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5 Retro Games That Need Online Play

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Nintendo announced a few months ago that their paid online service is going to come with 1 NES or SNES game a month. As an added bonus, those games will include newly added online play.   To a retro gamer and Nintendo fan like myself, this is more exciting than the free games offered through PS+ and XBox Gold.

Now as we wait for Nintendo to roll out the details, I have begun imagining what games I want to play online the most.  I am currently more interested in competitive multiplayer than co-op or leaderboards.  I feel with competitive multiplayer you can get more replay value and varied results than online 2player co-op.

Before we get into the 5 I want to see the most, let me quickly go over a few that I disqualified.   The main reasons for disqualifying some titles was because of licensing issues or that there is already an updated equivalent around that won’t want old school competition.   So here we go:


Disqualified Contenders:

  • Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers (NES) – Capcom recently released this in the “Disney Afternoon Collection”, it’s doubtful they’d release this again with online play)
  • Tetris (NES) – Puyo Puyo Tetris is already out on the Switch and it does a great job of filling the need for online Tetris
  • Kirby’s Avalanche (SNES) – This is a Puyo Puyo clone that I used to play on Super Nintendo, it also is not necessary for online additions since the release of Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • TMNT 2: The Arcade Game (NES) – I love this game, but I don’t see it coming ever to the Switch as an online NES port.  Maybe as a complete remake or an actual arcade port though.  
  • Street Fighter II (SNES) – With Ultra Street Fighter II on the Switch I don’t see any need for a Street Fighter II online port.  
  • Killer Instinct (SNES) – I don’t think Nintendo owns the IP anymore as they haven’t released it on Virtual Console before and Microsoft released a newer version on XB1
  • NBA Jam (SNES) – I know EA owns the rights to NBA Jam, but I don’t know if they can re-release the originals. Anyhow, this would be better served as an all new release like the XBLA/PS3 “On Fire Edition”

Ok, now onto the 5 (sorry I know Top 5 lists can be a pain in the ass)

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Believe it or not, this game used to actually be online for the Super Nintendo through the XBand service.  This was my favorite baseball game of the era and possibly my favorite baseball game of all-time.  I don’t think most people have as much of a desire to play this online as I do, but I really want to relive the online XBand matches from my childhood.


Ken Griffey is currently on the cover of MLB The Show ’17, so there might be some issues with him being the face of another game at the same time (this might have to wait until 2018).  But Nintendo shouldn’t have an issue acquiring the MLB rights since they are not exclusive to Sony, however if Nintendo wants to avoid the licensing they should be able to edit out the MLB and MLBPA properties fairly easily.   Read the rest of this entry

Shock Troopers

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F-Zero

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Nintendo Switch Initial Excitement

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The Nintendo NX is no more, Nintendo has dropped the code name and finally revealed their newest console, AND portable.  It’s called the Nintendo Switch.  It’s a hybrid handheld console and I’m very excited for it. The more I think about it, the better it sounds actually.  But I will be fair, I am a huge Nintendo fan and I have bought 4 of their consoles (including the Wii U) and 3 of their handhelds at launch (not including special editions). The ones I didn’t buy at launch, I got later, and still have it…even the Virtual Boy.  Last but not least, my game collection is probably 70%+ Nintendo.  So yes, I do play favorites to Nintendo, but if you are also a Nintendo fan or even rooting for Nintendo to succeed, then get excited.  If the momentum gets big enough for the Switch, Nintendo might bounce back strong.  The more I think about the system the more potential I can imagine from it.  I just hope Nintendo can capitalize.  Here are some things I’m throwing around in my head.

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Local Multiplayer Possibilities

This could be huge, this could re-invent things like couch co-op, LAN parties, and your traditional ideas of local multiplayer. Even with only one piece of hardware it looks like players could gather around the screen and play a co-op game like Diablo, and Donkey Kong or even multiplayer games of Madden and Mario Kart.  The more this spreads, or the more people that own the Switch, the wider the multiplayer possibilities get.  Battlefield, Splatoon, and other resource heavy titles will start to become a possibility.  With some of my friends, it might actually be easier to play a game together  in person than online.  A good amount of my friends and family have a PS4, if those games we play at home were also portable, we would be playing a lot more together.  Even transporting it to a friend’s house is simple.

