Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 3
Welcome to the third edition of Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at a few of the Nintendo anniversaries celebrated this week. So without further ado…
February 11 – Mario & Luigi 3 is released in Japan.
On February 11, 2009, the third game in the Mario & Luigi series was released in Japan. Eventually brought west as Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, this game brought back the humorous villain Fawful and sent Mario and Luigi in a quest through Bowser, who co-starred as a third playable character. Many fans consider it to be the best in the series.
February 14 – The Game Boy Advance SP is released.
On February 14, 2003, the Game Boy Advance SP came out in Japan. This updated GBA had a clamshell design and a back-lit screen, as well as a rechargeable battery – the first handheld to have one. In general, it was an improvement over the original model, although it lacked a headphone jack.
February 15 – Clu Clu Land comes out in Europe.
Over two years after its Japanese release and over one year after its North American release, Clu Clu Land came out in Europe on February 15, 1987. Although it was remade and re-released (and appears in the GameCube version of Animal Crossing), this maze-based puzzle game has yet to get a true sequel.
February 15 – Professor Layton and the Curious Village comes out in Japan.
Level-5’s Professor Layton series is now up to seven main entries (and two spin-offs), but on February 15, 2007, the professor made an appearance for the first time with the Japanese release of Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Localization followed a year later, and it turned into a popular series.
These are just a few of this week’s events from Nintendo history. Which of these games are your favorites?