Tetris 99 receiving new offline multiplayer mode later in 2019!!!

As many people know Tetris 99 is one of the hottest puzzle/battle royale titles for the Nintendo Switch right now. Ever since its release back in February 13th Tetris 99 has been praised by many critics for its innovative online multiplayer gameplay. In fact, Tetris 99 is arguably more popular than Tetris Effect which was released for the PlayStation 4/PSVR back in November 2018. As far as updates are concerned in relation to to Tetris 99 it has recently been revealed that Nintendo is looking to develop a new game mode that allows offline multiplayer gameplay with friends. It has been said that this new local multiplayer game mode will be included within the 2nd DLC pack for Tetris 99 which expected to able available later in 2019.

There has been no official release date that has been revealed by Nintendo on when this new multiplayer game mode will appear. However, there is no doubt that having a new offline game mode for Tetris 99 will do nothing more than add to the replay value of this tile-matching puzzle title for the Nintendo Switch. As far as puzzle games of 2019 are concerned Tetris 99 has the potential to be the “Game Of The Year” within its genre.

Will the Polymega surpass the SNES Classic in sales?

There were so many exciting announcements at E3 2019 in relation to upcoming video games that are set to be released now and 2020 its almost overwhelming. The news regarding future release of the Polymega console is something that everyone is talking about right now. The Polymega is a console can run older generation games from the 80’s and 90’s such as the NES, Super NES, Sega Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, Sega Saturn and more. While the appeal of owning an all in one retro based game console is high the price for the Polymega is reasonable considering the fact that the pre-orders for it is $299. As we wait for the upcoming release of the Polymega it should be noted that the Sega Mega Drive Mini along with the TurboGrafix-16 Mini are expected to be released later this year as well.

When the SNES was first released back in late September 2017 it had a price tag of $79.99. The Sega Mega Drive Mini which includes 40 classic titles from the early 90’s will also be priced at $79.99 following its release on September 19th later this year. While many are questioning whether or not the Sega Mega Drive Mini will surpass the SNES Classic in sales the Polymega is a console that has the potential to sell more than both respective game systems. Its tough to predict how much the Polymega game system will end up selling within its first year. As far as upcoming game consoles are concerned we have Project Scarlett and PlayStation 5 which are both likely to be released sometime in late 2020. Also, we have new gaming platforms such as Google Stadia and Apple Arcade which are expected to take off following their upcoming releases in Fall 2019 which can definitely affect the overall sales of the Polymega.

Will Project Scarlett have more success than Nintendo Switch in first year sales?

As far as blockbuster announcements are concerned in relation to E3 2019 Microsoft’s news regarding the development of another game console is something that many people within the gaming world are talking about. Based on what we already know Project Scarlett otherwise known as Xbox Two will be more powerful than the Xbox One/One X and will be able to run games at 8K resolution. While it has been revealed that Xbox Two will be available in electronic retailers in America surpassing the fourth quarter of 2020 there are still several questions about Microsoft’s upcoming game consoles that people have. While the price for Xbox Two is something that is still unknown some question whether or not it will be more successful than the Nintendo Switch following its initial release back in March 2017.

Since its release during Spring 2017 the Switch console reached over 4.8 million in worldwide in sales and was considered to be the most popular game console of 2018. As many people know in relation to the console wars the Xbox One has struggled to compete with Sony’s PlayStation 4 console throughout the 10’s decade and has managed to sell less than half of what the PS4 has sold. It was reported back in December 2018 that the PS4 reached over 91 million in sales while the sales figure for the Xbox One was unclear for quite sometime. Also, Sony has the PlayStation 5 coming out soon as it is being expected to be released sometime between 2020-2021. There is no doubt that competition is starting to increase within the gaming considered the fact that Google Stadia is expected to be the next big thing in relation streaming video games. As far as how Xbox Two will do in first year sales is something that is hard to predict especially considering the fact Halo: Infinite has been the only title confirmed for Microsoft’s next generation console. While backwards compatibility will contribute to the appeal of Project Scarlett its a feature that can also hinder the success of Microsoft’s upcoming console similar to what happened to the Xbox One.

Trials Of Mana Coming to the PS4, Switch and PC in early 2020!!!!