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Combining It’s Markets
The biggest roadblock is that this system has to sell, a lot.  If the social aspects and local multiplayer opportunities are really going to flourish, it’s going to need to have a large install base.  The Playstation 4 sold amazingly, in 3 years, it’s already around 44 million, one of the fastest selling consoles of all time.  In 3 years the XBox One has reached 22 million while the Wii U only broke 11 million in 4 years time.  And the 3DS, which is very important here, will most likely hit 60 Million sold in 2017.  The Switch means Nintendo is combining it’s portable market and it’s console market, there is definitely some overlap in there, but it’s actually not too crazy to think that it could put up PS4 numbers.  If it REALLY catches on and reaches a fad-like status, Nintendo could have a Wii/DS combo on it’s hands (Wii sold 101million, DS sold 153million).
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Nintendo NX – Plan A

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NX Plans:  With NX information coming next year, we’re all kind of curious to what approach Nintendo will make with their next console/device.  I’ve decided to have fun with this and speculate different plans/options Nintendo could have when releasing the NX.  None of this is actually based on information from Nintendo, this is not a leak, this is speculation and strategy ideas.  Over the next week I will be posting at least 4 different strategy plans laying out objectives and how it is expected to succeed.

Plan A
Plan B
Plan C


Plan A’s Objective:
To release a low cost system that re-introduces the Nintendo brand and franchises to gamers, families and new audiences.  A new console that is a re-branding of the Wii U, does not require a GamePad and has a faster improved operating system. The NX will also support a portable option through another hardware device (“NX GO”).  The 3DS has sold 55million worldwide and the Wii U has sold 10million world wide currently.  The portable’s market has shrunk from the previous generation (DS sold 153 million) and Nintendo’s market share in the console has decreased from 37% to 19% (still decreasing).  Combining the cross-functionality of the portable and console will allow the strengths of both to combine and hopefully exceed the current 3DS + Wii U sales totals.  Pushing digital purchases and opening up the back catalog of Nintendo franchises will allow more profitable sales from software.  The goal is to get Nintendo and it’s franchises back in the minds of consumers before the NEXT generation (PS5 & XB2?) launches.  The Wii U will be phased out, but still receive support when the NX is released, this is to instill confidence in consumers that Nintendo doesn’t abandon their products.  The NX will be priced closely to the the Wii U’s phasing out MSRP.


System Specs:
Slightly more powerful than Wii U.  Does not have to meet the power/standards of the Playstation 4 and XBox One.  Requires more processing power than a Wii U in order to better handle an operating system with an active interface. Extra RAM will be required to support streaming and recording functionality.  Graphical abilities are practically the same as the Wii U.


Format:
Physical discs, same format as the Wii U. Digital purchases also available from the eShop

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Nintendo Direct Predictions – November 2015

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Within the next 24 hours Nintendo will release it’s first Nintendo Direct since E3 and the first one since Satoru Iwata passed away.  This is the longest gap between Nintendo Directs since they started.  I figured this was a good time to try and speculate on what is going to be discussed and announced.

New Super Smash Bros DLC/Character – The ballots recently closed for voting on a new character for Super Smash Bros on Wii U & 3DS, so I’m guessing Nintendo will be announcing the results.  My guess is that Shovel Knight will be the new announced character, Yacht Club Games campaigned for it, their is an amiibo coming out soon and Nintendo “accidentally” listed Smash Bros support for the Shovel Knight amiibo.  Based on other rumors and opinions if Shovel Knight isn’t the winner then I’m guessing it’s King K. Rool or a character from previous Smash Bros games.

Other DLC – Nintendo would’ve loved to have had Star Fox Zero out for the holidays but it got pushed back, they can’t rush out a new retail game to fill-in for Star Fox but maybe they could surprise us with new Mario Kart DLC.  Maybe even Mario Kart DLC with a Star Fox character (or two), a Star Fox theme course, a Landmaster Kart and Arwing Kart (or Glider).  This sounds too cool and makes too much sense, as it would help hype me up for a new Star Fox just like those F-Zero courses have me itching for a new F-Zero. Read the rest of this entry

Most Wanted NES Games on Virtual Console

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Nintendo finally released Earthbound on the Virtual Console for Wii U, gamers have been demanding this ever since the Virtual Console system for the original Wii was announced.  This made me start to think of some of my most wanted Virtual Console games, specifically, ones that I think would possibly be overlooked.  I eliminated games that had been previously released on the Wii Virtual console, as they’re still available to be played on the Wii U.  Another factor in my “want” is the rarity of the physical copies, a few retro games carry a heavy price tag and a cheap Virtual Console release would be my better option. I tried to also figure out the odds of these games being released, based on different factors. Anyways, the following are my Most Wanted NES Games on Virtual Console.

