Retro Gaming 90’s- Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (1997)

As far as first person shooter game me are concerned in relation to the Nintendo 64 Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was one of the most popular games for that console during the mid to late 90’s. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was a game developed by Iguana Entertainment and published by Acclaim Entertainment and was initially released in March 1997. This was a game that some people would consider ahead of its time especially considering especially since the first person shooter genre was not nearly as popular in the late 90’s as it was during the 00’s & 10’s decade. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter had some of the visuals that one would ever see on a Nintendo 64 video game and a basic plot involving Turok’s mission to stop the main antagonist Campaigner from gaining access to pieces of a historic artifact known as the Chonospecter. While searching for keys and pieces of the Chonospecter artifact in various levels players are faced with constant threats such as dinosaurs, demons, insects, mercenaries, etc. While destroying enemies players will have the opportunity to collect and utilize different weapons throughout the game such as the Pulse Gun, Assault Rifle, Fusion Cannon, Tek Bow and a Pistol.

As a first person shooter game Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was not only considered to be a success but the game managed to sell at least 1.5 million copies worldwide following its release. In fact, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was one of the most popular titles within its genre for the N64 next to the likes GoldenEye 007 & Perfect Dark. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was a classic that some people are still nostalgic about today and was a title among many others that made the Nintendo 64 worth having during the mid to late 90’s.

Will the Polymega surpass the SNES Classic in sales?

There were so many exciting announcements at E3 2019 in relation to upcoming video games that are set to be released now and 2020 its almost overwhelming. The news regarding future release of the Polymega console is something that everyone is talking about right now. The Polymega is a console can run older generation games from the 80’s and 90’s such as the NES, Super NES, Sega Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, Sega Saturn and more. While the appeal of owning an all in one retro based game console is high the price for the Polymega is reasonable considering the fact that the pre-orders for it is $299. As we wait for the upcoming release of the Polymega it should be noted that the Sega Mega Drive Mini along with the TurboGrafix-16 Mini are expected to be released later this year as well.

When the SNES was first released back in late September 2017 it had a price tag of $79.99. The Sega Mega Drive Mini which includes 40 classic titles from the early 90’s will also be priced at $79.99 following its release on September 19th later this year. While many are questioning whether or not the Sega Mega Drive Mini will surpass the SNES Classic in sales the Polymega is a console that has the potential to sell more than both respective game systems. Its tough to predict how much the Polymega game system will end up selling within its first year. As far as upcoming game consoles are concerned we have Project Scarlett and PlayStation 5 which are both likely to be released sometime in late 2020. Also, we have new gaming platforms such as Google Stadia and Apple Arcade which are expected to take off following their upcoming releases in Fall 2019 which can definitely affect the overall sales of the Polymega.

Collection Of Mana now available for the Nintendo Switch!!!

As far as Nintendo’s E3 presentations are concerned many people were both thrilled and satisfied with what they saw and heard in relation to announcements involving upcoming games. While there has been a lack of classic JRPG’s on the Nintendo Switch between 2017-2018 many were happy to find out that the Collection Of Mana was made available earlier today for the hybrid console. The Collection of Mana includes three retro RPG titles from the early 90’s which are all considered to be legendary among many gaming communities. The first game includes Final Fantasy Adventure/Mystic Quest which was released for Game Boy back in 1991. Final Fantasy Adventure/Mystic Quest was technically the first entry in the Mana series before the release of Secret Of Mana 2 which was released for the SNES back in 1993. Secret If Mana 2 was arguably the most popular installment in the Mana series because it was one of the first 2D Action-RPG titles to feature a multiplayer mode that allowed up to three players simultaneously.

Also, Seiken Densetsu 3 is another JRPG game that is included in the Collection Of Mana. For those who do not know Seiken Densetsu 3 was originally released back in September ’95 as a Japanese SNES exclusive with gameplay that was similar to its predecessor Secret Of Mana 2. Despite, how great Seiken Densetsu 3 was during the mid 90’s the game was never released in America which something many people have wanted to see for over two decades. Seiken Densetsu 3 will not only be apart of the Collection Of Mana but it was also announced at E3 2019 that the game will receive a full HD remake entitled “Trials Of Mana”. The high definition release of Trails Of Mana will be available for the PS4, Switch and PC sometime in early 2020. But for those who have not played the first three Mana games that came out between ’91-’95 for Game Boy/SNES you can purchase the Collection Of Mana online for $39.99. The Collection Of Mana is playable in multiple languages including English, German, France and Spanish is a game that will definitely be a huge attraction on the Nintendo Switch throughout 2019.

Metroid Prime (2002) vs Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006) which was better?

