Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 31
Welcome to the September 2-8 edition of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through history to see which game anniversaries we celebrate this week.
September 2 – Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland is released.
“Let’s make a Zelda spin-off about Tingle,” someone decided one day, and Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland was released in Japan on September 2, 2006. This rupee-gathering spin-off was eventually brought to Europe, although never to North America. It saw positive to mixed reviews, and there must be a fair number of Tingle fans, because Japan eventually got a sequel.
September 5 – Recca comes to North America.
Summer Carnival ’92: Recca was a Famicom shoot ’em up never released outside of Japan… until 2013, when the 3DS Virtual Console version was localized. After first reaching the west in August, it came to North America on September 5, 2013. So remember, it’s never too late to hope for a localization!
September 7 – Lufia: The Legend Returns is released.
After two entries on the SNES, the Lufia JRPG series went portable on September 7, 2001 for its third entry, Lufia: The Legend Returns. It saw a mixed reception, and while a few games have come out since then, the Lufia series has more or less disappeared.
September 8 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is localized.
After a June release in Japan, the sixth mainline Ace Attorney game was brought to the west on September 8, 2016. Spirit of Justice divided its cases across two countries (and largely two groups of characters), and many fans found it to be a fantastic return to form for the series. Now we’re all waiting to see what the next game will be…
These are only a few of the Nintendo anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?