Could Metal Slug 1 have been successful on the PS1 in America during ‘96?

When it comes down to popular video game genres of the early 90’s there is no question that run and gun video games were big during that time. We had games such as Contra III: The Alien Wars along with the first three Mega Man X titles which were big attractions in countries like America following their respective releases. As far as underrated 2D run as gun shooting games are concerned the original Metal Slug game that first appeared in Japanese arcade centers in April 1996 is considered to be a classic. While Metal Slug: Super Vehicle 001 eventually came to America for the Neo Geo the PS1 port of the game had remained a Japanese exclusive following its release in the Summer of ’97.

By 1997, 2D gaming in general was starting to get old to many gamers. On consoles such as the PS1, Nintendo 64 and the Sega Dreamcast many people were starting to become more obsessed with 3D games such as Metal Gear Solid, Tekken, Soul Calibur, Tomb Raider and many others between the mid to late 90’s. If the Metal Slug series began a few years before it did sometime between 1990-1991 it could have definitely competed with the likes of the Contra and the Mega Man series during the early 90’s. But since the original Neo Geo home console was priced around $650 following its release back in back in 1990 its unlikely that too many people in America would have had a chance to play it at all. But making the PS1 port of the original Metal Slug game a Japanese exclusive was probably the best thing to do in the mid 90’s overall.

Could King of Fighters ‘94 have worked on the PS1?

There have been so many popular 2D fighting games that people got to see on the PS1 shortly after its release back in ’94. We got to see games such as DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors (1994), Marvel Super Heroes (1995), Street Fighter Alpha 2 (1996), Guilty Gear: A Missing Link (1999) and many others which are all seen a classic fighting title for the PS1. However, as far as 2D fighting games are concerned one of the few titles that surprising never appeared on the PS1 back in the 90’s was the original King Of Fighters game which started in 1994. In fact, King Of Fighters ’94 was never released outside of Japan during the ’90s and only appeared in arcade along with the two Neo Geo consoles during that decade. Its quite possible that SNK decided to keep KOF ’94 a Japanese exclusive due to the rising popularity of the Street Fighter & Mortal Kombat series in countries like America.

Both the Art of Fighting & Fatal Fury series were not quite as popular as Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat and by the Fall of 1994 Namco had released its very first Tekken game. The landscape of gaming in relation to the fighting genre was changing towards the mid 90’s and more people had become attracted to 3D gameplay & graphics during the time. SNK would of had a pretty difficult time competing against companies such as Capcom & Namco in terms of fighting games in America between the ’95-’97 time period. While there is almost no question that a PS1 port of King Of Fighters ’94 could have worked back in ’95 it many not have been as popular as it was on the Neo Geo. King Of Fighters ’94 being a Neo Geo exclusive is what added to its appeal and its value would have plummeted if it appeared on the PS1 outside of Japan during the mid 90’s.

Three NES Games Coming Soon to Nintendo Switch Online on April 10th!!!

As the Switch continues to grow in popularity we are fortunate enough to also get to play classic NES titles provided on the console’s Online eShop. We have just learned that on April 10th Nintendo will be adding three more NES titles to the Nintendo Switch eShop including Super Mario Bros Lost Levels (1986), Punch Out (1987) and Star Solider (1986). While the Super Mario Bros series for the NES is very popular and well known throughout the gaming world not everyone is too familiar with Punch Out or Star Solder which were both somewhat addictive 8-bit titles from the 80’s.

While Star Solider is a retro space shoot em up game Punch Out is an arcade styled boxing game that had a high replay value. Punch Out was probably one of the most memorable sports/fighting games of the NES era and is one that would definitely be an attraction to Switch owners who are really into sports such as boxing. It almost certain that Nintendo will add more NES titles to the Switch eShop as we progress throughout the rest of the year and include more classics frond the 8-bit era of gaming.

Will there ever be a direct sequel for Celeste?

When it comes down to 2D platform indie games of 2018 one of the most popular games of that year was Celeste. Since its release Celeste has been praised by numerous critics for its storyline along with its gameplay and graphics that resembles modern 8 bit gaming. Since its release back in January of last year Celeste has managed to sell at least 50,000 units worldwide which is pretty good for an indie game. Despite, how much Celeste shined as a 2D platformer on consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch this past year there is no question that it was overshadowed by games such as Monster Hunter: World, God of War, Super Mario Odessey, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and many more.

Just because Celeste was overshadowed for the most the most part in 2018 does not mean that the game does not deserve a sequel. In fact, Celeste has only been out for only one year and while it does indeed draw a sequel it will probably be a couple of years before the developer Matt Makes Games actually makes one. It will be interesting to see whether or not Matt Makes Games decides to make a sequel for Celeste in future but as it currently stands it seems like the developer has no plans on making it a reality.

Celeste reportedly reached over 50K in sales during 2018!!!

There is no doubt that this year has been wonderful in relation to indie gaming in general. This is especially true with games such as Celeste which is an 8 bit like platformer which managed to win two honors at the 2018 Game Awards such as “Games for Impact” and “Beat Independent Game”. Since its release back on January 25th the Celeste instantly received universal praise from gamers and has appeared on multiple consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The fact that Celeste has managed to reach at less 50K in sales is something that does not come as much of a surprise to many people.

At this rate Celeste can possibly reach over 100,000 units in sales if it maintains its popularity throughout 2019. As a single-player indie platformer this game is worth checking out on multiple game systems if you have not yet played it.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate reaches 5 million in worldwide sales!!!

Ever since, December 7th Super Smash Bros Ultimate has easily become one of the most popular video games for the None Switch this year. While it managed to reach over 1.3 million copies in sales with Japan in less than a month the game has just hit 5 million in worldwide sales. If anything Super Smash Bros Ultimate may end up becoming one of the top selling games for the Nintendo Switch in 2019. The game has the largest roster that one will ever see in a Super Smash Bros title and still has a few DLC characters coming in the near future.

With characters such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Sonic and many others Super Smash Bros Ultimate has a very Star-studded roster that makes this multiplayer fighting game a huge attraction on the Nintendo Switch. For those who have not purchased the game Super Smash Bros Ultimate is currently available in retail stores such as Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart for $59.99.

Upcoming Switch Games- Degrees of Separation: (2019)

There are so many interesting games that the world is looking forward to seeing on the Nintendo Switch next year such as Bayonetta 3, Mana Spark and others that will definitely be an attraction on the hybrid console. Also, title that has not been talked about as much entitled Degrees of Separation a 2D puzzle game developed by Moondrop and published by Modus Games which is set to appear on the Nintendo Switch on February 2019. Along with having single-player gameplay it should be noted that Degrees of Separation will include local and online co-op gameplay.

Degrees of Separation has an interesting plot that involves two souls named Ember & Rime who fall in love but are separated. Both characters have to use their powers to progress throughout the game making for an interesting indie adventure title for the Nintendo Switch. There is no doubt that Degrees of Separation will be an attraction for those who are huge fans of indie games in general as it makes its way to the Switch console in 2019.