As many people know Virtual Reality features that involves the Nintendo Labo VR will be coming soon to the Nintendo Switch and there are so many people who are excited to see what it has to offer. We recently just learned that Super Mario Odessey will now include a Theatre Mode were players will be able to what the intro of the game more in-depth. Also, the new Theater Mode will also allow players to rewatch the cutscenes of Super Mario Odessey after completing certain parts of the game which makes this 3D platformer even more appealing than it was following its initial release back in 2017. The Theater Mode for Super Mario Odessey will be available after the Labo VR update for the Nintendo Switch takes place on April 24th.
It should be noted that Super Mario Odessey will be the first game in the Mario series to have Virtual Reality features in general. While there are many people who wished for Nintendo to have more extensive gameplay for Super Mario Odessey this is the company’s first time utilizing Virtual Reality. Hopefully, we will get Virtual Reality features for titles such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe & Super Mario Party in the future in relation to the Nintendo Labo VR.
As far as blockbuster announcements are concerned we have received couple within the past three months or so in relation to upcoming releases. While Nintendo had introduced the Labo VR Kit which is set to be released later this month we have recently learned that Super Mario Odessey along with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are two games that people will be able to play while utilizing the Nintendo Labo Virtual Reality Kit. Its not much of a surprise that Nintendo has allowed these two games to support the Nintendo Labo VR especially considering how popular they both were following their respective releases back in 2017. In fact, Super Mario Odessey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild are both still huge attractions for the Nintendo Switch considering the fact that they are both within the top five as far as best selling titles for that console is concerned.
Also, Nintendo had made it clear from the beginning that the Nintendo Labo VR Kit was designed to target children. Besides its no secret that Nintendo generally loves to place more emphasis on their first party games in general which could possibly mean that we will eventually see VR support for games such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe & Splatoon 2 something in future. The software update which enables gameplay regarding Super Mario Odessey & Zelda: Breath Of The Wild for the Nintendo Switch is expected happen on April 25th. While players will be able to partake in three mini-missions from Super Mario Odessey in VR; Nintendo plans on giving players Zelda: Breath of the Wild a more extensive Virtual Reality experience all together.
When we think about some of the best non-Mario games to have been released for the Nintendo Wii between the mid-late 2000’s One of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. For those who do not know Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was a game developed by a Retro Games and published by Nintendo and released back in August 2007. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was considered to be the direct sequel to Metroid Prime 2: Echoes which was initially released for GameCube in 2005. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption sees the return of Dark Samus as the main protagonist while players control Samus while confronting Space Pirates while trying to avoid being controlled by the Phazon virus. Not only does Samus try to avoid being controlled by the Phazon she attempts to stop it from spreading to various different planets as well.
The visuals and gameplay for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was fantastic on the Nintendo Wii. While the controls for the game which included the Wii remote and nunchucks was a bit of challenge to some people it provided players with a more unique gaming experience than what they are generally used to. As far as sales are concerned the game managed to reach over one million copies in sales and while the MP3: Corruption was not quite as popular as the first Metroid Prime game its definitely a title that many people would not mind seeing on the Nintendo Switch sometime in the future. As it currently stands Retro Studios is currently working on Metroid Prime 4 which is expected to be released for the Switch console sometime between 2021-2022. When it comes down to top action-adventure titles for the Wii console during the late 00’s Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was definitely one of the top games for that console during that time period and is one that fans of the Metroid series should check out if they never had a chance to do so in the past.
When we think about high profile video games from the GaneCube era of the early 2000’s one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker which was initially released in Japan back in December 2002 before appearing in America during March of 2003. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was considered to be very unique following its release due to the fact that it was very different from its predecessors in terms of visuals and gameplay. Unlike, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker had featured cel-shaded graphics along with heavy emphasis on travel through sea opposed to land. Back in the early 00’s cel-shaded graphics was something that was not too common in many video games which made Wind Waker special.
Also, the story for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was great and full of twists, turns and surprises that kept players on the edge of their seats. In Wind Waker players go from attempting to rescue Link’s sister Tetra after being captured by Helmaroc King to discovering that he works for Ganon who is trying to rule the world by utilizing the Triforce. Throughout, the game players visit various locations including the Forsaken Fortress, Windfall Island (where Link meets the King of the Red Lions), Tower of the Gods along with the Kingdom of Hyrule which was submerged underwater by an ancient goddess many years before the setting of the game took place. While Link’s mission was to search for the Hero of Time’s power in order to retrieve the Master Sword located within the underwater kingdom of Hyrule he was also charged with the task of searching for the three Pearls of Goddesses before doing so.
