Retro Gaming 90’s- Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (1997)

As far as first person shooter game me are concerned in relation to the Nintendo 64 Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was one of the most popular games for that console during the mid to late 90’s. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was a game developed by Iguana Entertainment and published by Acclaim Entertainment and was initially released in March 1997. This was a game that some people would consider ahead of its time especially considering especially since the first person shooter genre was not nearly as popular in the late 90’s as it was during the 00’s & 10’s decade. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter had some of the visuals that one would ever see on a Nintendo 64 video game and a basic plot involving Turok’s mission to stop the main antagonist Campaigner from gaining access to pieces of a historic artifact known as the Chonospecter. While searching for keys and pieces of the Chonospecter artifact in various levels players are faced with constant threats such as dinosaurs, demons, insects, mercenaries, etc. While destroying enemies players will have the opportunity to collect and utilize different weapons throughout the game such as the Pulse Gun, Assault Rifle, Fusion Cannon, Tek Bow and a Pistol.

As a first person shooter game Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was not only considered to be a success but the game managed to sell at least 1.5 million copies worldwide following its release. In fact, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was one of the most popular titles within its genre for the N64 next to the likes GoldenEye 007 & Perfect Dark. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was a classic that some people are still nostalgic about today and was a title among many others that made the Nintendo 64 worth having during the mid to late 90’s.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Nights Into Dreams: (1996)

As far as retro games for the Sega Saturn is concerned there is no doubt whatsoever Nights Into Dreams was one of the most high profile video games for that console during the mid 90’s. There were many people who were highly impressed by various aspects of the game such as graphics, level design gameplay along with the inclusion of a creative storyline. Nights Into Dreams had seven different levels that players could earn grades on upon completion which was considered to be unique at the time. In fact, some might argue that the grade concept following the completion of different levels from Nights Into Dreams provided Sega with the idea to include it in both Sonic Adventure 1 & 2. As far as 3D action-adventure type games are concerned many would argue that Nights Into Dreams was the most popular title on the Sega Saturn during the mid 90’s and deserved to be ported for Dreamcast between ’98-’99.

In addition, to being one of the more memorable action-adventure games for the Sega Saturn some would argue that Nights Into Dreams was more popular on that console than any Sonic title that came out between ’95-97. Nights Into Dreams was a game that seemed ahead of its time following its release ’96. In fact, Nights Into Dreams is considered to be a better title than its 2007 Wii sequel known as Journey Of Dreams despite having more inferior graphics.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Sonic R: (1997)

As far as retro games within the Sonic the Hedgehog series is concerned many people instantly the trilogy which appeared on the Sega Genesis between ’91-94. In relation to popularity the first three Sonic games were arguably the best titles that Sega had developed within the set in relation to the 90’s. However, there were games that were released on the Sega Saturn such as Sonic 3D Blast along with Sonic R which are two titles that do not get as much attention because they were not as popular as the classics from the 16-bit Sega Genesis console. Sonic R was initially released back in November 1997 before appearing in Microsoft Windows in the Fall of 1998. Sonic R ended up becoming the very first racing game within the entire series and while it was considered to be solid despite having a small roster it was praised for its visuals and mainly its soundtrack. As far as popularity is concerned Sonic R was not nearly on the same level of Mario Kart 64 which was released back in December 1996.

The Mario Kart series had been around since 1992 and the very first game within that set ended up becoming a cult classic and a title that reached close to 9 million in sales. The Sega Saturn in general was not as popular in America as the Sega Genesis possibly due to competition from the PS1 and the Nintendo 64 during the 90’s decade. Even though, Sonic R was not nearly as successful as other Sonic games from the 90’s many people praised the game for its level design and it looked like something that could work in arcade centers. In fact, some retro gamers might argue that Sonic R was a more memorable title than Sonic Racers from 2006 despite being more inferior in relation to quality. Sonic R was a game that could have possibly been a bigger attraction in the Sega Dreamcast in ’98 following its release in countries such as Japan & America during that year.

Will the Polymega surpass the SNES Classic in sales?

There were so many exciting announcements at E3 2019 in relation to upcoming video games that are set to be released now and 2020 its almost overwhelming. The news regarding future release of the Polymega console is something that everyone is talking about right now. The Polymega is a console can run older generation games from the 80’s and 90’s such as the NES, Super NES, Sega Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, Sega Saturn and more. While the appeal of owning an all in one retro based game console is high the price for the Polymega is reasonable considering the fact that the pre-orders for it is $299. As we wait for the upcoming release of the Polymega it should be noted that the Sega Mega Drive Mini along with the TurboGrafix-16 Mini are expected to be released later this year as well.

