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.
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.
When we think about classic games from the Sega Genesis during the early 90’s that did not have a sequel one of the top games that instantly comes to mind is Comix Zone. There is no doubt that Comix Zone was such a unique beat em up game that deserved a sequel and it was probably one of the titles that Sega missed out on as far as turning it into a series is concerned. While 2D gaming was starting to get old around 1998 there are some who wonder whether or not a 3D Comix Zone title could have worked on the Sega Dreamcast. On one hand seeing a 3D Comix Zone would have been interesting.
On the other hand having a Comix Zone game in 3D could of ended up being a disaster if Sega strayed to far away from the formula which made the 1995 title a success. A 2D sequel of Comix Zone would have definitely been something worth checking out on the Sega Dreamcast between the 1998-2000 time period. But as we all know Sega has shown hardly any interest whatsoever in turning Comix Zone into a series.
When we think about popular side scrolling titles for the SNES that were popular in the early 90’s that never made to the N64 games such as the Actraiser series comes to mind. The two platform city building simulation titles known as Actraiser 1 & 2 developed by Quintet are seen as underrated classics that deserved re-releases but never received them. In fact, some would argue that Actraiser 1 & 2 were both unique titles among many others from the Super NES that made people want to purchase the console itself. The reason why Quintet never decided to make an Actraiser game for the Nintendo 64 is unknown.
Bit them again it would be pretty hard to picture what an Actraiser game would look like in 3D. Also, Nintendo was starting to lose ground to Sony’s PS1 during the console wars towards the mid 90’s and having an Actraiser game for the N64 could of been disastrous. An Actraiser game for the PS1 definitely could have worked in theory. However, there were so many big titles on the PS1 during the mid to late 90’s such as Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy VII & VIII and Gran Turismo that people in countries such as Japan and America that people were far more interested in during that time period. Bringing back the Actraiser on the Game Boy Advance during the early 00’s could have turned heads especially since some popular SNES were ported to the 32 bit console during that time period.
As many people know MegaMan 11 is expected to appear on the Nintendo Switch on October 2nd which is a couple of days away from now. While fans of the Mega Man series have been waiting for the upcoming release of MM11 they have been enjoying some of the older games from the series on the Nintendo Switch. Ever since, the release of Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 & 2 some have wondered whether or not Capcom planed on bringing the likes of Mega Man & Bass to the Nintendo Switch in the future. When Mega Man & Bass was first released for the Super NES back in 1998.
Since its release in the late 90’s MegaMan & Bass remained a Japanese exclusive until it arrived in America for the Game Boy Advance back in 2003. While some had the chance to enjoy MegaMan & Bass for the Game Boy Advance outside of Japan there are still a lot people who have yet to play the game. Seeing how popular the Nintendo Switch currently is and how appealing retro games have been on the hybrid console since last year MegaMan & Bass could really shine on this console.
As many know Super Mario RPG along with Paper Mario are among two of the best Mario based role playing games that Nintendo has ever made. Super Mario RPG was praised for its 3D like visuals along with its storyline which diverted from Bowser being the main antagonist. Instead, we get a new villain named Smithy that players had to stop using playable characters Mario, Bowser, Princess Toadstool, Mallow and Geno. As good as Super Mario RPG was for the Super NES many people would argue that the game should have been saved for the Nintendo 64 especially since the console was released in 1996 as well.
Ever since Super Mario RPG was released for its graphics Super NES back in 1996 many people wanted to see a direct sequel to the game. But unfortunately, between the mid 90’s and most of the 00’s Nintendo and Square Enix were not on good terms with each other. Its was a real shame that we never got to see a spiritual successor to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars especially since it managed to sell over 1.4 million copies worldwide and was praised by fans and critics alike.
Despite, the fallout that Nintendo and Square Enix has back in the mid 90’s we were still fortunate enough to get another Mario role-playing game for the Nintendo 64. Paper Mario was initially released for the N64 in Japan before appearing in countries like America and Europe during 2001. Paper Mario was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo and was also a game that was well received by various gaming publications along with fans of the Mario series in general.
Ever since, Paper Mario was released the game has managed to sell over 1.3 million copies worldwide on the Nintendo 64 and is a game that remains a classic to this day. While both Super Mario RPG along with Paper Mario became successful following their respective releases there are some would be more inclined to give the 16 bit SNES Mario game edge over the classic that we got in the early 00’s. While Paper Mario was cool Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was simply the best role playing game to have ever emerged from the Mario series period.
As of right 2019 is looking like its going to be one of the best years ever in relation to the world of gaming. While there are so many big games that are expected to appear on multiple game consoles such as the PS4, Xbox One and and the Nintendo Switch we have also recently learned that the release Sega Mega Drive Mini has been pushed back until 2019. Some people might see the delay of the Sega Mega Drive Mini until next year as a bumper.
There were many people who were hoping that the Mega Drive Mini would appear before Christmas 2018. But then again it might not be such a bad idea to push the Mega Drive Mini release until next year especially since it was just announced by Sony that the PS1 Mini will be released in December. No exact release date for the release Mega Drive Mini has been revealed yet but we most likely find out as time progresses.