Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 15
Welcome to Issue 15 of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a trip back through Nintendo history and look at some of the games that came out for Nintendo platforms this week over the years.
May 6, 8, and 9 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is released.
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow was the third and final entry in the series released for the Game Boy Advance, and it came out in three regions in quick succession: May 6, 2003 in North America, May 8 in Japan, and May 9 in Europe. It was praised as one of the best Castlevania games and is still viewed as one of the best today.
May 7 – Mario Party 3 comes to North America.
Next, what about the third and final entry of Mario Party on the Nintendo 64? Mario Party 3 reached North America on May 7, 2001, several months after its Japanese launch. It expanded features from its predecessors and had 8 playable characters, adding Waluigi and Daisy for the first time.
May 9 – Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is released.
The Mario vs. Donkey Kong series has changed a lot over the years, and Minis on the Move came out on the 3DS eShop on May 9, 2013 in both North America and Europe. This puzzle game tasked players with creating paths for the Mini characters, and it also included a level creator for players to create and share their own puzzles.
May 12 – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King comes to North America.
The Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles spin-offs span a variety of gameplay styles and Nintendo consoles, and on May 12, 2008, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King came to North America as a WiiWare title. It was a city-building game set after the original Crystal Chronicles, and it is remembered as a good Final Fantasy spin-off as well as a strong WiiWare game.
These are only a few of the video game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?