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.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Space Channel 5: (1999)

As far as memorable games for the Sega Dreamcast is concerned there are some people would recall Space Channel 5 as being few titles that stood out with the likes of Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi. Space Channel 5 was a music game developed by Grounding, Inc released in late 1999 that had a futuristic theme interesting plot that was set approximately 500 years in the future from that year. The idea of various interstellar stations competing in a ratings war was something that seemed very creative from a fictional standpoint. The plot saw players trying to rescue hostages who were kidnapped by an alien race known as Morolians along with controlling Ulala a news reporter and the main character of the game. The idea of using dance moves to progress throughout the game may have reminded some people of Dance Dance Revolution which between ’98-’99 when the first game it appeared in arcade centers.

As far as popularity is concerned Space Channel 5 was not quite in the same level as DDR but it was one of the more unique Sega titles that we have ever seen. In fact, Space Channel 5 is still considered to be popular today especially since we are supposed be getting a VR version of this game sometime in 2019 on a date that has yet to be revealed. Sometimes its hard to believe that it has been almost 20 years since Space Channel 5 was released for Dreamcast. As a title within the music genre of gaming Space Channel 5 is one that could still hold up in 2019.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Nights Into Dreams: (1996)

As far as retro games for the Sega Saturn is concerned there is no doubt whatsoever Nights Into Dreams was one of the most high profile video games for that console during the mid 90’s. There were many people who were highly impressed by various aspects of the game such as graphics, level design gameplay along with the inclusion of a creative storyline. Nights Into Dreams had seven different levels that players could earn grades on upon completion which was considered to be unique at the time. In fact, some might argue that the grade concept following the completion of different levels from Nights Into Dreams provided Sega with the idea to include it in both Sonic Adventure 1 & 2. As far as 3D action-adventure type games are concerned many would argue that Nights Into Dreams was the most popular title on the Sega Saturn during the mid 90’s and deserved to be ported for Dreamcast between ’98-’99.

In addition, to being one of the more memorable action-adventure games for the Sega Saturn some would argue that Nights Into Dreams was more popular on that console than any Sonic title that came out between ’95-97. Nights Into Dreams was a game that seemed ahead of its time following its release ’96. In fact, Nights Into Dreams is considered to be a better title than its 2007 Wii sequel known as Journey Of Dreams despite having more inferior graphics.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Sonic R: (1997)

As far as retro games within the Sonic the Hedgehog series is concerned many people instantly the trilogy which appeared on the Sega Genesis between ’91-94. In relation to popularity the first three Sonic games were arguably the best titles that Sega had developed within the set in relation to the 90’s. However, there were games that were released on the Sega Saturn such as Sonic 3D Blast along with Sonic R which are two titles that do not get as much attention because they were not as popular as the classics from the 16-bit Sega Genesis console. Sonic R was initially released back in November 1997 before appearing in Microsoft Windows in the Fall of 1998. Sonic R ended up becoming the very first racing game within the entire series and while it was considered to be solid despite having a small roster it was praised for its visuals and mainly its soundtrack. As far as popularity is concerned Sonic R was not nearly on the same level of Mario Kart 64 which was released back in December 1996.

The Mario Kart series had been around since 1992 and the very first game within that set ended up becoming a cult classic and a title that reached close to 9 million in sales. The Sega Saturn in general was not as popular in America as the Sega Genesis possibly due to competition from the PS1 and the Nintendo 64 during the 90’s decade. Even though, Sonic R was not nearly as successful as other Sonic games from the 90’s many people praised the game for its level design and it looked like something that could work in arcade centers. In fact, some retro gamers might argue that Sonic R was a more memorable title than Sonic Racers from 2006 despite being more inferior in relation to quality. Sonic R was a game that could have possibly been a bigger attraction in the Sega Dreamcast in ’98 following its release in countries such as Japan & America during that year.

Sindel joins the Mortal Kombat 11 roster?

As far as Mortal Kombat 11 is concerned it looks like we might possible seeing a long time character within the series make their return in this game. For those who do not know Sindel is the mother of Kitana and the husband of Shao Khan and was also known as the Queen of Outworld was last seen as a playable character in Mortal Kombat 9 which was released back in 2011. Not too long ago MK creator Ed Boon had tweeted out a teaser trailer for Sindel’s new look and its something that has many people talking. As far as additional characters to the MK 11 roster is concerned we recently got to see Shang Tsung included in the game.

Ever since, Shang Tsung’s inclusion in Mortal Kombat 11 characters such as Spawn and Nightwolf have also been teased with many hoping that they eventually do appear in the game as DLC. While many people had hoped see Milenna teased or featured as DLC for Mortal Kombat 11 it looks like something that is unlikely to happen at the moment. Despite, not being quite as popular in the series as Milenna especially following the story for Mortal Kombat IX it would nice to see her as a playable character in MK 11.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Fallout 3: (2008)

As far as action role playing games from the late 00’s are concerned one of the most popular video games that the world got to see was Bethesda’s Fallout 3 released in Fall 2008. For those who do not know the Fallout series originated back in 1997 and the second game in the series known as Fallout 2 was released a decade before Fallout 3 which appeared on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. As far as gameplay and visuals are concerned Bethesda had completely reinvented the Fallout series especially considering the fact that the third major installment was the first 3D game within the entire series. The Fallout game from 1998 had 2D isometric graphics and almost felt like a completely different game than what we got from Fallout 3 all the way up to Fallout 76. As far as the story for Fallout 3 is concerned it was one that was compelling due to the fact that it was set in a post-apocalyptic setting in the early part of the 23rd century. In Fallout 3 players had the opportunity to travel around the ruins of cities such as Maryland and North Virginia and the ability to develop their character’s attributes for survival.

Throughout, the game players learn more about the main protagonist known as the “Lone Wanderer” following his upbringing in Vault 101. Along with learning more about the history of the “Lone Wanderer’s” father concerning”Project Purify and Enclaves plans to impede his project the storyline takes many interesting twists and turns which can ultimately leaded to multiple endings depending on the decisions player make throughout the game. Since its release in ’08 Fallout 3 has been seen as one of the most popular action role-playing games of the 00’s and was arguably the best installment within the entire series. Not only did Fallout 3 receive numerous “Game Of The Year” awards from various gaming entities between ’08-’09 it also managed to sell over 12 million copies since its release. In fact, Fallout 3 was one of the best titles to be showcased E3 2007 and ended up becoming one of the most anticipated video games of 2008. As far as the action role-playing genre of gaming is concerned Fallout 3 is considered to be a classic that many gamers still have fond memories about to this day.

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.