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.
When we think about underrated titles from the late 90’s that did not get as much attention as it should have one of the many games that comes to mind is Metal Slug 2. As people know the Metal Slug series originated back in ’96 and started during a time where gaming was starting to evolve with the masses beginning to favor 3D gameplay over 2D video games which were popular years prior. Metal Slug 2 was initially released in arcade centers during February 1998 in Japan and since then the game was ported for the Neo Geo along with the Neo Geo CD that same year. Some might find it strange that Metal Slug 2 never appeared on game systems such as the PS1 or Sega Saturn especially considering the fact that its ’96 predecessor appear on those same consoles.
What was even more mind blowing was the fact that Metal Slug 2 never appeared on the Sega Dreamcast in ’98. The Metal Slug series was almost as popular as King of Fighters and we got to see KOF ’98 on the Sega Dreamcast back in ’99. Metal Slug 2 could have definitely stood out more on the Sega Dreamcast than it would have on the PS1 between 1998-1999. But since the Sega Dreamcast was not quite as popular as the PS1 or the N64 during the late 90’s it may not have done too well in relation to sales.
When it comes down to classic racing titles of the early 90’s one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is the F-Zero game for the SNES. Despite, how popular F-Zero became of the SNES the game never received an arcade release and makes people wonder if it could have been more successful if it had actually happened in the early 90’s. After all, we did get to see F-Zero AX released in arcades centers back in the early 00’s and was a racing title that many people were impressed by during that time period. While an arcade version of the original F-Zero could have definitely elevated its status on popularity during the early 90’s it would have been in competition with more popular racing titles such as Sega Outrun.
Besides the original F-Zero game was very difficult on the SNES and one could only imagine how tough it would have been to beat it in arcade centers. The F-Zero title from ’91 could have definitely been an attraction in arcade centers but having the game as a SNES exclusively added more value to it overall.
There are so many big games that the world is looking forward to seeing on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One along with the Nintendo Switch. But as we finish up the remainder of this year retro gamers will be happy to know that the classic 80’s arcade racing game Outrun has been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch version Sega Ages. This is big news because many people have wanted to see Outrun on the Nintendo Switch since the console was first released back in March 2017. It should be noted that the Switch port of Outrun will be widescreen and run at 60 fps highly resembling the arcade version of the game.
While the exact release date for the Switch version of Outrun for Sega Ages have yet to be revealed there are still other titles such as Space Harrier, Virtua Racing and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 that the world is waiting to see on the Switch but currently has no official date in terms of when they will show up. Hopefully, the rest of the Sega Ages titles will appear on the Nintendo Switch domain December or in the early part of 2019.
Today, is a very special day especially considering the fact that it marks the 28th anniversary of one of the most legendary 16-bit platform games of all time. On November 21st, 1990 Super Mario World first appeared in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and since then has been considered arguably the best Mario title to have been released in the 90’s. Ever since its release Super Mario World has managed to reach over 20 million copies worldwide in relation to sales. Also, when this game was re-released as Super Mario Advance 2 for the Game Boy Advance in late ’01 it was also a huge success on the handheld 32-bit console.
On the GBA Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 managed to reach over 5 million units worldwide in relation to sales during the early 00’s which was very impressive. Super Mario World had amazing visuals and top notch gameplay and was a title that held its own against the Sonic the Hedgehog trilogy back in the early 90’s. Despite, how this game is or will become it will always be considered best selling SNES title of all time.