When we think about some of the most iconic video games consoles to have emerged within the past 30 years there are many names that comes to mind especially the Nintendo Entertainment System which came out in 1983 and the PS1 which came out in ’94. Both game consoles were very popular within their respective decades considering the fact that the NES went on to sell over 61 million units worldwide since its release in the 80’s. While the NES was considered to be the best selling game console of the 80’s the PS1 was considered to be most popular game system of the 90’s since it reached over 102 million units worldwide in sales. Despite, the fact that the PS1 ended up selling more than the NES overall it seems like the NES is considered a more memorable console due the catchy chiptune soundtracks that we have heard in titles such as Mega Man I-III, Castlevania I-III and more.
While the PS1 obviously had more superior visuals and sound fonts in relation to soundtrack development the chiptune sound of the NES required a ton of creativity to make masterpieces in relation to BGM. Also, Mario who is arguably the biggest name in gaming history is just as popular now as he was back in the 80’s despite the fact that the platform genre of gaming has declined in popularity over the past two decades. Even though, some of the greatest video games ever made such as Final Fantasy VII came from the PS1 the console itself dies not seem as iconic as the NES.
As far as upcoming release are concerned for fighting games one of the big titles that many people were looking forward to see on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One in February 2019 was Dead or Alive 6. It was recently announced that the highly anticipated game going to be pushed back to March 2019. Based on what we know Koei Temco’s upcoming fighting is not fully complete and the developer wants to take more time on polishing it so that fans of the series will end up getting their money’s worth. After all, Dead or Alive 6 is a game the world has been waiting to see since 2012 when DOA 5 was released for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.
There is almost no question that Dead or Alive 6 will be just as big as an attraction as its DOA 5 was over six years ago. One of the questions that many people have in relation to Dead or Alive 6 is whether or not it will surpass DOA 5 in sales on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One following its upcoming release on March 1st.
When we think about two of the most popular action-adventure games to have appeared on the PlayStation 4 within the past three years both Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End along with God of War are two titles that instantly comes to mind. The replay values of both games are high especially considering how interesting the storylines for both titles are. Back in 2016, many people were blown away by various aspects of Uncharted 4 such as campaign mode, sound design, animation along with the robust combat system which was praised by fans and critics alike. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End definitely exceeded the expectations of those who had waited for its release since 2013 which was around the time development of the game started prior to it announcement at Sony E3 2014. Since its release Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has reportedly sold over 8.7 million copies worldwide and is currently the best selling game for the PlayStation 4 today.
As far as this past year is concerned God of War was definitely one of the most popular PS4 games within the action-adventure genre next to the Spider-Man title that came out back in September. Since its release back in April 2018 God of War has managed to sell at least 5 million copies worldwide and considered to be the third best selling video game for the PlayStation 4 behind Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Horizon Zero Dawn. God of War has attracted a ton of mainstream attention before and after its release and has also praised for various in game elements including cinematic storytelling, optimal animation and having a superb soundtrack. In terms of which game is more successful right now some would argue in favor of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End since it managed to sell more. However, God of War for the PlayStation 4 has not even been available in retail for a full year just yet and its possible that it could eventually surpass Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End sometime in the future.
As many people know one of the most popular fighting games available in retail right now is Dragonball FighterZ. Since its initial release back in January 2018 it has been praised by fans and critics alike for its three vs three crossover gameplay resembling the likes of Marvel vs Capcom 3. In fact, Dragonball FighterZ has managed to not only surpass Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite in popularity throughout this past year but the game also managed to sell more throughout 2018. While Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite managed to reach over one million copies in sales Dragonball FighterZ hit over 3.5 million since its release and has become the second-best selling DBZ game ever right now.
As awesome as the gameplay, graphics and roster are for Dragonball FighterZ the story mode for this game makes it highly addictive. Without the story mode FighterZ would still be a great fighting game that could definitely work in arcade centers. The only problem is that we he arcade era of gaming is pretty much dead and more people are focusing on video games that provides robust online multiplayer experiences along with strong local offline gameplay. In fact, Dragonball FighterZ is a game that did not need an arcade release to become popular especially since the series has been attraction in relation to anime for over the past 20 years and still is to this day.
As many people know Assassins Creed III was an action-adventure game that was developed and published by Ubisoft and released back in 2012. Since its release over six years ago Assassins Creed III has been ported for multiple game systems such as the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii-U. Also, since its release Assassins Creed III has been seen as one of the best action-adventure titles of the 10’s decade reaching over 12 million copies in worldwide sales within a few months of being available in retail. As it currently stands a remastered version of Assassin’s Creed III is expected to appear on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One this upcoming March which many people are excited about.
However, there has been no talk about a potential Switch version of Assassin’s Creed III appearing in March or at all in 2019. Its quite possible that Ubisoft already knows that Assassins Creed III has a better chance in standing out on the PS4 and the Xbox One even more so than the Switch especially since first party games that are made by Nintendo generally tends to overshadow any type of third party title that would appear on any of their consoles. While it would be nice to see Assassin’s Creed III on the Nintendo Switch it looks like it will not be happening anytime soon unless Ubisoft says otherwise.
As many people know the 2D platform genre of gaming was very popular in the 80’s and early 90’s with titles such as the Super Mario Bros and the Sonic the Hedgehog trilogy. Despite the evolution within the gaming world in relation to quality it seems like many people are still fond of 2D platform video games such as Sonic Mania, Shovel Knight, Owl Boy and others that are highly reminiscent those from 16-bit era. While 3D gaming relation to RPG, action-adventure and the shooter genre has been very popular throughout the 10’s decade it seems like 16-bit platformers are still considered to be attractions with significantly highly replay values which do not rely heavily on online multiplayer gameplay.
If more indie video game developers make 2D platform titles in the future the genre itself can possibly become more popular in the future. However, its highly unlikely that 2D platformers will reach the level of popularity as it did back in the 80’s and early 90’s and is something that will appeal more to retro gamers opposed to modern ones.
Ever since, its release back in 2017 was a fighting game that received mixed reception from fans and critics alike. While the inclusion of a story mode with cinnamon cutscenes was a step up from its 2011 predecessor Marvel vs Capcom 3 along with improved in game mechanics the game was criticized for its roster. Also, many people were not too happy about the fact that Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite only feature two on two tag-team game opposed to three on three similar to what we got in MvC 2 & 3. While Marvel vs Capcom Infinite could have definitely have been better it was still one of the better fighting games of 2017 next to Dragonball FighterZ.
If Marvel vs Capcom Infinite were ported to the Nintendo Switch it could definitely be an attraction for the hybrid console despite having low sales on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. But then again with games like Super Smash Bros Ultimate along with the Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, and Dragonball FighterZ on the Nintendo Switch there is still a possibility that MvC: Infinite will still be overshadowed if it were ported to that console. While MvC: Infinite may not be a huge attraction on the Nintendo Switch it would still turn heads regardless if it were ported to the hybrid console.