As far as upcoming games in relation to this year is concerned there are so many titles that many people are looking forward to seeing on various different game consoles. For the Nintendo Switch one of the few video games that has recently been confirmed for a upcoming release this Spring is a futuristic racing title called Xenon Racer. For those who do not know Xenon Racer is a game developed by 3DClouds and published by SOEDESCO and the gameplay looks and resembles the likes of popular futuristic racing titles such as F-Zero and Fast RMX. The setting of Xenon Racer takes place in the near future of 2030 where racers compete against one another in a tournament using electric vehicles.
Xenon Racer is expected to appear on multiple game consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and the Nintendo Switch in March 26th. As a racing game Xenon Racer has the potential to become one of the top games within its genre in relation to 2019. It will be interesting to see how much Xenon Racer sells following its release and whether or not it will surpass the likes of V-Rally 4 in popular this year.
As many people know it was confirmed back in 2018 that multiple Final Fantasy games were set to appear on the Nintendo Switch sometime this year. In fact Final Fantasy X/X-2 was one of those games that has been confirmed for this year and it has been recently revealed that its set to appear on the Nintendo Switch on April 16th. For those who do not know Final Fantasy X/X-2 are two popular RPG titles that appeared on the PlayStation 2 back in the early 00’s before the remastered versions of both games appeared on the PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4 between 2013-2015.
Back in the 00’s nobody ever thought that we were ever going to see Final Fantasy X/X-2 on a Nintendo console. This is especially exciting since the Nintendo Switch is definitely in need of more solid RPG’s and with Final Fantasy X/X-2 are titles that will probably become one of the big attractions on the hybrid console throughout 2019. It will be interesting to see how popular Final Fantasy X-X-2 becomes on the Nintendo Switch as we progress throughout 2019.
When it comes down to 2D platform indie games of 2018 one of the most popular games of that year was Celeste. Since its release Celeste has been praised by numerous critics for its storyline along with its gameplay and graphics that resembles modern 8 bit gaming. Since its release back in January of last year Celeste has managed to sell at least 50,000 units worldwide which is pretty good for an indie game. Despite, how much Celeste shined as a 2D platformer on consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch this past year there is no question that it was overshadowed by games such as Monster Hunter: World, God of War, Super Mario Odessey, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and many more.
Just because Celeste was overshadowed for the most the most part in 2018 does not mean that the game does not deserve a sequel. In fact, Celeste has only been out for only one year and while it does indeed draw a sequel it will probably be a couple of years before the developer Matt Makes Games actually makes one. It will be interesting to see whether or not Matt Makes Games decides to make a sequel for Celeste in future but as it currently stands it seems like the developer has no plans on making it a reality.
When it comes down to superhero based action-adventure video games one of the most popular Switch that that we have seen within the past decade is the Batman Arkham titles that were released between 2009-2015. Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment was on fire in the early 10’s with the its Batman games the popularity of the movies “Dark Night” and “The Dark Night Rises” definitely played a huge role on their successes as each title were huge attractions for consoles such as the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. As big as the trilogy of Batman games were during the first half of the decade some wonder whether or not they would be an attraction on the Nintendo Switch.
In theory, the Batman: Arkham Collection would be a huge success on the Nintendo Switch if Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment had any plans on bringing it to the Nintendo Switch. But at the same time the Batman Arkham Collection could also be overshadowed by first party games made by Nintendo such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Odessey, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and others. Also, adult-oriented games seem to shine more on consoles such as the PS4 and the Xbox One opposed to the Nintendo Switch which seems to target a younger audience.
As many people know Nintendo is not too big on the idea of making RPG’s for the Mario series especially since it became popular mainly through the development of platform genre games. However, we did get to see Mario + Rabbits Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch back in 2017 and since its release the game had received mostly positive reviews. Despite, not being as popular as the the Super Mario RPG game for the SNES from 1996 Mario + Rabbits Kingdom Battle still holds up as a solid role playing game. In fact some people wonder whether or not Mario + Rabbits Kingdom Battle could have been a huge attraction on the Wii-U anytime between 2013-2016.
While the Wii-U was nowhere near as successful as the Nintendo Switch now its possible that this Mario RPG game could of been every bit as popular on the Wii-U as it currently is on the Nintendo Switch. But at the same time its possible that Mario + Rabbits Kingdom Battle could have her overshadowed by games such as Super Mario 3D World, Zelda: Skyward Sword, Mario Kart 8 and others. The popularity of the Nintendo Switch Switch following its release was in March 2017 was definitely a factor in the success of this recent Mario RPG game and its something that Nintendo’s last generation console was definitely lacking in after late 2012.
There have been so many cool fighting titles that we have seen throughout the past couple of years in the 10’s decade. However, when we thing about fighting titles that were released between the 2015-2016 time period Mortal Kombat X along with Capcom’s Street Fighter V are two titles that comes to mind. While both game received a lot of mainstream art prior to their respective releases there is no question that Mortal Kombat X was definitely the more popular of the two games. The introduction of new characters such as Cassie Cage, D’Vorah, Kortal Khan along with returning ones like Johnny Cage Soyna, Sub-Zero, Kitana and Milenna made the game worth buying just for the action. With improved gaming mechanics in comparison to MK 9 and a new cinematic quality story mode Mortal Kombat X went on to sell over 5 million copies worldwide.
When Street Fighter V was was first released back in early 2016 the game was not fully complete and initially received mixed to negative reviews. But as the year progressed we eventually saw saw a cinematic story mode for the game which was pretty cool especially since it was the first time ever that we have seen that feature within a Street Fighter game in general. While favorites such as Ryu, Ken Chun-Li, Cammy, Vega and Karin were free characters while others such as Sakura and Akuma who were very popular in the series were DLC. While Street Fighter V was not quite as successful as Super Street Fighter IV it was still a very solid fighting title that deserves to be ported to the Nintendo Switch.
However, if many people were to choose one game over the other they would most likely be in favor of Mortal Kombat X being ported to the Switch console over Street Fighter V. Mortal Kombat X not only sold more than Street Fighter V but the game was almost every bit as good as MK 9 which came out in 2011 and they both cult following along with being fighting titles that exceeded the e in of many people following their respective releases.
As many people know Super Smash Bros Ultimate is one of the most popular video games out right now for the Nintendo Switch. Since its release Super Smash Bros Ultimate has reached over 1.3 million in sales over in Japan and is currently the top game in that country right now. It should be noted that Super Smash Bros Ultimate has been out for roughly over a week now and many people have high expectations for this game in relation to 2019. As sales for Super Smash Bros Ultimate continues to increase throughout the rest of this year there are people who wonder how much the multiplayer fighting game will sell before 2020.
Its quite possible that Super Smash Bros Ultimate will end up hitting over 5 million copies in sales before the end of 2020. After all the Super Smash Bros Wii-U game ended up reaching over 5 million units in sales following its release in 2014. However, it took a couple of years for Super Smash Bros Wii-U to hit over 5 million units in sales and the same might be the case for Super Smash Bros Ultimate.