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.
There are so many games on that the world is looking forward to seeing this year such as Kingdom Hearts 3, Code Vein, Shenmue 3 and many others. One of the few titles that we are hoping to learn about is Elder Scrolls VI the highly anticipated sequel to one of the best action role-playing games of the 10’s decade Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim which came out back in 2011. As far as Elder Scrolls VI is concerned there are not many details about the game itself and it’s very uncertain whether or not the game will be released in 2019. However, its possible that we could possibly see an actual trailer for Elder Scrolls VI at E3 2019 this summer depending on how well the game’s development has been since its announcement back in 2018.
As it currently stands Elder Scrolls VI may not be released until 2020-2021 especially due to the fact Elder Scrolls: Online is still very popular along with the fact that Elder Scrolls: Blades is expected to appear on mobile devices sometime later this year. Hopefully, we will learn more details from Bethesda about various elements of the game such as the plot and gameplay for Elder Scrolls VI as the year progresses. However, seeing actual footage of Elder Scrolls VI at this year E3 2019 would be great if Bethesda has made a significant amount of progress on the game itself.
As far as news within the gaming world is concerned this is a rather interesting development in relation to the highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4 game that was set to appear on the Nintendo Switch. It has recently be reported that the current project regarding Metroid Prime 4 has been dropped despite the game being a big deal back at E3 2017 and redevelopment for the game will now occur with Retro Studios the masterminds behind the creation of the Metroid Prime Trilogy between 2002-2007. Its was reported that previous project for Metroid Prime 4 fell below Nintendo’s expectations which means game may not come out until 2022-2023. There is no question that many fans of the Metroid series are unhappy about the news concerning this upcoming action-adventure game.
However, its understandable that Nintendo wants to provide the best quality in relation to the development of Metroid Prime 4. Also, time has shown that the more time Nintendo puts into a project the more impressive the finished product end up being which was the case when we got Metroid Prime back in 2002 which was the first major game within the series that we saw nine years after Super Metroid was released for the SNES. There is almost no question that Metroid Prime 4 will end up becoming one the best action-adventure games of the 2020’s decade once its released for the Nintendo Switch its just a matter of when game will be released.
When it comes down to superhero based action-adventure video games one of the most popular Switch that that we have seen within the past decade is the Batman Arkham titles that were released between 2009-2015. Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment was on fire in the early 10’s with the its Batman games the popularity of the movies “Dark Night” and “The Dark Night Rises” definitely played a huge role on their successes as each title were huge attractions for consoles such as the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. As big as the trilogy of Batman games were during the first half of the decade some wonder whether or not they would be an attraction on the Nintendo Switch.
In theory, the Batman: Arkham Collection would be a huge success on the Nintendo Switch if Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment had any plans on bringing it to the Nintendo Switch. But at the same time the Batman Arkham Collection could also be overshadowed by first party games made by Nintendo such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Odessey, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and others. Also, adult-oriented games seem to shine more on consoles such as the PS4 and the Xbox One opposed to the Nintendo Switch which seems to target a younger audience.
As many people know the 10’s decade is almost over and as far as best selling game systems are concerned there is no question that console has sold more this decade than the PlayStation 4. Since its initial release back in November 2013 the PlayStation 4 has managed to reach at least 80 million units worldwide in relation to sales. Games that are PS4 exclusives such as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War: which came out within the past three years are considered to be more popular than almost anything we have seen from consoles such as the Nintendo Switch or the Xbox One. While titles such as Super Mario Odessey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild continue to be big attractions for the Nintendo Switch there are plenty of big games that are expected to appear on the PS4 along with the Xbox One this year.
There are games such as Kingdom Hearts III, Resident Evil 2: Remake, Code Vein, Jump Force and others that are guaranteed to make those who do not own a PS4 or an Xbox One to purchase them. As far as whether or not the PlayStation 4 will reach 90 million in sales this year remains to be seen. However, its almost certain that Sony reveal what the PlayStation 5 looks like sometime this year while a release date fort has yet to be revealed.
As many people know the production of the Wii-U was discontinued back in early 2017 mainly due to how poorly the console did in sales since its initial release back in late 2012. The Wii-U has managed to sell roughly under 10 million units worldwide since its release despite having awesome games such as Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Nintendo Land, Xenoblade Chronicles, Bayonetta 2 and others. If Nintendo did not discontinue the Wii-U console when they its highly debatable on how much the console would ended up selling between 2017-2018. Some would argue that the Wii-U may not have even reached 20 million units worldwide in sales especially considering the fact that the Switch console has managed to hit at least 22 million within the past two years. If the Wii-U remained available in retail it would most likely continue to lag in sales especially since everyone is more interested in the Nintendo Switch right now.
The fact that the Wii-U managed to sell less than 10 million units worldwide in the time span of four years tells you everything you need to know about how much of a flop the console was commercially in comparison to systems such as the Wii, Nintendo Switch and evening the SNES back in the 90’s. However, knowing that the Nintendo Switch is not backwards compatible with Wii-U games its possible that titles that appeared on the last generation console will be even more of an attraction today than they were following their respective releases.
As many people know the Street Fighter EX series which initially started back in 1996 consisted of a trilogy of 3D fighting games within the series which were considered to be underrated. While the first Street Fighter EX Plus game had an arcade release in December ’96 before appearing on the PS1 during ’97 we got see a sequel known as EX 2 Plus 2 during ’98 which also received a positive reception from fans and critics alike. Following its arcade release in ’98 Street Fighter EX Plus 2 was eventually ported for the PS1 the following year in ’99 but was seeming overshadowed by titles such as Tekken 3 and Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes on that same console. While Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes also appeared in the Sega Dreamcast some argue that Street Fighter EX Plus 2 could have definitely stood out more the 128-bit game system back in 1999.
For reasons that many people are unaware of Street Fighter EX Plus 2 was never ported for the Sega Dreamcast which was a shame because Capcom was really making great fighting titles between the mid to late 90’s. But there is no question that Street Fighter EX Plus 2 would have looked far more superior visually on the Sega Dreamcast opposed to the PS1. Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha 2 could have definitely shined on the Sega Dreamcast in 1998 especially since games like Soul Calibur and King of Fighters ’98 did not appear on that console until ’99.