Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 28
Welcome to the Nintendo Time Portal for August 12-18, where we take a look back through Nintendo’s history to see which game anniversaries we celebrate this week.
August 14 – Rune Factory comes to North America.
Developed as a spin-off to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Harvest Moon, Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon came to North America on August 14, 2007, almost a full year after its Japanese release. It spawned its own series that unfortunately ended after the fourth entry… but with Marvelous acquiring the developer, maybe there’s still hope.
August 14 – The Last Story comes to North America.
On the same day, we celebrate the third and final of the Operation Rainfall games. The Last Story reached North America on August 14, 2012. Developed by Mistwalker and directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, it saw a positive reception, but there has yet to be a sequel.
August 15 – Metroid comes to North America.
Now let’s travel all the way back to 1987 for our next North American release. Metroid came to North America on August 15, 1987. Inspired by Alien and the work of H.R. Giger, the game had a memorable atmosphere and innovative gameplay. The western versions also added a password system. It was a huge hit, and the rest is history.
August 18 – Spectrobes: Origins is released.
Getting back to series we haven’t heard from in a long time, what happened to Spectrobes? Spectrobes: Origins came out on August 18, 2009 for the Wii. It was the first console Spectrobes game… and the last game ever released in the series. Will this science fiction series ever return?
These are only a few of the anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?