As far as top action-adventure games from the 00’s decade are concerned there are many exciting titles that instantly comes to mind. For the Nintendo GameCube which was released back in ’01 two of the biggest action-adventure titles for that console included Metroid Prime and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Metroid Prime was a game that exceeded the expectations of many people especially considering the fact that people had waited since ’93 for the game before it was released in November 2002. The original Metroid Prime game was praised by fans and critics alike for its visuals, sound effects along with Nintendo’s ability to successfully develop a 3D installment to the series which became popular in 2D. Since its release Metroid Prime was named “Game Of the Year” by multiple gaming publications such as GameSpy, GameSpot, Edge and EGM and had rivaled the likes of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as far as popularity is concerned.

As popular as the Metroid series was back in the 00’s with the trilogy of games that we saw between ’02-’07 some would argue in favor of Zelda: Twilight Princess in being a better action-adventure game. Twilight Princess was a game that many people praised for various reasons such as its graphics and its controls especially the return of Z-targeting on the Wii (L-targeting on GameCube). Also, the artificial intelligence was more challenging in Twilight Princess which added to the game’s overall replay value. As far as overall sales are concerned Zelda: Twilight Princess sold close to 9 million altogether for GameCube and Wii combined and eventually received an HD remake on the Wii-U in early 2016. As far as which title was more superior between Metroid Prime and Zelda: Twilight Princess is debatable and really depends on what series you are more a fan of.

Could Metal Slug 1 have been successful on the PS1 in America during ‘96?

When it comes down to popular video game genres of the early 90’s there is no question that run and gun video games were big during that time. We had games such as Contra III: The Alien Wars along with the first three Mega Man X titles which were big attractions in countries like America following their respective releases. As far as underrated 2D run as gun shooting games are concerned the original Metal Slug game that first appeared in Japanese arcade centers in April 1996 is considered to be a classic. While Metal Slug: Super Vehicle 001 eventually came to America for the Neo Geo the PS1 port of the game had remained a Japanese exclusive following its release in the Summer of ’97.

By 1997, 2D gaming in general was starting to get old to many gamers. On consoles such as the PS1, Nintendo 64 and the Sega Dreamcast many people were starting to become more obsessed with 3D games such as Metal Gear Solid, Tekken, Soul Calibur, Tomb Raider and many others between the mid to late 90’s. If the Metal Slug series began a few years before it did sometime between 1990-1991 it could have definitely competed with the likes of the Contra and the Mega Man series during the early 90’s. But since the original Neo Geo home console was priced around $650 following its release back in back in 1990 its unlikely that too many people in America would have had a chance to play it at all. But making the PS1 port of the original Metal Slug game a Japanese exclusive was probably the best thing to do in the mid 90’s overall.

Fatal Fury Special (1993) vs King Of Fighters ‘98 (1998) which game was more popular?

There were so many cool fighting games that came out back in the 90’s that were considered to be very popular including the Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Tekken series. Back in the 90’s 2D fighting titles were considered to be big attractions in arcade centers. However, there are many people who would probably agree that a lot of SNK’s fighting titles were overlooked back in 90’s such as Fatal Fury (1991), Fatal Fury 2 (1993), King of Fighters ’94 (1994) and a few others. While SNK has produced many solid fighting games during the 1990’s decade games like Fatal Fury: Special along with King of Fighters ’98 were considered to be among the best that the company has ever developed.

While many people are divided on which game was more popular in arcade centers following their respective releases some would probably choose King Of Fighters ’98 over Fatal Fury: Special. King Of Fighters ’98 was arguably the best 2D fighting game of the 90’s decade with highly refined graphics in comparison to its predecessors dating back to 1994. The roster for King Of Fighters ’98 was robust with the inclusion of characters such as Ryo Sakazaki, Joe Higashi, Mai Shiranui, Kyo Kusanagi and others which became an arcade smash hit before it was ported to console such as Neo Geo, PS1 and Sega Dreamcast between 1998-1999. While King Of Fighters ’98 is considered to be a classic it remained a Japanese exclusive following its release back in the Summer of ’98 and did not come to America until it appeared on Dreamcast in the Fall of ’99.

As popular as KOF ’98 was during the late 90’s the game could have easily been overshadowed by titles such as Street Fighter: Alpha 3 (1998) and Marvel vs Capcom (1999) in America. Also, you had the growing popularity of 3D fighting games such Tekken 3 (1997) and Soul Calibur (1998) which were also very big in the United States back in the late 90’s. As competition grew within the fighting genre of gaming SNK seemed to have been unfortunately overlooked which is probably while King Of Fighters ’98 was not as popular as it should of been back in the day.

Super Mario Odessey will be getting a Theater Mode in the near future!!!

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.