Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 33
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through Nintendo’s history to celebrate some of the games that were released this week over the years. This week, we’re looking at September 16-22.
September 17 – Crash Bandicoot comes to Nintendo for the first time.
On September 22, 2002, the one-exclusive Crash Bandicoot series came to a Nintendo system for the first time with the GameCube release of Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex. It had a mixed reception, as some people felt it was too similar to the originals, and the GameCube version in particular saw unusually varying reviews.
September 18 – Pokémon Mystery Dungeon comes to North America.
The first in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon spin-off series, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team came to North America on September 18, 2006. Unlike most Pokémon pairs, these games were on different systems, with Red Rescue Team being the final Pokémon game for the Game Boy Advance while Blue Rescue Team released for the DS.
September 20 – Kirby Super Star comes to North America.
Advertised as having 8 games in one, Kirby Super Star came to North America on September 20, 1996. It features 7 main modes, as well as a mini-game mode featuring two competitive mini-games. It included co-op, with the goal being that an inexperienced player could join a more skilled player, and the multiple modes were chosen so that players could reach the ending of an individual story quicker than if it was a single longer game.
September 22 – …and it is remade.
Twelve years later, on September 22, 2008, Kirby Super Star was remade for the Nintendo DS as Kirby Super Star Ultra. It added four new modes, three new mini-games, a new translation, and other improvements. It was quite successful and sold well, with over two million sales.
These are just a few of the game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?