When we think about some of the biggest fighting titles to have ever appeared in arcade centers back in the 90’s both Mortal Kombat II along with King of Fighters ’97 are two titles that instantly comes to mind. While Mortal Kombat II was considered a classic and had a cult following King of Fighters ’98 was possibly the greatest entry in the KOF series in general. The improved graphics gameplay and mechanics that we saw in Mortal Kombat II in comparison to the first game that came out in ’92 was impressive. In fact, the visuals for Mortal Kombat II were probably better than its sequel Mortal Kombat III and was far more memorable than Mortal Kombat 4. In fact, Mortal Kombat II was a game that arguably rivaled the Street Fighter II series in popularity following its release in ’93 depending on who you ask.
While SNK’s King of Fighters ’98 game was a huge attraction in arcade centers in the late 90’s it was something that really stood out especially since 3D fighting games started to become more popular during that time period. Between ’98-’00 titles such as Tekken 3, Mortal Kombat 4 along with Soul Calibur were grabbing the attention of people in arcade centers; as a 2D fighting title similar to the likes of Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of the Super Heroes KOF ’98 was one of the best that we have seen during that time period. However, if we were to talk which game was popular at its peak following their respective releases many would have to go with Mortal Kombat II over KOF ’98 as a more popular game. While Mortal Kombat II was a more popular game following its release in terms of quality KOF ’98 was definitely superior in relation to gameplay and graphics overall.
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 it comes down to underrated video games within the Final Fantasy series both FFVIII along with FFXI both come to mind. Even though, Final Fantasy VIII was considered to be one of the best selling video games for the PS1 and was the direct sequel to the highly successful FFVII game that came out in 1997. Despite, the issues people had with Final Fantasy VIII such as the game freezing on certain disks the game still had a solid storyline and has reportedly managed to reach over 8.5 million copies worldwide in relation to lifetime sales. In fact, Final Fantasy VIII is a game that everyone wants to see a high definition remake for in the near future which is something that should of been done many years ago.
Final Fantasy XI on the other hand was the first major MMORPG title within the series. While FFXI had nice visuals and various expansion packs that added to its appeal one of the main drawbacks about it was the lengthy and sometimes very frustrating installation process. Also, the lack of PvP in Final Fantasy XI was somewhat of a letdown to many people following its release back in late 2002 as well. Despite, how popular Final Fantasy XI was as an MMORPG it seems like the series was and still is more suited for traditional RPG gameplay. In terms which Final Fantasy game was more underrated overall many would be more inclined to choose FFVIII over FFXI.
When it comes down to classic GameCube titles that deserves to be on the Nintendo Switch one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker. Since its release back in late 2002 Zelda: Wind Waker has reached over 3 million copies in sales and ended up becoming one of the best selling GameCube titles of the 00’s. As popular as the Zelda: Wind Waker game was in the early 00’s some would argue that porting it for the Nintendo Switch would be pointless. After all, Zelda: Breath of the Wild would easily overshadow the Wind Waker game even if it were available on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
Beside games such as the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword are titles that people would probably prefer more than Wind Waker since they were more recent entries within the series. There no doubt that the Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker has the potential to be an attraction for the Switch console but its unlikely the Nintendo will ever make that a reality anytime in the future.
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.
When it comes down to NES Classics from the 80’s with the Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda series Ninja Gaiden is a big title that comes to mind. In fact, today marks the 30 year anniversary of Ninja Gaiden which was released December 9th back 1988. The following year in ’89 Ninja Gaiden was critically acclaimed and was praised for its cinematic cutscenes along with being a NES that was challenging but not exactly impossible to complete as well. Following the release of the original Ninja Gaiden game its reputation for being challenging followed in the two NES sequels that were released in 1990-1991 which eventually became household names as side scrolling platformers for the 8-bit console during the early 90’s.
There is no doubt that the original Ninja Gaiden was without a doubt one of the most legendary video games that Tecmo has ever created. Sometimes its hard to believe that the original Ninja Gaiden game was released 30 years ago on this day especially if you grew up during the 80’s or the early 90’s. Also, it would be cool if Koei Tecmo did something special to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Ninja Gaiden which seems unlikely at this time.
As many people know Bowser from the Super Mario Bros series has been considered a legendary villain figure in the gaming world for the past three decades. Despite, Bowser being a reoccurring antagonist in various Super Mario games throughout the past 30 years mainly with a similar plot involving him capturing Princess Peach and feuding with Mario it seems like Nintendo’s game involving the series is more popular than ever. With games like Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy and more recently Super Mario Odessey all utilize the same formula in relation to the plot while adding new gameplay and gimmicks to each game who surprising appeals to older and current generation gamers.
While Bowser was never exactly a difficult boss character in most Super Mario games he is definitely more iconic than the likes of Dr. Eggman, Sephiroth and in some ways Ganondorf. Since Mario is still one of the big attractions in gaming history that would by default make Bowser one of the top bosses that the world has ever seen within the past three decades. But to say that Bowser is the greatest video game bosses of all-time is accurate to a degree but at the same time debatable.