Could King of Fighters ‘94 have worked on the PS1?

There have been so many popular 2D fighting games that people got to see on the PS1 shortly after its release back in ’94. We got to see games such as DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors (1994), Marvel Super Heroes (1995), Street Fighter Alpha 2 (1996), Guilty Gear: A Missing Link (1999) and many others which are all seen a classic fighting title for the PS1. However, as far as 2D fighting games are concerned one of the few titles that surprising never appeared on the PS1 back in the 90’s was the original King Of Fighters game which started in 1994. In fact, King Of Fighters ’94 was never released outside of Japan during the ’90s and only appeared in arcade along with the two Neo Geo consoles during that decade. Its quite possible that SNK decided to keep KOF ’94 a Japanese exclusive due to the rising popularity of the Street Fighter & Mortal Kombat series in countries like America.

Both the Art of Fighting & Fatal Fury series were not quite as popular as Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat and by the Fall of 1994 Namco had released its very first Tekken game. The landscape of gaming in relation to the fighting genre was changing towards the mid 90’s and more people had become attracted to 3D gameplay & graphics during the time. SNK would of had a pretty difficult time competing against companies such as Capcom & Namco in terms of fighting games in America between the ’95-’97 time period. While there is almost no question that a PS1 port of King Of Fighters ’94 could have worked back in ’95 it many not have been as popular as it was on the Neo Geo. King Of Fighters ’94 being a Neo Geo exclusive is what added to its appeal and its value would have plummeted if it appeared on the PS1 outside of Japan during the mid 90’s.

The 28th Anniversary of Super Mario World

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.

Should there have been an Actraiser game for the N64?

When we think about popular side scrolling titles for the SNES that were popular in the early 90’s that never made to the N64 games such as the Actraiser series comes to mind. The two platform city building simulation titles known as Actraiser 1 & 2 developed by Quintet are seen as underrated classics that deserved re-releases but never received them. In fact, some would argue that Actraiser 1 & 2 were both unique titles among many others from the Super NES that made people want to purchase the console itself. The reason why Quintet never decided to make an Actraiser game for the Nintendo 64 is unknown.

Bit them again it would be pretty hard to picture what an Actraiser game would look like in 3D. Also, Nintendo was starting to lose ground to Sony’s PS1 during the console wars towards the mid 90’s and having an Actraiser game for the N64 could of been disastrous. An Actraiser game for the PS1 definitely could have worked in theory. However, there were so many big titles on the PS1 during the mid to late 90’s such as Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy VII & VIII and Gran Turismo that people in countries such as Japan and America that people were far more interested in during that time period. Bringing back the Actraiser on the Game Boy Advance during the early 00’s could have turned heads especially since some popular SNES were ported to the 32 bit console during that time period.

Super Mario RPG (1996) vs Paper Mario (2000) which game had more success?

As many know Super Mario RPG along with Paper Mario are among two of the best Mario based role playing games that Nintendo has ever made. Super Mario RPG was praised for its 3D like visuals along with its storyline which diverted from Bowser being the main antagonist. Instead, we get a new villain named Smithy that players had to stop using playable characters Mario, Bowser, Princess Toadstool, Mallow and Geno. As good as Super Mario RPG was for the Super NES many people would argue that the game should have been saved for the Nintendo 64 especially since the console was released in 1996 as well.

Ever since Super Mario RPG was released for its graphics Super NES back in 1996 many people wanted to see a direct sequel to the game. But unfortunately, between the mid 90’s and most of the 00’s Nintendo and Square Enix were not on good terms with each other. Its was a real shame that we never got to see a spiritual successor to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars especially since it managed to sell over 1.4 million copies worldwide and was praised by fans and critics alike.

Despite, the fallout that Nintendo and Square Enix has back in the mid 90’s we were still fortunate enough to get another Mario role-playing game for the Nintendo 64. Paper Mario was initially released for the N64 in Japan before appearing in countries like America and Europe during 2001. Paper Mario was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo and was also a game that was well received by various gaming publications along with fans of the Mario series in general.

