Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 7
Welcome to our seventh week of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take look back at notable events that took place this week in Nintendo history.
March 11 – Chrono Trigger is released in Japan.
Chrono Trigger is one of the biggest names in the JRPG genre, and on March 11, 1995, the original version was released in Japan. Designed by a “dream team” (Hironobu Sakaguchi, Yuji Horii, and Akira Toriyama), it became a best-seller in Japan, went on to be a huge success worldwide, and is still considered to be one of the best games in the genre.
March 13 – Attack of the Friday Monsters! is released in Japan.
If you haven’t heard of this one, that’s because it’s a fairly low-profile game. Attack of the Friday Monsters! was one of the “Guild02” games released by Level-5 for the 3DS, and it came out in Japan on March 13, 2013. This unusual life sim followed a young boy in a town where monsters and superheroes appear on Fridays.
March 14 – Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver come to North America.
Following the successful remakes of the first generation of Pokémon games, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver were next. A few months after their Japanese release, these DS Pokémon remakes came out in North America on March 14, 2010. These remakes kept true to the originals while also adding elements from Pokémon Crystal, features from Generation IV, and many new additions–including an unusual accessory, the Pokéwalker pedometer.
March 16 – Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life comes to North America.
Harvest Moon hit the GameCube with Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, which came out in North America on March 16, 2004, several months after its Japanese release. It saw a positive reception and could exchange information with the GBA game Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town. This was the final game in the series before its developer was acquired by Marvelous.
Which of the games have you played? Let us know in the comments.