There are so many interesting games that the world is looking forward to seeing on the Nintendo Switch next year such as Bayonetta 3, Mana Spark and others that will definitely be an attraction on the hybrid console. Also, title that has not been talked about as much entitled Degrees of Separation a 2D puzzle game developed by Moondrop and published by Modus Games which is set to appear on the Nintendo Switch on February 2019. Along with having single-player gameplay it should be noted that Degrees of Separation will include local and online co-op gameplay.
Degrees of Separation has an interesting plot that involves two souls named Ember & Rime who fall in love but are separated. Both characters have to use their powers to progress throughout the game making for an interesting indie adventure title for the Nintendo Switch. There is no doubt that Degrees of Separation will be an attraction for those who are huge fans of indie games in general as it makes its way to the Switch console in 2019.
As far as the Contra series is concerned there were many games that we have seen in the 80’s that are considered to be classics. Titles such as Contra III: Alien Wars from ’92 were considered to be among the best run and gun titles for the SNES back in the day and it seemed like there was never going to be a direct for it. When Contra 4 was released back in ’07 it was something that caught many people by surprise and received praised from both fans and critics alike for its gameplay and graphics which resembled that of the 16-bit Contra III: Alien Wars game of 1992.
As solid as Contra 4 was for a 2D run and gun titles there are some fans who believe that it deserved to be released in a home based console. The idea of having Contra 4 on the Nintendo Switch possibly on the Nintendo eShop does not sound like a bad idea especially since Konami has really done both big with the series since Contra: Hard Corps Uprising which came out back in 2011. But the likelihood of Contra 4 appearing on the Switch console in anyway whatsoever seems unlikely especially since the series is not nearly as poor as it was back in the late 80’s-early-90’s time period.
When it comes down to arcade classics one of the many titles that people think about is the fixed shooter from the early 80’s known as Galaga. The game was very popular in arcade centers prior to when the NES was first released back in 1983. As popular as Galaga was in arcade centers there are some who question whether or not it could have been successful on the NES during the early 90’s. There were games like Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda that became household names on the NES between ’85-’89 and by the time we got to the early 90’s Nintendo started started to place more emphasis on the 16-bit SNES console.
Despite, Nintendo focusing more on the SNES in the early 90’s there were still video games being released for the NES such as Ducktales, Darkwing Duck, and Battletoads that were somewhat of an attraction during that time period. However, Galaga was considered to be old by the early 90’s and gaming had evolved leading to people wanting to purchase more complex shooter titles with high quality 16-bit graphics such as Super R-Type, Thunder Force III. Galaga would not have been much of an attraction during the early 90’s and it was better off being released on the NES within the 80’s.
When we think about underrated titles from the late 90’s that did not get as much attention as it should have one of the many games that comes to mind is Metal Slug 2. As people know the Metal Slug series originated back in ’96 and started during a time where gaming was starting to evolve with the masses beginning to favor 3D gameplay over 2D video games which were popular years prior. Metal Slug 2 was initially released in arcade centers during February 1998 in Japan and since then the game was ported for the Neo Geo along with the Neo Geo CD that same year. Some might find it strange that Metal Slug 2 never appeared on game systems such as the PS1 or Sega Saturn especially considering the fact that its ’96 predecessor appear on those same consoles.
What was even more mind blowing was the fact that Metal Slug 2 never appeared on the Sega Dreamcast in ’98. The Metal Slug series was almost as popular as King of Fighters and we got to see KOF ’98 on the Sega Dreamcast back in ’99. Metal Slug 2 could have definitely stood out more on the Sega Dreamcast than it would have on the PS1 between 1998-1999. But since the Sega Dreamcast was not quite as popular as the PS1 or the N64 during the late 90’s it may not have done too well in relation to sales.
When it comes down to classic racing titles of the early 90’s one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is the F-Zero game for the SNES. Despite, how popular F-Zero became of the SNES the game never received an arcade release and makes people wonder if it could have been more successful if it had actually happened in the early 90’s. After all, we did get to see F-Zero AX released in arcades centers back in the early 00’s and was a racing title that many people were impressed by during that time period. While an arcade version of the original F-Zero could have definitely elevated its status on popularity during the early 90’s it would have been in competition with more popular racing titles such as Sega Outrun.
Besides the original F-Zero game was very difficult on the SNES and one could only imagine how tough it would have been to beat it in arcade centers. The F-Zero title from ’91 could have definitely been an attraction in arcade centers but having the game as a SNES exclusively added more value to it overall.
Today, is a very special day especially considering the fact that it marks the 28th anniversary of one of the most legendary 16-bit platform games of all time. On November 21st, 1990 Super Mario World first appeared in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and since then has been considered arguably the best Mario title to have been released in the 90’s. Ever since its release Super Mario World has managed to reach over 20 million copies worldwide in relation to sales. Also, when this game was re-released as Super Mario Advance 2 for the Game Boy Advance in late ’01 it was also a huge success on the handheld 32-bit console.
On the GBA Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 managed to reach over 5 million units worldwide in relation to sales during the early 00’s which was very impressive. Super Mario World had amazing visuals and top notch gameplay and was a title that held its own against the Sonic the Hedgehog trilogy back in the early 90’s. Despite, how this game is or will become it will always be considered best selling SNES title of all time.
When we think about popular fighting titles that never appeared on the PlayStation 2 back in the early 2000’s Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is a game that many people think about. As some might know Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes was originally released in arcade centers back in January 1998. Shortly afterwards MvC: Clash of Super Heroes was eventually ported for the Sega Dreamcast in ’99 and eventually the PS1 during the early part of 2000. However, the PS1 port of Marvel vs Capcom was inferior to the Arcade and the Dreamcast versions of the game.
Crossover gameplay was not possible on the PS1 version of Marvel vs Capcom unless it was a mirror match of two characters on both teams similar X-Men vs Street Fighter or Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter. Bringing Marvel vs Capcom to the PS2 would have been awesome but unfortunately there was so much attention on the game’s sequel MvC 2: New Age of Heroes during 2000. While MvC 2 had way more playable characters some would argue that the original Marvel vs Capcom game was better and definitely deserved to a PS2 release at some point.