When we think about some of the greatest crossover fighting video games from the 90’s decade one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind is X-Men vs Street Fighter. After X-Men vs Street Fighter appeared in arcade centers during the later part of 1996 many people were blown away by the Capcom’s game especially since it seemed like something that nobody expected at the time. It was no secret that the Street Fighter series was extremely popular following the initial release of SF II back in ’91. Also, X-Men has seemed like it was just as popular as the Street Fighter series considering how successful the 1992 animated series had become along with the series of video games we got to see during the early to mid 90’s.
We got see games such as X-Men Arcade (1992), X-Men Mutant Apocalypse (1994) along with X-Men: Children Of The Atom (1994) which were considered to be very good games prior to the release of X-Men vs Street Fighter in ’96. While Street Fighter Alpha 2 which also came out in ’96 was considered to be one of the best fighting games of that year X-Men vs Street Fighter took the gameplay to whole another level. X-Men vs Street Fighter had characters such as Ryu, Wolverine, Ken, Cyclops, Storm, Chun-Li, Rouge, Magento, Gambit, Cammy White, M. Bison along with having Apocalypse as a boss character. X-Men vs Street Fighter was probably one of the first major crossover fighting games that the gaming world had seen at the time and it eventually lead to the creation of the Marvel vs Capcom series which began back in 1999.
The arcade & Sega Saturn versions of X-Men Street Fighter were considered to be masterpieces the PS1 port that came out in ’98 was generally criticized due to the limitations of 32-bit console. While the PS1 version of X-Men vs Street Fighter had a crossover mode players were limited to mirror matches which ultimately ended up detracting from the overall quality of the game itself. Despite, the inferiority if the PS1 version of X-Men vs Street Fighter the arcade version was great. Players could perform special attacks, double team special attacks and numerous partner assists throughout each battle until there was one team left standing. As an arcade classic X-Men vs Street Fighter will never get old to retro gamers who were huge fans of 2D fighting games during the mid to late 90’s.
As the Switch continues to grow in popularity we are fortunate enough to also get to play classic NES titles provided on the console’s Online eShop. We have just learned that on April 10th Nintendo will be adding three more NES titles to the Nintendo Switch eShop including Super Mario Bros Lost Levels (1986), Punch Out (1987) and Star Solider (1986). While the Super Mario Bros series for the NES is very popular and well known throughout the gaming world not everyone is too familiar with Punch Out or Star Solder which were both somewhat addictive 8-bit titles from the 80’s.
While Star Solider is a retro space shoot em up game Punch Out is an arcade styled boxing game that had a high replay value. Punch Out was probably one of the most memorable sports/fighting games of the NES era and is one that would definitely be an attraction to Switch owners who are really into sports such as boxing. It almost certain that Nintendo will add more NES titles to the Switch eShop as we progress throughout the rest of the year and include more classics frond the 8-bit era of gaming.
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 many people know one of the most popular role-playing games to have been featured in the Sega Dreamcast during the early 00’s was Skies of Arcadia. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Skies of Arcadia was quite possibly one of the best role-playing games to have never received a sequel. Skies of Arcadia was also one of the best RPG’s to have never appeared on the PlayStation 2 back in the early 00’s as well. Some wonder whether or not Skies of Arcadia would have been a success for the PS2 back in the early 00’s especially considering the fact that games such as Final Fantasy IX along with FFX were very popular during that time period.
When it comes down to developing RPG’s no one does it better than Square Enix and its questionable whether or not Sega could have competed with them on the PS2 during that time period. Considering the fact that the Dreamcast console was discontinued in 2001 some believe that having Skies of Arcadia on the PS2 opposed to the Nintendo GameCube would have been better in the long run since the console ended up becoming more successful overall. In theory, Skies of Arcadia could have worked on the PS2 between the ’01-’02 time period but it may not have stood out as much as it did on either the Sega Dreamcast or the Nintendo GameCube.