As far as gaming is concerned today is a very special day especially for those who have been long time fans of the Final Fantasy series since the late 90’s. It was on February 11th back in 1999 where Final Fantasy VIII was released on the PS1. Final Fantasy VIII was the highly anticipated sequel of the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy VII game Square Enix released for the PS1 console that was released back in 1997. While Final Fantasy VII ended up becoming the second best selling PS1 title reaching over 9.7 million units worldwide Final Fantasy VIII was not quite as popular as its predecessor. However, Final Fantasy VIII was still very successful and managed to reach over 7.8 million units in sales on the PS1 while becoming the seventh best selling game on the 32-bit console during the late 90’s.
The multi-disk FFVIII game is one that many people have wanted to see receive an HD remake for two decades now and its uncertain on whether or not Square Enix plans on making it a reality. While a series of Final Fantasy games are expected to on the Nintendo Switch including FFVII, FFX, FF Crystal Chronicles and FFXII there has been no talk of FFVIII being ported to the Nintendo Switch. Hopefully, Square Enix will do something special with Final Fantasy VIII within the next year or so especially since the demand of a remastered version of the game is high among those who are huge fans of the series in general.
Sometimes its hard to believe how old the Sonic the Hedgehog series especially since the game had arguably reached its peak in popularity back in the 90’s. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is a 16-bit platformer that is considered to be legendary for its visuals, sprites, soundtrack and storyline. It was 25 years ago on this day that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was released for the Sega Genesis and one of the few 2D games within that has remotely resembled it in terms of replay value is Sonic Mania which was released for multiple game consoles back in 2017. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was the game that saw Knuckles the Echidna make his debut in the series as somewhat of a rival to Sonic & Tails before eventually becoming allies with them throughout most of the series.
Despite, not selling quite as much as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 which reached at less 6 million copies worldwide Sonic 3 still managed to sell over one million in America and is still considered to be one of the best selling titles for the Sega Genesis in general. Even though, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is 25 years old its still a 16-bit classic that many people still play to this day. For those who have been fans of the Sonic the Hedgehog series since the early 90’s you already know how historic this day is and must feel kinda old realizing that Sonic 3 was released 25 years ago today.
As many people know there are so many big games that are expected to appear on various game consoles throughout 2019. As we all know a series of Final Fantasy titles are expected to be ported to the Nintendo Switch this year and one of the many FF games confirmed for the hybrid console for this year are the remastered versions of FFX/X-2. While its possible that Final Fantasy X might see a physical release we know for a fact that FFX-2 will only be downloadable for the Nintendo Switch this upcoming Spring on April the 16th. If anything its probably the best way for Square Enix to go about releasing Final Fantasy X-2 for the Nintendo Switch this upcoming April.
There is no question that Final Fantasy X/X-2 is going to end up becoming one of the most high profile RPG’s that we will see on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. For those who are eager to purchase Final Fantasy X/X-2 both games can be pre-ordered online for $49.99 on Square Enix’s website before its official release this upcoming April April. It will be interesting to see how big of an attraction Final Fantasy X/X-2 will end up becoming on the Nintendo Switch throughout 2019.
As many people know the Street Fighter EX series which initially started back in 1996 consisted of a trilogy of 3D fighting games within the series which were considered to be underrated. While the first Street Fighter EX Plus game had an arcade release in December ’96 before appearing on the PS1 during ’97 we got see a sequel known as EX 2 Plus 2 during ’98 which also received a positive reception from fans and critics alike. Following its arcade release in ’98 Street Fighter EX Plus 2 was eventually ported for the PS1 the following year in ’99 but was seeming overshadowed by titles such as Tekken 3 and Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes on that same console. While Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes also appeared in the Sega Dreamcast some argue that Street Fighter EX Plus 2 could have definitely stood out more the 128-bit game system back in 1999.
For reasons that many people are unaware of Street Fighter EX Plus 2 was never ported for the Sega Dreamcast which was a shame because Capcom was really making great fighting titles between the mid to late 90’s. But there is no question that Street Fighter EX Plus 2 would have looked far more superior visually on the Sega Dreamcast opposed to the PS1. Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha 2 could have definitely shined on the Sega Dreamcast in 1998 especially since games like Soul Calibur and King of Fighters ’98 did not appear on that console until ’99.
As many people know the PS1 Classic was released back on December 12th with at least 20 exciting classics such as Tekken 3, Twisted Metal, Metal Gear Solid and others. While it was cool to get a re-release of the 32-bit game system with at least 20 pre-loaded games it received mixed to negative reviews since it came out which does not come off as too much of a surprise. In this day and age many place emphasis on visuals in relation to gaming which especially been true during this generation with consoles such as the PlsyStation 4 and the Xbox One. While high quality 3D visuals that utilizes powerful game engines such as Unreal are attractive today the basic beta-like 3D gameplay for the PS1 Classic looks highly outdated because it is.
In fact, a set of disks that included HD versions of each game that was included on the PS1 Classic may have been a better alternative than re-releasing a retro based console with 20 pre-loaded games from the mid to late 90’s that were inferior in quality compared to what we have now. Overall, the PS1 Classic may not have lived up to everyone’s expectations but its nice that Sony gave us something in relation to 90’s nostalgia.
For those who have not heard the PS1 Classic which was released not too long for the price of $99 in America has now been reduced to $75. Now the price drop for the PS1 Classic May not come as a surprise to many people especially considering some of the negative reviews that it has received from gamers in general. Despite, having top titles such as Final Fantasy VII, Ridge Racer, Tekken 3 and others many people have complained that the PS1 was underwhelming and did not have as much hype or anticipated as the SNES Classic did. Not only that titles such Tomb Raider, Tekken 2, Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy VIII & XI and others that were also popular on the 32-bit console back in the 90’s were absent on the PS1 Classic as well.
The absence of popular video games aside from what Sony gave us on the PS1 Classic might possibly be one of the many reasons why the price suddenly dropped. But there is no question that the price drop of the PS1 Classic can definitely be a factor in relation to the game system ultimate selling more in the future.
When we think about some of the biggest fighting titles to have ever appeared in arcade centers back in the 90’s both Mortal Kombat II along with King of Fighters ’97 are two titles that instantly comes to mind. While Mortal Kombat II was considered a classic and had a cult following King of Fighters ’98 was possibly the greatest entry in the KOF series in general. The improved graphics gameplay and mechanics that we saw in Mortal Kombat II in comparison to the first game that came out in ’92 was impressive. In fact, the visuals for Mortal Kombat II were probably better than its sequel Mortal Kombat III and was far more memorable than Mortal Kombat 4. In fact, Mortal Kombat II was a game that arguably rivaled the Street Fighter II series in popularity following its release in ’93 depending on who you ask.
While SNK’s King of Fighters ’98 game was a huge attraction in arcade centers in the late 90’s it was something that really stood out especially since 3D fighting games started to become more popular during that time period. Between ’98-’00 titles such as Tekken 3, Mortal Kombat 4 along with Soul Calibur were grabbing the attention of people in arcade centers; as a 2D fighting title similar to the likes of Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of the Super Heroes KOF ’98 was one of the best that we have seen during that time period. However, if we were to talk which game was popular at its peak following their respective releases many would have to go with Mortal Kombat II over KOF ’98 as a more popular game. While Mortal Kombat II was a more popular game following its release in terms of quality KOF ’98 was definitely superior in relation to gameplay and graphics overall.