Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 21
Welcome to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back at this week in Nintendo history. What video game anniversaries do we celebrate this week? Let’s take a look.
June 18 and 21 – Pokémon Conquest comes to the west.
A crossover between Pokémon and Nobunaga’s Ambition is something no one saw coming, but Pokémon Conquest not only got made, it was brought to North America on June 18, 2012 and Australasia on June 21, 2012 (with the European release to follow the next week). While an unusual concept, this tactical Pokémon game proved to be one of the most popular Pokémon spin-offs.
June 19 – Ghost Trick is released.
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective was a new DS game from the creator of Ace Attorney, and it first came out in Japan on June 19, 2010. Starring a ghost who can manipulate objects and go back in time four minutes before a person’s death, this puzzle adventure game had a fantastic presentation and story.
June 22 – Magical Starsign is released.
Magical Starsign came out in Japan on June 22, 2006. Although its predecessor, Magical Vacation, was never localized, Magical Starsign came west a few months later. Following a party of magicians, this JRPG made use of magic and planetary alignments for a twist on the typical turn-based combat system.
June 23 – Eternal Darkness is released.
People sometimes forget that Nintendo published a horror game, but on June 23, 2002, Nintendo and Silicon Knights released Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem for the GameCube. With a story heavily inspired by the work of H.P. Lovecraft and a sanity system that played tricks on the player, Eternal Darkness is a standout horror game despite its lack of commercial success.
These are just a few of the Nintendo anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?