Ever since its release back in late 2013 the Xbox One has ended up being one of the most popular game consoles of the 10’s decade. However, in terms of sales the Xbox One has not sold nearly as much as the PlayStation 4 which was also released back in late 2013. Since the PlayStation 4 was released back in November 2013 the game console had managed to sell around 79 million units worldwide making it the best selling system if the 10’a decade thus far. One of the more interesting things about the PlayStation 4 is that the console is not backwards compatible with older generation games ft the PlayStation 3.
One of the most ironic things about the Xbox One having backwards compatibility is the fact that it seems like it worked against Microsoft over the past couple of years. However, it may not come as a surprise to many people that the Xbox One ended up selling less than the PS4. The idea of having backwards compatibility on a game console for older generation titles still allows people the option to keep playing Xbox 360 games could ultimately discourage them from buying an Xbox One to save money. This was especially true shortly after the Xbox One was initially released.
But recently we have seen more third party Xbox games that have also appeared on the PlayStation 4 such as Call of Duty: WWII, Monster Hunter: World, Fortnite and others which give people the option of choosing which console they can own it for. On top of that the Sony has a lot of big first party games on the PS4 such as Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War that have sold millions since their respective releases. While not having backwards compatibility may be a factor in the success of the PS4 versus the Xbox One it may not be the main read why Sony’s console currently has the lead in the console wars.
To say that Super Mario RPG deserved an HD Remake would be an understatement at this his point. Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars was probably the best Mario game within the role playing genre that the world has ever seen. This game had a creative storyline that did not involve Bowser as the main antagonist and had sprites that resembled something you would see in a N64 game. In fact there are some who argue that Super Mario RPG would have been better off on the Nintendo 64 opposed to the SNES.
But in terms on why we never saw a remake of the classic 16 bit RPG during the 90’s or even the 00’s was obvious. Square Enix and Nintendo simply were not good terms during the time. Even though, things have improved a lot between Nintendo and Square Enix is unlikely that Super Mario RPG will ever be remastered in anyway sometime in the future.
When it comes down to classic 2D JRPG titles from the 90’s one of the many titles that comes to mind is Tactics Orge. This JRPG classic was first released exclusively in Japan on the SNES back in 1995. Shortly after its release for the SNES Tactics Orge was eventually ported for the Sega Saturn in ’96 and the PS1 during 1998. Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was a pretty unique JRPG which was developed by Quest Corporation back in the mid 90’s mainly due to the isometric perspective that the game utilized.
It was pretty interesting seeing an isometric game on the SNES when it first came especially since those were rare on that 16 bit console at the time. In fact some could argue that Tactics Orge was one of the many games that inspired Square Enix in terms of gameplay for Final Fantasy Tactics which was originally released in Japan back in the summer of 1997 before coming to America in 1998. Along with the strategy based gameplay the soundtrack for Tactical Orge: Let Us Cling Together stands out most. There are numerous VGM’s such as Avilla Hanya, Fog of Phantom, Air Island, Limitations, Passing Moments and others that are musical masterpieces.
Also, Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together has so many cool aspects including its cutscenes along with the game’s class system for each character. Another interesting feature that Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was the Warren Report which provided players with all the info they needed to know in relation to Valeria. The alignment of each character along with the level system made Tactics Ogre: Ket Us Cling Together even more exciting especially since those things all depends on how one plays the game. Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was so popular as a JRPG that it was eventually re-released for the PSP back in the early 10’s. It would be pretty cool this game was ported for the PlayStation 4 or even the Nintendo Switch sometime in the near future.
When it comes down to Nintendo games in general two of the most popular games in the Metroid series that comes to mind are Super Metroid for the SNES and Metroid Prime which came out on GameCube. It’s debatable among many fans of the series on which games was more popular. Super Metroid for the SNES was met with critical acclaim and received strong reviews from various gaming publications such as IGN, Nintendo Life and others as being one of the best 2D action adventure of the 90’s. The visuals, graphics along with the atmosphere of Super Metroid has a lot to do with its appeal.
Metroid Prime which was released exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube back in 2002 was the long awaited sequel of Super Metroid. Since its release Metroid Prime has won a few “Game of the Year” awards from gaming entities such Edge, EGM, GameSpot and Nintendo Power in 2002. If one had to choose between the two games mostly Metroid Prime would have advantage of being a better game all around.
We all remember how legendary to the console wars were back in the 90’s between the SNES along with the Sega Genesis. Both consoles gave us the 16 bit era of gaming during the early 90’s which was one of the most exciting time periods to be a fan of video games. When it comes down to which console was more popular back in the early 90’s many people have different preferences between the SNES and the Sega Genesis. However, in terms of which console was more successful in terms of sales many would probably give the slight edge to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Since it’s release back in 1990 the SNES has managed to sell 49 million units throughout the 90’s decade. The Sega Genesis has only managed to sell over 30 million worldwide since its release with its best selling game being the original Sonic the Hedgehog game which was released back in 1991. As far as memorable games are concerned some would argue that the SNES has more high profile titles than the Sega Genesis. During the 90’s we got to see games such as Super Mario World, Star Fox, Super Mario Kart, Final Fantasy V & VI, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past and many others which were greater 16 bit attractions back then. SNES seemed to have way more RPG’s such as Chrono Trigger and the Secret of Mana which the Sega Genesis was highly deficient of back in the 90’s. Nintendo’s partnership with companies such as Square Enix and Konami really helped them out a lot during the console wars against Sega during the early 90’s.
When we think about classic SNES titles that deserved a 2D sequel one of the many games that comes to mind is Super Metroid. In terms of 2D side scrolling action adventure titles for the SNES Super Metroid arguably the best game that Nintendo has ever made for the 16 bit console. As badly as people wanted to see a 3D Metroid game for the N64 another 2D title for the SNES would also have been very interesting.
In fact some people wonder if Metroid Fusion could have had more success on the SNES than it did when it was released during the early 00’s for the Game Boy Advance. On one hand a second Metroid game for the SNES could have been a big deal. On the other hand 2D gaming was starting to decline during the mid to late 90’s so a SNES sequel to Super Metroid May not have been as popular outside of Japan back then.
When it comes down to Dragonball Z titles from the 90’s the Butouden series stands out to many people. For whatever reason none of the Super Butouden games for the SNES were never released in America back in the 90’s which many people would find strange. The Dragonball Z anime had started to become popular during the 90’s and it seems like would have been a perfect time to release DBZ: Super Butouden 3 for the SNES in America.
However, during the early 90’s the Dragonball Z series was not quite as popular as it would eventually become during the late 90’s and early 00’s when it was aired on Toonami. In fact most of the story in Super Butouden 3 takes place after the Cell Saga in Dragonball Z and during the start of the Buu Saga which started to air in America around the early 00’s. If anything that may be one of the many reasons why DBZ: Super Butouden 3 was never released in America. along Also, 2D fighting games from the DBZ series was nowhere never as popular as the likes of Mortal Kombat or the Street Fighter II series in America.