When it comes down to video game consoles of the 90’s the Neo Geo AES along with the Sega Saturn might be two of the most underrated consoles of the decade. In terms of which game console was more successful is highly debatable among many retro gamers who grew up during the 90’s. Both the Neo Geo AES and the Sega Saturn where not as popular in countries such as North America in the early 90’s. However, in relation to sales many can argue that the Sega Saturn did better than the Neo Geo did overall.
It has been reported that ever since the Sega Saturn was released back in late 1994 the console had managed to sell over 9 million units worldwide. When the Sega Saturn was first released it was priced around $399 which was expensive but not to the same extent as the Neo Geo following its release back in 1990. When the Neo Geo was first released it averaged around $649.99 in pricing which was outrageously expensive. In fact the PS4 or the Xbox One was never as expensive as the Neo Geo was when both consoles were first released in late 2013. The sales for the Neo Geo was not good in the early 90’s and could have been better if the SNK Corporation was ore cautious about the pricing of the console. In fact, if the Neo Geo was released at the right price it could have affected the whole landscape of the console wars back in the 90’s which was mainly between Nintendo, Sega and Sony during the time.
There is no doubt that the Legend of Zelda Trilogy is legendary in the world of gaming. But when it comes down to gameplay Zelda II: Adventure of Link stands out the most in the eyes of some people. The gameplay in Zelda II saw players travel in a top down world map along with side scrolling areas where players would battle enemies similar to the the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game for the NES.
If Nintendo had made an attempt to remake Zelda II back in the early 90’s it would have been interesting. After all, Zelda II was considered a huge success on the NES following is release in NES in late 1988. However, since Nintendo eventually went back to having a top down perspective without side scrolling stages in Zelda: Link to the Past there would have been no point on remaking Zelda II for the SNES at all. In fact, making the Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past have top down perspective gameplay throughout its entirety was one of the things that contributed to the game’s success following its release on the SNES in 1993.
When it comes down to Game Boy titles of the 90’s both Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening are considered to be classics. While both titles differ in genre both Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Link’s Awakening were both challenging games that required trail and error in order to complete them both in their entirety. Both Super Mario Land 2: Golden Coins and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening looked like they had the potential to work on the SNES back in the 90’s since the quality of both games were great during the early 90’s.
Also, both games felt somewhat different from what we would normally see in Mario and Zelda games. Unlike, most titles in the Mario series Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins had Wario as the main antagonist instead of Bowser. In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins players have to defeat Wario to help Mario regain control of his castle.
In Zelda: Link’s Awakening the game felt different due to the fact that the setting takes place outside of Hyrule along with the exclusion of Princess of Zelda. Despite, how different both games where from their NES/SNES prequels in terms of plot and setting both games were very successful on Game Boy. In terms of which game was more successful during the 90’s is highly debatable but some might give the slight edge to Link’s Awakening to being the more memorable of the two the titles.
When it comes down to video games of 2018 there are so many titles that many people are looking forward to this upcoming year. For those who are fans of the Tomb Raider series they will be happy to know that in the Fall of 2018 an upcoming title called Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be released for various game systems including Xbox One, PlayStation for Along with PC. As of right now the release date for the game is expected to be sometime in September of 2018.
The Shadow of Tomb Raider looks like it’s going to be one of the big titles in the series that the world has seen since the 2013 Tomb Raider which was critically acclaimed. Since the release of the Tomb Raider back in 2013 the game has managed to sell over 11 million units worldwide which is nothing short of outstanding. Also, it make many people wonder if Shadow of Tomb Raider could surpass the 2013 Tomb Raider game in terms of sales.
When it comes down to the gaming world both Mai Shiranui and Morrigan Aensland are considered to be two of the most popular female video game characters of the 90’s by many people. In terms of which character is more popular between the two generally varies among many people who were fans of the fighting genre of gaming back in the 90’s and even to this day. When Mai Shiranui had first made her appearance in Fatal Fury 2 she was seen as arguably the most popular character in the game. In fact, in terms of popularity Mai Shiranui was often seen as SNK version of Chun-Li.
