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Video Games Then And Now

Reposted from: TechVoo

This article will take a look at various video games from their earliest roots to what they have evolved into today. From humble beginnings to graphically amazing some of these franchises are older than me!

The Zelda series started off on the NES in 1986 with The Legend of Zelda. The latest game The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks (not pictured) was released at the end of 2009. I chose to picture Twilight Princess as graphically it looks better than Spirit Tracks

Super Mario Bros. was the very first game in the Mario franchise. Originally released on the Famicom in 1985 Mario has been the icon of Nintendo ever since having multiple games on every console and handheld they have made. The latest in the franchise is Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the Wii released last month.

The original Prince of Persia was developed for the Apple II in 1989, it has been ported to various consoles and systems since then and has even had a movie loosely based on some of the later games. The most recent game in the series, Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands, was released for all seventh generation consoles and handhelds earlier this year.

The original Metal Gear was one of the first stealth-action games ever. It was originally released for the MSX2 in summer 1987 and later that year for the Famicom. The latest game in the series Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots was released in 2008 for the PlayStation 3. It is often considered one of the greatest looking console games ever released and supposedly makes full use of all the PlayStation 3’s power. Though the game is dated there have been very few that have surpassed both graphically and technically.

The first Ninja Gaiden was released for the Famicom in 1988 it had many ports some of which featured upgraded graphics. The latest in the series Ninja Gaiden 2 was released only for the XBOX 360 in 2008 but a graphically improved port was released under the title Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 in 2009 for the PlayStation 3.

Fallout was released on both Windows and Mac OS computers in 1997, it was considered by many to be one of the greatest RPG’s of all time. The latest in the series Fallout New Vegas is still in development but is supposed to be released later this year. Although graphically it’s not so much more advanced than the previous title, Obsidian has promised to deliver a brand new experience.

Resident Evil made its way onto the PlayStation in 1996 and was later released ported to the Sega Saturn and PC. The series has since then had plenty of spin-offs, and more than enough movie adaptations. Resident Evil 4 which was originally released in 2005 brought the series back to life with it’s new take on the old franchise. It’s probably been ported to more systems than almost any other game with versions for the PS2, PC, Mobile Phone, iPhone/iPod Touch, iPad, Zeebo, and Wii. The latest game in the series, Resident Evil 5, was released in 2009 for Windows, XBOX 360, and PlayStation 3.

Street Fighter made its debut in arcades in 1987, and since then its been praised as one of the greatest fighting series of all time. The latest game in the franchise, Street Fighter IV was released in Japanese arcades on Taito Type X2 hardware. In 2009 it was brought to the XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3 as well as the PC. The upgraded version Super Street Fighter IV featuring a host of new characters and content was released earlier this year at a discounted price of $40.

Pokemon Red, Green, and Blue Version were originally released in 1996 in Japan. The Blue Version featured more than Red and Green Version and was consequently used in the port of Red and Blue Versions to the US and Europe in 1998. Ever since its release Pokemon has started a multi-billion dollar phenomenon all over the world with the latest versions Pokemon Black & White for the Nintendo DS to be released in Japan this year and everywhere else the following. With the release of the latest games the PokeDex has surpassed 500 Pokemon, and with each new iteration it continues to grow.

Final Fantasy was initially released on the Famicom in 1987 and didn’t reach U.S. shores till 3 years later. Each game tells a new tale so the need for gamers to have played a previous title is unnecessary. The ever expanding and ironically never ending “Final” Fantasy series continues to grow with a brand new online game Final Fantasy XIV to be released for PlayStation 3 and PC later this year.

Written by Ryan Lalonde

1 Comment

  1. mewruler · July 21, 2010


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