Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 14
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at this week throughout Nintendo history. Which video game anniversaries do we celebrate this week? Let’s take a look.
April 29 – Xenoblade Chronicles X is released in Japan.
Despite its title, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the third Xenoblade game. In between was Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U, which released first on April 29, 2015 in Japan. Unlike its predecessor, it had a sci-fi setting and focused on exploration and world-building over storytelling. Nevertheless, many of us are waiting for a sequel…
April 30 – The Resident Evil remake comes to North America.
On April 30, 2002 the GameCube remake of Resident Evil (fondly referred to as “REmake”) came to North America. This remake stayed true to the core of the original Resident Evil while adding new gameplay mechanics and content, making it one of the best survival horror games out there. It was eventually ported to the Wii.
May 3 – Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak is released.
A series of video games based on the Hamtaro series found a home with Nintendo for quite a while, and Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak was the third to be released in Japan when it came out on May 3, 2002. It was an adventure game that made use of “Ham-Chats” to provide you with different actions and communication options.
May 5 – The Wii version of Klonoa comes to North America.
Klonoa, a remake of Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, came to North America for the Wii on May 5, 2009. This side-scrolling platformer was remade with updated graphics and cutscenes, new designs, and improved gameplay, and Namco Bandai saw it as a chance to revive the series. Unfortunately, it sold poorly, and it seems unlikely Klonoa will ever return.
These are just a few of this week’s gaming anniversaries. Which are your favorites?