Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 11
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at this week in Nintendo’s history to celebrate games that came out on these days over the years.
April 8 – Dr. Mario 64 is released.
Dr. Mario 64 was an enhanced remake of Dr. Mario. It was released for the Nintendo 64 on April 8, 2001 and was the final Mario game to appear on the Nintendo 64.
April 9 – Super Paper Mario is released.
Super Paper Mario came out on April 9, 2007 for the Wii. It was the third entry in the Paper Mario series, and it made some dramatic changes, opting for an action platforming combat system rather than the turn-based combat of the previous entries. It was very story-heavy and has become controversial among fans: is Super Paper Mario one of the great Paper Mario games, or was it the beginning of the end?
April 10 (and 11) – Mario Kart Wii is release.
Mario Kart Wii came out in Japan on April 10, 2008 and in Europe on April 11, although other regions wouldn’t see it until a couple of weeks later. This was the sixth Mario Kart game, and it made use of the Wii’s motion controls to let players steer using the included Wii Wheel accessory. With over 37 million sales, it holds the record as the best-selling racing video game.
April 12 – Banjo-Tooie is released in Europe.
Several months after its initial release, Banjo-Tooie for the Nintendo 64 came to Europe on April 12, 2001. This sequel to Banjo-Kazooie added several new characters, interconnected worlds, and much more. It also intended to let players swap cartridges as part of its “Stop ‘n’ Swop” feature, but due to changes in the Nintendo 64 hardware, this became impossible and instead created a mystery that puzzled players for years.
These are just a few of this week’s gaming anniversaries. Which are your favorites?