There is no doubt that the Legend of Zelda series is very popular and has remained to be so for over the past three decades. When the Legend of Zelda series first got started on the NES back in the 80’s not many people could have predict that it would become as big as it is today. The first two 8 bit Zelda titles from the 80’s are considered classics along with the 16-bit Link to the Past game which was released back 1993 on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. We then saw the release of Zelda: Ocarina of Time & Majora’s Mask on the Nintendo 64 between 1998-2000.
In the early 00’s we got to see the The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker on the Nintendo GameCube along with Twilight Princess which appeared on the Wii console back in 2006. While Twilight Princess ended up becoming the best selling game within the entire series reach over 9 million units worldwide. It took about two decades for the series to become as popular as it did before Nintendo released the best selling Zelda game in the entire franchise. If the Legend of Zelda series started in the 2000’s with a game like Twilight Princess may not have been as popular as it was between 2006-2010.
During the 2000’s shooter titles such as Halo, Grand Theft Auto, Mass Effect, Unreal Tournament and many others were starting to achieve mainstream success. While the action adventure genre of gaming was still popular during the 2000’s there is no doubt that first and third person shooter games dominated a majority of that decade. If the Legend of Zelda series started in the 2000’s it could have definitely have been big but maybe not to the extent that it currently is right now due to how much the gaming industry had evolved since the 80’s.
As many people know Luigi’s Mansion was very popular back in the early 00’s for the Nintendo GameCube. Since its release back in 2001 Luigi’s Mansion has managed to sell at least 2 million units worldwide and is considered to be one of the top games for the Nintendo GameCube. Despite, the amount of popularity that Luigi’s Mansion had during the early 00’s the game has never received an HD remake for the Wii people or Wii-U which is something that many believed should have happened. Not to long ago it was revealed that Luigi’s Mansion would be ported for the Nintendo 3DS sometime this year but the exact release date has never been revealed.
At this point it having Luigi’s Mansion on the Nintendo Switch opposed to the Nintendo 3DS might sound like a better idea. Ever since the Switch console became available in retail last year in March 2017 it seems like the Nintendo 3DS ended being overshadowed as a result. The Nintendo Switch has definitely attracted more mainstream attention than the Nintendo 3DS over the past year and bringing a GameCube classic to the hybrid console would be a great way to put Luigi’s Mansion back in the spotlight. However, there has been no talk of Nintendo bringing Luigi’s Mansion to the Switch console in the future so the likelihood of it happen is slim to none right now.
As far as memorable role playing games from the early 00’s are concerned one of the many titles that comes to mind for some people is Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga. Alongside Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64 Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga looked and felt like a game that was worth enough to be a direct sequel for Super Mario RPG. The 2D graphics along with the multiplayer turn based gameplay were elements of Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga which added to the overall appeal of the game itself. As popular as Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga was there are some who question whether or not the game could have been a huge success back in the early 90’s for the Super Nintendo game console.
If Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga was released before Super Mario RPG then its possible that the game could have been more successful than it was on the Game Boy Advance. However, there were so many titles such Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore, Chrono Trigger along with Earthbound that Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga would had to of compete with back in the early 90’s. However, Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga could have definitely been a huge attraction if the very first and possibly only Mario RPG for the SNES.
When we think about top RPG titles that came out during the 00’s one of the many games that comes to mind is Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. When Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories came out for the Game Boy Advance during the early 00’s there were many people who were highly impressed by its unique combat system. The card based battle system was something that you did not see in many RPG’s back in day and it was one of the many things that added to the appeal of the PlayStation 2 & Game Boy Advance versions of Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories. The isometric perspective used in certain parts of the Game Boy Advance version of Chain of Memories resembled something that you would see in a old school Sega Genesis game.
As far as whether or not either version of Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories could have worked on GameCube in the early 00’s is questionable. It’s no secret that Square Enix which was the publisher for Chain of Memories was not on great terms with Nintendo during that time period. But at the same time since we got to see a Game Boy Advance port of Chain of Memories shows that Square had some type of working relationship with Nintendo during the time. Besides even if we did see a GameCube port of Chain of Memories it could have easily been overshadowed by countless first party titles such as Metroid Prime and Super Mario Sunshine.
The console war between Nintendo and Sega from the 90’s and early 00’s is well documented. When it comes down to 2D video games both the Super Nintendo along with the Sega Genesis are both considered to be legendary by many gamers around the world. But in relation to consoles that plays 3D video games both the Sega Dreamcast along with the Nintendo GameCube were among the most popular systems during the early 00’s. While many people may have their preferences on which console was better overall there is no doubt that GameCube ended up selling more units worldwide than the Sega Dreamcast.
For those who do not know the Sega Dreamcast ended up sell over 9 million units since its initial release in 1998. The Nintendo GameCube had managed to sell more than double of the Sega Dreamcast by reaching over 21 million units worldwide in terms of sales. To be fair GameCube had more first party games particularly within the Mario and Zelda series which were huge attractions while Dreamcast only had the Sonic Adventure series for the most part. Even though, GameCube sold more than Dreamcast it still paled in comparison to the likes of the SNES, Nintendo 64 along with the Wii in terms of overall sales while still managing to be more successful than the Wii-U.
When we think about the best selling game systems in video game history one of the many consoles that comes to mind is the Nintendo DS. There is no doubt that in terms of sales the Nintendo DS exceeded the expectations of many people since its initial release back in late 2004. Since its release the Nintendo DS has reportedly sold over 152 million units worldwide throughout most of the 00’s and the first half of the 10’s decade. To think that the Nintendo DS has sold more than the likes of the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 and even the Nintendo Wii is simply mind blowing.
In fact the Nintendo DS was probably the best selling game console in the history of gaming next to the PlayStation 2 which sold nearly 155 million units worldwide. If anything handheld game systems such as the DS played a major role in helping Nintendo compete against Sony during the console wars back in the 00’s and early 10’s. While the DS is one of Nintendo’s best handheld game consoles in terms of sales it’s debatable on whether or not it’s the company’s best gaming device ever.
As many people know Nintendo has made some of the best racing that the world has ever witness during the 00’s and the 10’s decades. Games such as Mario Kart: Double Dash for the Nintendo GameCube were very exciting and innovative. But Mario Kart Wii for the Nintendo Wii was probably the best selling game ever within the series. Since its initial release back in April 2008 Mario Kart Wii has managed to sell over 37 million units worldwide. While the Wii was a very popular game console during the 00’s in the eyes of many people Mario Kart Wii exceeded the expectations of critics who believed it would be just another game within the series.
Considering how much Mario Kart Wii has sold worldwide on the Wii many might say that it was one of the best selling Mario games ever. While many people have different opinions about which Mario Kart game was the very best there is no question that Mario Kart Wii has sold more than most titles within the series in general.