES Classic managed to reach at least 5 million units worldwide in sales in roughly over a year there are many who question whether or not Sega’s Mega Drive Mini can achieve the same feat. While the PS1 Mini received mixed to negative reviews since its release on December 3rd and is unlikely to be a successful as the SNES Classic the Mega Drive Mini has the Pittsburgh to reach at least one million units in sales within the first few months or even weeks. Its going to be interesting to see how successful the Mega Drive Mini becomes following its release in 2019.