There were so many cool 2D platform games that came out during the early 90’s for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System along with the Sega Genesis including the Super Mario Bros and the Sonic the Hedgehog series which are often talked about by many retro gamers. However, titles such as Ducktales 1 & 2 never seems to get as much credit as they deserve for the NES. In fact, some might argue that Ducktales 1 & 2 where more deserving of an SNES port back in the early 90’s.
It’s understandable that the first Ducktales game was released for NES since millions of people already had the console after its release in 1983. However, Ducktales 2 was released in 1994 and people where starting to move away from the NES and towards the SNES during that time period. While it would have been cool to see the original Ducktales game on the SNES it may not have sold as much as it would have on the NES during the time.
As many people know Metroid II: The Return of Samus was the second installment of the Metroid series which was first released exclusively for Game Boy back in November 1991. Despite, not being quite as popular as the original Metroid game for the NES Metroid II: The Return of Samus is generally regarded as one of the best Game Boy titles of the early 90’s. However, the sequel of the original Metroid game which came out in the late 80’s had seemed more deserving of a release for a home based console such as the NES or even the SNES which was released back in 1990.
Even though, we eventually got Super Metroid for the SNES that did not come until 1994. But since the original Game Boy was starting to become more popular following its release in 1989 it would make sense that Nintendo would release Metroid II: The Return of Samus for the handheld console during the early 90’s. In terms of whether or not Metroid II: The Return of Samus would have had more success on the SNES is questionable. However, Metroid II: Return of Samus was popular enough for Nintendo to release a remake of the game for the handheld 3DS console back in September 2017.
Back in the 90’s there were countless arcade games that were a ton of fun to play especially with friends such X-Men: Arcade, Final Fight, Double Dragon, Battletoads, The Simpson’s etc. But when it came down to multiplayer beat em up games in arcade centers TMNT: Turtles in Time was a very popular. In fact some might argue that TMNT: Turtles in Time was the best 2D side scrolling beat em up game of the 90’s.
Back in the 80’s and early 90’s The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was at its peak in terms of popularity. The fact that the world got to see a four player side scrolling 2D beat em up game was a very big deal at the time especially considering how popular the animated series was in the late 80’s and the movies were in the early 90’s. Even though, the Double Dragon and the Final Fight series was popular in the early 90’s they did not feature four player gameplay. To this day TMNT: Turtles in Time was and is still refs as one of the best beat em up titles of the 90’s if not all time.
When it comes down to beat em up games from the 90’s Battletoads and Streets of Rage 3 are both considered to be two of the most challenging titles of the decade. There have been many who have argued that Battletoads for the NES is very tough but possible to complete in co-op mode. However, there have been many people who have simply found Street of Rage 3 almost impossible to complete on a level higher than the easy especially the American version of the game.
Each stage of Streets of Rage 3 felt longer than its two predecessors along with the fact that the boss battles seemed more difficult due to how advanced the AI was throughout the game. Even in, co-op mode Street of Rage 3 was quite challenging along with the fact that players were expected to complete the game on the highest difficulty in order to get the best ending. In terms of which game is more popular many people are inclined to argue in favor of Battletoads especially since a majority of NES games from the late 80’s-early 90’s in general were extremely difficult to complete.
When it comes down to some of the biggest Game Boy titles to never have been released on the SNES Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins is one of the many games that comes to mind. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins was the game that Wario made his debut as the main antagonist. There are some who argue that Wario was a decent villain at the time and could have became more popular has Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins had been releyfor the SNES.
But as good Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins was for Game Boy it could have been easily overshadowed by Super Mario World which was released back in later part of 1990. Since its release Super Mario World when on to sell over 20 million units worldwide and is generally regarded as the best selling game for the SNES. The fact that Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins was released for Game Boy made it stand out along with other aspects of the game such as the setting and overall plot of the game itself.
When it comes down to Game Boy titles of the 90’s both Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening are considered to be classics. While both titles differ in genre both Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Link’s Awakening were both challenging games that required trail and error in order to complete them both in their entirety. Both Super Mario Land 2: Golden Coins and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening looked like they had the potential to work on the SNES back in the 90’s since the quality of both games were great during the early 90’s.
Also, both games felt somewhat different from what we would normally see in Mario and Zelda games. Unlike, most titles in the Mario series Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins had Wario as the main antagonist instead of Bowser. In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins players have to defeat Wario to help Mario regain control of his castle.
In Zelda: Link’s Awakening the game felt different due to the fact that the setting takes place outside of Hyrule along with the exclusion of Princess of Zelda. Despite, how different both games where from their NES/SNES prequels in terms of plot and setting both games were very successful on Game Boy. In terms of which game was more successful during the 90’s is highly debatable but some might give the slight edge to Link’s Awakening to being the more memorable of the two the titles.
When it comes down to racing titles of the 00’s both F-Zero GX and Sonic Riders that caught the attention of most gamers besides the Gran Turismo series. F-Zero GX was the long awaited sequel of F-Zero X which was released for the N64 back in 1998. Ever since F-Zero GX was released for the Nintendo GameCube it was seen by fans and critics alike as arguably the best racing title for that console in 2003. F-Zero GX being seen as one of the best racing title of 2003 says a lot especially since Mario Kart: Double Dash was released a few months later for the Nintendo GameCube in November.
Sonic Riders in the other hand was released for multiple game consoles including PS2, GameCube and Xbox back in 2006. The story for Sonic Riders along with the graphics, gameplay and soundtrack was pretty cool. In the early 00’s nobody expected to see a game like Sonic Riders from Sega at the time which made it somewhat memorable. In terms of quality many would probably give F-Zero GX the slight edge over Sonic Riders as a racing game overall.