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Cary is Looking Forward in 2020

On 01/07/2020 at 08:19 AM by Cary Woodham

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At the beginning of every year I like to write a blog about the games I’m looking forward to in that coming year, so here we are again with games I’m looking forward to in 2020!  Now keep in mind that these aren’t ALL the games I’m looking forward to.  More will be announced at E3 and such I’m sure as the year goes on.  And there are some games that I’m looking forward to that have been announced, but I’m not sure they’ll really come out in 2020, like Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4.  But you never know.  But here are a list of 2020 games that I’m PRETTY sure are coming this year and I’m looking forward to them.

Pac-Man Tomagotchi

This isn’t necessary a video game, but it combines two things I like: Pac-Man and virtual pets.  2020 is Pac-Man’s 40th anniversary, and Bandai Namco has been sending me lots of info on Facebook on what they plan to do.  Like make Pac-Man Timex watches, clothes lines from Champion, and more.  Now before you say Pac-Man is selling out, just remember how many Pac-Man products there were in the 80s.  So he’s always sold out.  But only because of the Bandai and Namco merger could they make a virtual pet out of Pac-Man.  I just can’t wait to see how they’ll do it!  One other good thing about this year being Pac-Man’s 40th anniversary is that we might get a new game, too!

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics

Jim Henson and Muppet related stuff was a huge part of my childhood, and I’m a big fan of most of Henson’s works.  I wasn’t as big into The Dark Crystal, but it was still very creative and memorable.  A few months ago, I watched the prequel series on Netflix and LOVED it.  I don’t usually binge watch things, but I watched four episodes of it one day when I was off work (two in the morning and two in the afternoon).  Around the same time they announced a tactics game based on the series.  I don’t like tactics games, but I loved the series so much I wanted to play it!  It was originally supposed to be released late last year, but got delayed.  Hopefully the delay won’t hurt the game, as having it release this long after the series came out might make some people disinterested.  I got to demo this game last year at PAX and found out the folks who make it are very close to where I live!

Psychonauts 2

I loved the first Psychonauts.  I named it my Game of the Year in 2005 when it first came out.  So I’m really looking forward to the sequel.  It’s a point and click adventure cleverly disguised as a 3-D platformer, at least the first one was.  And it has a kind of Nightmare Before Christmas style to it.  I’m glad I got to check out the sequel at PAX.  I was worried that since Microsoft bought Double Fine that it would end up being an Xbox exclusive, and I don’t have an Xbox One.  But they told me at PAX that they plan to release it on all the systems they originally made it for, like the PS4, so I’m happy about that!

Trials of Mana

One of my favorite games this part year was the Mana Collection.  It had the first three games in the Mana series on the Switch!  But the big deal was it had Trials of Mana, the third game that never came out in the US, so that was a real treat for 16-bit Square fans like myself.  Only problem is that after playing it, I can see why it was not released in the US.  It’s not near as good as Secret of Mana was before it.  But they’re making a 3-D remake of Trials of Mana that looks really nice and I hope it plays better, too!

Streets of Rage 4

I never had a Genesis as a kid, and very few Genesis games really impressed me.  But once I got a chance to play Streets of Rage 2, I was an instant fan.  It was so well done!  I’m looking forward to this long awaited sequel, too.  I enjoyed what I played of it at PAX.

Windjammers 2

The first was such a fun game on the NEO GEO.  It’s like a great update to Pong with a flying disc beach theme.  This sequel adds better graphics and more characters.  I played it at the same booth where I tried Streets of Rage 4 at PAX!

Shantae and the Seven Sirens

I’ve been a huge fan of the Shantae 2-D platformers ever since the first one on the Game Boy Color (which I still have).  This one seems to streamline Shantae’s transformations, and looks just as fun as ever. 

Shovel Knight Dig

I’m also a big fan of the Shovel Knight game, but I do wish that they’d make a new game instead of just the same game with different characters (well, it’s not that bad).  Even though Shovel Knight Dig uses the same graphics, at least the gameplay seems a little different.  You actually use your shovel to dig down deep in wells and avoid obstacles.  Kind of makes me think of Mr. Driller in a way.

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends

Me and Bubble Bobble go way back.  I just love this game series, and the puzzle version of it (Bust-A-Move) is one of my top three favorite puzzle games ever.  I used to enjoy playing the first game with my brothers, and I’m so glad another sequel is coming!  I’m glad to see Taito still making games.  They have just as much history behind them as Nintendo and Namco!

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection

I’m not as big of a fan of the Mega Man Zero games, but I do like game collections and it looks like they added some neat new features so I’ll probably get it at least just to have.

Psikyo Shooting Stars Collections

NIS is releasing a couple of collections of Psikyo 2-D shooter games.  I’m not sure what’s going to be on them, but I bet Gunbird 1 and 2 are good candidates.  I don’t know if I’ll get these games right away, but I’ll keep my eye on them, because as I said before, I do like classic game collections.