Ever since, Paper Mario was released the game has managed to sell over 1.3 million copies worldwide on the Nintendo 64 and is a game that remains a classic to this day. While both Super Mario RPG along with Paper Mario became successful following their respective releases there are some would be more inclined to give the 16 bit SNES Mario game edge over the classic that we got in the early 00’s. While Paper Mario was cool Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was simply the best role playing game to have ever emerged from the Mario series period.

Should Namco develop HD remakes of the Tekken trilogy?

When it comes down to PS1 classics that are highly deserving of HD Remakes the Tekken series are among a few titles that instantly comes to mind. While we are getting remakes of Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil 2 along with Spyro the Dragon trilogy in the future it would be pretty cool to see the Tekken trilogy in HD sometime in the future. As many people know it has been 20 years since Tekken 3 was first released on the PS1 and since then it has managed to be one of my he best selling games for that console in general. Since its release Tekken 3 has managed to sell over 8 million units worldwide on the PS1 surpassing its predecessor Tekken 2 which reached over 5 million in sales.

All first three Tekken games especially the second and third remain to be among the most popular installments within the entire series. While Tekken 7 is believed to be the final installment within the series bringing back the first three games in high definition would definitely draw a lot of attention within the gaming world. If Namco utilized the Unreal Engine 4 in relation to remaking the first three Tekken games they would all look amazing. Also, with retaining the original soundtrack for each game in additional providing HD visuals would provide players with an unforgettable gaming experience.

Classic Gaming- Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together (1995)

When it comes down to classic 2D JRPG titles from the 90’s one of the many titles that comes to mind is Tactics Orge. This JRPG classic was first released exclusively in Japan on the SNES back in 1995. Shortly after its release for the SNES Tactics Orge was eventually ported for the Sega Saturn in ’96 and the PS1 during 1998. Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was a pretty unique JRPG which was developed by Quest Corporation back in the mid 90’s mainly due to the isometric perspective that the game utilized.

It was pretty interesting seeing an isometric game on the SNES when it first came especially since those were rare on that 16 bit console at the time. In fact some could argue that Tactics Orge was one of the many games that inspired Square Enix in terms of gameplay for Final Fantasy Tactics which was originally released in Japan back in the summer of 1997 before coming to America in 1998. Along with the strategy based gameplay the soundtrack for Tactical Orge: Let Us Cling Together stands out most. There are numerous VGM’s such as Avilla Hanya, Fog of Phantom, Air Island, Limitations, Passing Moments and others that are musical masterpieces.

Also, Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together has so many cool aspects including its cutscenes along with the game’s class system for each character. Another interesting feature that Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was the Warren Report which provided players with all the info they needed to know in relation to Valeria. The alignment of each character along with the level system made Tactics Ogre: Ket Us Cling Together even more exciting especially since those things all depends on how one plays the game. Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was so popular as a JRPG that it was eventually re-released for the PSP back in the early 10’s. It would be pretty cool this game was ported for the PlayStation 4 or even the Nintendo Switch sometime in the near future.

SNES vs Sega Genesis which console has more success during the 90’s?

We all remember how legendary to the console wars were back in the 90’s between the SNES along with the Sega Genesis. Both consoles gave us the 16 bit era of gaming during the early 90’s which was one of the most exciting time periods to be a fan of video games. When it comes down to which console was more popular back in the early 90’s many people have different preferences between the SNES and the Sega Genesis. However, in terms of which console was more successful in terms of sales many would probably give the slight edge to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Since it’s release back in 1990 the SNES has managed to sell 49 million units throughout the 90’s decade. The Sega Genesis has only managed to sell over 30 million worldwide since its release with its best selling game being the original Sonic the Hedgehog game which was released back in 1991. As far as memorable games are concerned some would argue that the SNES has more high profile titles than the Sega Genesis. During the 90’s we got to see games such as Super Mario World, Star Fox, Super Mario Kart, Final Fantasy V & VI, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past and many others which were greater 16 bit attractions back then. SNES seemed to have way more RPG’s such as Chrono Trigger and the Secret of Mana which the Sega Genesis was highly deficient of back in the 90’s. Nintendo’s partnership with companies such as Square Enix and Konami really helped them out a lot during the console wars against Sega during the early 90’s.