There is no doubt that the Super Mario Bros along with the Legend of Zelda were two of the biggest things in the gaming world back in the 80’s. While the trilogy of both the Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda series are both considered to be legendary it generally varies among many people on which games were the most popular of each. As many people the very first Super Mario Bros and Zelda games are considered to be timeless classics that many people still play to this day. Also, Super Mario Bros 3 along with The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past were both simply amazing since they both featured the best gameplay along with providing players with decent challenges. As far as Super Mario Bros 2 and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is concerned some people like at those two titles as the black sheep of each trilogy.
The gameplay utilized in Super Mario Bros 2 was not used in the first or third game in its trilogy. The same thing can also be said about Zelda II: The Adventure of Link in regards to gameplay. Zelda II had a cross between overhead travel along with 2D side scrolling gameplay where player had to destroy enemies which was interesting. Also, Super Mario Bros 2 gave players the chance to play not only as Mario and Luigi but also Toad and Princess Peach along with receiving a health meter. Super Mario Bros 2, did not place any emphasis on power ups like the first or third game in the series which was one of the few things that made this game really stand out. Despite, how different Zelda II and Super Mario Bros 2 was from other games within their respective series they were both still very successful on the NES back in the late 80’s. In terms of sales Super Mario Brnos 2 managed to sell over ten million copies since its release while Zelda II: The Adventure of Link reached over four million worldwide. In terms of sales Super Mario Bros 2 obviously had more success but in terms of which game was better overall really depends on who you ask.
When it comes down to the gaming world both Mai Shiranui and Morrigan Aensland are considered to be two of the most popular female video game characters of the 90’s by many people. In terms of which character is more popular between the two generally varies among many people who were fans of the fighting genre of gaming back in the 90’s and even to this day. When Mai Shiranui had first made her appearance in Fatal Fury 2 she was seen as arguably the most popular character in the game. In fact, in terms of popularity Mai Shiranui was often seen as SNK version of Chun-Li.
Since Fatal Fury 2 Mai Shiranaui has made numerous appearances in the King of Fighters series since 1994 and had recently appeared in the latest game King of Fighter XIV. Aside from appearing on King of Fighters XIV back in the Summer of 2016 Mai Shiranui made an appearance in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round as a DLC guest character that same year due to her popularity in within the fighting genre of gaming. While King of Fighters XIV and Dead or Alive 5 Last Round are considered to be good fighting games they were not quite as popular as the Marvel vs Capcom series which Morrigan Aensland has been featured in since 1999.
Morrigan Aensland has been around since DarkStalkers Night Warriors was first released back in 1994. Since her appearance in the original DarkStalker game in the early 90’s Morrigan Aensland has been featured in a several high profile crossover titles such Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of the Super Heroes, Marvel vs Capcom 2, Capcom vs SNK: Millennium Fight 2000, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Tatsunoko vs Capcom and more recently Marvel vs Capcom Infinite. Along with being featured in numerous crossover titles involving Capcom she appeared in DarkStalkers: Resurrection a collection of the older 2D titles in the series which was praised by both fans of the series along with critics following its release back in the Spring of 2013. In terms of fighting titles many can easily argue that Morrigan has appeared in more high profile games than Mai Shiranui has over the past two decades. However, since Capcom has become more popular than SNK on a mainstream level in terms of gaming it only makes sense than Morrigan has appeared in bigger fighting titles than Mai Shiranui. In terms of which character is more popular overall really depends on whether your more of a Capcom or SNK fan.
When it comes down to side scrolling shooter titles R-Type III: The Third Lighting was arguably one of the best games to have been featured on the SNES. In fact some, might argue that next to the original R-Type gaming that R-Type III: The Third Lighting was one of the best side scrolling shooter titles of the early 90’s in general.
