It’s easy to figure out where “Retro Gaming” begins, but where does it end? Where do we draw the line that defines retro gaming, and gaming outside of the current generation? The definition of “retro” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it in relation to fashion, but says “relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past : fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned“. All this leaves us with is a very vague “of the past” or “nostalgic” to apply towards Retro Gaming.
I have a way that I personally define it, but I admit there are some flaws or outliers in my definition too. I use my classification of “Retro Gaming” as a way to include more games into the definition, and also to simplify things. My definition is this: Retro games are games from the generation before last. (Example: PS4 is current generation, PS3 is last generation, PS2 is retro gaming).
The Argument Against My Definition
I’m sure some of you disagree with that definition, and have some good reasons to reject it. A strong case could be made that something like the Playstation 2 generation can’t be considered retro because they still had releases as recent as 2013 (FIFA 14 and Pro Evolution Soccer 14). That’s a very good point, but it’s a bit of an outlier, along with some other titles from the PS2. The vast majority of PS2 games released in 2007 and beyond were released side by side with the PSP and Wii, ported from the PSP, sports games, music games, or multi-platform movie licensed games. There are a few exceptions though, like 2008’s Persona 4. Now I’m not trying to say these games don’t count, but the PS2 was a system that sold over 158 million units and that install base was too large to ignore worldwide for soccer games, and too large for developers to not port the weaker PSP games, or equally powered Wii games to. Those games gave the PS2 releases way past it’s time, that really make it hard to make a case for it as a “Retro Console”. From that same generation, the GameCube’s final release was Madden ’08 in August 2007, and the XBox’s final release was Madden ’09 in August 2008, both well after the system was dead. I have a strong feeling that with digital releases being so popular now, and that almost every indie game doesn’t require much tech power, we will see today’s consoles get releases well into the next generation and maybe even the one after that (if there is one).
How Much Time Has to Pass?
Trying to group a console or generation into the Retro classification is just simpler to do. Games like Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Time Splitters, and Midnight Club launched with the PS2, they’re 18 years old! Read the rest of this entry
There are some video game franchises I used to really enjoy, but nowadays I’ve gotten so uninterested in them or sick of them I’m ready for them to die off. I understand some people may like some of these games, and some people might still have interest in them but I think with these franchises I’ve reached my end with them. If any of these franchises re-gain my interest it’s going to have to take something very new or innovative from them, they might have to “re-invent” themselves. Anyways here is my list of franchises I’m sick of.
Rayman Raving Rabbids – I don’t have a problem with mini-game collections, I actually enjoy a few of them. I played own and enjoyed the first 2 Raving Rabbids games when they came out, it was a new mini-game series by the Rayman creators…I can get down with that.
But now it’s 10 years later and they’ve made 9 different Raving Rabbids games, that’s overkill. Who the hell keeps buying or green-lighting these games? I’ve had enough, I had enough awhile ago and I don’t think there is anything they could ever do to regain my interest. Read the rest of this entry
There hasn’t been many positive things to say about the Wii U. It’s selling horrible and most people have already written it off as a failure. I understand the reasoning for this, but unfortunately a lot of people are missing out on the hidden value of this console. I’m not saying the Wii U is a better console than the Playstation 4 or XBox One, but it offers a unique experience with a long list of exclusive titles. A two-console gamer would be wise to pick up a Wii U as their second console, and a family or apartment of gamers would get possibly the best local/couch multiplayer console ever.
Cost is an issue, especially if you already own another system. To be fair, we’ll compare the typical costs a gamer experiences when they buy the Playstation 4 and XBox One. The usual costs includes the console themselves, one game, and an online subscription.
The costs are detailed as follows:
$400 – Console & One Controller
$60 – Game
$50 – PSN+ Year Subscription
$500 – Console, One Controller & Kinect
$60 – Game
$60 – XBox Live 1 Year Subscription
Let’s meet somewhere around the middle of these total costs and say $530 is the average cost when you buy one of those systems. It’s fair to point out there is a Titanfall Bundle and a Forza 5 Bundle, but they are currently priced at $500 and when you add in the XBox Live subscription you’re up to $560. Its worth noting that the XBox Live subscription works on your XBox 360 too if you still use it.
The Playstation 4 deserves credit for being a pretty good value itself. The PSN+ subscription comes with at least 12 free PS4 games through the year, however the downside is that you have no choice which titles you receive free. PSN+ also carries over to the PS3 or Vita if you own them, and both receive multiple free titles (different from PS4). Plus if you buy some digital games on PS4, they are also available for the PS3 and Vita if it supports cross-play. I personally see more value in the Playstation 4 than the XBox One and it is why I made it my first “next-gen” console. Others might value the TV Functions or Kinect more than I do and that’s understandable.
So I was wondering what would happen if you put this same $530 into purchasing the Wii U? How far could you stretch it, and what could you get out of it? Picking through the Wii U, eShop/Virtual Console, Wii-Backwards compatibility and Wii-Shop, I’m going to see how much value can be squeezed out of the Wii U. I searched online for the best prices of quality games unavailable on the Playstation 4 and XBox One.
Here’s the best value I found online… Read the rest of this entry
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
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.
Earlier this year I wrote about the upcoming games of 2012 that I was looking at as a Day 1 Purchase. Since my write-up, a few of the games have been released, and more game releases were announced at E3 2012. As a follow-up I thought I’d reflect on the titles that have released and my experiences with them. I also added some other games that have been announced for 2012 since the original post, and they’re all pretty much Nintendo related.
The Last Story (Wii) – August 14th – I started playing Xenoblade Chronicles with my fiance about a month ago and it has lived up to all of the hype that surrounded it. That restored my faith in the internet’s word on JRPGs, so I pre-ordered The Last Story based on the same kind of praise. I probably will not start playing this until the fall though, I don’t want it to interfere too much with Xenoblade Chronicles. Xenoblade being a 60hour+ campaign, will take a while to finish it and I might not even be ready to jump into another JRPG right away. It really wouldn’t even surprise me if this were a game that I end up playing on my Wii U if it ends up with a real drought after the launch (or during). The Last Story is about 30hours long, which sounds great to me, I don’t need back to back long JRPGs. Main reason I’m getting this right away is because my pre-order included the bonus art book and soundtrack, and I imagine this being a late release for the Wii, it should be a collector’s item. Read the rest of this entry
Every year I try to take a look at what games are expected to be released, then I figure out which ones I feel are must-buys. I rank them usually on what I know will be good and warrant a day one purchase, what is worth renting first and what is worth waiting for a price drop.
Whenever I’m looking at my list of “must-have” games before E3, it seems short and affordable. It isn’t until after E3 I figure out that my wallet is going to take a pretty steep hit. With the 3DS starting to have more steady releases, the addition of a PS3 last year, and the release of Wii U this year…I’m expecting Q4 to be overwhelming.
The following list I’ve made is games that I plan to purchase pretty much the day they release. They’re only in order of their expected release dates, not by how much I want them.
Kid Icarus Uprising (3DS) – March 23rd – Ever since Kid Icarus Uprising was announced I had the impression that this was the game to pick-up if you had a 3DS. I could be way off in my assumption, but I feel like this is going to be the biggest franchise bounce-back since Metroid Prime. Expectations of mine might be high, but I’m figuring this will be the kind of game that we will look back on for years to come and praise it as one of the best on the system (like we do with Metroid Prime on GameCube). A lot of people love Nintendo, and a lot of people don’t, but I think this is a game that will be undeniably good to anyone that plays it. Read the rest of this entry