Rune Factory 4

This is a Switch remake of a 3DS game.  Rune Factory is like Harvest Moon except you can fight monsters in dungeons.  They streamlined a lot of things to give you time to do that, and I like Rune Factory better than Harvest Moon because of that.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Of course I saved the best for last!  Those of you who know me well, know that I love Animal Crossing games.  The first one on the GameCube is one of my top five favorite games of all time.  Heck, I still even play the mobile game!  So I’m really excited about the new Switch entry.  It’s also a family affair and I can’t wait to enjoy it with my mom, brothers, and online friends!  We all love it!  March can’t come fast enough!

And that’s all for now!  In the comments section, let me know what you think of my list, and tell me YOUR most anticipated games of 2020.  Further along in this month, I’ll have my Game of the Year 2019 Awards Show blog!  Later!  --Cary



Matt Snee Staff Writer

01/07/2020 at 11:28 AM

Pacman selling out?? Noooooooooooo.

These are a lot of good games. I'm mostly interested in the Dark Crystal game though... love Tactics games. I haven't watched the new show yet.

I played a crapload of Bubble Bobble on the NES. 

Cary Woodham

01/08/2020 at 08:35 AM

If you have Netflix and you like Jim Henson stuff, you really should watch the Dark Crystal series.  It's so good.  I'd watch it again if I had time.

I never saw Bubble Bobble in the arcade as a kid, so I discovered it on the NES.  Loved it ever since.

The Last Ninja

01/07/2020 at 07:08 PM

I disagree with you that Secret of Mana is better than Trials. Trials is far more ambitious and fixes the annoying bugs that plague Secret. Anyways, we can both agree that the remake looks very good. 

I'm also excited for Streets of Rage 4 as I'm a huge beat 'em up fan. Shantae is always a good time too, and I completely forgot about the Mega Man Zero Collection. It looks like there will be a bunch of good collections coming out this year. 


01/08/2020 at 03:44 AM

Gotta agree with you on this one. Trials is definitely the better game of the two. It fixed a lot of what was wrong with Secret of Mana's combat.

Cary Woodham

01/08/2020 at 08:40 AM

I guess I just really like Secret of Mana.  I even enjoyed the Secret of Mana remake that came out a couple of years ago, and I know people had problems with that one.  I just think that Trials of Mana is a hot mess at times, and now I can see why Square's US branch decided to release Chrono Trigger and Secret of Evermore instead of Trials of Mana in the US.  But I'm still playing it!

Cary Woodham

01/08/2020 at 08:38 AM

The Mega Man Zero collection is coming out very soon, too!  Like in the next month or so.


01/08/2020 at 04:34 PM

That Dark Crystal game looks interesting. Seems a strange choice to make it a tactics game though. Seems like action/adventure would be more appropriate. 

I'm looking forward to Doom Eternal. Weird that they are also putting out Doom 64. I played that back in the 90s but I forget if there were new levels or not. 

Gears Tactics might be neat. I'll get to play Minecraft Dungeons and Halo Infinite day-one with Game Pass. I see a Bravely Default II might appear. 

Destroy All Humans will be highly anticipated by me. I hope it's good. 

Psychonauts 2 for sure. I wonder if that'll be on Game Pass too since MS owns it. 

DnD Dark Alliance. Don't know if it's related to Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance but if it is, I'm all in. 

Cary Woodham

01/09/2020 at 10:17 AM

There's so many characters in Dark Crystal and there are a lot of battles, so I could see a tactics game working.  But yeah, I'd rather see a Zelda style adventure with it, just because of my personal tastes.

I could see Psychonauts 2 being on Game Pass someday.  Was the first one ever on Game Pass?  I'm just glad I'll still be able to play it on PS4.


01/13/2020 at 05:26 PM

Lots of characters does sound good for a tactics game, but I'm with you. I want an adventure game. 

First one is not on Game Pass, but I bet it will be soon since MS owns the studio. 2 will definitely be on Game Pass when it comes out. Yeeha! 

Cary Woodham

01/13/2020 at 07:09 PM

Oh that's cool that Psychonauts 2 will be on Game Pass.  I hope Double Fine stays true to their word and still releases it on PS4!


01/14/2020 at 03:47 PM

Yeah, I heard the other day on IGN's Podcast Unlocked that it'll also come to PS4. Some Microsoft first-party devs are allowed to release on other platforms like Mojang and Double Fine, which is great.

Cary Woodham

01/14/2020 at 07:13 PM

Yeah when I was at PAX, Double Fine told me themselves it would be coming to PS4, so I'm glad.  I'm happy Microsoft is letting some developers make their games on other consoles.  That's how i'm able to play stuff like New Super Lucky's Tale, and I need to get around to getting Ori and the Blind Forest on Switch as well.


01/15/2020 at 12:31 PM

I'm all for Pac Man selling out. Give us a new Pac Man song or at least update Pac Mac Fever. I wasn't a fan of those Tamagotchi's the first time around so I'll skip that but if the clothing is nice, I'd like to get a shirt. 

I saw an add for Streets of Rage 4 and I would give it a spin. I think the last Streets of Rage like game I really liked were the homebrew games that appeared on Dreamcast. 

Cary Woodham

01/15/2020 at 09:42 PM

They did redo Pac-Man Fever when they released it on CD.  I have an autographed copy of it.

I might get to play Streets of Rage 4 again when I go to PAX South at the end of this week!

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