Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 26

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 26

Welcome to the latest issue of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we discus Nintendo games released throughout this week in history. Let’s take a look.

July 29 – Pokémon Crystal comes to North America.

Following a December release in Japan, Pokémon Crystal was released in North America on July 29, 2001. The first game in the series developed specifically for the Game Boy Color, it added new features and content not present in Gold and Silver, and it was the first in the series to let you pick a female protagonist.

July 31 – The Game Boy comes to North America.

Heading further back then that, however, the original Game Boy came to North America on July 31, 1989. As Nintendo’s first handheld console, it outsold its handheld competitors and became a huge success for Nintendo.

August 1 – Tales of Phantasia is brought to the GBA.

After forming a partnership with Nintendo, Namco developed a new version of Tales of Phantasia for the Game Boy Advance, first released in Japan on August 1, 2003. While the GBA release is considered one of the weakest versions of the game, it was still well-regarded for its story and action combat system.

August 4 – Pikmin 3 comes to North America.

Moving away from handhelds, the third mainline Pikmin game came to North America on August 4, 2013. It offered multiple control schemes and was highly praised for its gameplay. Fans have been waiting for Pikmin 4 for quite a while now…

In Conclusion

These are just a few of the game anniversaries we have to celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?

Samantha is a published horror and fantasy writer, a professional freelance writer, and a longtime gamer. As a result, writing about games is one of her favorite activities. She likes a wide range of genres, especially RPGs, survival horror, and visual novels. More information can be found at her website:

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