As the Switch continues to grow in popularity we are fortunate enough to also get to play classic NES titles provided on the console’s Online eShop. We have just learned that on April 10th Nintendo will be adding three more NES titles to the Nintendo Switch eShop including Super Mario Bros Lost Levels (1986), Punch Out (1987) and Star Solider (1986). While the Super Mario Bros series for the NES is very popular and well known throughout the gaming world not everyone is too familiar with Punch Out or Star Solder which were both somewhat addictive 8-bit titles from the 80’s.
While Star Solider is a retro space shoot em up game Punch Out is an arcade styled boxing game that had a high replay value. Punch Out was probably one of the most memorable sports/fighting games of the NES era and is one that would definitely be an attraction to Switch owners who are really into sports such as boxing. It almost certain that Nintendo will add more NES titles to the Switch eShop as we progress throughout the rest of the year and include more classics frond the 8-bit era of gaming.
As far as big fighting games in relation to the 10’s decade is concerned one of the more exciting titles that we got a chance to see was Tekken Tag Tournament 2 which was released over eight years ago. Not only was Tekken Tag Tournament 2 a memorable fighting game it also managed to reach over 1.5 million units worldwide in relation to sales and was received numerous awards for “Best Fighting Game” of 2012 from the likes of GameSpot, Game Informer and Digital Trends shortly after its release. While there has been a lot of speculation that Tekken 7 from 2015 was most likely going to be the final entry in the series there are still many people who would love to see a direct sequel to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 sometime in the future. As curt stands Namco has no plans whatsoever on developing a Tekken Tag Tournament 3 anytime in the future.
However, it should be noted that prior to the release of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 the first TTT game came out back in 1999. So it basically took Namco over a decade to make a sequel for the original Tekken Tag Tournament game which was actually worth waiting for. In fact, roster for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was arguably the best that we have seen in any game within the entire series since the mid-90’s. If Namco has no plans on making a sequel to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 than having a remastered version of the game for the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One would definitely be something that many people would love to see.
There are so many upcoming games that the world is looking forward to seeing this year on various game systems such as the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One. As far as remastered games are concerned One of the biggest titles of this summer is Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled. For those who do not know Crash Team Racing was a game that was originally released for the PS1 back in ’99 which was roughly twenty years ago and was developed by Naughty Dog as the fourth installment of the Crash Bandicoot series. Crash Team Racing was a game that well received by fans and critics alike and many people are happy that we are finally going to see a remastered version of this game in 2019.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled was announced at the 2018 Game Awards and unlike the original PS1 game it will be developed by Beenox opposed to Naughty Dog. It should also be noted that Crash Tea. Racing: Nitro Fueled will be published by Activision opposed to Sony Computer Entertainment and it will be appearing on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch on June 21st. The is no question that Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled will be a huge attraction on multiple game systems this upcoming summer.
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.
When we think about popular arcade styled crossover fighting games of the 10’s decade that has been very popular both Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds along with Dragonball FighterZ are two titles that instantly comes to mind. Back in February 2011 many people were very excited about the fact the MvC series made its big return and since its release on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 Marvel vs Capcom 3 had managed to be named the”Best Fighting Game” of that year. The characters included in Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds saw the return of popular characters such as Ryu, Wolverine, Hulk, Chun-Li, Morrigan while seeing the introduction of new characters such as Deadpool, Chris Redfield, Albert Wesker and others which made the game more exciting than people expected. In fact many would argue that Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds was a way better game than its sequel Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite which came out in September 2017.
In fact, many people believed that Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite was going to be the best fighting game of 2018 until Dragonball FighterZ arrived in retail during late-January of that year. Dragonball FighterZ was not only twice as better than Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite but many people argue that the story mode for the game puts it a step above MvC 3: Fate of Two Worlds. Since its release this past January Dragonball FighterZ has managed to reach over 3.5 million units in worldwide sales within a year. In terms of which game is better between Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Dragonball FighterZ is a bit tough especially since both were huge attractions within the fighting genre during the 10’s decade.
As many people know Forza Horizon 4 a game that was released back in October of last year was a game that received a ton of mainstream attention before and after its release. The improved visuals and gaming mechanics in comparison to that of its 2016 predecessor made Forza Horizon 4 a huge attraction to those who own a Xbox One. Not only has Forza Horizon 4 become the best selling game within its own series but it also won numerous awards for “Best Racing Game” of 2018. As it currently stands Forza Horizon 4 is one of the best racing games in retail right now along with likes of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and Gran Turismo Sport.
Considering the fact that Forza Horizon 4 has only been out for about three months it would probably be safe to say that it will end up being one of the top racing games 2019. As far as the best racing game in relation to this past year is concerned there is no question that Forza Horizon 4 was the one hands down.
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.