Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 17
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at some of the Nintendo games that released during this week in years past. What gaming anniversaries will we celebrate this week?
May 20, 24, and 25 – Mario Tennis Open is released across all regions.
As we look forward to Mario Tennis Aces, we can celebrate Mario Tennis Open, which came out for the 3DS on May 20, 2012 in North America, May 24 in Japan and Australasia, and May 25 in Europe. This 3DS Mario Tennis game saw a mediocre reception, as did the next Mario Tennis game, leading fans to see Mario Tennis Aces as potentially redeeming the series.
May 23 – Super Mario Galaxy 2 is released.
On May 23, 2010, Nintendo followed the success of Super Mario Galaxy with Super Mario Galaxy 2. Originally planned as an updated version, it was expanded into a full sequel that added Yoshi, new power-ups, and more. It was a huge success, and is often considered superior to the first.
May 24 and 25 – Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is released.
Tropical Freeze being ported to the Switch was far from a first for the series. Donkey Kong Country Returns was ported to the 3DS as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on May 24, 2013 in North America and Europe, and on May 25 in Australasia. (It came to Japan in June.) It added a new easier mode, as well as an extra world with eight additional levels.
May 26 – Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past comes to North America.
That Jake Hunter series we’ve been talking about lately has been around for a while, but until now, only one was ever localized. First, they localized a heavily-cut version of the DS game under the title Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles, but the full version was later translated and re-released as Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past on May 26, 2009.
These are just a few of the Nintendo anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?