Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 36
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at the various games that have come out over the years for Nintendo systems. Today, let’s look back through the history of October 7-13…
October 7, 11, and 12 – Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 come west.
With the increased emphasis on story in Pokémon Black and White, maybe it should come as no surprise that they were the first mainline Pokémon games to get direct sequels. After their Japanese release, Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 came to the west on October 7, 2012 in North America, October 11 in Australasia, and October 12 in Europe. Set two years after the original Pokémon Black and White, they included new locations in Unova, new features, and a new story dealing with Team Plasma in the aftermath of Black and White.
October 8 and 9 – Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash is released.
Things haven’t gone well for fans of the Chibi-Robo series. After years of silence, Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder moved away from the series’ traditional gameplay, and the next entry deviated even further. Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash, which came out on October 8, 2015 in Japan and October 9 in North America, was a side-scrolling platformer. Unfortunately, Nintendo said Zip Lash might be the series’ last chance, and we haven’t heard from it since.
October 10 – The Legend of Zelda CD-i games are released.
All right, Nintendo didn’t make them and they weren’t for a Nintendo system, but since it’s The Legend of Zelda, it’s worth mentioning that October 10, 1993 was the North American release of both Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon for the Phillips CD-i. Developed after Nintendo gave Phillips the license to use five Nintendo characters, they have become infamous as some of the worst video games ever.
October 12… and 11 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is released.
We’re looking at the dates in the opposite order here for a very good reason. On October 12, 2001, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was released for the very first time in Japan, for the Game Boy Advance. After being brought to the DS, the DS version was then localized on October 11, 2005 in North America. This comedic take on the legal world proved to be a hint, and Ace Attorney has become a long-running series.
These are just a few of the game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Which are your favorites?