There were so many cool action RPG games that came out during the 16 bit era. However, when we look at memorable action RPG titles they generally were featured on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System opposed to the Mega Drive or the Sega Genesis. However, when it comes down to the Mega Drive/Genesis console one of the few action RPG titles that people remembers is Swords of Vermillion back in December of 1989.
Along with having an interesting plot where players have to free Vermillion from Darkness the game had some interesting features. An example, would be that players were able to play Swords of Vermillion from servers different views including Town, Battle, Boss and Dungeon which really made the game itself unique. As interesting as it was to see an action RPG title like Swords of Vermillion on the Genesis console some would probably question why the game never received a sequel despite being critically acclaimed by a few publications back in the early 90’s.
When it comes down to RPG titles of the early 00’s Golden Sun was a title that stands out to many retro gamers who owned a Game Boy Advance back in the day. As a GBA title Golden Sun was probably one of the coolest RPG titles that one would ever play. In America Golden Sun was not only critically acclaimed as an RPG title but it the game had managed to sell roughly three quarters of a million copies within the country.
On the SNES console Golden Sun could of ended up being more popular than it was during the early 00’s. But at the same time there were countless RPG titles such a Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Illusion of Gaia that Golden Sun would have to compete with back in the 90’s. It’s quite possible that Golden Sun could have been easily overshadowed if it was released back in the 16 bit era of gaming.
When it comes down to fighting games from the 90’s there were constant titles such Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Tekken 2 & 3, Mortal Kombat II and many others that were amazing. Most of the fighting titles from the 90’s were legendary especially the 2D games but in terms of which one was the most difficult is debatable among retro gamers.
In arcade centers games such as Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 seemed very challenging to many people. CPU opponents were very tough along with trying to execute signature moves and fatalities with various characters in the game. Also, the battles that players have to go through after choosing their destiny are insanely difficult especially the endurance fights where they must defeat multiple people in two rounds before moving to Motaro and Shao Kahn. While many might have different opinions on which fight game was the toughest to beat in the 90’s Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 would take the cake for most people.
When it comes down to side scrolling shooter titles R-Type III: The Third Lighting was arguably one of the best games to have been featured on the SNES. In fact some, might argue that next to the original R-Type gaming that R-Type III: The Third Lighting was one of the best side scrolling shooter titles of the early 90’s in general.
The inclusion of extremely tough boss battles was one of the few things that made R-Type addictive. Also, the inclusion of a two player mode was another feature that added to the replay value of R-Type III: The Third Lightning and was also something that was a great deal of fun for those who had friends who were also big fans of the series. The game was so popular back in the early 90’s that it eventually got ported for the Game Boy Advance and the Wii Virtual Console during the 00’s.
There were so many cool games that world saw during the early 90’s in a variety of different genres such as fighting, beat em up, RPG, etc. Even though, the scrolling shooter genre was beginning to decline during the 90’s there were arcade games like Samurai Aces which was developed by Psikyo that looked impressive. The crazy thing about Samurai Aces was that the games was not released for a home console until the early 00’s when it was ported on the PS2.
This raises the question on whether or not such a game could have worked on the SNES, Sega Genesis or even the PS1 back in the 90’s. It’s very likely that Samurai Aces could have worked on any of those game consoles but since the 2D up n down along the side scrolling shooting genre was starting to decline in popularity during the 90’s it would make sense not to port the Samurai Aces to any of those game consoles.
When it comes down to RPG titles from the early 00’s there were so many cool games. Two of the most popular RPG titles that comes to mind are Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Golden Sun. In terms of which game was better is highly debatable. The 2D visuals from Golden Sun was arguably the best that anyone would see in a Game Boy Advance title. Also, the puzzle games in Golden Sun were generally interesting and forced players to use their mind a lot while professing throughout story. The concept of utilizing Psynergy with the elements of Jupiter, Mars Venus and Mercury to perform various actions was very creative and added to the overall replay value of Golden Sun.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories was also very innovative and creative due to card based battles which was something that was not seen in too many RPG titles back in the early 00’s. The game also told a great story and had various modes of gameplay included Reverse/Birth mode after completing Sora’s story mode. In terms of sales Chain of Memories has managed to reach over one million units worldwide similar to that of Golden Sun. But in terms of popularity Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories would probably have the slight edge over Golden Sun overall.
When we look at popular first person shooter games from the 90’s one the many titles that comes to mind is Turok: Dinosaur Hunter which was released for the Nintendo 64 back in 1997. Some people can not help but feel that Turok: Dinosaur Hunter could have easily had more success than it did on the PS1.
Ever since its release for the N64 Turok: Dinosaur had managed to sell at least 1.5 million units worldwide. Also, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was also considered to be one of the best first person shooter games for the N64 next to Goldeneye 007. Even though, Turok was a big success in the N64 but the first person shooter genre was not quite as popular in the PS1 as third person shooter games.