When we think about some of the most iconic video games consoles to have emerged within the past 30 years there are many names that comes to mind especially the Nintendo Entertainment System which came out in 1983 and the PS1 which came out in ’94. Both game consoles were very popular within their respective decades considering the fact that the NES went on to sell over 61 million units worldwide since its release in the 80’s. While the NES was considered to be the best selling game console of the 80’s the PS1 was considered to be most popular game system of the 90’s since it reached over 102 million units worldwide in sales. Despite, the fact that the PS1 ended up selling more than the NES overall it seems like the NES is considered a more memorable console due the catchy chiptune soundtracks that we have heard in titles such as Mega Man I-III, Castlevania I-III and more.
While the PS1 obviously had more superior visuals and sound fonts in relation to soundtrack development the chiptune sound of the NES required a ton of creativity to make masterpieces in relation to BGM. Also, Mario who is arguably the biggest name in gaming history is just as popular now as he was back in the 80’s despite the fact that the platform genre of gaming has declined in popularity over the past two decades. Even though, some of the greatest video games ever made such as Final Fantasy VII came from the PS1 the console itself dies not seem as iconic as the NES.
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 far as upcoming releases in relation to this year are concerned there are so many cool games that the world is waiting to see on various game consoles. As far as the Nintendo Switch is concerned it has recently been revealed that the dungeon diving action-RPG known as Lapis X Labyrinth will finally receive a western release in America. For those who do not know Lapis X Labyrinth is a 2D RPG that was developed by Nippon Ichi Software and was released for the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch back in the late part of November during 2018. We already knew that at some point NIS America was going to make the announcement regarding Lapis X Labyrinth receiving a western release months ago it was just a matter of when it was going to happen.
The game has a rather interesting plot that involves treasure hunting below the Golden Forest in order to bring wealth back to impoverished village. In Lapis X Labyrinth players will have the opportunity to choose from eight different character classics such as Necromancer, Gunner, Wizard, Bishop, Destroyer, Maid, Shielder and Hunter as they battle various different types of monsters with their assembled party as they progress throughout the entire game. For those who want to pre-order Lapis X Labyrinth they can do so at video game stores such as GameStop for $59.99 before it hits stores on May 28th.
As many people know there are so many big games that are expected to appear on various game consoles throughout 2019. As we all know a series of Final Fantasy titles are expected to be ported to the Nintendo Switch this year and one of the many FF games confirmed for the hybrid console for this year are the remastered versions of FFX/X-2. While its possible that Final Fantasy X might see a physical release we know for a fact that FFX-2 will only be downloadable for the Nintendo Switch this upcoming Spring on April the 16th. If anything its probably the best way for Square Enix to go about releasing Final Fantasy X-2 for the Nintendo Switch this upcoming April.
There is no question that Final Fantasy X/X-2 is going to end up becoming one of the most high profile RPG’s that we will see on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. For those who are eager to purchase Final Fantasy X/X-2 both games can be pre-ordered online for $49.99 on Square Enix’s website before its official release this upcoming April April. It will be interesting to see how big of an attraction Final Fantasy X/X-2 will end up becoming on the Nintendo Switch throughout 2019.
As many people know Mario Kart 7 was a game that was released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS back in 2011. Since its release Mario Kart 7 has been seen as one of the best games within its series and actually did surprisingly well in relation to sales. In fact Mario Kart 7 was the best selling game for the Nintendo 3DS and has managed to sell over 17 million copies worldwide since its release towards the start of the decade. If you walk in some stores line Best Buy you will see that the game is still available in retail which actually surprising to many pet especially considering the fact that the Nintendo 3DS is starting to lose its value due to the popularity of the Nintendo Switch.
While Mario Kart 7 was not quite as big as its 2014 successor Mario Kart 8 in relation to mainstream popularity its still considered to be one of the best racing games that Nintendo has made that was never released on a home based console. For those who have not played Mario Kart 7 the game is worth checking out and would be somewhat of an attraction in the year 2019.
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 know Master Blaster was among one of the NES that was recently announced for a release on the Nintendo Switch Online Shop on January 16th. Master Blaster will be available on the Nintendo Switch Online Shop alongside Zelda II: Adventure of Link another game that were released back in the 80’s. For those who do not Master Blaster was a run and gun platform title that was originally came out in 1988 and since then has spawned a series of sequels throughout the 90’s, 00’s and the 10’s decade on various different consoles.
Blaster Master for the NES was considered to be one of the best Metroidvania titles of time and is considered to be one the most memorable games late 80’s. There is no question that Master Blaster will definitely be an attraction on the Nintendo Switch Online Shop alongside Zelda II: Adventure of Link but we are still unsure about what the prices for both games are going to be.