Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 22
Welcome to Issue 22 of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we go through Nintendo’s history to see which video game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Let’s take a look…
June 24 and 25 – Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE comes to the west.
One of the most overlooked Wii U titles, the confusingly-named Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE came to North America and Europe on June 24, 2016 and a day later in Australasia regions. Already controversial due to not being what fans expected from a Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem crossover, it didn’t sell well despite a fairly good reception, and remains one of the titles we’d love to see given a second chance on the Switch.
June 26 – Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is released in North America.
The first and only Kirby game to be released on the Nintendo 64 came to North America on June 26, 2000, a few months after its initial release. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards was the first game to use 3D graphics, as well as the first game to include sections where the player controlled King Dedede.
June 28 – Final Fantasy Adventure is released.
Final Fantasy Adventure first came out in Japan for the Game Boy on June 28, 1991. This action adventure RPG was viewed as a Final Fantasy spin-off, but eventually led to its own successful series – the Mana series. To add to the confusion, it was eventually released in Europe under the title Mystic Quest, which is not to be confused with Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, an entirely different spin-off.
June 30 – Tales of the Abyss comes to the 3DS in Japan.
Tales of the Abyss had been out for years as a PlayStation 2 title, but on June 30, 2011 it found a new audience with a 3DS port in Japan. It made use of the dual screens, added 3D functionality, and included the content originally added to the North American version. Tales of the Abyss on the 3DS would later be localized, and its success encouraged Bandai Namco to continue localizing the Tales series.
These are just a few of the video game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?