Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 6
Welcome to Issue 6 of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through Nintendo history at some of the notable games that came out this week, as well as any special Nintendo events.
March 4, 6, and 10 – Pokémon Black and White are released in the west.
After a September release in Japan, this was the week in 2011 for Pokémon Black and White in the west. On March 4 they came out in Europe, on March 6 they came out in North America, and on March 10, they came out in Australia. The fifth generation of Pokémon drew some criticism, but to some fans, it stood out as featuring one of the best Pokémon storylines in the main series so far.
March 7 – Resident Evil Zero is released in Europe… along with a help line.
The Resident Evil prequel came to Europe a bit later than other regions, arriving for the GameCube on March 7, 2003. At the same time, they also launched a help line… not to give players hints, but to reassure frightened players. Yes, Capcom had a special number you could dial to hear a recorded message from a psychologist assure you that the events in Resident Evil Zero were fiction and there was no reason to be afraid. Was Capcom really that concerned about this game?
March 9 – Super Smash Bros. Brawl is released in North America.
On March 9, 2008, Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out in North America for the Wii. Although you’ll find plenty fans furiously arguing over whether Melee or Brawl is the better game, Brawl was hugely successful and became one of the best-selling Wii games.
Special Event: March 10 is Mario Day!
March 10, or “Mar10” has been celebrated as Mario Day for years now due to its resemblance to Mario’s name. It’s unclear when this celebration got started, but Nintendo recognizes it and typically celebrates with charities, deals, and other special activities. This year, Nintendo is offering several Mario-themed rewards through My Nintendo during March.
These are just a few of this week’s notable anniversaries and events. Which are you favorites?