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.

Retro Gaming 90’s- MegaMan 8: (1996)

As far as old-school games within the Mega Man series is concerned many people think about the series of titles that were released for the NES back in the 80’s and early 90’s. In fact many people like to point out the Mega Man X series that began in 1993. While the Mega Man X series was generally popular throughout a majority of the 90’s titles such as MM 7 & 8 have generally been overlooked despite being decent 2D run n gun titles. In fact, many people do not know that Mega Man was not only released on the PS1 during the mid 90’s but it also appeared on the Sega Saturn as well in 1997. Mega Man 8 was originally released for the PS1 in Japan in ’96 before appearing in America during ’97. The plot for Mega Man 8 was pretty basic and involved the player trying to thwart Dr. Willy’s plans which involved using a foreign energy source from a mysterious meteor crash for his own diabolical purpose.

As good as Mega Man 8 looked in terms of visuals the game was not nearly as popular as some of the prequels which came out in the 80’s- early 90’s. Also, the fact that 3D gaming was starting to become more popular on consoles such as the PS1, Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64 and the Sega Dreamcast made a lot of people lose interest in 2D gaming in general during the mid to late 90’s. While Mega Man 8 generally received positive reviews since its release the game is rarely ever talked about and has been seen in a similar light as Mega Man 7 in terms of being generic. As far as visuals are concerned Mega Man 8 was one of the best within the series despite not being the most popular game in general.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption: (2007)

When we think about some of the best non-Mario games to have been released for the Nintendo Wii between the mid-late 2000’s One of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. For those who do not know Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was a game developed by a Retro Games and published by Nintendo and released back in August 2007. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was considered to be the direct sequel to Metroid Prime 2: Echoes which was initially released for GameCube in 2005. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption sees the return of Dark Samus as the main protagonist while players control Samus while confronting Space Pirates while trying to avoid being controlled by the Phazon virus. Not only does Samus try to avoid being controlled by the Phazon she attempts to stop it from spreading to various different planets as well.

The visuals and gameplay for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was fantastic on the Nintendo Wii. While the controls for the game which included the Wii remote and nunchucks was a bit of challenge to some people it provided players with a more unique gaming experience than what they are generally used to. As far as sales are concerned the game managed to reach over one million copies in sales and while the MP3: Corruption was not quite as popular as the first Metroid Prime game its definitely a title that many people would not mind seeing on the Nintendo Switch sometime in the future. As it currently stands Retro Studios is currently working on Metroid Prime 4 which is expected to be released for the Switch console sometime between 2021-2022. When it comes down to top action-adventure titles for the Wii console during the late 00’s Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was definitely one of the top games for that console during that time period and is one that fans of the Metroid series should check out if they never had a chance to do so in the past.

Retro Games -Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight (1990)

When it comes down to NES classics from the 80’s games such as the Super Mario Bros Trilogy, Zelda, Metroid, Castlevania and many others are titles that instantly comes to mind. As far as forgotten and possibly underrated titles are concerned some would that games such as Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight would be one that fall within that category in relation to the NES back in the early 90’s. This game was basically a 80’s sci-fi spin-off of the 1987 Street Fighter game with Ken as the main character according to the English localization. While the game has a somewhat of a bizarre plot some would argue that Street Fighter 2010: Final Fight wS without a doubt one of the most hardest NES games from the 8-bit era along with the likes of the TMNT that came out in 1989.

While Street Fighter 2010: Final Fight was a solid yet nearly impossible platformer to beat it was a title that could have definitely been more popular than it was if it were released a few years earlier in the mid to late 80’s opposed to 1990. In fact, if Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight has been released for the SNES it could have possibly been more popular than it was especially since the 16-bit console was initially released that year and had more Super graphics than its 8-bit predecessor. While a direct sequel to Street Fighter 2010 would have her pretty cool its well known that in the early 90’s the Street Fighter II series became an arcade hit and eventually when on to become one of the most legendary fighting games of all-time.

Game Boy Color (1998) vs Nintendo Wii-U (2012) which console was more popular?

Nintendo has released many impressive video game systems for over the past three decades. When we think about some of Nintendo’s most popular video game consoles in general we think about the NES, SNES, Wii, Nintendo DS and most recently the Switch console. Game systems such as the Game Boy Advance along with the Wii-U are not quite as popular as the consoles just mentioned but people still had a lot of fun playing various different titles on both. While the Wii-U has some cool games such as Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Nintendo Land, Super Mario Maker the console itself still managed to sell far less during the 10’s decade than Game Boy Color did during the late 90’s-early 00’s following its release in 1998.

While the Wii-U ended up selling less than 10 million units worldwide there is no question that the Game Boy along with Game Boy Color were far more popular especially since both ended up selling a combined total of over 118 million units altogether. With games such as Pokémon Gold & Silver which were both huge attractions during the early 00’s considering how popular the series was during the time there is no question that the Game Boy Color was a bigger deal than the Wii-U was despite being more inferior in quality. However, some might favor the Wii-U over Game Boy Color since its a console from a more recent generation.

A copy of Super Mario Bros for the NES sells for 100K!!!

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.

The 20th Anniversary of Final Fantasy VIII!!!

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.