Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 35
Welcome to Issue 35 of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through Nintendo’s history at some of the great games that released this week over the years.
September 30 – Seiken Densetsu 3 is released.
Seiken Densetsu 3 is the third game in the Mana series, and one fans have been waiting for localization news about ever since its Japanese release on September 30, 1995. It’s considered a classic, and since last year saw the release of the Seiken Densetsu Collection for the Switch, maybe there’s still hope that it will one day make it west.
October 1 – The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass comes to North America.
On October 1, 2007 the first Legend of Zelda game for the Nintendo DS came to North America. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass was a direct sequel to The Wind Waker and made ample use of the DS’s dual screen setup and touchscreen controls. Despite some criticisms, it saw positive reviews and eventually got its own sequel.
October 3 – Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness comes to North America.
After the success of Pokémon Colosseum, it was followed by a second game set in the Orre region, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. It first came to North America on October 3, 2005. Despite being considered by fans to be the better of the two, Gale of Darkness saw a mixed critical reception, and we have yet to get a third game in this style.
October 4 – Shantae: Risky’s Revenge is released.
While it’s been re-released several times since then, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge first came out on October 4, 2010 as a Nintendo DSiWare title. Although it was originally planned to have an episodic structure, WayForward changed plans and released it as a full game. With a solid reception, it helped pave the way for future Shantae games.
These are just a few of the game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?