Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 32
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through history at the games released for Nintendo’s platforms. This week, we’ll be looking at some of the notable game anniversaries from September 9-15.
September 10 – Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge is released.
While nowhere near as popular as the first two games in the series, Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge came out on September 10, 2003 – and yes, that’s after Microsoft acquired Rare. Grunty’s Revenge had an overhead view, but otherwise played like its predecessors. Set in between Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, its reviews ranged from positive to mediocre, and it tends to be overlooked.
September 10, 11, and 12 – Super Mario Maker is released.
Fans got their chance to build their own Mario levels when Super Mario Maker was released for the Wii U on September 10 (Japan), 11 (North America and Europe), and 12 (Australasia), in 2015. It was a huge success, both for its accessibility and for the way it let players create unique levels to share.
September 12 – Professor Layton and the Unwound Future comes to North America.
Nearly two years after its Japanese release, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future came to North America on September 12, 2010. As the conclusion to the original trilogy, it was packed with puzzles and featured an emotional storyline, and it is considered by many fans (including this one) to be the best of the Professor Layton games.
September 14 – The GameCube is released.
Yes, we have another console anniversary to celebrate! The GameCube, along with its launch titles, first came out in Japan on September 14, 2001. It was the first Nintendo console to use optical discs. While the console struggled somewhat in sales, it is now considered to have a fairly strong library.
These are just a few of the video game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?