Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 25
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a trip through video game history and look at the video games that came out this week over the years. Let’s take a look.
July 22 – The Thousand-Year Door is released.
After the success of Paper Mario, Nintendo and Intelligent Systems followed up with a sequel. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door first came out on July 22, 2004 in Japan. It was a huge success, taking pretty much everything the original did and doing it better. Fans are still waiting for a true successor to it…
July 24 – Wario Land: Shake It! is released.
On July 24, 2008, Wario Land: Shake It! came out for the Wii in Japan, the first game with the Wario Land title to appear on a home console (although the spin-off Wario World preceded it). The game did well, although the motion controls weren’t praised. Isn’t it time we saw another Wario Land game?
July 23, 24, and 26 – Wii Sports Resort comes west.
Wii Sports was a huge hit, so Nintendo made a successor called Wii Sports Resort. After a June release in Japan, it came west in July: July 23, 2009 in Australasia, July 24 in Europe, and July 26 in North America. It came bundled with the required Wii MotionPlus accessory and was another huge hit, currently the third best-selling Wii game of all time.
July 27 – Arc Rise Fantasia comes to North America.
One of the most overlooked Wii JRPGs, Arc Rise Fantasia was localized and released in North America on July 27, 2010. This turn-based RPG saw mixed reviews when it came out, but it has since become somewhat of a cult classic among fans for its storytelling and character interactions… though not so much for its voice acting.
These are just a few of the game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?