Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 8
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at this week throughout Nintendo’s history. Which video game anniversaries did we celebrate this week?
March 19 – Super Metroid comes out in Japan.
Super Metroid is considered by many fans to be the best game in the Metroid series as well as one of the best games of all time, and March 19 is its anniversary. On March 19, 1994, Super Metroid was released, although oddly enough it sold better when it came out in North America the next month.
March 21 – The Game Boy Advance hits the shelves.
Nintendo released the Game Boy Advance for the first time on March 21, 2001 in Japan. It was the first Nintendo handheld to have its buttons alongside the screen instead of beneath it, and its capabilities took a great step forward for handheld systems. It was sold at retailers for the next 9 years.
March 21 – Pokémon Snap is released.
There are several Pokémon anniversaries we could celebrate this week, but let’s focus on the one spin-off we can’t understand why they haven’t brought back. Pokémon Snap came out in Japan on March 21, 1999 and featured on-rails photography-based gameplay. It was quirky and popular, and a sequel for the Wii U feels like one of the system’s biggest missed opportunities…
March 23 – Kirby’s Adventure is released.
The second game in the Kirby series came out on March 23, 1993 in Japan (yes, all of our anniversaries were of Japanese dates this week). Kirby’s Adventure was designed to address criticisms of the original for being too easy, which led to it introducing Kirby’s Copy ability for the first time, an ability that has since become central to the series. It was a huge success and is considered one of the best NES games.
These are only a few of the great Nintendo anniversaries from this week throughout history. Which are your favorites?