In his quest to thwart Ganon’s plans players had to learn how to master the Wind Waker baton in order to play various melodies. The melodies learned by Link in this game allows him to not only utilize the Wind Requiem to manipulate the wind’s direction; but also provides him with additional abilities such as warping to different regions throughout the game which is really convenient in the long-run. Despite, the initial criticisms Zelda: The Wind Waker had received shortly after its release it ended up reaching close to five million units worldwide in terms of sales. In fact, Zelda: The Wind Waker ended up becoming the fourth best selling game for the Nintendo GameCube surpassing the likes of Metroid Prime which was arguably the best video game for that console back in 2002. While Zelda: The Wind Waker may have fell short in sales in relation to other games in the series such as Ocarina of Time (1998) or Twilight Princess (2006) there is no question that it was one of the best video games of the GameCube era in general.
For those who were huge fan of pro-wrestling back in the 2000’s then WWE Day of Reckoning 2 a title published by THQ might be a game that you are familiar with especially for those who owned a Nintendo GameCube during that decade. WWE Day of Reckoning 2 was the direct sequel to the first DoR game which was also released for the Nintendo GameCube about a year earlier in 2004. As far as gameplay is concerned Day of Reckoning 2 was a step-up from its prequel due to the inclusion of a more refined grappling system. Also, Day of Reckoning 2 had a more advanced submission system which was definitely an improvement from its prequel forced people to utilize more psychology during gameplay. As far as the plot for the Story Mode is concerned were people who were impressed by the fact that it gave players options in terms of choosing different paths as they progress throughout the game despite ultimately having the same ending.
Day of Reckoning 2 allows players to create their own wrestler as he journeys on both Raw and Smackdown to win various titles including the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship about a year following the events of WrestleMania XX in DoR 1. Throughout, the Story Mode players with go head to head with some of the top stars of the Ruthless Aggression Era such as John Cena, Randy Orton, Triple H, Chris Jericho, Edge, HBK and more along with a few WWE Legends from the 80’s and the 90’s. Day of Reckoning 2 was arguably the best WWE title to have released for Nintendo GameCube and is considered to be a title worth playing for pro-wrestling fan that never had a chance to play it during the 00’s.
As far as popular games from the 00’s are concerned everyone has there list of favorites in terms of what they consider to be top games within that decade. For those who owned a Nintendo GameCube back in the early 00’s and was a huge fan of the Metroid series in general then there is absolutely no question that you are a huge fan of the Prime series from 2002-2007. While Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was a fantastic first-person action-adventure title some would put its ’02 prequel or even its ’07 sequel above it in terms of quality. However, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was still one of the best GameCube titles of the mid 00’s. In this game players got to see the official debut of Dark Samus after she made a cameo in the original Metroid Prime game. Also, players had the opportunity to explore two different parallel dimensions after Aether is divided into two when a comet hits the planet splitting the planetary energy two creating a Dark Aether in the process.
There where various aspects about Metroid Prime 2: Echoes that people admired including the platform and puzzle solving elements of the game. Also, unlike its 2002 predecessor Metroid Prime 2: Echoes had a multiplayer mode that could allow up to four people with games such as Bounty and Deathmatch which added to its overall replay value. The plot for Metroid Prime 2: Echoes felt like it had a dark tone especially considering the demise of the marines who were attacked by creatures called Ing’s along with the threat that the Luminoth’s faced throughout the game. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was without a doubt a critically acclaimed first-person action-adventure title for GameCube which was eventually ported for the Wii console back in 2009. Since then we have not seen any Wii-U or Switch ports of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes but hopefully the game will be remastered in HD on a current generation console sometime in the future.
As far as the Nintendo Switch is concerned there has been more interesting news about hybrid console has been revealed as of late besides the Mario bundle deal that lasts from March 10th to March 16th. For those who are fans aloof retro gaming you will be happy to know that two NES classics from the 80’s Kid Icarus along with Star Tropics are now playable on Nintendo Switch Online. Despite, either game being as popular as Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda or the MegaMan series they are both games that some would say have high replay values. There is no doubt that retro 2D games are still somewhat of an attraction today seeing how indie video game developers come out with titles such as Celeste, The Longest Five Minutes and more.
While its possible that StarTropics and Kid Icarus could end up being overshadowed by indie games as far as the Switch console is console. Either way, seeing classic NES games on the Switch is good especially since it will attract more fans of retro gaming in general. Hopefully, Nintendo releases more NES and SNES games for Nintendo Switch Online in the future.