Did backwards compatibility hurt the sales of the Xbox One?

Ever since its release back in late 2013 the Xbox One has ended up being one of the most popular game consoles of the 10’s decade. However, in terms of sales the Xbox One has not sold nearly as much as the PlayStation 4 which was also released back in late 2013. Since the PlayStation 4 was released back in November 2013 the game console had managed to sell around 79 million units worldwide making it the best selling system if the 10’a decade thus far. One of the more interesting things about the PlayStation 4 is that the console is not backwards compatible with older generation games ft the PlayStation 3.

One of the most ironic things about the Xbox One having backwards compatibility is the fact that it seems like it worked against Microsoft over the past couple of years. However, it may not come as a surprise to many people that the Xbox One ended up selling less than the PS4. The idea of having backwards compatibility on a game console for older generation titles still allows people the option to keep playing Xbox 360 games could ultimately discourage them from buying an Xbox One to save money. This was especially true shortly after the Xbox One was initially released.

But recently we have seen more third party Xbox games that have also appeared on the PlayStation 4 such as Call of Duty: WWII, Monster Hunter: World, Fortnite and others which give people the option of choosing which console they can own it for. On top of that the Sony has a lot of big first party games on the PS4 such as Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War that have sold millions since their respective releases. While not having backwards compatibility may be a factor in the success of the PS4 versus the Xbox One it may not be the main read why Sony’s console currently has the lead in the console wars.


Should New Super Mario Bros Wii be ported for the Nintendo Switch?

When it comes down to big Wii games that deserves to be ported for the Nintendo Switch many would argue that the New Super Mario Bros Wii would probably be on the top of most people’s list. Even though, the New Super Mario Bros Wii game is approximately a decade old it was one of the best selling games for the Nintendo Wii. Since its release back in November 2009 the New Super Mario Bros Wii game had managed to sell over 30 million units worldwide on the Nintendo Wii. In fact the New Super Mario Bros Wii was within the top five of being one of the best selling titles for the Wii console.

While a game like the New Super Mario Bros Wii would be perfect for the Nintendo Switch it can was be overshadowed by games such as Super Mario Odessey. If Nintendo ever made a decision to re-release the New Super Mario Bros Wii for the Nintendo Switch it would probably be best if they waited a few years from now. There are so many new Mario games such as Mario Tennis Aces, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odessey that are currently in the limelight within the gaming world right now. Bringing back an older Mario Wii game for the Nintendo Switch May not be the best decision for Nintendo right now.

Should Nintendo have developed more isometric Mario games?

Since the 80’s and throughout most of the 90’s we were used to seeing side scrolling Super Mario games since that’s all Nintendo pretty much gave us during those time periods. The only great isometric Mario game that really stands out from the past is Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars which was initially released for the SNES back in March 1996. Even though, the Super Mario RPG game was developed by Square Enix it seems like Nintendo has not been too interested in applying the isometric perspective to most of their Mario games.

But when it came down to 2D Super Mario games they were often better off as side scrolling platformers especially since that’s how the first three games in the Super Mario Trilogy became very popular. While seeing more isometric Super Mario games would have been interesting for consoles such as the Super Nintendo or the Game Boy Advance it would not have contributed much to the overall appeal of them. Mario games general do great in sales on Nintendo consoles because the company always finds a way to reinvent themselves through creativity.

Should Nintendo Land be ported for the Switch console?

There are so many games from the Nintendo Wii-U that many people would love to see on the Switch console in the future. In fact, one of the many titles that some would argue deserves to be on the Switch console is Nintendo Land. Ever since Nintendo Land was released back in November 2012 it has been seen as one of the best Party games for the Wii-U. Since its release Nintendo Land has managed to sell over 5 million copies worldwide and is within the top five best selling games on the Wii-U.

As cool as it would be to have Nintendo Land on the Nintendo Switch some would question on how it would work out in practice. On the Wii-U the console’s game pad along with the remote added to the fun factor of Nintendo Land. It would be interesting to see if Nintendo Land would still be playable using the Switch console’s Joy-Cons opposed to the Wii-U gamepad or remote. If whatever reason we never get a Switch port of Nintendo Land than a direct sequel to this adventure party game would be the next best thing for the hybrid console.

Will Sony ever produce a more successful game console than the PS2?

As many people know the PlayStation 2 which was released by Sony back in 2000 is without a doubt the best selling video game console of all time. Since its initial release back in March 2000 the PlayStation 2 has managed to sell over 155 million units worldwide over the course of the 2000’s decade. Ever since the PlayStation 2 had set the record for becoming the best selling video console in the history the only game system that has come remote close to surpassing it was the Nintendo DS which was released back in late 2004. Since its release the Nintendo DS has reportedly sold over 154 million units worldwide which may come as a shock to some people since it was a portable game console.

As far as Sony is concerned it seems like the only game system that the company has produced that has come remotely close to selling near as much as the PlayStation 2 was the PS1 which was released back in 1994. Throughout most of the 90’s and early 00’s the PS1 was one of the hottest consoles in the gaming market. In fact the PS1 has managed to sell over 102 million units worldwide between 1994 and 2006. While it seems like the PlayStation 4 can possibly sell more than the PS3 and the PS1 there are many people who are highly doubtful that it will ever surpass the PlayStation 2 in terms of sales. Back in the 00’s the PlayStation 2 was total package since it featured backwards compatibility which is absent on the PS4 and allowed players to enjoy PS1 as well as PS2 games. The PlayStation 4 has been available in retail since late 2013 and its only a matter of time before Sony moves on to the its next generation console. It’s incredible to think that the PS2 was released approximately eighteen years ago along with the fact that it still remains to be the best selling video game console ever.

Should the Sonic Shuffle series make a return?

As some might know Sega has developed a Party game entitled Sonic Shuffle which was released exclusively for the Sega Dreamcast in late 2000. Since its release Sonic Shuffle has often been criticized by many as a uninspiring rip-off of Mario Party which failed to achieve similar success that Sega has hoped for. While Sonic Shuffle has received some negative feedback it also received positive reviews from gaming publications such as GamePro and Game Revolution. Right now, it seems unlikely that we will see another Sonic Shuffle game since the first one did not do too well in terms of sales.

Also, games such as Team Sonic Racing and Sonic Mania are very hot right now and making another Sonic Party does not make too much sense right now. Even, if we did get another Sonic Shuffle game it would still get outshined by the upcoming Super Mario Party game coming out this upcoming Fall. While an HD Remake of Sonic Shuffle would be interesting there had not been too much interest within Sega or the gaming community on make it happen.

Google joins the console wars?

It seems like the gaming world has been on fire as of lately since E3 2018 took place a few weeks ago. We have learned news about the upcoming release of various video games between now and 2019. However, the fact that there has been rumors going around about Google possibly releasing a new video game console in the near future is something that caught many people by surprise. In terms of what type of video game console that Google might give us is something that is still questionable. In fact, if Google were to enter the console wars right now it’s highly doubtful to some that the company would be able to hang with the likes of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.

However, Google has been very big name in technology since that late 90’s and could possibly rival companies such as Microsoft in popularity in this day and age. When Microsoft released their very first Xbox console in 2001 they were concerned a threat to both Sony and Nintendo which shows how much of an impact they made during the console wars. Maybe Google can do the same thing if they do decide to enter the console wars in the near future.