Super Contra (1988) vs Mega Man II (1988) which game was more popular?

When it comes down to run and gun titles for the NES there is no doubt that Super Contra and Mega Man II were major titles for the 8 bit game consoles.  The cool thing about Super Contra was the fact that it was also a multiplayer game where players had to complete various side scrolling levels with Bill and Lance.  Unlike Mega Man, II, Super Contra had received an arcade release and was arguably one of the hottest run and gun titles that Konami had developed during the late 80’s.  This is not to say that Capcom’s Mega Man II was not that impressive as well.  Mega Man II was not only challenging but it also had a memorable soundtrack and tough boss battles.

In terms of sales Mega Man II was more successful than its prequel which was released back in December 1987.  On the NES Mega Man II had managed to sell over 1.5 million copies and is considered to be one of the best selling Mega Man titles in the series overall.  In terms of popularity its highly debatable which title was more popular considering the fact that Capcom and Konami were both making awesome games during the late 80’s-early 90’s time period.  Some would give the edge to Super Contra due to its high replay value and multiplayer gameplay.  Others would argue that Mega Man II was more challenging and was a cult hit since its release back in the late 80’s.

Should the NES Double Dragon games be included in the Nintendo Switch eShop? 

As of right now there isn’t too many big NES titles that is currently featured on the Nintendo Switch eShop as of right now other than Mario Bros.  In terms of retro gaming from the 8 bit era a cool title that many people would love too see make a return is the Double Dragon series.  Double Dragon I-III was so much fun to play back in the 80’s along with the fact that the games was more difficult than they appeared to be.  

Even though, the beat em up genre has declined since the early 90’s seeing the Double Dragon trilogy on the Nintendo Switch eShop would be something that many people would love to see.  Since the Nintendo Switch is still considered to be a new console having games such as Mario Bros could open up the possibility of having countless NES games available for the Nintendo eShop in the future.  

Should NES Castlevania games be re-released for the Nintendo Switch eShop?

The Castlevania series for the NES originated back in the 80’s and since then it has achieved legendary status in the gaming world.  When we think about the Castlevania series we think more about the classics for the NES, SNES and the PS1.  When the Castlevania series was arguably at the peak of its popularity during the 80’s and 90’s people would purchase these games without thinking twice about it.  

The replay value of the first three 8 bit Castlevania titles for the NES are definitely games that people would love to see in the Nintendo Switch eShop in the future.  If the pricing for the first three Castlevania games for the Nintendo Switch eShop are decent many people who own the Switch console might buy it.  In fact each Castlevania game for the NES might actually be worth $8 if they are ever re-released for the Nintendo Switch eShop.  

Is the NES overrated?

To say that the NES is overrated is something that many people would have a problem with.  The Nintendo Entertainment System was very popular during the 80’s and helped save the gaming industry during the video game crash that started in 1983.  When it comes down to graphics and visual design video games for the NES seem abysmal in comparison to what we have now on consoles such as the PS4 or the Xbox One which was games that feature 4K visuals.

Games such as Super Mario Bros I-III are considered classics to this day and they also did great in sales.  In fact the Super Mario Bros series is legendary because of the Nintendo Entertainment System.  The NES was also the very first game console to feature titles such as Mega Man, Castlevania, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Double Dragon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Battletoad series.  

It was incredible to see how popular the NES still is in the 10’s.  When it comes down to video game music the NES arguably has the best soundtracks of all time.  The soundtracks for many games during the 8-bit era added to the replay value of games such as Mega Man 2, The Legend of Zelda Kirby’s Adventure, Metroid and others.  Since its release during the summer of 1983 the NES has managed to sell over 61 million units worldwide.  Not only did the NES surpass the Super Nintendo Entertainment System which sold over 49 million units worldwide it also did more than the Sega Genesis.  The Sega Genesis had an awesome sound chip and more superior graphics and it only managed to sell over 30 million units worldwide since its release.  

Could 8 bit gaming ever become mainstream again?

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The gaming industry has evolved so much since the 80’s.  We went from having 8 bit graphics to having high definition 3D games with 1080p and 4K resolution.  While some people would argue that the 8 bit classics were more fun because they felt more like video games opposed to real life simulation its hard to fathom the idea of 8 bit gaming becoming mainstream again.  Since the start of the 10’s we have seen various innovations in the gaming world including the establishment of Virtual Reality which looks like its going to be the next big thing in the gaming world.  While games that require Virtual Reality headsets are expensive the cost of modern day  gaming accessories could drive people to purchasing old school games of the 8 & 16 bit era.

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However, the idea of 8 or 16  bit era becoming mainstream sounds great in theory but the idea of it actually happening seems unlikely as of right now.  There are titles such as Shovel Knight which are fun to play as a game on a PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One but there is not much of a chance that it would overshadow some of the best selling modern titles in the gaming market today such as Destiny, Uncharted 4, Diablo III, Fallout 4 and others.   If  some people want to enjoy the 8 bit classics from the 80’s then buying the NES Mini or even purchasing the console itself at a used game store would best.

Should the Excitebike series make a return?

The original Excitebike game was one of the most well known titles for the Nintendo Entertainment System during the 80’s.  Since the 80’s the only real sequel that we have seen is Excitebike 64 which was released for the Nintendo 64 back in 2000.  When the original Excitebike game was released for the NES many people found it to be exciting yet very challenging.  Even though, Excitebike 64 looked and felt completely different from the original game many people would argue that trying to keep racers on their bikes was just as much of a challenge as ever. There were so many things about Excitebike 64 that added to the replay value of the game itself. 

The inclusion of at least 20 different tracks in season mode along with fun mini games and the ability to design your own custom track made Excitebike 64 over two times better than the original.  Since the development of Excitebike 64 many people have probably wondered why Left Field Productions never made a sequel for the Wii or Wii-U.  When Excitebike was released for the Nintendo 64 it managed to sell at least 2 million units worldwide.  If there was an Excitebike title for the Wii it could have sold at least one million units worldwide if the game developed the right way and was marketed properly.  It might be too late to get an Excitebike game for any Wii consoles but it’s not to late for the series to make a return to the Nintendo Switch.

Were NES games too hard in the 80’s?

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When it comes down to video games the 80’s had arguably produced some of the most difficult games that anyone could have played.  For the NES we had games that seemed impossible to complete such as Street Fighter 2010, Battletoad, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ninja Gaiden and others.  There were many games for the NES that were unforgiving especially since players generally had three lives to complete them. 

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 Games like the second and third Mega Man titles for the NES were both long and unforgiving while giving players a limited amount of lives to complete the entire game.  While the 8-bit era was known to have some of the most difficult games of all time games such as Super Mario 1-3 can be seen as exceptions.  

NES titles such as Super Mario Bros 3 may have been difficult but for the most part it was forgiving in comparison to titles such as Street Fighter 2010.  Players could at least save their progress in Super Mario Bros 3 opposed to getting to the last level and losing just to start the entire game all over.    Shortly, after the 16-bit era Nintendo has reduced the difficultly of their games during the late 90’s-early 00’s.   While there are still many games for Nintendo GameCube and Wii are difficult they seem easier than older NES titles.