Retro Gaming 00’s- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002)

When we think about high profile video games from the GaneCube era of the early 2000’s one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker which was initially released in Japan back in December 2002 before appearing in America during March of 2003. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was considered to be very unique following its release due to the fact that it was very different from its predecessors in terms of visuals and gameplay. Unlike, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker had featured cel-shaded graphics along with heavy emphasis on travel through sea opposed to land. Back in the early 00’s cel-shaded graphics was something that was not too common in many video games which made Wind Waker special.

Also, the story for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was great and full of twists, turns and surprises that kept players on the edge of their seats. In Wind Waker players go from attempting to rescue Link’s sister Tetra after being captured by Helmaroc King to discovering that he works for Ganon who is trying to rule the world by utilizing the Triforce. Throughout, the game players visit various locations including the Forsaken Fortress, Windfall Island (where Link meets the King of the Red Lions), Tower of the Gods along with the Kingdom of Hyrule which was submerged underwater by an ancient goddess many years before the setting of the game took place. While Link’s mission was to search for the Hero of Time’s power in order to retrieve the Master Sword located within the underwater kingdom of Hyrule he was also charged with the task of searching for the three Pearls of Goddesses before doing so.

In his quest to thwart Ganon’s plans players had to learn how to master the Wind Waker baton in order to play various melodies. The melodies learned by Link in this game allows him to not only utilize the Wind Requiem to manipulate the wind’s direction; but also provides him with additional abilities such as warping to different regions throughout the game which is really convenient in the long-run. Despite, the initial criticisms Zelda: The Wind Waker had received shortly after its release it ended up reaching close to five million units worldwide in terms of sales. In fact, Zelda: The Wind Waker ended up becoming the fourth best selling game for the Nintendo GameCube surpassing the likes of Metroid Prime which was arguably the best video game for that console back in 2002. While Zelda: The Wind Waker may have fell short in sales in relation to other games in the series such as Ocarina of Time (1998) or Twilight Princess (2006) there is no question that it was one of the best video games of the GameCube era in general.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2004)

As far as popular games from the 00’s are concerned everyone has there list of favorites in terms of what they consider to be top games within that decade. For those who owned a Nintendo GameCube back in the early 00’s and was a huge fan of the Metroid series in general then there is absolutely no question that you are a huge fan of the Prime series from 2002-2007. While Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was a fantastic first-person action-adventure title some would put its ’02 prequel or even its ’07 sequel above it in terms of quality. However, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was still one of the best GameCube titles of the mid 00’s. In this game players got to see the official debut of Dark Samus after she made a cameo in the original Metroid Prime game. Also, players had the opportunity to explore two different parallel dimensions after Aether is divided into two when a comet hits the planet splitting the planetary energy two creating a Dark Aether in the process.

There where various aspects about Metroid Prime 2: Echoes that people admired including the platform and puzzle solving elements of the game. Also, unlike its 2002 predecessor Metroid Prime 2: Echoes had a multiplayer mode that could allow up to four people with games such as Bounty and Deathmatch which added to its overall replay value. The plot for Metroid Prime 2: Echoes felt like it had a dark tone especially considering the demise of the marines who were attacked by creatures called Ing’s along with the threat that the Luminoth’s faced throughout the game. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was without a doubt a critically acclaimed first-person action-adventure title for GameCube which was eventually ported for the Wii console back in 2009. Since then we have not seen any Wii-U or Switch ports of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes but hopefully the game will be remastered in HD on a current generation console sometime in the future.

The Nintendo Switch bundle deal from March 10th-16th!!!!

As far as interesting gaming deals are concerned the one that Nintendo has come up with for the Switch console is definitely something that will attract many people who are huge fans of the Mario series in general. For those who are unaware Nintendo has a deal which started on March 10th which allows people to purchase the Nintendo Switch along with one of five Mario games for a reduced price. Those who purchased he Nintendo Switch along with Super Mario Odessey, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Party, Mario Tennis Aces or New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will receive $30 off on their purchase which will bring the overall price to approximately $330. The cool thing about Nintendo’s bundle deal is that people get a chance to mix and match whatever Mario game they want with the hybrid console while this week long sale lasts.

The only drawback is that people will not be able to purchase non-Mario games like Super Smash Bros Ultimate on this deal where they can receive the 50% off reduction. Despite, still being expensive since the bundle with any of the five listed Mario games will average approximately $330 it’s still a good deal especially since each game is worth around $59.99 by themselves. For those who do not own a Nintendo Switch and are huge fans of the Mario series this deal is worth taking advantage of while it lasts.

