Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 29
- Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we look back at this week in Nintendo’s history to celebrate some of the great games that came out over the years.
August 19 – New Super Mario Bros. 2 comes to North America.
While New Super Mario Bros. had already been followed by New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Nintendo made another sequel called New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS. It came west in August and reached North America on August 19, 2012. This entry focused on collecting as many coins as possible. It saw positive reviews, but never quite stood out as much as the others.
August 22 – The Legend of Zelda came to North America… probably.
The original Legend of Zelda on the NES set the stage for what would become one of Nintendo’s most popular and iconic series. It came to North America in 1987, most likely on August 22, although some sources say it came out in July. But whether it was July or August, The Legend of Zelda was a hit and had a huge impact on gaming.
August 23 and 25 – GoldenEye 007 is released.
The James Bond video game tie in GoldenEye 007, developed by Rare for the Nintendo 64, is still looked back on today as an excellent first-person shooter that helped change the genre. It came out around the world on August 25, 1997, although the Japanese version came out two days earlier. GoldenEye was a massive success.
August 24 – The Metroid Prime Trilogy is released.
The three Metroid Prime games were quite successful, and on August 24, 2009, Nintendo released a compilation for the Wii called the Metroid Prime Trilogy. This collection was only released in the west, as the updated versions of the original two games were made standalone titles in Japan. It was eventually re-released on the Wii U eShop.
These are just a few of this week’s Nintendo game anniversaries. Which are your favorites?