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.
As many people know Tekken 7 has been one of the most popular fighting games of the 10’s decade ever since the game was released for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One back in March 2015. Since its release Tekken 7 has managed to reach 3 million units worldwide and was considered to be a huge commercial success especially with the inclusion of guest characters such as Akuma & Gesse Howard. Along with having a star-studded roster of classic characters from the series such as Heihachi, Kazuya, Yoshimitsu, Marshall Law and Nina Williams the Story mode for this game has been the best that it has been in years in relation to the Tekken series. As popular as Tekken 7 is there are many people would love to see this head to head fighting game on the Nintendo Switch sometime in the near future.
In fact, Katsuhiro Marada the director and producer of Tekken 7 has recently expressed interest in wanting bringing the game to the Nintendo Switch in the future. Marada believes that if the fan support for bringing Tekken 7 to the Nintendo Switch if high enough then its a possibility that it could definitely happen despite how much of a challenge it would be physically. While Tekken 7 is still not set for a future release its something that many people around the world would definitely pay to see.
As many people know online multiplayer gaming has been a big deal for at least a decade now and it seems to be improving in relation to popularity each year. We have games like Red Dead Redemption 2 along with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 which are huge names for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One and the feedback of both games from fans are generally positive. However, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a game where the main attraction attraction relies on the online multiplayer Battle Royale mode which was made popular by Fortnite back in 2017. The lack of campaign mode in Black Ops 4 is something that is appealing to many people who have been huge fans of the series within the 10’s decade.
While all the other Call of Duty: Black Ops titles had campaign modes some argue that Black Ops 4 not having a campaign mode could end up diminishing its replay value especially if there is a direct sequel. Once online servers for older generation games that relies mainly on online gameplay shuts down they tend to have little to no value which has been true for games such as Final Fantasy XI, FFXIV: A Realm Reborn and others. While emphasis on local multiplayer gameplay in current generation video games sounds like a much better idea in theory video game companies emphasize online gaming since it draws more revenue. While GTA: 5 has an amazing online multiplayer game mode the story mode itself is a huge attraction. which adds to its overall replay; while being a game that many people still play today despite being released in 2013.
As many people know Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is set to appear on the Nintendo Switch next year which is something that has many people very excited. As it currently stands there is still very little we know about Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 including its release date which the world is still waiting to hear about. While co-op multiplayer gameplay has been confirmed for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 we are still do not have a full roster of characters for the game which can play a key role in whether or not the game performs well in relation to sales. The last game in the series Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 which came out back in 2009 reportedly sold under one million copies worldwide despite being a decent Action-RPG for multiple game consoles such as the PS3, Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360.
However, the hiatus that the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series took for over the past nine years might actually draw the interest of those who were fans of the first two games. Its quite possible that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 will end up selling over one million copies worldwide following its release in 2019. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 being a Switch exclusive might also be one of the many factors that contributes to its overall success. But its hard to say that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 will end up selling over one million copies within a week seeing how the latest installment did in sales following its release in late 2009.