When it comes down to Nintendo based game consoles the N64 was arguably just as popular in the mid to late 90’s as the Nintendo DS was during the early 00’s. In terms of which game console was better overall really depends on who you ask. In terms of overall sales the Nintendo 64 has managed to sell over 23 million units worldwide since the console was first released back in September 1996. With games such as Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 007 Goldeneye and Perfect Dark the Nintendo 64 was arguably better at producing 3D video games than the PS1 as far as graphics are concerned.
Ever since, the Nintendo DS was first released back in November 2004 it has managed to sell over 154 million units worldwide and is seen as one of the best selling game consoles of all time under the PlayStation 2. While the Nintendo 64 had some great titles back in the late 90’s and the year 2000 the Nintendo DS got to see the return of SNES Classics such as Chrono Trigger, Dragon Quest IV, Final Fantasy III & IV among others. We also managed to get games such Pokemon Heart Gold, Diamond and Pearl along with Black & White which we big sellers on the Nintendo DS throughout out a majority of the 00’s and the early 10’s. Not did the Nintendo DS seem to have more games but the actual game system itself was available in retail for about a decade opposed to the N64 which was discontinued in the Spring of 2002. Also, one of the top things that stands out about the Nintendo DS was the fact that the game system had a better frame rate than the N64 despite being a handheld console. If anything the Nintendo DS was surprisingly way more successful than many people could have ever imagined.
Both the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo 64 were memorable gaming systems that many people still cherish to this day. While both the Nintendo DS and the N64 bring back a sense of nostalgia to retro gamers it would be tough for them to choose on which on was better over all. In terms of sales the Nintendo DS managed to sell over 154 million units worldwide while the Nintendo 64 had managed to reach over 32 million.
While the Nintendo DS sold more than the N64 its debatable on whether or not it was more popular. When the N64 was first released in the mid 90’s it was very since it was the first ever 64-bit game console that the world has seen. In terms of availability it seems like the Nintendo DS has been retail long along with the fact that the console had more games overall. There games such as Super Mario 64, MRio Kart 64, GoldenEye 007, Zelda Majora’s Mask, Perfect Dark and others that sold millions on the N64. But on the Nintendo DS we had titles such as Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Diamond along with Mario and Zelda games that people would spend their money on without thinking twice about it. The fact companies such as Microsoft and Sony went beyond 128 bit gaming in the 00’s in some way made the 64 bit Nintendo DS very popular. In fact the Nintendo DS sold more than the PSP did in the 00’s.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a decade since Final Fantasy Tactics A2 was released for the Nintendo DS. Since its release back in 2007 Final Fantasy A2 has managed to sell at least three quarters of a million units worldwide. As popular as the Nintendo DS was during the 00’s the Nintendo Wii seemed even more so. There were so many big RPG titles such as Xenoblade Chronicles, Tales of Symphonia, Final Fantasy Crystal and others that could have easily overshadowed this game on the Nintendo Wii.
However, when the original Final Fantasy Tactics game was first released in 1997 for the PS1 it managed to sell over 2 million units worldwide. But since the Final Fantasy was still very big on the PS1 in the mid 90’s following the release of FFVII it probably made sense that the original FF Tactics game would do great in sales during that time period. Many can agree that the Final Fantasy series has been more popular on PlayStation home based consoles then Nintendo during the 00’s. If Final Fantasy Tactics A2 was released for the Nintendo Wii it would be hard to tell how well the game would have done overall in terms of sales.
As far as the JRPG genre is concerned the Mana series is probably one of the most recognizable considering the fact that it has been around since the early 90’s. The Children of Mana was a game that had a good storyline which revolved around the Mana Lord who seemed like he was the main antagonist of the game. Not only did the Mana Lord try to destroy the main character but he also captured a priestress named Tess after stealing the Sword of Mana.
The interesting thing about the plot is that as the player progresses throughout the game they eventually learn that the Nana Lord had good intentions and that he was one of the children of Mana who had saved the world in the past. The player also learn that Mana Lord’s life purpose was to fill the world with Mana while the other child was doing the opposite and bring destruction.
While there are some unexpected plot twists and revelations that players discover throughout the game one them was that the Mana Lord suffered a tragic demise and eventually ended up taking his own life before giving the Sword of Mana to the hero who ends up defeating the Sciron of Mana. Since its release for the Nintendo DS back in 2006 the Children of Mana had managed to sell close to half a million units worldwide worldwide which good considering the fact that series was not as popular 00’s in comparison to the early 90’s. But as far as popularity is concerned the Mana will continue to be one of the most legendary JRPG series that the gaming world has seen.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that it has been almost a decade since Final Fantasy A2 was released for the Nintendo DS. Ever since, this JRPG game was released between 2007-2008 many people have wondered if Square Enix was ever going to make some type of sequel for Final Fantasy Tactics A2 in the near future. Following its release back in the late 00’s Final Fantasy Tactics A2 had managed to sell at least 750,000 units worldwide which is pretty good for a JRPG title for the Nintendo DS.