As fas as blockbuster announcements are concerned in relation to Nintendo Switch the reveal trailer for the Trials Of Mana is something that everyone is talking about. The Trials Of Mana is a high definition remake of a JRPG classic known as Seiken Densetsu 3 which appeared exclusively in Japan for the SNES back in 1995. Since its release back in the mid 90’s Seiken Densetsu 3 was never released in America mainly due to how popular 3D gaming was starting to become during that era. Even though, the 2D version of Seiken Densetsu 3 was ported for the Nintendo Switch back in 2017 it was available exclusively in Japan before appearing America in the Collection Of Mana on June 11th this year. Seiken Densetsu 3 is a game that includes multiple characters with their own storylines & endings and is considered to be one of the most underrated Action-RPG’s for the SNES.

There are many people who question how successful Trials Of Mana will be in the future especially after the release Secret Of Mana HD in 2018. The Secret Of Mana HD was a game that was solid but at the same time did not live up to many people’s expectations because it felt somewhat different from the original 16-bit version of the game. Hopefully, Trials Of Mana will not have that same issue especially since Seiken Densetsu 3 was never officially released in American retail stores in the past. As it currently stands Trials Of Mana is expected to appear on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC in early 2020 and will be among the few RPG’s that Square Enix will have to offer better the second half of 2019 & 2020.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 reaches over 1.7 million in sales!!!

As many people know Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has been available for the Nintendo Switch since December 2017 and since then has become one of the most popular JRPG’s for that console within the past two years. Many people have praised Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for its visuals, gameplay and storyline especially Torna- The Golden Country DLC Story which set five centuries prior to the one in main game. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a game that is arguably more popular than its 2010 predecessor for the Wii console and has reportedly reached at least 1.73 million copies in relation to sales. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is one of the better high profile RPG’s that Monolith Soft has developed within the 10’s decade along the likes of Xenoblade Chronicles X which was released for the Nintendo Wii-U back in 2015.

The fact that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was a Nintendo Switch exclusive is something that definitely worked in favor of the game itself. If Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was released for multiple game consoles its value may have been diminished since it would have been easier to access. Seeing that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is getting closer to reaching 2 million in sales it will be interesting to see how much more success the game has between now and 2020.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Jet Force Gemini: (1999)

When we think about classic video games that appeared on the Nintendo 64 between the mid to late 90’s various titles come to mind such as Mario Kart 64, Super Mario 64, Zelda: Ocarina Of Time and many others. However, titles such as Jet Force Gemini which many retro gamers were fans back in the day does not get talked about as much. For those who do not know Jet Force Gemini was developed and published by Rare and initially released in America during October 11th of 1999. When it comes down to action-adventure their person shooter games Jet Force Gemini was ahead of its time especially since that genre did not achieve mainstream popularity until around the mid to late 00’s . Jet Force Gemini had a decent story that involved trying to defeat the main antagonist Mizar and his group of drones as they have enslaved a race of people known as Tribals. The visuals for Jet Force Gemini was probably among the best that we had seen in any N64 game during the 90’s.

As far as top-tier shooter games for the N64 is concerned some would put Jet Force Gemini on the same level as GoldenEye 007 from 1997. However, GoldenEye 007 sold at least eight million copies worldwide in the Nintendo 64 while Jet Force Gemini managed to reach over one million. Despite, not being within the top ten in relation to best selling games for the N64 it was a game that deserved some type sequel either on GameCube or Nintendo Wii during the 2000’s. Either way, Jet Force Gemini will always be remembered as a classic by retro gamers in relation to the Nintendo 64.

Is Tetris 99 the best puzzle game of 2019?

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As it currently stands one of the most popular puzzle games out for the Nintendo Switch right now is Tetris 99 which was released back in February 2019. Since its release there has been many people who have praised the game for its for its challenging gameplay along with its battle royals mode which can feature up to 99 players online. The concept of being able to play against up to 98 players is something that is very innovative and adds to the overall replay value of Tetris 99. In fact, some would probably argue that Tetris 99 has a higher replay value than Tetris Effect which was released for the PlayStation 4/PSVR back in November 2018. The added DLC that Nintendo released in May 2019 known as CPU Battle & Marathon are also features that further increase the replay value of Tetris 99 over Tetris Effect.

While Tetris Effect utilizes the Unreal Engine 4 which provides players with a rich virtual reality experience and amazing visuals it is only a single-player game. Tetris 99 is a multiplayer title with various game modes. The fact that Tetris 99 is a Switch exclusive is something that contributes to the game’s overall appeal. The evolution and reinvention of a tile-matching puzzle game that originated back in the 80’s is something that is not only refreshing but it attracts gamers both retro & modern to Tetris 99. As far as high profile titles of this year is concerned Tetris 99 has the potential to be the best puzzle game of 2019 hands down.