Mortal Kombat X (2015) vs Street Fighter V (2016) which deserves a Switch port more?

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.

Super Street Fighter IV (2010) vs Mortal Kombat 9 (2011) which was more popular?

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.

Should Contra 4 be ported for the Nintendo Switch?

As far as the Contra series is concerned there were many games that we have seen in the 80’s that are considered to be classics. Titles such as Contra III: Alien Wars from ’92 were considered to be among the best run and gun titles for the SNES back in the day and it seemed like there was never going to be a direct for it. When Contra 4 was released back in ’07 it was something that caught many people by surprise and received praised from both fans and critics alike for its gameplay and graphics which resembled that of the 16-bit Contra III: Alien Wars game of 1992.

As solid as Contra 4 was for a 2D run and gun titles there are some fans who believe that it deserved to be released in a home based console. The idea of having Contra 4 on the Nintendo Switch possibly on the Nintendo eShop does not sound like a bad idea especially since Konami has really done both big with the series since Contra: Hard Corps Uprising which came out back in 2011. But the likelihood of Contra 4 appearing on the Switch console in anyway whatsoever seems unlikely especially since the series is not nearly as poor as it was back in the late 80’s-early-90’s time period.

Could Galaga have been successful on the NES during the early 90’s?

When it comes down to arcade classics one of the many titles that people think about is the fixed shooter from the early 80’s known as Galaga. The game was very popular in arcade centers prior to when the NES was first released back in 1983. As popular as Galaga was in arcade centers there are some who question whether or not it could have been successful on the NES during the early 90’s. There were games like Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda that became household names on the NES between ’85-’89 and by the time we got to the early 90’s Nintendo started started to place more emphasis on the 16-bit SNES console.

Despite, Nintendo focusing more on the SNES in the early 90’s there were still video games being released for the NES such as Ducktales, Darkwing Duck, and Battletoads that were somewhat of an attraction during that time period. However, Galaga was considered to be old by the early 90’s and gaming had evolved leading to people wanting to purchase more complex shooter titles with high quality 16-bit graphics such as Super R-Type, Thunder Force III. Galaga would not have been much of an attraction during the early 90’s and it was better off being released on the NES within the 80’s.

Could LandStalker have been successful on the Sega Saturn?

When it comes down to action-adventure classics for the 16-bit Sega Genesis console one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is LandStalker which came out in 1992. Despite, how popular LandStalker was back in the early 90’s it was a game that was often overshadowed by other titles on the Sega Genesis such as the Sonic the Hedgehog trilogy. There some who argue that LandStalker was a title that could have stood out was more than it did if the game was released for the Sega Saturn opposed to the Genesis. But as many people know the Sega Saturn was not nearly as popular or successful as the Sega Genesis was during the 90’s .

In fact, if LandStalker was released as a Sega Saturn exclusive during the mid 90’s it would probably be a forgotten title altogether. Maybe on the Sega Dreamcast LandStalker would have stood out a bit more than it would on the Sega Saturn but the 16-bit Genesis console was were this game truly belonged. A direct sequel to LandStalker would have been nice too see on the Sega Saturn but it would most likely have ended up as a forgotten title or an underrated gem during the mid 90’s.

Could the original F-Zero game have been successful in arcade centers?

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.

The 28th Anniversary of Super Mario World

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.