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.
Its quite interesting that the Neo Geo does not get talked about as much in this day and age as it should. When it comes down to game consoles that produced amazing high quality 2D gameplay the Neo Geo was one of the top systems of the 90’s. However, when it comes down to 2D games for the Neo Geo the fighting titles such as the Fatal Fury and King of Fighters series generally stand out more. While Square was mainly making games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System there was no doubt that the Neo Geo had superior 2D graphics and quality overall. However, the Neo Geo was not as popular as the Super Nintendo or even the Sega Genesis was in North America back in the early 90’s.
Also, the Neo Geo was simply to expensive following its release since it was priced at $649 when it first came out back in 1990. When it came down to role playing genre of gaming the Super Nintendo Entertainment System which was also released n 1990 for a reasonable price of $199 it was probably better for Final Fantasy 4-6 in the long run. When Final Fantasy I-III was released on the NES between 1987-1990 they were considered to be popular RPG titles for the 8 bit console and having 4-6 on the SNES made more sense than being on the Sega Genesis or the Neo Geo.
When it comes down to arcade classics from the 90’s both Fatal Fury 2 and DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors are recognizable titles from that time for retro gamers. While both fighting titles were underrated or overshadowed by the likes of games such as Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat II there is no doubt that Fatal Fury 2 along with DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors were solid arcade fighting titles back in the day.
In terms of which game was more popular back in the early 90’s many would give the slight edge to Fatal Fury 2 over DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors. In terms of gameplay Fatal Fury 2 seem to have better mechanics especially with the of the two plane system which made each battle feel more realistic. When it came down to 2D fighters in general the Fatal Fury games shined more in arcade centers along with game consoles such as the Neo Geo.
As many people know Metroid II: The Return of Samus was the second installment of the Metroid series which was first released exclusively for Game Boy back in November 1991. Despite, not being quite as popular as the original Metroid game for the NES Metroid II: The Return of Samus is generally regarded as one of the best Game Boy titles of the early 90’s. However, the sequel of the original Metroid game which came out in the late 80’s had seemed more deserving of a release for a home based console such as the NES or even the SNES which was released back in 1990.
Even though, we eventually got Super Metroid for the SNES that did not come until 1994. But since the original Game Boy was starting to become more popular following its release in 1989 it would make sense that Nintendo would release Metroid II: The Return of Samus for the handheld console during the early 90’s. In terms of whether or not Metroid II: The Return of Samus would have had more success on the SNES is questionable. However, Metroid II: Return of Samus was popular enough for Nintendo to release a remake of the game for the handheld 3DS console back in September 2017.
When it comes down to beat em up games from the 90’s Battletoads and Streets of Rage 3 are both considered to be two of the most challenging titles of the decade. There have been many who have argued that Battletoads for the NES is very tough but possible to complete in co-op mode. However, there have been many people who have simply found Street of Rage 3 almost impossible to complete on a level higher than the easy especially the American version of the game.
Each stage of Streets of Rage 3 felt longer than its two predecessors along with the fact that the boss battles seemed more difficult due to how advanced the AI was throughout the game. Even in, co-op mode Street of Rage 3 was quite challenging along with the fact that players were expected to complete the game on the highest difficulty in order to get the best ending. In terms of which game is more popular many people are inclined to argue in favor of Battletoads especially since a majority of NES games from the late 80’s-early 90’s in general were extremely difficult to complete.
When it comes down to some of the biggest Game Boy titles to never have been released on the SNES Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins is one of the many games that comes to mind. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins was the game that Wario made his debut as the main antagonist. There are some who argue that Wario was a decent villain at the time and could have became more popular has Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins had been releyfor the SNES.
But as good Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins was for Game Boy it could have been easily overshadowed by Super Mario World which was released back in later part of 1990. Since its release Super Mario World when on to sell over 20 million units worldwide and is generally regarded as the best selling game for the SNES. The fact that Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins was released for Game Boy made it stand out along with other aspects of the game such as the setting and overall plot of the game itself.
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.