Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 23
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back at this day in video game history for the entire week and pick out some great Nintendo game anniversaries to celebrate.
July 1 – Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 is released.
After starting out on the DS, the Trauma Center series moved briefly to the Wii, but returned to the DS for Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 on July 1, 2008. It improved the graphics and gameplay compared to its predecessor and was well-received. One more game was released a couple years later, but since then the series has been quiet.
July 3 – Theatrhythm Final Fantasy comes west.
Many Final Fantasy fans love the series’ music, so maybe it’s no surprise they made a rhythm game spin-off. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy was released for the 3DS first in Japan and then came west on July 3, 2012. Unfortunately, the Dragon Quest sequel was never localized.
July 3 – Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder is released.
After years of silence, Chibi-Robo returned on July 3, 2013 in Japan (and exactly one year later for PAL regions), but it wasn’t what fans expected. Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder challenged players with using the 3DS camera to photograph household objects. It was an interesting idea, but it didn’t quite pan out for the already-niche series.
July 5 – Chibi-Robo! Park Patrol is released.
So let’s travel back in time several years to July 5, 2007, when Chibi-Robo! Park Patrol was released for the DS. As a sequel to the original Chibi-Robo, it tasked the player with restoring a park. While it didn’t quite match the reception of the original, it was well-received… although its eventual North American release made it a Wal-Mart exclusive, which can’t have helped matters.
These are just a few of the Nintendo game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?