The inclusion of extremely tough boss battles was one of the few things that made R-Type addictive. Also, the inclusion of a two player mode was another feature that added to the replay value of R-Type III: The Third Lightning and was also something that was a great deal of fun for those who had friends who were also big fans of the series. The game was so popular back in the early 90’s that it eventually got ported for the Game Boy Advance and the Wii Virtual Console during the 00’s.
As of right now Dragonball FighterZ is quite possibly the hottest fighting title in the gaming world as of right now. In fact there are some who would probably go as far as to say that it’s the best fighting title of 2018. However, as of right now we are still to early in the year to determine whether or not it’s the best fighting game of 2018.
In terms of gameplay, storytelling and visuals many people would argue that Dragonball FighterZ has surpassed Marvel vs Capcom Infinite which was released back in the Fall of 2017. Since it’s release in late January Dragonball FighterZ has already managed to sell over 2 million copies worldwide. If Dragonball FighterZ can sell two million copies within a week we can only imagine how much this game will sell worldwide by the time 2019 comes around.
As many people have heard Marvel vs Capcom Infinite has been dropped from this year’s Capcom Pro Tour. Originally Marvel vs Capcom Infinite was expected to be apart of the Capcom Pro Tour along with Street Fighter V. In terms on why Marvel be Capcom Infinite was excluded from the Capcom Pro Tour is questionable especially since its one of the biggest fighting games that Capcom had back in 2017.
But then again Marvel vs Capcom Infinite was also a game that wasn’t chosen to played in the 2018 Evo event. Some believe that Marvel vs Capcom Infinite not being apart of this year Evo event is due to the popularity of Dragonball FighterZ which is a fighting title that features three on three battles opposed to the two on two gameplay which Marvel vs Capcom Infinite has. While Marvel vs Capcom Infinite is a solid crossover fighting title it may have fell below the expectations of some people. But then again, Marvel vs Capcom 3 was a hard game to try and top in the first place.
When it comes down to Nintendo based game consoles the N64 was arguably just as popular in the mid to late 90’s as the Nintendo DS was during the early 00’s. In terms of which game console was better overall really depends on who you ask. In terms of overall sales the Nintendo 64 has managed to sell over 23 million units worldwide since the console was first released back in September 1996. With games such as Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 007 Goldeneye and Perfect Dark the Nintendo 64 was arguably better at producing 3D video games than the PS1 as far as graphics are concerned.
Ever since, the Nintendo DS was first released back in November 2004 it has managed to sell over 154 million units worldwide and is seen as one of the best selling game consoles of all time under the PlayStation 2. While the Nintendo 64 had some great titles back in the late 90’s and the year 2000 the Nintendo DS got to see the return of SNES Classics such as Chrono Trigger, Dragon Quest IV, Final Fantasy III & IV among others. We also managed to get games such Pokemon Heart Gold, Diamond and Pearl along with Black & White which we big sellers on the Nintendo DS throughout out a majority of the 00’s and the early 10’s. Not did the Nintendo DS seem to have more games but the actual game system itself was available in retail for about a decade opposed to the N64 which was discontinued in the Spring of 2002. Also, one of the top things that stands out about the Nintendo DS was the fact that the game system had a better frame rate than the N64 despite being a handheld console. If anything the Nintendo DS was surprisingly way more successful than many people could have ever imagined.
It has been recently reported that Dragonball Xenoverse 2 has sold more on the Nintendo Switch than the PS4 which is very interesting. Dragonball Xenoverse 2 has been out October 2016 and was originally released for the PS4 before it was ported for the Nintendo Switch in October 2017. But to be fair the Nintendo Switch has received a lot of mainstream attention in 2017.
It felt like more games on the Nintendo Switch had stood out especially non shooter titles. On consoles such as the PS4 or even the Xbox One Dragonball Xenoverse 2 was more prone to being overshadowed by countless other video games. The success of Dragonball Xenoverse 2 should not come as a surprise to many people but the fact that the Switch vets has surpassed the PS4 version in terms of sales despite being released a year earlier is remarkable.