Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 19
Welcome once again to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back at this week in Nintendo history and discuss some of the current video game anniversaries. Quite a few games came out this week over the years, so let’s take a look at a few…
June 5 – EarthBound comes to North America.
Mother 2 came to North America under the title EarthBound on June 5, 1995. Although it didn’t sell well at the time and saw a mixed critical reception, it become a cult classic in later years. Now EarthBound is highly praised, and fans are still waiting for its sequel to come west…
June 6 – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is released.
The Legend of Zelda series moved to a handheld system for its fourth entry, with Link’s Awakening for the Game Boy on June 6, 1993. It has many unusual features that set it apart from other games in the series, and it was quite popular. In 1998, an updated re-release came to the Game Boy Color.
June 8 – Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon comes to North America.
After starting with a dungeon crawling, the Shining series moved to strategy RPGs under the Shining Force title. The original 1992 Shining Force was later remade for the Game Boy Advance as Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon, which came to North America on June 8, 2004. The series later shifted to action RPGs, including the upcoming Shining Resonance Refrain.
June 9 – Killer7 is released in Japan.
Suda51’s strange action-adventure game Killer7 first came out on June 9, 2005 for the GameCube and PlayStation 2. Oddly enough, the Japanese PS2 version had some scenes censored, while the GameCube version remained uncensored. Its strange style and convoluted storytelling has made it another cult classic.
These are just a few of the games that came out this week in Nintendo history. Which are your favorites?