Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 12
It’s time for our twelfth issue of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back at this day in Nintendo history throughout the week and discuss some of the video game anniversaries we can celebrate.
April 15 – Kirby and the Amazing Mirror is released.
On April 15, 2004, a new Kirby game came out for the Game Boy Advance in Japan. Kirby and the Amazing Mirror took the Kirby style of gameplay and applied it to a Metroidvania-style world, for an experience that remains one of the most popular Kirby games to this day.
April 16 – Pandora’s Tower comes to North America.
The second of the three games in the Operation Rainfall campaign, Pandora’s Tower came to North America on April 16, 2013. This action RPG put players in control of a hero named Aeron battling his way through a tower to break the curse on his lover Elena, who is turning into a monster. It also featured a relationship system between Aeron and Elena, leading to the game’s multiple endings. Pandora’s Tower saw decent reviews, but didn’t become as popular as Xenoblade.
April 20 – Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness are released in North America.
Following the success of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, the next set of paired Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games came out on April 20, 2008. Once again starring a human who has been turned into a Pokémon, Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness received some criticism for repetitive gameplay but were praised for their story. A third enhanced version eventually followed.
April 21 – Duck Hunt is released.
Finally, let’s journey all the way back to 1984. On April 21, 1984, Duck Hunt came out in Japan. This light gun shooter relied on the Famicom’s Beam Gun (that is, the NES Zapper) to shoot ducks on the screen. The Duck Hunt dog has become iconic, although not necessarily for good reasons.
These are only four of the many games we can celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?