In just one week Lusipurr.com has advanced one full year into 1991 to learn more about the treasures known as video games. Did 1991 have historic highs? Historic lows? There is only one way to find out: Googling it. Scratch that, two ways to find out: Googling it OR reading this amazing editorial!
Time to delve straight into the games of the year the first of which being Street Fighter II, one of the most updated fighting games that has ever existed including the upcoming release of Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers for the Nintendo Switch which in itself is an updated version of Super Street Fighter II Turbo. Ultimately it is all a mess that no one actually understands, but a much easier franchise to follow lies with “Sonic the Hedgehog,” whose first game titled, Sonic the Hedgehog which released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. This game launched SEGA’s mascot into one of the most entertaining series of peaks and valleys that gamers have ever witnessed as for every Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, there is a Sonic Adventure. Speaking of peaks and valleys, Final Fantasy IV also released for the Super Famicom in 1991, a series peak that will continue to be loved by “Final Fantasy” fans. Another loved game that released in 1991 was also The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past often heralded as one of if not the best game in “The Legend of Zelda” franchise. While games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time age every second, the former stands tall.
Now to get into the hardware from 1991 including one of the greatest video game consoles to ever bless the planet known as Earth. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System launched in North America on August 23rd, and ever since the world has never been the same. Harder, better, faster, stronger, these are all words included in a song by the dubstep duo known as Daft Punk, but they also describe the SNES when compared to the original NES. Especially the harder part, if someone was to drop a SNES off of the Empire State Building it would assuredly kill whoever was unlucky enough to be under it. Not to be outdone by the SNES though, SEGA decided to release the Mega-CD in December in Japan which was add-on to the Sega Mega Drive. This accessory had a slow start given its relatively mediocre launch with Heavy Nova, and Sol-Feace but eventually the add-on picked up steam (literally…but not that steam) in North America, more on that next week.
To close things off this editorial will now touch upon some new companies that popped up around 1991 and whether or not they are still will us (or should be). The first being Blizzard (originally known as Silicon & Synapse) whose first game was RPM Racing (Radical Psycho Machine Racing) for the SNES and the latest game being a small-scope indie game known as Overwatch with Starcraft Remastered just around the corner. Afterwards came Bungie in May of 1991, starting off with just one man releasing Operation: Desert Storm for the Macintosh, and now Bungie is a company with over 700 employees raking in hundreds of millions of dollars from Destiny. Last, and in a way least, the 3DO Company also started up in 1991 and quickly went under in 2003 after releasing over 20 games in the “Army Men” franchise alone. Not to forget that they also released their own console called the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer which did not do well given its lack of hit titles and $700 asking price.
So there it is for this week’s blast from the past, tune in next week to learn about 1992! Did you learn something new after reading this editorial? Did you think that these were all basic facts that should come standard in an elementary school curriculum? Whatever the case may be, make sure to leave a comment below and let us know what you think!