As many people know there were several big games that appeared on the Nintendo GameCube back in the early 00’s such as Metroid Prime, Mario Kart: Double Dash, F-Zero GX and many more which are considered classics by many people to this day. However, despite how popular the Mega Man series has been since the late 80’s it seemed like Mega Man X: Command Mission was a game that did not get talked about as much following its release back in 2004. By the time Mega Man X5 appeared on the PS1 in November 2000 it seemed like the MMX series was starting to become old as the 2D platform genre of gaming was between the late 90’s-early 00’s.
However, Mega Man X: Command Mission was one of the first big RPG titles within the series in general. The fact that Mega Man X: Command Mission did not have more success than it did should have could partly be due to the fact that GameCube had fierce competition during the early 00’s with consoles such as the PlayStation 2 along with Xbox. Besides the early 00’s was considered to be the beginning in relation to the rise of the shooter genre with games such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Call of Duty, Halo, Mass Effect, Gears of War which became very popular throughout the decade. As cool as it was to have a Mega Man RPG for GameCube in ’04 it was a game that did not stand out as much as other titles within the series that came before it.
As many people know the Phantasy Star series has been around since the late 80’s and produced many memorable RPG’s since the Mega Drive/Genesis era. One of the many games within the series that does not get talked about as much as it should which might come as a surprise to some people. Seeing how popular the PlayStation 2 was back in 2000 along with the fact Sega ended up discontinuing the Dreamcast console the following year Phantasy Star Online had a wonderful opportunity to shine on that console during the early 00’s. It was during this time period where Sega began lose ground to both Sony and Nintendo during the console wars.
On one hand Phantasy Star Online could have definitely been big on the PlayStation 2 especially since the console eventually had online games such as Final Fantasy XI, Resident Evil Outbreak and others which were somewhat popular during early 00’s. But on the other hand online gaming started to become more mainstream towards the mid 00’s following the release of game consoles such as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. If Phantasy Star Online was released during the mid 00’s for the PlayStation 3 or even the Xbox 360 it could have her more successful during that time period than it would of been in the early 00’s for the PlayStation 2.
As many people know the Shinobi series was very popular during the early 90’s when various games appeared on consoles such as the Sega Genesis and Game Gear. However, despite how popular the 2D action platform series was back in the early 90’s for whatever reason we never saw a Shinobi game for the Sega Dreamcast between 1998-2001. While it was that video game developer Overworks could have made a Shinobi title for the Sega Dreamcast plans regarding the game’s development did not start until 2001. It was also back in ’01 when the Sega Dreamcast was officially discontinued so we ended up getting a 3D Shinobi title for the PlayStation 2 in 2002.
While the 2002 Shinobi game was well received by fans and critics many would argue that the game could have possibly stood out more on the Sega Dreamcast especially since the console did not have too many big titles to aside from the Sonic Adventure series, Crazy Taxi and Shenmue. The PlayStation 2 had so many games such as Grand Theft Auto III & Vice City along with Gran Turismo 3 & 4 which were best sellers on the PS2. During the early 00’s there was no question that Sony had officially taken the lead during the console wars and the ’02 Shinobi game was definitely the best game console to have it on during that time period.
As many people know the beat em up genre was very popular back in the late 80’s and early 90’s within the gaming world. Both the Double Dragon and the Battletoads series comes to mind when people think about in relation to classics beat em up titles in relation to the NES. While Double Dragon II: The Revenge along with Battletoads are considered to be critically acclaimed beat em up games for the Nintendo Entertainment System they were both considered to be her difficult by those who played both titles back in the day. In terms of which title was more popular following their respective releases for the NES is one that is debatable among gamers.
While the NES Battletoads game arguably had better visuals in relation to stage design some would that Double Dragon II had certain features that made it standout even more. Certain things such as boss characters having their own theme music along with players having the chance to battle each other at the end of the game in co-op mode made Double Dragon Isi a memorable NES Classic. In terms of which beat em up was more popular on the NES most would probably give Double Dragon II the edge over Battletoads.
As many people know the MegaMan series is considered to be legendary for the NES game console. Since the series first started in the mid 80’s the Mega Man trilogy has been praised by fans and critics alike on the 8 bit console prior to the beginning of the MMX series in 1993. However, as far as difficult platform games in general are concerned many retro gamers would probably go on a limb and say Mega Man III without a doubt was one of the hardest games in the entire series. While old school NES games in general are known for their notorious levels of difficulty Mega Man III in particular just seemed to hard and too long in general.
Despite, its high level of difficulty Mega Man III managed to reach over 1.1 million units worldwide since its release on the NES back in 1990. Despite, being one of the toughest games of the Mega Man series its most likely not the hardest NES ever. Games such as TMNT, Karate Kid and Battletoads would most likely rank in the top ten of being one of the most NES titles of all time.
There were so many cool titles that appeared on the Nintendo GameCube back in the early 00’s that are remembered by retro gamers to this day. As far as the racing genre is concerned two of the best games to appear on GameCube were F-Zero GX along with Mario Kart: Double Dash which both cane out in 2003. The visuals along with the retro-futuristic stages and fast paced gameplay were among many things that added to the appeal of F-Zero GX. Ever since, F-Zero GX appeared on GameCube back in July 2003 it was viewed as the best racing game to appear on the Nintendo GameCube by E3 and IGN that same year. In fact to this day people are still waiting for a direct sequel to F-Zero GX.
As popular as F-Zero GX was for the Nintendo GameCube there is no question that Mario Kart: Double Dash was more successful. While F-Zero GX has managed to sell at least 1.50 million units worldwide Mario Kart: Double Dash reaches at least 7 million. In fact, Mario Kart: Double Dash was the second best selling game for the Nintendo GameCube. Mario Kart: Double Dash was probably one of the most memorable games within the entire series especially with the inclusion of co-op gameplay that allowed to players to share the same Go-Kart along having race against each other in Gran-Prix. Also, when it came down to multiplayer game modes it felt like there was more to do in Mario Kart: Double Dash then there was F-Zero GX. While both racing titles were considered to be classics for the Nintendo GameCube it’s hard to choose on game over the other in terms of popularity.
When it comes down to retro gaming in relation to the Sega Genesis the RPG was one that was no quite as popular on this 16-bit as it was to its competition known as the Super NES. During the early 90’s both Nintendo and Sega were very competitive with one another and its a known fact that RPG titles such as Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger and Earthbound were big during that time period. However, the Sega Genesis also had its share of 16 bit RPG classics such as Phantasy Star II along with Shining Force II. In terms of graphics both games looked very impressive. There were fans of the first Phantasy Star game which came out 1987 that were surprised by the fact that Phantasy Star II had diverted from the first person perspective in relation to monster battles while Sega decided to replace it with third person. Also, the third person perspective in relation to monster battles made Phantasy Star standout even more from other RPG’s like Final Fantasy I-III which were released for the NES between 1987-1990.
As far as Shining Force II was concerned it was also very unique tactical turn based RPG considering the fact that battles took place when players moved their characters around on square grids. The animation for the battles in Shining Force were also among the best that anyone would see in a RPG game back in the early 90’s. Both Phantasy Star II along with Shining Force II were among the best RPG titles to have ever appeared on the Sega Genesis. In terms of which game was more popular is questionable since they both seemed like they were on the same level. But some would probably give the edge to Phantasy Star II over Shining Force II since the Phantasy series was more popular in general.