Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 13
People might consider 13 unlucky, but our 13th issue of the Nintendo Time Portal isn’t! Let’s take a look back through this week in history to see which Nintendo games came out on these days.
April 22 – The World Ends With You comes to North America.
On April 22, 2008, an unusual Nintendo DS JRPG developed by Square Enix and Jupiter came to North America: The World Ends With You. (We also celebrate its Australian release this week, on April 24.) Set in an alternate dimension Shibuya and featuring an action combat system that made use of both screens, it won over a lot of fans. And after years of silence, now we can look forward to a new release on the Switch…
April 23 – Bravely Second is released.
Following the success of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, a sequel called Bravely Second: End Layer was released. It first came out in Japan on April 23, 2015 and brought the turn-based combat system from the original into a new game set two and a half years later.
April 26 – Super Smash Bros. comes to North America.
The Super Smash Bros. series began on the Nintendo 64, and on April 26, 1999, that first entry was released in North America. Super Smash Bros. brought characters from various Nintendo franchises together into a fighting game that put a new spin on the genre, and it launched a series that has gone on to be among Nintendo’s most popular.
April 27 – Nintendo acquires Monolith Soft.
When discussing the Xenoblade games, people often debate whether Monolith Soft is a first-party developer or not. Well, Nintendo has owned Monolith Soft ever since April 27, 2007, when it was announced that Nintendo had purchased 80% of Monolith Soft’s shares. (16% remained with Bandai Namco.) This led to several Nintendo games from Monolith Soft, with the most recent being Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
These are only a few of the gaming anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?