|The battle rages on|
|Contra: Hard Corps was one epic Run and Gun|
|SNES - Gloriously bloody MKII|
|Nothing could compete to DKC|
It wasn't until Christmas when Nintendo really pulled out the big guns with their next commercial blockbuster exclusive. Sure they had a solid year of exclusives with titles like Mega Man X and the beautiful Final Fantasy III (US) but nothing could compete with Donkey Kong Country. In the eyes of the Developers it was a break through in tech, in the eyes of the consumer it was a masterpiece and kids, teenagers and adults alike all had to get their hands on it. And in the end it definitely showed with over 9 million copies being sold worldwide and taking 2nd place in the best selling SNES games category behind Super Mario World (20.6 million). It was definitely a year for the 16-Bit systems, after all Nintendo even stated that 1994 was "The year of the cartridge" so you know they were 100% dedicated to producing some top notch games.
|Killer Instinct - Another great Pre Rendered game by RARE|
|Windjammers - If you have not played it, PLAY IT!|
|2, 4 or 8 players, everyone loved being behind that wheel|
Let's not forget about the gaming hardware of '94 either. It was the second dawn of the next gen era. The 3DO and Jaguar were released in the previous year but neither doing very well gaining the attention of the gamers out there. The Neo Geo AES was a well known name among the hardcore gamers but was owned by very few so to help make some more ground SNK released the Neo Geo CD. It was a much cheaper option whilst still being able to play most of your favorite Neo Geo titles if you didn't mind the aging process whilst waiting for your game to load. For most, the first of the big hardware releases for the year was the Sega (Mega) 32X. It was certainly an impressive addition to your Genesis / Mega Drive but unfortunately fell between some very tough competition. One of the competitors which happens to be Sega's own Saturn, was only around the corner for release in the US, Europe and Australia and was already available in Japan. Not exactly the smartest move releasing the predecessor after the successor has already been released. With that said, the Saturn and 32X live very close to each other in today's retro gaming world and most of those who own both would consider them to both be a necessity in any gaming collection.
|The Saturn, loved more now than it was at launch|
|One of the best launch games for the PlayStation, Ridge Racer|
I think I have made it very clear that the 'old days' of gaming (for me) are held in very high regard and I consider myself very lucky that I have a wife that understands and allows me to leave reality behind every now and then so I can venture off in to the world of my past. I have some great memories and I plan to take care of them for as long as I can as I truly believe there is no harm in enjoying our memories and forgetting about the problems of today when we need a bit of a break and I conclude this article to urge you all to do the same. Live you life, Enjoy your life and cherish your loved memories.
Until next time... Stay Retro!