Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 24

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 24

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back to see which video games came out this day in history for the current week. We’ve got a couple iconic ones to talk about this week. Let’s take a look…

July 15 – Nintendo releases the Famicom.

It all began on July 15, 1983, when the Famicom hit the shelves in Japan. Two more years would pass before it came to the west as the NES, but this marked the beginning of the Nintendo platforms we love today. Of course, many classic NES titles share this anniversary as well.

July 16 – Shin Megami Tensei IV comes to North America.

After the success of Strange Journey, the next numbered Shin Megami Tensei title came to the 3DS. After a May release in Japan, Shin Megami Tensei IV came out in North America on July 16, 2013. The game was well-received and eventually got a sequel, also for the 3DS.

July 19 – Final Fantasy IV is released.

On July 19, 1991, Final Fantasy IV came out in Japan and changed the series forever. It was the first game to introduce the Active Time Battle system, as well as the first to focus heavily on story and characters. In a sense, it set the stage for what Final Fantasy would become known for.

July 20 – Mario Bros. reaches North American arcades.

Let’s bookend this Time Portal by returning to 1983, because after an initial July 14 release in Japan, Mario Bros. came to arcades in North America on July 20, 1983. Since then, it has received numerous remakes and ports, even appearing as a mini-game in other games.

In Conclusion

These are only a few of the video game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?

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