Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 10
Welcome to the 10th issue of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through video game history to see what Nintendo anniversaries are celebrated this week.
April 2 – Final Fantasy VI is released in Japan.
The sixth mainline Final Fantasy game came out in Japan on April 2, 1994. Final Fantasy VI was the last to use 2D sprites and featured the largest cast in the series, with 14 permanent playable characters. It was released in North America later that same year until the title Final Fantasy III, although the title confusion would be resolved with later versions.
April 2 – Rodea the Sky Soldier is released in Japan.
Rodea the Sky Soldier is an action-adventure game with an unusual history. After being developed for the Wii and 3DS, the console version was switched to the Wii U. As a result, Rodea came out on April 2, 2015 for the Wii U and 3DS, with the Wii version included with the first run of the Wii U version. The consensus from both fans and the director is that the Wii version is superior, making this one of gaming’s most confusing releases.
April 3 – Breath of Fire is released in Japan.
Capcom entered the JRPG genre on April 3, 1993 with the Japanese release of Breath of Fire. This dragon-themed RPG got positive reviews and launched a series, although unfortunately we haven’t seen much from Breath of Fire lately…
April 6 – Xenoblade Chronicles comes to North America.
North American fans had their hopes answered on April 6, 2012 when Xenoblade Chronicles came to North America. This massive JRPG was the first and most popular of three titles requested by the “Operation Rainfall” fan campaign. It was released as a GameStop-exclusive, which made it difficult to find later on until it was ported to the New Nintendo 3DS and eventually brought to the eShop.
These are just a few of the Nintendo anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?