As far as retro video games for the Nintendo GameCube is concerned one of the many titles from the early 00’s that comes to mind that many people talk about is F-Zero GX. It is definitely one of the few GameCube racing titles that deserved a direct sequel especially considering the fact that it rivaled the likes of Mario Kart: Double Dash in terms of popularity following its release in 2003. The F-Zero series has been dead for at least 15 years now and it seems like Nintendo has no plans whatsoever on reviving it despite how successful F–Zero GX was. While we did get a chance to see the F-Zero game from ’91 re-released for the SNES Classic last year seeing F-Zero GX ported for the Nintendo Switch would be epic in general.
However, the chances of getting a Switch version of F-Zero GX seems slim to none as of right now especially since we have racing titles such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Fast RMX already available for that console along with an upcoming title Grid: Autosport which is expected to appear sometime in 2019. In theory it would be nice to see F-Zero GX on the Nintendo Switch in the future but in reality it may fall below desired expectations in terms of sales especially will all the the games that are currently available for the hybrid console right now.
When it comes down to popular video game consoles ever created by Nintendo aside from the NES the SNES along with Wii console are two systems that comes to mind. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System has many classics such as the Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario Kart, Mega Man X, Contra: Alien Wars and many others that are considered to be 16-bit gems to this day. Since its initial release back in 1990 the SNES has managed to sell over 49 million units worldwide. Also, most recently the SNES Classic which was released back in September 2017 managed to reach over 5 million units in just a year which is a testament to popular the 16-bit console was and still is to this day.
The Wii console on the other hand is considered to be one of the best selling systems that Nintendo has ever developed. Since its release back in November 2006 the Wii has managed to reach over 101 million units worldwide in sales due to the popularity of games such as Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda: Twilight Princess and more. Not only was the Nintendo Wii one of the best selling game consoles of the 00’s but it also managed to surpass the likes of the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 between 2006-2012 overall. While the SNES May of had more memorable games back in the early to mid 90’s the Nintendo Wii had far more success in retail overall between the mid 00’s and early 10’s.
As many people know Super Mario Galaxy along with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess were two of the most popular video games to appear on the Wii console back in the 00’s. Since both their respective releases Super Mario Galaxy along with Zelda: Twilight Princess have sold millions and achieved mainstream popularity along with high praises from fans and critics alike. Since its initial release back in ’07 Super Mario Galaxy has reportedly sold over 12 million units worldwide. Ever since The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was released back in ’06 the game managed to reach over 8.8 million copies in sales and becoming one of the best selling titles within the entire Zelda series. Even though, Super Mario Galaxy sold more than Zelda: Twilight Princess that was something that was expected between the mid to late 00’s since Mario is Nintendo’s main mascot.
To choose game over the other is tough especially since one was a platformer while the other one was action-adventure title. While a HD version Zelda: Twilight Princess was eventually ported to the Wii-U back in 2016 Super Mario Galaxy was not and its uncertain on whether or not Nintendo plans on bringing the game to the Switch console in the future. While Super Mario Galaxy obviously sold more since its release Twilight Princess was definitely more popular.
When it comes down to Action-RPG’s of the 00’s Phantasy Star Online is arguably one of the most underrated titles from that decade. Phantasy Star Online was among one of the first RPG titles that the world has ever seen that utilized internet connection in relation gameplay. This game was unique because back in the early 00’s online gaming had yet to achieve mainstream popularity like did from the mid 00’s onwards. Despite, Phantasy Star Online being one of first RPG titles to utilize internet connection the series itself arguably began to decline in popularity following the early 90’s after the release of games such as Phantasy Star III and Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium.
As far as the concept of creating an online RPG is concerned there is no doubt that Phantasy Star Online was ahead of its time. In fact, if Phantasy Star Online was initially released a few years later sometime between 2005-2010 it could have been much more popular than it was on Dreamcast or even the Nintendo Gamecube .
There is no doubt that Sony has developed some of the most popular consoles in gaming history since the early 90’s. When the PS1 was released back in ’94 it was considered to be ground-breaking considering the fact that 2D gaming was still mainstream during the early 90’s. Throughout, the second half of the 90’s decade we got a chance to see so many cool games such as the Tekken series, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy VII, Gran Turismo and many others. However, in comparison to the PlayStation 3 the graphics for the PS1 was inferior leading to some arguing that it was a more superior console in comparison.
But as far as sales were concerned there is no question that the PS1 was more successful than the PS3. Since its release in ’94 the PS1 had managed to sell over 101 million units worldwide while the PS3 reached over 83 million in sales. But to be fair the competition was a lot stiffer in the 00’s after Microsoft entered the console wars and released the Xbox and Xbox 360 game consoles. But then again there were more memorable titles that came out on the PS1 such as Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, Gran Turismo which were games that marked the beginning of their own respective series. While opinions may very it’s easier to say that the PS1 was a more legendary console than the PS3.
As many people know the PlayStation 3 was one of the most popular game consoles of the 2000’s decade. Since its initial release back in late ’06 the PS3 managed to reach over 83 million units worldwide in sales. Despite, not selling as much as the PlayStation 2 which did approximately 155 million units worldwide there are some who argue that the PS3 could have been more successful if every mode of the console was backwards compatible with PS2 games in general. There were models such as the PS3 20GB and the PS3 60 GB which had a list of games that were backwards compatible with PS2 opposed to the PS3 Slim.
For whatever reason Sony decided not to make the PS3 80GB backwards compatible. But seeing how cool games we got on the PS3 and how superior its visual was in comparison to the PS2 it was something that was not a major determinant to the overall success of the game system overall. Ever since the PS4 console was released back in late 2013 backwards compatibility was never used again and its something that has arguably contributed to its overall success. If anything making the all models of the PS3 backwards compatible could potentially worked against Sony similar to how Nintendo made the Wii-U following the original Wii console.
When it comes down to games within the Final Fantasy series that does not get talked about as much one the few titles that comes to mind is FFXI. For those who do not know Final Fantasy XI was initially released back in May 2002 and was eventually ported to Microsoft Windows and the Xbox 360. What made Final Fantasy XI special was the fact that it was the first MMORPG game in the FF series in general. Since its release back in ’02 the game has been received positive receptions from fans and critics aside from the instillation process of the game itself. There were also other aspects of the Final Fantasy XI that some people complained about such as the game’s control scheme in relation to gameplay which seemed rather minuscule look back at it now.
However, despite the flaws that Final Fantasy XI had many would argue that the game was without a doubt better than FF XIV: A Realm Reborn which came out back in 2010. In fact, MMORPG’s was not nearly on the same level of popularity back in the early 00’s compared to what we have seen mainly throughout the 10’s so far. While Final Fantasy XI may not be as popular as the likes of FFVII, FFVIII or FFXII the argument can definitely be made in favor of this game being an underrated title within the series overall. V