As of right now one of the hottest topics within the gaming world right now involves the upcoming release of the PS1 Classic in December. The announcement regarding the release of the PS1 Classic by Sony caught many people by surprise but has everyone excited. The PS1 Classic will include at least 20 pre-loaded games such as Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3 and many more that were best sellers for the original back in the mid to late 90’s. As many people in terms of sales the PS1 clearly had more success than the SNES. Since it initial release back in 1994 the PS1 has managed to sell over 102 million units worldwide while the the SNES had managed to reach slightly over 49 million since its release back in 1990.
While the SNES Classic has been a success since September 2017 and reaching over 5.2 million units worldwide in terms of sales there are many who are speculating whether or not the PS1 Classic will surpass it in term if sales. Seeing that Black Friday is coming up in November along with Christmas in December there is a pretty good chance that the PS1 Classic can possibly rival the SNES Classic in terms of sales. In fact, its almost guaranteed that the PS1 Classic will sell more than one million units worldwide within month.
As of right 2019 is looking like its going to be one of the best years ever in relation to the world of gaming. While there are so many big games that are expected to appear on multiple game consoles such as the PS4, Xbox One and and the Nintendo Switch we have also recently learned that the release Sega Mega Drive Mini has been pushed back until 2019. Some people might see the delay of the Sega Mega Drive Mini until next year as a bumper.
There were many people who were hoping that the Mega Drive Mini would appear before Christmas 2018. But then again it might not be such a bad idea to push the Mega Drive Mini release until next year especially since it was just announced by Sony that the PS1 Mini will be released in December. No exact release date for the release Mega Drive Mini has been revealed yet but we most likely find out as time progresses.
When we think about popular non Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat Fighting games of the early 90’s titles such as Fatal Fury Special along with Samurai Showdown II are considered to be classics that come to mind. In fact, next to the likes of King of Fighter ’98 those were probably two of the most popular titles that SNK had ever developed for the Neo Geo back in the early 90’s. Both Fatal Fury Special along with Samurai Showdown II had amazing 2D visuals and were challenging enough to make players spend countless quarters on both of them. As popular as both Fatal Fury Special and Samurai Showdown II were in arcade centers back in the 90’s it seemed like they were overshadowed by many other fighting games during that time period.
There were those who admired the blood and gore that was included in Samurai Showdown II. However, there were also many people who enjoyed the gameplay for Fatal Fury Special which had the plane system which added to the realism of the game itself. While fans of each game has their own opinions on which title was more popular they both felt like they were on the same level because they were both developed by SNK a company that was competing with more popular entities such as Capcom, Namco, etc. But while both gamers were almost equals in relation to popularity in arcade centers back in the 90’s it seems like Fatal Fury Special had more memorable characters. Fatal Fury Special had characters such as Gesse Howard, Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard and Mai Shiranui who are more noticeable figures than anyone from Samurai Showdown II.
As many people know the Mortal Kombat series was very popular in the 90’s and still is to this day. But when it comes down to classic games within the series it always seemed like the second game within the trilogy stood out more than the first or the third title. In relation to graphics Mortal Kombat II seemed more superior than MK I or III. Despite, Mortal Kombat III having improved gameplay over Mortal Kombat II it was not quite as memorable as the first two games. However Mortal Kombat I & III were also more memorable than Mortal Kombat IV which does not get talked about as much.
Mortal Kombat IV was the first ever 3D installment within the series and was also an arcade smash hit during the late 90’s before coming to the PS1 and the Nintendo 64. However, Mortal Kombat IV was arguably the least popular game within the series during the 90’s. While the gameplay for Mortal Kombat IV was superb the characters and the bosses including in that game such as Shinnok & Quan-Chi were not quite as popular the likes of Shao Khan or Shang Tsung. While Mortal Kombat IV surpassed the expectations of many people who were fans of the series it just felt different seeing a MK title in 3D since the series became popular as a 2D Fighter. In terms of which game was more popular back in the 90’s there is no doubt Mortal Kombat II was definitely a bigger deal than MK IV.
As many people are aware a couple of Final Fantasy games including 7,9, 10 and 12 are currently set to appear on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. While there has been no mention of Final Fantasy VIII by Square Enix it makes many people wonder whether not the video game company has any plans for the PS1 RPG classic in relation to the future. After all, the 20th anniversary for Final Fantasy VIII is coming up on February 11th in 2019 it would be cool if Square Enix did something special to celebrate this RPG classic. Even though, Final Fantasy VII sold more than FFVIII on the PS1 the game was still one of the most popular titles within the role playing genre during the 90’s.
Final Fantasy VIII also managed to sell over 7 million units worldwide on the PS1 following its initial release in 1999 since it was the highly anticipated sequel of FFVII which was seen as arguably the best 3D installment within the series. As of right now the Final Fantasy VII: Remake is set to appear on the PlayStation 4 sometime in the future and will be retelling the same story featured in the original game but with gameplay resembling an Action-RPG title opposed to traditional role playing. If Square Enix has decided to do the same thing for Final Fantasy VIII for its 20 year anniversary somewhere down the line that would be something that fans of the series would probably enjoy.
Not only would Square Enix have the opportunity to remake FFVIII possibly using the Unreal Engine 4; but they will also have the opportunity to fix some of the issues the original game had such as game freezing. Since Final Fantasy VIII was divided into four different disks a HD Remake with improved gameplay and HD would definitely be Project that would take many years to complete.
As many people know the Neo Geo was very popular but also expensive back in the 90’s. The Neo Geo was initially priced at $649.99 when it was released back in the early 90’s and since then we got the chance to see so many cool games including King of Fighters ’98, Metal Slug, Samurai Showdown II, Fatal Fury Special and others. While SNK had many big first party titles on Neo Geo during 90’s it seemed like there where hardly any third party games on that console. Some would argue that the Neo Geo could have been more popular in countries such as America if more third party video games such as Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter II was ported to that console.
But on the other hand having too many third party games on the Neo Geo would have been pointless considering how expensive the Neo Geo was in comparison to the SNES or the Sega Genesis which ranged between $189-$199 following their initial releases. Third party titles would most likely have been overshadowed by the games developed and published by SNK for the Neo Geo during the 90’s.
When it comes down to top games that appeared on the Nintendo 64 during the mid to late 90’s there are several titles that come to mind. But there is no doubt that Super Mario 64 along with the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are two of the biggest games to have been released on the Nintendo 64. Since its initial release in 1996 Super Mario 64 has managed to sell over 11 million units worldwide and has been seen as the best selling video game on the Nintendo 64 in general. Super Mario 64 was an unforgettable 3D platformer with cool levels and exciting gameplay that allowed players to experience Mario’s journey in a completely different way.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which was released back in November 1998 was arguably one of the best titles within its entire series. Ever since, Ocarina of Time was released the game has managed to sell over 7 million units worldwide. Zelda: Ocarina of Time was praised for various qualities including its graphics, gameplay along with having great storytelling. There are also various side quests for players to engage in Ocarina of Time giving the game somewhat of an RPG-like feel which contributed to its overall replay value. Choosing between Super Mario 64 and Zelda: Ocarina of Time is difficult and most likely boils down to which video game series one likes more.