Will hardware games become obsolete in a few years?

There is no secret that the gaming world has heavily evolved since the 8-bit NES days of the 80’s. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s people had generally utilized cartridges before moving on to CD’s from the mid 90’s all the way up to the 10’s decade. However, in this day and age it seems like streaming and downloading video games has become more popular in general. This makes people wonder whether or not Sony, Microsoft or Xbox has any plans whatsoever on moving way from developing consoles that accepts hardware games in the near future. Streaming & downloading video games seems more convenient for customers on the face of things but at the same time Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo generally have different long term goals in relation to their consoles.

Over two years ago Sony had placed heavy emphasis on the PlayStation VR for it was officially released in retail back in October 2016. Also, there had been speculation that Microsoft was eventually going to focus more on streaming services following the release of the Xbox One X back in November 2017. It was also revealed back in the Spring of 2018 by Nintendo’s new president Shuntaro Furukawa that the company wanted to focus more on mobile gaming especially since the market itself is looking right now. Due to how popular mobile gaming has become during the 10’s decade along with streaming services it would not be a surprise if hardware video games stopped being developed altogether. However, if companies such as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft eventually stop making consoles that accepts hardware video games it would probably occur a lot later down the line such as the late 2020’s or so.

Upcoming Indie Games- Sea of Solitude: (2019)

There are so many exciting titles that the world is looking forward to seeing this year for various different game consoles. In relation to indie games one of the few titles that some are talking about is an action role-playing game developed Jo-Mei Games and published by Electronic Arts entitled Sea of Solitude. This game will be utilizing the Unity game engine and is expected to appear on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a date that has yet to be revealed. Sea of Solitude has an interesting plot where the setting takes place in a fictional city based on Berlin, Germany.

The story Sea of Solitude focuses on the main character named Kay who ends up turning into a monster because of isolation and loneliness. It’s up to the player to discover the exact reasons why Kay has become a monster making for an interesting action role-playing that people can sink their teeth’s into. While Sea of Solitude was announced for a release in early 2019 it’s unclear when it will be released and what the exact price will be. For those who are fans of indie based Action-RPG’s Sea of Solitude is a title worth checking out.

The 20th Anniversary of Final Fantasy VIII!!!

As far as gaming is concerned today is a very special day especially for those who have been long time fans of the Final Fantasy series since the late 90’s. It was on February 11th back in 1999 where Final Fantasy VIII was released on the PS1. Final Fantasy VIII was the highly anticipated sequel of the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy VII game Square Enix released for the PS1 console that was released back in 1997. While Final Fantasy VII ended up becoming the second best selling PS1 title reaching over 9.7 million units worldwide Final Fantasy VIII was not quite as popular as its predecessor. However, Final Fantasy VIII was still very successful and managed to reach over 7.8 million units in sales on the PS1 while becoming the seventh best selling game on the 32-bit console during the late 90’s.

The multi-disk FFVIII game is one that many people have wanted to see receive an HD remake for two decades now and its uncertain on whether or not Square Enix plans on making it a reality. While a series of Final Fantasy games are expected to on the Nintendo Switch including FFVII, FFX, FF Crystal Chronicles and FFXII there has been no talk of FFVIII being ported to the Nintendo Switch. Hopefully, Square Enix will do something special with Final Fantasy VIII within the next year or so especially since the demand of a remastered version of the game is high among those who are huge fans of the series in general.

Upcoming Games- Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled (2019)

There are so many upcoming games that the world is looking forward to seeing this year on various game systems such as the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One. As far as remastered games are concerned One of the biggest titles of this summer is Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled. For those who do not know Crash Team Racing was a game that was originally released for the PS1 back in ’99 which was roughly twenty years ago and was developed by Naughty Dog as the fourth installment of the Crash Bandicoot series. Crash Team Racing was a game that well received by fans and critics alike and many people are happy that we are finally going to see a remastered version of this game in 2019.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled was announced at the 2018 Game Awards and unlike the original PS1 game it will be developed by Beenox opposed to Naughty Dog. It should also be noted that Crash Tea. Racing: Nitro Fueled will be published by Activision opposed to Sony Computer Entertainment and it will be appearing on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch on June 21st. The is no question that Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled will be a huge attraction on multiple game systems this upcoming summer.