Any games I’m overlooking or didn’t think of? Do you have a Most Wanted Virtual Console list?  Leave a Comment Below or Tweet @TheGamerPad

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Ducktales 2
– I wasn’t even aware of the existence of a Ducktales 2 until a few years ago, it was released late in the life of the NES and is actually a valuable/rare game that collector’s seek.  I’ve looked into it a few times and the price is usually $100+ for the cartridge alone.   Reviews were favorable of the game and said it’s more of the same as the original Ducktales (I don’t think that’s a bad thing).  Seeing how Capcom still has the video game rights to Ducktales, as they are publishing the remastered original, I think it’d be a great idea for them to re-release Ducktales 2 on Virtual Console.  A simple port of the NES title is all that is required, I would love to pick this up for $5 or so and play it on Wii U instead of spending $100+ for the NES cartridge right now.  This also puts money in Capcom’s pocket that they would not be making off the $100+ sale on eBay.

Odds of it happening – Highly Possible As mentioned before Capcom still has the publishing rights to Ducktales video game properties, and if the Remastered Ducktales turns out to be a success it’s possible they decide to re-release or remaster Ducktales 2 to further cash in on the success.

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How Nintendo Can Rule The World with 5 Improvements

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Nintendo is in a bit of a funk right now, the Wii U isn’t selling very well and the Playstation 4 & XBox 720/Durango releases are quickly approaching.  Fortunately for Nintendo, they don’t really seem to care what the competitor is doing, as long as they themselves are making a profit.   The Wii U is just getting started, as Nintendo has yet to even announce/show off their biggest franchises on the new hardware.  Still, the Wii U is off to a rough start, but it can all be fixed fairly easily and bring a ton of money and fans to the new Nintendo console.

The Wii U is much more “GameCube-hardcore” than “Wii-Casual”. Nintendo Land might seem “casual” to the average gamer, but I bet you there aren’t any grandma’s at the retirement home breaking high scores in Donkey Kong Crash Course.  The game pad is essentially the standard game controller we’ve been used to, but with a Nintendo-twist, a touch-screen in the center, to the “casuals” this seems intimidating, and also like a little too much for them to handle.   Add in the price of the system at $350, without it being “the hottest thing out”, and you can see why Nintendo is having a hard time repeating the instant success of the Wii.

The “hardcore” gamers are going to flock to the Playstation 4 & XBox 720/Durango because it will have better tech specs, which means it will get the more cutting-edge games.  This will essentially be a repeat of what happened in the Wii/360/PS3 era, except there is a smaller gap between the hardware power and functionality.  Wii U most likely will never see the Red Dead Redemption 2’s, Bioshock 4’s, Assassin’s Creed V, Battlefield 5, Crysis 4, etc that come out for the PC/PS4/720.  Those developers/franchises always push for the latest technology, and the Wii U doesn’t have it, anything the Wii U see’s from those franchises will be spin-off’s (Dead Space: Extraction) or ports that aren’t worth it (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex).

This leaves Nintendo with one option, cater to the hardcore Nintendo fans.  There are enough Nintendo fans out there that Nintendo can make a boat-load of money off of them if Nintendo would let loose a little and didn’t play things so conservatively all the time.  One would figure hardcore Nintendo fans already buy everything, 3DS to 3DS XL or a launch day Wii U, so Nintendo should be able to check them off right?  Wrong.  Nintendo fans buy just about everything Nintendo, and even the 3rd party exclusives Nintendo pushes to the top. But when Nintendo isn’t releasing anything like the past 4 months on Wii U, that means nobody is buying anything.  It’s time to start giving the fans what they want. Read the rest of this entry