The SNES Classic is quite possibly the most popular game console in retail stores right now. In fact it seems like the SNES Classic has been talked about more than the PS4 or the Xbox One back in September of 2017. The fact that pre orders for the retro based game console sold out very fast shows the world how popular the SNES was back in the 90’s and how nostalgia has contributed to more people having a strong desire to purchase the SNES Classic in the late 10’s.
While the 16 bit started to decease back in the mid 90’s there are many retro gamers who believe that the 16 bit era wasn’t long enough. When it comes down to 16 bit of gaming during the early to mid 90’s some would argue that the golden era video games took place around that particular time period. While the SNES and the Sega Genesis had provided us with many unforgettable titles during the early 90’s it wouldn’t be a surprise to some of the popularity of the SNES Classic leads to a higher demand of more 16 bit video games in the future.
When we think about head to head fighting games from the 90’s we think about Tekken, Soul Calibur, Street Fighter Alpha series and others. However, a majority of these fighting games were released on the PS1 or the Sega Dreamcast back in the 90’s. For the N64 we did not get to many memorable head to head fighting titles maybe with the exception of Mortal Kombat 4 and Killer Instinct Gold.
As cool as Killer Instinct Gold was for the Nintendo 64 the game could have gained more recognition and sold more worldwide if it started off in arcade centers first. However, the popularity slowly started to decline following the early 90’s due to the fighting genre becoming more competitive at the time in terms of gaming. Even though, the game had 3D backgrounds and stages it still had 2D gameplay. If Rare had decided to make a fully 3D Killer Instinct game for the N64 it would have been interesting to see how well it would have done in terms of sales.
The Mortal Kombat Trilogy series was very popular back in the 90’s since it was released for multiple game including Nintendo 64, PS1 and Sega Saturn. Despite, how much fun Mortal Kombat Trilogy was there are some who are interested on why it was never released for the Sega Dreamcast. To be honest it would not have made to much sense to release Mortal Kombat Trilogy for the Sega Dreamcast.
Mortal Kombat Trilogy was released on multiple game consoles back in 1996 and by the time Dreamcast was released in 1998 we already had Mortal Kombat 4 which was a 3D title that everyone was interested in since 2D gaming was starting to become stale around that time. Besides Mortal Kombat Gold was released for the Sega Dreamcast back in 1999; if Mortal Kombat Trilogy was released on the Sega Dreamcast cast it could have easily have been overshadowed by 3D titles that were in high demand.
It would have been very interesting to see Final Fantasy 8 and 9 on the Sega Dreamcast back in the late 90’s. During the Final Fantasy series was very popular especially after the momentum that the series had following the success of Final Fantasy 7 on the PS1. Also, the Sega Dreamcast was probably at its peak in popularity during the late 90’s while having superior gameplay and graphics in comparison to the PS1.
However, Square Enix seemed like they were have ton of success when Final Fantasy 7 soared in popularity in 1997. At that point switching over from the PS1 to the Sega Dreamcast would not make to much sense. Also, Square Enix had decided to work more with Sony opposed to Nintendo way before the Sega Dreamcast was released in 1998. Even if Final Fantasy 8 & 9 was released for the Sega Dreamcast it would be hard to predict how well the game would do in terms of sales.
Ever since the SNES Classic was released in late September of 2017 the retro based game console had managed to exceed the expectations of many worldwide in terms of sales. It has been reported that the SNEE Classic has managed to sell over 368,000 within the first four days of its release which is more than the Nintendo Switch has done in a week during its first week.
The Nintendo Switch had only managed to sell over 330,000 units worldwide during its first week following its release in early March 2017 and has now reached over 2.5 million units in terms of worldwide sales. If anything the nostalgia of retro video game titles may have played a significant factor in the SNES Classic selling more than the Nintendo Switch.
Not only were many old school games attracted to the SNES Classic but the console featured classics such as Mega Man X, Star Fox, F-Zero, Secret of Mana and others for on $80 plus tax. Also, most of the games on the SNES Classic are often hard to find in used video game stores in general which usually forces people to buy these titles on eBay or Amazon. As of right now it’s a little tough to predict how much the SNES will sell worldwide within a year. But at the current rate that the SNES Classic is flying off the shelfs in electronic retail stores cross countries like Japan and America it would be safe to expect at least one million units worldwide before September 2018.
When it comes down to NES Classics Ice Climbers is a title that many think in regards to video games from the 80’s. Ice Climbers is one of the few platform games that never received any type of SNES sequel. Some might argue that Ice Climbers was was over shadowed by countless platform titles such as Super Mario Bros, Castlevania, Mega Man, Adventure Island and others.
The whole concept of Ice Climbers was basic and involved passing through each level by going upwards instead of sideways like many other traditional 2D platformers. One of the cool things about Ice Climbers was that it was a multiplayer platform title that where two players could play simultaneously instead of taking terms unlike the Super Mario Bros Trilogy for the NES. Looking back at things now it would have been interesting to see what an Ice Climbers game would have looked like on the SNES or the Nintendo 64 especially since the landscape of gaming had started to dramatically evolve throughout the 90’s.
Ever since the mid 90’s when the very first Harvest Moon game was released for the SNES many people have been fans of the farm building simulation series. Those who haven fans of the Harvest Moon series will be happy to know that a new game entitled Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be released for the PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC in the near future. As of right now Harvest Moon: Light of Hope looks promising especially with some of the new features that this upcoming game will have.
In Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will allow players to monitor how well their crops are growing along with being able to determine what they are ahead of time. The Farming Friend game mechanic is one that is very resourceful since it provides players with important info about their crops in relation to building their farms. Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is a game that could definitely thrive on the Nintendo Switch or PC in terms of popularity and sales. However, when it comes down to the PS4 would be hard to determine how well Harvest Moon: Light of Hope would do especially since RPG and shooter titles tend to receive more mainstream attention than any other genre for that console.