Despite, how impressive Final Fantasy Tactics A2 looked for the Nintendo DS it still sold less far less than the Final Fantasy Tactics game which was released for Game Boy Advance back in 2003. Since the early 00’s Final Fantasy Tactics for Game Boy Advance had managed to sell over two million units worldwide. Even though, the latest Final Fantasy Tactics game did not do as well in terms of sales there are hardcore fans of the series would like to see a direct sequel for the Nintendo 3DS. Some major questions involving a potential development and release of Final Fantasy Tactics A3 would revolve around the story along with what Square Enix could add to the in terms of in-game mechanics that would make it stand out from its predecessor.
When it comes down to handheld game consoles its well known by almost everyone that the Nintendo DS is the best selling handheld game console in world. It’s hard to believe that the Nintendo DS was released over 12 years ago when it first appeared in electronic retail stores back in late 2004. The 64 bit graphics of the Nintendo DS was appealing to many people who were fans of Nintendo consoles such as the N64. In fact, the Nintendo DS felt like a portable version of the Nintendo 64 depending on what game you were playing. There were games such as Super Mario 64 DS which were very cool game because it felt similar to the original Super Mario 64 title which was released for the Nintendo 64 in 1996. In terms of plot the DS version of Super Mario 64 was similar to the N64 version but different. One of the best things about Super Mario 64 DS is that it allowed players to choose multiple characters such as Yoshi, Wario and Luigi instead of just Mario. Ever since the DS version of Super Mario 64 was released back in late 2004 the game had managed to sell over 11 million units worldwide
Surprisingly, Super Mario 64 DS was not the best selling Mario game on the Nintendo DS. In fact the New Super Mario Bros had managed to sell over 30 million units worldwide since its release back in 2006. The cool thing about the New Super Mario Bros along with enhanced graphics was the fact that it was one of the first 2D side scrolling Mario titles that Nintendo had produced that featured voice acting. The fact that Nintendo were able to successfully combine elements of older 2D side scrolling Mario games with more detailed graphics was impressive.
Also, titles such a Zelda: Phantom Hourglass was special since it was one of the few multiplayer games to have ever been released in the series. The top-down 3D view of the game was a pretty cool feature that made Phantom Hourglass more appealing along with the fact that the game was considered to be the sequel of the Zelda: The Wind Waker which was released on Nintendo GameCube between late 2002 and early 2003 which also included multiplayer gameplay. Since its release back in mid-2007 The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass had managed to sell over 5 million units worldwide titles such as Zelda: Minish Cap for the Game Boy Advance and Zelda: Spirit Tracks for the Nintendo DS. Its hard to believe that when it comes down to worldwide sales the Nintendo DS has sold 154 million units worldwide since its release during the mid 00’s. The Nintendo DS is probably the best selling game console of all time right behind the PlayStation 2. As of right now when it comes down to home console it seems like Sony has dominated mainly throughout the 00’s and the early 10’s. But when it comes down to handheld consoles Nintendo has delivered the best gaming products since the early 90’s and it looks like its going to stay that way for a while.
The Legend of Zelda series is awesome both in 2D and 3D. But sometimes we wonder what the 3D games would be like in 2D and vice versa. There were some timeless classics in the Legend of Zelda series both in the mid to late 80’s and early 90’s which included nice pixelated graphics. Whether you played the Legend of Zelda series in 8 bit or 16 bit the storylines were interesting and the replay value of each game was high. Between games such as the original Zelda game and Link to the Past its very hard to choose one in terms of which is better. Some people would probably say the same thing about the modern Zelda titles such as Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild. If any of the 3D Zelda games were 2D it would be hard to tell whether or not each respective title would have achieved the same levels of success that they did in the gaming market.
While the 16 bit Zelda game entitled Link to the Past was a memorable classic some people would probably argue that we should had more titles for the Super Nintendo. If games such as Twlight Princess, Skyward Sword or Breath of the Wild were 16 bit titles it would definitely limit the amount of creativity that the designers had in making the game. While Nintendo constantly has new ways of reinventing themselves the use of 16 bit graphics only allows them to do so much with Zelda games. The 3D titles would not have been nearly as epic as they were if they were 16 bit.