As far as shocking news is concerned regarding the gaming world we have recently heard a few things especially from Nintendo within the past month or so. Along, with the announcement of the The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake and the upcoming release of Super Mario Maker 2 we have recently just learned that a first-run copy of the Super Mario Bros game from 1985 has been sold for $100,000. It may not come as a surprise to many people considering how legendary the original Super Mario Bros is. Since its initial release back in ’85 Super Mario Bros has managed to sell over 40 million copies worldwide and was the best selling game for the NES.
Super Mario Bros is still considered to be somewhat an attraction in relation to modern day gaming especially since it was the title that played a huge role on placing the platform genre of gaming on the map. The fact that the original Super Mario Bros for the game has that much value speaks volumes about the game itself and it looks like the value of the first-run copy of the classic NES will not decrease anytime soon.
As far as gaming is concerned today is a very special day especially for those who have been long time fans of the Final Fantasy series since the late 90’s. It was on February 11th back in 1999 where Final Fantasy VIII was released on the PS1. Final Fantasy VIII was the highly anticipated sequel of the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy VII game Square Enix released for the PS1 console that was released back in 1997. While Final Fantasy VII ended up becoming the second best selling PS1 title reaching over 9.7 million units worldwide Final Fantasy VIII was not quite as popular as its predecessor. However, Final Fantasy VIII was still very successful and managed to reach over 7.8 million units in sales on the PS1 while becoming the seventh best selling game on the 32-bit console during the late 90’s.
The multi-disk FFVIII game is one that many people have wanted to see receive an HD remake for two decades now and its uncertain on whether or not Square Enix plans on making it a reality. While a series of Final Fantasy games are expected to on the Nintendo Switch including FFVII, FFX, FF Crystal Chronicles and FFXII there has been no talk of FFVIII being ported to the Nintendo Switch. Hopefully, Square Enix will do something special with Final Fantasy VIII within the next year or so especially since the demand of a remastered version of the game is high among those who are huge fans of the series in general.
When we think about popular yet underrated platform games that has been released throughout the 10’s decade one of the many games that instantly comes to mind is Sonic Generations which initially came out for the PlayStation 3 along with the Xbox 360 back in 2011. Not only did Sonic Generations reach close to 2 million units worldwide in sales but it was a blast to the past for people who were fans of older Sonic titles from the early 90’s but with a twist. The option playing as retro or modern day Sonic was something that fans of the series absolutely loved along with the inclusion of classic stages such as Green Hill Zone, Chemical Plant Zone, Stardust Speedway
While Sonic Generations might not be as much of an attraction as other platformers such as Super Mario Odyssey or Sonic Mania in relation to the Nintendo Switch it would still turn heads for those who huge fans of the Sonic series. But as it currently stands the next big Sonic game that is supposed to be released later this year is Team Sonic Racing which is coming up in May and it seems like the Generations game will not end up being ported for the Nintendo Switch any time soon.
As far as platform related Nintendo games are concerned titles such as Super Mario World & Super Mario 3D World were both considered to be extraordinary titles following their respective releases. While Super Mario World was arguably the best 2D installment within the entire series Super Mario 3D World was quite possibly the best 3D game especially when it comes down to multiplayer gameplay. There is no question that Super Mario 3D World for the Wii-U was far more superior than Super Mario World for the SNES in relation to visuals and gameplay. But unfortunately Super Mario 3D World only sold about a third of what Super Mario World for the SNES did during its time in retail.
While Super Mario 3D World only managed to sell around 5.8 million copies worldwide the Super Mario World game from 1990 managed to sell over 20 million units worldwide. In fact, Super Mario World was literally the best selling video game for the SNES in general. Also, Super Mario World was eventually re-released for the Game Boy Advance back in the early 00’s as Super Mario Advance 2and managed to reach over 5.6 million units worldwide. There is almost no question that Super Mario World for the SNES was more popular than Super Mario 3D World and will most likely always be more iconic than the Wii-U game from 2013.
When we think about some of the biggest video games to have her release within the 10’s decade titles such as Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim along with Grand Theft Auto V instantly comes to the minds of many people. Since they respective releases both games have sold millions worldwide and despite how old they are they are still enjoyable to this day. As far as sales are concerned its a know fact that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has managed to reach at least 13 million units worldwide since its initial release for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Microsoft Windows back in November 2011. As an Action-RPG Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim gave players the chance to adventure through large open world environments while developing their characters and providing them with seemingly endless customization options which added to the overall replay value of the game itself.
As popular as Elder Scrolls V is Grand Theft Auto V is without a doubt one of the best selling video games of all-time. It was announced early this year that the game has sold at least 90 million copies worldwide since its initial release in September 2013. Its not much of a surprise that GTA V ended becoming as popular as it currently is especially considering the fact that RockStar added an online mode which gave players so much to do aside from playing through the game’s main story and completing side quests along the way. While Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V might arguably be the best Action-RPG of the 10’s decade Grand Theft Auto V is definitely more popular and successful as a video game in general.
When it comes down to popular fighting titles from the early 10’s many people instantly think about games such as Mortal Kombat 9 along with Killer Instinct. While Mortal Kombat 9 was released for the PlayStation 3 along with the Xbox 360 Killer Instinct was an Xbox One exclusive which had more superior visuals. Also, the gameplay for Killer Instinct was very fast paced in comparison to that of Mortal Kombat 9 and we got to see the return of classic in-game mechanics such as the combo breaker which originated back in the early 90’s following the release of the original arcade title from 1994. But as far as mainstream popularity is concerned many would probably agree that Mortal Kombat 9 attracted more attention in 2011 than Killer Instinct did in 2013.
Despite, the fact that Killer Instinct initially turned the heads of many people following its release 2013 Mortal Kombat 9 was a title that put the stories of the original three MK titles into one in the game’s story mode which significantly added to its overall appeal. Classic characters such as Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raduen and more featured in this along with the fact that a single-player and tag team arcade mode was featured in MK 9. Also, Mortal Kombat 9 had also manage to spawn a successful sequel years later with the release of Mortal Kombat X in 2015 which was critically acclaimed by fans and gaming publications as well.
As far as the Contra series is concerned there were many games that we have seen in the 80’s that are considered to be classics. Titles such as Contra III: Alien Wars from ’92 were considered to be among the best run and gun titles for the SNES back in the day and it seemed like there was never going to be a direct for it. When Contra 4 was released back in ’07 it was something that caught many people by surprise and received praised from both fans and critics alike for its gameplay and graphics which resembled that of the 16-bit Contra III: Alien Wars game of 1992.
As solid as Contra 4 was for a 2D run and gun titles there are some fans who believe that it deserved to be released in a home based console. The idea of having Contra 4 on the Nintendo Switch possibly on the Nintendo eShop does not sound like a bad idea especially since Konami has really done both big with the series since Contra: Hard Corps Uprising which came out back in 2011. But the likelihood of Contra 4 appearing on the Switch console in anyway whatsoever seems unlikely especially since the series is not nearly as poor as it was back in the late 80’s-early-90’s time period.