Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 30
It’s the 30th issue of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through history to see which Nintendo game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Let’s see what this week held over the years.
August 27 – Mario Kart: Super Circuit comes to North America.
The third Mario Kart game and first Mario Kart game for a handheld system was Mario Kart: Super Circuit for the Game Boy Advance. After a July release in Japan, it came to North America on August 27, 2001. It was a big success and is currently the best-selling non-Pokémon Game Boy Advance game.
August 28 – Mario Tennis comes to North America.
One year earlier was the North American release of a game we recently featured in our Mario Tennis special, Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, which came out on August 28, 2000. Among other things, this popular Mario sports game was the first game to introduce Waluigi.
August 29 – Tales of Symphonia is released.
The fifth game in the Tales series, Tales of Symphonia, was first released for the GameCube in Japan on August 29, 2003. This was part of Namco’s promised support for the GameCube. Tales of Symphonia was a huge success and is considered by many fans (including this one) to be one of the best games in the series.
August 31 – Metroid: Other M is released.
Not all games share that same acclaim. Metroid: Other M came out on August 31, 2010. The initial reception was actually fairly positive, but the story was heavily criticized. Since then, Other M has gained a reputation as one of the least-loved Metroid games. And it was quite a while after that before the Metroid series finally returned.
These are just a few of the video game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?