When the SNES was first released back in late September 2017 it had a price tag of $79.99. The Sega Mega Drive Mini which includes 40 classic titles from the early 90’s will also be priced at $79.99 following its release on September 19th later this year. While many are questioning whether or not the Sega Mega Drive Mini will surpass the SNES Classic in sales the Polymega is a console that has the potential to sell more than both respective game systems. Its tough to predict how much the Polymega game system will end up selling within its first year. As far as upcoming game consoles are concerned we have Project Scarlett and PlayStation 5 which are both likely to be released sometime in late 2020. Also, we have new gaming platforms such as Google Stadia and Apple Arcade which are expected to take off following their upcoming releases in Fall 2019 which can definitely affect the overall sales of the Polymega.

Will Polymega hurt the Sega Mega Drive Mini in sales?

As many people know the Polymega and the Sega Mega Drive Mini are two of the biggest retro consoles that we are going to see released in 2019. While people have been waiting for the Sega Mega Drive Mini since 2018 the announcement of the Polymega is something that caught many people by surprise at E3 2019. In fact, the Polymega give players way more options in relation to gameplay than the Mega Drive Mini since they will have the opportunity to play video games from various different 80’s 90’s consoles such as NES, SNES, Sega Saturn, PS1, etc. In fact, the option to play old school Sega Genesis games will also be available to those who decide to purchase the Polymega for $249 as well. While the Polymega May be more expensive in America than the Sega Mega Drive Mini which will be priced at $79.99 it seems a like a bigger attraction as far as retro game systems are concerned.

The Mega Drive Mini was developed mainly to compete with the likes of the SNES Classic from September 2017 or the PS1 Classic released back in December 2018. However, the Mega Drive Mini definitely has several games that hardcore fans of the 16 bit console would still purchase. Also, the Sega Mega Drive Mini would also make for a great collectors item especially after its eventual discontinuation similar to that of the SNES Classic.

The Polymega Announced at E3 2019!!!

As far as shocking announcements are concerned in relation to E3 2019 many people were not expecting to see Polymega at the event. As we have learned that Polymega is a retro game console that runs games from older game consoles such as NES, SNES, TurboGrafx-16 Sega Saturn, Sega Genesis, Neo Geo CD and others. In fact, the Polymega is like an all in one retro game console which was developed by Playmaji and is one that will definitely give the other Mini consoles that we have seen released between 2017-2019 some decent competition in relation to the console wars. Based on what we know the base module of the Polymega is supposed include several pre-installed games and of course players will have the opportunity to install their own whether it be a CD or a cartridge from almost any console from the 90’s.

As it currently stands the Polymega is currently open for people to pre-order for the price of $249 following its reveal trailer at E3 2019. It was also revealed that top quality games will be available for $3.99 while retro CD titles will be priced at $5.99. No official release date for the Polymega has been revealed but many people are speculating that will be able sometime later in 2019. It will be interesting to see how much success the Polymega will have following its upcoming release especially with the Sega Mega Drive Mini and the TurboGrafix-16 Mini coming out in the near future.

Trials Of Mana Coming to the PS4, Switch and PC in early 2020!!!!

As fas as blockbuster announcements are concerned in relation to Nintendo Switch the reveal trailer for the Trials Of Mana is something that everyone is talking about. The Trials Of Mana is a high definition remake of a JRPG classic known as Seiken Densetsu 3 which appeared exclusively in Japan for the SNES back in 1995. Since its release back in the mid 90’s Seiken Densetsu 3 was never released in America mainly due to how popular 3D gaming was starting to become during that era. Even though, the 2D version of Seiken Densetsu 3 was ported for the Nintendo Switch back in 2017 it was available exclusively in Japan before appearing America in the Collection Of Mana on June 11th this year. Seiken Densetsu 3 is a game that includes multiple characters with their own storylines & endings and is considered to be one of the most underrated Action-RPG’s for the SNES.

There are many people who question how successful Trials Of Mana will be in the future especially after the release Secret Of Mana HD in 2018. The Secret Of Mana HD was a game that was solid but at the same time did not live up to many people’s expectations because it felt somewhat different from the original 16-bit version of the game. Hopefully, Trials Of Mana will not have that same issue especially since Seiken Densetsu 3 was never officially released in American retail stores in the past. As it currently stands Trials Of Mana is expected to appear on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC in early 2020 and will be among the few RPG’s that Square Enix will have to offer better the second half of 2019 & 2020.