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.
Sometimes its hard to believe how old the Sonic the Hedgehog series especially since the game had arguably reached its peak in popularity back in the 90’s. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is a 16-bit platformer that is considered to be legendary for its visuals, sprites, soundtrack and storyline. It was 25 years ago on this day that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was released for the Sega Genesis and one of the few 2D games within that has remotely resembled it in terms of replay value is Sonic Mania which was released for multiple game consoles back in 2017. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was the game that saw Knuckles the Echidna make his debut in the series as somewhat of a rival to Sonic & Tails before eventually becoming allies with them throughout most of the series.
Despite, not selling quite as much as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 which reached at less 6 million copies worldwide Sonic 3 still managed to sell over one million in America and is still considered to be one of the best selling titles for the Sega Genesis in general. Even though, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is 25 years old its still a 16-bit classic that many people still play to this day. For those who have been fans of the Sonic the Hedgehog series since the early 90’s you already know how historic this day is and must feel kinda old realizing that Sonic 3 was released 25 years ago today.
As many people know the PS1 Classic has not achieved the same level of success following its release in December 2018 that the SNES Classic did following its release back in September 2017. There are many people in the gaming world who say that the lack of success that the PS1 Classic has so far is due to the selection of retro games used in the collection. While the titles such as Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil, Twisted Metal, Tekken 3 and others are featured in the PS1 Classic games like Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot were absent which was something that many people were bummed out. Also, the 3D graphics of the PS1 Classic are far less superior than what we have today for the PlayStation 4 and it would have made more sense for Sony to make HD remakes of each game instead.
However, the fact that we even got to see a PS1 Classic at all is something that is really cool and would make a great collectors item for those who are huge fans of retro gaming in general. The PS1 Classic serves its purpose in relation to nostalgia in bringing people back to the mid 90’s with 20 different 32-bit titles that are hard to find in used game stores in this day and age and that something that would be enough to make gamers want to purchase Sony’s retro based console.
As far as upcoming releases for the PlayStation 4 is concerned there are so many cool titles that people are looking forward to seeing. Also, it was recently Ann that the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection which was published by NIS America and released for the Nintendo Switch back in November 2018 will soon be available on the PS4. For those who own a PS4 you will have the opportunity to enjoy several such as Crystalis, Ikari Warriors I & II, Psycho Solider, Alpha Mission, Vanguard and many more SNK favorites that were popular back in the 80’s. The SNK Collection contains at least 20 classic titles and is something that would definitely be an attraction on the PlayStation 4 owners who are huge fans of retro gaming in general.
As it currently stands the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is set to appear on the PlayStation 4 this upcoming March and will be one of the many high profile titles to look forward to one that console. It will be interesting to see how popular the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection becomes on the PS4 in the near future.
As many people may already know the SupaBoy S is retro based a game system that does not get talked about as much these dats as it should. For those who do not know the SupaBoy S is pretty much the 90’s version of the modern day Nintendo Switch but only with the 16-bit SNES. If a console like the SupaBoy S was released back in the early 90’s opposes to the original SNES game system that we got back in 1990 it could have been groundbreaking. In fact, if Nintendo made a game system like the SupaBoy S back in the early 90’s it could have definitely been more of an attraction than the Sega Genesis. But then again the development and release of the SupaBoy S would probably defeat the purpose of owning a Game Boy back the early 90’s.
What made Nintendo’s Game Boy system an attraction was the fact that it was a handheld console. As far as quality was concerned there was no question that Game Boy was inferior compared to the SNES and that also would have been the case with if SupaBoy S was released 28 years ago. The release of a SupaBoy S console back in the 90’s would probably be as popular as what we have right now in relation to the Nintendo Switch.
As far as underrated fighting games from the past are concerned allot of people know that the Street Fighter EX series was underrated. The Street Fighter EX games that were released between 1996-2000 were not quite as popular as the 2D titles that Capcom released within the SF series but they were definitely interesting. Since the Street Fighter EX series it seems like we have never seen 3D games within Capcom’s legendary franchise since then and its something that the company will most likely never do again. As far as Capcom making HD remakes of the Street Fighter EX games are concerned it seems like something that will ever happen.In fact, most people enjoy the more recent games within the series such as Street Fighter V and are looking forward to seeing titles such as Tekken X Street Fighter in the future. The Street Fighter EX de should be left in the past as some of the most popular 3D fighting games of its time during the mid to late 90’s.
As many people know the Sega Mega Drive Mini is supposed to be released in retail sometime this year at a date that has yet to be revealed. There are so many classics from the early 99’s such as Streets of Rage II, Golden Axe, Comix Zone along with Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2. However, there has really been no mention on Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being released for Sega’s retro mini console. While there is no official reason on why Sonic 3 might not be appearing on the Mega Drive Mini this year some are speculating that it might possibly have something to do with the fact the late King of Pop legend Michael Jackson had a role in developing the soundtrack for the game.
It should also be noted that Michael Jackson’s: Moonwalker game will also not be included in the set of games that are expected to appear on the Mega Drive Mini possibly due to public controversy that surrounded the late pop singer back in the early 90’s. Instead of Sonic 3 those who purchase the game will only be able to play Sonic & Knuckles which is considered to be part two of that same title unless Sega says otherwise. Its a real shame that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 will most likely not appear on the Mega Drive Mini especially since its considered to be one of the more memorable 16-bit titles that Sega has ever made.