There are so many big games that are expected to appear on various different game consoles as we progress throughout the year and one of the many titles that has recently been announced for an upcoming release is Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid. This upcoming game will be made by the same developers known as nWay who worked on Power Rangers Legacy Wars which came out back in 2017 and will feature heroes and villains throughout the entire series dating back to the early 90’s when Mighty Morphin Power Rangers had become extremely popular. It should be noted that nWay will be collaborating with Hasbro and Lionsgate for the creation of Power Rangers: Battle of the Grid and that the game is expected to appear on multiple game consoles this upcoming April.
Those who have been longtime fans of the Power Rangers series since the early 90’s who currently owns a PlayStation 4, Xbox One or a Nintendo Switch will be able to enjoy this upcoming fighting game especially since cross-platform gameplay will allowed. Power Rangers: Battle of the Grid will be priced at $19.99 while the special collectors addition with the inclusion of extra skins will be priced at $39.99. It will be interesting to see whether or not Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid will become more popular than the MP: Legacy Wars game that came out back in 2017.
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 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.
As far as retro based consoles are concerned many people have heard of the Hyperkin RetroN 2 which is a game system that plays both NES along with SNES titles. As far as popularity is concerned retro based game systems such as the Hyperkin RetroN 2 are not as popular as the likes of the SNES Classic or the PS1 Classic. In fact, some argue that if Nintendo had released a game console like the Hyperkin RetroN 2 back in the early 90’s that could have ended up selling more than the Super Nintendo Entertainment System did following its initial release back in 1990. In total, the SNES managed to sell over 49 million units worldwide throughout the 90’s decade surpassing the Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast and even the Nintendo 64 in sales which was quite impressive.
However, its unlikely that a console like the Hyperkin RetroN 2 could have competed with the lines of the PS1 back in the 90’s which managed to reach over 101 million units worldwide in relation to sales. Either way, seeing the Hyperkin RetroN 2 back in the early 90’s would have been legendary and have definitely been a bigger attraction than simply having the 16-bit SNES console.
As many people know the PlayStation 4 is one of the most successful video game consoles of the 10’s decade. Since its release the PlayStation 4 has managed to reach over 80 million units in sales since November 2013 and there are many people who are speculating that it could eventually surpass 100 million within the next two years or so. However, its been announced a few days ago that we will learn more about Sony’s next generation console the PlayStation 5 in 2019. With the upcoming release of the PlayStation 5 which can occur anytime between 2019-2021 some are questioning whether or not the PlayStation 4 will still be available in retail during the start of the 20’s decade.
After all, after the PlayStation 3 was released back in November 2006 and remained in retail until 2017 before it got discontinued by Sony. While the PlayStation 5 is expected to all in retail within the next two years the PS4 is only five years old and is still very popular along with the Nintendo Switch. As far as the PS4 remaining in retail until 2023 is concerned that is something that many people including executives from Sony may not be able to answer right now. But there is definitely no plans on discontinuing the production and shipment of PS4 consoles in countries like the United States, United Kingdom or Japan anytime soon.
As we get closer to 2019 there are so many games that we people are talking about such as Fire Emblem: Theee Houses, Bayonetta 3 that are expected to appear in the Nintendo Switch. Despite, all the cool games that are expected to appear on the Nintendo Switch next year one of the few games that deserves to be on the hybrid console which came out a few months ago is an Action-RPG title developed by Radical Fish Games and published by Deck13 entitled Crosscode. Since its release back in September 2018 Crosscode has yet to be released on a home console and has only been made available for mobile devices such as Linux and OS X along with Windows.
Since its release Crosscode has generally received positive receptions and is game that would standout more on the Nintendo Switch even more so than the PS4 or the Xbox One. But seeing all of the blockbuster video games that are expected to appear on the Nintendo Switch next year its always possible that Crosscode can be overshadowed if the game were to appear on the Switch console in 2019. However, if the fan demand is high enough there is always a possibility that Crosscode can app on the Switch console during the future.
There are so many upcoming games that the world is looking forward to seeing on multiple game consoles next year. In relation to the Nintendo Switch games such as Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Bayonetta 3 and others are top titles that are expected to appear on the hybrid console in 2019. However, a game that everyone in the gaming world is now talking about known as Zoids Wild: King of Blast which is set to appear on the Nintendo Switch in February 2019. Based on what we know Zoids Wild: King of Blast is set for a release next year in Japan but a western debut of the game has not yet been revealed. Zoids Wild: King of Blast is not to different from the anime in relation to gameplay as players will be able to play as the Zoids and utilize “Wild Blast” special attack action.
Zoids Wild: King of the Blast was announced by Takara Tomy and the demo will be available in the January 2019 issue of Monthly CoroCoro. After seeing some footage of the game we have learned that the exact release date of Zoids Wild: King of the Blast In Japan is February 28th. As popular as the Zoids Wild anime is in this Japan it’s hard to tell whether or not this game will end up being released in America.