When retro gamers give their take on what the best Mortal Kombat game of the 90’s was opinions normally vary. But as far as gameplay & graphics are concerned many would argue in favor of MK II. While the original Mortal Kombat game from ’92 was where it all started MK II more memorable because we saw the return of characters such as Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, and Scorpion along with seeing the debut of Kitana, Milenna, Kung Lao and Jax. We also got to witness the debut of Shao Kahn who is considered to be one of the greatest boss characters in fighting games in general.
While Mortal Kombat III had fast paced gameplay in relation to its combo system Mortal Kombat 4 which came out in ’97 was the first ever 3D title within the series and is often overlooked by many people in general. During the 90’s decade the peak of the Mortal Kombat series in relation to popularity was between ’93-’95. While Mortal Kombat II May have peaked to MK III & IV in relation to gameplay it was quite possibly the most popular entry in the series in general.
Today, is a very special day for those who were retro gamers that grew up on the SNES console back in the early 90’s. On this day 25 years ago Mega Man X was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System by Capcom. Since its release Mega Man X has been viewed as one of the most legendary action-platformer video games of all-time. Everything from the graphics to the soundtrack along with the storyline that involved stopping a deadly foe in Sigma made Mega Man X a 16-bit gem that is still playable to this day. Out of all the Mega Man games ever created since 1987 Mega Man X is probably the most high profile titles within the series.
Since its release Mega Man X has been ported to multiple game systems including the Nintendo Switch back in September 2018 as a part of the Mega Man X Legacy Collection. The is no question that Mega Man X will always hold a special place in the hearts of retro gamers who owned a SNES during the 90’s and will always be looked at as one of the best 16-bit titles that Capcom has ever made.
When we think about some of the toughest boss characters in fighting games particularly Street Fighter names such as M. Bison, Shin Akuma and Seth instantly comes to mind. While M. Bison was not a problem to defeat for those were veterans of the Street Fighter series the likes of Shin Akuma was almost impossible to defeat no matter how many times you fought him in SF Alpha 2 & 3. But when it came down to having the deck stacked against you in relation to boss battles within the Street Fight series Gill from SFIII was a perfect example of just that. Not only did Gill’s attacks take a significant amount of damage from players who battled him but he also had the ability to resurrect himself after being defeated in battle which would completely restore his health bar.
While Gill’s resurrection technique takes uses up his entire Super meter many people to this day believes that it gave him an unfair advantage in Street Fighter III: Double Impact and Third Strike. As far as Gill being considered the hardest boss character within the Street Fighter series is something that is debatable. However, Gill was without a doubt one of the most bizarre yet underrated boss characters that ever appeared in the Street Fighter series in general.
There have been rumors swirling around on the internet in relation to a possible re-release of an remastered version of the Mortal Kombat Trilogy game which was initially released back in ’96 for the PS1 before it was ported for multiple game systems such as the N64 and Sega Saturn. Rumors about a potential HD remake of MK Trilogy has been running rampant after a video posted by YouTube user Doctre81 has gone viral. The video suggests that the Mortal Kombat Trilogy HD remake would be handled by a development team known as Blind Squirrel Games. However, the rumor regarding a remastered version of the MK Trilogy has not yet been confirmed by Warner Bros Studios which makes many people wonder whether or not its actually going to happen or not.
If the rumors regarding a remastered version of the Mortal Kombat Trilogy are true then that would be pretty cool especially since the release Mortal Kombat 11 is only a few months away. It will be interesting to see whether or not the rumors regarding the MK Trilogy remake will be confirmed by Warner Bros Studios in relation to next year.
When it comes down to classic football titles from the 90’s both Super Tecmo Bowl along with NFL Blitz are two titles that instantly comes to mind seeing how popular they both were during that decade. While Super Tecmo Bowl remained close to the format of traditional football NFL Blitz was more hardcore where emphasis was placed on destroying other players in the field. While Super Tecmo Bowl had inferior graphics compared to NFL Blitz it had features such as the option to play pre-season or throughout the regular season with any team while giving players the option to choose which style of gameplay to utilize.
Super Tecmo Bowl was a game that should have been ported for the Super NES opposed to remaining on the 8-bit console as a NES exclusive. Despite, its abysmal quality in comparison to NFL Blitz there is no question that Super Tecmo Bowl was a better football game. In fact, Super Tecmo Bowl has more of a cult following than NFL Blitz ever did despite the game being released almost three decade ago.
As many people know the Thunder Force has been around since 1983. Since then we have seen multiple entries within series and some of them received arcade releases such as Thunder Force III which was came back in 1990. Shortly, after the release of Thunder Force III we got a chance to see the Technosoft and Sega put out Thunder Force IV between ’92-’93 which remained exclusively on the Sega Genesis until ’96 where it was it came out on the Sega Saturn in Japan. Since its release Thunder Force IV was critically acclaimed for Gavin some of the best visuals that one would ever see in a side-scrolling shooter title.
However, Thunder Force IV was never released in arcade centers which makes retro gamers wonder if it could have worked at all. It’s no secret that during the ’92-’93 time period the fighting genre of gaming was beginning to become more popular with the rise of games such as Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter II. Also, side scrolling shooter titles was starting to lose its appeal following the early 90’s so having Thunder Force or even R-Type titles in arcade centers would not have been as big of attractions as they would have been in the late 80’s.
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.