Last week saw the movie release of Sonic the Hedgehog in Malaysian cinemas. Did you get a chance to see it yet? If you were a kid in the 90s or were a fan of video games back then, you’ll surely not want to miss this live-action movie adaptation of the much-beloved game. Even for those born later than that, the movie promises to be an enjoyable watch.
Since we’re on the topic of 90s video games, what other games did you enjoy playing? Can you remember all of them? Below, we’ve listed three of the most popular 90s video games that have also been turned into TV series as well as movies. Some might be more successful than others in terms of TV and movie ratings but we’ll let you be the final judge of that.
1. Pokémon (1996)
Who here hasn’t heard of Pokémon before? If you say that you know nothing about it then you must be living under a rock or you’re of the much, much older generation that doesn’t give two cents about the ongoings of the world. The Pokémon phenomenon first hit Malaysian shores sometime in the early 2000s through its popular TV series which showcases the adventures of one Ash Ketchum who aims to be a Pokémon Master. Since then, children of that particular generation have become loyal fans of the show, games, and movies.
For those of you who weren’t introduced to Pokémon through the show, the next stage of Pokémon resurgence occurred when Pokémon Go was introduced to the world. This augmented-reality game version of the once-popular TV show for children helped place Pokémon on the world map once again. The interactive game was such a huge hit with children and adults alike that it spawned a worldwide phenomenon. Asides from the popular TV, game, and comic franchise, various Pokémon movies were also released; the most recent being Detective Pikachu.
2. Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
Circling back to Sonic the Hedgehog once again, this once popular 90s video game that was created exclusively by Sega for their Sega Mega Drives or Sega Genesis features an exceptionally speedy anthropomorphic hedgehog or in laymen terms, a hedgehog with human-like attributes, named Sonic whose mission is to defeat the evil Dr. Robotnik. Sonic the Hedgehog became a commercial success, allowing Sega to compete against powerhouse video game company, Nintendo.
Following this achievement, animated TV series, comic books and most recently, a live-action movie of the game franchise was produced and shown in cinemas worldwide. To date, the movie is considered to be a roaring success amongst moviegoers as it has enjoyed a triumphant debut that has even overtaken Pokémon’s Detective Pikachu.
3. Super Mario (1985)
Now, you must be thinking, Super Mario was introduced in the 1980s which makes it an 80s and not a 90s game. However, the game became widely popular in Malaysia sometime in the 90s and as such, it played a huge gaming role in the lives of 90s children and some adults too. The game which was originally created for arcade play in the early 1980s enjoyed tremendous success that it was later adapted into several video games, TV series, comics, and a movie.
The aim of the game is to control the main characters, Mario (first player) and Luigi (second player), and aid them in their journeys throughout the game be it to defeat a villain or rescue another game character. Although a recent movie of the game has yet to be released in theatres worldwide like the Pokémon and Sonic movies, this game franchise still enjoys its fair share of loyal fans who to this day still partake in the game.
There’s actually a lot more we can say about each game, their TV series, movies, etc. Though, if we were to write it all down here, you might not see the end of this article. And so, we’ve only included the basic information for each game. If you still want to learn more about their respective media franchises, Google will be your best friend. But hey, if you’re looking to get affordable, personal merchandise of the games or movie characters made, we can certainly help you with that. All you’ll need to do is to visit our online gift shop.