Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 2
Welcome back to Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through Nintendo’s history to see what memorable anniversaries we can celebrate this week.
February 5 – Paper Mario is released in North America.
On February 5, 2001, Paper Mario was released for the Nintendo 64 in North America. This was the second Mario RPG, and it adopted a paper aesthetic that this particular spin-off series would continue using. Since then, Paper Mario has seen four sequels, although only the second one kept the same style.
February 8 – Mario Party is released in North America.
That’s not the only Mario series that celebrates its North American anniversary this week. On February 8, 1999, the very first Mario Party game made its way west for the Nintendo 64. It spawned a series that is up to 10 main entries and several spin-offs.
February 9 – Metroid: Zero Mission is released.
The original Metroid came out in 1986, but on February 9, 2004, its remake Metroid: Zero Mission came out for the Game Boy Advance. Not only did Zero Mission return to the roots of the Metroid series while also adding new content to the original game, it also introduced Samus’s Zero Suit for the first time.
February 10 – Mario Kart 64 is released in North America.
Let’s round out this week’s time portal with another Mario spin-off series. The second Mario Kart game, Mario Kart 64, came out in North America on February 10, 1997. It added Donkey Kong and Wario as playable characters, featured 3D stages, and introduced many new items – including the Blue Shell. Mario Kart 64 was incredibly popular and is still a beloved entry in the series today.
These are just a few of this week’s events from Nintendo history. Which of these games are your favorites?