Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 1
Welcome to Nintendo Time Portal, a new feature where we’ll take a look back through Nintendo history at some memorable events that occurred on this day or week, as well as any special events that take place.
January 29 – Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen are released in Japan.
On January 29, 2004, the first Pokémon generation remakes were released in Japan for the Game Boy Advance. They featured improved graphics, new gameplay features, and updated dialogue, but largely stayed true to the original games. Notably, the LeafGreen version remained intact for its eventual western release, despite the original Pokémon Green only coming out in Japan.
January 30 – Ice Climber comes to the Famicom.
We’ve mentioned a few mountain-climbing games lately, and way back on January 30, 1985, the arcade game Ice Climber brought the concept to the Famicom in Japan (with a western release to follow later). Since then, Ice Climber has been re-released so often, it seems like only a matter of time before we can play it on the Switch…
February 1 – Hotel Mario is released for the CD-i.
Hotel Mario lives on in infamy as one of the worst games ever made, and this is where it all began! After a deal between Nintendo and Philips gave the company the right to use Mario characters, Philips developed a puzzle game called Hotel Mario that came out on February 1, 1994. Its planned sequels were never released.
February 2 – Fire Emblem Heroes is released for mobile devices.
When Nintendo decided to make games for mobile devices, one of the series’ to receive this treatment was Fire Emblem, and it happened exactly a year ago today! Fire Emblem Heroes was released worldwide on February 2, 2017, with surprisingly good results.
Special Event – Groundhog Day in Animal Crossing
Finally, don’t forget that if you play Animal Crossing on February 2, the villagers will celebrate Groundhog Day. Groundhog Day, sometimes called Mole Day, appears in Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. If you have one of these games, fire it up on February 2 to see what happens!
These are just a few of this week’s events from Nintendo history. Which are your favorites?