Would Pokémon games ever work on the PlayStation Vita?

When it comes down to Pokémon games many people believe that handheld Nintendo based consoles such as the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS and  Nintendo 3DS has produced some of the games in the series that we have ever seen.  In terms of sales Pokémon is quite possibly the best handheld video game series that the world has ever seen.


If Pokémon was released for game systems such as the PSP or the PlayStation Vita the set might not be as popular.  For the most part Nintendo specializes in having family friendly titles for their game consoles.  The Pokémon series for the most part has been family friendly and has made a profit on handheld based Nintendo consoles since the mid 90’s.  After seeing Pokémon on handheld Nintendo based consoles for almost two decades it would be hard to imagine the series on anything else.

Should Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins have been ported the SNES?

If you were a fan of the Mario series back in the 90’s then you already know how popular Super Mario Land: 6 Golden Coins was for Game Boy.  After this Super Mario Land was first released in 1992 many people were interested in this game mainly because it was very different from what we get in normal Mario games.  Super Mario Land: 6 Golden Coins saw the introduction of a new antagonist named Wario along with a plot that involving his role in placing a spell over Mario’s kingdom.


Ever since, Super Mario 2: 6 Golden Coins was released the title had managed to sell over 11 million units units worldwide which is amazing.  Not only was Super Mario 2: 6 Golden Coins available for the original Game Boy but it was also released for the Nintendo 3DS as well.  As good as this game was if Super Mario 2: 6 Golden Coins was released for the SNES it could have easily been overshadowed by Super Mario World, Super Mario All-Stars along with other big platform titles for the SNES in the early to mid 90’s. 

Was the Game Boy Advance released a decade late?

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When the Super Nintendo was released in the early 90’s many people were very impressed by the visual presentation that the console had produced for various games that was released during that time period.  We had games such as Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, Super Metroid and many other titles that looked amazing on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  Even though, Nintendo released a handheld console called Game Boy back in 1989 it seemed inferior in terms of quality in comparison to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

The original Game Boy handheld console felt like a black and white version of the 8 bit Nintendo Entertainment System which was released in back in 1983.  When the Game Boy Advance consoles were released in the early 00’s it looked and felt like you were playing a portable version of the SNES.  After there were many classic Super Nintendo games that were remade into Game Boy Advance titles such as Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past and more.  If Nintendo had released the Game Boy Advance in the early 90’s it would have definitely destroyed its competition in Sega along with earning more revenue in the 90’s.   The Game Boy Advance was a console that literally felt like a handheld SNES game system similar to how the Nintendo DS was similar to that of a handheld N64.   Having the Game Boy Advance or the Advance SP around during the 90’s could have given Nintendo a significant edge over Sega despite the fact that they won the console wars anyways.

Could Wario easily replace Bowser as Mario’s main nemesis?

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When we thing about Wario playing the role as Mario’s arch-nemesis one of the first games that comes to mind is Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins which was released in the early 90’s for the original Game Boy handheld console.  In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Wario  was a different type of villain and did not seem as menacing as Bowser.  Instead of kidnapping Mario’s girlfriend Princess Peach Wario took control of his castle because he wanted to be like him very badly.   Unfortunately, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, was really the only game where Wario got to play a big role in the Super Mario series as the main antagonist of any title.  If Wario remained a villain longer than he did back in the early 90’s he could have proven to be a more interesting but not necessarily formidable foe.

While the boss battle with Wario in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins was rather difficult some might argue that constantly fighting Bowser in multiple games had become repetitive.    As great as Bowser was in being the main antagonist of the Super Mario series many believe that Wario had just as much potential.   If Wario was utilized as the main antagonist in Super Mario games on consoles such as the  Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, GameCube and the Wii he could have became more popular.   But one the other hand if Wario was constantly the main villain of the Super Mario series he probably would not have own video games.  While some people look at Wario as a second rate ripoff of Mario others see him as a character with the potential to be a great villain in the series.  Despite, playing a big role in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins it would be hard to say on whether or not he could replace the likes of Bowser as the main villain of the Super Mario series altogether.

 

Game Consoles- Game Boy Advance SP: (2003)

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The gaming world was very exciting during the early to mid 00’s especially if one was a huge fan of handheld game consoles.  It was during the early 00’s when 2D gaming was probably at its best best since there was a lot of emphasis on the utilization of 32-bit gameplay.  During the early 90’s 16-bit gameplay was seen as the pentacle of 2D gaming for 3D gaming started to become very popular in the mid to late 90’s.  Even though, 3D gaming started to become more popular in the late 90’s many people still loved the 16 -bit classics of the early 90’s since they featured a ton of creativity.   When the original Game Boy Advance console was released in 2001 many people were excited about the fact they were able to enjoy remakes of various titles that were popular in the 80’s and 90’s on a 32-bit handheld device.  On the Game Boy Advance we got to see the re-release of many classics such as the Final Fantasy IV-VI, Castlevania, Double Dragon, Final Fight The Legend of Zelda, Phantasy Star and others.

Also, there were some awesome games that were developed  for the Game Boy Advance line such as Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald which sold millions worldwide along with various titles from the Mario Advance series.    When the Game Boy Advance SP was released in 2003  it was probably one of the most impressive handheld game devices of the early 00’s.  The Game Boy Advance SP was very unique because not only flip screen but it also included LCD lighting which was a fantastic improvement from the original GBA were people had to buy their own worm light separately.  What was great about the Game Boy Advance SP was that it averaged around $100 shortly after its release and did not require batteries like the original GBA. While the original Game Boy Advance required two double a batteries the SP was chargeable which was very convenient if one was low on power.   The coolest thing about the original Game Boy Advance and the SP was that it was a device that retro gamers had dreamed about since the mid 90’s.  The Game Boy Advance SP was like  owning a portable 32-bit version of the SNES.  Those who had the Game Boy Advance SP back in the early 00’s could truly understand how fabulous this gaming device was when it was first released.  Along with having spectacular 2D gameplay we got to see remakes of our favorite classics with better quality which made owning the Game Boy Advance SP special to many people.