Since Fatal Fury 2 Mai Shiranaui has made numerous appearances in the King of Fighters series since 1994 and had recently appeared in the latest game King of Fighter XIV. Aside from appearing on King of Fighters XIV back in the Summer of 2016 Mai Shiranui made an appearance in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round as a DLC guest character that same year due to her popularity in within the fighting genre of gaming. While King of Fighters XIV and Dead or Alive 5 Last Round are considered to be good fighting games they were not quite as popular as the Marvel vs Capcom series which Morrigan Aensland has been featured in since 1999.
Morrigan Aensland has been around since DarkStalkers Night Warriors was first released back in 1994. Since her appearance in the original DarkStalker game in the early 90’s Morrigan Aensland has been featured in a several high profile crossover titles such Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of the Super Heroes, Marvel vs Capcom 2, Capcom vs SNK: Millennium Fight 2000, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Tatsunoko vs Capcom and more recently Marvel vs Capcom Infinite. Along with being featured in numerous crossover titles involving Capcom she appeared in DarkStalkers: Resurrection a collection of the older 2D titles in the series which was praised by both fans of the series along with critics following its release back in the Spring of 2013. In terms of fighting titles many can easily argue that Morrigan has appeared in more high profile games than Mai Shiranui has over the past two decades. However, since Capcom has become more popular than SNK on a mainstream level in terms of gaming it only makes sense than Morrigan has appeared in bigger fighting titles than Mai Shiranui. In terms of which character is more popular overall really depends on whether your more of a Capcom or SNK fan.
MegaMan & Bass was arguably one of the best action adventure platform titles that Capcom has never released in America for the SNES back in 90’s. One of the reasons why the SNES version MegaMan & Bass was never released in America was because during the time the PS1, N64 along with the Sega Dreamcast were all very popular during 1998. However, MegaMan & Bass was eventually ported for the Game Boy Advance and was released in Japan, America between 2002-2003.
Even though, the Game Boy Advance version of MegaMan & Bass was well received by critics and fans of the series this title should have definitely been released for the PS1 back in 1998. However, there was always a chance that MegaMan & Bass could have easily been overshadowed by MegaMan X4 which was released August 1997.
But since MegaMan X5 was not released until 2000 having MegaMan & Bass on the PS1 in 1998 could have worked out theory. But in terms of sales it’s questionable how well MegaMan & Bass would have done especially since the series started to slowly decline in popularity during that time period.
When we think about popular racing titles from the 80’s and early 90’s there are many titles that come to mind. Two titles that many people think about instantly included Outrun and F-Zero. In terms of racing classics Outrun was one of the most popular arcade titles of the late 80’s and early 90’s.
Ever since September 1986 Outrun has been ported for numerous game consoles such as the Master System, Sega Genesis, Amiga, Sega Saturn along with the PC Engine and more. Since its release Outrun saw numerous sequels including Out Run 3-D, Turbo Out Run, Outrunners and Outrun 2. However, the arcade version of the original Outrun game is considered to be one of the best racing video games of all time by various critics.
While Outrun is considered to be legendary in the gaming world the original F-Zero games is also seen by some as one of the best racing titles of the 90’s. The 16 bit gameplay that we saw on F-Zero which utilized Mode 7 for special effects was probably one of the most challenging 2D racing titles ever made.
Also, the futuristic setting along with the plot which was set in the 26th century added to the overall appeal of F-Zero. In fact F-Zero was one of the few games that appeared on the SNES Classic in September 2017 based on how popular it was back in the early 90’s. In terms of which game was more successful between Outrun and F-Zero is debatable. However, some people might give the edge to Outrun since it started off in arcade centers before it was ported to multiple game consoles unlike F-Zero.