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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There have been so many cool fighting titles that we have seen throughout the past couple of years in the 10’s decade. However, when we thing about fighting titles that were released between the 2015-2016 time period Mortal Kombat X along with Capcom’s Street Fighter V are two titles that comes to mind. While both game received a lot of mainstream art prior to their respective releases there is no question that Mortal Kombat X was definitely the more popular of the two games. The introduction of new characters such as Cassie Cage, D’Vorah, Kortal Khan along with returning ones like Johnny Cage Soyna, Sub-Zero, Kitana and Milenna made the game worth buying just for the action. With improved gaming mechanics in comparison to MK 9 and a new cinematic quality story mode Mortal Kombat X went on to sell over 5 million copies worldwide.
When Street Fighter V was was first released back in early 2016 the game was not fully complete and initially received mixed to negative reviews. But as the year progressed we eventually saw saw a cinematic story mode for the game which was pretty cool especially since it was the first time ever that we have seen that feature within a Street Fighter game in general. While favorites such as Ryu, Ken Chun-Li, Cammy, Vega and Karin were free characters while others such as Sakura and Akuma who were very popular in the series were DLC. While Street Fighter V was not quite as successful as Super Street Fighter IV it was still a very solid fighting title that deserves to be ported to the Nintendo Switch.
However, if many people were to choose one game over the other they would most likely be in favor of Mortal Kombat X being ported to the Switch console over Street Fighter V. Mortal Kombat X not only sold more than Street Fighter V but the game was almost every bit as good as MK 9 which came out in 2011 and they both cult following along with being fighting titles that exceeded the e in of many people following their respective releases.
When it comes down to popular fighting titles of the early 10’s two games that instantly comes to mind is Super Street Fighter IV along with Mortal Kombat 9. Now its a well known fact that the Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat series were competitors in relation to the fighting genre of gaming back in the 90’s. While many would argue that both the Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat series has both reached their peak during the 90’s the games that we saw between 2010-2011 from Capcom and NetherRealm Studios says otherwise as both games were critically acclaimed by many people.
Super Street Fighter IV was popular mainly because of its large roster of characters including Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Juri-Han, Guile, Cody, Sakura and many others along with being a title that exceeded the expectations of many people who believed there would never be a SFIV at all. The inclusion of online gameplay and cutscenes during rival battles in arcade mode along with a new boss character named Seth added to the replay value of Super Street Fighter IV. In fact, Super Street Fighter IV was arguably the best fighting game of 2010 and is considered to be a stronger title overall than Street Fighter V in the eyes of some.
But as far as 2011 is concerned there is almost no question that Mortal Kombat 9 was quite possibly the best fighting game of that year alongside Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. Mortal Kombat 9 felt like the complete package for those who never played MK I-III back in the 90’s. In this game you had all the characters & stages from MK I-III along with the storyline from each of those games put into one as they are divided by chapters where players control the likes of Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Sonya, Sub-Zero, Kitana, Raiden and others throughoutthe campaign.
The character dialogues and interactions in arcade & versus mode were very entertaining and there was so much to do outside of the story mode for Mortal Kombat 9. Also, in addition to online gameplay the Challenge Tower mode was something that would keep players busy for a very long time along with the solo and tag-team ladder gameplay featured in the arcade mode of Mortal Kombat 9. In terms of which game was more popular between Super Street Fighter IV & Mortal Kombat 9 is highly debatable since both titles had cult followings. But there is no question that Mortal Kombat 9 had a higher replay value and much more to do opposed to Super Street Fighter IV overall.