Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 27
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back for the current week at video game anniversaries. Which games released this week in history? Let’s take a look.
August 5 – Yoshi’s Island is released.
On August 5, 1995, a new platformer was released in Japan. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island put players in control of Yoshi, carrying Baby Mario, in a world with a hand-drawn graphical style. Yoshi’s Island was a hit and was viewed even more fondly in retrospect, but subsequent Yoshi games haven’t quite lived up to its standard.
August 7 – Mega Man Star Force comes to North America.
The follow-up to the popular Battle Network series, Mega Man Star Force was the start of a new real-time tactical RPG series for Mega Man. It came to North America on August 7, 2007 for the DS, and there were three versions: Pegasus, Leo, and Dragon. It saw two sequels, as well as a manga and anime adaptation.
August 8 – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is released.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles first came out in Japan on August 8, 2003. This was the first Final Fantasy game to appear on a Nintendo console since Final Fantasy VI, as Sony agreed to let Square partner with Nintendo as long as it wouldn’t affect their development of PlayStation titles. Crystal Chronicles proved to be a success and led to its own series of spin-offs with varying gameplay styles.
August 11 – Mario & Luigi: Dream Team comes to North America.
The fourth entry in the Mario & Luigi RPG series, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, came out first in July and finally released in North America on August 11, 2013. Released during the “Year of Luigi,” it included gameplay segments set within Luigi’s dreams. Although it was a solid entry in the series, it suffered from pacing issues and an abundance of tutorials.
These are only a few of the games that came out this week in history. Which are your favorites?