The success of video games such as Super Mario has led to the rise of spin-offs. From the best online slots to board games, MaxConsole review the best options.
Hot on the heels of Nintendo's recent announcement of the new Pokémon Sword and Shield games reviewed on MaxConsole.com, there’s been a lot of discussion in the online community about video games and their spin-off products.
For instance, the new Pokémon Sword and Shield games will take the tally to 122 different games in the Pokémon franchise, but what are the best spin-off products available if we’re looking for an alternative to video games? Here, we take a look.
1. Television Shows
Some of the most popular television shows in the world are based on video games. Pokémon, for instance, launched its first video game in Japan in 1996, but it was 1997 when Pokémon first reached our television screens.
Twenty-two years later, the television series is still rated at 7.4/10 on IMDB.com and is available in 216 regions on Netflix. Plus, it’s perfect if you fancy a binge, as there are over 1,000 episodes available. But if you're not a Pokémon fan, there is no problem. Angry Birds, Donkey Kong and Final Fantasy all have their own shows based on the video games that made them popular.
2. Online Slots on Video Games
From Space Invaders to the Tomb Raider slot by Microgaming, a number of our favourite video games are now officially licensed as online slots titles, as explained on casino comparison website slots.info. The best online slots allow for a whole new type of gameplay.
With new characters, new gaming modes and a whole new sense of fun, it’s no wonder that people are increasingly enjoying online slots as a spin-off product of their favourite video game.
3. Board Games
If you prefer taking a break from the screen but want to get your video game fix, then board games are a great and popular solution.
Many of these live up to their video game counterparts, with reviewers particularly enjoying Dark Souls – The Board Game and BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia. Should you fancy something simpler, then you can always try a Monopoly special edition of your favourite video game, such as The Legend of Zelda Monopoly.
Much like television shows, films have become an increasingly popular video game spin-off. The Angry Birds Movie, for example, grossed $151 million within 10 days of its launch in 2016 according to Forbes.com.
The large budgets attached to these film releases (Angry Birds had a budget of over $70 million) means that we get to see our favourite characters in even greater detail than the video games allow for. Plus, with famous actors involved, every video game is brought to life. As well as The Angry Birds Movie, we recommend Assassin’s Creed (2016) and Tekken (2010).
5. Action Figures
For a bit of fun and frivolity, action figures have become a popular spin-off product - especially collectable models. Although many children choose to play with these figures and create their own adventures, we’ve increasingly seen people create vast collections of collectable figures. Not only are these a great home decoration, but they can also be worth a fortune, with some rare figures valued at over $20,000.
Looking to the future of spin-offs, Nintendo and Sony are both now looking at virtual reality solutions. With this technology rapidly improving and new products on the horizon, we can’t wait to see which spin-off we’ll find next.