Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 4
Welcome back once again to Nintendo Time Portal, where we look back through the years to see what Nintendo game anniversaries and special events we have to celebrate this week.
February 19 – Apollo Justice comes to North America.
On February 19, 2008, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney was released in North America for the DS. This fourth entry in the Ace Attorney series was the first to star a new character, rookie attorney Apollo Justice, although Phoenix Wright still appeared as a character in the game. Despite being one of the more divisive Ace Attorney games, it was generally well-received and as recently re-released for the 3DS.
February 20 – Sonic and the Secret Rings is released.
There have been a lot of Sonic games, and on February 20, 2007, Sonic and the Secret Rings came out for the Wii. It was an on-rails spin-off with an Arabian Nights theme, and it is the first of two games in the “Sonic Storybook” series. However, its reviews were mixed, and Sega eventually de-listed it in 2010 as part of an effort to remove mediocre Sonic games from stores.
February 21 – The Legend of Zelda is released in Japan.
It’s hard to imagine the gaming world without The Legend of Zelda, and it all began on February 21, 1986 when the original Legend of Zelda was released for the Famicom. Although technology-based plot elements were originally considered, it eventually became the fantasy game we know today… and the rest is history.
February 22 – The GameCube is discontinued.
Not all anniversaries are happy ones. The GameCube had a good life, but on February 22, 2007, the new came out that Nintendo had stopped producing GameCube consoles and titles.
These are just a few of this week’s Nintendo anniversaries. Which are your favorites?