Retro Games- Pokemon Gold & Silver: (1999)

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When it comes down to gaming there is nothing like the classics especially during the late 90’s and early 00’s.  Shortly after the releases of Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow Game Freak had went on to develop more titles for handheld consoles such as Game Boy and Game Boy Color.   Pokemon Gold & Silver was first released in Japan in late 1999 prior to being available in countries such as America in the year 2000.  The great thing about Pokemon Gold & Silver was the fact that the games themselves were not radically different from Red, Blue and Yellow.  In Pokemon Gold & Silver people had to progress throughout the game to earn various badges along with battling the Elite Four towards the end of the game.  Pokemon Gold & Silver introduces some new gym leaders to this game including Faulkner, Bugsy, Whitney, Morty, Chuck, Jasmine and Oryxes.   Along with having new gym leaders in Pokemon Gold & Silver both games saw the return of some old ones such as Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge, Erika, Sabrina and Blaine from Red, Blue and Yellow.  Also, during the beginning of both games players have the option of choosing what type of Pokemon they want to start off with.  Similar to Red & Blue the Silver and Gold versions of Pokemon give players an option to choose between fire, water, and a grass type Pokemon.

Whatever type of Pokemon one chooses to start off with in the game will play a significant role in determining what type of strategies they will use to defeat each gym leader especially towards the beginning of the game.  Since players have less Pokemon in the beginning of the game when they participate in gym battles they have to capture certain types of creatures to have a successful chance on defeating the leaders along with their associates.  Capturing other Pokemon and leveling them up before gym battles are always helpful especially if one is knowledgeable about their strengths and weaknesses in relation to what type of creatures they are dealing with. Some people might argue that the beginning of Pokemon Silver and Gold is not as difficult as Red, Blue or especially Yellow since the first three gym leaders utilize flying, bug and normal type creatures.  Whether a player chooses Chikorita, Cyndaquil or Totodile in the beginning of the game is not as much of a big deal since none of them are necessarily weak against flying, bug or normal type Pokemon.

It was usually tougher in Pokemon Yellow since players had to start of with Pikachu and catch other Pokemon to battle rock type creatures in the very beginning. Also, in Pokemon Red & Blue Pokemon most people were tempted to select Squirtle or Bulbasaur in the beginning since Charmandaer would have had a tough time dealing with rock and water type Pokemon during the first two gym battles.   When it comes down to gym battles in Pokemon Gold and Sliver there are at least fifteen different leaders that people must battle along with dueling the champion in the end.  Even though, players have their plates full with seemingly endless gym battles they also have to deal with Team Rocket as well.   The adventure that players experience in Pokemon Gold & Sliver along with having the opportunity to catch legendary Pokemon such as Raikou, Entei, and Suicune makes both games seem unforgettable.   When it came down to games for handheld consoles in the late 90’s and the early 00’s many people consider them to be classics to this very day.  The original Gold & Sliver Pokemon games were both so good that some people would probably prefer them over HeartGold and SoulSilver for the Nintendo DS.  Anyone who was a true fan of Pokemon back then realize how great both games were along with the fact that Game Freak exceeded their expectations in terms of developing successful sequels to the Red, Blue and Yellow versions of this title.

 

Classic Gaming- Pokemon Red & Blue: (1996)

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There were so many cool things that came out of the 90’s when it came down to gaming.  One of the most memorable gaming titles from the 90’s decade was the Pokémon series which was developed by Game Freak for the Game Boy handheld console and released in Japan in 1996.  Pokémon Red & Blue was not released in America until 1998 and after it came out many people were very excited about both games along with the Green and Yellow version of this title.  While each version of Pokémon was different in some way they were all very similar and just as difficult if you were a first time in this game.  One of the coolest things about this game is the fact that you can play as your own character as opposed to the television series where Ash Ketchum is the main character.  Along with having your their own characters players have the opportunity to choose what type of Pokémon they want have.  The options players had in terms of Pokémon included  Bulbasaur, Charmander and a Squirtle.  As players progress throughout the game they have the opportunity to earn various badges from many different gym leaders.

One of the more realistic aspects of this game included the level up system used for the Pokemon in this game.  If one leveled their Pokémon up to a certain level some of them can eventually evolve into stronger creatures while others required specials to evolve such as Pikachu and Clafairy.   Along with battling gym leaders players will often encounter Team Rocket on different occasions while traveling to various different cities in the game.  As exciting as the in game battles in Pokémon are things start to become more challenging as players get closer to the Elite Four near the end of the game.  If players have caught enough Pokémon and developed special strategies on how to defeat their opponents then taking on the Elite Four is probably not much of a problem for them.  Despite, the level of difficulty Pokémon Red & Blue might present for some people its still a fun game to play that would allow you to get many hours of gameplay.  The save feature in Pokémon was great because it allowed players to save their progress anytime in the game.  When it comes down to classic titles for the original Game Boy Pokémon Red & Blue is considered to be an instant classic that many people enjoyed during the late 90’s when the series as a whole became very popular.